2020 IEAS Events

January 1, 2020

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Korean Peninsula Peace Process: Opportunities and Challenges

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Other Campus Events | January 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

Speaker:  Chung-in Moon, Special Advisor to the ROK President for Foreign Affairs and National Security

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), East Asia Foundation

President Moon Jae-in has undertaken an ambitious Korean peace initiative since May 2017. Under this initiative, he successfully transformed the year of acute crisis in 2017 into a new beginning of peace in 2018. However, as the Hanoi summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un in late February failed to produce any agreement, his peace initiative is facing major challenges. Whereas...   More >


Monday, January 27, 2020

"Imported" Feminism and "Indigenous" Queerness: From Backlash to Transphobic Feminism in Transnational Japanese Context (Lecture)

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | January 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

Speaker/Performer:  Akiko Shimizu, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

Sponsor:  The Program in Critical Theory

As is often the case with many countries in “the rest,” women’s and/or feminist movements in Japan have often been criticized for uncritically importing and transplanting ideas from “the West” that have no relevance to, and are sometimes even incompatible with, the “local” “indigenous” tradition, culture and society of whatever those critics imagine as “Japan.” Curiously enough, “Japan” has also...   More >


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"Imported" Feminism and "Indigenous" Queerness: From Backlash to Transphobic Feminism in Transnational Japanese Context (Seminar)

Seminar: Center for Japanese Studies | January 28 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Akiko Shimizu, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

Sponsor:  The Program in Critical Theory

As is often the case with many countries in “the rest,” women’s and/or feminist movements in Japan have often been criticized for uncritically importing and transplanting ideas from “the West” that have no relevance to, and are sometimes even incompatible with, the “local” “indigenous” tradition, culture and society of whatever those critics imagine as “Japan.” Curiously enough, “Japan” has also...   More >


Thursday, January 30, 2020

What is Kim Jong Un’s Grand Strategy? Opportunities and Constraints in North Korea Today

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | January 30 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

Speaker/Performer:  Chung Min Lee, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Sponsor:  Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Defying earlier expectations, North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has consolidated power since his father’s death in December 2011. While it was under Kim Jong Il that North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006, it was Kim Jong Un that accelerated Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program including the first hydrogen bomb test in 2017. Having achieved this goal, Kim now wants to...   More >


Chiasmus in Bodhisattva Literature: Two Examples and Theorizing a Meta-Structure

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | January 30 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Matthew Orsborn, Visiting Associate Professor, National Taiwan University

Sponsors:  Center for Buddhist Studies, Tianzhu Global Network for the Study of Buddhist Cultures

The discovery of chiasmus or ring composition in Western religious and classical literature in the 20th century had a paradigm-changing effect upon our understanding of these texts. Recent application of this theory to two important Indian Buddhist texts, the Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā and the Vessantara Jātaka, also indicates the presence of such...   More >


Friday, January 31, 2020

Social Controls and Social Trust in Chinese History, Past and Present

Panel Discussion | January 31 | 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

Speakers/Performers:  Michael Nylan, Professor of History, UC Berkeley; Trenton Wilson, EALC, UC Berkeley; Thomas Hahn, Heidelberg Ph.D; Joe Esherick, Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, San Diego

Sponsor:  Department of History

Michael Nylan and Trenton Wilson will be speaking to early empires in China, Joseph Esherick on late imperial China, and Thomas H. Hahn will highlight topics such as artificial intelligence in modern China.


“Assets of a Bankrupt Country”: Fiscal Effects of the Boxer Indemnity, 1901-1911

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | January 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Dong Yan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley

Panelist/Discussant:  Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor of History, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Boxer Indemnity has long marked the nadir in the history of nineteenth century Chinese relations with Western powers, but buried beneath nationalist narratives of humiliation was the indemnity’s origin as public debt, one that the Chinese repaid over three decades. Assessing the fiscal and financial impact of the indemnity in the first ten years of debt service (1901-1911), the talk looks at...   More >


Monday, February 3, 2020

The Art of War - A New Translation by Michael Nylan

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | February 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Michael Nylan, Professor of History, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Michael Nylan intends to use this talk to consider the state of the China field as regards translations of the Classics and masterworks. She is presently editor of the University of Washington "Classics of Chinese Thought" translation series, which is currently publishing the third of the already finished nine scheduled books. She is also the recent translator of Yang Xiong's Exemplary Figures...   More >


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Matrix On Point: The Fate of the Forests

Panel Discussion: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

Panelist/Discussants:  Nancy Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Christopher Lesser, Graduate Student, Institute of International Studies; Stephanie Postar, Post-Doctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley Department of Geography

Sponsor:  Social Science Matrix

The destruction of the world's forests has had massive environmental impacts, contributing to unprecedented losses in biodiversity around the world. The recent, catastrophic fires in the Amazon rainforest, the so-called lungs of our planet, were started by developers seeking to profit from the cultivation of crops, mining, logging, and grazing on the land and drive away the indigenous peoples who...   More >


Thursday, February 6, 2020

UC Berkeley PD Showcase for Educators

Conference/Symposium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 6 | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Berkeley Way West

Sponsor:  Professional Development for Educators

On Friday, March 6, 2020, administrators and teacher-leaders are invited to attend a one-day showcase of the many professional development programs for educators here at UC Berkeley. Come explore professional learning options for educators across disciplines and in different stages of their careers.

About UC Berkeley Professional Development Providers:

University of California- Berkeley...   More >

Attendance restrictions:  This event is open to educators, including administrators and teacher-leaders.

Registration required 

Registration info:   Registration opens November 1.

 by February 28.


