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Thursday, December 10, 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

Harvard-Yenching Institute Seminar

The Harvard-Yenching Institute and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies presents, “Logic of Constructing and Maintaining the Grand Canal in North China: Jining’s Water Conservancy Projects,1289-1855.” Featuring: Sun Jinghao, School of Humanities, Zhejiang University, and HYI Visiting Scholar; and Zhang Ling, Assistant Professor, History Department, Boston College. The Jining region of western Shandong experienced vast environmental change due to the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of a series of water conservancy works from the late thirteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. These hydraulic projects were designed to steadily remake local natural conditions to create a solid infrastructural foundation for the operation of the Grand Canal. Meanwhile, the state’s utmost will of Grand Canal transportation through these infrastructural works and their mechanical functioning interacted with local initiatives, as in the Jining region. The state confined the direction of regional geospatial and ecological transformation, and the drastic environmental changes affected institutions, groups and individuals in the specific political economic nexus, shown in local cultural and religious demonstrations.

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