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'Readings on the Material Culture of Late-Imperial China' A discussion led by Professor Dorothy Ko (Columbia University)

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Location: Milburn House, University of Warwick
This session, primarily aimed at postgraduate and early-career postdoctoral researchers, will examine several readings relating to technology, material culture and consumption in late-imperial China.  The relevant texts will be distributed beforehand, and Professor Ko will introduce them in the context of her recent work.  The material for discussion will include both primary and secondary sources, but any Chinese-language materials will also be available in translation.  Lunch will be provided for all participants, and reasonable expenses incurred by participants travelling from within the UK will be reimbursed.  Spaces at the workshop are limited - to apply please email Amy Evans (, including a (very) short CV and estimate of travel costs to/from the University of Warwick, no later than Monday 10 May.  Following the workshop and lunch, participants will be free to attend Professor Ko's public lecture, 'Gender, Status & Skills: A Female Ink-stone Carver and Her Patrons/Clients in Eighteenth-Century China', which will begin at 5pm.


Dorothy Ko is an internationally-renowned historian of early modern China, who received her PhD from Stanford University and has since taught at the University of California (San Diego) and at Rutgers University.  She is the author of Teachers of the Inner Chambers: Women and Culture in Seventeenth-Century China (Stanford, 1994), Every Step a Lotus: Shoes for Bound Feet (California, 2001) and Cinderella’s Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding (California, 2005).  

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