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Media and Migration: Qing Imperial Approaches to Technological Knowledge Circulation – Dagmar Schäfer
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Media and Migration: Qing Imperial Approaches to Technological Knowledge Circulation
Numerous studies have investigated knowledge production at the court and capital of the Qing as a political issue and from the point of view of intellectual history. My contribution to this book approaches the matrix of power and knowledge within the Qing world by looking at the media and methods that court and local actors used to communicate needs and demands in the field of arts and crafts at the turn of the 17th to 18th centuries. This includes sketches, models and samples as well as archival documentation. A comparison of archival records with artefactual evidence reveals how ideals and ideas about knowledge and its circulation conflicted with the realities of life. In addition, an analysis of the varied media employed by the Qing court and state to communicate needs and demands within material production provides an insight into the conditions under which locally produced knowledge moved into the court and became “universalized” and, conversely, the role that imperial knowing played in constructing and maintaining authority over practical knowledge at the local level.
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