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.