South Korea’s Nuclear-Energy Entanglements and the Political Temporality of Ecological Democracy

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

Speaker/Performer:  Nan Kim, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Sponsor:  Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Compared to all other countries with large nuclear-energy programs, South Korea maintains by far the most densely concentrated cluster of nuclear reactors in the world, but only in recent years have civic groups obtained official data to confirm this. Given that South Korea’s significant reliance on nuclear energy is itself a legacy of military dictatorship in the 1960s and 1970s, what does the...   More >


Syariah Markets: The Econography of Islam and Capitalism in Southeast Asia

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | February 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341, DSSEAS Library, Level F/G

Speaker:  Daromir Rudnyckyj, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Victoria

Sponsor:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk proposes the notion of econography: a methodological approach developed through empirical research in the region that attempts to provide analytical and practical purchase on the articulation of Islam and capitalism in Southeast Asia. Econography is a response to recent critiques that have questioned “ethnos” as the object of anthropological inquiry.


Monday, March 2, 2020

Lives and Deaths of Eastern Europe’s Map Men after 1919

Lecture: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | March 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Steven Seegel, Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian History, University of Northern Colorado

Sponsors:  Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

More than just colorful clickbait or pragmatic city grids, maps are often deeply emotional tales: of transnational projects gone wrong, budding relationships that failed, and countries that vanished. Map Men takes a detailed look at the deep emotions, textures of friendship, and multigenerational sagas behind the historical dramas of a long continuum of world war and revolution in East...   More >


Thursday, March 5, 2020

CANCELED - Reimagining the Practice of Citizenship: The Visuals of the Unruly Youth in Thailand

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Canceled

Speaker:  Penchan Phoborisut, Assistant Professor of Communication, CSU Fullerton

Sponsor:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Thailand, once a thriving democracy, is now dominated by the military. However, while old conservative groups hold on, young Thais are speaking their minds. This talk examines the visual communication that intersects the younger generation of Thais who reimagine ways to express their political opinions and define the relationship they would like to have with politicians and the state.


Penchan Phoborisut

Building the post 1949 State in China and Taiwan: Bureaucratic, Campaign, and Performative Modalities

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 5 | 4-6 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), IEAS Conference Room

Speaker:  Julia C. Strauss, Professor of Chinese Politics, University of London

Panelist/Discussant:  Brooks Jessup, Visiting Lecturer, Department of History, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

By the late 1950s, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Republic of China (ROC) stood as exemplars of success for both “revolutionary” and “conservative” variants of the modern state. However, in 1949 these two regimes had an overlooked yet substantial amount in common in structure and state building agendas. Both were highly militarized Leninist single party states that needed to...   More >


Silk, gold, and glass: Upper Mustang and Nepal and the Silk Roads after 400 CE

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | March 5 | 5-7 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

Speaker:  Mark Aldenderfer, Distinguished Professor and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Endowed Chair, UC Merced

Sponsors:  Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Himalayan studies at UC Berkeley, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies

The high Himalayan valley of Upper Mustang today appears isolated and remote. But more than 1600 years ago, the settlements of Upper Mustang participated in an extensive trade network that ultimately connected them to the fabled Silk Road. Not only did exotic objects find their way in to the region, but new ideas and religious practices appeared in mortuary rites and rituals and which reflect a...   More >


Friday, March 6, 2020

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | March 6 – 7, 2020 every day | 3-10 p.m. |  Jodo Shinshu Center | Note change in date and time

Location:  2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Shinshu Center of America

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >


Mapping the Weird: Using GIS Tools to Explore Late Ming zhiguai(and vice versa)

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Rania Huntington, Associate Professor and Chair, East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Panelist/Discussant:  Sophie Volpp, Chair, Center for Chinese Studies; Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

One of the distinctive features of the zhiguai genre is that no matter how bizarre the events described, the settings are usually recognizable mundane places. With the increasing accessibility and sophistication of Geographic Information Systems software, mapping the geographic information provided in the tales offers a promising approach to reading long, varied collections on a scale larger than...   More >


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | March 6 – 7, 2020 every day | 3-10 p.m. |  Jodo Shinshu Center | Note change in date and time

Location:  2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Shinshu Center of America

The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >


Monday, March 9, 2020

ARCHITECTURE LECTURE: MAKI ONISHI AND YUKI HYAKUDA

Lecture: Center for Japanese Studies | March 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

Sponsor:  College of Environmental Design

MON, MAR 9, 6:30pm. Join us for a talk with the Directors and Co-Founders of onishimaki+hyakudayuki architects. Co-sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies. Open to all!


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Cancelled - Chinese Film Classics and Hollywood Resonances

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall | Canceled

Speaker:  Christopher Rea, Professor of Chinese, University of British Columbia

Panelist/Discussant:  Andrew Jones, Professor and Louis B. Agassiz Chair in Chinese, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Li Ka-Shing Foundation Program in Modern Chinese History at Berkeley, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

This talk will examine several examples of how Hollywood films influenced Chinese films between the 1920s and the 1940s. Historians are well aware that Chinese cinema culture of the Republican era had extensive international links, in production, distribution, and exhibition. They have identified stylistic similarities, shared genre conventions (the musical, the social melodrama, the horror film,...   More >


Thursday, March 12, 2020

CANCELLED - Desecration and Destruction: Stalin’s Repression of Buddhism in Buryatia

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | March 12 | 5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Canceled

Speaker:  Melissa Chakars, History, Saint Joseph’s University

Moderator:  Brian Baumann, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

Buryatia, a largely Buddhist autonomous republic of Mongolian people in Soviet Siberia, fell victim to Stalinist repression in the 1930s. Under Stalin’s anti-religious policies, officials worked to thoroughly destroy Buddhist institutions and eliminate all Buryat lamas. Although Buddhism has experienced a great resurgence in Buryatia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many questions...   More >


Friday, March 13, 2020

CANCELED - Foundations for Buddhist Chaplaincy: Dialogues and Developments in Japan and North America connecting Teachings and Effective Service

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 13 – 15, 2020 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS) | Canceled

Location:  2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Institute of Buddhist Studies, BDK America

Buddhist chaplaincy is developing rapidly in both North America and Japan. This international conference seeks to develop connections and conversations and discuss specific challenges and successes Buddhist chaplains experience on both sides of the Pacific.

