“Thinking Through Things in Qing China” Workshop

Professor Tobie Meyer-Fong will be running a workshop addressing issues related to material culture in Qing China at Johns Hopkins University, September 22-23, 2016, titled “Thinking Through Things in Qing China.” Workshop participants will consider special and everyday engagement with objects (via consumption, production, possession) by way of topics including, but by no means limited to, eating, wearing, recycling, making, worshiping, buying, selling, reading, and healing.

[With funding from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation and support from the East Asian Studies Program and the Department of History at Hopkins]

Workshop times & location: Sherwood Room, Levering Hall (schedule below)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

2-2:45pm Frames

Dorothy Ko, Barnard College, “Stone, Scissors, Paper: Thinking Through Things in Qing China.”

3:00-5:00 pm Things in the World

Yulia Frumer, Johns Hopkins, “Instruments of the Beijing Imperial Observatory in Tokugawa Period Astronomical Practice.”

Kristina Kleughtgen, Washington University, St. Louis, “The Art of Diplomacy: China’s Reciprocal Gifts to the Macartney Mission.”

Emily Mokros, Albion College, “Authentic, Recycled, and Counterfeit News: The Peking Gazette as Thing and Text”

5:15-7:15pm The Stuff of Empire

Jonathan Schlesinger, Indiana University, “Wild Beijing: On Naturalistic Fashions in the High Qing.”

Yulian Wu, University of South Carolina, “Forging the Instrument of Empire: Khotan Jade, Confucian Ritual, and the Construction of Qing Empire in Eighteenth-Century China.”

Marta Hanson, Johns Hopkins, Medical Things and the Body-as-Technology in the Qing Court’s Golden Mirror, 1742”

Friday, September 23, 2016

9:00-11:00am Quotidian Things

Rachel Silberstein, RISD, “Wearing Other People’s Clothes: The Second-Hand Clothes Seller in Turn of the Century China.”

Hu Ke, Columbia University, “Eating Meat and Drinking Spirits: A History of Improper Funeral Banquets in Huizhou”

Susan Naquin, Princeton University, “The Material Manifestations of Regional Culture.”

12:30-2:30pm Efficacious Things

Wai-Yee Li, Harvard University, “The Real and the Fake in Seventeenth Century Literature.”

SE Kile, University of Michigan, “Efficacious Illusions in the Early Qing”

Tobie Meyer-Fong, Johns Hopkins University, “Righteous Bones: Corpses as Moral Objects”

3:00-5:00pm Seeing Things

Xiaoqian Ji, Johns Hopkins, “Literati-craftsmen and the making of lens knowledge in 17th-century China”

Tina Lu, Yale University, “Techne, Magic, and Lenses in the Seventeenth Century”

Yumi Kim, Johns Hopkins, “Seeing Cages: Photographs of Home Confinement in Modern Japan”

5:15-6:15pm Closing Roundtable