Radical Machines: Chinese Computing and the Future of Writing
Wednesday, September 20 at 5:00pm to 7:30pm
McGowan South, 108 1110 W Belden Ave
5:30-6:45pm Lecture, Q&A
Whether in terms of keyboards, screens, printers, encoding schemes, optical character recognition algorithms, or otherwise, Chinese script has constantly pushed to the world of computing far beyond its familiar alphabetic ecologies. In this talk, Thomas S. Mullaney charts out the ecologies of Chinese computing, an unfamiliar terrain that remains unmapped despite China’s present-day status as a global I.T. powerhouse.
Thomas S. Mullaney is Associate Professor of Chinese History at Stanford University, and Curator of the international exhibition,Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age. He is the author of The Chinese Typewriter: A History (MIT Press 2017), Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China (UC Press, 2010), and principal editor of Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation and Identity of China’s Majority (UC Press, 2011). His writings have appeared in theJournal of Asian Studies, Technology & Culture, Aeon, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy, and his work has been featured in theLA Times, The Atlantic, the BBC, and in invited lectures at Google, Microsoft, Adobe, and more. He holds a PhD from Columbia University.
Department of History
Department of Modern Languages
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