TAM, Ka-chai 譚家齊博士
Assistant Professor, Department of History

D.Phil. (Oriental Studies) University of Oxford,
M.Phil, B.A. (Hons, History) The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 3411 5064
Email: kctam@hkbu.edu.hk
 
RESEARCH FOCUS  

History of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1645)
Chinese Legal History
Economic Development and Social Order of Ming-Qing China
Maritime and Transportation History
Historical Geographic Information System (GIS)
 
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS  
  2017 STU Clark Distinguished Speaker, University of Manitoba Transport Institute, Winnipeg, Canada  
  2014-15 Early Career Award (傑出青年學者), University Grants Council, Hong Kong SAR Government  
  2004-08 Swire Scholar, Swire/Cathay Pacific Scholarship, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford  
RESEARCH GRANTS AND PROJECTS  
  2014-17 Principal Investigator, “The Ming-Qing Transition (1619-1740): A reassessment from the legal angle” (Early Career Scheme, HKRGC, HK$598,996)  
  2012-14 Principal Investigator, “Managing social order in Maritime South China: late-Ming (1550–1645) judicial court experiences”(General Research Fund, HKRGC, HK$508,101)  
  2016 Coordinator and Investigator of the Educational Project “Flipped History (反轉歷史)” for the Chinese History Curriculum at Junior Secondary Level in Hong Kong, commissioned by the Education Bureau, Hong Kong SAR Government (HK$200,000; February to September 2016; EDB[CD]PSHE/ F&A/60/ CH/1[1]).  
  2012-16 Research Team Member, Legalizing Space in China, Institut d'Asie Orientale (IAO, ENS de Lyon) & Ecole Française d'Extrême Orient (EFEO Taipei and Beijing Centers), project funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche of France (http://lsc.chineselegalculture.org/)  
SELECTED REFEREED PUBLICATIONS  
  1. History of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1645)
  (2014) “Hongwu Emperor (Ming dynasty)”, entry of the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography Volumes 1-3, Berkshire, pp.890-898.
  (2014) “Mingmo Guangdong Xiangshan xian guanzhi Aomen (Macau) qingkuang xintan明末廣東香山縣管治澳門情況新探”, in Social Sciences in Zhongshan (中山社會科學), 2014.6 (vol. 70; http://zsskl.zsnews.cn/Magazine/preView/id/30) (in Chinese), pp.84-89.

(2013) “Chengtan yi miedao: Zhang Juzheng dui wan Ming defang wenti de lijie ji xiangguan de jiejue fang’an 懲貪以滅盜──張居正對晚明地方治安問題的理解及相關的解決方案”, in Nan, Bingwen 南炳文 & Shang Chuan 商傳 (eds). Zhang Juzheng guoji xueshu yantaohui lunwenji 張居正國際學術討論會論文集 (Wuhan: Hubei renmin chubanshe), 100-108.
  2. Chinese Legal History

(2017 forthcoming) “Wan Ming Lüli linmin baojing suozai xinqi santi wenfa shenyude shiliao jiazhi ji qi suo fanying zhi Minzhong shehui qingkuang晚明《律例臨民寶鏡》所載《新奇散體文法審語》的史料價值及其所反映之閩中社會情況”,in Lee Kam-Keung (ed). Ming Qing shi: shiliao yu keti xueshu yantaohui lunwenji (Taipei: Wenjuanlu).
  (2016) “The Evolving Institutions on Judicial Torture during the Qing period in the light of the revisions of the Law of “Deliberately Imprisoning or Interrogating Innocent Persons 從故禁故勘平人律例的修訂看清代刑訊制度的變化, Fudan University Law Review, Series 3 (in Chinese), pp.190-216.

(2015) “Controversies to the Morality and the Effectiveness of Judicial Torture in Novels and Casebooks from late Ming China 晚明判牘與小說資料所示的刑訊原則及效用爭議,” in Faguo Hanxue 法國漢學 (Journal of French Sinology).
  (2013) “Mengshui zhai cundu suo fanying de wan Ming Guangdong yuzheng quexian ji sifa wenti 《盟水齋存牘》所反映的晚明廣東獄政缺憾及司法問題,” in Journal of Chinese Studies (中國文化研究所學報), No. 57 (July 2013), 115-131.

(2013) “The Chinese Legal History without the emphasis on Harsh Punishments嚴刑峻法以外的中國法制史,” Minzhu fazhi pinglun 民主法治評論 (Journal on democracy and the rule of law), vol.2, 241-47.
  (2011) “Daizui Guang li: Yan Junyan shengping ji Mengshui zhai cundu chengshu de jiumiu yu xinzheng 待罪廣李:顏俊彥生平及《盟水齋存牘》成書的糾謬與新證,” in Chinese Studies 漢學研究 29.4 (2011.12), 201-219.

(2009) “Favourable Institutional Circumstances for the publication of Judicial Works in late Ming China,” in Ètudes chinoises XXVIII « dossier droit » / special issue on Chinese Law, 51–71.
  (2007) “Ming Taizu Yuzhi da gao zai Hongwu chao yihou xingyong qingkuang xintan 明太祖御製大誥在洪武朝以後行用情況新探,” in Journal of Chinese Studies 47, 73–91.

