Brian G. Lander G'18, G'16

Brian G. Lander
Postdoctoral Fellow
Anthropology
Brown University
last updated: 7/18/2019

CCK Comparative Perspectives 2018
Assistant Professor
History
Brown University
The Wood Age in Asia: Comparative Perspectives on Forest History in China

This conference aims to bring together scholars of China and other regions of Asia to discuss the notion of a "wood age" - a period prior to industrialization when wood was the primary material basis of society. Using perspectives from social and cultural history; archeology and paleoecology; and the histories of art, architecture, science, and medicine, this conference will address the wide range of ways that people interacted with forests. While China is at the heart of our conversations, we will also include research from South and Southeast Asia. These dialogues will help move forest history beyond the early focus on deforestation while offering an environmental critique of Asian history and correcting the current Eurocentric bias of forest history.

Henry Luce Foundation/ ACLS Program in China Studies Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants 2016
Postdoctoral Fellow
Anthropology
Harvard University
Administrative Documents from the Three Kingdoms State of Wu Excavated at Zoumalou, Changsha

This workshop will explore the importance of the Zoumalou texts for understanding the economic, social, environmental and legal history of the Central Yangzi region in the two decades following the fall of the Han Dynasty.