The practice of Buddhist chaplaincy is sustained and guided by the Buddhist teachings or Buddhadharma. At this conference, we are...   More >


Saturday, March 14, 2020

CANCELED - Foundations for Buddhist Chaplaincy: Dialogues and Developments in Japan and North America connecting Teachings and Effective Service

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 13 – 15, 2020 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS) | Canceled

Location:  2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Institute of Buddhist Studies, BDK America

Buddhist chaplaincy is developing rapidly in both North America and Japan. This international conference seeks to develop connections and conversations and discuss specific challenges and successes Buddhist chaplains experience on both sides of the Pacific.

The practice of Buddhist chaplaincy is sustained and guided by the Buddhist teachings or Buddhadharma. At this conference, we are...   More >

[Cancelled] Japanese American Women Alumnae: 30th Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Special Event: Center for Japanese Studies | March 14 | 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Country Club

Location:  7901 Cutting Blvd., El Cerrito, CA

Speaker/Performer:  Dr. Satsuki Ina

Sponsors:  Cal Alumni Association, Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley

Please join us as we honor the legacy of Japanese American women at Cal.

We will recognize our undergraduate and graduate scholarship recipients -- Olivia Canak, Juliette Franzman, Nicole Inaba, Areyon Jolivette, Maya Lemmon-Kishi, and Gemma Vanover – and our Outstanding Alumna of the year, Betty Furuta. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Satsuki Ina, will speak on her ground-breaking research.

Tickets required: $45 Adult, $15 Students


Sunday, March 15, 2020

CANCELED - Foundations for Buddhist Chaplaincy: Dialogues and Developments in Japan and North America connecting Teachings and Effective Service

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 13 – 15, 2020 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS) | Canceled

Location:  2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Institute of Buddhist Studies, BDK America

Buddhist chaplaincy is developing rapidly in both North America and Japan. This international conference seeks to develop connections and conversations and discuss specific challenges and successes Buddhist chaplains experience on both sides of the Pacific.

The practice of Buddhist chaplaincy is sustained and guided by the Buddhist teachings or Buddhadharma. At this conference, we are...   More >


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

EVENT CANCELED - Nomadic Identity: he Development of a Multiethnic Empire in Mongolia

Lecture: Mongolia Initiative: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | March 18 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker:  Christine Lee, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, California State University, Los Angeles

Sponsors:  Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Mongolia Initiative

The nomadic states in Mongolia developed their own definitions of ethnicity and citizenship independently from the settled populations of China. Here, nomads and agriculturalists have lived in the same communities for thousands of years. While the ruling nobility was one specific ethnicity, there was not a clear hierarchy of ethnicities. Mongolia has experienced the migration and incorporation of...   More >


Thursday, March 19, 2020

EVENT CANCELED: Patrick Flores | When Commitments Confuse: Writing and Curating (Around) Art History

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | March 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Canceled

Speaker:  Patrick D. Flores, Professor of Art Studies at the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines; Curator of the Vargas Museum in Manila

Moderator:  Atreyee Gupta, Assistant Professor of Global Modern Art and South and Southeast Asian Art, History of Art Department

Sponsors:  Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, South Asia Art Initiative, Department of History of Art, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, The Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group at the Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A talk by the eminent Manila-based academic, curator, and art historian, Patrick D. Flores.


Monday, March 30, 2020

***CANCELED*** Solidarity or Realpolitik: Documentary Performance of Ethnic Relations in China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | March 30 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Canceled

Speaker:  Ying Qian, Assistant Professor, Dept. of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University

Panelist/Discussant:  Weihong Bao, Associate Professor, EALC, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In view of the rapidly developing situation on campus in response to the COVID-19, we have decided to cancel this lecture. Thank you for the understanding.


Global Views on COVID 19: Responses and Perspectives in China, Taiwan and Italy

Workshop | March 30 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. |  Register to join this webinar

Featured Speakers:  Huaying Bao, East Asia Voices Initiative Fellow, George Washington University, Associate Director, International Exchange and Cooperation Office, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China; Dr. Eve Chiu, East Asia Voices Initiative Fellow, George Washington University, CEO, The Foundation for Excellent Journalism Award, Taiwan; Dr. Qingyun Li, East Asia Voices Initiative Fellow, George Washington University, Associate Research Professor, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China; Dr. Giulio Pugliese, East Asia Voices Initiative Fellow, George Washington University, Lecturer, King’s College London, United Kingdom

Sponsors:  Office of Resources for International and Area Studies at UC Berkeley (ORIAS), East Asia National Resource Center at GW

In addition to the Herculean task of moving all your instruction online, we know educators are also fielding questions from students about COVID 19. What can we expect in the coming weeks as the COVID 19 pandemic unfolds? How might we address the broad social, economic, and political consequences of the pandemic?

