Events

China Humanities Seminar – Writing and Reading “Local Court Drama” in Late Imperial China: Texts, Genres, and Identities 

Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave. 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts

Speaker: Tian Yuan Tan 陳靝沅: Shaw Professor of Chinese, University of Oxford; Professorial Fellow, University College

Recent reprint projects have given researchers much improved access to the vast corpus of Chinese court dramatic texts kept in palace archives and private collections, which in turn presents a challenge: how do we unpack the complex textual web and varied forms contained therein? I am interested in ways of reading court drama in connection with the wider textual and cultural worlds. This talk will focus on a body of texts that I call “local court drama” - playtexts that were presented to the emperor from across various regions, produced on occasions ranging from the celebration of imperial birthdays to welcoming the sovereign on tours. We will look at the textual problems and the generic labels applied, literary models invoked, and identities represented in the process. 
 
Tian Yuan Tan 陳靝沅 is the Shaw Professor of Chinese at the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow of University College. His main areas of research include Chinese literary history and historiography, text and performance, and cross-cultura

Urban China Series featuring Yang Zhan – “Keep Moving, Little Bees!”: Real Estate Promotion and the Financial Roots of Urban Precariousness in China

Presented via Zoom

Speaker: Yang Zhan, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityDevelopers in China’s real estate industry organize temporary workers, or “little bees,” to promote sales. Most developers rely …

Urban China Series featuring Yang Zhan – “Keep Moving, Little Bees!”: Real Estate Promotion and the Financial Roots of Urban Precariousness in China

Modern China Lecture Series featuring Yajun Mo – Touring China: A History of Travel Culture, 1912–1949

CGIS South Room S354 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

Speaker: Yajun Mo, Boston CollegeWhen and under what circumstances did modern tourism infrastructure emerge and expand in China? How did the development of tourism shape print media and travel culture? …

Modern China Lecture Series featuring Yajun Mo – Touring China: A History of Travel Culture, 1912–1949

East Asian Legal Studies Open House

WCC Milstein East C, Harvard Law School

Take advantage of this opportunity to meet EALS Faculty, Staff, Research Fellows, and the 2022-2023 Visiting Scholars.Remarks begin at 12:45pm.Food will be provided. Venue

Critical Issues Confronting China Series featuring Yanzhong Huang – Is Zero Covid Crippling Xi Jinping’s Domestic Agenda?

CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA

Speaker: Yangzhong Huang, Professor and Director, Center for Global Health Studies, Seton Hall University This event is also available on Zoom for virtual attendance. Register at: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dLyOaJTTSwSBANLnDP_oGA Dr. Yanzhong Huang […]

Modern China Lecture featuring Philip Thai – Communist China’s Capitalist Front: The China Resources Company in Cold War Hong Kong

CGIS Knafel K262 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Speaker: Philip Thai, Northeastern University Philip Thai is a historian of Modern China and East Asia with research and teaching interests that include legal history, economic history, and diplomatic history. …

Modern China Lecture featuring Philip Thai – Communist China’s Capitalist Front: The China Resources Company in Cold War Hong Kong

The Founding Generation: A Celebration of the Publication of Dr. Nongji Zhang’s Book on the People’s Republic of China’s First Generation of Legal Scholars, 1949-1992

WCC 2036 Milstein East A, Harvard Law School

Speaker: Nongji Zhang, Librarian for East Asian Law, Harvard Law School LibraryPanelists: William P. Alford, Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of Law, Director, East Asian Legal Studies Program, Harvard …

The Founding Generation: A Celebration of the Publication of Dr. Nongji Zhang’s Book on the People’s Republic of China’s First Generation of Legal Scholars, 1949-1992

China Humanities Seminar featuring Kaijun Chen – Materiality is Uncertainty: Furniture, Hairpins and Fireworks in Jin Ping Mei

Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave. 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts

Speaker: Kaijun Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, Brown University This project responds to a candid question I had while reading Jin Ping Mei. The novel is packed …

China Humanities Seminar featuring Kaijun Chen – Materiality is Uncertainty: Furniture, Hairpins and Fireworks in Jin Ping Mei