Past Event

"ephemera: science and technology: Collections on Modern China at Columbia’s Starr Library"

December 6, 2019 - December 7, 2019
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

ephemera: science and technology: Collections on Modern China at Columbia’s Starr Library

Weatherhead East Asian Institute Event

Please join for a workshop with:

Jim Cheng, Columbia University
Lisa Claypool, University of Alberta
Laurence Coderre, New York University
Don J. Cohn, Independent Collector
Fa-ti Fan, SUNY Binghamton
Yi Gu, University of Toronto
Eugenia Lean, Columbia University
Ying Qian, Columbia University
Sigrid Schmalzer, UMass, Amherst
Chengzhi Wang, Columbia University
Danping Wang, Columbia University
Chuan Xu, Columbia University

This workshop brings together scholars working on history of science and technology, visual culture and art history, to examine a body of materials from the “Ephemera Collection on Chinese Science, Technology, Law, and Society”, housed at Columbia’s Starr library.  What kinds of questions can we ask of ephemera items, such as pamphlets, slides, posters and exhibition catalogues? How do these material objects rescued from “the dustbin of history” challenge conventional understandings of science and technology? How can they help us understand science and technology as practice and experience in Republican and Mao-era China? The workshop begins with an introduction to the collection, proceeds with focused reading sessions led by scholars, and ends with a round-table discussion.

This is a Weatherhead East Asian Institute 70th anniversary event and part of the Science and Society in Global Asia series.