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Jesse Chapman

Jesse Chapman is a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese Language. His research centers on the nexus between rhetoric, divination, and the history of early Chinese astronomy. His dissertation, Celestial Signs and Political Rhetoric in Early Imperial China, examines weather gods, aberrations in the movements of the planets, solar and lunar eclipses, and the appearance of comets, rainbows, and oddly shaped clouds in technical treatises, memorials to the throne, historical texts, and poetry. He is particularly interested in how modern discursive categories such as science and religion have shaped our understanding of the practice of observing the heavens in Early China. He served as co-organizer for the Haas Junior Scholars Conference on “Pre-Industrial Technologies of Knowledge” in August 2013 and is a co-convener for the group on “Cosmology, Scripture, Ritual, and Technology.”