INVITED PRESENTATIONS      (SELECTED, SINCE 2011)


Troubled Spectacles: The Politics and Poetics of Violent Landscapes

Cultural Studies Program, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, March 22, 2017.

The Lure of Ruins: Global Nostalgia and the Afterimage of Destruction

Asian Studies Program, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA, February 24, 2017.

Ruins for Politics: Inventing Industrial Heritage in Postsocialist China’s Rustbelt 
Industrial Heritage, Historical Culture and Regional Identity Workshop, Institute of Social Movements, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany, December 1-3, 2016.


Contextualizing 21st Century China's Innovation Dream

ASEAN Science and Technology Park International Workshop, Ministry of Science and Technology, Beijing, China, September 1-16, 2016.


Beyond the Zone of Exception: The Aesthetics and Politics of Ruination

The Social Life of Ruins Workshop, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany, June 9-10, 2016.

Artist Discussion: Spectacle and Surveillance
Goethe-Institut, Toronto, Canada, May 6, 2016.


From Fact to Data: Engineering Human Quality in Chinese Governance

Quantificaiton, Power and Democracy Workshop, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS Cachan), Paris, France, April 28-29, 2016.


Amid the Colonial Debris: China and India in the Global History of Science and Technology
Theorizing Anti-Colonialism: An Interdisciplinary Workshop, State Univeristy of New York, Fredonia, USA, March 3-4, 2016.


China's Forgotten Gated Communities
Dresher Center for the Humanities Forum Series, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, USA, November 18, 2015.


Artist Presentation
Thin Ice. Facing the Environment and Climate Change in Ethnological Museums Workshop. Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Berlin, Germany, October 13-14, 2015.


Size Matters: The Anxiety of Large Numbers in Chinese Governance
Power Through Numbers Workshop, Nantes Institute of Advanced Study, Nantes, France, April 28-29, 2015.


Precarious Living

Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Duke University, Durham, USA, April 8, 2015


All in Sepia: The Aesthetics and Politics of Ruination

Beyond Apocalypse: Ruinscape and Ruination in China, Japan, and the United States Workshop, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, March 20-21, 2015.


Landscapes of Distress: Urban Space as Evidence, Images, and Allegories iin Post-socialist China
Keynote Address, 24th Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference, State University of New York, Buffalo, USA, March 7, 2015


Semicoloniality and Social Scientific Knowledge Production in Twentieth-Century China

(De-)Colonizing Knowledge: Figures, Narratives, and Practices Workshop,  Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany, February 16-17, 2015.


Gated Precarity: A Post-socialist Forbidden City in Global China

Denison University, Granville, USA, November 14, 2014.


Hauntscapes: The Politics and Aesthetics of (Post)socialist Ruins and Slums

(Post)socialist Spaces Workshop, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany, November 6-8, 2014


Complementing relationship: China, Chinese and Western Colonialism

A Public Conversation with Dr. Uday Balakrishnan, Let’s Talk Series, Kochi Biennale Foundation, Kochi, India, August 8, 2014


Between Dreamworld and Catastrophe: Visualizing China’s High-Speed Growth
Decennial Lecture Series, Center for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, August 7, 2014


Ruinscape and Slumscape: Picturing History and Violence in Global East Asia

China Institute, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom, May 12, 2014


The Qing Empire Strikes Back: Frontier Recolonization and State Transformation in Modern China

School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom, May 8, 2014


Ruinscape and Slumscape: Picturing History and Violence in Global East Asia

Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom, May 7, 2014


Freedom of Misinformation: Facts, Rumors, and Big Data in Modern China

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany, April 23, 2014


De-signing Urban China

Politecnico di Milano/Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy, April 11, 2014


Governing with Facts and Numbers

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany, March 25, 2014

Empiricism and the Nation
Keynote Address, Production and Distribution of Medical Knowledge in Rural China: Maoist and Post-Maoist Experiences Workshop
Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany, February 11-12, 2014


Detroit and Xiancun: A Tale of Two Dystopias

A lecture hosted by the Chair of American Literature, Universität Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany, December 19, 2013


Sighting the Nation: Images and Imaginations of the Emerging Chinese Social Body

Questioning Modernity Conference, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany, November 22-24, 2013


Provincial Knowledge: Evidence and Local Customs in Late Qing Legal Reform

Nation and Enumeration Workshop, Columbia University, New York, USA, October 26, 2013


Unreal Estate: China’s Unsettling Settlements, Institute of East Asian Studies

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA, October 23, 2013

Visualizing Ruins and Globalization
Distinguished Overseas Scholars Series, Department of Ethnology and Sociology, Minzu University, Beijing, China, June 4, 2013


The Content and Form of Late Qing China’s Reforms

Late Imperial Epistemologies Workshop, Columbia University, New York, USA, May 17-18, 2013

Rebuilding the Qing Empire in the Global Context

The Nature of the Manchu Empire Roundtable, The School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA, December 6-8, 2012


Rethinking the Later Qing: Information, Communication, and Empire-Building

Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, May 19, 2012


Technoscience and Urban Development in Postsocialist China

China and India Research Collaborative Network, India Institute, King’s College, London, United Kingdom, April 12-14, 2012


The Empire’s New Clothes: The Recolonization of the Frontier in Late Qing China

Past and Present in China Conference, New York University, New York, USA, December 2-3, 2011


Reimagining Time and Space in Urban China

Global Modernity and Asian Urban History, National University of Singapore, Singapore, September 12-13, 2011


Rethinking Globality: The Geography of Exemplar and Exclusion in Post-socialist China

East Asian Cities and Globalization Workshop, University of Warwick, Warwick, United Kingdom, July 21-24, 2011


Technoscience and State Power in Modern China

China and India Research Collaborative Network, York University, Toronto, Canada, May 5-7, 2011



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