Carla Nappi (University of British Columbia)
"Manchu Skin: Metamorphic Instruments and Translated Anatomy"
Carla Nappi is Associate Professor of History and Canada Research Chair of Early Modern Studies at the University of British Columbia. She works on the histories of bodies and their translations in early modern China, writes short fiction, and hosts two podcasts.
Ben Breen (UC: Santa Cruz/Columbia University)
"'PIPES,' 'PIPAS' AND CACHIMBOS': TRANSLATING TECHNOLIGIES OF SMOKING IN THE EARLY MODERN WORLD"
Benjamin Breen is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his PhD in History from the University of Texas at Austin in May, 2015. His current book project documents the origins of the early modern drug trade, with a particular focus on the Portuguese and British empires. Other interests include the global history of science and medicine, environmental histories of the tropics, and the history of magic. He has published articles in The Journal of Early Modern History, the Journal of Early American History, and History Compass, and contributed essays to Slate, The Atlantic, Aeon, The Paris Review Daily, and The Appendix.
Bruce Rusk (University of British Columbia)
"VAPORWARE: HOW THE REDISCOVERY OF BRASS HAS FOOLED THE CHINESE ART MARKET, FROM THE 16TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT"
Bruce Rusk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of early modern China, ca. 1400-1800, especially the history of authentication and forgery, issues of authorship and authority, Confucian thought, and the digital humanities.