Upcoming Events

Friday, August 25, 2017

“Meu Cantar Tem Sentimento”: Music, Rhythm, and Feeling in Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Angola

Performing Arts - Dance | August 25 | 6 p.m. |  Center for Latino Policy Research

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94702

 Isabel Nogueira

 Center for Latin American Studies

Mestre Moraes discusses how music, through the rhythm, words, and meaning, produces trance, merges the past and the present, and connects a community to its ancestors. The lecture will be accompanied by a musical performance of capoeira instruments.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The End of the Endless Frontier? Truth and Power in the Age of Populism: Lunch discussion with Peter Strohschneider (DFG)

Lecture | August 28 | 12-2 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Peter Strohschneider, President, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

 Cathryn Carson, Thomas M. Siebel Presidential Chair in the History of Science, Department of History, UC Berkeley; Horst Simon, Deputy Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Thomas Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Simone Laessig, Director, German Historical Institute Washington DC

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the Germany Historical Insitute Washington DC, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, & Society, Center for Studies in Higher Education , Department of History, Department of German

Against the backdrop of current debates about science and populism, Peter Strohschneider, President of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) re-examines Vannevar Bush’s ideas on the public role of science as developed in the 1945 report to the President of the United States, “Science, The Endless Frontier.” Bush was an American engineer and science administrator,...   More >

 

  RSVP online or by calling Heike Friedman at 510-643-4558, or by emailing Heike Friedman at heike.friedman@berkeley.edu by August 25.

Gospel Rape: On Close Reading in Crime and Punishment

Colloquium | August 28 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Eric Naiman, Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures; Professor and Bernie Williams Chair, Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

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

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

Museum of the Second World War in Poland: Intersections of History, Memory, and Politics

Lecture | August 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Pawel Machcewicz, Professor, Department of Recent Political History, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

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

The Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk was opened in March 2017. This is the largest historical museum in Poland and one of largest historical museums in Europe and the world. The museum also turned out to be in the last year’s biggest battlefield in the realm of historical memory and politics of history in Poland. This project evoked the most heated debates and controversies, and the very...   More >

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Conversation with Min Seok Ahn

Colloquium | August 29 | 5:30 p.m. |  Morrison Library

 Min Seok Ahn, South Korean National Assembly

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Min Seok Ahn (also spelled Ahn Minseok), a member of the South Korean National Assembly, has been instrumental in coordinating the impeachment trial of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Understanding the New Land Rush: How Capital Inflows Transformed Rural Russia

Lecture | August 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Susanne Wengle, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

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

Rising global prices for agricultural commodities have led to the inflow of capital to rural economies and to transfers of land ownership to new agricultural operators (NAOs) in developing and post-Soviet countries. How capital inflows affect rural communities is often explained with the variable of institutional strength, an explanation aligned with the good governance approach to economic...   More >

Paper Tigers, Hidden Dragons: Firms and the Political Economy of China's Technological Development

Colloquium | August 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Douglas Fuller, School of Management, Zhejiang University

 Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

China presents us with a conundrum. How has a developing country with a spectacularly inefficient financial system, coupled with asset-destroying state-owned firms, managed to create a number of vibrant high-tech firms?

China's domestic financial system fails most private firms by neglecting to give them sufficient support to pursue technological upgrading, even while smothering state-favored...   More >

Friday, September 1, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | September 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.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Pinkster King and the King of Kongo: The Forgotten History of America's Dutch-Owned Slaves

Colloquium | September 5 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Jeroen Dewulf, Associate Professor and Director, Department of German; Institute of European Studies; Dutch Studies Program

 Center for African Studies

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Locations of Reflexivity: South Korean Community Activism and its Affective Promise for Solidarity

Colloquium | September 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mun Young Cho, Yonsei University

 Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

In this presentation, I explore the globalization of South Korean community activism amidst the rearrangement of the anti-poverty agenda among Asian countries.

