Keynote speakers – University of Copenhagen

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Keynote speakers

11th Annual International ADI Conference

Asian Dynamics Initiative, University of Copenhagen
17-19 June 2019

Keynote speakers

Professor Dr. Dagmar Shäfer, Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Dagmar Schäfer's main interest is the history and sociology of technology of China, focusing on the paradigms configuring the discourse on technological development, past and present. She has published widely on the Premodern history of China (Song-Ming) and technology, materiality, the processes and structures that lead to varying knowledge systems, and the changing role of artefacts - texts, objects, and spaces - in the creation, diffusion, and use of scientific and technological knowledge. Her current research focus is the historical dynamics of concept formation, situations, and experiences of action through which actors have explored, handled and explained their physical, social, and individual worlds.

Professor Eric Tagliacozzo, History, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University
Professor Tagliacozzo’s research centeres on the history of people, ideas, and material in motion in and around Southeast Asia, especially in the late colonial age. His first book, Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asian Frontier (Yale University Press, 2005), examined many of these ideas by analyzing the history of smuggling in the region. He is the team member of the Institute’s cluster “Trading Empires of the South China, South Asia and the Gulf Region” and co-editor of the three book volumes Asia Inside Out (Harvard University Press), major output of the cluster.

Dr. Kairi Jain, Associate Professor of Indian Visual Culture and Contemporary Art, Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto
Kairi Jain's work focuses on images at the interface between religion, politics, and vernacular business cultures in India. She is the author of Gods in the Bazaar: The Economies of Indian Calendar Art (Duke University Press, 2007). Her current research on the emergence of gigantic iconic statues in India after the neoliberal economic reforms of the 1990s extends her interests in the efficacies of circulation, the aesthetics of modern religion, and vernacular capitalism to their interface with material infrastructures (highways, the automotive industry, dams), domestic tourism, landscape/“nature”, governmentality, and democracy (particularly the politics of caste).