Upcoming Events

Monday, November 20, 2017

Lev Tolstoy, Romancier-Expérimentateur?: A Reading of the Kreutzer Sonata (1889) through the lens of Émile Zola’s Experimental Novel (1880)

Colloquium | November 20 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Kathryn DeWaele, Graduate Student, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

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

The fifth lecture in the Slavic Graduate Colloquium Fall 2017 series.

They Came From Everywhere: The People of the Amur

Colloquium | November 20 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Victor Zatsepine, History, University of Connecticut

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

This talk, based on Victor Zatsepine’s recently published book, Beyond the Amur: Frontier Encounters between China and Russia, 1850-1930 (UBC Press, 2017), illuminates the varied social, economic and political contacts that enlivened the borders of the two empires (Qing China and Romanov Russia) and their successor states. The author argues that the Amur ‘frontier’ region functioned as a meeting...   More >

Denise Dresser: Mexico's 2018 Presidential Election: Democracy in Danger?

Lecture | November 20 | 6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 (Geballe Room)

 Denise Dresser

 Center for Latin American Studies

Denise Dresser is a political analyst, columnist, and academic who writes for Reforma and Proceso, and teaches at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. Dresser is the author of numerous publications on Mexican politics and U.S.-Mexico relations and was recently named one of the 50 most...   More >

The University of Guanajuato during Mexico’s Flag Day, 2017. (Photo by Ingrid Truemper.)

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Apartment Question and the Narrative Machinery of The Master and Margarita

Colloquium | November 27 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Dominick Lawton, Graduate Student, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

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

The sixth lecture in the Slavic Graduate Colloquium Fall 2017 series.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Stopping Mass Atrocities: How do International Criminal Courts and Regional Human Rights Systems Compare?

Colloquium | November 28 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Jamie O'Connell, Senior Fellow, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

 Center for African Studies

This is a meeting of the weekly colloquium for the Center for African Studies.

Jamie O'Connell

Solomon Darwin | Empowering the Bottom of the Pyramid with Open Innovation Business Models

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

 Solomon Darwin, Executive Director Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

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

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

A talk by Dr. Solomon Darwin, the Executive Director of the
Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at the Haas School of Business, on his current research on Smart Villages and working with the government of India.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

What is Putinism?

Lecture | November 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Steve Fish, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

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

Professor Fish will gives his insights on the concept of "Putinism."

Thursday, November 30, 2017

State-Building And Political Development In US Foreign Policy

Lecture | November 30 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Dr. Francis Fukuyama, Freeman Spogli Institute

 Institute of International Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University, and the Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is professor (by courtesy) of political science.

Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues in development and international politics. His book, The End of History...   More >

Maya Tudor | Nationalism as a Democratic Resource: Comparing India and Pakistan at 70

Lecture | November 30 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Maya Tudor, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government Fellow, St. Hilda's College, Oxford University

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Department of Political Science

Dr. Maya Tudor, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government Fellow, St. Hilda's College, Oxford University

States of Exception and Sudden Democracies in 20th Century Germany

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

 Kathleen Canning, University of Michigan

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, GHI West

This talk is an extended think piece on the forging of democratic sensibilities as states of exception collapsed and democratic political forms were improvised and invented in 20th century Germany. The focus will be on 1918-19 with comparative reflections on 1945-48. In approaching democracy as a political form defined by recurrent crises of representation, I am interested in how democratic...   More >

Rise of the Female Imam: Gender Reform in Islam

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

 Rabi'a Keeble, Founder, Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque, Berkeley; Sherin Khankan, Imam, Mariam Mosque, Copenhagen; Amina Wadud, Research Scholar, Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley

 Mairaj Syed, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, UC Davis

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join the CMES for a thought-provoking conversation on local and global gender reform in Islam, featuring founders of women mosques in California and Denmark and prominent scholars of Islamic studies.

