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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

2018 Taiwan Fellowship Program

April 3rd, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has announced the 2018 Taiwan Fellowship Program.  The program provides an exciting opportunity for scholars, research fellows, doctoral students, and experts from around the world to conduct research at colleges, universities, and academic institutions in Taiwan. Research may be within in the social sciences, humanities, a topic related to Taiwan, cross-Strait relations, Mainland China, the Asia-Pacific, or Sinology. In addition to one round-trip airline ticket between the Taiwan Fellowship recipient's country of residence and Taiwan (with a maximum subsidy for each area), he/she will also be awarded a monthly stipend during... More

BUCSA Scholars at the AAS 2018 Annual Meeting

March 23rd, 2018

Boston University is well represented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) in Washington, DC, 22-25 March 2018. Thirteen BU faculty members are participating in a number of interesting sessions: Thursday, March 22, 2018 Panel 22 “Saving the Soul of Our Youth:” Religious Education and Ethical Dilemmas in Southeast Asia. Chaired by Erica Larson, Boston University Christian and Muslim Youth in Indonesia: Learning to Navigate Inter-Religious Boundaries. Erica Larson, Boston University Ethical Alternatives: Islamic Private Education among the Malaysian Middle Class. Sarah Kelman, University of California, Santa Cruz Internalizing Thainess: Education and Moral Development in a Northern Thai Monastery. Michael... More

Event Recap: 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration (2/22/18)

February 23rd, 2018

On February 22, 2018, Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA), WLL Chinese Language Program, Global Programs, and Tufts University Confucius Institute organized an event to celebrate Chinese New Year. Here is a video recap, along with a collection of photographs taken from the event: 2018 春节晚会 from BUCSA on Vimeo. Thank you for coming, and we hope everyone had a wonderful Chinese New Year!

Prof. Menegon Co-edits Journal Issue on Maritime China and Publishes Article on Sino-Western Relations

February 1st, 2018

  The Journal Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review (online and print journal based at UC Berkeley) published an open access issue in December 2017, co-edited by Professor Eugenio Menegon with Professors Philip Thai (Northeastern University) and Xing Hang (Brandeis University), entitled “Binding Maritime China: Control, Evasion, and Interloping.”  Based on a conference with the same title organized at Boston University in May 2015, with support from the BU Center for the Study of Asia, the Dean’s Office at BU’s College of Arts and Sciences, Northeastern University Humanities Center, Brandeis East Asian Program and Office of the Dean,  and the Ministry of Education in... More