主題演講 Keynote Speech

9月1日 15:00 ~ 17:00

講者|Marisa Morán Jahn


Art, Alchemy, and Social Transformation

Drawing on her transdisciplinary approach as well as precedents from art history from the 1970s onward, artist Marisa Morán Jahn expands how we think of the function of art. Rather than simply illustrating a concept, Jahn frames art-making as an integral process of critical, scientific inquiry; social transformation; and cultural esteem. 

An artist of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Morán Jahn’s works redistribute power, “exemplifying the possibilities of art as social practice” (ArtForum). Jahn, who explores “civic spaces and the radical art of play” (Chicago Tribune), codesigns small to architectural and urban-scale projects with immigrant families, domestic workers, and public housing residents. Their public artwork, civic media tools, installations, films, architectural and urban-scale collaborations have engaged millions both on the street and at venues such as the United Nations, Tribeca Film Festival, Obama’s White House, Museum of Modern Art, and Venice Biennale of Architecture. Her work has received international media coverage in outlets including The New York Times, the BBC, Univision, Hyperallergic, Art in America, Architectural Review, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, PBS, and hundreds more. She has received grants and awards from Sundance, Creative Capital, and is currently an  Artist in Residence at The National Public Housing Museum, a Senior Researcher at MIT. Jahn has taught at Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (her alma mater), and Parsons/The New School where she is the Director of Integrated Design. With Rafi Segal, Jahn co-authored a book, Design & Solidarity (Columbia University Press, 2023) and co-founded Carehaus, the U.S.’s first care-based co-housing project ( She is represented by Sapar Contemporary.

9月2日 10:50 ~ 12:20

講者|Victor Seow
Harvard University

主題|Some Reflections on Energy and the Scales of Historical and Social Analysis

Energy has witnessed a surge of interest among historians and other scholars of society in recent years. This is not too surprising given the growing sense of urgency around our unfolding climate crisis, to which the extravagant burning of fossil fuels has been a leading contributor. Energy has thus been a compelling subject of study because of how important decisions related to its production and use will be to determining our collective present and future. At the same time, part of the appeal of energy has been its analytical promise. To environmental historian Richard White, it is a “protean and useful concept.” By following energy flows, one is able to weave together social and natural processes that are more commonly considered as separate threads. But the capaciousness of the energetic perspective presents its own challenge. In this talk, I set out to offer some reflections on the utility of placing energy at the center of our historical and social analyses, with particular attention to aspects of scale.

The talk will be given in English and Q&A will be done in English and Chinese.

Victor Seow is a historian of technology, science, an industry, specializing in China and Japan in global contexts and in histories of energy and work. He is the author of Carbon Technocracy: Energy Regimes in Modern East Asia (University of Chicago Press, 2022), which uses the history of Asia’s onetime largest coal mine—the Fushun colliery in southern Manchuria—to explore the interplay of energy and power in the industrial age. Carbon Technocracy has received several awards, including the Association for Asian Studies’ John Whitney Hall Book Prize, the Chinese Historians in the United States’ Academic Excellence Award, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations’ Michael H. Hunt Prize in International History. Victor is currently working on his next book, a history of industrial psychology in China.

9月2日 18:30 ~ 20:00







The History of China and India: Pictorial and Descriptive by Miss Corner (1847)

9月3日 10:50 ~ 12:20

講者|Hallam Stevens
James Cook University, Australia

主題|Fairchildren and factory girls: family, space, and labor, in the Singapore electronics industry

We are now in the midst of what has been called a global "chip war," with China, the United States, and Taiwan considered to be the major players. This situation is the result of the globalization within the microelectronics industry that began in the 1960s. Southeast Asia was a major site for such outsourcing – US firms such as Fairchild Semiconductor, Hewlett Packard, and General Electric established factories in the region. This paper describes this “first wave” of outsourcing, examining the effects of these industries on work and life in the newly independent city state of Singapore. By analyzing the forms of work, patterns of family life, and development of urban space that arose within and around these factories, this talk aims to shed light on the long-term cultural and geopolitical effects of globalization within the microelectronics industries.