Upcoming Events

Friday, January 19, 2018

Imagining Sculpture in China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | January 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Winnie Wong, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Stanley Abe, Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

There was no such thing as sculpture in China until the early twentieth century. Sculpture is a specifically European category of Fine Art which we apply to figural objects from many places. But sculpture did not exist in most of the world, certainly not in China, until the European term was applied on a global scale. The presentation will be a reflection about a book in progress—a picture...   More >

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Memorial Service in Honor of Professor Hong Yung Lee (1939-2017)

Reception: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Other Campus Events | January 21 | 2-5 p.m. | Faculty Club, Great Hall

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Department of Political Science, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Please join us for a celebration of Professor Hong Yung Lee’s life and career on January 21, 2018 at UC Berkeley, where he was on the faculty for nearly three decades.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Metropolitan Migrations and Interwar Vietnamese Culture

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | January 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Charles Keith, Associate Professor of History, Michigan State University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk will explore the close ties between Vietnamese migration to France and interwar Vietnamese culture and, as such, the importance of these migrations for postcolonial Vietnam.

Charles Keith

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Richard Vinograd and Philip Kafalas on Chen Hongshou

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies | January 27 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In conjunction with Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou, two scholars present lectures that expand our understanding of the painter's work, life, and times.

In his lecture Chen Hongshou: Elusive Identities: Artists and Subjects, Richard Vinograd explores attribution problems involving Chen, his collaborators, and his followers—as well as intriguing questions of...   More >

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Four Treasures of Brush Painting: Bamboo with Karen LeGault

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | January 28 | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

While there are many lessons in Asian Brush Painting, there are four classics of flower painting in the tradition of Chinese Brush traditionally known as the 'Four Gentleman,' this series will introduce these plants, including bamboo, plum blossoms, orchid, and chrysanthemum.

 $75, $65 members | $265, $235 members for all Four

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

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Gendered Politics of Socialist Consumption in North Korea, 1953-1965

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Andre Schmid, University of Toronto

 Laura Nelson, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

How was ‘proper’ consumption conceived in the newly emergent socialist order of North Korea? Despite the desire of the Party-state to represent a population united around the Kim family and the (not unrelated) tendency of foreign observers to see North Korea as an extreme case of totalitarianism, there was in fact no straightforward answer to this question in the early postwar years.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Buddhism and Divination in Tibet

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | February 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Brandon Dotson, Georgetown University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

As a poor cousin of both science and religion, a begrudged relative of ritual, and a strange bedfellow of play, divination persists at the margins of established traditions. Buddhism shows some ambivalence toward divination, sometimes barely tolerating it, and other times making full use of divination as a medium for Buddhist messages. Buddhists, for their part, have employed divination in much...   More >

Friday, February 9, 2018

Spreading the Word: Woodblock Publishing Sites and Book Distribution Networks in the Qing

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | February 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Cynthia Brokaw, History, Brown University

 Michael Nylan, History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The commercial publishing boom of the late Ming was largely a regional phenomenon, as most businesses of any size were confined to the cities of Jiangnan and Jianyang (in northern Fujian). By the eighteenth century, however, the geography of commercial publishing had changed, as more and more entrepreneurs, responding to a rising demand for texts, founded important publishing operations in the...   More >

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Displacement of Borders among Russian Koreans in Northeast Asia

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | February 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hyun-Gwi Park, University of Cambridge

 Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Mongolia Initiative

Since the late nineteenth century, ethnic Koreans have represented a small yet significant portion of the population of the Russian Far East, but until now, the phenomenon has been largely understudied. Based on extensive historical and ethnographic research, this is the first book in English to chart the contemporary social life of Koreans in the complex borderland region. Dispelling the...   More >

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Jean Michaud and Dan Smyer Yü | Zomia, Frictions and Multistate Margins in Modern Trans-Himalayas

Reading - Nonfiction | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Dan Smyer Yü, Professor and Director, Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies, Yunnan Minzu University; Jean Michaud, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Laval University

 Stéphane Gros, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for 2017; Researcher, Centre for Himalayan Studies, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

A talk on recent scholarship on the Trans Himalayan regions by anthropologists Jean Michaud & Dan Smyer Yü.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Merit of Words and Letters: Sutra Recitation in Japanese Zen

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | February 15 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Erez Joskovich, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Classical Chan/Zen literature is famous for its disparagement of scriptural authority, ranging from the well-known slogan “separate transmission outside the scriptures...,” attributed to Bodhidharma, to stories of renowned Zen masters abusing Buddhist scriptures. Nevertheless, similar to other Buddhist schools, incantations of sutras and invocation of dhāranī have been a significant...   More >

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Four Treasures of Brush Painting: Orchid with Karen LeGault

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | February 18 | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

While there are many lessons in Asian Brush Painting, there are four classics of flower painting in the tradition of Chinese Brush traditionally known as the 'Four Gentleman,' this series will introduce these plants, including bamboo, plum blossoms, orchid, and chrysanthemum.

 $75, $65 members | $265, $235 members for all Four

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

From Turks to Mongols: David Ayalon’s Vision of the Eurasian Steppe in Islamic History

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | February 20 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Reuven Amitai, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This lecture seeks to survey and critically engage some of the ideas of David Ayalon (1914-98), and then to see where they might further be developed and applied. Although Ayalon is primarily known as a Mamlukist, and in fact can be called the father of Mamluk studies, he also turned his attention to other weighty matters in the study of Middle Eastern and Islamic history. Among these was the...   More >

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Decolonial and Deimperial Crossings: An Inter-Asian Feminist Genealogy

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 21 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Laura Kang, Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies, English and Comparative Literature, UC Irvine

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Part of the Feminist Studies and Decolonial Epistemologies Lecture Series

This talk recalls and retraces the inter-Asian network of feminist mobilizations against Japanese sex tourism and U.S. military prostitution in the early 1970s. The work of attending to the discrepant yet linked histories of imperialist sexual violence, military dictatorship, and neocolonial exploitation of Asian women’s...   More >

The North Korean Quagmire and the Moon Jae-in Government: Nukes, Humanitarian Assistance, and Prospects for Inter-Korean Relations

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | February 21 | 3 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 8th Floor Social Science Matrix

 Chung-in Moon, Distinguished University Professor at Yonsei University John Linton, Director, International Health Care Center, Severance Hospital of Yonsei Medical School; John Linton, Director, International Health Care Center, Yonsei University Severance Hospital

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center, Social Science Matrix, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

With the ongoing crisis over North Korean nuclear weapons, questions of humanitarian assistance to North Korea have fallen by the wayside. Prof. Chung-in Moon will talk about the Moon Jae-in government’s policy towards North Korea. Prof. John Linton will talk about about overall humanitarian conditions in...   More >

Thursday, February 22, 2018

An Evening of Korean Poetry

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | February 22 | 4-7 p.m. |  Berkeley City Club

 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Sae-young Oh, poet

 Jae Moo Lee, poet; Keutbyul Jeong, Ewha Womans University; David McCann, Harvard University

 Youngmin Kwon, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Please join us for an evening of Korean poetry with Oh Sae-young, Lee Jae Moo, and Jeong Keutbyul. Also joining us will be Professors David McCann (Harvard University) and Youngmin Kwon (UC Berkeley).

From chan to Chan: Meditation and the semiotics of visionary experience in medieval Chinese Buddhism

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Eric Greene, Yale University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

In this talk Eric Greene argues that a distinguishing feature of “early Chan” discourse relative to mainstream Chinese approaches to “Buddhist meditation” (chan)was the rejection of the semiotic potential of visionary meditative experiences. Drawing from early Chan texts, contemporaneous non-Chan meditation manuals, and recently discovered stone inscriptions from Sichuan, he suggests that one way...   More >

Friday, February 23, 2018

Labor Relations in Southeast Asian Fisheries

Panel Discussion: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 23 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter Vandergeest, Professor of Geography, York University; Melissa Marschke, Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Buddhism and Social Discrimination in Japan

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 1 | 4-6 p.m. |  Dwinelle Hall

 Hank Glassman, Associate Professor, Haverford College; Jessica Main, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia; Jessica Starling, Assistant Professor, Lewis & Clark College

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

"Kegawarashii: Discrimination against Funeral Workers in Japan, Medieval and Modern". Hank Glassman, Associate Professor, Haverford College
"Public Health and Propaganda: Shin Buddhism and the Campaign to Eradicate Leprosy in the 1930s". Jessica Main, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
"Practicing Ethics in Contemporary Shin Buddhism: Deconstructing Stigma at a Former...   More >

Annual Chinese New Year Banquet

Special Event: Center for Chinese Studies | March 1 | 6-9 p.m. |  China Village

 1335 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 94706

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

祝大家春節快樂! Please join the Center for Chinese Studies for our annual celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year. Let us welcome the Year of the Dog with good food, prizes, and interesting conversations with old and new friends.

Pre-payment is REQUIRED. $30 faculty & community; $15 students and UC staff; $8 for children. RSVP list will close February...   More >

 

 PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED. Make reservations by calling 510-643-6322, or by emailing ccs-vs@berkeley.edu

2018 Year of the Dog

Friday, March 2, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 2 – 4, 2018 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 >

The Killing Season

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Geoffrey Robinson, Professor of History, UCLA

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Prof. Robinson will discuss his new book The Killing Season:
A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66
(Princeton University Press, 2018)

Geoff Robinson

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 2 – 4, 2018 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 >

Gamelan Çudamani's 20th Anniversary Tour

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 3 | 7 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 UC Berkeley Music

Internationally hailed as Bali’s most forward thinking music and dance ensemble, Çudamani is known for their exceptional creativity and superb artistry. Under the musical direction of Dewa Putu Berata and dance direction of Bapak Nyoman Cerita and ​Emiko Saraswati Susilo the 25 member ensemble was nurtured and trained in the village of Pengosekan to weave layers of intricate sound from the...   More >

 $30 General Admission, $20 Students

  Buy tickets online or or by emailing info@festivalofsacredmusic.org

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 2 – 4, 2018 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 6, 2018

Storm Clouds Over The Western Pacific: Challenges To American Strategy In East Asia

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Admiral Dennis Blair

 Institute of International Studies

Admiral Dennis Blair currently serves as a director and advisors to National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, the Energy Security Leadership Council of Securing America’s Future Energy, and Freedom House. Admiral Blair has also served on the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federally funded research and...   More >

Friday, March 9, 2018

Diverting Water, Diverting the Nation: Water Infrastructure Controversies and the Oyu Tolgoi Copper-Gold Mine in South Gobi Province, Mongolia

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | March 9 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Franck Bille, Program Director, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

 Sara L. Jackson, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Metropolitan State University of Denver

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

The Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine has become a symbol of the promise of mining to revive Mongolia’s struggling economy and to propel the nation into a new era of prosperity. Water resources are vital to the operation of Oyu Tolgoi, which is expected to be in operation for at least thirty years. However, local residents, particularly nomadic herders, have raised concerns about the redirection of...   More >

An Intellectual History of Literati Localism, 1100-1500

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter Bol, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Literati communities took form at the local level in the twelfth century and developed various forms of voluntary activism in areas that had once been the province of the state and religious institutions. Some Neo-Confucians encouraged this voluntarism, but generally literati continued to see themselves as members of a national elite even if they lived their lives locally. This case study of...   More >

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ethnographic films by Director-cinematographer Xiangchen Liu

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Mongolia Initiative | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. |  1995 University Avenue, fifth floor

 Map

 Xiangchen Liu, independent filmmaker

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Mongolian Initiative

Zul (documentary, 57 minutes)
The Mongolians in Bayanbulug Area, believers of Tibetan Buddhism, make a lengthy journey through ridges and passes to reach their winter pasture deep inside Mount Tianshan. There, while being isolated for 5 months by storm and snow, people celebrate Zul, the Lamp Lighting Festival on the 25th of October on the lunar calendar each year. On this Day of Death of...   More >

Meditation and Nonconceptual Awareness: Perspectives from Buddhist Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | March 14 | 5-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Evan Thompson, University of British Columbia

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Mindfulness meditation practices are often traditionally said to induce “nonconceptual” forms of awareness, and scientists and clinicians often repeat such descriptions. But what does “nonconceptual” mean? Clearly, without a precise specification of what a concept or conceptual cognition is, the notion of nonconceptuality is equally ill-defined. I present an account of concepts, concept...   More >

 

  Make reservations by emailing Franck Bille at buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu by January 31.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Protesting Precarity in South Korea: Space, Infrastructure, and the Politics of the Body

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | March 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jennifer Jihye Chun, University of Toronto

 John Lie, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This talk draws upon field research conducted over the past decade to examine how and how under what conditions public cultures of protest flourish among South Korean workers in their struggles against ongoing employment precaritization and the intensification of capitalist inequality.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Sunflowers and Umbrellas: Social Movements, Expressive Practices, and Political Culture in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 16 | 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

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

Focusing on two important student-led protest movements that took place in 2014 in in Taiwan and Hong Kong, nicknamed “Sunflowers and Umbrellas" respectively, this symposium, together with screening and discussion of the film "Yellowing," will attempt to bring new angles to the comparison between Taiwan and Hong Kong...   More >

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Four Treasures of Brush Painting: Chrysanthemum with Karen LeGault

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | March 25 | 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

While there are many lessons in Asian Brush Painting, there are four classics of flower painting in the tradition of Chinese Brush traditionally known as the 'Four Gentleman,' this series will introduce these plants, including bamboo, plum blossoms, orchid, and chrysanthemum.

 $75, $65 members | $265, $235 members for all Four

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

Monday, April 9, 2018

Disaster Management in East Asia

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

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), BASC, UC San Diego Medical School

East Asian countries frequently face earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, and landslides, leading to the proliferation of actors in the disaster management sphere. Indeed, the private sector, military, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and national and regional bureaucracies are involved in providing different services across phases of disaster management...   More >

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

ARCH Lecture: Chat Chuenrudeemol

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 11 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, APR 11, 6:30pm. The Director of CHAT architects (a CED alumnus) will talk about the relationship between Bangkoks street vernacular and the citys built and theoretical designs, both of which are referred to as Bangkok Bastards. Open to the public!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 13 |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

The UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies presents its fifth annual graduate student conference: Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan. The conference will explore how historically situated configurations of “work,” “labor,” and “livelihood” operate in Japan ranging from the household to the transnational.

Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 13 | 1-6 p.m. |  1995 University Avenue, fifth floor

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 Ching Kwan Lee, Sociology, UCLA

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University

Conference continues on Saturday at 10 am.

Initiated in 2010, the annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities brings together current graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in the humanistic disciplines.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 14 |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

The UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies presents its fifth annual graduate student conference: Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan. The conference will explore how historically situated configurations of “work,” “labor,” and “livelihood” operate in Japan ranging from the household to the transnational.

Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 14 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  1995 University Avenue, fifth floor

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 Xiao Liu, East Asian Studies, McGill University

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University

Conference begins on Friday at 1 pm.

Initiated in 2010, the annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities brings together current graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in the humanistic disciplines.

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Origins of the Chinese Nation: Song China and the Forging of an East Asian World Order

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

 Pheng Cheah, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In his new book, Tackett proposes that the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127) witnessed both the maturation of an East Asian inter-state system and the emergence of a new worldview and sense of Chinese identity among educated elites. These developments together had sweeping repercussions for the course of Chinese history, while also demonstrating that there has existed in world history a viable...   More >

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 22, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.

 $13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

  Buy tickets online

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 22, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.

 $13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

  Buy tickets online

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 22, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.

 $13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

  Buy tickets online

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Book Talk: Figuring Korean Futures: Children’s Literature in Modern Korea

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dafna Zur, Stanford University

 Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Figuring Korean Futures is the story of the emergence and development of writing for children in modern Korea. This privileged location enabled writers and illustrators, educators and psychologists, intellectual elite and laypersons to envision the child as a powerful antidote to the present and as an uplifting metaphor of colonial Korea's future.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 27 – 28, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

The aim of this conference, jointly sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, is to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia. Keynote speaker: Anis Hidayah, Migrant Care (Indonesia)

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 27 – 29, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.

 $13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

  Buy tickets online

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 27 – 28, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

The aim of this conference, jointly sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, is to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia. Keynote speaker: Anis Hidayah, Migrant Care (Indonesia)

Javanese Shadow Play

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 28 | 7:30 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

featuring Midiyanto, accompanied by Gamelan Sari Raras (Midiyanto and Ben Brinner, directors), featuring Heni Savitri and guest drummer Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo

Since their inception in 1976, the Department of Music’s Javanese gamelan classes have introduced over a thousand students to the musical traditions of Central Java and presented noon and evening concerts every semester in Hertz...   More >

 $15 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

  Buy tickets online

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 27 – 29, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.

 $13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura: Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 27 – 29, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Something rots in the House of Rosanjin.

 $13 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: online in advance., $15 Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: at the door., $18 General Admission: online in advance., $20 General Admission at the door.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Noon Concert: Gamelan

Performing Arts - Music: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 2 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

Javanese and Balinese Gamelan music and dance - student ensembles led by Midiyanto, Dewa Putu Berata, and Lisa Gold

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by...   More >

Friday, May 4, 2018

Across the High Seas: Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Indian Ocean Littoral

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 4 – 5, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

With contributions by archaeologists and historians, the conference will focus on the spatial configurations specific to maritime trade, and the transformations of cultural and material artifacts maritime exchanges have led to.

Maritime Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | May 4 | 2-5 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

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

The Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, in collaboration with the Centre for Rising Powers at the University of Cambridge is convening a workshop on “Maritime Asia” with a focus on “the Securitization of the China Seas in the 19th and 20th Centuries.” As China emerges to become a major Asian maritime power in the 21st century, scholars examine...   More >

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Across the High Seas: Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Indian Ocean Littoral

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 4 – 5, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

With contributions by archaeologists and historians, the conference will focus on the spatial configurations specific to maritime trade, and the transformations of cultural and material artifacts maritime exchanges have led to.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Couture Korea

Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Korean Studies: Other Campus Events | November 3, 2017 – February 4, 2018 every day | Asian Art Museum, First Floor Special Exhibition Gallery

 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

 Asian Art Museum

Discover the past, present and future of Korea in this first U.S. exhibition to consider Korean fashion as an expression of social and cultural values.

Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou

Exhibit - Painting: Center for Chinese Studies | October 25, 2017 – January 28, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Chen Hongshou is a major figure in Chinese art of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. This exhibition explores his visually compelling work and his response to the turmoil of his times.

Buddhist Realms

Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Buddhist Studies | October 25, 2017 – April 22, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This presentation showcases exquisite examples of Buddhist art from the Himalayan region.

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee

Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Korean Studies | January 31 – April 22, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee offers viewers an opportunity to experience the work of this prolific artist in a new way, through her best-known work, the artist’s book Dictee. Placing the book as a point of entry into her wider creative production, the exhibition explores resonances between Dictee’s ten thematic sections (nine of them named for the Greek muses) and artworks drawn from the...   More >