CEAS spring semester features China podcaster, East Asian history talks, and more

Spring semester 2023 programming for the Center for East Asian Studies will include an April 4 talk by China current affairs podcaster Kaiser Kuo, a March 21 partnership with the Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Center for a lecture on law and bureaucracy in imperial China, and an array of talks about topics related to East Asia – from the impact of Korean-American Jae-Pil Seo (April 11) to Japanese art history (March 28).

The April 4 talk by Kaiser Kuo will be the third in the center’s new Professional Series, a high impact lecture series that brings to campus individuals who do significant work in East Asian studies, but who do so outside of the context of a university. This series diversifies CEAS programing by highlighting authors, journalists, policymakers, film-makers etc. who have made serious contributions to our understanding of current issues in East Asia and connecting East Asia and the United States.

Only one lecture this semester, a Feb 22 talk on Chinese pragmatics, will be held virtually, the rest will be live, in-person talks, held primarily at Ingraham Hall.

CEAS will continue its collaboration with the Trans Asia Graduate Student (TAGS) conference, scheduled this spring for April 14-15, and will launch a new feature: in-person talks by faculty in the “Scholars Across Wisconsin” program. UW-Milwaukee Chinese language professor Jue Chen will host a CEAS talk in Milwaukee March 9, while UW-Milwaukee history professor Xin Yu will offer a lecture here in Madison on April 18.

Following closely on the heels of the spring semester will be a major Summer Institute focused on Chinese literature that CEAS will assist in hosting on campus, in collaboration with the department of Asian Languages & Cultures.

Center events can be found on this website’s Events Page, and through the Center’s Facebook Events Page.

Here is a list of the spring semester lineup:

Wed Feb 15, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham Hall: “What the Qing Empire Can Teach Us About Capitalism and its Global History.” CEAS lecture by Stacie Kent, Boston College.

Fri Feb 17, noon, Rennebohm Hall Room 1128 (777 Highland Ave): “Translating Tradition: Meet the Curator.” Guest curator JJ Strange (history PhD) will give remarks and tour her new exhibit in the School of Pharmacy about the history of Chinese pharmacy students at UW-Madison in the early 1900s.

Wed Feb 22, 4 pm, Zoom Webinar: “Understanding Chinese Pragmatics.” CEAS webinar by Wei Hong, Purdue University.

Thu March 9, time and location TBD: “Servants as Sons and Daughters: Hierarchy, Gender, and their Socio-Literary Representation in Ming China (1368-1644).” Lecture at UW-Milwaukee by Shiau-Yun Chen, History and Women’s and Gender Studies, Ball State University. This lecture is part of the CEAS Scholars Across Wisconsin series.

Tues March 21, 12 noon, Lubar Commons (Rm 7200), Law School:  “Uncertainty in the Empire of Routine: The unexpected administrative revolution of the 18th century Qing state.” CEAS lecture, in collaboration with the East Asian Legal Studies Center, by Maura Dykstra, Yale University.

Tues March 28, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham Hall: “Current Research in Japanese Art History.” CEAS lecture by Steffani Bennett, UW-Madison.

Kaiser Kuo, Sinica Podcast

Tues April 4, 4 pm, Plenary Room (1310), Grainger Hall: CEAS Professional Series Lecture (title TBD), by Kaiser Kuo, the Sinica Podcast.

Tues April 11, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham Hall: “Korean-American Activist Jae-Pil Seo.” CEAS lecture by graduate student Hamni Hyemin Park and political science professor Daniel Kapust, UW-Madison.

April 14-15, Ingraham Hall: the annual Trans Asia Graduate Student (TAGS) conference will feature a CEAS-sponsored keynote talk by Chinese studies and digital humanities professor Paul Vierthaler, William and Mary.

Tues April 18, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham Hall: “How to Make a Genealogy in Late Imperial China: Rethinking Book Culture in Rural Society.” CEAS Scholars Across Wisconsin lecture by Xin Yu, UW-Milwaukee.

Tues April 25, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham Hall: “Inglorious, Illegal Bastards: Japan’s Self-Defense Force during the Cold War.” CEAS lecture by Aaron Skabelund, Brigham Young University.

May 22-26, Memorial Union: 2023 Summer Institute: Chinese Literature and the Global South: Writing, Translating, Reading, and Looking. Summer Institutes are co-supported by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation (CCKF) and the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. The 2023 event will consist of a series of conversations among writers, poets and artists from India, Taiwan, the U.S. and China, along with public events including a film screen, artists’ conversation, and public readings by the participants. Details and website forthcoming.