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Spring 2019 Speaker Schedule

February 7-- Improvised Dwelling: Hut-building and Tibetan Buddhist Nuns in China's Tibetan Buddhist Revival
Speaker: Yasmin Cho, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
Discussant: Nick Bartlett, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures, Barnard College

March 14-- Self-Expanding and Compulsory Consumerism: The Spread of the Three Great Items in the Mao Era
Speaker: Karl Gerth, Professor of History and Hsiu Chair in Chinese Studies, UCSD
Discussant: Robert Culp, Associate Professor of History, Director Asian Studies Program, Bard College

April 11-- Beyond Fact: The Centrally Reviewed Case as Process and Genre
Speaker: Maura Dykstra, Assistant Professor, Caltech Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
Discussant: Pierre-Etienne Will, College de France

May 8 WEDNESDAY-- 'Unite, Divide, and Rule: Chinese Muslims and the Question of Xinjiang
Speaker: John Chen, Wm. Theodore de Bary Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University

Discussant: James Millward, Professor of Inter-societal History at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Fall 2018 Speaker Schedule

September 13-- Making Foresters: Silver Accounting and Woodland Transformations in the Mid-Ming
Speaker: Ian Matthew Miller, Assistant Professor, Department of History, St. Johns University
Discussant: Paul Kreitman, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

October 11-- Kim Chong-hui's Ink Orchid: Painting out of Time
Speaker: Michele Matteini, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, and Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Discussant: Wen-Shing Chou, Assistant Professor of East Asian Art, Department of Art and Art History, Hunter College, City University of New York

November 8-- Wires, Scripts, and Brains in the Late Qing
Speaker: Ulug Kuzuoglu, Lecturer, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
Discussant: John Phan, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University

December 6-- Policies and Counterstrategies: State-Sponsored Filially and False Accusation in Qing China
Speaker: Mara Yue Du, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Cornell University

Discussant: Daniel Asen, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University-Newark

Each gathering of the Modern China Seminar takes place in the International Affairs Building (IAB) on the ninth floor in Room 918 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The speaker's conference paper is pre-circulated at least one week prior to our meeting by means of a password-protected link on our website. On the evening of the seminar, the speaker, discussant, co-chairs and special guests gather in IAB 918 at 6:30pm for a casual dinner. Those who wish to join and dine together are welcome. A light dinner will be served. The discussion begins at 7:00pm. One of our co-chairs gives a short introduction, then the speaker has 10 minutes to give context for his or her project. The discussant then offers comments for 15 minutes, followed by the speaker's response to the discussant's remarks. We then open the floor for broader discussion until we end at 9:00pm. The conference room is fully equipped with audio-visual technology for PCs and Macs. All you need to bring is a virus-free USB, but anyone is welcome to connect their laptop to the projector for a presentation. For any questions, comments or requests, please contact the rapporteur.

Sessions are open only to members, associates, and invited guests.

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International Affairs Building
Room 918, 420 West 118th Street
Columbia University

Those who wish to dine together will meet in IAB at 6:30. A light dinner will be served.


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