From October 28, 2016 to November 24th, after a long period of preparation, the chairman of the International Association of science and technology history, famous British Social Anthropologist of Edinburgh University professor Bai Fulan (professor Francesca Bray) came to our school and gave the "Cross culture international graduate course lectures”. A total of five sections, the subject are respectively "Introduction: technology as a kind of culture", "First section, the house as a living machine", "Second section, the technology intimacy: ancient and modern communication technology", "Third section, clean and sanitary technology: dirt and garbage disposal", "Fourth section, handicraft and technology: Chinese and India textile industry comparison". Professor Bai proposed, what is technology? What is meaningful technology? Can even become the basic elements of social component? Today most people will say, it’s the intelligent mobile phone, robot, space detectors and nuclear weapons. Yes, getting involved in the use of those technology vocabularies that having been heard many times, brings one the moral values, social relations and social presence in the high-tech era. However, since ancient times, the most profound way of creating a social model of technical activities is culture. Technology activities construct social relations through design and space cutting, make certain things in subjectivity and values in prominence. She focused on the three cases: the Chinese traditional society, the contemporary American Society of California and India to carry out cross cultural analysis. Professor Bai Fulan is rare field master who is active in multiple academic disciplines in the world. Her arrival would be of great help to enhance the theoretical level of our school and even the domestic humanities and history of science and technology of cross research, and on training young generation of high-level talents, and strengthen the interaction between domestic universities and top notch international universities. Last few days, faculties and students from Beijing Normal University Art and Science schools and departments, and other key universities and research institutions’ teachers and students, such as Peking University, Tsinghua University, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Natural history of science and technology research institute, Beijing Science and Technology University, Renmin University of China, Minzu University of China, Beijing Union University and other multidisciplinary teachers and graduate students have come to listen. Single class poster hits breakthrough one thousand, the wonderful speech was warmly welcomed by the teachers and students in China.
(Cross Cultural Research Institute)