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Keegan Houser
Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Emptied Lands: A Legal Geography of Bedouin Rights in the Negev

Lecture | August 29 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Alexandre Kedar, University of Haifa School of Law

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for the Study of Law and Society

The talk will introduce Emptied Lands (Stanford University Press, 2018), a book that investigates the protracted legal, planning, and territorial conflict between the settler Israeli state and indigenous Bedouin citizens over traditional lands in southern Israel/Palestine. The book places this dispute in historical, legal, geographical, and international-comparative perspectives, providing the...   More >

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Beginnings of Islamic Law: Late Antique Islamicate Legal Traditions

Lecture | September 5 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Lena Salaymeh, Tel Aviv University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Like artists who use a combination of recycled and new materials, Muslim jurists crafted their legal opinions by fusing ancient norms, scripture, Prophetic precedents, local practice, and contemporaneous needs in unexpected ways. The craft of legal recycling produced works whose component parts are not easily identifiable or classifiable. Much law was simultaneously Islamic, tribal, Jewish, or...   More >

Thursday, September 6, 2018

2018 AJLS Conference: Past, Present, and Future - Evidence, Transmission, and Inheritance in Japanese Literature and Media

Conference/Symposium | September 6 | 5-8 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library (101 Doe)

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Townsend Center for the Humanities, National Institute of Japanese Literature

The 2018 AJLS Conference seeks to address the history and theory of Japanese literature and media with special attention given to the ways in which writers have grappled with the problems of evidence, transmission, and inheritance and how these problems continue to renew and complicate the relation between the past, present, and future.

 Free

  Register online

Friday, September 7, 2018

2018 AJLS Conference: Past, Present, and Future - Evidence, Transmission, and Inheritance in Japanese Literature and Media

Conference/Symposium | September 7 | 9:45 a.m.-7 p.m. | Doe Library, 180 and 190

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Townsend Center for the Humanities, National Institute of Japanese Literature

The 2018 AJLS Conference seeks to address the history and theory of Japanese literature and media with special attention given to the ways in which writers have grappled with the problems of evidence, transmission, and inheritance and how these problems continue to renew and complicate the relation between the past, present, and future.

 Free

  Register online

Saturday, September 8, 2018

2018 AJLS Conference: Past, Present, and Future - Evidence, Transmission, and Inheritance in Japanese Literature and Media

Conference/Symposium | September 8 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Doe Library, 180 and 190

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Townsend Center for the Humanities, National Institute of Japanese Literature

The 2018 AJLS Conference seeks to address the history and theory of Japanese literature and media with special attention given to the ways in which writers have grappled with the problems of evidence, transmission, and inheritance and how these problems continue to renew and complicate the relation between the past, present, and future.

 Free

  Register online

Monday, September 10, 2018

Borders, Borderlands, and Migration

Conference/Symposium | September 10 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Central European Univeristy

The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Central European University present a two-day conference - "Borders, Borderlands, and Migration."

Day 1, Panel 1, 10:15am-12:00pm
- “Rethinking the Impact of Migration, Mobility, and Exile in the Modern Middle East,” Nadia Al-Bagdadi, Professor of History, Central European University
- “The Global Migration...   More >

Navigating Bureaucracy and Generating Vulnerability at an Agri-environmental Research Institute

Colloquium | September 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Tim McLellan, Center for Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019

 Rachel Stern, Professor, School of Law, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Conducting research in China throws up numerous headaches, from acquiring official invitation letters and securing permissions for field research to navigating the anti-corruption measures that govern the use of research funding. One well-documented strategy for overcoming such challenges is to leverage informal social relationships (guanxi) with government officials to circumvent formal rules...   More >

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Borders, Borderlands, and Migration

Conference/Symposium | September 11 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Central European Univeristy

The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Central European University present a two-day conference - "Borders, Borderlands, and Migration."

Day 1, Panel 1, 10:15am-12:00pm
- “Rethinking the Impact of Migration, Mobility, and Exile in the Modern Middle East,” Nadia Al-Bagdadi, Professor of History, Central European University
- “The Global Migration...   More >

Friday, September 14, 2018

Film Screening: "My life in China"

Film - Documentary | September 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kenneth Eng, Independent Film Director

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

A story of migration is passed down from father to son, as we retrace the precarious steps he took in search of a better life. Ultimately asking the question, what does it mean to be both Chinese and American?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Together But Apart: Care Work in Filipino Transnational Families in the Digital Age

Lecture | September 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in time

 Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, San Francisco State University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Prof. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez (Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center) will discuss her new book, which explores the dynamics of gender and technology of care work in Filipino transnational families in the Philippines and the U.S.

