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Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma at the Greek

Performing Arts - Music | August 18 | 8 p.m. |  Hearst Greek Theatre


Cal Performances


Visionary cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Greek for a concert under the stars with a project close to his heart—The Silk Road Ensemble, an extraordinary musical think tank of cross-cultural collaboration and artistic excellence. The collection of virtuosi, versed in the musical cultures of Asia, Europe, and the Americas, performs lively arrangements of traditional music as well as contemporary...   More >


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Excrement and Debt: Insights from a popular anatomical image into the depths of history and of the heart

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 23 | 4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities


Shigehisa Kuriyama, Harvard University

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Rhetoric, Townsend Center for the Humanities


Professor Shigehisa Kuriyama's research explores broad philosophical issues (being and time, representations and reality, knowing and feeling) through the lens of specific topics in comparative medical history (Japan, China, and Europe). His recent work includes studies on the imagination of strings in the metaphysics and experience of presence, the visceral fear of excrement in Western...   More >

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Electionization and Postsocialist Subjectivity: Women Running for Parliamentary Elections in Mongolia

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 27 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Manduhai Buyandelger, Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Laura Nelson, Gender & Women's Studies, UC Berkeley and Chair, Center for Korean Studies

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


This paper offers an anthropological account of how democratic elections and neoliberal projects often unfold quite differently than normative models might assume, and the ways in which such transformations inform gender politics and women’s positions in a changing society. Central to my analysis is the concept of electionization. I mean to convey with this term the sprawling nature of political...   More >

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thunder from the Steppes: New Perspectives on the Mongol Empire

Conference/Symposium: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 29 – 30, 2016 every day | 180 Doe Library


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


Thursday, September 29, 4pm - 6 pm Keynote Address
Friday, September 30, 9 am - 6 pm

The Mongol Empire orients history between Asia and Europe, ancient and modern, rural and urban, settled and nomadic, scientific and faith-based, and soteriological and aristocratic worlds. This conference invites new research on the Mongol empire...   More >

Friday, September 30, 2016

Thunder from the Steppes: New Perspectives on the Mongol Empire

Conference/Symposium: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 29 – 30, 2016 every day | 180 Doe Library


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


Thursday, September 29, 4pm - 6 pm Keynote Address
Friday, September 30, 9 am - 6 pm

The Mongol Empire orients history between Asia and Europe, ancient and modern, rural and urban, settled and nomadic, scientific and faith-based, and soteriological and aristocratic worlds. This conference invites new research on the Mongol empire...   More >

Friday, October 7, 2016

East Asia as Method: Culture, Knowledge, Space

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 7 – 8, 2016 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, Suite 510


1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

Jim Glassman, University of British Columbia; Jini Kim Watson, New York University

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Townsend Center for the Humanities


What is East Asia? From ideological construct to physical and material reality, East Asia is still a contested territory, marked by the discourse of “Asian ascendancy” in the midst of new forms of conflict and contradiction, ranging from territorial disputes to economic tensions and historical revisionism. By questioning what constitutes East Asia today in a world of shifting boundaries, this...   More >

Saturday, October 8, 2016

East Asia as Method: Culture, Knowledge, Space

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 7 – 8, 2016 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, Suite 510


1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

Jim Glassman, University of British Columbia; Jini Kim Watson, New York University

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Townsend Center for the Humanities


What is East Asia? From ideological construct to physical and material reality, East Asia is still a contested territory, marked by the discourse of “Asian ascendancy” in the midst of new forms of conflict and contradiction, ranging from territorial disputes to economic tensions and historical revisionism. By questioning what constitutes East Asia today in a world of shifting boundaries, this...   More >

Friday, October 14, 2016

Kintsugi: A Japanese approach to ceramic repair

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | October 14 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


David Morrison Pike

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


Kintsugi is a time consuming and technical process to repair ceramic using lacquer and a metal finish. The repaired piece is usually more valuable and aesthetically pleasing than before the repair. Kintsugi dates back to about the 15th. century and is closely related to makie. The damaged area is covered in gold or silver which pulls the eye to the repair and in effect celebrates the imperfection...   More >

Friday, October 21, 2016

Shaping a New Political-Economic Order in the Asia-Pacific? The TPP, RCEP, and AIIB

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 21 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)


The TPP has become one of the flashpoints in the current American elections. This conference analyzes not only this issue but the larger trade relations of which it is a part. In July 2014, a so-called Bali Package that addresses trade facilitation efforts was derailed by a dispute ...   More >

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fleeting recognition: On Sighting Mongolians in Los Angeles’ Landscape

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | October 25 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Chima Anyadike-Danes, Anthropology, UC Irvine

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


Los Angeles’ Koreatown is extremely densely populated, with more than 100,000 people residing in a few square kilometers. The majority of the city's Mongolians dwell in this multicultural, multilingual, and multiethnic landscape. They have done so since the late 1990s, but their presence is rarely acknowledged.

My talk explores this phenomena, analyzing it through the lens of settler colonial...   More >

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Neighbors and Brothers: Mongolian-Russian Relations As Negotiated On Mongolian Terms

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | November 29 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Marissa J. Smith, Anthropology, De Anza College

Edward W. Walker, Executive Director, Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies

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


While often associated with Stalin’s positioning of Russians as “older brothers” to other nationalities, in the context of Mongolian-Russian relations the nature of “the brotherhood of nations” has been considerably more complex. Mongolian practices of siblingship distinguish between elder and younger, but are considerably more ambiguous in hierarchical terms than other relations involving...   More >