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Victor Seow (Harvard): Carbon Technocracy: Energy Regimes in Modern East Asia

Dr. Victor Seow
History of Science
Harvard University
Virtual Event on Zoom

Fri, 04/07/2023 - 3:30pm


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Victor Seow (pronounced “meow” with an “s”) is a historian of technology, science, and industry, specializing in modern China and Japan within global contexts and in histories of energy and work. In his research, he sets out to understand how technological artifacts, scientific knowledge, and forces of production intersect in shaping economic life and environmental landscapes within modern industrial society.


He is the author of Carbon Technocracy: Energy Regimes in Modern East Asia (University of Chicago Press, 2022), a study of the deep links between energy extraction and technocratic politics through the history of what was once East Asia’s largest coal mine.

Sponsored by the Department of History and the Center for Asian Studies.




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