Friday, December 1, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | December 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday in 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. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Euro-Atlantic Security from the Viewpoint of Central Eastern Europe

Lecture | December 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Bronislaw Komorowski, Former President of the Republic of Poland

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

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Golden Mountain, Iron Heap: A Poetic Ethnography of Extraction in Eastern Mongolia

Lecture | December 5 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jessica Madison, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz; Jessica Madison, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

This paper explores Mongolia’s mineral extraction boom through an examination of local concepts of landscape. In order to engage seriously with local place-making practices, it analyzes the steppe topologically, looking at attributes of landscape that transcend material upheaval. In eastern Mongolia, poetry is a primary means of mediating human interaction with space, and thus poetic literacy is...   More >

Altan Ovoo in winter, Dariganga Soum, Sukhbaatar Province

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Trans-Regionalism and Economic Co-Dependency across the South China Sea

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

 Derek Thiam Soon Heng, Northern Arizona University

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Throughout history, the South China Sea has been a maritime zone that saw primary economies of its littoral zones exercise influence over smaller, outlying economies by binding the latter into co-dependent relationships with the former. This may be witnessed in such areas as the currency systems adopted by the smaller economies, alignment of foreign and trade policies with those of the larger...   More >

Thursday, December 7, 2017

An Epic Transformation: The Transition of the Oirat Oral Epic Jangar from ‘Culture’ to ‘Cultural Resource’

Lecture | December 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Michael Long, Cambridge University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

This fieldwork program attempted to follow the conceptual transformation of the Epic of Jangar—a traditional oral epic of the Oirat Mongols of XUAR—as a social phenomenon in Hoboksar Mongolian Autonomous County from the end of the Cultural Revolution to present, particularly from the mid-2000s onward. In this time, Jangar transformed from a curious cultural artifact of ‘folk culture’ with near...   More >

Friday, December 8, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | December 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week's topic. This will be the final MENA Salon of the Fall 2017 semester.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Korean Fashion from the Joseon Dynasty to Today

Lecture | December 9 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Asian Art Museum, Samsung Hall

 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 04102

 Asian Art Museum

Delve into Couture Korea with textile historian Lee Talbot and costume historian Minjee Kim.

Monday, February 5, 2018

John E. Cort | No One Gives like the Guru

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

 John E. Cort, Professor of Asian and Comparative Religions and the Judy Gentili Chair in International Studies at Denison University

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

A talk by John E. Cort, Professor of Asian and Comparative Religions and the Judy Gentili Chair in International Studies at Denison University.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Lecture by Dr. Arthur Dudney: Title TBD

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

 Arthur Dudney, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University

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

A talk by Dr Arthur Dudney, scholar of the history of early modern Persian literary education and lexicography in India.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia

Conference/Symposium | April 27 – 28, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

The aim of this conference, jointly sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, is to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia. Conference chair: Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso (ESPM, UC Berkeley)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia

Conference/Symposium | April 27 – 28, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

The aim of this conference, jointly sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, is to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia. Conference chair: Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso (ESPM, UC Berkeley)

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Lecture by Prof. Anne Monius: Title TBD

Lecture | May 3 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Anne E. Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions at Harvard Divinity School

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

A talk by Anne E. Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions at Harvard Divinity School.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

In-Between Places: Korean American Artists in the Bay Area

Exhibit - Painting | September 13 – December 10, 2017 every day |  Mills College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Mills College Art Museum

In-Between Places (사이에 머물다) is the story of Korean American artists and their dreams, featuring new work by: Jung Ran Bae; Sohyung Choi; Kay Kang; Miran Lee; Young June Lew; Nicholas Oh; Younhee Paik; and Minji Sohn.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016

Couture Korea

Exhibit - Multimedia | November 3, 2017 – February 4, 2018 every day | Asian Art Museum, First Floor Special Exhibition Gallery

 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

 Asian Art Museum

Discover the past, present and future of Korea in this first U.S. exhibition to consider Korean fashion as an expression of social and cultural values.

Artists for Peace: Benefit Exhibit and Reception for Middle Eastern Studies

Exhibit - Multimedia | December 9 | 4-7 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Worth Ryder Art Gallery

 Middle Eastern Studies, Center for

Join the CMES for a special exhibit of contemporary painting and sculpture by Libyan and other MENA artists in honor of UC Berkeley alum the late Ambassador Chris Stevens. All proceeds will fund UC Berkeley student travel to the MENA region for language training and engaged scholarship.

 $100

  Tickets go on sale October 19. Buy tickets online, or by calling 5106428208.