Ting Chang
Mon, 04/27/2020
Thu, 06/25/2020
Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural, Media, and Visual Studies, University of Nottingham
“Playing Empire: Games, Spectacles and Colonial Subjects” considers physical interaction with Western views of China in the long nineteenth century as a way to form colonial subject positions. Chang examines European playing cards, games, peepshows, and panoramas that represented China to British and French audiences. Britain and France are highlighted as the most forceful in commercial and military interventions in China across the century. In this context, Chang explores the operations of predigital immersive games and spectacles in shaping perceptions of Euro-Chinese relations. Insofar as the systems underpinning games also underpin the world we inhabit, her findings have larger implications beyond Britain, France, and China in the nineteenth century. Indeed, the gaming and viewing devices Chang examines also represented other geographies, peoples, and conflicts. Studying them helps us to understand how people were and are taught through playful practices to engage with difference and power relations.
 
Sarah Goldsmith
Mon, 06/01/2020
Mon, 08/31/2020
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, School of History and the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester

Goldsmith’s project, “Bare Bodies, Bare Knuckles and Family Sketchbooks: Investigating Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Depictions of the Male Body,” explores the extent to which the body was important to eighteenth-and nineteenth-century notions of masculinity. It undertakes a survey of how the male body is represented in the Center’s extensive collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century drawings, paintings, portraiture, and sculpture. Through this, it interrogates the complex relationship between eighteenth- and nineteenth-century life modeling, sporting culture, masculinity, and artistic practice. Alongside this, it uses the Center’s collection of nineteenth-century family sketchbooks and diaries to consider how men’s bodies were understood within familial contexts, at different life stages and by the female gaze.