Text and the City: Literary Geographies and Histories of the City in Middle-Period China (800-1100 CE)

La dernière des quatre conférences de Christian de Pee, directeur d’études invité à l’EHESS en juin 2017, aura pour thème : « Text and the City: Literary Geographies and Histories of the City in Middle-Period China (800-1100 CE) ».

Résumé

Social and economic histories of Middle-Period cities have commonly reconstructed the layout of those cities and then interpreted the reconstructed layouts in terms borrowed from social theorists such as Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Lewis Mumford. The intellectual history of the city attempted in this series of lectures, by contrast, seeks to maintain the categories of the period, to follow the itineraries rendered in writing, and thereby to preserve the historical connection between the text and the city. Instead of confirming a linear history of Western modernity, this intellectual history offers materials for a critique of such exceptionalist narratives by revealing modernist ways of seeing and thinking (e.g., the application of medical diagnostics to urban planning, the foregrounding of artifice and subjective perception in painting, the reflection on individuality and identity in the face of anonymous urban crowds, the development of detective stories) in a society that was neither industrial nor capitalist.

Date

Attention à l’horaire !

  • Lundi 26 juin 2017, 13h-15h

Lieu

  • EHESS – Salle A 737, 7e étage
    54 bd Raspail – 75006 Paris

Contact

  • Christian Lamouroux : christian.lamouroux [at] ehess.fr

Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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