The webinar series Global Views on COVID 19 will help you answer these questions...   More >


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

***CANCELED*** New roads, old stories: An anthropology of infrastructure and travel in the age of the BRI

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | March 31 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker/Performer:  Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi, University of Zurich

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Central Asia Working Group

A traveler through western China in the late 1990s (and earlier) was aware that things would not be smooth. The roads outside of the main tourist corridors were in many cases basic gravel or dirt tracks, timetables were flexible or non-existent, and many places in ethnic minority areas were closed to foreign travelers by a Chinese government unwilling to open up to the gaze of foreigners. Back...   More >


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

***CANCELED*** The Anti-Social Contract: Injurious Talk and Dangerous Exchanges in Northern Mongolia

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | April 1 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker/Performer:  Lars Højer, University of Copenhagen

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Mongolia Initiative

Based on a recently published monograph, the talk will introduce a remote district of villagers and nomadic pastoralists in the northernmost part of Mongolia in the aftermath of the breakdown of the socialist state. While the collapse of state socialism in Mongolia often implied a chaotic lack of social cohesion, the talk will focus on an everyday universe where uncertainty and suspicion are as...   More >


Thursday, April 2, 2020

***CANCELED***From Paternal to Fraternal Domination: Global “Big Brothers” and Infrastructural Imperialism

Lecture | April 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Rebecca Bryant, Utrecht University

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Central Asia Working Group

In early European imperialism, trade and resource exploitation financed lavish building projects in metropolitan centers and fueled further colonial expansion. Today, rising economic powers with global ambitions rely on building the infrastructure of other states to drive reconstruction in their own capitals and to create “soft power” empires. This lecture will turn an ethnographic lens on...   More >


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Global Views on COVID 19: Lessons from the 1918 Flu Pandemic in India and Indonesia

Workshop: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 7 | 4-5 p.m. |  Online via Zoom

Speaker/Performer:  Siddharth Chandra, Michigan State University

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies

In addition to the Herculean task of moving all your instruction online, we know educators are also fielding questions from students about COVID 19. What can we expect in the coming weeks as the COVID 19 pandemic unfolds? How might we address the broad social, economic, and political consequences of the pandemic? How can teachers draw connections between topics in their courses and this current...   More >


 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

EVENT CANCELED: Anne Blackburn | The Promise of Precedent: Rāmādhipati at Bago

Lecture | April 9 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Canceled

Speaker:  Anne Blackburn, Professor of Buddhist Studies and South Asian Studies at Cornell University

Moderator:  Penny Edwards, Associate Professor, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies, The Ruby Lord Fund for Theravada Studies at the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

A talk by historian of South and Southeast Asian Buddhism, and Professor of Buddhist Studies and South Asian Studies at Cornell University, Anne Blackburn.


Friday, April 10, 2020

CANCELED - Daigoji Temple and Shingon Contributions to Japan’s Religious Culture

Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 10 | 1-5 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall | Canceled

Speakers:  Yasurō Abe, Professor, Global COE Program, Nagoya University; Mika Abe, Research Fellow, Graduate School of Letters, Nagoya University; Matthew McMullen, Research Fellow, Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture; Aaron P. Proffitt, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University at Albany, SUNY; Eric Haruki Swanson, Assistant Professor, Department of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University

Panelist/Discussants:  Mark Blum, Professor, East Asian Languages and Culture, UC Berkeley; Richard Payne, Professor, Institute of Buddhist Studies

Sponsors:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Institute of Buddhist Studies

Recent work has established the importance of Daigoji as a site that has preserved medieval religious culture, both in its impressive architectural structures and as a literal "treasure house" of art, ritual implements, and manuscripts. Beyond this recognition of Daigoji as a monument to Japan’s cultural and religious heritage, however, still relatively little work has been done in explaining how...   More >


Monday, April 13, 2020

***CANCELED*** China’s Belt and Road as Rorschach Test: Perspectives on China’s Global Ambitions

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Canceled

Speaker:  Mary Kay Magistad, Director of Audio Journalism Department, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

Panelist/Discussant:  Juliet Lu, PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Energy & Management, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

China’s leaders’ plan to build a ‘community of common destiny’ around the world, through building roads, railways, ports, dams, 5G infrastructure and more, is being read in different ways in different parts of the world. Some 120 of the world’s nations – about 60 percent – have signed on to participate in some way in the “Belt and Road,” or New Silk Road. Some welcome China’s investment as a...   More >


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Assessing and Improving Skills in College: China, India, Russia, and the United States

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | April 14 | 4-5 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix Conference Room

Speaker/Performer:  Prashant Loyalka

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

Using nationally representative data on STEM undergraduates collected from China, India and Russia (which train about half of the world's STEM undergraduates) and the United States, Assistant Professor Prashant Loyalka shares his study’s findings that assess and compare levels and gains in academic and higher order thinking skills among college students in multiple countries, and examines which...   More >


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

TALK CANCELLED: Chinese Economic Size Overtaking Japan (2008-2014) and the United States (from 2014 to 2030?)

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Canceled

Speaker:  Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Before 1895, in the bilateral relationship between Japan and China, China was in the top position. From 1895-2008, Japan was in the top position. Between 2008-2014 as the size of the Chinese economy surpassed that of Japan, it had profound implications for the nature of their relationship. From 2014 until 2030, as the size of the Chinese economy surpasses that of the United States, it is having...   More >


EVENT CANCELED - Buddhist Contributions to Contemporary Moral Reflection: Selflessness and Moral Responsiveness (2020 Chao Lecture)

Lecture | April 15 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Jay Garfield, Smith College

Sponsor:  Center for Buddhist Studies

We expect our partners in dialogue to share our broad concerns but to bring distinctive insights to the conversation. Without a shared purpose there is no motivation for dialogue; without differences in perspective, there is no value in dialogue. When the topic is ethics, we will find that the Western and Buddhist traditions are excellent dialogical partners. Scholars of each community and...   More >


Friday, April 17, 2020

CANCELED - Myth-making in Verse: Banquet Poetry and the Creation of a Japanese Origin Story

