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Friday, February 22, 2019

Points of Transition: Ovoo and the Ritual Remaking of Religious, Ecological, and Historical Politics in Inner Asia

Conference/Symposium | February 22 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Ovoo, the structures of stones, trees, scarves, skulls, steering wheel covers, and a staggering array of other objects that are ubiquitous across the landscape of contemporary Mongolia, Buryatia, Inner Mongolia, and Qinghai, have long marked sites where ritual, though often highly spontaneous, practices invoke the presence of immanent relations. Built and maintained by various publics, gatherings...   More >

MENA Salon: The 40th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution

Workshop | February 22 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

This year, February 11 marked the 40th anniversary of the “Islamic Revolution” in Iran, accompanied by nationwide rallies commemorating the series of uprisings that took place in 1979, which led to the overthrowing of the monarchy. On the one hand, Iran’s...   More >

Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak: "From Medieval Rhetoric to Modern Literary Criticism in Iran"

Lecture | February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, UCLA, University of Maryland

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies

Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak is one of the leading experts in the field of Persian Literature and Iranian Studies. He is a professor of Persian Studies at the University of Maryland and currently an adjunct professor of Iranian Studies at UCLA. He is the author of "Recasting Persian Poetry: Scenarios of Poetic Modernity in Iran," among many other books and scholarly articles.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Mahfil-e-Adab - Ibne Safi ki Jasusi Dunya: A Celebration of Urdu Spy Fiction

Special Event | February 23 | 3-5 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Gregory Maxwell Bruce, Lecturer of Urdu, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Urdu Initiative, Cal Pakistani Students Association

An evening of Urdu Spy literature!

Monday, February 25, 2019

American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII

Colloquium | February 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Duncan Ryūken Williams, Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California

 Mark Blum, Professor, Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair in Japanese Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley; Carolyn Chen, Associate Professor, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Asian American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Duncan Ryūken Williams (USC) will discuss his new book “American Sutra” about Buddhism and the WWII Japanese American internment. The fact that the vast majority of Japanese Americans were Buddhist was responsible for why nearly 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, two-third of whom were American citizens, were targeted for forcible removal from the Pacific coast states and incarcerated in...   More >

 

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Report Back from Syria with Dr. Ahmad Tarakji

Lecture | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, 145 Boalt Hall

 Dr. Ahmad Tarakji, Syrian American Medical Society

 Human Rights Center

Dr. Ahmad Tarakji is the President of the Syrian American Medical Society and a cardio-thoracic surgeon. SAMS has treated millions of patients in and out of Syria and oversaw the humanitarian response plan for crises including starvation, besiegement, and chemical attacks. Dr.Tarakji lead the Syria session at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 and has testified before the members of the US...   More >

 

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Ned Sublette "Kalunga: Kongo Thought in Africa and the Americas"

Lecture | February 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Ned Sublette

 Global Urban Humanities

Ned Sublette is a historian, musicologist, rumba producer, a long-time correspondent for the public radio program Afropop Worldwide, the author of four books, and now a music travel producer. He has had extensive field experience with music throughout the African diaspora, and especially in Cuba. His books all deal, in one way or another, with the world of the Kongo and its connection with...   More >

From Exile to Utopia: A Yugoslav Writer’s Return

Lecture | February 25 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Djordje Popovic, PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The act of writing assures that exile is never permanent in the mind of the writer even if it is an abiding feature of their reality. Dubravka Ugresic explores this paradox in her essay “The Writer in Exile,” suggesting that what separates the exiled writer from the migrant is the former’s ability to leave her footprints on the cultural map of the world, thus retaining the imprint of her...   More >

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Understanding the 2015 Canadian Election

Colloquium | February 26 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Peter Loewen, University of Toronto

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

The 2015 Canadian federal election was a dynamic affair. Each of the three major parties held the lead in polls at some point in the campaign. However, by the end of the campaign the Tories finished where they started, the Liberals pulled far ahead, and the NDP saw all their previous gains fall away. Why did this happen?

Counter-Trajectories of Agrarian Change: Agroecology and Politics in a Sumatran Plantation Zone

Lecture | February 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 David Gilbert, S.V. Ciriacy Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Science, Management, and Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

This talk looks at what happened after a group of plantation laborers living on the Aren volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra joined with a self-proclaimed 'peasant' union in 1996 to occupy a nearly 100-year-old industrial ranch and plantation.

