“Thinking About Things in Qing China”, September 22-23

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 2 – 7:15pm
Sherwood Room, Levering Hall

Friday, September 23, 2016, 9am – 6:15pm
Great Hall, Levering Hall

On September 22-23, 2016, scholars will gather for an interdisciplinary workshop on material culture in early modern China. The program, “Thinking Through Things in Qing China,” features historical, literary, and art historical approaches to objects ranging from used clothing to jade chimes. Several papers deal specifically with lens technology, others treat questions of craftsmanship, rulership, or ethnic identity as expressed in material culture. Dorothy Ko of Barnard College will set the stage by highlighting the contributions of the papers to follow. Her introduction will be followed by panels titled: “Things in the World,” “The Stuff of Empire,” “Quotidian Things,” “Efficacious Things,” and “Seeing Things.” The workshop is the second in a series of three annual programs on late imperial Chinese culture and society supported by a grant from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation and to be held at Johns Hopkins.

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