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Dr Hansun Hsiung, BA Yale, PhD Harvard

Assistant Professor / Director of Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42414
Room number: ER279, Elvet Riverside II

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Hansun Hsiung combines methods from book history and the history of science to address fundamental problems in the global history of knowledge. His research to date has traced the transformation of print networks between Japan and western Europe, ca. 1750-1900, detailing—a story that thrusts missionaries, opium smugglers, and pirate publishers alongside samurai-scholars in the co-production of Western knowledge. In addition to a book manuscript, Learn Anything!: Cheap Print and the Education of the Modern World, he is at work editing a special issue on the role of "compression" as a virtue in communications and information management systems, as well as a second monograph project on the prehistory of long-distance image transmission, rethinking the genealogy of tele-vision before the advent of contemporary televisual technologies. Prior to his arrival at Durham, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Department II of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Music and Media Studies at Humboldt University (Berlin). His research has received support from the American Historical Association, the Association for Asian Studies, the Fulbright Program, and the Mellon Foundation.

Research Projects

Department of History

  • Thinking East Asia

Research Interests

  • History of science
  • Global history
  • History of the book
  • Media studies
  • History of medicine
  • History of technology

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

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Indicators of Esteem

  • Senior Fellow, Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography: