Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Sebastian Dettman, Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
This past May, a coalition of opposition parties in Malaysia, headed by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, won power, unseating the National Front (Barisan Nasional or BN) government for the first time in 61 years. This talk will examine the roots of this victory in the unique coalitional dynamics that allowed the BN to hold power for so many decades and for the opposition to win.
Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | October 24 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Mariachiara Gasparini, University of California Riverside
In the field of Buddhist Studies textual sources provide a fundamental ground to analyze and compare philosophical and religious contexts developed in various geographic areas of the larger Asian continent. However, as a non-verbal form of communication, textile material evidence and visual representation may offer a different intercultural perspective that clarifies Buddhist rituals, and... More >
Reflections on the Movement to Revive the Precepts in Kamakura Japan: With a focus on Eison’s 叡尊 Chōmonshū 聴聞集
Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies | October 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Paul Groner, University of Virginia
Although Japanese monks are renowned for their disregard for the precepts and monastic discipline, serious monks were concerned with whether they actually were proper Buddhists or not. Professor Groner uses a set of fragments from Eisons 叡尊 (1201-1290) to explore how serious monks strove to revive the precepts and ordinations. By delving into the background of some of the fragments... More >
Workshop: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Asad Q. Ahmed, Near Eastern Studies
The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Quran, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes in the form of a productive dialogue.... More >
"Special Talent in the Chest, Special Eyes under the Brows": Jīn Shèngtàns (1608-1661) Discursion on Travel in his Commentary to The Story of the Western Wing: “胸中別才、眉下別眼”：金聖嘆《西廂記》漫筆遊記與評點
Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | October 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Stephen H. West, Foundation Professor of Chinese; Head of East and Southeast Asian Section, Arizona State University
Sophie Volpp, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature; EALC, UC Berkeley
An eccentric commentary to the famous drama The Story of the Western Wing (西廂記) may seem like strange place to begin a discussion about travel. But Jīn Shèngtàn's (金聖嘆) commentarial exegeses are in fact noted for their discursive nature.
Exhibits and Ongoing Events
Exhibit - Multimedia: Center for Chinese Studies | August 29 – October 21, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall
ON VIEW: AUG 29-OCT 21. Works of He Jingtang over the past three decades and their profound reflections on place, culture, time, and future urban development. Free and open to all!