Professor De Weerdt will participate in the Object Lessons: Multimodal Analysis of Text Carriers Across Disciplines conference with the paper "Contextualising Stone Stelae and Stele Inscriptions in Chinese History". This talk will discuss how the placement and movement of stelae have been understood historically, and how researchers have interpreted the creation and preservation of stelae. The talk proposes to approach stelae of various types not only as commemorative objects but also as claims and interventions in social and political conflicts. Current practices and future possibilities in the digitization and digital analysis of stelae and stele inscriptions will also be covered.