Event

Oct 13, 2020
Becoming Visible: Insects and Infrastructures in Colonial Taiwan

The paper will take Taiwan as a case study to examine how (colonial) infrastructures rendered many species of insects visible for the first time around 1900. Railway tracks built to exploit or control colonial spaces enabled the collection-based, encyclopaedic ordering of the insect world, all the while insects disrupted these same infrastructures, engendering a flurry of research. Termites ate away at railway ties, while butterflies that had become a highly coveted resource lured workers away from building new tracks.

Address
MPIWG, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Room
Room 265
Contact and Registration

Attendance is mandatory for Department III members; those from other Departments and Research Groups are welcome! Due to space restrictions, we ask non-Dept. III participants to register in advance. Please send an email to event_dept3@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de if you would like to attend. We have ten spaces for visitors outside of the department.

About This Series

The Department III Colloquium series runs weekly (usually Tuesdays) during the semester. The paper for pre-reading is circulated by email one week in advance.

2020-10-13T14:00:00SAVE IN I-CAL 2020-10-13 14:00:00 2020-10-13 15:30:00 Becoming Visible: Insects and Infrastructures in Colonial Taiwan The paper will take Taiwan as a case study to examine how (colonial) infrastructures rendered many species of insects visible for the first time around 1900. Railway tracks built to exploit or control colonial spaces enabled the collection-based, encyclopaedic ordering of the insect world, all the while insects disrupted these same infrastructures, engendering a flurry of research. Termites ate away at railway ties, while butterflies that had become a highly coveted resource lured workers away from building new tracks. MPIWG, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany Room 265 Europe/Berlin public