Please join the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago (CEAS) for their East Asia by the Book! CEAS Author Talks featuring Professor Martin Powers, Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at the University of Michigan, on Tuesday, November 17, 5:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time).
Professor Powers will be speaking about his book, China and England: The Preindustrial Struggle for Justice in Word and Image, which examines egalitarian social ideals and institutions that arose in preindustrial China and England. In the process, it uncovers China’s forgotten role in the history of social justice debate and legislation during the eighteenth century. Drawing on a wide range of visual and documentary evidence, he shows that many prominent individuals in both England and China adopted comparable strategies as a logical response to excesses of privilege and arbitrary power. The educated but non-noble persons taking advantage of print culture, the more literate population, an expanded art market, public spaces and other familiar ‘early modern’ developments to interrogate the system of inherited privilege and promote a more meritocratic society.
To register for this event, please click the Zoom link HERE.
This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago and the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. Initiated in 2016, this annual series showcases CEAS faculty, alumni, and special guests who provide author talks and book launches as a way to engage the broader community in conversations regarding key scholarship on East Asia.
Megumi Kim, Center Adminstrator
Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago