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Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, at the Peabody Essex Museum (Closing Feb. 10!)

January 22nd, 2019

Be sure to visit this major new exhibition Empresses of China's Forbidden City On view August 18, 2018 to February 10, 2019 at the Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA This exhibition is the first to explore the role of empresses in shaping China’s last dynasty- the Qing dynasty - from 1644 to 1912. Nearly 200 spectacular objects from the Palace Museum tell the little-known stories of how imperial women influenced court politics, art and religion. Timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of U.S.-China diplomatic relations, Empresses of China's Forbidden City is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum; the Smithsonian's... More

U Penn Symposium on Contemporary China, Call for Graduate Student Papers on China

December 7th, 2018

Greetings from the team at the Penn Symposium on Contemporary China (PSCC). PSCC is an annual symposium organized by students from the University of Pennsylvania highlighting graduate student research on the political, legal, economic, and social factors shaping contemporary China and its role in the world today. This year, we will be welcoming Kaiser Kuo, host of the Sinica podcast as the keynote speaker. We are currently accepting submissions for research papers. If selected, PSCC will provide all travel and accommodation costs toward participating in the conference as a member of the graduate student panels. The submission deadline for paper submissions is... More

Chinese Christian Posters Online Database goes live!

November 20th, 2018

Preach Christ, Reform China! Chinese Christian Propaganda Posters, 1920-1950 BU's Center for Global Christianity and Mission, in conjunction with the Henry Luce Foundation and numerous collaborating institutions, has launched its new website for viewing and interacting with Chinese Christian propaganda posters from 1920-1950. Be sure to check out this phenomenal new resource at For additional information, contact Daryl Ireland at <>  

Zeying Wu (Ph.D. student, BU Political Science) publishes new article ” Youth Nationalism in Japan During the Lost Decades”

November 19th, 2018

We are pleased to bring to your attention a recent article published by Ms. Zeying Wu, a Ph.D. student in Political Science at Boston University. The article, "Youth Nationalism in Japan During the Lost Decades," can be freely accessed at The Overview published in the article states: With the bursting of the “bubble economy” in the early 1990s, Japan has been experiencing deflation for more than two decades–known as Japan’s “Lost Decades.” What has been the impact of this prolonged economic stagnation on Japan’s youth? In particular, how has it influenced and shaped their national identity and, accordingly, their nationalism? Looking from... More

Profs. Menegon and Ireland’s Digital Humanities Project at Hariri Institute

August 7th, 2018

In early June, co-investigators Prof. Eugenio Menegon (Chinese History) and Prof. Daryl Ireland (Associate Director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission & Research Assistant Professor of Mission, BU’s School of Theology) received the exciting news that a Digital Humanities Project they are jointly sponsoring was awarded a seed grant for Summer 2018 by the BU Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Sciences.The project is conceptually managed by Alex Mayfield, doctoral candidate in History of Christianity at BU’s School of Theology, with the voluntary assistance of Victor Huang, Computer Science major in CAS and current Treasurer of the BU... More

Japanese Prints: The Psychedelic Seventies, at the MFA Boston

June 29th, 2018

Visit the ongoing exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Japanese Prints: The Psychedelic Seventies February 2, 2018 – August 12, 2018 Corridor between Islamic Gallery and Huntington Lobby (183) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston The first World’s Fair held in East Asia, Expo ‘70 in Osaka, marked the beginning of an extraordinary period of prosperity for Japan that lasted over a decade. To a greater extent than ever before, Japan participated in the development of the global art styles of the time—in particular, the mind-bending motifs and chromatic verve of psychedelic art. Japanese fashion designers showed their work in Paris, Japanese architects won... More

The Five Year Plan: Khadi Cloth Book created by Gandhi ashram collectives, at the Boston Athenaeum June 28, 2018

June 28th, 2018

FIVE YEAR PLAN A Lecture by Aaron Sinift Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm, with reception to follow The Boston Athenaeum 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 Registration is required at Boston Athenaeum Members $15 and Non-members $20 [From the Boston Athenaeum's website]: The Five Year Plan Aaron Sinift As a response to his desire to make a work of art, unique in character and materiality, Aaron Sinift created the Five-Year Plan project. The inspiration came from the artworks printed onto the side of sling bags called “jholas” that are commonly made by Gandhi ashram collectives throughout India. The cloth they are made from, called khadi, is... More

Thomas Berger Appointed New Center for the Study of Asia Director

June 27th, 2018

APRIL 24, 2018 The Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA), an affiliated regional center of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, hosted their annual spring reception on April 23, 2018 where Thomas Berger, Pardee School Professor of International Relations, was introduced as the new BUCSA Director. Pardee School Dean Adil Najam thanked outgoing BUCSA Director Catherine Yeh for her tireless work and leadership of the center over the past three years. Under Yeh’s leadership, BUCSA has promoted comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and cross-national understanding of Asia through coordination of teaching missions, research support, community-building among faculty and students, and broad outreach beyond the university. Berger, an expert in international... More

Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies Book Review Editor position

May 22nd, 2018

The Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (HJAS) is searching for a new part-time book review editor. We are seeking an established scholar of East Asian studies or Inner Asian studies. Further details about the position, the Journal, and the application process are at, including the attached PDF below. Anyone with questions about the position should contact Melissa Brown by e-mail at <melbrown [at]>. HJAS BookRev Editor job 180521

From Rome to Beijing: Sacred Spaces in Dialogue

April 4th, 2018

Columbia University presents From Rome to Beijing: Sacred Spaces in Dialogue: A Symposium on the History of Art, Science, and Religion in Jesuit China Friday, May 4, 2018 from 10 am - 4:30 pm in Schermerhorn Hall 612, Columbia University Organized by Daniel Greenberg and Mari Yoko Hara (Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows in the Dept. of Art History and Archaeology) Speakers: Florence Hsia (University of Wisconsin, Madison) Kristina Kleutghen (Washington University of St. Louis) Walter Melion (Emory University) Eugenio Menegon (Boston University) Jeffrey Muller (Brown University) Sponsored by Columbia University's Dept. of Art History and Archaeology, Dept.  of Italian, Dept. of Religion, and Dept. of East Asian Languages and Culture, More