The third reading group was organized by ERC project Regionalizing Infrastructures in Chinese History (RegInfra) in cooperation with Prof. Sarah Schneewind. The group discusseed the work lives and roles of lowly intermediaries, including doorkeepers through literary works and scientific publications.

The material for this reading group included:

  • pictures of gates (and walls) from Ming operas,
  • a rough translation and analysis of an opera scene centered on a doorman,
  • Jim Johnson [Bruno LaTour], “Mixing Humans and Nonhumans Together: The Sociology of a Door-Closer.” Social Problems 35, no. 3 (1988): 298–310.