David Gilbert

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Legacies of War and Civil Society in Post-Conflict Settings

Colloquium | February 27 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Justine Davis, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

How does civil war shape post-conflict democratization? More specifically, how does living under rebel control during civil war affect local non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders’ attitudes and behaviors regarding the distribution of resources to citizens? I develop a theory in which the takeover of territory and the establishment of institutions by rebels during civil war evokes...   More >

Justine Davis

Rohini Pande | Women and Work in India

Lecture | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Rohini Pande, Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Blum Center for Developing Economies

Talk by Political Economist, Prof. Rohini Pande

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sadia Saeed | Politics of Desecularization: Law and the Minority Question in Pakistan

Lecture | February 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Sadia Saeed, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of San Francisco

 Munis D. Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Talk by Sociologist Sadia Saeed on her new book that examines how the contentious relationship between Islam, nationalism, and rights of religious minorities has been debated and institutionalized in colonial India and Pakistan.

Speaker Bio
Sadia Saeed is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the...   More >

Project Europe: A New History of the European Union

Lecture | February 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 240 Mulford Hall

 Kiran Klaus Patel, Maastricht University

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Insitute Washington DC, Department of History, Center for German and European Studies

Today, the EU seems to be in an existential crisis. Against this backdrop, the early history of European integration since the 1950s shines all the brighter. But is this an appropriate assessment? Kiran Patel analyzes the concrete effects and results of European integration and what we can learn from the past for our present day, summarizing some of the key findings of his monograph on the topic...   More >

Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland, 1914-1920 and 1945-1946: New Social-Psychological Perspectives

Lecture | February 28 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 William Hagen, Professor Emeritus of History, UC Davis

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

This talk will summarize the speaker’s arguments in his book, Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland, 1914-1920 (Cambridge UP, 2018), contrasting them with major recent works on the post-World War II years by Polish scholars Joanna Tokarska-Bakir and Marcin Zaremba. It will highlight interpretation focused on popular mentalities, societal traumas, and enactment of routinized, unreflected-upon...   More >

Friday, March 1, 2019

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 1 – 3, 2019 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Shinshu Center of America

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

New Directions in Himalayan Studies: A Joint UC Berkeley-CNRS Workshop

Conference/Symposium | March 1 | 2-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative

 Stéphane Gros, ISAS Visiting Scholar, 2017; Researcher, Centre d'Études Himalayennes, CNRS - Villejuif

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Himalayan Studies Program, France Berkeley Fund, Centre d'Etudes Himalayennes (CEH) of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

A three-day workshop at UC Berkeley that will bring together experts working on the Himalayan region in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Singing to the People: Evolving Iconic Songs in Contemporary China

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Levi S. Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, Dartmouth College

 Andrew Jones, Professor and Louis B. Agassiz Chair in Chinese, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In China and around the world, performances of songs can create virtual meeting grounds where different voices and perspectives engage with one another. In his new book about the rise of “Folksong King of Western China” Wang Xiangrong, Levi S. Gibbs explores parallels between the song culture of Wang’s childhood mountain village and his contemporary national and international performances where...   More >

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 1 – 3, 2019 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Shinshu Center of America

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

New Directions in Himalayan Studies: A Joint UC Berkeley-CNRS Workshop

Conference/Symposium | March 2 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative

 Stéphane Gros, ISAS Visiting Scholar, 2017; Researcher, Centre d'Études Himalayennes, CNRS - Villejuif

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Himalayan Studies Program, France Berkeley Fund, Centre d'Etudes Himalayennes (CEH) of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

A three-day workshop at UC Berkeley that will bring together experts working on the Himalayan region in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 1 – 3, 2019 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Shinshu Center of America

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

New Directions in Himalayan Studies: A Joint UC Berkeley-CNRS Workshop

Conference/Symposium | March 3 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative

 Stéphane Gros, ISAS Visiting Scholar, 2017; Researcher, Centre d'Études Himalayennes, CNRS - Villejuif

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Himalayan Studies Program, France Berkeley Fund, Centre d'Etudes Himalayennes (CEH) of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

A three-day workshop at UC Berkeley that will bring together experts working on the Himalayan region in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Monday, March 4, 2019

The Securitization of Migration and Racial Sorting in Fortress Europe

Lecture | March 4 | 12 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Maartje van der Woude, Leiden Law School (Netherlands)

 Institute of European Studies, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

These past two decades the European Union has been hit by two so-called "crises": the financial or "Euro" crisis of 2008 and the 2015-2016 migration crisis. Whereas both crises have fed into euro-sceptic sentiments, it is safe to say that the response to the financial crisis at least seemed to be somewhat coordinated and uniform with EU member states coming together to reinforce the monetary...   More >

Remaking Urban Landscape in China’s Large Cities: State-Society Nexus and the Reproduction of Space amidst Accelerate Urbanization

