Upcoming Events

Friday, March 24, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 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.

Mongolian Throat-singing Concert

Performing Arts - Music | March 24 | 7 p.m. |  International House

 International House

KHUSUGTUN is an internationally revered performing group that performs traditional music from Mongolia, the home of Chinggis Khan. They are especially renowned for their a capella arrangements using “khöömei” or “throat-singing.”
RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/khusugtun-concert-tickets-31247882257?aff=eac2

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 25 – 27, 2017 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University

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 >

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 25 – 27, 2017 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University

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 >

Monday, March 27, 2017

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 25 – 27, 2017 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center

 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University

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 >

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Easing Trilateral Tensions in East Asia: Is the Media's Coverage a Help or a Hindrance?

Conference/Symposium | March 28 | 4-6 p.m. | Haydn Williams Conference Room, 8th floor

 465 California St, San Francisco, CA

 Kyoungtae Kim, Director, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation

 The Asia Foundation

Communications theory tells us that when there is conflict, its severity should decrease as the amount of communication between the conflicting sides increases. But when it comes to the three major nations in East Asia– Korea, Japan, and China, greater media coverage often seems to exacerbate tensions.

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, March 28th as a seasoned journalist from Korea...   More >

Monday, April 3, 2017

Mongolian Archaeology: New Discoveries, New Concerns

Conference/Symposium | April 3 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Smithsonian Institution, Archaeological Research Facility

The ancient cultural interactions of Northeast Asia have left a now-imperiled record in stone across the steppes and forests of Mongolia. The historical implications of the archaeological record, and the race not only to study but to preserve this record in the face of growing threats from development, tourist access, and an insatiable art market, are the focus of this symposium, organized...   More >

Archaeology in Mongolia

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Yugoslav Gulag: The Goli otok (Barren Island) Labor Camp, 1949-1956

Lecture | April 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Martin Previsic, Assistant Professor of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

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

The Goli otok (Barren island) labor camp was one of the best kept secrets in Tito’s Yugoslavia. During the Tito-Stalin split of 1948, over 13,000 genuine and alleged Stalin supporters were incarcerated and subjected to harsh treatment. Violence and hard labor were used in order to politically “re-educate” inmates. Several methods used in the camps, including a complex system of fictional...   More >

Duterte’s Violent “Right” Populism in the Philippines

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

 Mark Thompson, Professor of Politics, City University of Hong Kong

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Since his election, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a violent crackdown on drugs. For many Filipinos, this state violence has created a sense of political order amidst weak institutions. Duterte's “right” populism shows similarities to illiberalism elsewhere in Southeast Asia but differs from “rich world” right populism represented by Trump and the European far right.

Mark Thompson

Stop THAAD in Korea – Launch of National Tour

Colloquium | April 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  University Lutheran Chapel

 2425 College Ave, Berkeley, CA

 Sounghey Kim, Won Buddhist minister, Co-chair, Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment

 Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment

In the midst of political upheaval in South Korea, advances in North Korea’s nuclear program, and uncertainty about the Trump administration’s policy in Northeast Asia, citizens in Seongju, South Korea, are stepping up their eight-month opposition to the installation of a U.S. missile defense system (THAAD) in their city. The U.S. and South Korea claim THAAD is necessary to defend against North...   More >

Friday, April 7, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 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.

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; Film Studies

 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 >

Ramachandra Guha | India at Seventy - A Historian's Report Card: The Inaugural Bhattacharya Lecture on the "Future of India"

Lecture | April 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Ramachandra Guha, Indian historian and Author

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Bhattacharya India Fund at UC Berkeley

Ramachandra Guha delivers the inaugural lecture in this newly established lecture series on the Future of India.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

New Directions in Armenian Ottoman Studies

Conference/Symposium | April 8 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Tilden Room

 Richard Antaramian, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Southern California; Yasar Tolga Cora, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Armenian Studies Program & History, University of Michigan; Mehmet Polatel, Ataturk Institute of Modern Turkish Studies, Bogazici University; Aysenur Korkmaz, PhD Researcher, Regional, Transitional, and European Studies, University of Amsterdam; Owen Miller, Affiliated Faculty, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College; Umit Kurt, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University; Yektan Turkyilmaz, Adjunct Professor, University of Cyprus; Elke Hartmann, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Ludwig Maximilians University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The goal of this conference is to take stock of the research produced by a new generation of scholars who have already contributed to the broadening and deepening of our understanding of the past.

The Armenian Studies Program at the University of California presents: "New Directions in Armenian Ottoman Studies"
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Tilden Room, MLK Student Union
University of California,...   More >

Soundwaves - The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan: A Play in English presented by Enacte Arts

Performing Arts - Theater | April 8 – 9, 2017 every day | 2-6 p.m. |  DeAnza Visual and Performing Arts Center

 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014

 

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Enacte Arts

A play on the life of Noor Inayat Khan, an Indian World War II spy.

