Radical Machines: Chinese Computing and the Future of Writing

Event Agenda:

5:00-5:30pm Registration

5:30-6:45pm Lecture, Q&A

6:45-7:30pm Reception

Lecture Sketch: 

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.

Speaker Bio: 

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 StudiesTechnology & CultureAeonForeign Affairs, and Foreign Policy, and his work has been featured in theLA TimesThe Atlantic, the BBC, and in invited lectures at Google, Microsoft, Adobe, and more. He holds a PhD from Columbia University.


Studio Chi 

Department of History

Department of Modern Languages 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 5:00pm to 7:30pm

McGowan South, 108
1110 W Belden Ave

Event Type

University-wide Events, Speaker/Presenters


College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, History, Modern Languages, Centers and Institutes, Studio CHI




Free and Open to the Public

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