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EVENT: Lung Yingtai on China-Taiwan Relations

February 11th, 2016 in Announcements, Events, Featured.

Dr. Lung Yingtai, Former Minister of Culture of Taiwan Suspicion, Distrust, and Cultural Exchanges:  China-Taiwan relation viewed from the creative industry perspective Wednesday, March 23 4-6 pm Boston University Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way 9th floor   RSVP below     Lung Yingtai, former Minister of Culture, is also a celebrated writer, literary critic and public intellectual. Having written 30 books, Lung not only has a large number of devoted readers in her native Taiwan, but her works also have great influence in the Chinese-language world in Hong Kong, China, and North America. After receiving her doctorate in English Literature from Kansas State University, Lung Yingtai taught in several universities, including University of Heidelberg. During the 13 years’ sojourn in Europe, Lung was a regular contributor to newspapers such as the Frankfurter Allgemeinung Zeitung and the... More

NEWS: Professor Stephen Turnbull lectures on “The Real Samurai”

February 2nd, 2016 in Event in Review, Events, Featured.

Scholar of samurai history Dr. Stephen Turnbull presented a talk on “The Real Samurai: The True Story Behind the Masks” to a packed audience of students and faculty at the Pardee School on January 26, 2016.    Dr. Turnbull wove a fascinating tale of the place of samurai in Japanese traditional society, accompanied by a rich series of images of samurai armor and artifacts produced over several centuries.  The talk ranged beyond traditional Japan to include both foreign ventures by samurai and the penetration of the bushido code of the samurai into the twentieth century.  Punctuated by humor and amusing anecdotes dispelling myths about both samurai and ninja, the presentation led to a lively round of questions and answers. Professor Turnbull traveled... More

Theater Nohgaku

January 16th, 2016 in Announcements, Events, Featured.

Friday, March 25th   Noh Music Performance/Discussion Hosted by Marié Abe 12:00-1:00 p.m. CFA, Studio 167 Open to the Public   Reading in Japanese Civilizations (M. Henstock) 3:00-4:00 p.m. CAS 530   Noh Movement Workshop Hosted by Tamala Bakkensen 4:00-6:00 p.m. CFA, Studio 109 Open to the Public   Saturday, March 26th   Lecture/Demo of Noh & Kyogen Performance Styles 2:00-3:30 p.m. CFA Concert Hall Open to the Public   Sunday, March 27th   No Activities Scheduled   Monday, March 28th   Intro to Asian Studies (M. Ye) 10:00-11:00 a.m. IRB 247   The History of Racial Thought (R. Richardson) 1:00-2:00 p.m. STH 319   Playwriting Workshop Hosted by Kate Snodgrass and Jacob Strautmann 7:00-9:00 p.m. Boston Playwright’s Theater Open to the Public       Tuesday, March 29th   Japanese through Theater (H. Miyagi-Lusthaus) 12:00-1:00 p.m. (class 12-1:30) MET B02B   Japanese House Dinner TBD (6:00/7:00 p.m.) TBD   Wednesday, March 30th   Japanese Translation (A. Zielinska-Elliott) 12:00-1:00 p.m. CAS 312   Performance 6:30 p.m. Tsai Performance Center Open to the Public   Trauma & the Arts Panel (post performance) Post-performance (8:30/8:45 p.m.) Tsai Performance... More

OPPORTUNITIES: China Internship

January 14th, 2016 in Featured, Internships + Jobs, Opportunities.

Research Ph.D. Fellowship l Ph.D. in China Fellowship    The Confucius China Studies Program Fellowships provide generous funding and support for qualified U.S. and international (non-Chinese) students who wish to pursue their doctoral research in China. Funding awards range from one semester to four years.    AWARD PACKAGE INCLUDES:  Grantees will receive comprehensive support during their time in China, including:  80,000 RMB annual living stipend  20,000 RMB annual research stipend  Insurance  Host university tuition  Roundtrip airfare  In addition, the Research Ph.D. Fellowship provides financial support for a research visit to China by the grantee's home university adviser. For additional information, please contact: Steven Dale Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship Institute of International Education   IIE China Fellowship

1/26: Real Samurai

January 11th, 2016 in Events, Featured.