Colloquium | March 4 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 George C.S. Lin, Chair Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong

 You-tien Hsing, Professor of Geography, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center of Global Metropolitan Studies

Phenomenal transformation of the landscape in Chinese cities has been conventionally understood as the spatial outcome of the reformation of state-market relations. The current urban landscape observable today is described as a juxtaposition of two elements, namely the legacy of the socialist city and the newly emerged space of marketization. This research identifies a new wave of urbanization in...   More >

Better Together? The Tale of Tolstoevsky

Lecture | March 4 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Julie Buckler, Samuel Hazzard Cross Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Slavic Graduate Colloquium Spring 2019 Series

Captivated by the Mediterranean: Early Modern Spain and the Political Economy of Ransom

Lecture | March 4 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Daniel Hershenzon, Associate Professor of Literature, Cultures, and Languages, University of Connecticut

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Department of History

This talk explores the entangled experience of Muslim and Christian captives and by extension the connected histories of the Spanish Empire, Morocco, and Ottoman Algiers in the 17th-century. It argues that piracy, captivity, and redemption shaped the Mediterranean as an integrated region—at the social, political, and economic levels. The history that emerges of the captivities of Christians and...   More >

History on the Run: Hmong Refugees and Knowledge Formation

Lecture | March 4 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Ma Vang, Assistant Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, UC Merced

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies

Taking a feminist refugee approach and by analyzing Hmong women’s narratives against U.S. redacted archival records that erase Hmong and Laos history during the U.S. “secret war,”, this talk explores the politics of knowledge formation which has generated a historiography about the Hmong refugee as a masculinized refugee soldier and a distinct U.S. ally.

Ma Vang

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Displaying International Communism: The Exhibition of Socialist Countries (Moscow, 1958)

Lecture | March 5 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Matteo Bertelé, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara, Universität Hamburg and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari University

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

The Exhibition of Socialist Countries, held in the Moscow Manege in 1958, was the first large exhibition ever organized in the socialist hemisphere, with more than two thousand artworks from twelve East-European and Asian countries. Conceived as a socialist response to the Venice Biennale - branded as the main international showcase for “decadent and bourgeois art from capitalist nations” - the...   More >

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

#MeToo Hong Kong

Lecture | March 6 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Gina Marchetti, Director of the Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures, University of Hong Kong

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Media Studies

As the Harvey Weinstein allegations opened up the depth and breadth of sexual harassment in Hollywood, Weinstein’s associates in Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China came under scrutiny as well. Hong Kong serves as a bridge as well as a gateway between mainland Chinese and Hollywood concerns as well as the nexus for a constellation of industrial networks...   More >

Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Lecture: The Voyage of Character

Lecture | March 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Admiral James Stavridis, Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe

 Military Sciences Program (ROTC)

The Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Lectureship was established in 1983 to enhance the spirit of collegiality and sense of community to the University through the multi-disciplinary subject matter of national security affairs. Each year a speaker is nominated by the midshipmen and cadets of the Military Affairs Department. The lectureship provides a better and fuller understanding and...   More >

Cine Latino: Museo

Film - Feature | March 6 | 7 p.m. | 159 Mulford Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

Well into their 30s, Juan Nuñez (Gael García Bernal) and Benjamín Wilson (Leonardo Ortizgris) still can’t seem to finish veterinary school or leave their parents’ homes. On a fateful Christmas Eve, however, they decide it’s finally time to distinguish themselves by executing the most infamous cultural artifacts heist in all of Mexican history.

Gael García Bernal in "Museo."

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Language of Love in the Petitions of Armenians from the Ottoman Province of Van and in the Print Media, 1820s-1870s

Lecture | March 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Dzovinar Dederian, PhD Candidate, Department of Middle East Studies, University of Michigan

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

This talk will focus on the language of love in petitions and print media of the nineteenth century to situate nation and patria in a grid of emotions that permeated the lives of Ottoman Armenians. The lecture seeks to answer how Van Armenians engaged in the contestation and transformation of the boundaries and socio-political dynamics of nation and patria between the 1820s and 1870s. By...   More >

The Uighur Crisis in China: One Million and Counting

Lecture | March 7 | 12:50-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, 105 Boalt Hall

 Rushan Abbas, Managing Director, Campaign for Uighurs; Darren Byler, Ph.D, University of Washington

 Peter Jan Honigsberg, University of San Francisco Law

 Human Rights Center

More than one million people, mostly Uighur Muslims, are in
indefinite detention in a secretive network of prisons in
Northwest China. “Xinjiang has become an open-air prison-a
place where Orwellian high-tech surveillance, political
indoctrination, forced cultural assimilation, arbitrary arrests and
disappearances have turned ethnic minorities into strangers in
their own land.” —Kumi...   More >

