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Keegan Houser
Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Surveying Sistan: New Tales about an Old Archaeological Project in Afghanistan

Lecture | January 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility) | Note change in date

 Mitchell Allen, Research Associate, Archaeological Research Facility & Smithsonian Institution

 Archaeological Research Facility

This presentation will offer a brief overview of the Helmand Sistan Project (HSP), the only multidisciplinary, long-term, comprehensive survey and excavation project ever conducted in the southwest corner of Afghanistan.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Priya Moorjani | Reconstructing South Asian Population History using Genetic Data

Lecture | January 24 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

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

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

Talk by molecular biologist and geneticist, Professor Priya Moorjani.

Friday, January 25, 2019

No Laughing Matter: Learning to Speak the "Common Language" in 1950s China

Colloquium | January 25 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Janet Chen, Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In the winter and early spring of 1956, a series of articles appeared in nationally circulating publications, featuring an earnest entreaty: please do not laugh at those who are trying to learn putonghua, the “common language” of the socialist state. Beyond the headlines, permutations of the same refrain echoed in different forums. At the opening stages of a campaign to “popularize the common...   More >

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Omar Khan | Paper Jewels: Postcards from the Raj

Lecture | January 29 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Securitization of Migration and Racial Sorting in Fortress Europe

Lecture | January 30 | 12 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Maartje van der Woude, Leiden Law School (Netherlands)

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

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

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Somini Sengupta | Existential threats: Stories from the front lines of climate change in South Asia and beyond - The Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture for 2018

Lecture | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, The Heyns Room

 Somini Sengupta, The New York Times's International Climate Change Correspondent

 Geeta Anand, Acting Professor of Reporting, UC Berkeley

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

Somini Sengupta delivers our 7th Annual Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture on the theme of Women and Leadership.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Book Talk: The Feminist Awakening in China

Colloquium | February 1 | 3 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 Leta Hong Fincher

 Lü Pin

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for 37 days. The Feminist Five became a global cause célèbre, with Hillary Clinton speaking out on their behalf, and activists inundating social media with #FreetheFive messages. But the Feminist Five are only symbols of a much larger feminist movement of university students,...   More >

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Kamala Visweswaran | Deep Impunity

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

 Kamala Visweswaran,, Professor in Ethnic Studies, UCSD

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

A talk by cultural anthropologist Kamala Visweswaran, Professor in Ethnic Studies, UCSD.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Faiz Ahmed | Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires

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

 Faiz Ahmed, Associate Professor of History, Brown University

 Wali Ahmadi, Associate Professor of Persian Literature, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

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

A talk by Assistant Professor of History at Brown University, Dr. Faiz Ahmed on his new book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires.

Friday, February 22, 2019

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

Conference/Symposium | February 22 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

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

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

Monday, March 4, 2019

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

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

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

 You-tien Hsing, Professor of Geography, UC Berkeley

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

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

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

#MeToo Hong Kong

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

 Gina Marchetti

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

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

Friday, March 15, 2019

New Asian Disorder: Diagnosis and Prognosis

Conference/Symposium | March 15 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

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

East Asia since 2010 has been characterized by the rise of China and the relative decline of the United States (US), and by a corresponding disorder as China has increasingly openly defied the game rules set by the erstwhile hegemon and begun tentatively to outline an alternative set of rules. The systemic consequence is a state of what Durkheim called anomie, a liminal period between one set of...   More >

Monday, March 18, 2019

Governance and Transitions of Power in Taiwan

Conference/Symposium | March 18 – 19, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

This conference investigates the nexus between changes in governance and transitions of power in Taiwan. The conference would address two broad themes:

1) How have deficiencies in participatory institutions or limited access by various social groups to the political process affected transitions of power? How have social groups demanded access to political decision-making? Papers could address...   More >

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Governance and Transitions of Power in Taiwan

Conference/Symposium | March 18 – 19, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

This conference investigates the nexus between changes in governance and transitions of power in Taiwan. The conference would address two broad themes:

1) How have deficiencies in participatory institutions or limited access by various social groups to the political process affected transitions of power? How have social groups demanded access to political decision-making? Papers could address...   More >

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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

Lecture | March 21 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

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

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

A talk by Harvard Anthropologist, Ajantha Subramanian.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

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

Lecture | April 4 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 26, 2019

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

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

 Helen Siu, Sociocultural Anthropology, Yale University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

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

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

Monday, April 29, 2019

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

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

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

 Junko Habu, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

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

This event celebrates the publication of the Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology by inviting two editors of this volume, both of whom are prominent scholars in the field of Asian Archaeology. Prof. John W. Olsen (University of Arizona) will talk about his recent archaeological expeditions in Mongolia and Tibet with a focus on Paleolithic archaeology in these regions. Professor Peter...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

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

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Karaite Canon highlights a selection from the over fifty manuscripts he brought to California, along with ritual objects belonging to Cairo’s Karaite community.

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

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This exhibition will be continuing in Spring 2019.

Notions of resistance, alongside fears and realities of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.

Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how...   More >

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

Exhibit - Photography | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4:05 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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

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

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

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

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This exhibition will be continuing in Spring 2019.

Notions of resistance, alongside fears and realities of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.

Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how...   More >

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

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

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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

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