Ejaz Hussain | Neither Transition nor Transformation: Hybridization of Civil-Military Relations in Contemporary Pakistan

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

 Ejaz Hussain, Independent political and defence analyst

 Munis Faruqui, Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

Talk by Independent political and defense analyst from Pakistan, Ejaz Hussain

Friday, September 8, 2017

Islamic Texts Circle: Non-Muslims in the Qur'an

Workshop | September 8 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Asad Q. Ahmed, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. RSVP to cmes@berkeley.edu to receive a copy of the texts.

 

  RSVP by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu

MENA Salon

Workshop | September 8 | 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, September 11, 2017

How to Write a Research Grant Proposal: Workshop for Graduate Students

Presentation | September 11 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Suad Joseph, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, University of California, Davis

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Writing proposals for funding for research or other projects has become increasingly essential for scholars, students, administrators, artists, and non-profits. The basic requirements of a research proposal are the same, with modest variations, across disciplines, fields, and foundations. This full-day workshop will address how to develop the key components of a research proposal regardless of...   More >

 

  RSVP online

Towards a lyric phenomenology: ‘The beginnings of truly human poetry’ and Zhukovsky’s elegiac imagination

Colloquium | September 11 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Alyson Tapp, University Lecturer in Russian Literature, Department of Slavonic Studies, University of Cambridge

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

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | September 15 | 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.

The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up

Colloquium | September 15 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Michael Meyer, English, University of Pittsburgh

 Thomas Gold, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In 1995, at the age of twenty-three, Michael Meyer joined the Peace Corps and, after rejecting offers to go to seven other countries, was sent to a tiny town in Sichuan. Knowing nothing about China, or even how to use chopsticks, Meyer wrote Chinese words up and down his arms so he could hold conversations, and, per a Communist dean’s orders, jumped into teaching his students about the...   More >

An Evening with Mallika Sarabhai - Dance to Change the World: The 6th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture

Lecture | September 15 | 4-6 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Mallika Sarabhai, Activist and Indian classical dancer

 Janaki Bakhle, Associate Professor in the Department of History, UC Berkeley

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

Mallika Sarabhai delivers our 6th Annual Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture on the theme of Women and Leadership.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

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

Special Event | September 16 | 6 p.m. |  Mills College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Mills College Art Museum

In-Between Places reveals the reality and complexities of being a Korean artist in America. This exhibition opening will feature 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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pushkinian Anomalies in Lolita, Pnin, and Pale Fire: Toward an Ethics of Creativity

Colloquium | September 18 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Stephen Blackwell, Professor, Russian Program, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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

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

Kyoko Kawamura

Performing Arts - Music | September 18 | 8-10 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Kyoko Kawamura

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

An evening of traditional and contemporary works for koto and voice performed by Kyoko Kawamura. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kawamura began studying the koto at the age of 10, inspired by the performance of Kinichi Nakanoshima, a designated living national treasure. She studied Japanese traditional music at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, majoring in koto. A multi-instrumentalist,...   More >

 $10.00 General Admission, $5 Students/Seniors

  Buy tickets online

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

An African Public-Health Success Story: The Control of River Blindness

Colloquium | September 19 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Vince Resh, Professor of the Graduate School, Environmental Science, Policy and Management

 Center for African Studies

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Diplomacy, Climate and U.S.-China Relations in the Age of Trump

Lecture | September 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 The Honorable David Rank, Charge d'affaires and Former Acting Ambassador, China

 Thomas B. Gold, Sociology, UC Berkeley

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

Dave Rank resigned from his position as the senior American diplomat in China in the wake of the decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change. He will discuss the decision to end his 27-year career as a State Department Foreign Service Officer and the implications of this American disengagement on U.S. interests, our relationship with China and our standing in the world.

David Rank

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Film Screening: The Bacchus Lady (featuring filmmaker E J-yong)

Film - Feature | September 21 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 E J-yong

 Jinsoo An, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

The Bacchus Lady (죽여주는 여자) looks into the issue of elderly prostitution in South Korea. We will be joined by the filmmaker E J-yong, who will introduce the film and stay for a Q&A.