 

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Balancing Between the Institutional and Alternative: Strategies for Collectively Performing Cinema across the Geographic and Ideological Borders of the Cold War

Lecture | March 7 | 5-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Megan Hoetger, UC Berkeley Performance Studies

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

At a time when non-, anti-, and counter-cinema practices faced heavy state censorship with little in the way of art institutional or film industrial support, filmmakers and artists forged new ways of circulating their work at local levels, as well as across national borders. Looking to the Viennese context as a case study, this talk examines the entangled development of two forms of artist...   More >

Friday, March 8, 2019

Global Reception of the Classic Zhuangzi: Han to Tang (Day 1)

Conference/Symposium | March 8 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Eliaser Chair in International Studies

The classic Zhuangzi 莊子, a collection of sayings and anecdotes traditionally attributed to Zhuang Zhou 莊周 (trad. 369-286 BCE), has deeply influenced cultural life in East Asia and beyond. A key text in East Asian religious and literary history, it is still routinely cited in diverse discussions of ethics and philosophy, and informs practices from calligraphy to...   More >

Atif Mian, Asim Khawaja and Syed Maroof | On "Evidence-based Economic Policy" in Pakistan

Lecture | March 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Atif Mian, Professor, Economics, Public Policy and Finance (Princeton University) and Co-Founder & Board Member, Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP); Asim I. Khwaja, Professor, International Finance and Development (Harvard University) and Co-Founder & Board Member, Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP); Maroof A. Syed, President & CEO, Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) and Director of Pakistan Strategy & Development, Evidence for Policy Design (EPOD-Harvard)

 Munis Faruqui, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

A presentation on “evidence based economic policy” in Pakistan, a new initiative led by Princeton economist, Prof. Atif Mian, Harvard economist, Prof. Asim Khawaja, and Mr. Syed Maroof, CEO of Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP).

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Global Reception of the Classic Zhuangzi: Han to Tang (Day 2)

Conference/Symposium | March 9 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Eliaser Chair in International Studies

The classic Zhuangzi 莊子, a collection of sayings and anecdotes traditionally attributed to Zhuang Zhou 莊周 (trad. 369-286 BCE), has deeply influenced cultural life in East Asia and beyond. A key text in East Asian religious and literary history, it is still routinely cited in diverse discussions of ethics and philosophy, and informs practices from calligraphy to...   More >

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mehnaz Afridi: "The Role of Muslims in the Holocaust"

Lecture | March 13 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, Manhattan College

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Dr. Afridi will discuss her journey with Judaism as a Muslim. Her book Shoah Through Muslim Eyes is based on the struggle of antisemitism within Muslim communities and her interviews with survivors. Rejecting polemical myths about the Holocaust and Jews, she will offer new ways of creating understanding of two communities through the acceptance and enormity of the Shoah. Her lecture will be both...   More >

Cine Latino: Birds of Passage

Film - Feature | March 13 | 7 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

A sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth, Birds of Passage is a visually striking exploration of loyalty, greed, and the voracious nature of change. 125 minutes. In Wayúu and Spanish with English subtitles.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Picturing Identities and Ideologies in Modern Korea: Transnational Perspectives for Visual Culture

Conference/Symposium | March 14 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Institute

 Youngna Kim, Professor Emerita, Seoul National University; Julia F. Andrews, Distinguished University Professor, Ohio State University

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

In recent years, scholars have noted a few topics of visual culture commonly found in East Asia at the turn of the 20th century. At this time, new forms of popular culture, including novels, magazines, and newspapers, as well as official public monuments presented a new image of the nation in the changing environment of world expositions and international congresses. Most of the essays in this...   More >

Priya Moorjani | Reconstructing South Asian Population History using Genetic Data

Lecture | March 14 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Priya Moorjani, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley

 Munis D. Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Center for Computational Biology, Population Center, Population Science, Department of Demography

Talk by molecular biologist and geneticist, Professor Priya Moorjani.

Friday, March 15, 2019

New Asian Disorder: Diagnosis and Prognosis

Conference/Symposium | March 15 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

East Asia since 2010 has been characterized by the rise of China and the relative decline of the U.S., and by a corresponding disorder as China has increasingly defied the game rules set by the erstwhile hegemon and begun to outline an alternative set of rules. This conference will analyze the options open to Asian actors, such as China and the U.S., as well as Russia, Japan, Taiwan, and ASEAN.

