The Institute of East Asian Studies presents lectures by distinguished speakers throughout each year. For a complete list of upcoming and past events, go to the IEAS Events page.

Webcasts for selected lectures are available here. We will add to this online resource as more lectures are recorded.

Divided Nations and their Neighbors: Paths to Reconciliation?

Divided Nations and their Neighbors: Paths to Reconciliation?New video
Featured Speakers: Stephan Haggard, UC San Diego; Lily Gardner Feldman, Johns Hopkins University
November 5, 2015

This conference, sponsored jointly by the Institute of East Asian Studies, Institute of European Studies, Center for Korean Studies, and the Konkuk University Institute of the Humanities for Unification, will compare the experience of Germany, the two Koreas, and China-Taiwan as divided nations.

Speakers will focus on the following questions: Is reconciliation possible (or even desirable) in nations which have been divided by war and revolution? Is there a possibility of reconciliation in the absence of unification? What role do political leaders, non-governmental institutions and governmental institutions play in knitting together divided nations and reconciling their conflicting interests? What role do domestic politics and culture play in helping or hindering reunification and reconciliation? Is there a viable counterpart to Germany's Ostpolitik in northeast Asia?
Dismantling Developmentalism: Japan, Korea, Taiwan

Dismantling Developmentalism: Japan, Korea, Taiwan
Organizer: T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley
October 23-24, 2015

This conference will examine the issues surrounding how Japan, Korea and Taiwan have adjusted their political and economic institutions as well as their public policies ‘after developmentalism.' The intellectual starting point is the recognition that these three governments enjoyed highly successful political economies for several decades as each followed its own specific iteration of "developmentalism.' Past practices were challenged by the end of security bipolarity in East Asia, as well as the increased penetration of East Asian economies by global capital. These external challenges meant that some past institutions and policies were dismantled; others were adjusted; some were retained intact.
Perspective Painting in Late Imperial China: A Symposium In honor of James Cahill

Perspective Painting in Late Imperial China: A Symposium In honor of James CahillNew video
Moderator: Sophie Volpp, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Discussant: Pat Berger, History of Art, UC Berkeley
 •  Eugene Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art,
     History of Art & Architecture, Harvard University
 •  Richard Vinograd, Christensen Fund Professor in Asian Art,
     Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University
 •  Nancy Berliner, Curator of Chinese Art, Museum of Fine Arts,
November 22, 2013

In tribute to James Cahill's fundamental insights regarding Chinese experiments with perspectival representation during the late-imperial period, the Institute for East Asian Studies hosted a symposium on perspective in Chinese painting to accompany "Beauty Revealed," an exhibition at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
Unreal Estate: Tong Lam's Photographs of China's Unsettling Settlements

Unreal Estate: Tong Lam's Photographs of China's Unsettling Settlements New video
Speaker: Tong Lam, Visual Artist and Professor, History, University of Toronto
Moderator: Ling Hon Lam, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
October 23, 2013

From the Soviet era to today; from the Mongol frontier to modern Guangzhou, Tong Lam documents what society has built and abandoned. The stories behind these photographs tell of hope, ambition, greed, resistance, and visions that have been crushed or cast aside. Some stories are of gleaming structures hauntingly unpeopled; some stories are of teeming populations surviving amid the squalor of urban ruins. With the frenzy of China's economic growth has come accelerated decay, leaving city and country alike scarred by the relics of past dreams.

Imagined Borders, Deadly Threats: Where the South and East China Sea Crisis is Heading

Imagined Borders, Deadly Threats: Where the South and East China Sea Crisis is Heading
Panel Discussion
 •  Ralf Emmers
 •  Kuan‑Hsiung (Dustin) Wang
 •  Tara Davenport
 •  Greg Poling
October 18, 2013

The South and East China seas continue to be a site of at best negotiation and at worst belligerence. Since 2010 territorial disputes over such areas as the the Senkaku/Diaoyu island group have intensified, raising anxieties over destabilized international relations across the region in both Asia and the US. A panel of experts revisit the crisis in the region, followed by discussions with UC Berkeley faculty analyzing the evolving situation and the role of the US in the wake of its "pivot to Asia."

Theatrical Engagements: Stan Lai in Conversation with Wen-hsin Yeh

Theatrical Engagements: Stan Lai in Conversation with Wen‑hsin Yeh
Speaker: Stan Lai, Playwright
Moderator: Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor of Modern Chinese History, and Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
January 29, 2013

Influential playwright Stan Lai has stretched the boundaries of the theatrical experience in his native Taiwan, in China, and around the world. He has negotiated the fraught landscape between China and Taiwan through drama, and in recent years through active efforts to reshape the theatrical culture of China. In a wide-ranging conversation with Professor of Modern Chinese History Wen‑hsin Yeh, Lai explores his work, his ideas, and his unique vision.

Exceptional and Chinese: Beyond China and the West

Exceptional and Chinese: Beyond China and the West
Wang Gungwu, Professor and Chairman of the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore
April 10, 2013

Sixty years ago, Francis L.K. Hsu in his Americans and Chinese: two ways of life (1953), described the people of both countries as culturally and psychologically exceptional. Today all the talk is about two powerful countries, exceptional now in a different world. Like the book, this lecture will focus on people. Were Chinese who left China exceptional, or exceptional only after they left? Did it matter if they moved not to the West but within the region? When they remained or became Chinese, was that what distinguished them outside China? For several centuries, more than 90 per cent of them lived, worked and settled in various parts of the Nanyang or Southeast Asia. What was exceptional and Chinese about them, and what happens when China now seeks to be exceptional anew?

Mobile Horizons: Interactions Across the Taiwan Strait

Mobile Horizons: Interactions Across the Taiwan Strait
Su Chi, Presidential Advisor
Tien Hung-mao, National Institute for Policy Research
Yan Xuetong, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, Georgetown University
March 4-5, 2011

With the recent overtures between China and Taiwan, we see the fruition of developments long in the making, as business, familial, religious, and cultural ties have developed between the two despite official posturing. The culmination of a three-year research project, this conference explores these networks, their development, and assesses the future for Taiwan and China.

Below the Storm: 60 Years of Cross-Strait Connections

Below the Storm: 60 Years of Cross-Strait Connections
Conference organizers: Yu-Shan Wu, Research Fellow and Director, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica
Wen-hsin Yeh, Richard H. and Laurie C. Morrison Professor of History and Director of the Institute of East Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley
February 5-6, 2010

Cross-Straits relationships between the Mainland and Taiwan are among the most critical issues in today's East Asia. Despite much journalistic coverage and editorial commentary, in-depth scholarly examinations of the many facets of related issues are yet to be undertaken in North American academia. While recent decades have seen many periods of tense political relations between Taiwan and China, extensive contacts between the two exist at many other levels. Below the stormy diplomatic conflicts, a broad and complex network of connections has developed. This conference looks not only at political relations, but many other spheres, in an effort to open up new vistas in public understanding of contemporary China, Taiwan, and East Asia.