The Project “Making Modernity in East Asia: Technologies of Everyday Life, 19th – 21st Centuries” (MMEA) has started since June 2017. Prof. Angela Ki Che Leung (HKU), together with a team of fifteen scholars in the humanities and social sciences, aims to establish a new, disciplinary way of understanding East Asian modernity through lens of everyday technology. Click here for more about MMEA.

Plenary Conference 2017

There will be a public keynote, a closed-door panel meeting on themes of infrastructure, everyday technology and East Asia as a region, and a meeting with advisors and partners.

December 7
Time Activities
09:00 - 10:30 Public Keynote at Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, HKU

“How History of Technology Can Point to New Forms of Innovation Policy – Two Indian Cases”
By Prof. Wiebe E. Bijker, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
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11:00 - 18:00 Closed-door Panel Meeting at Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, HKU

Panel One (11:00 - 12:00)

Chair: Christian A. Daniels

- Food Technologies: Angela Ki Che Leung, Izumi Nakayama, Lawrence Zhang, John Wong (in absentia)
- Gynocentric Technologies: Gonçalo Santos, Suzanne Gottschang, Jacob Eyferth

Discussion led by Francesca Bray, Jenny L. Smith

Floor discussion

Panel Two (12:00 - 13:00)

Chair: Naubahar Sharif

- Phones, Drones and Disease: Robert Peckham (skype in)
- Pharmaceuticals: Daniel Trambaiolo, Kuo Wen-Hua, Hallam Stevens

Discussion led by Fan Fa-ti, Victor Seow

Floor discussion

Panel Three (14:15 - 15:15)

Chair: Gonçalo Santos

- History of automation: Naubahar Sharif, Hallam Stevens, Kim Tae-Ho
- Meteorological forecasting: Fung Kam Wing

Discussion led by Wiebe E. Bijker, Gregory K. Clancey

Floor discussion

Panel Four (15:15 - 15:45)

Chair: Izumi Nakayama

- Transport infrastructure: Max Hirsh, Dorothy Tang, Christian A. Daniels

Discussion led by Mei Jianjun, Fan Fa-ti

Floor discussion

Plenary Discussion (16:00 - 18:00)
How to build an international platform in Hong Kong for the study of technology and society in East Asia?

Chair: Wiebe E. Bijker

Brief introduction by Angela Ki Che Leung on the MMEA Project

Plenary discussion led by Francesca Bray, Fan Fa-ti, Gregory K. Clancey, Kuo Wen-Hua, Mei Jianjun, Victor Seow, Jenny L. Smith

09:00 - 17:00 Exhibition Preview

In association with the conference, an exhibition preview of “Infrastructure Imagination: Hong Kong City Futures, 1972-1988” will be held at the Multi-purpose Room, G/F, May Hall, HKU on December 7.

Curated by Dorothy Tang and Cecilia Chu with Christina Lo, Maxime Decaudin and Sben Korsh.

The exhibition revisits infrastructure projects in Hong Kong from the last four decades. It features photographs from the Heather Coulson Photograph Collection, which have been donated to the HKU Libraries by Heather Coulson, a construction photographer who worked in Hong Kong between 1972-1988. It weaves together personal stories, historic films, oral histories from professionals and community members, and archival records that document the construction boom in Hong Kong in the last quarter of the 20th century. The public exhibition will open in March 2018”.

December 8
Time Activities
09:30 - 13:00 Meeting with Advisory Board and international partners
At Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, HKU

Location Map

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Contact Us

Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Tel: (852) 3917 5007

Fax: (852) 2559 6143

Email: mmea@hku.hk

Address: May Hall, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong


Plenary Conference - Making Modernity in East Asia: Technologies of Everyday Life, 19th-21st Centuries (CRF HKU C7011-16G)

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