CEAS Postdoctoral Associates Lecture Series

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Posted : September 15, 2020

This talk addresses the uses of metatheater in The Peach Blossom Fan (Taohua shan, 1699), a historical drama by Qing dynasty playwright Kong Shangren (1648-1718). Metatheater — how a play calls attention to itself as a work of theater — is often appreciated for its comedic effects or as a way to emphasize ironies on stage. But it is also through metatheater, I argue, that The Peach Blossom Fan manifests serious critical judgements on the historical moment it depicts and reveals the limitations of the chuanqi dramatic form in which the play itself is written. Through metatheater, Fan reflects...

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Posted : September 14, 2020

TBD Philip Gant a historian of premodern East Asia; his research focuses on Korean legal and social life over the centuries. His dissertation “Taking Refuge in the Law,” explored the tortuous litigation in which Buddhist monasteries and monastics in Chosŏn Korea (1392-1910) grew increasingly enmeshed to arrive at views of an overlooked religious landscape.  Gant received his Ph.D. in History and East Asian...

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Posted : September 14, 2020

TBD Alex Finn Macartney is a historian of transnationalism, Modern Japan, and Modern Germany. His dissertation, “War in the Postwar: Japan and West Germany Protest the Vietnam War and the Global Strategy of Imperialism,” explored the radical politics of 1960s and 1970s West Germany and Japan, with a focus on the legacies of the fascist past, the transnational imagination of the 1960s, and use of political violence. While at Yale he will develop this project into a book manuscript focused on the history of networks of activists who hoped to support the Vietnamese people in their war against...

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Posted : September 14, 2020

TBD Kyle Shernuk is scholar of modern Chinese-language literature and film. He is currently working on his first book project, which addresses the relationship between expressions of ethnicity and their relationship to changing meanings of “being Chinese” at the turn of the twenty-first century. He has related publications appearing in The International Journal of Taiwan Studies and edited volumes, such as A New Literary History of Modern China (Harvard University Press, 2017) and Keywords in Queer Sinophone Studies (Routledge, 2020). His published translations include works by Long Yingzong...

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Posted : September 16, 2019

Lunch will be served. Japan’s sixteenth century is often characterized as a time of upheaval, as traditional power structures eroded, martial violence reached new heights, and economic growth fostered intense competition over coveted resources. Although scholarship typically focuses on the destabilizing forces of Japan’s late medieval period, this talk explores collaborative processes that helped to sustain the existing order. Specifically, I will discuss documentary forgery production by Kyoto-based courtiers on behalf of provincial metal caster artisan associations, the goal of which was to...

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Posted : September 16, 2019

Lunch will be served. This talk focuses on the rural-to-urban transformation of South Korean society in the 1960s and 1970s, looking at the growth of informal communities and shantytowns in and around the capital Seoul. A focus on these peripheralized and subaltern communities highlights new aspects of state-led developmentalism absent from our current literature, demonstrating how the promises of the Park Chung Hee government (1961-1979) opened up new and often unexpected spaces for social and political action even as officials attempted to impose a regime of discipline over urban space. I...

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Posted : September 16, 2019

Lunch will be served. Japan’s 1882 Criminal Code stopped recognizing concubines as family members, but the household registration (koseki) continued to record children born to concubines under fathers’ registries until 1942. During this time, Japanese family law divided offspring into three groups: (1) legitimate children (chakushi) born to married couples, (2) children by concubines (shoshi) listed on fathers’ registries, and (3) illegitimate children (shiseishi) without paternal recognition listed on maternal family registries. This trifold categorization, as opposed to a legitimate-...

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Posted : September 16, 2019

Lunch will be served. The past few decades have seen the proliferation of “natures” in Taipei. Reflecting rising environmental consciousness in this island nation, words like lü (green), shengtai (ecology), and ziran (nature), are now firmly part of the city’s official discourse and policies. As green urbanism sees increasing support among Taipei’s officials and planners, various environmental amenities (riverside parks, bicycle paths, and hike trails) have been built to foster urban citizens’ intimacy with Taipei’s rivers, forests, and mountains.  Especially focusing on the transformation of...

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Posted : September 16, 2019

Lunch will be served. In most recent accounts of Qing China’s (1644-1912) social order, the crucial military and administrative role of a hereditary group of imperial servitors organized under the Eight Banner system is linked to the Manchu identity that many banner people shared with the Qing imperial family. This talk, based in large part on research in the Qing imperial archives on Han members of the banner system, argues that Manchu identity is not a sufficient explanation of the role that banner people played in the Qing imperial order. Rather, banner people were a multiethnic group that...

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Posted : September 16, 2019

Lunch will be served. Legislators are typically members of political parties, but few democracies require legislators to remain with a single party. Legislators are free to switch from one political party to another between elections, but the consequences of party switching  remain unknown. Do voters reward party defection if it benefits themselves and their district? Or do they punish these defectors at the ballot box? This research looks at both the electoral and party-based outcomes of party defection. Using Japan as a primary case study, it explores whether party switchers benefit or...