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall | Canceled

Speaker:  Matthieu Felt, University of Florida

Panelist/Discussant:  Bonnie McClure, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

At the conclusion of court-sponsored readings of the historical chronicle Nihon shoki, Japanese aristocrats celebrated at banquets where they drank wine and composed poetry about the legendary gods and sovereigns from the text. However, their compositions often differed in tone and content from the original text. In this talk, I identify the thematic and rhetorical strategies of these variations...   More >


Saturday, April 18, 2020

EVENT CANCELED - Buddhism, Physics, and Philosophy Redux

Workshop | April 18 | 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. |  Jodo Shinshu Center

Location:  2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

Sponsors:  Center for Buddhist Studies, Tianzhu Global Network for the Study of Buddhist Cultures, Glorisun Global Buddhist Network, Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS HELD OVER THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS, APRIL 17-19.

The philosophical problems that emerged with the advent of quantum mechanics in the early 20th century are still very much with us. Issues like the measurement problem, entanglement and nonlocality, wave-particle complementarity, and so on, force us to ask:


Sunday, April 19, 2020

EVENT CANCELED - Buddhism, Physics, and Philosophy Redux

Workshop | April 19 | 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Jodo Shinshu Center

Location:  2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

Sponsors:  Center for Buddhist Studies, Tianzhu Global Network for the Study of Buddhist Cultures, Glorisun Global Buddhist Network, Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS HELD OVER THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS, APRIL 17-19.

The philosophical problems that emerged with the advent of quantum mechanics in the early 20th century are still very much with us. Issues like the measurement problem, entanglement and nonlocality, wave-particle complementarity, and so on, force us to ask:


Monday, April 20, 2020

***CANCELED*** The Right to the City: Indigenous Settlers in Taipei, Taiwan

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room | Canceled

Speaker:  Jin-Yung Wu, Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, National Taiwan University

Panelist/Discussant:  You-tien Hsing, Professor, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center of Global Metropolitan Studies

In this talk Professor Jin-Yung Wu will review a 12 years-long project that has transformed an illegal squatter settlement built by indigenous Amis people from east coast Taiwan into a legal and permanent housing complex in the metropolitan center of Taipei where the housing price had skyrocketed beyond the reach of most young urban middle class in the last two decades. Wearing the hats of urban...   More >


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

EVENT CANCELED - Facheng, Gö Chödrup, and the Three Monks Wu: The Multiple Mistaken Identities of a Sino-Tibetan Translator in Dunhuang

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | April 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker/Performer:  Meghan Howard, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Center for Buddhist Studies, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Inscriptions and manuscripts from the Mogao Caves (Dunhuang, China) preserve a wealth of evidence on the lives of individuals who lived in this Silk Road oasis at the end of the first millennium of the Common Era. However, deciphering these sources is not always a straightforward business. One of the best attested figures in Dunhuang is a ninth-century monk known by the Chinese name Facheng...   More >


Friday, April 24, 2020

POSTPONED TO FALL | Ethnic and Community Identity in Southeast Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 24 – 25, 2020 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Young Research Library | Canceled

Location:   UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Sponsors:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA

This joint conference has been postponed to the fall. A new date will be announced later this spring.


Saturday, April 25, 2020

POSTPONED TO FALL | Ethnic and Community Identity in Southeast Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 24 – 25, 2020 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Young Research Library | Canceled

Location:   UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Sponsors:  Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA

This joint conference has been postponed to the fall. A new date will be announced later this spring.


Thursday, April 30, 2020

Canceled - The Primacy of Practice

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | April 30 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Speaker/Performer:  Kwong-loi Shun, Philosophy, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Buddhist Studies

Co-sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Studies and the Department of Philosophy

Chinese ethical traditions are characterized by a mode of ethical reflection that is driven primarily by a concern to make a direct ethical difference to our lives, rather than to understand our ethical lives as an object of study. We will discuss some distinctive features of this mode of reflection that stand in...   More >



Friday, May 1, 2020

China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship? (Online)

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | May 1 | 4-6 p.m. |  Online

Speaker:  Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Professor of Political Science, Hong Kong Baptist University

Sponsors:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

About the Book
Arguing against conventional wisdom, this important book makes a compelling case for the continuing strength of China’s one-party system. Many analysts have predicted that China’s unprecedented economic development and middle-class expansion would lead to a...   More >

Registration required 

Registration info:  Please register before 3pm, Friday May 1. Registration opens April 19.

 by May 1.


Friday, May 8, 2020

[VIRTUAL EVENT] Patrick Flores | When Commitments Confuse: Writing and Curating (Around) the Nature of Art History

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 8 | 6 p.m. |  Zoom Event

Speaker:  Patrick D. Flores, Professor of Art Studies at the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines; Curator of the Vargas Museum in Manila

Moderators:  Atreyee Gupta, Assistant Professor of Global Modern Art and South and Southeast Asian Art, History of Art Department; Sugata Ray, Associate Professor, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, South Asia Art Initiative, Department of History of Art, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, The Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group at the Townsend Center for the Humanities, Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia

A virtual talk by the eminent Manila-based academic, curator, and art historian, Patrick D. Flores.

Registration required 

Registration info:   Registration opens April 29.

 by May 6.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

[VIRTUAL EVENT] Vulnerable Populations and COVID-19: Bangladesh During a Global Pandemic

Panel Discussion: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 27 | 8 a.m. |  Zoom Event

Speakers:  Sanchita Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Sabina Rashid, Dean and Professor, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh; Ali Riaz, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Illinois State University and Nonresident Senior Fellow of Atlantic Council; Naomi Hossain, Sr Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University; Mabrur Ahmed, Founder/Director, Restless Beings, UK; Rahima Begum, Founder/Co-Director, Restless Beings, UK

Sponsors:  Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Political Conflict, Gender, People's Rights Initiative, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Master of Development Practice

A virtual event on the impact of the coronavirus in Bangladesh.

