Every year, Fairbank Center affiliates present their research at the Association for Asian Studies annual conference on a wide variety of topics. This year is no exception, with Fairbank Center faculty, associates, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students presenting their latest research in Boston. Below is our handy guide to select panels featuring our affiliates:

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Making Space in Song-Yuan China

Sponsored by Society for Song, Yuan, and Conquest Dynasty Studies

Sheraton: Beacon F, 3rd Floor, 7:30-9:15 PM

Paper Presenter: Ming Tak Ted Hui, Harvard University

 

Ritual, Memory, and Imperial Authority in Early Medieval and Medieval Chinese Texts

Sheraton: Beacon D, 3rd Floor, 7:30-9:15 PM

Organizer: Lu Kou, Bard College (former Fairbank Center Graduate Student Associate)

Discussant: Xiaofei Tian, Harvard University

 

Chinese Television in the Postsocialist Era: A Modern Medium for Everyday Life

Sheraton: Beacon B, 3rd Floor, 7:30-9:15 PM

Organizer and Paper Presenter: Dylan Suher, Harvard University

 

Rediscovering Historical China: A Reflection on the Work and Mentorship of Professor H. Bays (1942-2019)

Sheraton: Berkeley, 3rd Floor, 7:30-9:15 PM

Organizer: Dong Wang, Shanghai University, Germany (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

Discussant: Xi Lian, Duke University (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

Frontier Encounters and Knowledge Production in Qing Inner Asia: Competing Narratives between the Qing State and Travelers

Sheraton: Beacon E, 3rd Floor, 7:30-9:15 PM

Organizer and Paper Presenter: Anne-Sophie Pratte, Harvard University

Chair: Paul Cohen, Wellesley College (Fairbank Center, Center Associate)

Paper Presenter: Lei Lin, Harvard University

 

Mobilizing and Managing Resources from the Qing to the PRC

Sheraton: Beacon G, 3rd Floor, 7:30-9:15 PM

Chair and Discussant: Parks Coble, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

Friday, March 20, 2020

Creating and Querying Data in Relational Databases with the China Biographical Database

Sheraton: Beacon B, 3rd Floor, 9:00-10:45 AM

Organizer: Peter Bol, Harvard University

 

Dynamic Public Opinion in Greater China

Sheraton: Jamaica Pond, 5th Floor, 9:00-10:45 AM

Paper Presenter: Ya-Wen Lei, Harvard University

Discussant: Xiang Zhou, Harvard University

 

Legacies of Civil War: Religion and Politics in the Late Qing

Sheraton: The Fens, 5th Floor, 9:00 AM-10:45 AM

Paper Presenter: Eric Schluessel, University of Montana (former Fairbank Center Graduate Student Associate)

 

Technology and the Everyday Across Post-War Asia

Sheraton: Beacon G, 3rd Floor, 9:00-10:45 AM

Paper Presenter: Arunabh Ghosh, Harvard University

 

War and Media: Political and Cultural Networks across East Asia and Beyond under Japan’s Colonial Rule

Sheraton: Clarendon, 3rd Floor, 9:00-10:45 AM

Chair and Discussant: Karen Thornber, Harvard University

 

Trade Networks, Maps, and Literatures in Early Modern South China Seas and Malay Archipelago (17th-18th century)

Sheraton: Berkeley, 3rd Floor, 9:00-10:45 AM

Chair: Emma Teng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

New Approaches to the History of Capitalism in China

Hynes: Room 204, Level 2, 11:15 AM-1:00 PM

Paper Presenter: Victor Seow, Harvard University

 

New Perspectives on Japanese Imperial Infrastructures in Northeast Asia in the Twentieth Century

Sheraton: The Fens, 5th Floor, 11:15 AM-1:00 PM

Organizer and Paper Presenter: Yuting Dong, Harvard University (former Fairbank Center Graduate Student Associate)

 

Chineseness in Motion: Rethinking the Field in Global Perspectives

Hynes: Room 300, Level 2, 1:30-3:15 PM

Organizer and Paper Presenter: Kyle Shernuk, Harvard University

Discussant: David Der-wei Wang, Harvard University

 

