Upcoming Events

Friday, December 9, 2016

MENA Salon: Semester in Review

Workshop | December 9 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Towards a Romantic Anthropology: River Life and Climate Change in Bangladesh

Lecture | January 24 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Naveeda Khan, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

 The Program in Critical Theory

There is a quality of the chimerical to the silt islands that form and dissolve within the Jamuna River. Life on the islands never quite settles; the ground is constantly turned up, shifting, moving, and reforming elsewhere, a condition which inevitably grounds a particularly striking relationship with Nature. In this talk, I want think with this quality, through its manifestations in the...   More >

Friday, January 27, 2017

Staging Courtesans: Liang Chenyu’s (1519-1591) Washing Gauze (Huansha ji) and the Performance Culture of Late Sixteenth-Century China

Colloquium | January 27 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ling Hon Lam, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Peng Xu, Center for Chinese Studies postdoctoral fellow

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This paper seeks to read Liang Chenyu’s dramatic masterpiece, Washing Gauze (Huansha ji), with reference to the rise of courtesans as “theater women” and the subsequent changes in the performance culture in the late sixteenth century. It argues that the play explodes the literary tradition to which it belong by staging female chorus, dance forms and their training sessions, and outdoors music...   More >

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Global History Series: Power and Authority: Understanding Genocide: The Khmer Rouge

Workshop | January 28 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 

UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Join us for the second of three sessions exploring the theme of Power and Authority. This program is designed to help educators prepare students to understand cross-regional and thematic elements in global history. The workshop includes a scholar lecture, model lesson, and collaborative planning time.

 

  RSVP online by January 15.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Surviving Conservation: Herders and Farmers in China’s Northwest

Lecture | January 31 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 You-tien Hsing, Professor of Geography, Pamela P.Fong and Family Distinguished Chair in China Studies, Chair of Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Based on fieldwork in the past four years in Ejina, western Inner Mongolia and Minqin of Hexi Corridor in central Gansu, this talk compares the strategies that herders and farmers have adopted to survive and thrive in the regime of ecological restoration, contextualized in China’s rural transformation.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Film Screening: People are the Sky

Film - Documentary | February 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Filmmaker

 John Lie, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Director Dai Sil Kim-Gibson is the first Korean American filmmaker to be given official permission by the North Korean government to film inside its borders. Kim-Gibson seamlessly weaves her own personal story as a native born North Korean, with the fractious history of the North/South division.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Environmental Narratives in Mongolian Sound Worlds

Conference/Symposium | February 3 | 1-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, California State University East Bay, Department of Music

Urbanization, globalization, and climate change have had a powerful effect on the ways Mongolians and Inner Mongolians relate to their environment, and this is transforming many of their cultural forms. This conference seeks to increase awareness of the relationships been musical expression and the ecological, economic and political issues impacting residents in different ethnic groups in both...   More >

Environmental Narratives in Mongolian Sound Worlds

Conference/Symposium | February 3 | 1-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Cal State University East Bay, Department of Music

Urbanization, globalization, and climate change have had a powerful effect on the ways Mongolians and Inner Mongolians relate to their environment, and this is transforming many of their cultural forms. This conference seeks to increase awareness of the relationships been musical expression and the ecological, economic and political issues impacting residents in different ethnic groups in both...   More >

Biye Dance

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Mongolian Music Workshop

Workshop | February 4 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Institute of East Asian Studies, 1995 University Avenue, Suite 510

  , Berkeley, CA 94704

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Cal State University East Bay, Department of Music

Organized by the UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative and Cal State University East Bay, an opportunity to work closely with Mongolian musicians will be offered at the Institute of East Asian Studies. Registration required. Further details to be posted shortly.

Monday, February 6, 2017

From Mass Science to Participatory Action Research: Maoist Legacies in Contemporary Chinese Knowledge Production

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

 Sigrid Schmalzer, History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

One of the signature elements of Mao-era science was the insistence on mobilizing the masses. Today, propaganda accounts of such activities ring hollow—or at best perhaps chime quaint. Yet some Chinese social scientists are eagerly adopting the theory and language of "participatory action research," an academic field that emerged out of the 1960s and 1970s global radicalism in which Maoist...   More >

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Art of Indonesian Batik

Lecture | February 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dalmini, Kebon Indah batik cooperative

 Daniel Gundlach, The Language of Cloth

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia San Francisco

Batik, meaning the technique of applying wax to cloth and dyeing it, is practiced in many parts of the world but is particularly associated with Java, Indonesia where the craft has been practiced for centuries and where it has reached levels of great artistry. This event will review how batik is made, stressing the traditional methods.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Recital of Chinese Opera

Performing Arts - Music | February 22 | 2-4 p.m. |  Institute of East Asian Studies, 1995 University Avenue, Suite 510

 Peng Xu

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

《彈詞》 "The Ballad"
A Performance from Chinese opera

This famous excerpt from the poet Hong Sheng’s (1645-1704) southern drama Palace of Lasting Life (1688) consists of ten solos sung by the character Li Guinian, a former leading musician from the Pear Garden Academy at the glorious Tang (685-762) court, now a performer reduced to singing popular ballads in the...   More >

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Global History Series: Power and Authority: Challenges to Colonialism in Africa

Workshop | February 25 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 

UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Join us for the final of three sessions exploring the theme of Power and Authority. This program is designed to help educators prepare students to understand cross-regional and thematic elements in global history. The workshop includes a scholar lecture, model lesson, and collaborative planning time.

 

  RSVP online by February 12.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Wide Angle, Close Up: Rethinking Twentieth-century Chinese Art

Colloquium | March 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Winnie Wong, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Claire Roberts, Art History, School of Culture and Communications, University of Melbourne

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk presents work-in-progress associated with the research project “Reconfiguring the World: China. Art. Agency 1900s to Now” which examines twentieth century Chinese art from an international perspective. It will focus on two early works by Xu Beihong (1895-1953) and Ye Qianyu (1907-1995), artists who have played key roles in the formation of xin guohua or what we have come to think of as...   More >

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Bishan Project: 2010-2016

Colloquium | April 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ou Ning, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University in the City of New York

 Weihong Bao, East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Bishan Project was not just an art project. It started out from wanting to address those imbalances between cities and the countryside that had manifested grim realities such as the deterioration of agricultural industries, rural villages, and farm laborer empowerment, and were the direct result of excessive urbanization. The project relied on the accumulated experience of the rural...   More >

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Kirti Jain | Performing Partition: On Producing "Aur Kitne Tukde" (How Many Fragments?)

Lecture | April 20 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Kirti Jain, Theatre historian, Stage Play Director, and (Former) Director of National School of Drama, India

 Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies University of California, Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

Prof. Kirti Jain, eminent theatre historian and prominent stage play director from India, discusses Aur Kitne Tukde (How Many Fragments?), a play inspired by Urvashi Butalia's The Other Side of Silence that dramatizes hard hitting stories about gendered violence during the Partition.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Genera#ion: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 19 – December 16, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room

 Middle Eastern Studies, Center for

GENERA#ION: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia presents UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ first exhibition of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Originally part of a larger exhibition held at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco this August 2016, this show offers a glimpse into a selection of three artists working at the center of the Islamic world.