Environmental Humanities on the Schuylkill River: From Botanical Garden and Oil Refinery to DataRefuge Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 3:30pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, 360p, or 1080p. Bethany Wiggin is the Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. Her research interests lie in the […]
After the American Century: The End of U.S. Culture in the Middle East Monday, October 5, 2015, at 2:30pm 125 Nolte Center Free and open to the public When Henry Luce announced in 1941 that we were living in the “American century,” he believed that the international popularity of American culture made the world favorable […]
Near Stars: Analytic Scale and the Literary Object December 4, 2014 at 4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop Eric Hayot, Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, Penn State University. Download: audio, small video, or original. Q&A Download: audio, small video or original. What happens if we describe the current situation of literary criticism as a “crisis in […]
Read the Reading Pictures: Gestures, Scenes and Culture of Reading in Traditional China. Zhaohui He, September 29, 2014
Read the Reading Pictures: Gestures, Scenes and Culture of Reading in Traditional China Monday, September 29, 2014, at 12:15-1:15pm InFlux Space, Regis Center for Art (East) A talk by Zhaohui He 何朝晖, a very distinguished scholar of Chinese print culture and book history and Fulbright Scholar at The George Washington University Painting by Gu Jianlong […]
Shadows of Universalism: The Untold Story of Human Rights Around 1948 The IAS Interpretation and Translation Studies Collaborative presents Lydia H. Liu, Columbia University. Download as: audio, small video, or original. Q&A Download as: audio, small video, or original. How did self-determination get written into human rights? And by whom? In her lecture, Lydia Liu […]
Discussions on Asia: Graduate Student Conference What is Asia, and how should it be studied, constructed, and narrated? This graduate student conference aims to put interdisciplinary researchers into discussion about Asia around the theme of contact. Coming into contact with someone or something is vital to human relationships. Beyond this everyday dimension of contact, narratives […]
Space, Body, Sound Tuesdays, April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 2014, at 7:00pm Northrop — Best Buy Theater Free and open to the public IAS Presents the Moving Image Studies film series for the Grand Opening of Northrop The Tuesday night film series “Space, Body, Sound” showcases five films, selected by film studies […]
Race for Empire: Critical Book Discussion with Takashi Fujitani Prof. Takashi Fujitani will respond to the audience and two U of M faculty readers: Yuichi Onishi (Asian American Studies/African American & African Studies) and Travis Workman (Asian Languages and Literatures). Download as: audio, podcast video, or original. Q&A Download as: audio, podcast video, or original. […]
Join us for a conversation between acclaimed translator Howard Goldblatt and Joseph Allen. Professor Goldblatt is best known as the translator of Mo Yan, the 2012 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Howard Goldblatt was a Research Professor of Chinese at the University of Notre Dame 2002-11 and is a translator of numerous works […]
A Touch of Zen, directed by King Hu (1971), is a kung fu film with a lyrical feel that follows an artist who discovers a young noblewoman fleeing for her life and resolves to defend her.
Confucius says: “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” This is one of many (very many!) sayings attributed to Confucius in our age. While this attribution is rather cheerful, others could easily be considered sexist or racist (just google “Confucius says”). What modern attributions have in common, though, i
China Insights—Unsettling Consequences: A Conversation with Thomas Rose and Joseph Allen, September 15, 2011
Joseph Allen is a professor of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Minnesota. His research specialties include a focus on Chinese poetry and poetics, contemporary uses of the past, and colonialist photography. Thomas Rose is a sculptor and a professor of Art at the University of Minnesota. His work is particularly interested in the […]
Part of the Gender/Asia Seminar Series Speaker: Satish Poduval, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad Respondent: Christine Marran, Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota Sponsored by: Global Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), Study of the Asias
Simona Sawhney (Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, CLA), Fall 2010 Project: “War and the Subject of Politics: Postcolonial Questions” Sawhney made significant progress on a central chapter of her new book project. Over the semester, she presented continually revised versions of the chapter at three distinct venues: the IAS fellows lunch, the Political Theory […]
Ann Waltner is a professor in both the Department of History and the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures and is former founding director of the IAS. Her research interests lie in the social history of sixteenth and seventeenth century China, comparative women’s history, and world history. She recently finished a term as editor of […]
“Les Noces Chinoises: An Eighteenth-century French View of a Chinese Wedding Procession” Ann Waltner is a member of the both the Department of History and the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures. Her research interests lie in the social history of sixteenth and seventeenth century China, comparative women’s history, and world history. She recently finished […]
GLOS 3900, section 101, ALL 3920, section 005, 1 credit Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., November 3 – 24 104 Folwell Hall Instructor: Jessica Ka Yee Chan, Asian Languages and Literatures Course Description October 1, 2009 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. To mark the occasion, in November […]
This Collaborative has as its goal the sustained contemplation of the complex interconnections and imaginations of the human, animal and environment. The group will encourage interdisciplinary projects from scholars across a wide range of fields. Questions we will pursue include: How do particular kinds of nonhuman–human encounters in theory, philosophy, and daily life shape our […]
“Jewish Music and Sacred Sound in Pune, India”: Panel discussion with Philip Bohlman, G.H. Sahota, and Anna Schultz, 4/20/2009
G.S. Sahota is a professor of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Minnesota. He is currently working on “The Late Colonial Sublime: Modern Epics in Indian Romanticism,” a book which will deal with the dialectics of modernity in the colonial world, while he is also working on a project on the nature of […]
In Gran Torino, a disgruntled Korean War vet, Walt Kowalski (played by Clint Eastwood), sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski’s prized possession: his 1972 Gran Torino. In our panel discussion with Hmong actors from the film, six insiders share their stories about the production and their feelings […]
“Gran Torino, Perpetual Warriors and the Performance of Hmong Masculinity” – Presentation by Louisa Schein and Va-Megn Thoj, 2/18/2009
This talk places the new Clint Eastwood film Gran Torino in the context of a series of spectacular events that have involved Hmong men and violence in order to pose questions about how popular culture figures Hmong in terms of citizenship, race and gender. Drawing on work with the actors, it introduces notions of performativity to subvert […]
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920, 71 min) is one of the earliest, most influential and most artistically acclaimed German Expressionist films. The film tells the story of the deranged Dr. Caligari and his faithful sleepwalking Cesare, and their connection to a string of murders in a German mountain village, Holstenwall. Organized by […]
“Constructing a New Discipline: Some New Thoughts on Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies”: A presentation by Weirong Shen, 12/1/2008
Weirong Shen is among the most dynamic of younger Chinese scholars specializing in the study of Tibetan Buddhism. Educated in Germany and Japan, he has a deep familiarity with the state of the Tibetan Studies field internationally. Among his major current research interests is the investigation of the twelfth and thirteenth century Tibetan manuscripts finds […]
How can knowledge about the intrinsically transnational character of film—including understandings of such processes as resistance, appropriation, reconfiguration, and deconstruction cast in transnational contexts—help us understand the contingencies of cultural identity and exchange across national borders? The primary aim of the Transnational Film and Media Studies Collaborative is to bring together the film scholars throughout […]
Yi Yi, directed by Edward Yang (2000), shows how each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life’s meaning as they live through everyday quandaries.
