About the Conference

The Visualizing Cultures project at M.I.T. and the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University are pleased to announce an academic conference focused on the relationship between visual imagery and social change in modern Asia entitled, “Visualizing Asia in the Modern World.” This will be the forth in a series of academic conferences devoted to "image-driven scholarship" and teaching about Asia in the modern world.

All conference sessions are free and open to public.

We have selected scholars of history, art history, history of photography, and history of technology specializing in China, Korea, Japan, United States, and Europe to discuss how to integrate visual and textual media in research and teaching, using to the fullest the opportunities presented by the new technologies and the use of the internet as a publishing platform.

The conference program has an outstanding list of participants with a fascinating diversity of projects that utilize original and revealing but hitherto largely inaccessible visual resources some of which may be suitable for further development as Visualizing Cultures units.

The conference will run from Friday, May 10 until Saturday, May 11, we encourage you to spread the word among your friends and colleagues. The Conference will be held at:

Yale University

The Loria Center, Room 250

190 York Street

New Haven, CT 06520

Who should attend:

  • Social, cultural, political and art historians
  • Secondary Educators 
  • Scholars of any discipline interested in using visuals to drive new types of research and analysis
  • Anyone interested in learning more about image-driven scholarship and using historical images as research tools

We hope that you will find the conference an inspiring experience.


Conference Coordinators: Peter Perdue, Yale University & John W. Dower, MIT