Picturing Identities and Ideologies in Modern Korea: Transnational Perspectives for Visual Culture

Conference/Symposium | March 15 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Institute

 Youngna Kim, Professor Emerita, Seoul National University; Julia F. Andrews, Distinguished University Professor, Ohio State University

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

In recent years, scholars have noted a few topics of visual culture commonly found in East Asia at the turn of the 20th century. At this time, new forms of popular culture, including novels, magazines, and newspapers, as well as official public monuments presented a new image of the nation in the changing environment of world expositions and international congresses. Most of the essays in this...   More >

Monday, March 18, 2019

Defining Roles. Representations of Lumumba and his Independence Speech in Congolese and Belgian Literature

Lecture | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Lieselot De Taeye, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Center for African Studies

On June 30th 1960, Congo declared its independence from Belgium. In his speech at the ceremony, the Belgian King Baudouin applauded the work of his countrymen during the colonial period, calling his great-granduncle Leopold II, who was responsible for the death of approximately ten million Congolese people, a ‘genius’. Patrice Lumumba, the first Congolese Prime Minister, gave a now-famous speech...   More >

Lieselot De Taeye

Russian Nature Lyric, Short Forms: Tyutchev, Mandelstam, Glazova

Lecture | March 18 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Luba Golburt, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Slavic Graduate Colloquium Spring 2019 Series

Spring 2019 Distinguished Guest Lecture: Renisa Mawani

Lecture | March 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Center for Race and Gender, Institute for South Asia Studies, Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

The Center for Race & gender Presents its Spring 2019 Distinguished Guest Lecture:

Renisa Mawani
Across Oceans of Law

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Wai Wai Nu | On Rohingya Citizenship Rights: Talk followed by community updates by UC Berkeley's Rohingya Working Group

Panel Discussion | March 19 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Wai Wai Nu, Visiting Scholar, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley

 Yoshika Crider, PhD Student | Energy & Resources Group

 Samira Siddique, MS PhD Student | Energy & Resources Group

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

A panel discussion on the Rohingya Crisis

The Specter Haunting Singapore: Why the People's Action Party Cannot Get Over Operation Coldstore

Lecture | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dr. Thum Ping Tjin, Managing Director, New Naratif

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk looks at the significance for Singapore's history of "Operation Coldstore" - the 1963 arrest and detention without trial of over 112 opposition politicians, trade unionists, and political activists on grounds of a communist conspiracy - including how it has shaped Singapore's governance, and why it matters to the ruling party today.

Thum Ping Tjin

Beyond Imperial Aesthetics: Theorizing Art and Politics in East Asia

Panel Discussion | March 19 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Naoki Sakai, Cornell University; Mayumo Inoue, Hitotsubashi University

 Miryam Sas, UC Berkeley; Steve Choe, San Francisco State University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Observing that the division between theory and empiricism remains inextricably linked to imperial modernity, manifest at the most basic level in the binary between “the West” and “Asia,” the authors in the forthcoming collection Beyond Imperial Aesthetics (co-edited by Mayumo Inoue and Steve Choe, Hong Kong University Press, 2019) reexamine art and aesthetics to challenge these oppositions...   More >

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Neguin Yavari: "Shifting Modes of Piety in the Early Modern Islamic World"

Lecture | March 20 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Dr. Neguin Yavari

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

If by any one thing, it is religious transformation that marks early modern history. Confessional and pietist movements, both European firsts, are prominent examples of such catalysts for change. In large parts of the Islamic world in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, it was Sufi piety that carried the day. The historiographical record reveals strikingly new imaginaires and novel modes of...   More >

On Twenty-first Century Postcolonialism

Colloquium | March 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Jinhua Dai, Professor in the Institute of Comparative Literature and Culture, Peking University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The lecture will address the place of post-colonial theory in the twenty-first century. This question is highly relevant to China, as it recalls the history of China’s involvement in the non-aligned movement, and subsequent efforts after the break with the Soviet Union to form third-world solidarities. But Dai calls into question whether the insights of postcolonialism are relevant for the...   More >

Cine Latino: The Heiresses

Film - Feature | March 20 | 7 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

Chela and Chiquita both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, and have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. When their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality.

Image from "The Heiresses."

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ajantha Subramanian | Meritocracy and Democracy: The Social Life of Caste in India

Lecture | March 21 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Ajantha Subramanian, Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies at Harvard University

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Townsend Center Working Group on Labor, Philosophy, and Change, Townsend Center for the Humanities Lecture Grant

A talk by Harvard Anthropologist, Ajantha Subramanian.

