Savage Exchange: An Interview

Tamara Chin’s new book is awesome: it’s a tour de force and a must-read for anyone interested in early China, the history of economy, or inter-disciplinarity in the humanities. Focusing on the reign of Han Emperor Wu (r. 141-87 BCE), Savage Exchange carefully considers how this earliest period of expansion of China’s markets and frontiers inspired scholarly debates over the relationships of frontier, market, word, and world. … Continue reading Savage Exchange: An Interview

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”

Recycling History: An Essay

Last year I published a short essay in the journal Tang Studies, occasioned by the publication of Valerie Hansen’s wonderful The Silk Road: A New History. The piece attempted to situate Hansen’s book within a broader consideration of contemporary research (and, importantly, teaching!) on Silk Road studies. You can find the issue in which the essay was published here. If you’d like to read it and can’t … Continue reading Recycling History: An Essay