Valerie Francisco-Menchavez

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Berkley Seminar on Global History: Borderlands and Border Crossings in the 19th-Century World

Seminar | September 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Samuel Truett, Associate Professor of History, University of New Mexico

 Department of History, Institute of International Studies

As a historian who approaches the U.S. West and Mexican North primarily from the perspective of their shared borderlands, Professor Truett is interested in the crossings—social, cultural, and environmental—that have connected these two regions to the rest of the Americas and the world at large. Known best for his work in borderlands history, he also works actively in western U.S. history,...   More >

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Constructing Post-Imperium Identity: Taiwan and Eastern Europe

Conference/Symposium | September 20 – 21, 2018 every day | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Efforts in Taiwan to create a new identity and nation-state as part of the process of democratization have much in common with the making of new identities and nation-states in democratizing Eastern and Central Europe, especially with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. This workshop ...   More >

Friday, September 21, 2018

Constructing Post-Imperium Identity: Taiwan and Eastern Europe

Conference/Symposium | September 20 – 21, 2018 every day | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Efforts in Taiwan to create a new identity and nation-state as part of the process of democratization have much in common with the making of new identities and nation-states in democratizing Eastern and Central Europe, especially with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. This workshop ...   More >

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Hello, Shadowlands: Inside The Booming World Of Southeast Asian Organized Crime

Lecture | September 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Patrick Winn, Public Radio International

 Institute of International Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Mass media and Hollywood fixate on stories of Mexican cartels, Sicilian mafioso and Russian gangsters. But they've largely overlooked the growing power of Southeast Asian organized crime. Within the next decade, the region's booming black markets will be worth $375 billion — more than the legit output of many Asian countries.

These crime syndicates can corrupt governments, skew policy and...   More >

Thangkas, Texts, and the Silk Route

Lecture | September 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ann Shaftel, Dalhousie University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

In a richly illustrated presentation on the challenges of applying conservation science to Buddhist sacred thangkas and texts, Ann Shaftel will include a discussion of the relationship between thangkas and texts, and the evolving function of thangkas in Buddhist philosophy, textural history and culture. The images accompanying her talk will feature Silk Route thangkas, and others from her 48...   More >

Covering and Uncovering Iran in the Age of Trump: A Conversation with Journalists Jason Rezaian (Washington Post) and Melissa Etehad (Los Angeles Times)

Panel Discussion | September 27 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Jason Rezaian, Washington Post and CNN; Melissa Etehad, Los Angeles Times

 Persis Karim, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, San Francisco State University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

As the profession of journalism has been attacked and undermined by the charges of "fake news" from the Trump Administration, many journalists are doubling down in the effort to cover important international news that is so often has sidelined by domestic daily headlines. Reporting about Iran and US-Iran relations, covering the "Muslim Ban" and its impact on Iranian Americans, as well as...   More >

Friday, September 28, 2018

Socialist China’s New Exhibitions: Rethinking Class, Material Culture, and Propaganda

Colloquium | September 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Denise Y. Ho, Assistant Professor of twentieth-century Chinese History, Yale University

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk examines the origins and Mao-era elaborations on “new exhibitions” in socialist China, the practice of displaying personal possessions as a way to articulate meanings of class in both “old China” and “new China.” During the Socialist Education Movement, “class education exhibitions” linked material objects to class status, arguing for the persistence of class and the need for...   More >

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Influence of the Republican Period on the Painting of Ming China

Colloquium | October 4 | 4-6 p.m. | Heyns Faculty Club

 Craig Clunas, FBA, Professor of the History of Art, University of Oxford

 Patricia Berger, Professor Emerita, Chinese Art, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The creation of a modern Chinese art in the first half of the twentieth century necessarily required the creation of its opposite - ‘traditional Chinese art’, that which by definition was not modern. The materials out of which traditional Chinese art, and in particular ‘traditional Chinese painting’ were constructed were many and various, including the actual art of the past, and the copious...   More >

© Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Friday, October 5, 2018

China's Crisis of Success

Colloquium | October 5 | 4-6 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 William H. Overholt, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard University

 Thomas Gold, Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In his new book, China's Crisis of Success, William Overholt shows that China's rise has reached a threshold where success has eliminated the conditions that enabled miraculous growth. Continued success requires re-invention of its economy and politics. The old economic strategy based on exports and infrastructure now piles up debt without producing sustainable economic growth, and Chinese...   More >

