Joanna Waley-Cohan Lectures in ECNU


On March 12, the famous scholar Joanna Waley-Cohan, Dean of College of Arts and Science, New York University (NYU) Shanghai, lectured to about 100 students and teachers in Si-Mian Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities. The title of her speech is “China in the 18th Century: Food and the World of Goods”.


Prof. Joanna Waley-Cohan.


With broad historical vision and refreshing analysis of social and cultural history, Prof. Joanna Waley-Cohan depicted a vivid historical picture of China’s extensive contact and interaction with the outer world in the 18th century during the one-hour speech.


Later she exchanged ideas with the audiences about food, ancient Chinese sacrificial rites, traditional Chinese medical science, and social impact of luxury food consumption, etc. She also introduced that the first-class professors often had lessons to freshmen in NYU Shanghai, such as Jeffrey Lehman, U.S. Chancellor of NYU Shanghai, Wang Xiaojing, the then professor of Neuroscience at Yale University, and the present Provost and Vice-president of NYU, and Professor Joanna Waley-Cohan herself, etc.



Prof. Joanna Waley-Cohan exchanges views with the audience.


Prof. Joanna Waley-Cohan, a well-known expert in Chinese culture in the US, once studied in Cambridge University and got PhD. in history at Yale University in 1987. Since 1992, she has taught in Department of History, NYU. Then she was appointed as the Dean of College of Arts and Science in Shanghai New York University in 2012. Her main research field is early modern Chinese history, China and the West, Chinese imperial culture. And her works includes Exile in Mid-Qing China: Banishment to Xinjiang, 1758-1820 (1991), The Sextants of Beijing: Global Currents in Chinese History (1999), The Culture of War in China: Empire and Military under the Qing Dynasty (2006), as well as many papers in Chinese legal history, military history, political history and cultural history.


Written by: Shi Yangyang

Edited by: Liu Jinyu


East China Normal University