Works by Faculty

  • India, China, and the World: A Connected History

    This pathbreaking study provides the first comprehensive examination of India-China interactions in the broader contexts of Asian and world history. By focusing on material exchanges, transmissions of knowledge and technologies, networks of exchange during the colonial period, and little-known facets of interactions between the Republic of India and the People’s Republic of China, Tansen Sen argues convincingly that the analysis of India-China connections must extend beyond the traditional frameworks of nation-states or bilateralism. Instead, he demonstrates that a wide canvas of space, people, objects, and timeframe is needed to fully comprehend the interactions between India and China in the past and during the contemporary period. Considering as well the contributions of people and groups from beyond India and China, Sen also explores the interactions between Indians and Chinese outside the Asian continent. The author’s formidable array of sources, pulled from archives and libraries around the world, range from Chinese travel accounts to Indian intelligence reports. Examining the connected histories of the two regions, Sen fills a striking gap in the study of India and China in a global setting. (Description courtesy of publisher)

    Publication Date:
    2017
    Author:
    Tansen Sen
    Publisher:
    Rowman & Littlefield
    Call Number:
    ISBN:
    978-1538111727
  • Chroniques de la Maladie Chronique

    This book is based on over a decade of conversations and encounters with one family - around one woman suffering from several chronic diseases in the United States. The book shows how chronic illness is folded into the world of the family, how illness reconfigures relationships of care, and how it directs the work of medicine in unexpected ways. “Chroniques de la maladie chronique” is an ethnographic portrait written on and through the body over time.

    Publication Date:
    2017
    Author:
    Todd Meyers
    Publisher:
    Presses Universitaires de France
    Call Number:
    ISBN:
    978-2130789635
  • Realizing the Witch: Science, Cinema, and the Mastery of the Invisible

    Benjamin Christensen’s Häxan (The Witch, 1922) stands as a singular film within the history of cinema. Deftly weaving contemporary scientific analysis and powerfully staged historical scenes of satanic initiation, confession under torture, possession, and persecution, Häxan creatively blends spectacle and argument to provoke a humanist re-evaluation of witchcraft in European history as well as the contemporary treatment of female “hysterics” and the mentally ill. 

    In Realizing the Witch, Baxstrom and Meyers show how Häxan opens a window onto wider debates in the 1920s regarding the relationship of film to scientific evidence, the evolving study of religion from historical and anthropological perspectives, and the complex relations between popular culture, artistic expression, and concepts in medicine and psychology. Häxan is a film that travels along the winding path of art and science rather than between the narrow division of “documentary” and “fiction.” Baxstrom and Meyers reveal how Christensen’s attempt to tame the irrationality of “the witch” risked validating the very “nonsense” that such an effort sought to master and dispel. Häxan is a notorious, genre-bending, excessive cinematic account of the witch in early modern Europe. Realizing the Witch not only illustrates the underrated importance of the film within the canons of classic cinema, it lays bare the relation of the invisible to that which we cannot prove but nevertheless “know” to be there.

    Publication Date:
    2015
    Author:
    Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers
    Publisher:
    Fordham University Press
    Call Number:
    ISBN:
    978-0823268252
  • The Sextants of Beijing: Global Currents in Chinese History

    The myth that Chinese civilization is monolithic, unchanging and perenially cut off from the rest of the world has long obscured China's diverse and dynamic history. Drawing on research, NYU Shanghai Provost and professor of history Joanna Waley-Cohen, provides an accessible account of China's fertile relations with other Asian cultures and the West from the days of the Silk Road to the present. Waley-Cohen argues that well before the arrival of Europeans in East Asia, China was integrated into a wide-ranging network of commercial, intellectual, religious and cultural contacts. Among the most influential features of this traffic was the spread of Buddhism from India to China. Later, Catholic missionaries would interpret the Chinese resistance to their religion as evidence of an arrogant complacency, just as Western emissaries would interpret China's objections to trade on Western terms. Waley-Cohen argues that throughout history, in trade, religion, ideology or technology, China has interacted with the rest of the world, so long as the rules of engagement were not externally imposed. She shows the reader a cosmopolitan China, a civilization actively engaged with other cultures and societies.

    (Description courtesy of publisher.)

    Publication Date:
    Author:
    The Sextants of Beijing: Global Currents in Chinese History
    Publisher:
    W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (March 1, 1999)
    Call Number:
    ISBN:
    0393046931
  • The Culture of War in China: Empire and the Military Under the Qing Dynasty

    Was the primary focus of the Qing dynasty really civil rather than military matters? In this ground-breaking book, Joanna Waley-Cohen overturns conventional wisdom to put warfare at the heart of seventeenth and eighteenth century China. She argues that the civil and the military were understood as mutually complementary forces. Emperors underpinned military expansion with a wide-ranging cultural campaign intended to bring military success, and the martial values associated with it, into the mainstream of cultural life. The Culture of War in China is a striking revisionist history that brings new insight into the roots of Chinese nationalism and the modern militarised state.

