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Dorothy Yin-yee Ko F'12, F'86

Dorothy Yin-yee Ko

Barnard College
last updated: 06/21/18

ACLS Fellowship Program 2012
supported in part by the Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. Fund for Chinese History

Barnard College
Body, Text, and Stone: The Crafting and Connoisseurship of Inkstones in Eighteenth-Century China

This project focuses on the quarrying, carving, collecting, and gifting of inkstones in the eighteenth century to deepen our understanding of the social history of artisans as well as the relationship between their knowledge systems and the literary culture of scholars and calligraphers. Adopting a "geography of skills" approach, the study also illuminates the role of embodied craft and technology in mediating social relations, shaping gender identities, and integrating the empire.

China Studies Program Dissertation Fellowships 1986
PhD Candidate
Stanford University
Education, employment, networks and mobility: urban women in Ming-Qing China

This author is represented in the ACLS Humanities E-Book collection.


The Social Life of Inkstones: Artisans and Scholars in Early Qing China. University of Washington Press, 2017.