Arundhathi Subramaniam | When God is a Traveller: Poetry Reading and Discussion on Bhakti Poetry

Lecture | September 21 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Arundhathi Subramaniam, Poet

 Harsha Ram, Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Department of Comparative Literature

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

A talk by award-winning poet and writer on spirituality and culture, Arundhathi Subramaniam.

Friday, September 22, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | September 22 | 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.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Traditions: Korean Culture Week Launch

Workshop | September 23 | 2-6 p.m. |  Mils College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Miran Lee, artist; Kay Kang, artist

 Soo-yeon Lyuh, musician

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Mills College Art Museum, Consulate General of the Republic of Korean in San Francisco

The Mills College Art Museum and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco present a day of family friendly Korean arts workshops led by exhibiting artists Miran Lee and Kay Kang, followed by a performance with internationally renowned haegeum musician Soo-yeon Lyuh in collaboration with contemporary Bay Area musicians performing new compositions.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Guangzhou Dream Factory

Film - Documentary | September 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Christiane Badgley, filmmaker

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

Guangzhou, a.k.a. Canton, is southern China’s centuries-old trading port. Today the booming metropolis of 14 million is a mecca of mass consumption, its vast international trading centers crammed with every “Made in China” good imaginable. Every year more than half a million Africans travel to Guangzhou where they buy goods to sell back in Africa. Over time, some have chosen to stay, and for...   More >

Celebrating 100 Years of Modern Korean Literature

Conference/Symposium | September 26 | 5 p.m. | Berkeley City Club, Drawing Room

 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Youngmin Kwon, UC Berkeley; Bruce Fulton, University of British Columbia; Kyung-Ran Jo, author

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco

Please join us for a discussion of the fruits of a century of modern Korean literature dating from the appearance of Yi Kwang-su’s novel Mujŏng (Heartlessness) in 1917.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mongolian Buddhism

Conference/Symposium | September 28 – 30, 2017 every day | 180 Doe Library

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

This conference explores the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. A keynote session will be held Thursday afternoon, September 28, followed by full day sessions on September 29 and 30.

Among the scheduled speakers are:

Agata BAREJA-STARZYNSKA, University of Warsaw
Brian BAUMANN, UC Berkeley
Isabelle CHARLEUX, National Centre for Scientific Research
Jacob...   More >

White Tara, © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Courtesy of the Government of Mongolia.

Buddhist Revelations in Mongolian Contemporary Art: Artist Soyolmaa Davaakhuu in Conversation with Uranchimeg Tsultem

Colloquium | September 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Soyolmaa Davaakhuu, Mongolian artist

 Uranchimeg Tsultem, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative Steering Committee

 Mongolia Foundation, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies

Mongolian artist Soyolmaa Davaakhuu will discuss her work with art historian Uranchimeg Tsultem. Soyolmaa Davaakhuu's art is based on her profound interest and practice of Buddhism. She is one of very few artists in Mongolia who aim to find new modernist style of expression of Buddhist images, motifs and symbols. She studied Buddhism and with the approval of her guru, she is able to create new...   More >

Soyolmaa Davaakhuu

Parallel System Narratives: Polish and Hungarian Regime Formations Compared

Lecture | September 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Bálint Magyar, Sociologist and former Hungarian Minister of Education

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Right-Wing Studies

The Polish election results of 2015 seem to have brought Hungarian and Polish development into synchronicity again, a congruence that is apparent throughout history. A first glance may give the impression that we are dealing with regimes of identical nature, especially taking into account the similarities of the authoritarian politics practiced by Jarosław Kaczyński (PiS) and Viktor...   More >

Samira Sheikh | Aurangzeb: A Gujarati Badshah?

