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Cinema and Mobility: A new look at Korea’s modernity in the 20th century

October 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Cinema and Mobility Korea

TITLE: Cinema and Mobility: A new look at Korea’s modernity in the 20th century

TIME:  Tuesday, October 20, 5-6:30pm.

LOCATION: STH Room 625, 745 Commonwealth Ave.


SPEAKER:   Han Sang KIM, PhD in Historical Sociology

Visiting Researcher, Boston University Center for the Study of Asia


This talk is intended to provide a visual sociological framework for investigating the inseparable relationship between cinema and modern transportation mobility in mobilizing the public through the case of 20th century Korea. Through a comparison of films made in Korea during Japanese imperial rule with those made under U.S. hegemony during the Cold War, this talk will provide evidence of a profound shift in regimes of visual mobility from rail- to automobile-based. While the former connected to an ideology of collective forward movements associated with the development of regularized systems, the latter led to intensely flexible systems of mobility.


SPONSPOR: Boston University Center for the Study of Asia; the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature

NEW: Language Learning at BU website

June 5th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Check out the new one-stop shopping site for information about language study here at BU. Find all the majors and minors that require language study, a list of all 28 languages taught at Boston University and so much more!

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First Korean Minors

May 19th, 2015 in Uncategorized

MLCL is proud to present the first batch of Korean minors. Andy Eui-Hyung Lee (CAS), Deepa Patel  (SAR), Kristina Woolf (CAS), and Yichen Liu (COM), Congratulations!

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Photo: (Left to right)  Jungsoo Kim (Korean lecturer), Deepa Patel, Kristina Woolf, and Yoon Sun Yang (Assistant Professor of Korean and Comparative Literature).


Friday, April 3 is Movie Night at Sargent College

April 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized

Please join us for a screening of the Academy-Award Nominated Russian film, Leviathan followed by a discussion with BU Russian Faculty, from 6-9pm in Sargent 102.



Margaret Litvin wins ALCS-Burkhardt Fellowship

March 27th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Associate Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, Margaret Litvin, has just won one of the most competitive annual fellowships, the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). She will be spending the 2015-16 academic year at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study researching the history of Arab-Russian and Arab-Soviet cultural and literary ties during the long twentieth century. Her working title for the book project is Another East: Arab Writers, Moscow Dreams.

The Chinese Policitical Novel by MLCL’s Catherine Yeh on Sale Now!

March 6th, 2015 in Publication, Uncategorized

Harvard East Asian Monographs 380

The Chinese Political Novel

Migration of a World Genre


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Publication: April 2015

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The political novel, which enjoyed a steep yet short rise to international renown between the 1830s and the 1910s, is primarily concerned with the nation’s political future. It offers a characterization of the present, a blueprint of the future, and the image of the heroes needed to get there. With the standing it gained during its meteoric rise, the political novel helped elevate the novel altogether to become the leading literary genre of the twentieth century worldwide.

Focusing on its adaptation in the Chinese context, Catherine Vance Yeh traces the genre from Disraeli’s England through Europe and the United States to East Asia. Her study goes beyond comparative approaches and nation-state- and language-centered histories of literature to examine the intrinsic connections among literary works. Through detailed studies, especially of the Chinese exemplars, Yeh explores the tensions characteristic of transcultural processes: the dynamics through which a particular, and seemingly local, literary genre goes global; the ways in which such a globalized literary genre maintains its core features while assuming local identity and interacting with local audiences and political authorities; and the relationship between the politics of form and the role of politics in literary innovation.


Consider Submitting for One of Our Translation Prizes!

March 5th, 2015 in Uncategorized

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‘Moral Injury & Muhammed’s Cartoons’ Thinking Reparatively with Eve Sedgewick on March 5 Venue Change

February 27th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Please note that there has been a change of venue for the Fifth Annual Sedgwick Lecture with Saba Mahmood next Thursday, March 5.

The lecture will now be held in the Photonics Building (8 St. Mary’s Street) in room 206.

It will begin 30 minutes later than previously announced, at 5:30.


Please help us to spread the word about this change of venue and time.


We hope to see many of you there!

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“Moral Injury and Muhammed’s Cartoons” Thinking Reparatively with Eve Sedgwick on March 5

February 18th, 2015 in Lecture, Uncategorized

Fifth Annual Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Memorial Lecture in Gender and Sexuality Studies with Saba Mahmood University of California, Berkeley March 5, 2015, 5:30 PM Reception to Follow in The Photonics Building, 8 St. Mary’s Street Room 206.

Taking its cue from Eve Sedgwick, this talk offers a “reparative reading” of the ongoing struggle over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed in Europe. Rather than read these debates as a standoff between religious taboos and secular freedoms, Mahmood unpacks the distinct epistemological and interpretive stakes at the heart of such conflicts. Professor Mahmood’s work focuses on the interchange between religious and secular politics in postcolonial societies with special attention to issues of embodiment, cultural hermeneutics, law, and gender/sexuality. Her work is best known for its interrogation of liberal assumptions about the proper boundary between ethics and politics, freedom and unfreedom, the religious and the secular, and agency and submission. She is the author of The Politics of Piety (2nd edition, 2011) and, with Talal Assad, Wendy Brown, and Judith Butler, Is Critique Secular? Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech (2009)

Sponsored by: The Boston University Center for the Humanities, The Department of English, The School of Theology, The Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Department of Religion, The Department of Romance Studies, The Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, and The Department of Sociology, The Program in Middle Eastern and North Africa Studies

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Please Join Us For A Screening and Discussion of Orange People on February 23

February 17th, 2015 in Movie, Uncategorized

Orange People