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Professor Dorothy Ko, Columbia University (US)

Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS)
University of Warwick, 24-28 May 2010
We are pleased to announce that Professor Dorothy Ko (Barnard College, Columbia University) will be Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick from 24 to 28 May 2010. Professor 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).
'Fashion and Fashionability: Asia and Europe'
A roundtable chaired by Dr Giorgio Riello (History)
12:00pm-2:00pm, Tuesday 25 May 2010, Millburn House.
In addition to Professor Ko, participants will include Professor Stella Bruzzi (Film & Televison Studies) and Dr Sally Gray (Art History & Theory, University of New South Wales).
'Readings on the Material Culture of Late-Imperial China'
A discussion led by Professor Dorothy Ko
10:30am-12:30pm (followed by lunch), Wednesday 26 May 2010, Millburn House. Participants' readings
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 this session 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 discussion and lunch, participants will be free to attend Professor Ko's public lecture (see below).

'Gender, Status & Skills: A Female Ink-stone Carver and Her Patrons/Clients in Eighteenth-Century China'
A public lecture by Professor Dorothy Ko
5pm, Wednesday 26 May 2010, Millburn House.
Further information, including directions to Millburn House, is available through the Institute of Advanced Study website.