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

 Samira Sheikh, Associate Professor of Asian Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Islamic Studies Program; Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Vanderbilt University

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

Talk by Dr. Samira Sheikh, historian of South Asia at Vanderbilt University

Connecting Invisible Makers and their Wares: Site-Specific Digital Storytelling as a Response to Globalization

Lecture | September 28 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Sarah Nelson Wright’s work, part of the Hearst’s exhibit People Made These Things, addresses the crucial question: who are the makers of mass-produced objects in our lives today? In this talk, Wright will share stories and media from a research trip to India and Sri Lanka to observe garment factories and meet marginalized workers. She will discuss a work-in-progress, Invisible Seams, an augmented...   More >

Friday, September 29, 2017

Mongolian Buddhism

Conference/Symposium | September 28 – 30, 2017 every day | 180 Doe Library

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

This conference explores the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. A keynote session will be held Thursday afternoon, September 28, followed by full day sessions on September 29 and 30.

Among the scheduled speakers are:

Agata BAREJA-STARZYNSKA, University of Warsaw
Brian BAUMANN, UC Berkeley
Isabelle CHARLEUX, National Centre for Scientific Research
Jacob...   More >

Peder Sather Symposium: Freedom of Speech Under Pressure in the World’s Liberal Democracies

Lecture | September 29 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix

 Dr. Knut Olav Åmås, Executive Director, Fritt Ord Foundation; Azita Raji, Former US Ambassador to Sweden

 College of Letters & Science, Consulate General of Norway, Consulate General of Sweden

The Peder Sather Symposium fosters interdisciplinary discussion among scholars and policy makers on global and national issues of mutual concern and promotes the understanding of political, economic and cultural issues. The symposium is co-sponsored by the College of Letters & Science, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, and the Honorary Consulate General of Sweden.

 

  RSVP online or or by emailing LSEvents@berkeley.edu by September 22.

MENA Salon

Workshop | September 29 | 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.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Mongolian Buddhism

Conference/Symposium | September 28 – 30, 2017 every day | 180 Doe Library

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

This conference explores the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. A keynote session will be held Thursday afternoon, September 28, followed by full day sessions on September 29 and 30.

Among the scheduled speakers are:

Agata BAREJA-STARZYNSKA, University of Warsaw
Brian BAUMANN, UC Berkeley
Isabelle CHARLEUX, National Centre for Scientific Research
Jacob...   More >

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Question of Tartar Textiles: Dante, Cangrande I della Scala, and the Vatican Archive

Lecture | October 2 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mariachiara Gasparini, Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer, Santa Clara University

 UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

The Chinese-Islamic cultural encounter in Central Asia found its maximum expression with the Pax Mongolica in territories that, although vast in area, became similar in aesthetic culture, and brought into existence a unique “dress code” among various social classes from China to Italy. Similarly to the Tang, in the thirteenth century, the Mongols established their domain with a multicultural...   More >

St. Nikolai textile

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Rebellion and Repression in China, 1966-1969

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

 Andrew Walder, Sociology, Stanford University

 Heather Haveman, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Drawing on accounts in more than 2,200 published county and city annals, this presentation provides an overview of the successive waves of rebellion and repression that spread across China from mid-1966 to the end of 1969. Several new observations emerge from broad patterns in these accounts. First, the collapse of civilian state structures due to rebel power seizures spread with remarkable...   More >

MENA Lit Chat: Laleh Khadivi on A Good Country

Reading - Literary | October 4 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Laleh Khadivi

 Michael David Lukas

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join the CMES for its MENA Lit Chat with author Laleh Khadivi on her novel A Good Country. A timely novel about the radicalization of a Muslim teen in California--about where identity truly lies, and how we find it.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Chinese Overseas: Celebrating the Legacy of Scholarship and Collection Treasures at UC Berkeley

Conference/Symposium | October 5 | 8:10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library (101 Doe Library)

 Ling-Chi Wang, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

 Penny Edwards, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley; Harvey Dong, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley; Sine Hwang Jensen, Asian American Studies & Comparative Ethnic Studies Librarian, University of California, Berkeley; Theresa Salazar, Curator, Bancroft Collection of Western Americana, University of California, Berkeley; Jianye He, Librarian for Chinese Collections, University of California, Berkeley; Virginia Shih, Librarian for the Southeast Asia Collection, University of California, Berkeley

 Library, Department of Ethnic Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Bancroft Library, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The keynote address, presentations, and tours of various UC Berkeley libraries will highlight the past, present, and future of Chinese overseas scholarship and curatorship.

