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From Mandarins to Mulian: A Celebration of David Johnson's Legacy



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From Mandarins to Mulian: A Celebration of David Johnson's Legacy

This conference in honor of David Johnson, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, UC Berkeley will include presentations by his former students: Beverly Bossler, UC Davis; Ned Davis, University of Hawaii; Andrea S. Goldman, UCLA; Qitao Guo, UC Irvine; Mark Halperin, UC Davis; Robert Hymes, Columbia University; Keith Knapp, The Citadel; Lin Ching-chih, National Chengchi University; Peter Nickerson, independent scholar.

For over thirty years at Berkeley, David Johnson tirelessly and skillfully mentored graduate students in their explorations of pre-modern China's rich and varied past. In his own research, he boldly moved from intensive analysis of the shape and structure of the medieval ruling class to innovative studies of popular literature and religion in both medieval and late imperial times. He created and led the pioneering Chinese Popular Culture Project, which brought scholars to Berkeley on post-doctoral fellowships, assembled an archive of audio-visual materials, and generated numerous publications. His work has fundamentally advanced our understanding of the beauty, complexity, and depth of pre-modern China's non-elite culture.

SCHEDULE

Schedule
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014

9:00 AM — Coffee

9:15 AM — Introductory remarks

9:30 AM — Panel 1
Social Status, Popular Entertainment, and Ritual Autonomy in Late Imperial China

Qitao Guo, History, UC Irvine
Prominent Lineages in Xin’an and the Emerging Mercantile Lineage Culture in Ming Huizhou

Andrea S. Goldman, History, UCLA
New Historical Plays in the Nineteenth-Century Qing Capital

Ching-chih Lin, Graduate Institute of Religious Studies, National Chengchi University
Communal Autarky of Ritual Masters and Materials in North China: Two Cases from Shandong

11:00 AM — Break

11:15 AM — Panel 2
Conceptions of Chaos and Order in Early China

Peter Nickerson, Independent scholar
Despotism and Its Discontents: The State of Anarchy in the Lao zi, or Looking for Utopia in All the Wrong Places

Keith Knapp, History, The Citadel
Purity, Frugality and Accomodation: Major Trends in Confucian Thought During the Six Dynasties Period

12:15–1:15 PM lunch

1:15 PM — Panel 3
Society and Religion in Middle Period China

Beverly Bossler, History, UC Davis<
“Throwing a Brick and Attracting Jade”: Letter Writing and Social Relationships in the Song

Mark Halperin, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Davis
Master Qiu, or How Chinese Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Thirteenth Century

Ned Davis, History, University of Hawaii
The "Wutong" Spirits and Other Messes in the Song Dynasty: A Look at the Cult to Zhenwu

Bob Hymes, History, Columbia University
The Danger of Belief? A Report on Work in Progress

3:45 PM — Break

4:00 PM — Concluding session/wrap up discussion/comments by David Johnson

Download the schedule here.

PARTICIPANTS

Participants
  • Beverly Bossler, History, UC Davis
  • Ned Davis, History, University of Hawaii
  • Andrea S. Goldman, History, UCLA
  • Qitao Guo, History, UC Irvine
  • Mark Halperin, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Davis
  • Bob Hymes, History, Columbia University
  • Keith Knapp, History, The Citadel
  • Ching-chih Lin, Graduate Institute of Religious Studies, National Chengchi University
  • Peter Nickerson, independent scholar

DIRECTIONS

Directions

The workshop on From Mandarins to Mulian: A Celebration of David Johnson's Legacy will be held at 180 Doe Library on the Berkeley campus.

Doe Library

See section C4 on this large campus map.

Doe Library

To reach Doe Library via the most direct route, enter campus from Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way. Walk north through Sproul Plaza and Sather Gate. Doe Library will be the second building on the right after passing through Sather Gate. Turn right and walk uphill (towards the Campanile clock tower) until you come to a ground level entrance on your left. Enter there and walk down the hallway to 180 Doe on the right side of the hallway.



Directions to the Berkeley campus
By BART

If traveling by BART, exit the Richmond-Fremont line or Richmond-San Francisco line at the Berkeley station (not North Berkeley). When you leave the BART station, walk south down Shattuck Avenue to Bancroft Way (two to four blocks, depending on which station exit you leave from) and turn left. Walk four blocks up Bancroft Way to Telegraph Avenue.

From Interstate 80

To reach Telegraph and Bancroft by car from Interstate 80, exit at the University Avenue off-ramp in Berkeley. Take University Avenue east to Oxford Street and turn right. Oxford becomes Fulton Street in a couple of blocks. Continue along Fulton to Durant. Turn left on Durant Avenue and drive three blocks to Telegraph Avenue. Turn left on Telegraph and drive one block to Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue.

From Highways 24/13

To reach Telegraph and Bancroft by car from Highways 24/13, exit 13 at Tunnel Road in Berkeley. Continue on Tunnel Road as it becomes Ashby. Turn right at Telegraph and drive approximately one mile north to Bancroft Way.

Directions to campus are also available at http://www.berkeley.edu/visitors/traveling.html

Parking

There are various public parking lots and facilities near campus and in downtown Berkeley. This list includes municipal and privately owned parking lots and garages open to the public. Please consult signs for hours and fees prior to entering the facilities.

Other lots:

  • Between Durant and Channing just below Telegraph (enter on Durant or Channing)
  • Kittredge Street between Shattuck and Fulton
  • Berkeley Way near Shattuck
  • Center Street near Shattuck
  • Allston Way near Shattuck
  • Kittredge Street near Milvia

More information is available on the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation page.