Registration required 

Registration info:   Registration opens May 2.

 by May 26.

Friday, May 29, 2020

People Power: Summer Institute for Community College Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 29 – June 6, 2020 every Sunday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  online

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

How do we interpret narratives about mass movements in the past? And how does that understanding across the distance of time compare to the actual, complex experience of participating in such a movement?

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for community college teachers and AP-level high school teachers.

Registration required: FREE

Registration info:   Registration opens February 19.

or or by emailing Shane carter at orias@berkeley.edu by May 28.

After a theater show by artists at protests in Basra, Iraq, November 2019 by Mohammad Al Sadeq

Saturday, May 30, 2020

People Power: Summer Institute for Community College Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 29 – June 6, 2020 every Sunday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  online

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

How do we interpret narratives about mass movements in the past? And how does that understanding across the distance of time compare to the actual, complex experience of participating in such a movement?

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for community college teachers and AP-level high school teachers.

Registration required: FREE

Registration info:   Registration opens February 19.

or or by emailing Shane carter at orias@berkeley.edu by May 28.


Friday, June 5, 2020

People Power: Summer Institute for Community College Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 29 – June 6, 2020 every Sunday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  online

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

How do we interpret narratives about mass movements in the past? And how does that understanding across the distance of time compare to the actual, complex experience of participating in such a movement?

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for community college teachers and AP-level high school teachers.

Registration required: FREE

Registration info:   Registration opens February 19.

or or by emailing Shane carter at orias@berkeley.edu by May 28.

After a theater show by artists at protests in Basra, Iraq, November 2019 by Mohammad Al Sadeq

Saturday, June 6, 2020

People Power: Summer Institute for Community College Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | May 29 – June 6, 2020 every Sunday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  online

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

How do we interpret narratives about mass movements in the past? And how does that understanding across the distance of time compare to the actual, complex experience of participating in such a movement?

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for community college teachers and AP-level high school teachers.

Registration required: FREE

Registration info:   Registration opens February 19.

or or by emailing Shane carter at orias@berkeley.edu by May 28.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Migration and Xenophobia across the Pacific in the Time of COVID-19: Current Problems in Their Historical Context

Panel Discussion: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | June 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Zoom

Panelist/Discussants:  Mae Ngai, Columbia University; Nayan Shah, University of Southern California; Lok Siu, University of California, Berkeley; Yasuko Takezawa, Kyoto University

Moderators:  Albert Manke, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington; Yufei Zhou, German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo)

Sponsors:  Institute of European Studies, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Department of Ethnic Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Max Weber Stiftung, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed a significant increase in reports of anti-Asian harassment and assaults, particularly in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Moreover, Japan, Singapore, and other Asian states in the region have witnessed a rise in anti-Mainland Chinese sentiments. In this panel discussion, leading historians and anthropologists will address current...   More >

RSVP required 

RSVP info:  

 by June 11.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Propaganda: Summer Institute for k-12 Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | June 22 – 26, 2020 every day | 10-11:30 a.m. |  online

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

What are the features, uses, and histories of propaganda? What techniques have governments and political movements used to construct and convey messages? How is propaganda related to the construction of national (or other) identities? Is propaganda entirely culture-specific, or are there universal features of this mode of communication?

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for k-12 teachers.

Registration required: free for k-12 educators

Registration info:   Registration opens February 9.

or or by emailing Shane carter at orias@berkeley.edu by June 21.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Propaganda: Summer Institute for k-12 Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | June 22 – 26, 2020 every day | 10-11:30 a.m. |  online

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

What are the features, uses, and histories of propaganda? What techniques have governments and political movements used to construct and convey messages? How is propaganda related to the construction of national (or other) identities? Is propaganda entirely culture-specific, or are there universal features of this mode of communication?

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for k-12 teachers.

Registration required: free for k-12 educators

Registration info:   Registration opens February 9.

or or by emailing Shane carter at orias@berkeley.edu by June 21.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Propaganda: Summer Institute for k-12 Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | June 22 – 26, 2020 every day | 10-11:30 a.m. |  online

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

What are the features, uses, and histories of propaganda? What techniques have governments and political movements used to construct and convey messages? How is propaganda related to the construction of national (or other) identities? Is propaganda entirely culture-specific, or are there universal features of this mode of communication?

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for k-12 teachers.

Registration required: free for k-12 educators

Registration info:   Registration opens February 9.

or or by emailing Shane carter at orias@berkeley.edu by June 21.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Propaganda: Summer Institute for k-12 Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | June 22 – 26, 2020 every day | 10-11:30 a.m. |  online

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

What are the features, uses, and histories of propaganda? What techniques have governments and political movements used to construct and convey messages? How is propaganda related to the construction of national (or other) identities? Is propaganda entirely culture-specific, or are there universal features of this mode of communication?

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for k-12 teachers.

Registration required: free for k-12 educators

Registration info:   Registration opens February 9.

or or by emailing Shane carter at orias@berkeley.edu by June 21.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Propaganda: Summer Institute for k-12 Educators

Workshop: Institute of East Asian Studies: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | June 22 – 26, 2020 every day | 10-11:30 a.m. |  online

Sponsor:  ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

What are the features, uses, and histories of propaganda? What techniques have governments and political movements used to construct and convey messages? How is propaganda related to the construction of national (or other) identities? Is propaganda entirely culture-specific, or are there universal features of this mode of communication?

Attendance restrictions:  This event is for k-12 teachers.