Drawing on medieval accounts of Zen monastic ritual, this talk will revisit the elusive (and usually romanticized) rhetoric of enlightenment in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Robert Sharf is the D.H. Chen Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of California Berkeley and also serves as […]
A Time to Live, A Time to Die, directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien (1985), is a reflective autobiographical film about the filmmaker’s youth in the late 1940s and early 50s, as his Christian family is forced to leave China for Taiwan and is never able to return.
Chungking Express, directed by Wong Kar-wai (1994), is a colorful film about two love-lorn policemen in Hong Kong, and humor and drama intermix as they attempt to get their personal lives back on track.
Twice in the fifty-five year history of the Miss Universe Contest, Miss Japan has taken home the tiara: Kojima Akiko in 1959 and Mori Riyo in 2007. What do these pageant victories and the controversies surrounding them tell us about representations of Japanese-ness and Japanese women at home and abroad? Jan Bardsley is an Associate […]
Centre Stage, directed by Stanley Kwan (1991), is a biopic of Ruan Ling Yu, an actress from the 1930s who was rescued from a life of poverty by her stage career, but then faced with the entrenched barriers of patriarchal gender roles.
Author Kao Kalia Yang will read from her new memoir, Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, April 2008), in conversation with Mitchell P. Ogden. She is a Twin Cities-based writer whose most recent collaboration is the film The Place We Were Born, which documents the experiences of Hmong American refugees, and is the co-founder of […]
A Chinese Ghost Story, directed by Ching Siu-tung (1987), follows an imperial tax collector to a small town where he stays the night in a haunted temple, falls in love, and enlists the aid of a master swordsman in order to help him fight the evil spirits.
Love Eterne, directed by Li Han-hsiang (1963), adapts the classical Chinese story “The Butterfly Lovers” in depicting a woman disguised as a man in order to get into medical school and her growing love for a fellow student who can’t see through her disguise.
Not One Less, directed by Zhang Yimou (1999), tells the story of a 13 year old girl in a Chinese village who serves as a substitute teacher and is determined not to lose any students during her tenure. When one student leaves for the city looking for work, she is determined to follow him and […]
Farewell My Concubine, directed by Chen Kaige (1993), follows the members of a Beijing opera troop through the first half of the twentieth century and focuses on the fates of two of the lead performers and the woman who comes between them. Winner of the BAFTA for best non-English film and the Cannes film festival […]
Hibiscus Town, directed by Xie Jin (1986), depicts the life of a young woman throughout the Cultural Revolution as her relationships and social status in her small town are upended for political ideals beyond her control. Part of ALL 3356W, Prof. Jason McGrath will introduce films from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong and over the […]
Yellow Earth, directed by Chen Kaige (1984), follows a Communist soldier sent to the countryside to collect folk songs that support the party’s ideals, but finds his beliefs challenged by the hardships of peasant life. Part of ALL 3356W, Prof. Jason McGrath will introduce films from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong and over the course […]
Crows and Sparrows, directed by Zheng Junli (1949), was created just before the end of the Chinese Civil War and was extremely critical of the corrupt bureaucracy of Chiang Kai-Shek’s government. Part of ALL 3356W, Prof. Jason McGrath will introduce films from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and over the course of the semester a […]
What were the circumstances under which colonial intellectuals in the Japanese empire chose to either resist or collaborate? Korean writers under Japanese occupation (1910–1945) best illustrate the ethical issues at stake in making this decision. John Treat is chair of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University. He is the author of Writing Ground […]
“The Dark Side of the Dao: The Lives and Challenges of Medieval Chinese Daoist Nuns, Saints, and Hermits” – a presentation by Suzanne Cahill, 2/5/08
Suzanne Cahill will explore what we can find out about Tang dynasty (618-907) women and their Daoist practices and accomplishments, using a set of biographies compiled by the Daoist master and courtier Du Guangting in 910. Suzanne Cahill is a full adjunct professor of History and Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego, […]