Archive for October, 2015

HASTS Mobile Seminar, 1st ed.

HASTS Mobile Seminar, 1st ed.

HASTS’s Mobile Seminar, 1st ed. (last week) was a lot of fun — at least that’s what the participants said — and it sounds like it’s something we’d like to do again soon. Stay tuned about a possible Denver edition in November, for those of you who will be going to AAA and 4S, and, weather-allowing, another in December. How it worked: we walked from the department, across the Mass Ave bridge, along the Esplanade, and back, over about an hour and a half. We partnered up for 40 minutes at a time, with the conversation focusing on each person for […]

The Image Series: 12 Meridians

The Image Series: 12 Meridians

The Image Series features HASTS students and guest authors who are invited to freely write about one image relevant to their work.  This is the first in a set of curated posts on the HASTS Blog.  To contribute to this series, contact Lan Li at lanli@mit.edu “The relationship among the avenues of the 12 jingmai (meridians)” Wang Xuetai, Acu-Moxa Handbook [Zhenjiu Shouce] 1966, p 58 It may not look like it, but the diagram above is a map of the body.   We usually think of body maps as ideal types (in the Ian Hacking sense), like anatomical atlases, but the map above illustrates physiology.  Or, […]

The Image Series: An Introduction

The Image Series: An Introduction

Lord Rothschild on a Giant Tortoise When my sister and I were growing up in the urban jungle of LA, Sundays meant waking up to the gentle thump of the thicker, fuller, denser version of the Los Angeles Times landing at our doorstep.  This was exciting. Not because we were worldly citizens at 8 and 10 years old, but because in the gentle thump contained the Sunday comics…in color!  COLOR!  Ok, color can sometimes be distracting (see chapter 8 of Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art), but at least the artists and editors took the time to add another dimension to their work. Which is why […]