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back

Lecture | October 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Katya Cengel, journalist

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies

Journalist Katya Cengel will discuss her new book, Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back (Potomac Books, 2018) which follows the stories of four Cambodian families, as they confront criminal deportation 40 years after their resettlement in the U.S.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Space-In-Between: Dialogical Urban Space in Contemporary Iran

Lecture | October 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 M. Reza Shirazi, Institute for Urban and Regional Development

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Contemporary architecture and urban space in Iran registers itself between two extremes of modernity and tradition. In this lecture, I first narrate the conflict between these two extremes and its manifestation in the architecture and urban planning of Tehran starting from mid-19th century. I then present a critical analysis of the writings and works of three leading architects, Kamran Diba,...   More >

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Coping with the Globalization Backlash: National and Firm Strategies

Conference/Symposium | October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

The rise of trade protectionism, authoritarianism, China, and data competition are all critical drivers of the global economy. We have seen the consequences of these drivers in the move to Brexit, the election of Trump, the promotion of rival trade and financial arrangements by the Chinese, and cyber operations that are a form of societal warfare. The political and economic equilibria of an open...   More >

The Screen in Sound: Toward a Theory of Listening

Lecture | October 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Rey Chow, Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

This lecture is drawn from Rey Chow’s chapter in the anthology Sound Objects (Duke UP, forthcoming), ed. James A. Steintrager and Rey Chow. By foregrounding crucial connections among sound studies, poststructuralist theory, and contemporary acousmatic experiences, the lecture presents listening as a trans-disciplinary problematic through which different fields of study resonate in fascinating ways.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Coping with the Globalization Backlash: National and Firm Strategies

Conference/Symposium | October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

The rise of trade protectionism, authoritarianism, China, and data competition are all critical drivers of the global economy. We have seen the consequences of these drivers in the move to Brexit, the election of Trump, the promotion of rival trade and financial arrangements by the Chinese, and cyber operations that are a form of societal warfare. The political and economic equilibria of an open...   More >

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Election night, May 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018

"Special Talent in the Chest, Special Eyes under the Brows": Jīn Shèngtàn’s (1608-1661) Discursion on Travel in his Commentary to The Story of the Western Wing: “胸中別才、眉下別眼”:金聖嘆《西廂記》漫筆遊記與評點

Colloquium | October 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Stephen H. West, Foundation Professor of Chinese; Head of East and Southeast Asian Section, Arizona State University

 Sophie Volpp, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature; EALC, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

An eccentric commentary to the famous drama The Story of the Western Wing (西廂記) may seem like strange place to begin a discussion about travel. But Jīn Shèngtàn's (金聖嘆) commentarial exegeses are in fact noted for their discursive nature.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Clean Energy Transition in Bangladesh - Local and Global Impacts and Opportunities: The Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture for 2018 by Daniel M. Kammen

Lecture | November 1 | 5-7 p.m. |  TBD

 Daniel M. Kammen, Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Professor in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG); and Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy

 The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

A lecture by Distinguished Professor of Energy in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and a former Science Envoy for the State Department, Prof. Daniel M. Kammen.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Between Center and Periphery? Higher Education, Social Sciences and Intellectuals from Islamic Habitus in Turkey

Lecture | November 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Deniz Ilhan, Stony Brook University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The modernization program endorsed by the Republic of Turkey, and the institutions which established the infrastructure for educational, cultural and scientific development went hand in hand with a nationalist interpretation of Westernization and secularization agenda. Parallel to those in other Muslim-majority contexts throughout the world, the reactions to this program has been diverse, which...   More >

Friday, November 9, 2018

China's "Law and Development" Moment?: Reflecting on Reflections of Law in China’s Globalism

Colloquium | November 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Matthew S. Erie, Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

 Stanley Lubman, Boalt School of Law, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Law, Boalt School of

What is the role of law in China’s new globalism? By the year 2020, China will be one of the largest capital exporters in the world, marking the first time in modern history a nondemocratic state will have such a widespread impact on the developing world. While much of Chinese investment flows to post-industrial Europe and North America, a significant amount reaches Sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia,...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Karaite Canon highlights a selection from the over fifty manuscripts he brought to California, along with ritual objects belonging to Cairo’s Karaite community.

Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This exhibition will be continuing in Spring 2019.

Notions of resistance, alongside fears and realities of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.

Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how...   More >