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February 2017

Liberalism, Globalization, Populism and Nationalism in the World Today

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010), 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Liberalism Globalization Populism Nationalism Poster

Across the world there has been a growing reaction against liberalism and globalization paired with a rise in populism and nationalism. This specially adjourned panel, organized and moderated by Professor Peter Bol, examines these trends in a global perspective, with Harvard University experts in the histories of China and East Asia, the UK and Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and the United States. Speakers: Wang Hui, Professor of literature and history at Tsinghua University David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of…

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China Humanities Seminar: The Poetry Demon – Tensions within Chinese Buddhist Monks’ Literature

February 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Jason Protass is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. He completed doctoral work at Stanford University in 2016, and was a visiting researcher at Academia Sinica in Taipei and at Hanazono and Ryukoku universities in Kyoto. Buddhist monks in Song dynasty China were visited by a literary impulse that interrupted religious activities and ritual. This unwelcome muse was sometimes referred to as the demon of poetry. In this talk, I explore some lesser-known intersections of Chinese poetry…

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March 2017

China Humanities Seminar: Perceptions of China’s Sexual Economy

March 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Harriet Zurndorfer Abstract: This lecture focuses on men and women engaged in China’s sexual economy, which is dominated by the exchange between wealthy and politically influential men and unmarried young women who trade their femininity and sexuality for material wealth and financial security from these men. Drawing on analyses of the popular 2009 television serial, Woju (Dwelling Narrowness), coupled with recent ethnographic studies, the lecture aims to demonstrate how this sexual economy thrives in the increasingly competitive and commercial…

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Modern China Lecture Series: Shellen Wu

March 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Shellen Wu, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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April 2017

Chinese Religions Seminar

April 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
CGIS South, Room S030, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Modern China Lecture Series: Andrew Kipnis

April 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
CGIS South Room S250, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138-4453 United States
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Speaker: Andrew Kipnis, Professor of Anthropology in the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University

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The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao

April 11 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Speaker: Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer focusing on society, religion, and history. He works out of Beijing and Berlin, where he also teaches and advises academic journals and think tanks. Johnson has spent over half of the past thirty years in the Greater China region, first as a student in Beijing from 1984 to 1985, and then in Taipei from 1986 to 1988. He later worked as a newspaper correspondent in China, from 1994 to 1996 with Baltimore's The Sun, and…

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Environment in Asia Seminar: “Layer upon Layer: Experience, Ecology, Engineering, Heritage, and (most of all) History in the Making of China’s Agricultural Terraces”

April 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Layer Upon Layer Poster

Speaker: Sigrid Schmalzer, University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor Schmalzer's research focuses on social, cultural, and political aspects of the history of science in modern China. Her first book, The People's Peking Man: Popular Science and Human Identity in Twentieth-Century China, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2008 and won the Sharlin Memorial Award from the Social Science History Association. Her second book, Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China, was released by University of Chicago Press in 2016…

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Modern China Lecture Series: Ruth Rogaski

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: Ruth Rogaski, Vanderbilt University

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Gender Studies Workshop

April 28
CGIS South, Room S153, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Ellen Widmer

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May 2017

Modern China Lecture Series: Richard Jean So

May 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS South Room S250, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138-4453 United States
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Speaker: Richard Jean So, University of Chicago

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