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April 2017

Chinese Religions Seminar: Illness, Healing, and Ritual in Chinese Religion

April 7 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
CGIS South, Room S030, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Chinese Religions Poster

Participants: Jessey Choo, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Dominic Steavu-Balint, University of California Santa Barbara Antje Richter, University of Colorado Stephen Teiser, Princeton University Organizers: Michael Puett, Harvard University Robert Weller, Boston Universirty

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Modern China Lecture: Governing the Souls of Chinese Modernity

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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Andrew Kipniss Poster

Speaker: Andrew Kipnis, Professor of Anthropology in the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University Philippe Descola argues that human societies can be categorized by the ways in which they utilize broad assumptions about interiority and physicality, where interiority refers to something similar to what Edward Tyler and James Frazer meant by "soul". In Descola's scheme, traditional Chinese culture, which gives play to infinite variability in both interiority and physicality, is strongly "analogist". In contrast, Descola defines…

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The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao

April 11 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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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: Ryōdōraku (良導絡) in New China: Sino-Japanese Medical Exchange in the 1950s and the Role of Machines in East Asian Medical Modernity

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

Speaker: Ruth Rogaski, Vanderbilt University In December of 1957, a medical delegation from the People’s Republic of China visited Japan as part of a decade-long series of semi-official cultural exchanges between the two former enemies. The delegation brought back a “Nakatani Ryōdōraku electrodermometer”—a scientific apparatus which, according to its inventor, Nakatani Yoshio, could be used to demonstrate an electromagnetic phenomenon on the surface of the human body that was remarkably similar to the meridians of Chinese medicine. My paper uses…

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China’s Banking Transformation: The Untold Story

April 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Speaker: James Stent, Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of XacBank of Mongolia. Pundits have been predicting the impending collapse of the Chinese banking system. The collapse has not happened. What have these pundits been missing? Why have their predictions not materialized? James Stent, author of China’s Banking Transformation: the Untold Story (Oxford University Press 2017) discusses the strengths and drivers of Chinese banking that arise from being embedded in the Chinese political economy and shaped by both…

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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

Check back soon for more detailed information! Room location is subject to change.

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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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