Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Everyday Ironies: Mao Badges as the Biggest Consumer Fad in History

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 22 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley

 Karl Gerth, History, UC San Diego

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Today’s bought, sold, collected, and inspected Mao badges seem to be at odds with their history as icons of loyalty to Mao Zedong during the early Cultural Revolution. I argue that the postsocialist era is not the antithesis of the socialist era. And that the current market craze for Mao badge collecting is a resurgence of badge market value. The irony was present all along and, indeed, the...   More >

The Study of Contacts Between Cultures: The Case of Sino-European Encounters in the Seventeenth Century

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | March 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room (220 Stephens Hall)

 Nicolas Standaert, Professor of Sinology, University of Leuven

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

This is the keynote lecture of the multiday workshop Translating Religion and Theology in Europe and Asia: East to West.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Translating Religion and Theology in Europe and Asia: East to West

Conference/Symposium | March 23 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

“Translating Religion and Theology in Europe and Asia: East to West” is a three-day workshop on the European reception of knowledge about East Asian thought, and most importantly how this reception shaped, and was shaped by, terms like “religion,” “theology” and “philosophy.”

There was a time when stories about East Asian beliefs and practices fascinated Europeans as expressions of a...   More >

Enmity, Amity, Comity, Normality, Abnormality: Korea-U.S. Relations in the Post Geun-hye, Post Obama Era

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 23 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Edward Dong, Former Senior Foreign Service rank of Minister-Counselor, US Department of State

 Laura Nelson, UC Berkeley

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

Korea-U.S. relations have historically been fraught, with Korea more often than not part of a sub-issue in broader contexts such as the Cold War in Asia, U.S.-China and U.S.-Japan relations, and global non-proliferation. Even on a bilateral basis, the relationship is often defined by North Korea/military alliance and economic/commercial factors, leading to frictions. In more recent years, the...   More >

Friday, March 24, 2017

Translating Religion and Theology in Europe and Asia: East to West

Conference/Symposium | March 24 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

“Translating Religion and Theology in Europe and Asia: East to West” is a three-day workshop on the European reception of knowledge about East Asian thought, and most importantly how this reception shaped, and was shaped by, terms like “religion,” “theology” and “philosophy.”

There was a time when stories about East Asian beliefs and practices fascinated Europeans as expressions of a...   More >

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | 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: Center for Japanese Studies | 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: Center for Japanese Studies | 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: Center for Korean Studies | 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: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | 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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dangerous Belief? Xin 信 in Occult Anecdotes in Tang and Song China: Berkeley Public Theology Lecture

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | April 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room 220

 Robert Hymes, Carpentier Professor of Oriental Studies, Columbia University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Robert Hymes received his B.A. from Columbia College (1972), and his M.A. (1976) and Ph.D. (1979) from the University of Pennsylvania. His work so far has focused on the social and cultural history of middle period and early modern China, drawing questions and sometimes data from cultural anthropology as well as history, and using the methods of the local historian to study elite culture, family...   More >

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Bishan Project: 2010-2016

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | 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 >

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies | 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.

ARCH Lecture: Kazuyo Sejima

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | April 10 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Kazuyo Sejima, SANAA

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), College of Environmental Design

MONDAY, APRIL 10, ZELLERBACH HALL -- Ms. Sejima, founding partner of SANAA, will lecture on her work. This lecture is presented with the Center for Japanese Studies and the UC Regents Lectures Program.

 $3

 More information coming soon. Tickets go on sale April 1.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Supporting Students From China at UC Berkeley

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | April 12 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Jason Patent, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership

 International House

Students from China continue to come to UC Berkeley in ever-greater numbers. By participating in this staff workshop, attendees will understand the unique cultural challenges faced by students from China, improve their understanding of the challenges faced by students from China, and help Chinese student better adapt to academic life on a U.S. campus.

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: Center for Chinese Studies | 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: Center for Korean Studies | 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.