Lost in Manchuria: Broken Dreams and Struggles for Survival

Sponsored by Manchu Studies Group (MSG)

Sheraton: Clarendon, 3rd Floor, 1:30-3:15 PM

Paper Presenter: Ronald Suleski (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research; former Assistant Director)

 

Politics, Historiography, and Cultural Memory: The Production of Knowledge and the Re-writing of History in the Early Chinese Empire

Hynes: Room 202, Level 2, 1:30-3:15 PM

Paper Presenter: Wai-yee Li, Harvard University

 

The Politics of History: PRC at 70 – In Memory of Roderick MacFarquhar

Hynes, Room 313, Level 3, 1:30-3:15 PM

Organizer: Rowena He, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

Communities at Work: Reappraisals of Local Autonomy in Late Qing and Early Republican China

Sheraton: Hampton A, 3rd Floor, 3:45-5:30 PM

Chair: Caroline Reeves (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

Chinese Studies in the New Era

Sheraton: Back Bay B, 2nd Floor, 3:45-5:30 PM

Discussant: Elizabeth Perry, Harvard University

 

The Lives and Afterlives of Four Royal Women of Vietnam

Sheraton: Riverway, 5th Floor, 3:45-5:30 PM

Chair: Hue-Tam Tai, Harvard University

 

Globalizing China: Perceptions of and Resistance to China’s Overseas Investment in Different Regions and China’s Efforts to Cope with Them

Sheraton: Beacon D, 3rd Floor, 3:45-5:30 PM

Paper Presenter: Audrye Wong, Harvard Kennedy School (Fairbank Center, An Wang Fellow)

Paper Presenter: Meir Alkon, Princeton Unviersity (Fairbank Center, An Wang Fellow)

 

Aesthetic Emotions and Ways of Seeing in Chinese Art and Literary Culture

Sheraton: Beacon G, 3rd Floor, 3:45-5:30 PM

Organizer: Shengqing Wu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

China’s Transition to the Reform Era (Part 2 of “Bordering China, Bordering Reform)

Sheraton: Back Bay C, 2nd Floor, 3:45-5:30 PM

Discussant: Charlotte Ikels, Case Western Reserve University (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

Photography, History, and Ecology: Composing China’s Modern Landscapes

Sheraton: Beacon E, 3rd Floor, 3:45-5:30 PM

Paper Presenter: Yajun Mo, Boston College (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

China in Many Languages: Minority Literatures and the Politics of Translation

Hynes: Room 202, Level 2, 9:00-10:45 AM

Paper Presenter: Sarah Bramao-Ramos, Harvard University

Paper Presenter: Joshua Freeman, Princeton University (former Fairbank Center Graduate Student Associate)

 

High Qing ‘Crypto-Knowledge’: Sino-Manchu Intellectual, Diplomatic, and Religious Networks with the West

Hynes: Room 204, Level 2, 9:00-10:45 AM

Organizer: Eugenio Menegon, Boston University (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

The Politics of Imagining China’s Environment: A Historical Itinerary

Hynes: Room 209, Level 2, 9:00-10:45 AM

Organizer: Wen-Yi Huang, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (former Fairbank Center An Wang Fellow)

Paper Presenter: Elizabeth Lord, Brown University (former Fairbank Center An Wang Fellow)

Chair: Ling Zhang, Boston College (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

Collective Rituals in Maoist China and Beyond

Hynes: Room 311, Level 3, 11:15 AM-1:00 PM

Chair: Jie Li, Harvard University

 

Coping with Abundance: Categories of Knowledge in Early Modern East Asia

Sheraton: Hampton B, 3rd Floor, 11:15 AM-1:00 PM

Organizer: Nathan Vedel, Washington University in St. Louis (former Fairbank Center Graduate Student Associate)

 

Useful Knowledge for Mass Consumption: Popular Manuals in Ming, Qing, and Republican China

Hynes: Room 208, Level 2, 11:15 AM-1:00 PM

Chair: Cynthia Brokaw, Brown University (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

Law, Justice, Society at the Margins of Asian States

Sheraton: Commonwealth, 3rd Floor, 11:15 AM-1:00 PM

Paper Presenter: Rui Hua, Harvard University

 