 $100, $50, $35, $25, $10

  Tickets go on sale March 13. Buy tickets online

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Soundwaves - The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan: A Play in English presented by Enacte Arts

Performing Arts - Theater | April 8 – 9, 2017 every day | 2-6 p.m. |  DeAnza Visual and Performing Arts Center

 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014

 

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Enacte Arts

A play on the life of Noor Inayat Khan, an Indian World War II spy.

 $100, $50, $35, $25, $10

  Tickets go on sale March 13. Buy tickets online

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dostoevsky and the Riddle of the Self

Colloquium | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Yuri Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Russian & Comparative Literature, Boston University

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

The seventh lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rebecca Karl, Department of History, New York University; Lydia Liu, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University

 Colleen Lye, English, UC Berkeley; Raka Ray, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Weihong Bao, East Asian Languages and Cultures; Film and Media, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of International Studies Faculty Interdisciplinary Program on Gender and the Transpacific World

Panel discussion on writings by possibly the first Chinese feminist author, He-Yin Zhen. Zhen presents an alternative conception of feminism that draws upon anarchism and other radical trends. Ahead of her time, He-Yin Zhen complicates conventional accounts of feminism and China's history, offering original perspectives on sex, gender, labor, and power that remain relevant today.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Making Fit, Pricing Air: High-Rises Explode Across Phnom Penh

Lecture | April 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sylvia Nam, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UC Irvine

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk examines pent-up expertise and upward pressures on land prices that have generated the market dynamics leading to the expansive rollout of condominium towers in Phnom Penh. The speaker received her Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning from UC Berkeley.

Sylvia Nam

“Advancing Human Rights in a Rightward World: Challenges for International Institutions and Civil Society”: A Talk By: NAVANETHEM PILLAY

Lecture | April 11 | 5-7 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Goldberg Room

 Center for Race and Gender, Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Human Rights Center, International and Area Studies (IAS)

“Advancing Human Rights in a Rightward World: Challenges for International Institutions and Civil Society”

A Talk By: NAVANETHEM PILLAY
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2008-2014 and Judge of the International Criminal Court, 2003-2008

Opening Remarks: PAUL ALIVISATOS, Vice Chancellor for Research and Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, UC,...   More >

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Beyond the American Era in the Middle East: An Evolving Landscape of Turbulence: CMES Visiting Scholars Lecture Series

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

 Waleed Hazbun, CMES Visiting Scholar, American University of Beirut

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Lecture by Waleed Hazbun, Associate Professor of Political Studies at American University of Beirut and CMES Visiting Scholar.

At the Edge of the Nation: The Southern Kurils and the Search for Russia’s National Identity

Lecture | April 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Paul Richardson, Lecturer, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

This paper takes up the issue of the remote and beguiling Southern Kuril Islands in order to explore divergent and contradictory ideas, convictions, and beliefs on what constitutes “national” identity in post-Soviet Russia. These islands – which are administered by Russia but claimed by Japan – present us with unique insights into the ways in which competing territorial visions of the nation are...   More >

Cover Girls: The Evolution of the Image of Female Stars in Chinese Movie Magazines from the 1920s to the Early Years of the People's Republic

Colloquium | April 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Paul Fonoroff, Independent film scholar

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of International Studies Faculty Interdisciplinary Program on Gender and the Transpacific World

This talk will cover the evolution of the image of female stars from the 1920s to the early 1950s as reflected in their representation as "cover girls" from the 1920s (and the birth of Chinese movie "goddesses") to their makeover after the Communist victory in 1949. The talk will include many slides of images from the Fonoroff Collection, now held at the C.V. Starr East Asian Library.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cinema Beyond Melodrama: Lee Chang-dong and Divine Justice

Colloquium | April 13 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Steve Choe, San Francisco State University

 Jinsoo An, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This presentation discusses two films by Lee Chang-dong, Secret Sunshine (2007) and Poetry (2010), to show how they attempt to think the concept of justice beyond the ethical and metaphysical principles proposed by the melodramatic mode in narrative cinema.