 Pre-registration is required. Pls. register by August 1, 2017. https://berkeleychineseoverseas.wordpress.com/register/

 

  Registration opens May 12. Register online or by calling Virginia Shih at 510-643-0850, or by emailing Virginia Shih at vshih@library.berkeley.edu by August 1.

Miscellaneous California views from the collection of Joseph A. Baird BANC PIC 1986.015:73–PIC

If I can K-Pop dance, I’ll be part of your beauty revolution.

Colloquium | October 5 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 kate-hers RHEE

 Catherine Ceniza Choy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Gender and the Trans-Pacific World Program

Visual artist kate-hers RHEE will discuss the evolution of her politically engaged work as an artist and her dogged pursuit of cultivating creativity and playful improvisation in her artistic practice to engage hetero-patriarchal global beauty ideals and accompanying digital technology from a transnational feminist perspective.

photo credit: Michael Hurt

Friday, October 6, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | October 6 | 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, October 9, 2017

Jerusalem, on the Moving Edge of Israeli Colonial Rule

Lecture | October 9 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 20 Barrows Hall

 Thomas Abowd, Tufts University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This presentation will analyze how colonialism and colonial urbanism remain a crucial component of contemporary Palestinian and Israeli realities. It seeks to illuminate everyday life as well as the broader institutional forces that comprise and enable Israeli urban policy in Jerusalem. What kinds of barriers—physical, legal, and discursive—operate to keep Israeli-occupied Jerusalem a city of...   More >

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Murzban F Shroff | From Diversity to Adversity: A Writer’s Journey into the Unknown

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

 Murzban F Shroff, Author

 Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English

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

Murzban F. Shroff, Author of Breathless in Bombay (stories) and Waiting for Jonathan Koshy (novel) shares his experiences of writing under threat.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Shadow History--Archive and Intermediality in Chinese Cinema: A conference in honor of the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection

Conference/Symposium | October 12 | 4-6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 2155 Center Street, Berkeley, CA

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA), Film and Media Department

This meeting honors the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection, a unique and invaluable archive of print materials and ephemera documenting nearly a century of Chinese cinema and media culture, and recently acquired by the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Shadow History--Archive and Intermediality in Chinese Cinema: A conference in honor of the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection

Conference/Symposium | October 13 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Film and Media Department, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA), C.V. Starr East Asian Library

This meeting honors the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection, a unique and invaluable archive of print materials and ephemera documenting nearly a century of Chinese cinema and media culture, and recently acquired by the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

MENA Salon

Workshop | October 13 | 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.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Shadow History--Archive and Intermediality in Chinese Cinema: A conference in honor of the Paul Kendel Fonoroff Collection

Conference/Symposium | October 14 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Film and Media Department, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA), C.V. Starr East Asian Library

This meeting honors the Paul Fonoroff Collection, a unique and invaluable archive of print materials and ephemera documenting nearly a century of Chinese cinema and media culture, and recently acquired by the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Robert Thurman | Why does the Dalai Lama say he is "Son of Nālandā"?: The inaugural ISAS-VSB Lecture on Religion in the Modern World

Lecture | October 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Robert A. F. Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Department of Religion, Columbia University; President, Tibet House U.S., President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies

 Jake Dalton, Khyentse Professor and Chair, Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Vedanta Society Berkeley, Center for Buddhist Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Townsend Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Theological Union Shingal Center for Dharma Studies, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

A lecture by Prof. Robert A. F. Thurman, professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, and co-founder of Tibet House US, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

David Gilmartin | Pakistan's Creation and the Contested Grand Narratives of 20th Century History: The 5th Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture

Lecture | October 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 David Gilmartin, Distinguished Professor of History at the Department of History, North Carolina State University

 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, The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture

South Asian Historian, David Gilmartin delivers our fifth Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture.

