What History Could Have Been: A Symposium

On May 21, a handful of historically-minded people will gather at Princeton to participate in an experiment in “conjectural historiography”: imagining and memorializing historians who never existed, but should have. It will be fabulous, it will be the beginning of something, it will be an experiment, and anyone who is in the area is warmly invited to join us. I’ll be sharing some reflections on a group … Continue reading What History Could Have Been: A Symposium

The City as Phantasm: Upcoming Event in NYC!

Hey NYC folks! Come to Brooklyn later this month to see Dominic Pettman and I attempt to translate our two Italo Calvino-inspired books into a hybrid, beautiful, monstrous third entity with help from the film artist Merritt Symes. This is not a two-talks kind of a thing: it will be a performance blending two books and some gorgeous film interludes together to create something new. April 29, … Continue reading The City as Phantasm: Upcoming Event in NYC!

Working Paper – “Magical History, A Lion’s Tail, and A Lock of Hair”

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”

Working Paper – “Paper Dolls: An Architectonics of Translation in Early Modern Eurasia”

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”