Today (October 19) at New York University Thomas S. Mullaney will be giving one of his talks on Chinese typewriters.
Tom Mullaney, a graduate of Columbia, is assistant professor of Modern Chinese History at Stanford University.
He working on a global history of China’s 19th and 20th century development of a character-based information infrastructure, examining everything from the development of Chinese telegraph codes, typewriting and character retrieval systems to shorthand, Braille and modern computing
Among conference and invited papers he has, or will, deliver are The Semi-Colonial Semi-Colon: The Discourse and Practice of Punctuation and Symbolic Notation in Republican China (Princeton on a date yet to be confirmed), Incompatible with Modernity: The Chinese Typewriter in the Western Imagination (American Historical Association annual meeting this year), Splitting the Chinese Atom: Lin Yutang, the MingKwai Typewriter, and the Crisis of Information in 20th Century China (City University of Hong Kong last December).
Tom Mullaney’s blog can be seen here.
See him discuss his Chinese typewriter studies here: