Staff in Japanese Studies
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Dr Hansun Hsiung, BA Yale, PhD Harvard
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.
Department of History
- Thinking East Asia
- History of science
- Global history
- History of the book
- Media studies
- History of medicine
- History of technology
Indicators of Esteem
- Senior Fellow, Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography:
Chapter in book
- 2018 'Chi no rekishigaku to kindai sekai no tanjō [Histories of Knowledge and the Birth of the Modern World]', in Namikawa, Kenji & Furuie, Shinpei (eds.), = Edo-Meiji renzoku suru rekishi, Fujiwara shoten, pp. 52-67
- 2017 'The Circle of Knowledge: Radical Commensurability and the Deaf Textbook', in Rogers, Asha, Mukhopadhyay, Priyasha & Kunstmann, Rouven (eds.), The Global Histories of Books: Methodologies and Practices, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 161-187
- 2019 'Knowledge Made Cheap: Global Learners and the Logistics of Reading', PMLA: Special Issue: Cultures of Reading, ed. Evelyne Ender and Deidre Lynch 134, pp. 137-143
- 2019 'Whose Science Wins or Loses? (And What's Left for Reason After?)', Isis 110.
- 2012 'Woman, Man, Abacus: A Tale of Enlightenment', Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 72, pp. 1-42
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- 2018 'Timing the textbook: capitalism, development, and western knowledge in the nineteenth-century', digital.
- 2017 (co-authored with Frampton, Stephanie Ann, Hepler-Smith, Evan & Robertson, Craig) 'Virtual Roundtable on “Compression”', online.