    Publication Date:
    2006
    Author:
    Waley-Cohen, Joanna
    Publisher:
    I.B. Tauris
    Call Number:
    DS754.15 .W34 2006
    ISBN:
  • What is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology

    Seventy years ago, Erwin Schrodinger posed a profound question: 'What is life, and how did it emerge from non-life?' This problem has puzzled biologists and physical scientists ever since. 
    Living things are hugely complex and have unique properties, such as self-maintenance and apparently purposeful behaviour which we do not see in inert matter. So how does chemistry give rise to biology? What could have led the first replicating molecules up such a path? Now, developments in the emerging field of 'systems chemistry' are unlocking the problem. Addy Pross shows how the different kind of stability that operates among replicating molecules results in a tendency for chemical systems to become more complex and acquire the properties of life. Strikingly, he demonstrates that Darwinian evolution is the biological expression of a deeper, well-defined chemical concept: the whole story from replicating molecules to complex life is one continuous process governed by an underlying physical principle. The gulf between biology and the physical sciences is finally becoming bridged.

    Publication Date:
    2012
    Author:
    Pross, Addy
    Publisher:
    Call Number:
    QH331 .P96 2012
    ISBN:
    9780199641017
  • Crossing the Boundaries of Belief: Geographies of Religious Conversion in Southern Germany, 1648-1800

    In early modern Germany, religious conversion was a profoundly social and political phenomenon rather than purely an act of private conscience. Because social norms and legal requirements demanded that every subject declare membership in one of the state-sanctioned Christian churches, the act of religious conversion regularly tested the geographical and political boundaries separating Catholics and Protestants. In a period when church and state cooperated to impose religious conformity, regulate confessional difference, and promote moral and social order, the choice to convert was seen as a disruptive act of disobedience. Investigating the tensions inherent in the creation of religious communities and the fashioning of religious identities in Germany after the Thirty Years' War, Duane Corpis examines the complex social interactions, political implications, and cultural meanings of conversion in this moment of German history.

     

    In Crossing the Boundaries of Belief, Corpis assesses how conversion destabilized the rigid political, social, and cultural boundaries that separated one Christian faith from another and that normally tied individuals to their local communities of belief. Those who changed their faiths directly challenged the efforts of ecclesiastical and secular authorities to use religious orthodoxy as a tool of social discipline and control. In its examination of religious conversion, this study thus offers a unique opportunity to explore how women and men questioned and redefined their relationships to local institutions of power and authority, including the parish clergy, the city government, and the family.

    Publication Date:
    2014
    Author:
    Corpis, Duane J.
    Publisher:
    Call Number:
    BR855 .C67 2014
    ISBN:
    9780813935522
  • Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

    In his bestselling Here Comes Everybody, Internet guru Clay Shirky provided readers with a much-needed primer for the digital age. Now, with Cognitive Surplus, he reveals how new digital technology is unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world. For the first time, people are embracing new media that allow them to pool their efforts at vanishingly low cost. The results of this aggregated effort range from mind-expanding reference tools like Wikipedia to life-saving Web sites like Ushahidi.com, which allows Kenyans to report acts of violence in real time. Cognitive Surplus explores what's possible when people unite to use their intellect, energy, and time for the greater good.

    Publication Date:
    2010
    Author:
    Clay Shirky.
    Publisher:
    Penguin Press
    Call Number:
    HM851 .S5464 2010
    ISBN:
    9781594202537
  • Shanghai Future: Modernity Remade

    China is in the midst of the fastest and most intense process of urbanisation the world has ever known, and Shanghai - its biggest, richest and most cosmopolitan city - is positioned for acceleration into the twenty-first century. Yet, in its embrace of a hopeful - even exultant - futurism, Shanghai recalls the older and much criticised project of imagining, planning and building the modern metropolis. Today, among Westerners, at least, the very idea of the futuristic city - with its multilayered skyways, domestic robots and flying cars - seems doomed to the realm of nostalgia, the sadly comic promise of a future that failed to materialise. Shanghai Future maps the city of tomorrow as it resurfaces in a new time and place. It searches for the contours of an unknown and unfamiliar futurism in the city's street markets as well as in its skyscrapers. For though it recalls the modernity of an earlier age, Shanghai's current re-emergence is only superficially based on mimicry. Rather, in seeking to fulfill its ambitions, the giant metropolis is reinventing the very idea of the future itself. As it modernises, Shanghai is necessarily recreating what it is to be modern.

    Publication Date:
    2014
    Author:
    Anna Greenspan
    Publisher:
    Hurst & Company
    Call Number:
    DS796.S24 G74 2014
    ISBN:
    9781849043274
  • Shanghai Literary Imaginings : A City in Transformation

    This book draws on a wide range of methods-including approaches from literary studies, cultural studies, and urban sociology-to analyse the transformation of Shanghai through rapid growth and widespread urban renewal. Lena Scheen explores the literary imaginings of the city, its past, present, and future, in order to understand the effects of that urban transformation on both the psychological state of Shanghai's citizens and their perception of the spaces they inhabit.

