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The Visual Politics of Map-fare: Using Early-Modern Chinese and Korean Maps to Understand the South China Sea Disputes

William A. Callahan (LSE)

Zoom Conference Room

December 3, 2020, 16:30-18:30


CGSI Weekly Colloquium

William A. Callahan is professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His recent books include Sensible Politics: Visualizing International Relations (OUP, 2020), China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future (OUP, 2015) and China: The Pessoptimist Nation (OUP: 2010). Callahan also makes documentary films: ‘Great Walls’ (28 min., 2020) asks why we hate Trump’s wall and love the Great Wall of China, and ‘You can see China from here’ (14 min., 2020) reconsiders how borders work in the age of coronavirus. 
In this seminar, he asks how we are to understand visual images which are everywhere in international politics. In Sensible Politics (OUP, 2020), he uses his expertise in social theory, China studies, and filmmaking to explore not only what visuals mean, but also how visuals can viscerally move and connect us in “affective communities of sense.” While it is common to use “Western” theory to analyze Asian case studies, the book challenges such Eurocentrism by employing Chinese and Asian concepts, practices and experiences to understand international politics more generally. The seminar will give a general overview of Sensible Politics’s arguments, and then an in-depth discussion of how Chapter 7, “Maps, Space, and Power,” analyzes early-modern Chinese and Korean maps to explain the PRC’s current policy in the South China Sea. It shows how maps don’t just represent the Earth, but actually can emotionally move people, and thus “do” things – map-fare – by provoking affective communities of sense.

Date: December 3, 2020
Time: 16.30-18.30
Venue: online seminar (https://zoom.us/j/6915820895 ID: 691 582 0895)
Language: English
Hosted by: Critical Global Studies Institute
Co-hosted by: Asian Association of World Historians(AAWH), Osaka University