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Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture 2017: Francesca Bray

Francesca Bray lecture at NUS

Save the date! Fracesca Bray, professor of social anthropology at University of Edinburgh and President of the international Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), will give the third annual Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture on April 20, 2017. 

The East Asia Program's Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture brings to Cornell leading scholars of Chinese and East Asian studies to discuss critical issues in their field of research.

Francesca Bray is a social anthropologist who works on the history of agriculture and of science, technology and medicine in China, and the macro- and micro-politics of everyday technologies (including food, housing, communications and hygiene) in many other parts of the world. She is involved in collaborative projects not only with anthropologists, historians and development studies specialists, but also with Science and Technology Studies scholars.

See her online study of California's toilet culture

Recent and key publications

Rice: Global Networks and New Histories (Cambridge, 2015).

Rice as Self: Food, History and Nation-Building in Japan and Malaysia (Goody Lecture 2014, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle).

Technology, Gender and History in Imperial China: Great Transformations Reconsidered (Routledge, 2013).

'Tools for virtuous action: technology, skills and ordinary ethics', in Charles Stafford (ed): Ordinary Ethics in China (LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology, 2013).

'Gender and technology', Annual Review of Anthropology 2007.

Technology and Gender: Fabrics of Power in Late Imperial China (California, 1997).

'Feeding Farmers and Feeding the Nation in Modern Malaysia: The Political Economy of Food and Taste' in eds Jakob Klein and James Watson Handbook of Food and Anthropology (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016).