3. Economic Development and Social Order of Ming-Qing China
  (2015) “Locking in Cangue forever: the struggles of Chinese Catholics under the prohibition of Christianity in the light of documents related to the Ministry of Punishment of the Qing period永遠枷號──清代刑部相關文獻所見禁制天主教下的中國信徒實況,” Journal of the History of Christianity in Modern China (近代中國基督教史研究集刊),vol. 10 (in Chinese), 1-15.
  (2015) “Guangxu bingxu ke jinshi Xinhui Tan Guo’en shengping chutan 光緒丙戌科進士新會譚國恩生平初探”, in Puk Wing Kin & Li Lin (eds). The 1886 jinshi class (Shibian, bagu, kechang, Guangxu shi’er nian bingxu ke jinshi qunti yanjiu 世變、八股、科場:光緒十二年丙戌科進士群體研究, Hong Kong: Zhonghua shuju), 565-75.
  (2013) “Conditions and Risks of Water Transport in the late Ming Songjiang Region as seen in the cases collected in Mao Yilu’s Yuanjian yanlüe,” in Billy Kee-long So (ed). The Economy of Lower Yangtze Delta in late Imperial China: connecting Money, Markets and Institutions. London: Routledge; Academia Sinica Series (ISBN: 978-0-415-50896-4), pp. 266-277.
  (2011) So, K. L. & Tam, K. “Ming mo Qing chu Songjiangfu ji qi zhoubian diqu de renkou sunshi yu lishi renkou gusuan 明末清初松江府及其周邊地區的人口損失與歷史人口估算” in Qinghua daxue xuebao: zhuxue shehui kexue ban 清華大學學報:哲學社會科學版, 26.6, pp. 45-54.
  4. Maritime and Transportation History
  (2016) “Transportation History”, entry of The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology (edited by The Association of American Geographers), Wiley.
  (2014) Ng, A.; Duruet, C.; Jacobs, W.; Monios, J.; Notteboom, T.; Rodrigue, J-P.; Slack, B.; Tam, K. & Wilmsmeier, G. “Port Geography as a Human and Transport Geography Sub-discipline: The Changing Tides and Development,” in Journal of Transport Geography.
  (2014) Lau, J., Tam, K., Ng, A. & Pallis, A. “Cruise terminals site selection process: An institutional analysis of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong”, in Research in Transportation Business & Management, vol.13 (12.2014), pp.16-23.
  (2014) Tang, O.; Lau, J.; Tam, K. & Ng, A. “A Critical Review of the Evolution of the Maritime Code in the People’s Republic of China,” in Asian Geographer, vol. 31, issue 2, pp.115-127.
  (2013) “Jintui liangnan: cong wan Ming yan’an geqian chuanzhi de zaoyu kan Dongya haiyang maoyi de fengxian 進退兩難──從晚明沿岸擱淺船隻的遭遇看東亞海洋貿易的風險 (Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A Consideration of the dangers of maritime Activities in East Asia based on Ships that ran aground in Coastal Regions during the Late Ming),” in Ming shi yanjiu 明史研究 (Ming Studies Journal, CASS), vol. 13, 196-203.
  (2012) Ng, A. & Tam, K. “China’s seaport development during the Early Open Door Policy Period, 1978-2002” in Harlaftis, G., Tenold, S. and Valdaliso, J.M. (eds). World’s Key Industry: History and Economics of International Shipping. New York: Palgrave McMillan (ISBN: 978-0-2303-6914-6), Chapter 11, pp. 180-199.
  5. Historical Geographic Information System (GIS)
  (2015) Tam, K. & So, K. L. Billy. “The HGIS experience of drawing sub-county unit boundaries in the Jiangnan region of late imperial China,” in Mei-Po Kwan, Douglas Richardson, Donggen Wang, and Chenghu Zhou (eds). Space-Time Integration in Geography and GIScience: Research Frontiers in the US and China, Dordrecht and New York: Springer (ISBN 978-94-017-9204-2), pp.175-188.
  (2012) So, K. L. & Tam, K. “Ming Qing da Songjiangfu diqu mianye shizhen geju yu renkou fenbu: yige HGIS de guancha 明清大松江府地區棉業市鎮格局與人口分佈:一個HGIS的觀察,"in Zou Chenhuan 鄒振环, Huang Jingbin 黃敬斌 (eds). MingQing yilei Jiangnan zhengshi fachan yu wenhua jiaoliu 明清以來江南城市發展與文化交流, Fudan shixue jikan 復旦史學集刊, vol.4. Shanghai: Fudan daxue chubanshe, pp. 207‐223.
  Plus 2 books and more than 40 journal articles, academic book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and conference papers.
COMMUNITY SERVICES
  Manuscript Reviewer, Bulletin of New Asia Institute of Advanced Chinese Studies 新亞學報, Journal of Transport Geography, Chinese Studies 漢學研究 and The T’oung Pao.
  Anchor to the TV Talk Show “Wuye jiangchang: lishi xigam hua 五夜講場: 歷史係咁話” of Radio Television Hong Kong (April to September 2017).
  Presenter to the Radio PAU Programme “CHINA ON THE DOT 中國點點點” of Radio Division, PAU Programme Unit, Radio Television Hong Kong, Channel 1.
  Guest Speaker to the TV series “Recalling the Collective Memory of Hong Kong: Hong Kong, Oh Hong Kong 歷史回望系列: 香港香港” of Radio Television Hong Kong (9th July to August 2014).
  Guest Anchor to the TV series “Recalling the Collective Memory of Hong Kong: The Old Days of Hong Kong 歷史回望系列: 香江歲月” of Radio Television Hong Kong (20th May to 24th June 2014).