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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Power: Architectural Evidence of Things Unseen

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | August 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


John Lie, Sociology, UC Berkeley

Dana Buntrock, Architecture, UC Berkeley

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


Buildings express influences otherwise unseen. They are, for example, shaped by laws, subsidies or incentives, and forgotten historical events. Professor Dana Buntrock of the Department of Architecture will discuss several buildings in Japan, from a 1960s "Hawaiian" resort to contemporary prefabricated houses, demonstrating ways that seemingly odd or unusual approaches result from the political...   More >

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Visualizing Consciousness: Hybrids, Fractals, and Ritual

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | September 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Saya Woolfalk, Visual Artist; Jeff Durham, Assistant Curator of Himalayan Art, Asian Art Museum

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion


Saya Woolfalk (Japan, 1979) is a New York based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. She has exhibited at PS1/MoMA; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; The Yerba...   More >

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Continuing Allure of Hayao Miyazaki

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 15 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Beth Cary, Translator/Interpreter; Frederik L. Schodt, Translator/Writer

Miryam Sas, Professor of Comparative Literature and Film & Media Studies

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


If you have been thrilled by the images and touched by the heart-warming stories of Hayao Miyazaki’s feature-length animated works, you may count yourself among the vast numbers of fans of this revered filmmaker. Yet Miyazaki’s legions of fans include not only his viewing audience, but also many manga and animation professionals, both in Japan and around the world. Miyazaki is also one of the...   More >

Friday, September 19, 2014

Nuclear Options: Behind the US-South Korea Conflict

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Other Campus Events | September 19 | 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Yoon Il Chang, Argonne Distinguished Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory; Chaim Braun, Consulting Professor, Stanford University; Yongsoo Hwang, Director General, Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control; Yusuke Kuno, Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Management, University of Tokyo/Japan Atomic Energy Agency; Andrew Newman, Senior Program Officer, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Michael J. Apted, Principal Scientist, INTERA Incorporated; In-Tae Kim, Vice President for Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technology Development, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute

Thomas Isaacs, Visiting Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Joonhong Ahn, Professor of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley

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


Nuclear power turned to weaponry is a dire threat at any time, never more so than in an unstable international climate. At the same time, nuclear power is embraced by South Korea not only as a clean and relatively inexpensive option for its energy-hungry economy, but as a promising export in itself, and an avenue of lucrative technology transfer.

The threat of international proliferation...   More >

Friday, September 26, 2014

Long-term Sustainability through Place-based, Small-scale economies

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 26 – 27, 2014 every day | 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Miguel Altieri, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley; Kenneth Ames, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Portland State University; William Balée, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University; Fritjof Capra, Cofounder, Center for Ecoliteracy; Ben Fitzhugh, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington; Mayumi Fukunaga, Associate Professor, School of Sustainability Systems, Osaka Prefecture University; Colin Grier, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University; Junko Habu, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley and Research Institute for Humanity and Nature; Satoshi Ishikawa, Associate Professor, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature; Nobuhiro Kaneko, Professor, Yokohama National University; Kent Lightfoot, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley; Céline Pallud, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley; Tatsuhito Sekine, Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Hirosaki University; Yuko Sugiyama, Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Hirosaki University; Steven Weber, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, Vancouver

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)


Diversity in food production, the scale of a food production system, and long-term sustainability are profoundly interconnected. The relationship between food diversity and long-term sustainability in contemporary societies has been discussed widely in various disciplinary fields. However, most of them revolve around the cost-benefit analysis of resource use in the short-term perspective, and...   More >

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Long-term Sustainability through Place-based, Small-scale economies

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 26 – 27, 2014 every day | 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Miguel Altieri, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley; Kenneth Ames, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Portland State University; William Balée, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University; Fritjof Capra, Cofounder, Center for Ecoliteracy; Ben Fitzhugh, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington; Mayumi Fukunaga, Associate Professor, School of Sustainability Systems, Osaka Prefecture University; Colin Grier, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University; Junko Habu, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley and Research Institute for Humanity and Nature; Satoshi Ishikawa, Associate Professor, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature; Nobuhiro Kaneko, Professor, Yokohama National University; Kent Lightfoot, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley; Céline Pallud, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley; Tatsuhito Sekine, Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Hirosaki University; Yuko Sugiyama, Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Hirosaki University; Steven Weber, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, Vancouver

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)


