- Ph.D. Candidate, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Huijun Mai is currently working on her dissertation, “Thinking Things: Mediated Materiality in the Song (960-1279) Literary Culture.” Her work considers the rise of a ‘culture of things,’ specifically the material consciousness manifested in the popular literary discourses on commodities, collectibles, and everyday material practices in the Song. It contributes to material culture studies by examining the discursive dimensions of material practices in the everyday life of middle period China.
Research Interests: Pre-modern (10th – 13th centuries) Chinese literature and material culture