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
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International Affairs Building (Room 918), Columbia University, 420 West 118 Street, New York

Event Description: 

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 catalogs? 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. 

Event Speakers:

  • 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, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Chengzhi Wang, Columbia University
  • Danping Wang, Columbia University
  • Chuan Xu, Columbia University

Event Information: 

This event is free and open to the public; no registration required. Please view the conference schedule or the event website for more details. 

Sponsored by Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the C. V. Starr Library, and the Center for Science and Society, all at Columbia University.