Prototype Nation: China and the Contested Promise of Innovation

Silvia Lindtner, Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Information 

12:30pm - 1:30pm | Virtual talk via Zoom
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Professor Lindtner will discuss her new book on China's shifting place in the global political economy of technology production. Drawing on more than a decade of research in experimental work spaces and in key sites of technology investment and industrial production, Prototype Nation offers a rich transnational analysis of how the promise of democratized innovation and entrepreneurial life has shaped China’s governance and global image. 

Silvia Lindtner is an associate professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information. She researches, writes and teaches about DIY (do-it-yourself) maker culture, with a particular focus on its intersections with manufacturing and industry development in China. Drawing on her background in interaction design and media studies, she merges ethnographic methods with approaches in design and making. This allows her to provide deep insights into emerging cultures of technology production and use, from a sociological and technological perspective.

Together with Anna Greenspan (NYU SH) and David Li (XinCheJian), Silvia Lindtner is also the co-founder of the Research Initiative Hacked Matter. Hacked Matter has since its inception in 2011 organized a series of workshops, lectures, public panel discussions as well as hands-on engagements with questions of DIY making, manufacturing, and innovation ecosystems.