CEAS Postdoctoral Associates Lecture Series

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Posted : September 13, 2013

When Richard Wilhelm (1873 - 1930), the German translator and commentator of Chinese classics, equated the Daoist “Eccentric” with Nietzsche’s “Superman” in 1912, was this just a fascinating misunderstanding? Curiously enough, his contemporaries such as Lu Xun (1881 - 1936), the “father of modern Chinese literature,” Feng Zhi (1905 - 1993), the “founder of German studies in China,” Xu Fancheng (1909 - 2000), the Chinese translator and interpreter of Nietzsche (1844 - 1900) and the Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo (1872 - 1950), all initiated similarly dramatic encounters of Asian and European...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Shugendô, a tradition of mountain asceticism in Japan dating from the 8th century C.E., has been commonly portrayed as a syncretic, folk, practice-based religion influenced by Esoteric Buddhism. It is seen to have flourished in the medieval era but to have declined in the early modern period due to institutionalization and the ritualization of practice. Yet, examination of Tokugawa texts presents us with a different picture.The talk will have two parts. The first will consist of methodological issues in the study of Shugendô, with particular reference to the position arguing for the tradition...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The April Revolution was a defining moment in early South Korean history. High school students played a crucial role throughout the two-month chain of protests (28 February – 26 April 1960) that culminated in the ouster of the country’s first president, Syngman Rhee. This presentation will examine middle and high school civics curricula and student organizations designed by Ministry of Education ideologues after the Korean War (1950-53). These two components of post-war school life equipped South Korean youths with important ideational and organizational resources for the anti-government...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

After the Opium wars, the Western powers forced China to submit to the legal structures of the Unequal treaties. In 1898 the modernization of the Chinese jurisprudence began with the Xinzheng reforms. The aim of the late Qing dynasty and Republican governments was to put China on the same juridical level with foreign powers by abolishing the extraterritorial system. In this paper, Dr. De Angeli delineates the most significant changes in Chinese jurisprudence from the end of the nineteenth century until 1937, chief among which was the Westernization of the Chinese criminal code.

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The distribution of tracts, booklets, and religious texts in Chinese Buddhist temples is a well-documented tradition that dates back many centuries. Drawing on an analysis of temple literature collected during my fieldwork, my presentation will discuss how a continuation of this practice has contributed to the revival of contemporary Chinese Buddhism. I will discuss how books, tapes, and DVDs were initially distributed into mainland China by overseas Chinese. Subsequently, many have been reprinted and redistributed by lay practitioners in China. Finally, Chinese lay practitioners have written...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

This presentation examines the mise-en-scene of some contemporary Korean horror films with a focus on the externalization of character psychology as manifest in a decorative impulse.

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Dr. Cohen will speak briefly about her research on empire and its collapse focusing on the Japanese settler community of Korea, 1876-1946. In addition to speaking about how she arrived at this topic, a little about the project itself, and the scholarship that informs her methodological and theoretical interests, Nicole Cohen will discuss her future research agenda.

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Posted : September 13, 2013

One of the most important outcomes of China’s market-oriented reform is the emergence of a significant domestic private sector. China has successfully made the transition from complete reliance on state and collective sectors to a mixed economy where private sector plays a leading role. This remarkable transformation has been accomplished through the creation of new private enterprises and recently through the privatization of state-owned enterprises. This lecture will discuss the evolution of the private sector and identify the constraints and opportunities for its future contribution to...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Christopher Gerteis will explore how women members of the Japan Railway Workers’ Union, Kokurô, recorded in poetry and prose their experiences of the highly politicized union activism characteristic of public sector workplaces during the 1950s. Scholarship to date argues that there were significant continuities with the prewar period in the way many postwar social institutions re-constituted gender roles for men and women. Indeed,the labor movement is particularly well known for having reasserted normative social roles that made women’s status secondary to that of men.However, Dr. Gerteis...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

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Posted : September 4, 2013

Mia Liu studies Chinese cinema and modern art and received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago. Her dissertation, The Literati Lenses: Wenren Landscape in Chinese Cinema, exposes how visual themes and motifs that have been established in literati landscape art are re-appropriated and re-invented in Chinese cinema between the 1950s and 1970s. It examines notions of place, monuments, sites, and the tension between word and image in a filmic text and the interstitial space between memory and history. As a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University, she will be preparing her...

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