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How can we re-define Joseph Needham's sense of a world community for the 21st century?

Lo, V; (2020) How can we re-define Joseph Needham's sense of a world community for the 21st century? Cultures of Science , 3 (1) pp. 58-61. 10.1177/2096608320919525. Green open access

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Abstract

In the middle of World War II, my father, Kenneth Lo, accompanied Joseph Needham on a lecture tour to Colchester Co-operative Society dedicated to the support of China’s war effort and to boycotting Japanese goods. They were comrades-in-arms, soft-left socialists, inspired by the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell and WH Auden alike to take up the pen and the campaign circuit. This article is a reflection on the politics and aesthetics of research, on decentring the Eurocentric narrative of the history of science, but also on the role of poetry in the quest for a better world. Grounded in socialist, Christian and 20th-century scientific utopian belief, All under Heaven was to be One Community. Post Needham, but in the Needham spirit, I ask what shared vision drives our research?

Type: Article
Title: How can we re-define Joseph Needham's sense of a world community for the 21st century?
Location: China
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/2096608320919525
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/2096608320919525
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2020. Creative Commons Non Commercial CC BY-NC: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/openaccess.htm).
Keywords: Joseph Needham, Kenneth Lo, research ethics, poetry, history of science, cosmic libido
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10091159
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