Welcome to the first issue of what I hope will be a regular newsletter! (The photo above is my cat Deke in the process of helping this morning as I type this.) The idea is to share work in progress, motivate a regular writing practice, and let y’all know what I’m thinking about so that you can get in touch if you’re interested while the … Continue reading Welcome to the newsletter!
It’s been a minute! After a long hiatus of getting settled in my new digs, finishing up some things, and, well, a pandemic…I’m back to the site with some updates and plans. This summer, I’ll be updating the site and adding some new elements, some new work, and more regular check-ins. The new format should make it easier to find syllabi, publications, and events. I’ll … Continue reading New look, new book: time for a reboot!
I’ll deliver my Provost’s Inaugural Lecture at Pitt in just a little over a week, and I’ll be talking about the book manuscript that I’m editing and getting ready to send out. Come join us if you’re in town! There will be snacks! xo Continue reading Inaugural Lecture Feb 6 2020
Happy Friday, y’all! Here’s the information for an upcoming roundtable at Harvard on March 19 2020 that might be of interest to folks who will be headed to the Association for Asian Studies annual meeting in Boston. It’ll be some Asia-language-science-translation goodness. My contribution will be related to Illegible Cities, my forthcoming book (with Oxford U Press) on translation to and from (mostly) non-European languages … Continue reading Asia in the History of Science: A Convo
Carrie and I are super excited that Uninvited: Talking Back to Plato will be coming out with McGill-Queen’s University Press in May 2020. (This is a book we love in which we respond to and reimagine Plato’s Symposium in a hybrid poetry/fiction format. You’ll find our own versions of the speeches of the text – of Phaedrus, of Aristophanes, of Diotima, etc – as inspired … Continue reading Uninvited now available for pre-order!
Now out in Geist 111: a clutch of poems inspired by the “Socrates Questions Agathon” speech in Plato’s Symposium. You can read the poems here. Versions will be included in Uninvited: Talking Back To Plato (forthcoming as a book! stay tuned…), a collaborative project with Carrie Jenkins that you can read about in a little piece we wrote for The Philosophers’ Magazine. Enjoy! Continue reading Sappho Questions Medusa: Poems
I’m so delighted to share the news that Dominic Pettman‘s and my book of short stories (inspired by Vilém Flusser’s work on the theory of gesture) is now available! Head on over to the Punctum Press site, where you can download a free ebook or link over to buy a paper copy. I love these stories so much. We’re plotting a book launch in NYC … Continue reading Metagestures: A Book!
Long time no post! I’ve been hibernating while on leave, but there’s so much to tell and leave is over and I’ll be posting a bunch in the weeks to come. First off, here are the first drafty bits of what seems to be taking shape as a kind of weird magical lifestyle guide/cookbook, now available at The Invisible College. Also check out Carrie Jenkins’s … Continue reading Glass, and Light, and Cotton, and Celery: Bits of a new lifestyle guide/cookbook
New website ahoy! Translating Vitalities is a collective of artists, anthropologists, medical and healing practitioners, historians, and other humanists and non-humanists who regularly come together in the service of making collaborative work to understand lifeworlds and their translations and transformations. We now have a website that will archive and share work that grows from the project, and you can find us here: https://translatingvitalities.com/. Continue reading Translating Vitalities: A Website
At the heart of Michael Szonyi’s new book are two questions: 1) How did ordinary people in the Ming deal with their obligations to provide manpower to the army?, and 2) What were the broader consequences of their behavior?” The Art of Being Governed: Everyday Politics in Late Imperial China (Princeton University Press, 2017) considers how military institutions shaped the lives of ordinary people on China’s southeast coast … Continue reading The Art of Being Governed: An Interview