Registration required: free for k-12 educators

Registration info:   Registration opens February 9.

or or by emailing Shane carter at orias@berkeley.edu by June 21.


Friday, July 10, 2020

Center for Chinese Studies Visiting Scholar Program Info-Meeting: Learn about the CCS Visiting Scholar Program with research scholar appointments available for international and domestic faculty, students, and more!

Information Session: Center for Chinese Studies | July 10 | 5-6 p.m. |  Online

Speakers:  Skye VanValkenburgh, Visiting Scholar Program Administrator, Center for Chinese Studies; Jianye He, Chinese Studies Special Collection Librarian, C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

RSVP to learn more about the Center for Chinese Studies Visiting Scholar Program, visiting scholar classifications, the application process, tips for applying, and the special Chinese Studies library collection as well as other Berkeley library resources.

Registration required 

Registration info:  before 4pm PST.

 by July 10.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Trade and Exchange In Asia

Workshop: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | July 27 – 31, 2020 every day | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Asian Art Museum via zoom

Sponsor:  UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

How does the movement of people, ideas, and material goods change societies? In this webinar, a collaboration between the Asian Art Museum and the UC Berkeley History and Social Science Project, you’ll learn from museum curators and educators and join in lively discussions with fellow teachers on using art objects in your online teaching. UCBHSSP facilitators will lead two sessions, presenting...   More >

Registration: $25-35

Registration info:  

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Trade and Exchange In Asia

Workshop: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | July 27 – 31, 2020 every day | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Asian Art Museum via zoom

Sponsor:  UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

How does the movement of people, ideas, and material goods change societies? In this webinar, a collaboration between the Asian Art Museum and the UC Berkeley History and Social Science Project, you’ll learn from museum curators and educators and join in lively discussions with fellow teachers on using art objects in your online teaching. UCBHSSP facilitators will lead two sessions, presenting...   More >

Registration: $25-35

Registration info:  

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Trade and Exchange In Asia

Workshop: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | July 27 – 31, 2020 every day | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Asian Art Museum via zoom

Sponsor:  UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

How does the movement of people, ideas, and material goods change societies? In this webinar, a collaboration between the Asian Art Museum and the UC Berkeley History and Social Science Project, you’ll learn from museum curators and educators and join in lively discussions with fellow teachers on using art objects in your online teaching. UCBHSSP facilitators will lead two sessions, presenting...   More >

Registration: $25-35

Registration info:  

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Trade and Exchange In Asia

Workshop: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | July 27 – 31, 2020 every day | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Asian Art Museum via zoom

Sponsor:  UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

How does the movement of people, ideas, and material goods change societies? In this webinar, a collaboration between the Asian Art Museum and the UC Berkeley History and Social Science Project, you’ll learn from museum curators and educators and join in lively discussions with fellow teachers on using art objects in your online teaching. UCBHSSP facilitators will lead two sessions, presenting...   More >

Registration: $25-35

Registration info:  

Friday, July 31, 2020

Trade and Exchange In Asia

Workshop: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | July 27 – 31, 2020 every day | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Asian Art Museum via zoom

Sponsor:  UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

How does the movement of people, ideas, and material goods change societies? In this webinar, a collaboration between the Asian Art Museum and the UC Berkeley History and Social Science Project, you’ll learn from museum curators and educators and join in lively discussions with fellow teachers on using art objects in your online teaching. UCBHSSP facilitators will lead two sessions, presenting...   More >


Friday, September 4, 2020

Museological Warfare: Cine-Exhibition of Class Struggle in Mao's China

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | September 4 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  Online - Zoom webinar

Speaker:  Belinda Qian He, CCS Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley

Panelist/Discussant:  Weihong Bao, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Belinda Q. He's talk examines the little studied exhibition-cinema dynamics in a Mao-era cultural movement that celebrated the mass historiographies based on supposedly crowdsourced archiving, collecting, curating, writing, and storytelling. Situated in the context of the Socialist Education Movement, it provides a case study of the intersection between a local class struggle exhibition and the...   More >

Registration required 

Registration info:  Please register before 4pm, Friday September 4.


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Webinar Series - Aging in Asia: Ethical and Policy Issues in Healthy Aging and End of Life Care Across the Asia-Pacific Region

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 9 – 23, 2020 every Wednesday | 6-8 p.m. |  Online - webinar

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Public Health, School of, National Taiwan University Institute of Health Behaviors and Community Sciences, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Health Research for Action, Department of Ethnic Studies

REGISTER HERE: https://tinyurl.com/Aging-In-Asia

With aging populations and dwindling birth rates in many developed countries. healthy aging and end of life care are becoming an increasing challenge.  A multidisciplinary approach by scholars from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, and ...   More >

Registration required 

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Online event: Landlocked Cosmopolitan Locks-Down: Mongolia's COVID-19 Response

Colloquium: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 10 | 2-3:15 p.m. |  Online Event (via Zoom)

Speaker:  Marissa Smith, Central Asia Working Group, UC Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), George Washington University East Asia National Resource Center, Mongolia Initiative

Mongolia has been hailed for its COVID-19 response. Though the country lies between Russia and China, its first recorded case was that of a French national employed by France's state uranium and nuclear company Orano. At the same time, given continuing border closures and stoppages of international flights, Mongolians abroad have had great difficulty repatriating into the summer. Campaign...   More >

RSVP required 

RSVP info:  Event will be held at 2pm (PDT) / 5pm (EDT). The event is free and will be held on WebEX. Please RSVP in order to receive the meeting information.