HTNM Lecture with Eden Medina, "Technology and Forensic Evidence Chilean Human Rights Investigations": History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series

Lecture | April 13 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Eden Medina, Indiana University, Bloomington

 Center for New Media

In 1991, Chilean forensic scientists began the exhumation of 126 skeletons from Patio 29, a plot in the General Cemetery where the military ordered the burial of hundreds the disappeared and executed. The exhumations began shortly after Chile returned to democracy and provided proof of the human rights crimes that had taken place during the Pinochet dictatorship. By 2002, the Chilean government...   More >

Friday, April 14, 2017

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

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | 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

Monday, April 17, 2017

Understanding Taiwanese History by Reading LGBT Literature

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | 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: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 18 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Deputy Consul General Ren Faqiang, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Consul Wang Dong, Consulate General of the PRC- SF; Vinod Aggarwal, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Peter Lorentzen, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Consul Li Yi, Consulate General of the PRC- SF

 Yves Tiberghien, Director of the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

 David Roland-Holst, Agriculture and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley; Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley; Consul Sun Jia, Consulate General of the PRC- SF

 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

China and global governance: what have we learnt so far?

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 19 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Yves Tibergien, Director of the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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

Yves Tiberghien (Ph.D. Stanford University, 2002) is the Director of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Executive Director of the UBC China Council, and Associate Professor of Political Science. Additionally, Dr. Tiberghien served as Co-Director of the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) (Fall 2014 to August 2016), which he founded as Chair...   More >

Friday, April 21, 2017

20th Annual Travers Conference on Ethics and Accountability in Government: Changing Washington? Prospects for Republican Rule under Donald Trump

Conference/Symposium: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 21 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Institute of Governmental Studies and the Commonwealth Club of California

The 2017 Travers Conference will bring together journalists, academics, politicians, and public policy experts from around the world to assess how the election of Donald Trump and the arrival of unified Republican control of the federal government will reshape policy and politics in America. The first panel will examine how the new administration is relating to key countries and regions in the...   More >

Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference in Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 21 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 510A IEAS conference room

 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The conference will feature up to sixteen student presentations of original research on any aspect of premodern (technically, beginnings to 1911) Chinese humanistic culture, drawing on but not limited to the traditional disciplines of history, literature, religion, art, social sciences, and thought.

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Berkeley- Sakai Sister City Organization: Traditional Tea Ceremony and Contemporary Koto Performance in Julia Morgan Hall

Special Event | April 21 | 4-7 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us to kick off our year of Japanese events at the UC Botanical Garden in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Berkeley – Sakai sister city organization. Come meet the Mayors of both cities and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, with exceptional tea, wine, and live koto performance.

Sakai City is the birthplace of the Chanoyu Tea Ceremony, perfected by Sen-no Rikyu, who lived and worked in...   More >

 $50 in honor of the 50th Anniversary

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference in Premodern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 22 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 510A IEAS conference room

 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The conference will feature thirteen student presentations of original research on premodern (technically, beginnings to 1911) Chinese humanistic culture, drawing on but not limited to the traditional disciplines of history, literature, religion, art, social sciences, and thought.

Monday, April 24, 2017

China’s Economic Statecraft Toward Myanmar and North Korea

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | 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 >

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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

Memorial: Mongolia Initiative | 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

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: Center for Korean Studies | April 27 | 9:30 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.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Buddhist Sectarianism in Burma’s Last Kingdom

Colloquium: Center for Buddhist Studies | 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 >

Friday, May 5, 2017

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

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | 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: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | 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 >

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mongolia excursion July 15-26, 2017

Tour/Open House: Mongolia Initiative | July 15 |  Mongolia

 Uranchimeg Tsultem, History of Art, UC Berkeley

 UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

TRIP SUMMARY
Mongolia is a place with rich cultural and natural heritage. Learn about prehistoric monuments known as Hirgisuur, deer stones and stone men, and what forms of art were brought in by Buddhist monks. Visit ruins of ancient cities and look for traces of cultures once inhabiting eastern Mongolia. Meet some of the modern day nomads roaming the vast steppes of eastern Mongolia whose...   More >

Deer stones in Mongolia

Monday, October 2, 2017

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

Lecture: Mongolia Initiative | 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: Center for Chinese Studies | 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.