Sacred Singing: A Baul Performance by Parvathy Baul

Performing Arts - Music | April 13 | 6-8 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Parvathy Baul, Baul folk singer, musician and storyteller from Bengal

 Sanchita Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley

 Sukanya Chakrabarti, Theater Artist, Performer, Ethnomusicologist

 The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, The Institute for South Asia Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies - Graduate Theological Union, Department of Music

An evening of Baul music with one of the few female Baul practitioners, the eminent Baul singer from Bengal, Parvathy Baul.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Offense! The Public Life of Injury in South Asia: The 6th South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference at Stanford University, April 14 and 15, 2017

Conference/Symposium | April 14 – 15, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. |  Stanford University

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for South Asia, Stanford University, University of California, Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz

The 6th South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference held at Stanford University

The Quest for a Voice: Revisiting Asia’s Democratic Revolt

Conference/Symposium | April 14 | 1-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 M. Steven Fish, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Batchimeg Migeddorj, Office of the President of Mongolia; Namhee Lee, Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA; Rowena He, Government, St. Michael's College; Mendee Jargalsaikhan, Political Science, University of British Columbia; Teresa Wright, Political Science, California Sate University Long Beach

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 M.P. Lu. Bold, Member of Parliament, Mongolia

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

A quarter century ago, Mongolia, Asia’s first Communist power, was wracked by revolt among its young, educated elite, a revolt that ultimately culminated in the collapse of Communism and establishment of a democratic government . Only months earlier, demonstrations at Tiananmen had ended in tragedy and disaster. Earlier still, Kwangju’s youth rallied to the cry of democractic reform. ...   More >

Protest in Mongolia

The Quest for a Voice—Revisiting Asia’s Democratic Revolt

Panel Discussion | April 14 | 2-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

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

A quarter century ago, Mongolia, Asia’s first Communist power, was wracked by revolt among its young, educated elite, a revolt that culminated in the collapse of Communism and establishment of a democratic government. Earlier, demonstrations at Tiananmen had ended in tragedy and disaster. Earlier still, Kyongju’s youth rallied to the cry of democratic reform.
Looking back at this period...   More >

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Offense! The Public Life of Injury in South Asia: The 6th South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference at Stanford University, April 14 and 15, 2017

Conference/Symposium | April 14 – 15, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. |  Stanford University

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for South Asia, Stanford University, University of California, Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz

The 6th South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference held at Stanford University

Monday, April 17, 2017

Acting Globally: Memoirs of Brazil’s Assertive Foreign Policy

Lecture | April 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Embassador Celso Amorim

 Center for Latin American Studies

Amorim will discuss his new book, Acting Globally: Memoirs of Brazil’s Assertive Foreign Policy.

Celso Amorim is Brazil’s longest-serving foreign minister (1993-1994; 2003-2010). He was also Minister of Defense from 2011 to 2014. In 2009, Foreign Policy magazine referred to him as the “world’s best foreign minister.”

Understanding Taiwanese History by Reading LGBT Literature

Colloquium | April 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ta-wei Chi, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Literatures visualizing homosexuality are commonly found in various modern countries. In Taiwan, there is even a history of the LGBT literature as an eco-system extending from the 1950s to the 2010s. This presentation will provide a brief tour of Taiwanese history by introducing this eco-system.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

One Belt, One Road: Remaking Eurasia?

Panel Discussion | April 18 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Deputy Consul General Ren Faqiang, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Vinod Aggarwal, Political Science, UC Berkeley; David Roland-Holst, Agriculture and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley; Yves Tiberghien, Director of the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

 Consul Wang Dong, Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Peter Lorentzen, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Consul Li Yi, Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Consul Sun Jia, Consulate General of the PRC- SF

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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

China's "One Belt, One Road" is one of the most ambitious infrastructure plans of the past century. A panel of political science and economics scholars will discuss the plan, its goals, and its potential effects with delegates from the Consulate General of the PRC-SF.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

On Suicide Bombers: CMES Visiting Scholars Lecture Series

Lecture | April 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Fatima Mojaddedi, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Lecture by Fatima Mojaddedi, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology.

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, The 1947 Partition Archive

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.

Friday, April 21, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

China’s Economic Statecraft Toward Myanmar and North Korea

Colloquium | April 24 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 James Reilly, Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Tempted by their expansive authority over China’s economy, Chinese leaders are increasingly deploying economic resources such as foreign aid and overseas investments to influence policy decisions in other countries. To implement economic statecraft, China’s leaders rely upon state-owned companies, bureaucratic agencies, and local Chinese officials, even though they may be unreliable...   More >

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Serbian Poetic Word: 17th Annual Peter N. Kujachich Lecture in Serbian and Montenegrin Studies

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Ronelle Alexander, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

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

“Most poetry is not equipped for a world in which people actually die. But some is.” These words, attributed to the great poet Czesław Miłosz, come to mind when one thinks of Serbian poetry. The lecture explores what it is that makes the poetic word – and especially the Serbian poetic word – so powerful. By examining the ways in which the poetry of their language has sung to Serbs...   More >

Tehran Streetstyle: A Talk by Hoda Katebi

Lecture | April 25 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Hoda Katebi