Investigating Paradise: 2017 Arab Film Festival Premiere

Film - Documentary | October 19 | 6-8:15 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Note change in location

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Arab Film Festival

From French-Algerian visionary Merzak Allouache, Berlinale 2017 pick INVESTIGATING PARADISE is a manifold treatise in what it means to be "radicalized."

Friday, October 20, 2017

Comparative Industrial Policy in the Cybersecurity Industry: Policies, Drivers, and International Implications

Conference/Symposium | October 20 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

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

Cyber attacks of varying severity, ranging from email hacking to Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS) to advanced persistent threats (APT) to industries are commonplace. Yet at the same time, with the economy being increasingly data-based, these attacks pose a significant security and economic problem. The issue of how to cope with such intrusions raises critical questions about the role...   More >

MENA Salon: The Middle East in 1982

Workshop | October 20 | 3:30-4:30 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.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dwelling In-Between: Korean Americans in the Bay Area

Conference/Symposium | October 21 | 2-6 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Mills College Art Museum, Asian Art Museum

Dwelling In-Between (사이에 머물다) will feature Korean American artists, writers, and scholars who will discuss the transnational connections of the Korean American experience.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016

Friday, October 27, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | October 27 | 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.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Shi-yee Liu and Tamara Bentley on Chen Hongshou

Lecture | October 28 | 1 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Auditorium

 Shi-Yee Liu, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tamara Bentley, Colorado College

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Scholars Shi-Yee Liu and Tamara Bentley, both contributors to the Chen Hongshou exhibition catalog, illuminate different periods in the artist's career. Liu, assistant research curator of Chinese art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, considers the role of popular culture in the artist’s early work, demonstrating possible inspiration from woodblock illustrations of novels and plays, popular and...   More >

Chen Hongshou: Su Wu and Li Ling with Attendants, c. 1635 (detail); hanging scroll: ink and colors on silk; 50 × 19 in.; BAMPFA, purchase made possible through a gift by an anonymous donor.

Monday, October 30, 2017

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

Colloquium | October 30 | 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 fourth lecture in the Slavic Graduate Colloquium Fall 2017 series.

The Body/Psyche Politics of Cairo's El-Nadeem

Lecture | October 30 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 20 Barrows Hall

 Frances Hasso, Duke University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

El-Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence is a women-initiated and dominated non-governmental activist organization established in Cairo in 1993 as a psychological counseling center by university professor and labor activist Dr. Aida Seif al-Dawla and two other psychiatrists to ameliorate the traumas of Egyptian and refugee torture victims. Over time, El-Nadeem developed...   More >

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Politics of Secularism: Religion, Diversity, and Institutional Change in France and Turkey

Lecture | November 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Murat Akan, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Discussions of modernity—or alternative and multiple modernities—often hinge on the question of secularism, especially how it travels outside its original European context. Too often, attempts to answer this question either imagine a universal model derived from the history of Western Europe, which neglects the experience of much of the world, or emphasize a local, non-European context that...   More >

Ornit Shani | How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise

Lecture | November 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Ornit Shani, Faculty Member, Asian Studies Department, University of Haifa

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

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

 Berkeley Legal History Workshop (Department of History), Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for the Study of Law and Society (Berkeley Law)

Talk by Dr. Ornit Shani (University of Haifa), "How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise,” with commentary by Dr. Abhishek Kaiker (History, UC Berkeley) and Dr. Lawrence Cohen (Anthropology, Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley).

