Upcoming Events

Friday, December 9, 2016

Defending Dissidents from Targeted Digital Surveillance: A Lunch Seminar with Bill Marczak, Ph.D. Candidate

Seminar: Center for Chinese Studies | December 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Bill Marczak, UC Berkeley Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

Bill Marczak’s research focuses on identifying and tracking nation-state information controls employed against dissidents, as well as government-exclusive “lawful intercept” malware tools. Marczak will detail his efforts to characterize this space, based on analysis of suspicious files and links targeting activists, opposition members, and NGOs in the Middle East over a period of several years.

Bill Marczak

Friday, January 27, 2017

Staging Courtesans: Liang Chenyu’s (1519-1591) Washing Gauze (Huansha ji) and the Performance Culture of Late Sixteenth-Century China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | January 27 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ling Hon Lam, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Peng Xu, Center for Chinese Studies postdoctoral fellow

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This paper seeks to read Liang Chenyu’s dramatic masterpiece, Washing Gauze (Huansha ji), with reference to the rise of courtesans as “theater women” and the subsequent changes in the performance culture in the late sixteenth century. It argues that the play explodes the literary tradition to which it belong by staging female chorus, dance forms and their training sessions, and outdoors music...   More >

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Surviving Conservation: Herders and Farmers in China’s Northwest

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | January 31 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 You-tien Hsing, Professor of Geography, Pamela P.Fong and Family Distinguished Chair in China Studies, Chair of Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley; Megan Tracy, Sociology and Anthropology, James Madison University

 Franck Billé, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

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

The Mongolia Initiative brings together UC Berkeley professor You-tien Hsing and Mongolia scholar Megan Tracy to discuss the daunting environmental and human challenges of life in Inner Mongolia.

Tracy: Abstract forthcoming.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

From Mass Science to Participatory Action Research: Maoist Legacies in Contemporary Chinese Knowledge Production

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

 Sigrid Schmalzer, History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

One of the signature elements of Mao-era science was the insistence on mobilizing the masses. Today, propaganda accounts of such activities ring hollow—or at best perhaps chime quaint. Yet some Chinese social scientists are eagerly adopting the theory and language of "participatory action research," an academic field that emerged out of the 1960s and 1970s global radicalism in which Maoist...   More >

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Recital of Chinese Opera

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 22 | 2-4 p.m. |  Institute of East Asian Studies, 1995 University Avenue, Suite 510

 Peng Xu

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

《彈詞》 "The Ballad"
A Performance from Chinese opera

This famous excerpt from the poet Hong Sheng’s (1645-1704) southern drama Palace of Lasting Life (1688) consists of ten solos sung by the character Li Guinian, a former leading musician from the Pear Garden Academy at the glorious Tang (685-762) court, now a performer reduced to singing popular ballads in the...   More >

Friday, March 3, 2017

Wide Angle, Close Up: Rethinking Twentieth-century Chinese Art

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Winnie Wong, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Claire Roberts, Art History, School of Culture and Communications, University of Melbourne

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk presents work-in-progress associated with the research project “Reconfiguring the World: China. Art. Agency 1900s to Now” which examines twentieth century Chinese art from an international perspective. It will focus on two early works by Xu Beihong (1895-1953) and Ye Qianyu (1907-1995), artists who have played key roles in the formation of xin guohua or what we have come to think of as...   More >

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Conjunctural Urbanism: Cities, Financialization, and Late Neoliberalism

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jamie Peck, Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The field of critical urban studies has been moved in recent years by a series of poststructural and postcolonial interventions that have raised searching questions about the explanatory status accorded to “EuroAmerican” case studies, about the reach and relevance of political-economic theory claims concerning entrepreneurial (or neoliberal) modes of regulation, and about the respective utility...   More >

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 and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

 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 >

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

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

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

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

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 >