34th Colin and Elsa Miller Lecture: US-Russian Relations and the Great Trump Disruption

Lecture | March 21 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room (220)

 Edward W. Walker, Research Associate, ISEEES, UC Berkeley

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

A decade ago, Russia was a low priority for American foreign policy. Today, it's rare for the New York Times not to have at least one front page article on Russia or the Mueller investigation into Russian “meddling" in US internal affairs. A decade ago, it was comparatively easy to identify trends in US-Russian relations (they were getting worse). Likewise, it was comparatively easy to forecast...   More >

Friday, March 22, 2019

Lies about Migrants: Comparing U.S. and German Migration Politics in a Post-Truth Environment

Lecture | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Beverly Crawford Ames, Center for German and European Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

The ascendance of the far right has jolted both American and European politics, weakened the European Union, and undermined liberal democracy on both sides of the Atlantic. This ascendance - whose myriad causes continue to puzzle scholars--depends heavily upon the right’s virulent opposition to immigration. Conflating refugees and asylum seekers with economic migrants, the extreme right fans the...   More >

Beverly Crawford Ames

Richard Eaton | The A’in-i Akbari and Modernity: Should we Reconsider the Akbar-`Alamgir Binary?

Lecture | March 22 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Richard Eaton, Professor of History at the University of Arizona

 Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Urdu Initiative

A talk by historian of India and Islam, Richard Eaton, Professor of History at the University of Arizona

Monday, April 1, 2019

Welcome Reception for Ambassador Sanjay Panda

Social Event | April 1 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Ambassador Sanjay Panda, India’s Consul General for the West Coast and Guam

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

Ambassador Sanjay Kumar Panda, arrived in San Francisco on Nov. 14 to serve as India’s Consul General for the West Coast and Guam. Please join us in welcoming him to UC Berkeley.

Ambassador Sanjay Panda, 56 years, is an Indian diplomat, a member of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS). He was the Indian High Commissioner to Seychelles till November 2016 before returning to India and taking over...   More >

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Jorge Flores | Unwanted Neighbors: The Mughals, the Portuguese, and their Frontier Zones

Lecture | April 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Jorge Flores, Professor of Early Modern Global History, Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence

 Munis D. Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

In December 1572 the Mughal emperor Akbar arrived in the port city of Khambayat. Having been raised in distant Kabul, Akbar had never in his thirty years been to the Ocean. Presumably anxious with the news about the Mughal military campaign in Gujarat, several Portuguese merchants in Khambayat rushed to Akbar’s presence. This encounter marked the beginning of a long, complex, and unequal...   More >

Fascism’s Global Moments: New Perspectives on Entanglements and Tensions between Fascist Regimes in the 1930s and 1940s

Lecture | April 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Sven Reichard, University of Konstanz, Germany

 GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Center for German and European Studies, Department of History

In his talk, Professor Reichardt will discuss how a global perspective can help us understand the nature of different fascist empires and the general character of fascism up to the end of World War II. He will focus on cooperation as well as competition between different fascist regimes, especially with regard to their imperial and colonial aspirations during the 1930s and 1940s. While a transfer...   More >

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Traditions and Technologies: Ethical Engagements and New Directions in the Study of South Asian Medicines

Conference/Symposium | April 4 | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society (CSTMS), Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Program for the Medical Humanities, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South and Southeast Asian Studies

This day-long symposium aims to create a space for scholars of traditional South Asian Medicines working across disciplines to forge connections and discuss priorities for research directions in the field.

Friday, April 5, 2019

2019 Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference In Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium | April 5 | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Stanford Center for East Asian Studies

Initiated in 2014, the annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities brings together graduate students from around the country and around the world who specialize in pre-modern Chinese studies.This national meeting of graduate students specializing in premodern Chinese studies aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to...   More >

Key Issues in the Current Global Economy

Conference/Symposium | April 5 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

What are the contours of superpower competition? How do middle powers interact with great powers in the 21st century? In East Asia, what options do middle powers in Asia such as

Tony Stewart | Subjunctive Explorations - Fictive Sufi Tales of Early Modern Bengal: The 2nd ISAS-VSB Lecture on Religion in the Modern World

Lecture | April 5 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Tony K. Stewart, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Humanities Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University

 Robert Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit and Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South & Southeast Asian Studies

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

A lecture by Prof. Tony K. Stewart, professor of religion at Vanderbilt University, and a specialist in the religions and literatures of the Bengali-speaking world.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

2019 Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference In Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium | April 6 | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Stanford Center for East Asian Studies

Initiated in 2014, the annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities brings together graduate students from around the country and around the world who specialize in pre-modern Chinese studies.This national meeting of graduate students specializing in premodern Chinese studies aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to...   More >

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Key to Shambhala: The Mystifier as a Cultural Problem

Lecture | April 8 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Ilya Vinitsky, Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Slavic Graduate Colloquium Spring 2019 Series