    Publication Date:
    2015
    Author:
    Scheen, Lena
    Publisher:
    Call Number:
    PL3032.S48 S34 2015
    ISBN:
    9789089645876
  • Light and Matter: Electromagnetism, Optics, Spectroscopy and Laser

    Light and Matter: Electromagnetism, Optics, Spectroscopy and Lasers provides comprehensive coverage of the interaction of light and matter and resulting outcomes. Covering theory, practical consequencies and applications, this modern text serves to bridge the gap between electromagnetism, optics, spectroscopy and lasers. The book introduces the reader to the nature of light, explanes key procedures which occur as light travels through matter and delves into the effects and applications, exploring spectroscopy, lasers, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, quantum optics and light scattering. Extensive examples ensure clarity of meaning while the dynamic structure allows sections to be studies independently of one another.

    Publication Date:
    2006
    Author:
    Band, Yehuda B.
    Publisher:
    Wiley
    Call Number:
    QC760 .B363 2006
    ISBN:
    9780471899303
  • Software Engineering for Large-Scale Multi-Agent Systems: Research Issues and Practical Applications

    Nowadays, engineering large-scale software systems means dealing with complex systems composed of pervasive software components that move around and adapt to nondeterministic and open environments, like the Internet, in order to achieve systems design goals through the coordination of autonomously distributed services. The agent metaphor, in particular software agents and multi-agent systems (MAS), constitutes a promising approach for covering most of the software development life cycle, from conceptual modeling and requirements specification to architectural definition, design, and implementation.

    This book presents 17 carefully reviewed papers arranged in order to provide a coherent survey of how to exploit agent properties and MAS issues in today's software systems. The book offers the following topical sections:
    - software engineering foundations
    - requirements engineering and software architecture
    - coordination and mobility
    - reuse
    -dependability
    -empirical studies and applications

    Publication Date:
    2013
    Author:
    Garcia, Alessandro
    Publisher:
    Springer
    Call Number:
    QA76.758.S64635 2003
    ISBN:
    9783540087724
  • Spectacle and the city : Chinese urbanities in popular culture and art

    As China becomes increasingly modern and urban, artists have responded by imagining the Chinese city at the intersections of the social, material, and political realities of modern life. This volume explores how the city-as-spectacle has been visualized and contested in art and popular culture.  Featuring essays by an interdisciplinary team of scholars, Spectacle and the City is as broad as the terrain it covers: with essays by an interdisciplinary team of experts on Chinese cities, as well as leading cultural critics, it goes beyond mainland China to include cities with cultural significance, such as Singapore and Hong Kong.

    Publication Date:
    2013
    Author:
    Jeroen de Kloet and Lena Scheen
    Publisher:
    Call Number:
    DS779.23 .S72 2013
    ISBN:
    9789089644459
  • Leaf in the Air : February 18 - April 3, 2015

    The catalogue to accompany the solo exhibition by Shanghai based artist Barbara Edelstein, at Christian Duvernois Gallery. The interface of nature, art and contemporary life serves as the foundation for Barbara Edelstein's work. Edelstein brings to focus often overlooked elements of the natural world, and uses her various media as transformative devices. From the catalog essay by Gloria Orenstein: “Barbara Edelstein.. inspires us to re-imaging and revisit the Garden. We suddenly realize that we are not only perceiving the trees and the leaves in their material solidity, but we are also see in their anima, the invisible dimension of the life-force that flows through everything… (she) aspires to awaken our desire to put an end to the destruction of the Earth”

    Publication Date:
    2015
    Author:
    Edelstein, Barbara
    Publisher:
    Christian Dubernois Landscape/Gallery
    Call Number:
    NB237.E24 A4 2015
    ISBN:
    9781845111595
  • Zhang Jianjun

    This publication is produced on the occasion of solo exhibition of Chinese artist Zhang Jian-jun of the title 'Form . Water . Vestiges: Zhang Jian-Jun Art Exhibition' at You Ran Ya Ju, Jiangsu from December 2012 to January 2013. Throughout his artistic career, Zhang has been preoccupied by themes of existence, time, space, and transformation, and their effects on individuals and culture, which can be divided into three main stages. In the 1980s he led a daring trend of abstract art; after the mid-1980s he shifted to and was shortly engaged in figurative expression; from the 1990s onward, he abandoned the pre-existing style and started his way to conceptual art, practicing installation and performance art. From a modernist to a post-modernist, his works full of historical significance and innovative elements remain an expression of his character and his unique way of visual narration. Including a biography of Zhang Jian-Jun.

    Publication Date:
    2012
    Author:
    Zhang jianjun
    Publisher:
    Jinxiu wen zhang chu ban she
    Call Number:
    N7349.Z4743 A4 2012
    ISBN:
    9787545211849

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