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Posted : September 16, 2019

Lunch will be served. In recent years and particularly since the global financial crisis, zombie firms—unprofitable businesses supported by financial relief—have generated widespread concern due to their purported harm to economic vitality. Studies contend that these firms congest the normal flow of capital and human resources to healthy businesses, thereby defying creative destruction and hurting investment and employment growth. Addressing zombie firms from a political economy perspective, I examine a novel hypothesis about the role of credit guarantees in sustaining these weak firms....

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Posted : September 5, 2018

In modern authoritarian China, urban statistics may not be available or is available but inaccessible to the public. Dr. Chang will introduce a method called “the view from above” that overcomes these barriers such that even in the absence of official urban statistics and even where available city maps have on them only outlines, he can still produce maps that show detailed land use. He owes this power to the method’s two procedural arms, integrative scaling and inferential digitisation: the one integrates information from one scale to information at another scale, and the other infers land...

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Posted : September 5, 2018

This presentation investigates the origins and the development of transnational adoption of Korean biracial children, including the symbolic meanings they carried in Korean society. It would demonstrate the representation of biracial children in Korea during the 1950s, analyze the state policies towards them, and trace the historical origins of transnational adoption of Korean children. After the 1945 liberation from the Japanese colonial rule, building a nation-state became the most urgent task for Korean society. The nationalistic discourse of kungmin, which means literally “people of the...

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Posted : September 5, 2018

In 1873, the Hokkaido Colonial Agency built an orchard on the grounds of its new capitol building, located in the center of Sapporo. This orchard facilitated the transfer of fruit trees and other plants throughout Hokkaido, Japan, and the wider world, and helped turn Hokkaido’s forests and marshes into an agricultural landscape that resembled New England or Wisconsin. This conscious remaking of Hokkaido’s environment to facilitate Japanese expansion resembled the processes of settler-colonialism around the world, but also drew on long-standing efforts by the Japanese state to settle the...

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Posted : September 4, 2018

Lunch will be served. The Jin dynasty (1115-1234) ruled in north China for over one hundred years, yet Jin painting remains under-studied. This is due largely to the fact that there are only a handful of extant Jin paintings on silk and paper. However, many painted tombs from north China, dating approximately to the period of Jin rule, have been excavated and published in recent decades. In this talk, I contend that in order to understand “Jin painting” and its place in the history of painting in China, definitions of “painting” must be pushed beyond silk and paper. Furthermore, we must...

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Posted : October 5, 2017

Lunch will be served. This talk contends that China’s approach to developing biotechnology centers on the principle of “technological domestication”, whereby social anxieties surrounding genetically modified technology are recast as an opposition to foreign aggressors, be they countries, companies, or individual actors. This nationalist frame is a principle of institution building, generating not only distinctly “Chinese” technologies, but also new ethical frameworks, modalities of social order, and ontologies of state, science, and market collaboration. In this talk, I focus on how these...

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Posted : October 5, 2017

Lunch will be served. “The principle of all things, is that they all have good and bad fortune Storing things when they are cheap, and selling them when they are expensive, that is the way to make great profits.” ———Sim Wŏn’gwŏn, 1880. “Buy low, sell high”: this advice would be readily recognizable to any contemporary Wall Street trader, yet the quote above is taken from the diary of a nineteenth-century Korean farmer living through a period of immense political, economic, and social upheaval. This talk explores the background to Sim Wŏn’gwŏn’s economic logic and its application in his daily...

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Posted : October 5, 2017

Lunch will be served. The Xiongnu have been of considerable scholarly interest since their first description by Sima Qian in his Shiji from the early first century BCE, and are best known as the nemesis of the “Middle Country” during the Han Dynasty, described by their Han contemporaries as brutal horse riding barbarians that live by the drawing of the bow. This lecture will explore the character of the Xiongnu from a four-field anthropological approach (Culture, Language, Archaeology and Bioanthropological), examining what each field has to offer to the discussion to date, and what we can...

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Posted : October 5, 2017

Lunch will be served. The traditional oral literature of the Ainu in Northern Japan has been developed almost exclusively around the background of the traditional living environment of the Ainu people. Cultural and religious elements in the stories, as well as the space in which the protagonists are acting, are based on an idealized everyday reality of the Ainu. The establishment and extension of the literary space has a high relevance in the narrations, and is represented by many linguistic structures and rhetorical figures. Many Ainu stories take place only inside those culturally and...

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Posted : February 13, 2017

Lunch will be provided. Focused on a group of Okinawan construction workers in Tokyo, this talk tracks the transformation of working day time into the narcotic of gambling, such that the worker - turned gambler - stakes his social existence on a negativity that repulses the normative gaze of general Japanese society. Klaus Yamamoto-Hammering’s writing so far has focused on the violence of state recognition in contemporary Japan, and specifically, on the intersection of this violence with certain social differences which statist discourse would eliminate. As an anthropologist, Yamamoto-...

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