The "Chinese Virus": a History of Epidemics, Violence, and Anti-Asian Racism (Virtual CRG Thursday Forum)

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies | September 10 | 4-5 p.m. |  Online - Zoom Webinar

Sponsors:  Center for Race and Gender, Center for Chinese Studies, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

The coronavirus pandemic has been accompanied by an epidemic of anti-Asian violence, fueled by a president who has labelled COVID-19 "kung flu" and "the Chinese virus."  This panel will feature Beth Lew-Williams, Associate Professor of History at Princeton University and the author of The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion and the Making of the Alien in America (Harvard University Press, 2018),...   More >

Registration required 

Registration info:  Must register to receive a personalized link to join the Zoom webinar. 


Friday, September 11, 2020

Berkeley Conversations: Race, The Power of an Illusion: The Difference Between Us (Part 1)

Film - Documentary | September 11 | 2-4 p.m. |  Virtual, Berkeley Conversations

Panelist/Discussants:  Darlene Francis, UC Berkeley; Evelynn Hammonds, Harvard University; Leslea Hlusko, UC Berkeley; john a. powell, Othering & Belonging Institute

Moderator:  Osagie Obasogie, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Othering & Belonging Institute, Public Health, School of, Center for Research on Social Change

This event will consist of a one-hour screening of the award-winning docuseries Race, The Power of an Illusion: The Difference Between Us (Part 1), followed by a one-hour live-streamed panel discussion on the biological versus social determinants of race. The first event in this three-part series organized by the Othering & Belonging Institute will consider: What do we mean when we say "race"?

Registration recommended 

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Circuit Listening: Chinese Popular Music in the Global 1960s

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | September 11 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  Online - Zoom webinar

Speaker:  Andrew F. Jones, Louis B. Agassiz Professor in Chinese, UC Berkeley

Panelist/Discussant:  Jie Li, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This event will feature the noted scholar of Chinese literature and media culture, Professor Jie Li of Harvard University, in conversation with Andrew F. Jones about his latest book, Circuit Listening: Chinese Popular Music in the Global 1960s, a multifaceted history of Chinese-language popular music and media at midcentury. In examining the Cold War-era circuits — both technological and...   More >

Registration required 

Registration info:  Please register before 4pm, Friday September 11.


Film Screening: Turning 18 by Director Chao-ti Ho

Film - Feature: Center for Chinese Studies | September 11 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. |  Online - via Vimeo

Sponsors:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, UCHRI

Two aboriginal girls growing up in broken homes. When they meet on the cusp of turning 18, their lives start to change. Tender but unflinching, Turning 18 is an attentive examination of girlhood and sharp commentary on the issue of rural poverty in Taiwan, racism faced by the indigenous community, and the LGBTQ rights, all wrapped in a tale of coming of age.

RSVP required 

RSVP info:  Please note that the Vimeo link and password will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the event start time. RSVP by emailing ccs@berkeley.edu


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Webinar Series - Aging in Asia: Ethical and Policy Issues in Healthy Aging and End of Life Care Across the Asia-Pacific Region

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 9 – 23, 2020 every Wednesday | 6-8 p.m. |  Online - webinar

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Public Health, School of, National Taiwan University Institute of Health Behaviors and Community Sciences, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Health Research for Action, Department of Ethnic Studies

REGISTER HERE: https://tinyurl.com/Aging-In-Asia

With aging populations and dwindling birth rates in many developed countries. healthy aging and end of life care are becoming an increasing challenge.  A multidisciplinary approach by scholars from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, and ...   More >

Registration required 

Registration info:  


Friday, September 18, 2020

Film Discussion: Turning 18: A Director's Perspective

Workshop: Center for Chinese Studies | September 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Online - Zoom Webinar

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Director Chao-ti Ho will be sharing with us about documentary making and her perspective as a female filmmaker.

This is a closed workshop, and by invitation only.

RSVP required


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Webinar Series - Aging in Asia: Ethical and Policy Issues in Healthy Aging and End of Life Care Across the Asia-Pacific Region

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 9 – 23, 2020 every Wednesday | 6-8 p.m. |  Online - webinar

Sponsors:  Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Public Health, School of, National Taiwan University Institute of Health Behaviors and Community Sciences, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Health Research for Action, Department of Ethnic Studies

REGISTER HERE: https://tinyurl.com/Aging-In-Asia

With aging populations and dwindling birth rates in many developed countries. healthy aging and end of life care are becoming an increasing challenge.  A multidisciplinary approach by scholars from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, and ...   More >

Registration required 

Registration info:  


Friday, September 25, 2020

Music Studies Colloquium: SEM preview

Colloquium: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | September 25 | 4:30 p.m. |  Admission for all attendees with berkeley.edu email address | Canceled

Sponsor:  Department of Music

Jon Wu (UC Berkeley)
"Voice and Silence in an Urban Canadian Context"

Parkorn Wangpaiboonkit (UC Berkeley)
"New Figures in the Menagerie of Colonial Listening: Voice, Subjectivity, and the Howling European in Nineteenth-Century Siam"

Nour El Rayes (UC Berkeley)
"The Cost of Admission: Production, Performance, Circulation in Beirut's Alternative Music World"


Staging Personhood: Costuming in Early Qing Drama

Colloquium: Center for Chinese Studies | September 25 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  Online - Zoom webinar

Speaker:  Guojun Wang, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, Vanderbilt University

Panelist/Discussant:  Ling Hon Lam, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Sponsor:  Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In this talk, Guojun Wang discusses his recent book Staging Personhood: Costuming in Early Qing Drama (Columbia UP, 2020). After toppling the Ming dynasty, the Qing conquerors forced Han Chinese males to adopt Manchu hairstyle and clothing. Yet China’s new rulers permitted the use of traditional Chinese attire in performances, making theater one of the only areas of life where Han garments could...   More >