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Sun, Aug 9, 2020
Asian Studies Colloquium: "Envisioning the City in Early Modern China"
(Educational Opportunity)

Beginning in the Song dynasty (960-1279), Chinese cities underwent significant change in their organization and functioning. Many cities became important centers of commercial life, and the Chinese economy as a whole developed a strong market component. Long-distance trade, regional specialization in production, and the growth of communications and financial infrastructure all influenced the development of early modern Chinese cities. During this same period the graphic representation of cities also went through significant changes, with a wide range of images and representational strategies being produced by both public and private actors. This talk will explore the visual representation of cities in early modern China, from the 12th to the 16th centuries. Dr. Ken Hammond (New Mexico State University) will use a set of images of urban spaces to illuminate the changes taking place in China during this period, and to consider the meaning and usefulness of concepts like "cheng"(city), "tu" (map/picture/image), and early modernity in understanding Chinese urban history.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Asian Studies and History programs. For more information about Dr. Hammond, please see:

Location: Science Building, Room 106
Price: free and open to the public
Sponsor: Asian Studies Program
Contact: Jeff Richey
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