Non-Human Voices in Chinese Literature

Hynes: Room 204, Level 2, 11:15 AM-1:00 PM

Organizer: Thomas Kelly

 

Rethinking the China-Africa Relationship

Sponsored By East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School

Hynes: Room 207, Level 2, 11:15 AM-1:00 PM

Organizer: William Alford

 

Fieldwork for China Historians

Sheraton: Commonwealth, 3rd Floor, 3:00-4:45 PM

Discussant: Michael Szonyi, Harvard University (Fairbank Center, Director)

 

The Aggregation/Disaggregation of China and Greater China Across the Twentieth Century

Sheraton: Beacon H, 3rd Floor, 3:00-4:45 PM

Chair: William Kirby, Harvard University

 

Rethinking the History of Capitalism in Twentieth Century Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

Sheraton: The Fens, 5th Floor, 3:00-4:45 PM

Paper Presenter: Karen M. Teoh, Stonehill College (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

Transnational Korean Literature from China, Japan, and the US

Hynes: Room 208, Level 2, 3:00-4:45 PM

Organizer: Miya Xie, Dartmouth College (former Fairbank Center Graduate Student Associate)

 

Discipline and Self-Discovery: Pedagogy in the Late Ming and Early Qing

Sheraton: Fairfax B, 3rd Floor, 3:00-4:45 PM

Discussant: Joanna Handlin Smith, Harvard-Yenching Institute (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

Publish or Perish: New Perspectives on Book Cultures in East Asia

Sheraton: Hampton B, 3rd Floor, 3:00-4:45 PM

Organizer: Yung-chang Tung, Harvard University

 

Instruments of Cultural Adaptation: Paratexts across East Asia

Sheraton: Beacon F, 3rd Floor, 5:15-7:00 PM

Chair: Shigehisa Kuriyama, Harvard University

 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Inequalities in East Asia Democracies

Hynes: Room 202, Level 2, 9:00-10:45 AM

Organizer: Sara Newland, Smith College (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

Discussant: Steven Goldstein, Harvard University

 

Visuality and Knowledge Creation of China’s Great Urban Centers

Hynes: Room 308, Level 3, 9:00-10:45 AM

Paper Presenter: Xin Wen, Princeton University (former Fairbank Center Graduate Student Associate)

Paper Presenter: Bing Huang, Providence College (former Fairbank Center Graduate Student Associate)

 

Development of Land Property Rights under China’s Economic Transition

Hynes: Room 310, Level 3, 9:00-10:45 AM

Paper Presenter: Xiaoqian Hu, University of Arizona (former Fairbank Center Graduate Student Associate)

 

Collecting and Organizing Knowledge in China: Past and Present

Hynes: Room 202, Level 2, 11:00 AM-12:45 PM

Discussant: Peter Bol, Harvard University

 

Gender and Colonialism in the Japanese Empire

Sheraton: Fairfax A, 3rd Floor, 11:00 AM-12:45 PM

Chair: Melissa Brown, Harvard-Yenching Institute (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

Political Violence and its Legacies in East and Southeast Asia

Hynes: Room 206, Level 2, 11:00 AM-12:45 PM

Paper Presenter: Suzanne Scoggins, Clark University (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

Justice Through the Looking Glass: Fiction, Technology, and Law in Late Imperial and Modern China

Hynes: Room 204, Level 2, 11:00 AM-12:45 PM

Chair: Ellen Widmer, Wellesley College (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

Organizer: Mengdie Zhao, Harvard University

 

The State Advances, the Private Retreats: New Perspectives on China’s Reform “Reversal”

Hynes: Room 208, Level 2, 11:00 AM-12:45 PM

Organizer: Meg Rithmire, Harvard Business School

Paper Presenter: Ling Chen, Johns Hopkins University School of Advances International Studies (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

 

Silence, Solitude, and Social Change in Contemporary Asia

Sheraton: Hampton B, 3rd Floor, 11:00-12:45 PM

Paper Presenter: Robert Weller, Boston University (Fairbank Center, Associate in Research)

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