Yi Lu

Yi Lu

Yi Lu is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at Harvard University.  He is a historian of modern China, with particular interests in the study of archives, the history of the book, and digital humanities.  Tentatively entitled Paper Gleaners: Archives and History in 20th-century China, his dissertation is a cultural history of information trafficking and its dynamic interaction with historiography and social memory.  From sold-off records of the Qing Empire to last paper remnants of the Mao era, it traces the history of paper archives in modern China as they were transformed from state secrets to ephemeral collectibles to objects of historical knowledge.  His research has been supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Association for Asian Studies, the Hoover Institution, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and Harvard University.

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