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Hoda Katebi is an author, photographer, and activist fashion blogger whose research focuses on the underground fashion movement in Iran and the intersections of fashion, gender, and nationhood. In 2013, she founded Joo Joo Azad (www.joojooazad.com), an online platform dedicated to the integration of ethical fashion and activism.
Tehran Streetstyle—the first in-print collection of modern fashion...   More >

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Back from the Brink: The Global Revival of Manchu Studies: A Memorial Lecture for Professor Emeritus James Bosson

Memorial | April 26 | 5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mark Elliott, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

 Jacob Dalton, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

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

With the passing of Professor James Bosson the campus lost an early and important voice in the study of Mongolian, Manchu, and Tibetan language and culture. A memorial lecture in his honor will be presented by his former student Mark Eilliott, Harvard University.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Early Korea

Conference/Symposium | April 27 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Early Korea is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand human society on the Korean peninsula in ancient times, make the case for the relevance of the region to world history and archaeology, and critically appraise how ancient history is used in the present to foster notions of Korean identity.

6 Days, 50 Years: 1967 and the Politics of Time: Keynote Address

Conference/Symposium | April 27 | 7-9 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Noura Erakat, George Mason University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

“Taking the Land Without the People: International Law and the 1967 War”

Friday, April 28, 2017

6 Days, 50 Years: 1967 and the Politics of Time: Panel Discussion

Conference/Symposium | April 28 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Joel Beinin, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Stanford University; Smadar Ben Natan, Visiting Scholar, Berkeley Law, Tel Aviv University; Leena Dallasheh, Assistant Professor, Humboldt State University; Sreemati Mitter, Kutayba Alghanim Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History and International and Public Affairs, Brown University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war, the Centers for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara will host contemporaneous panels to address this significant milestone through the meta narrative of “6 Days, 50 Years: 1967 and the Politics of Time.” At UC Berkeley, we will convene a panel of experts to reflect on how horizons of the future were...   More >

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 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, May 2, 2017

Queer Hyenas: Exclusion and Sanctuary in Senegalese Visual Culture

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

 Ivy Mills, Lecturer, History of Art, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

Ivy Mills

Buddhist Sectarianism in Burma’s Last Kingdom

Colloquium | May 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Alexandra Kaloyanides, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University

 Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies

The collapse of Burma’s final kingdom was devastating for the Buddhist organizations that depended on its royal sponsorship. The nineteenth-century encroachment of the British Raj crippled both the Konbaung Dynasty and its once-powerful monastic establishment, but it also created opportunities for opposition parties. One adversarial Buddhist sect, the Paramats, was particularly active between the...   More >

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Interpreting Communal Violence in Myanmar

Lecture | May 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date

 Dr. Nick Cheesman, Research Fellow, Political & Social Change, Australian National University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

From 2012 to 2014, Myanmar experienced recurrent acts of lethal violence, realised through repeated public expressions that Muslims constitute an existential threat to Buddhists. This talk will make a case for classing and analyzing the violence as “communal”. This lecture has been re-scheduled from its original March date.

Nick Cheesman

Friday, May 5, 2017

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 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.

Return of Ten Thousand Dharmas: A Celebration in Honor of Patricia Berger

Conference/Symposium | May 5 | 4-6 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Patricia Berger, History of Art, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies, Jay D. McEvoy Chair, Department of History of Art, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Patricia Berger served as the curator of Chinese art at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco from 1982 to 1994. She then returned to her alma mater to mentor another generation of graduate students as Professor of Chinese Art at the University of California at Berkeley. In celebration of her well-deserved retirement, we invite you to join her current and former students and colleagues to honor her...   More >

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Return of Ten Thousand Dharmas: A Celebration in Honor of Patricia Berger

Conference/Symposium | May 6 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies, Jay D. McEvoy Chair, Department of History of Art, Townsend Center for the Humanities

This event begins on Friday, May 5, 4 pm, Brower Center with a keynote speech by Professor Berger.

Patricia Berger served as the curator of Chinese art at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco from 1982 to 1994. She then returned to her alma mater to mentor another generation of graduate students as Professor of Chinese Art at the University of California at Berkeley. In celebration of her...   More >

Monday, May 8, 2017

Kanak Mani Dixit | South Asian Regionalism under the Modi Government

Lecture | May 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Kanak Mani Dixit, Author, journalist and Founding Editor of Himal Southasian magazine, based in Kathmandu

 Alexander von Rospatt, Professor for Buddhist and South Asian Studies, and director of the Group in Buddhist Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program

A talk by Kanak Mani Dixit, Author, Journalist and Founding Editor of Himal Southasian magazine, based in Kathmandu.

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

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

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

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 Southeast Asian Collections, University of California, Berkeley

 Library

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