Some gatherings serve as reminders of why it’s important for people to make time to physically come together to share work and ideas. A recent workshop on cartography and spatial thinking organized by Katharina Piechocki and Tom Conley at Radcliffe was a model of this, generous and inspiring in all kinds of wonderful ways. Here, see for yourself: this is an offering, an inventory of moments … Continue reading quote and paraphrase (a little list)
Last week, I was fortunate to be part of a truly magical gathering at the Smart Museum of the University of Chicago: a colloquium devoted to the theme of “Repurposing Magic.” It was an incredibly inspiring day, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to learn in such wonderful company. Here’s a prosed-out version of the 20-minute talk I gave at the colloquium, offered … Continue reading Working Paper – “Magical History, A Lion’s Tail, and A Lock of Hair”
Last week I was fortunate enough to participate in a session of the Sawyer Seminar on Critical Silk Road Studies at Georgetown organized by the wonderful Jim Millward and Michelle Wang. The seminars take the form of discussions (catered this time with delicious wine, dinnerfood, and cupcakes) of pre-circulated papers, prefaced by brief introductions by the authors (in this case, Pierce Salguero and me) and a commentary … Continue reading Working Paper – “Paper Dolls: An Architectonics of Translation in Early Modern Eurasia”
Working Papers (WPs) are new to the site. These are drafts that I’ve pre-circulated in advance of a talk, or distillations of the main bits of a talk (that may not have been prepared in paper form at all) some time after I’ve delivered it. I decided to incorporate this into my website after realizing a few things: I tend to treat talks and lectures as … Continue reading Working Papers now on the site!