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Heavy Metal Bamboo: Making Archaic Bamboo Instruments Modern in Bandung, Indonesia

Lecture | April 9 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Henry Spiller, Professor of Music, UC Davis

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This lecture examines how musicians in West Java, Indonesia create localized, alternative modernities by putting old bamboo music technology to new uses. Two Bandung-based groups, Karinding Attack and Galengan Sora Awi, are contrasted - both of which have adapted traditional bamboo folkways and musical styles to localize some modern global values

Henry Spiller

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30? Older People and Changing Values in the Long Sixties

Lecture | April 11 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Christina von Hodenberg, Director at German Historical Institute, London

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Center for German and European Studies

Recent works on the German and European 1960s and 1970s are all about youth. Educated middle-class students, artists, and bohemians face off against equally educated professors, intellectuals and politicians. The ‘establishment’ of the aged and middle-aged population is a barely sketched-out backdrop to a story that unfolds from the perspective of young activists. Based on interviews from the...   More >

Christina von Hodenberg

Friday, April 12, 2019

Catherine B. Asher | The Qutb Complex: India and the Persianate World

Lecture | April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Catherine Asher, Professor, Department of Art History, University of Minnesota

 Sugata Ray, Associate Professor, History of Art Department

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, South Asia Art Initiative

A talk by Dr. Catherine Asher, Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota.

Monday, April 15, 2019

From 'Daang Matuwid' Gone Crooked to Build Build Build: The Politics of Transport Infrastructure in the Philippines, 2010 to the Present

Lecture | April 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 John Sidel, Sir Patrick Gillam Chair in International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

John Sidel

Neelam Khoja | Qandahar and New Sovereign Claims in Early Modern Iran and Hindustan

Lecture | April 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Neelam Khoja

 Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A talk by social and political historian, Neelam Khoja considers how Iranian and Afghan warlords legitimized emerging empires in Early Modern Iran and Hindustan by investigating 18th century Qandahar.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Voices from the Third World: Third World Girls and the Politics of Life of and Death

Conference/Symposium | April 16 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  TBD

 Derrika Hunt, Ph.D. student, School of Education, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Institute of International Studies

A day long conference exploring the relationships between economy, education, and empowerment for third world girls.

The Last Whalers: Telling the Story of One of the World's Last Whaling Tribes

Lecture | April 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Doug Bock Clark, journalist

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Graduate School of Journalism

Award-winning journalist Doug Bock Clark will discuss his book The Last Whalers, which chronicles three years in the lives of the people of Lamalera, on the island of Lembata in eastern Indonesia, who hunt sperm whales with bamboo harpoons as they reckon with the encroachment of the modern world.

Doug Bock Clark

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Visual bilingualism and the funerary space: Keys to understanding the spatial semiotics of Central Asian tombs in 6th century China

Lecture | April 17 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Pénélope Riboud, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

The dominant religion of pre-Islamic Sogdiana was a local form of Zoroastrianism, and this has led most scholars to assume a correlation with the religious beliefs and practices within the Sogdian community settled in China. And indeed, many aspects of these tombs show that Central Asian funerary practices were maintained. However, some aspects of “Sino-Sogdian” tombs, such as the treatment of...   More >

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Michael Cook: "Muslim Sectarianism: Past and Present"

Lecture | April 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Dr. Michael Cook, Princeton University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Michael Cook, Class of 1946 Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University

Friday, April 19, 2019

China's Growing Sharp Power: Western, Asian, and African Perspectives

Conference/Symposium | April 19 | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | TBD David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of European Studies, Center for African Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

A group of leading experts on China and American foreign policy recently released “Chinese Influence and American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance,” a report documenting Chinese efforts to influence American society. The report examines China's efforts to influence American institutions, including state and local governments, universities, think tanks, media, corporations, and the...   More >

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Les Blank Lecture: Susana de Sousa Dias

Lecture | April 24 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Susana de Sousa Dias

 Arts Research Center

Les Blank Lecture: Susana de Sousa Dias
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
7:00pm
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive

Susana de Sousa Dias is an award-winning Portuguese independent filmmaker.

Susana de Sousa Dias

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Tanika Sarkar | Intimate Violence - Colonial Lawmaking and Cultural Nationalism in 19th Century India: The Indo-American Community Lecturer at UC Berkeley for 2018

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Tanika Sarkar, historian of modern India

 Institute for South Asia Studies

Lecture by acclaimed historian of women’s histories and social movements in colonial and post-colonial India and Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Dr. Tanika Sarkar.