Real Samurai: The True Story Behind the Masks Tuesday, January 26th  4 to 6 pm 121 Bay State Road Samurai armour and Japanese swords are among the best known and most spectacular items of military equipment in world history. Their uses appear on numerous painted scrolls, screens and prints, but what was the reality that lay behind this lavish artistic interpretation? In this talk Stephen Turnbull, professor of Japanese Studies at Leeds, SOAS, and Akita International University, removes the grinning face mask from the armoured warrior to expose an unknown world of samurai warfare where loyalty seemed not to exist, where badly made swords broke in battle and where victories were determined not by individual combat between honourable opponents but by volleys of bullets... More

OPPORTUNITIES: Visiting Researcher/Artist

December 4th, 2015 in Faculty, Featured, Opportunities.


NEWS: The Moral Case for Saving the Planet: Regional Perspectives

November 17th, 2015 in Events, Fall 2015, Featured, News.

Distinguished representatives from several areas of the humanities at BU gathered today on a panel to discuss the interplay of morality and environmentalism throughout the world. Each panelist spoke to their area of interest, with Professor of History and Associate Director for Development at the African Studies Center James McCann on Sub-Saharan Africa, Associate Professor of International Relations Henrik Selin on Europe, Professor of Anthropology Robert Weller on Asia, and Dean Adil Najam of the Pardee School on the global perspective. Professor of Anthropology and CURA Director Robert Hefner moderated with Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore of the School of Theology as discussant. Each speaker brought with them the regional perspective on which they have expertise, showcasing the diversity of responses that... More

NEWS: Prof. Shahla Haeri on Muslim Women’s Paths to Power

November 11th, 2015 in Events, Fall 2015, Featured, News.

Professor Shahla Haeri, Associate Professor of Anthropology, shared a unique perspective with attendants to her talk, “Muslim Women’s Paths to Power,” as part of the BUCSA Asian Women in Public Life lecture series. She screened her documentary on the 2001 presidential election in Iran, which included 47 female candidates registered for presidency. The film screening was followed by a brief statement and a discussion with the Pardee School’s Dean Adil Najam. Haeri’s documentary, Mrs. President: Women & Political Leadership in Iran, showed conversations with some of the women presidential aspirants, intertwined with scenes of streets of Tehran, women attending political rallies, and voting on the election day. Haeri sat with these women and asked them about the role of women in... More

NEWS: Shelley Rigger Talks Gender, Politics, & Taiwan

November 3rd, 2015 in Events, Fall 2015, Featured, News.

Speaking as part of the Asian Women and Public Life Series and the BUCSA Taiwan Forum initiative, Professor Shelley Rigger of Davidson College delivered a talk on the upcoming January 16th election in Taiwan. She focused on the impacts of having a female frontrunner, as well as the changing nature of the bipartisan system. Historically, the Kuomintang (KMT) has held the majority of legislative positions and is the party of the current President. However, Rigger suspects that the 2016 election will usher in a shift in political dominance: Tsai Ying-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the primarily challengers to the KMT, has the highest poll rating of any of the candidates and is expected to win the presidency. Furthermore, as... More

NEWS: Lyle Goldstein on US-China Rivalry

October 29th, 2015 in Event in Review, Events, Fall 2015, Featured.

Continuing the discussion on China-U.S. relations (see Thomas Christensen's 9/14 talk on his new book, The China Challenge), Professor Lyle Goldstein, U.S. Naval War College, spoke today at the Pardee School on how to avoid further aggravating tensions between the U.S. and China. Professor Goldstein explained the core aspects of his book, Meeting China Halfway, as well as what set his work apart from previous literature on the subject. He proposes "cooperation spirals," in which interactions between the U.S. and China would drive a gradual, step-by-step process toward progress, based on reciprocity and an attitude of fairness. These solutions are based on his knowledge of U.S. policy and relations with China, particularly in terms of military strategy. Goldstein examines both the U.S. and... More