Diversity in food production, the scale of a food production system, and long-term sustainability are profoundly interconnected. The relationship between food diversity and long-term sustainability in contemporary societies has been discussed widely in various disciplinary fields. However, most of them revolve around the cost-benefit analysis of resource use in the short-term perspective, and...   More >

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Japanese Family in the Early Modern Period

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | October 3 – 4, 2014 every day | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities


David Atherton, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Colorado Boulder; Mary Elizabeth Berry, Professor, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley; Fabian Drixler, Associate Professor, Department of History, Yale University; Sungyun Lim, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Colorado Boulder; Morgan Pitelka, Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; Luke Roberts, Professor, Department of History, University of California Santa Barbara; David Spafford, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania; Amy Stanley, Associate Professor, Department of History, Northwestern University; Anne Walthall, Professor, Department of History, University of California Irvine; Marcia Yonemoto, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Colorado Boulder

Daniel Botsman, Professor, Department of History, Yale University; Kären Wigen, Professor and Chair, Department of History, Stanford University

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


The importance of the family and the family system in early modern Japan is incontestable, and considerable research, largely centered in the social sciences, was done on the subject between the 1970s and 1990s.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Japanese Family in the Early Modern Period

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | October 3 – 4, 2014 every day | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities


David Atherton, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Colorado Boulder; Mary Elizabeth Berry, Professor, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley; Fabian Drixler, Associate Professor, Department of History, Yale University; Sungyun Lim, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Colorado Boulder; Morgan Pitelka, Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; Luke Roberts, Professor, Department of History, University of California Santa Barbara; David Spafford, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania; Amy Stanley, Associate Professor, Department of History, Northwestern University; Anne Walthall, Professor, Department of History, University of California Irvine; Marcia Yonemoto, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Colorado Boulder

Daniel Botsman, Professor, Department of History, Yale University; Kären Wigen, Professor and Chair, Department of History, Stanford University

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


The importance of the family and the family system in early modern Japan is incontestable, and considerable research, largely centered in the social sciences, was done on the subject between the 1970s and 1990s.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

War in East Asia?

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 16 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Steven Vogel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Ian Buruma, Human Rights Program, Bard College

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


The talk will be about the rising tensions between China, Korea, and Japan. Can these be explained through unhealed historical wounds? Or are politics at work? If so, what are they? I will go into the historical and political backgrounds of the tensions in all three countries, as well as the vital role of the US, and without trying to predict the future, reflect on where potential conflicts might...   More >

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Monkey Business: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry from Japan and the US

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | October 23 | 2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Tomoka Shibasaki; Hiromi Itoh

Roland Kelts; Ted Goossen

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Foundation, The Nippon Foundation, A Public Space, Japan Society of Northern California


Monkey Business is a Tokyo- and Brooklyn-based annual literary journal which showcases Japanese fiction & poetry newly translated into English. The magazine draws a large part of its materials from the Japanese quarterlies Monkey Business (2008-2011) and Monkey (2013- ), but it also publishes new works by contemporary American and British writers popular in Japan, providing...   More >

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mega-FTAs and the Global Economy

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 24 – 25, 2014 every day | 12:30-9 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


Scholars from the U.S., Asia, and Europe explore the dynamics of mega-FTAs (Free Trade Agreements), with a primary focus on the TTP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Since 1995 we have witnessed a rapid rise in the negotiation of bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), both by major powers such as the US, EU, China, and Japan, as well as by...   More >

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mega-FTAs and the Global Economy

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 24 – 25, 2014 every day | 12:30-9 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


Scholars from the U.S., Asia, and Europe explore the dynamics of mega-FTAs (Free Trade Agreements), with a primary focus on the TTP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Since 1995 we have witnessed a rapid rise in the negotiation of bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), both by major powers such as the US, EU, China, and Japan, as well as by...   More >

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Rising Wind 風立ちぬ: Kaze Tachinu

Exhibit - Painting: Center for Japanese Studies | November 12 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Yoko Nishina, Calligrapher; Liza Dalby, Mounter

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


"This exhibition of hanging scrolls, with the theme “A Rising Wind” is the second collaboration of calligrapher Yoko Nishina and mounter Liza Dalby.

The title comes from a line in Paul Valery’s 1920 poem Graveyard by the Sea

A rising wind! We must try to live!

In Japanese the phrase kaze tachinu calls to mind the refreshing wind of autumn."

An illustrated talk on the...   More >