Friday, April 26, 2019

International Conference on Korean Literature

Conference/Symposium | April 26 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), Conference Room

 Dong-il Cho, The National Academy of Korea

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Description coming soon

Salman Hussain | The S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies recipient for 2018: Lecture Title TBD

Lecture | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada Endowment on Pakistan

A lecture by Salman Hussain, the S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies recipient for 2018.

Maritime Hubs and Mobilities: Rethinking Metropolitan Hong Kong-South China

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

 Helen Siu, Professor of Anthropology, Yale University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Pearl River Delta Region and its metropolitan hubs have long engaged with the circulation of goods, people and ideas along what is now popularized as the Maritime Silk Road. Over the centuries these movements bridged continental divides. The talk focuses on the historical layers of economic and cultural resources, multi-ethnic identities, and strategic footprints across the oceans from...   More >

Foreign factories in Canton, early 19th Century (source: Peabody Essex Museum)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

New Archaeology Discoveries in Asia: Book Launch for "Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology"

Panel Discussion | April 29 | 3-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter V. Lape, Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington; John W. Olsen, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Arizona

 Junko Habu, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This event celebrates the publication of the "Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology" with two editors of this volume, both of whom are prominent scholars in the field of Asian archaeology: Prof. John W. Olsen (University of Arizona) and Prof. Peter V. Lape (University of Washington).

Young Scholars Research Symposium: A celebration of student excellence

Conference/Symposium | April 29 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in date

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Office of Undergraduate Research

UC Berkeley student scholarship on cultural, political, and religious norms in South Asia.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Reporting from India: Berkeley Journalism Students Present their Stories

Presentation | May 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Geeta Anand, Acting Professor of Reporting, UC Berkeley School of Journalism

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Graduate School of Journalism

Showcasing UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism students reporting on India.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri | Pakistan-India Relations: The Way Forward

Lecture | May 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Pakistani politician, Writer, & (former) Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan

 Munis D. Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Pakistan America Institute

Talk by Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri, former foreign minister for Pakistan and author of "Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove: An insider's account of Pakistan's Foreign Policy."

Friday, May 24, 2019

Korean Film Workshop

Workshop | May 24 | 1-5:40 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), Conference Room

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Description coming soon

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Korean Film Workshop

Workshop | May 25 | 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), Conference Room

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Description coming soon

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Omar Khan | Paper Jewels: Postcards from the Raj

Lecture | September 10 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in date

 Omar Khan, Author, Distinguished scholar, & San Francisco based historian

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, South Asia Art Initiative, Department of History of Art, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Art Practice

A presentation by distinguished scholar and San Francisco based historian, Omar Khan, on his new publication Paper Jewels: Postcards from the Raj, a visual tour of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka through 500 vintage postcards (1892 to 1947).

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

Exhibit - Painting | October 3, 2018 – May 26, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Featuring works by internationally renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights the ways these artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives. Though living and working in different geographical areas—Lhasa, Dharamsala, Kathmandu, New York, and the Bay Area—the...   More >

Illustrating México one page at a time-Print Art of José Guadalupe Posada.

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 8 – June 30, 2019 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 2nd floor

343386 N/A

 Library

In the pantheon of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century artists who represent Mexico and Mexican art, the artwork of José Guadalupe Posada stands out as a bright constellation that continues to shine a light on important stories through woodcuts, imprints, and engravings. This exhibition was created using the books from the collections of the Doe Library. The exhibition is envisioned...   More >

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

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 29 – June 28, 2019 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 >

Project “Holy Land”: Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine, 1923-1940

Exhibit - Photography | January 29 – June 28, 2019 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4:05 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

For nearly two decades, Yaakov (Jacob) Benor-Kalter (1897-1969) traversed the Old City of Jerusalem, documenting renowned historical monuments, ambiguous subjects in familiar alleyways, and scores of “new Jews” building a new homeland. Benor-Kalter’s photographs smoothly oscillate between two worlds, and two Holy Lands, with one lens.

After immigrating from Poland to the British Mandate of...   More >

On View at Jacobs Hall: Fabien Cappello: Sillas Callejeras/Street Chairs

Exhibit - Photography | March 22 – May 19, 2019 every day |  Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Fabien Cappello’s SILLAS CALLEJERAS (STREET CHAIRS, 2018) offers lessons in design and ingenuity from Mexico City. The photographic series depicts a collection of chairs assembled from everyday contexts across the sprawling metropolis — market stalls, shops, street stands, and elsewhere. Cappello casts an anthropological eye on artifacts that reflect a city where artisanal manufacture...   More >

Fabien Cappello, Sillas Callejeras/Street Chairs, 2018. Courtesy the designer.