The Concept of "Culture" and its quotation marks: Learning from electronic music practice in China?

1st Jun 2017

18:00 - 19:00

Project Room, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9JU

The University of Edinburgh, Confucius Institute  and Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation are delighted to invite you to to a special guest lecture:

Professor Basile Zimmermann "The Concept of "Culture" and its quotation marks: Learning from electronic music practice in China?"


In this intriguingly entitled lecture The Concept of "Culture" and its quotation marks: Learning from electronic music practice in China Professor Basile Zimmermann will discuss the various usages of the word "culture" since the 19th century, the solutions that have been suggested up to now, and the impact that this situation had on the development of area studies.

In social sciences and humanities "culture" is famous for the difficulty of its definition, which can mean different things to different people.

Basile Zimmermann is the author of Waves and Forms:  Electronic Music Devices and Computer Encodings in China (MIT Press, Inside Technology, 2015) Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Basile Zimmermann's current research focuses on the interface between  Chinese Studies and Science and Technology studies.  his talk will review a case study on electronic music in China to illustrate how science and technology studies frameworks can be used to address the concerns of Chinese studies.


6pm Thursday 1 June in the Project Room, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9JU.

The lecture will start at 6pm for an hour, followed by a question and answer session before a networking drinks reception.

This event is free but booking is required. Please book your seat by visiting our website at http://edin.ac/2qzUQN5

The attached eflyer will give you details of the talk and our speaker (or see the Confucius Institute website)


We hope to see you there!