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Genealogies of Syrian Ba‘thism: Michel ‘Aflaq and Modern Arab Intellectual History

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

 Max Weiss, Princeton University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join the CMES for a lecture by Max Weiss, Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He studies the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the modern Middle East. His research interests include transformations of law and society, religious culture, history of ideas, and the translation of contemporary Arabic literature into English. Raised in southern...   More >

How Everything Became War And The Military Became Everything

Lecture | November 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Rosa Brooks, Georgetown University

 Institute of International Studies

Rosa Brooks is one of the nation’s top experts on national security and the changing nature of warfare. Her most recent book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2016. A journalist and a law professor at Georgetown University, Brooks -- the daughter of left-wing anti-war activists and the wife of a US Army Special Forces officer --...   More >

Lecture by Dr. Nandini Sundar, the Indo-American Community Lecturer at UC Berkeley for 2017: Title TBD

Lecture | November 2 | 5-7 p.m. |  TBD

 Nandini Sundar, Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University

 Institute for South Asia Studies

Lecture by noted social anthropologist and Professor of Sociology in the Delhi School of Economics, Dr. Nandini Sundar.

Friday, November 3, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | November 3 | 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.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Slow Accretion: Producing Harm in Ulaanbaatar’s Air Pollution Crisis

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

 Chisato Fukuda, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Franck Billé, Program Director, Silk Road Center, UC Berkeley

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

What counts as evidence of harm for those living in the midst of air pollution? Over the past two decades, air pollution has become a seasonal disaster in Ulaanbaatar, prompting widespread concerns about its harms to human bodies and the environment. These concerns have promoted various investments to document air pollution’s effects, from monitoring technologies, to interactive pollution maps,...   More >

Pollution

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bollywood and Beyond: 3rd i's 15th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series | November 9 – 18, 2017 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 9-12 (San Francisco) November 18 (Cupertino)

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

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley cosponsor 3rd i's 15th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. (November 9-12 and November 18, 2017).

Harjant Gill | On North Indian/Punjabi Masculinities: A Screening followed by Discussion with the Filmmaker

Lecture | November 9 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Harjant S. Gill, Documentary Filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Towson University

 Karen Nakamura, Robert and Colleen Haas Distinguished Chair in Disability Studies and Professor of Anthropology Graduate advisor, UCB-UCSF Joint Program in Medical Anthropology

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society - Disability Studies cluster

A evening with Prof. Harjant S. Gill, an Indian documentary filmmaker who teaches visual anthropology at Towson University. His films explore topics related to gender, sexuality, religion and belonging in India and among Indians in diaspora.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bollywood and Beyond: 3rd i's 15th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series | November 9 – 18, 2017 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 9-12 (San Francisco) November 18 (Cupertino)

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

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley cosponsor 3rd i's 15th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. (November 9-12 and November 18, 2017).

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Bollywood and Beyond: 3rd i's 15th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series | November 9 – 18, 2017 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 9-12 (San Francisco) November 18 (Cupertino)

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

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley cosponsor 3rd i's 15th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. (November 9-12 and November 18, 2017).

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Bollywood and Beyond: 3rd i's 15th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series | November 9 – 18, 2017 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 9-12 (San Francisco) November 18 (Cupertino)

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

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley cosponsor 3rd i's 15th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. (November 9-12 and November 18, 2017).

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Troubled Waters of Transformation: Shipyard Labor in East Central Europe from Late to Post Socialism

Lecture | November 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Ulf Brunnbauer, Director, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, University of Regensburg

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

Practitioners of East European labor history are at risk of falling into deep depression. Under state-socialism, industrial workers were apparently let down by regimes that claimed to rule in their name. After the end of communist rule, many workers experienced large-scale dispossession because of deindustrialization and the emerging hegemony of neo-liberalism. In my talk, which is based on the...   More >

Friday, November 17, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | November 17 | 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.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bollywood and Beyond: 3rd i's 15th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series | November 9 – 18, 2017 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 9-12 (San Francisco) November 18 (Cupertino)

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

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley cosponsor 3rd i's 15th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. (November 9-12 and November 18, 2017).

Monday, November 20, 2017

Between Earth and Heaven: Lermontov, Byron, and Romantic Gnosticism

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

 Kathryn Pribble, 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.

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.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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

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.

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

 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

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.

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

Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Exhibition: Opening Reception

Exhibit - Painting | 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.

  Buy tickets by calling 5106428208.