Special Presentation featuring Stephen MacKinnon – History as Biography: Chen Hansheng 陈翰笙 (1897-2004)

CGIS Knafel K262 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, United States

Speaker: Stephen MacKinnon, Emeritus Professor of History; Former Director of Center for Asian Studies, Arizona State UniversitySteven MacKinnon, author of Chen Hansheng: China’s Last Romantic Revolutionary, will discuss the remarkable life of one of most important economic researchers on the Chinese rural economy over a career that spanned the 1930s to his death at 107 […]

2024 Gender Studies Workshop – The Chinese Family Romance

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

9:10 AM: Introductory remarks  9:15 AM: Literature Panel Tina Lu, Yale University - "The Family Romance, Chuanqi, and What Can't Be Said" Maria Sibau, Emory University - "Inventing Mothers in Late Imperial Literature" Discussants:Thomas Kelly, Harvard UniversityWai-yee Li, Harvard University 11:00 AM: Break 11:15 AM: Presentations on the Chinese Family Romance by students of Eileen […]

2024 Harvard Visual China Graduate Symposium – Time and Temporality in Chinese Art & Culture

Sackler Building Auditorium 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA, United States

How do humans and objects exist in relation to time and experience time? We often turn to space and spatial models as the dominant approach to analyzing visual materials, yet time could also serve as a way of organizing visual and perceptual experiences. In the case of Chinese art, time and temporality had particular salience […]

International Relations Conference

Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Speakers:Juan José Escobar Stemmann, Former Spanish Ambassador to IraqMitchell Presnick, Founder of Super 8 Hotels China, Investor and BusinessmanGeorge Krol, Former U.S. Ambassador to KazakhstanAlexandra Vacroux, Director, Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian StudiesBruce Schneier, Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of GovernmentDavie Pernal, Recruiter, U.S. Department of StateThis conference brings together students across the […]

Big Waves, Great Earthquakes Screening No. 2 – Skirting Censorship in Tibet: No. 16. Barkhor South Street, featuring an introduction by Janet Gyatso and remarks from Lobsang Sangay

CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010) 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA, United States

Introduction: Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Harvard Divinity SchoolProgrammer: Sam Maclean, Communications Manager, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Update: Post-screening discussion with Lobsang Sangay, former Sikyong (President) of the Central Tibetan Administration, Senior Visiting Fellow, East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School. Big Waves, Great Earthquakes explores the largely unseen […]

Film Screening: Mahjong (Ma jiang)

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, United States

Mahjong is a game for four players, and the one who first collects winning sets of tiles wins. But the real game lies not in these rectangular pieces per se, but in deliberating what one already has and could afford to discard or how to acquire from others what one desires but does not yet […]

Film Screening: Taipei Story (Qing mei zhu ma)

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, United States

Lung (Hou Hsiao-Hsien), an ex-Little League baseball player, runs a fabric store in Dihua Street, a traditional commercial center in the west of Taipei. His long-term girlfriend, Ah-Chin (Tsai Chin), in contrast, works an assistant to the manager at an architecture firm in the newly developed East District. The film centers on the increasing estrangement […]

Film Screening: The Terrorizers (Kong bu fen zi)

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, United States

Characterized as “Yang’s most difficult, intellectually provocative, and structurally challenging film” (John Anderson), Edward Yang’s third feature-length film is a puzzle with immense reverberatory power. The Terrorizers depicts the intertwining of love and death among three different couples: a young photographer and his literary girlfriend; a middle-class and middle-aged married couple whose mutual estrangement grows to the […]

China Humanities Seminar featuring Franciscus Verellen – The General and His Scribe: The Fall of the Tang in Contemporary Sources

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

Speaker: Franciscus Verellen, Professor Emeritus, École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO); Vice President, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Institut de France The understudied end phase of the Tang dynasty (618–907) is mainly known through official accounts dating to the tenth and eleventh centuries. This lecture examines the process that led to the empire’s breakup from the vantage […]

Tiananmen @ 35 Film Screening: The Gate of Heavenly Peace

CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010) 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA, United States

Introduction: Carma Hinton, Art historian and Documentary Filmmaker; Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, George Mason University (retired) "In The Gate of Heavenly Peace (the literal translation of the name Tiananmen), the causes, effects and fallout from the six-week protest that led up to the Chinese government's crackdown on dissidents are detailed with intelligence, […]

Film Screening: In Our Time (Guang yin de gu shi)

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, United States

The omnibus film In Our Time initiated radical innovations in terms of aesthetic styles, industry practices and commonly depicted themes, thereby revolutionizing the filmmaking industry in Taiwan and inaugurating the movement of Taiwan New Cinema. The four segments are shot by four young emerging directors and each film—set in different decades from the 1950s to the 1980s—represents […]