Hahn Publishes on History and Architecture in Asia

January 8, 2014

History Professor Hazel Hahn co-edited the recently published book, Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through History, with Vimalin Rujivacharakul, Ken Tadashi Oshima, and Peter Christensen (joint publication of the University of Hawai‘i Press and Hong Kong University Press, 2013). The book bridges the disciplines of history and architecture with an examination of the built environment from the medieval period through the modern era. In addition to editing the book, Hahn wrote a chapter, “Abstract Spaces of Asia, Indochina and Empire in the French Imaginaire,”and  co-authored the introduction.

In his endorsement of the book, architecture Professor Dell Upton, UCLA, noted: "Architecturalized Asia will be a revelation to anyone with an interest in global architecture. Based on sharp critiques of the concept of Asia and the sharp distinctions between Eastern and Western culture that have gripped architectural history for so long, the essayists here dissect our understanding of some of the canonical monuments of architecture on the Asian continent. Architecturalized Asia is a major contribution to the field."

Hahn, who received her PhD in History at U.C. Berkeley, joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2000 and was the 2010-12 Pigott-McCone Endowed Chair in Humanities. In addition to her appointment in the History Department, she teaches in Asian Studies.

Hahn is the author of Scenes of Parisian Modernity: Culture and Consumption in the Nineteenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and has also published on French and British imperialism, travel and visions of the exotic, and architectural heritage in Southeast Asia. Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through History is her second book.

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