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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

Workshop on Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature, co-edited by Professor Wiebke Denecke

January 6th, 2015 in Publication, Uncategorized

On December 4 and 5 2014 two dozen scholars from the US, Europe, Taiwan, and Vietnam convened at the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department at Harvard to discuss their drafts for an Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature 1000 BCE-900 CE. The workshop was generously sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA), as well as the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, the Harvard Asia Center, the Harvard-Yenching Institute, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.

The Handbook is co-edited by Wiebke Denecke (Boston University, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature and affiliated BUCSA faculty), Wai-yee Li (Harvard University, East Asian Languages and Civilizations), and Xiaofei Tian (Harvard University, East Asian Languages and Civilizations). It will compress essential knowledge and critical approaches to two thousand years of Chinese literary history between its book covers when published, as is currently planned, in 2016. Commissioned by Oxford University Press, this handbook is part of the Oxford Handbook Series that, in the words of the publisher, “advances an original conception of the field through a definitive collection of essays, each of which provides a survey of the current state of scholarly debate and an original argument about the future direction of research.”

The Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature is a first-of-its-kind handbook that integrates issue-oriented, thematic, topical and cross-cultural approaches to the classical Chinese literary heritage with historical perspectives. It introduces both literature and institutions of literary culture, in particular court culture and manuscript culture, which shaped early and medieval Chinese literary production. Problematizing the gap between traditional concepts and modern revisionary definitions of literary categories it fosters critical awareness of how this has shaped the transmission and reception of literature and literary history. It discusses both canonical works and works that fall between the cracks of modern disciplinary divisions of “philosophy,” “religion,” “history,” and “literature.” In a special section devoted to “China and the World,” the handbook explores issues of translation and cultural exchange on China’s periphery and explicitly expands the modern nation-based concept of “Classical Chinese Literature” to the Chinese-style literatures produced in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. While recapturing the functioning of the East Asian “Sinographic sphere,” comprising cultures that traditionally relied on the Chinese script, it showcases the importance of Japan, Korea, and Vietnam for the study of Chinese literature. The lively discussions during the workshop were filled with both enthusiasm and anxiety over undertaking such a daunting project.

Ultimately, the Handbook also aims to enable a broader conversation between students of premodern literary cultures around the globe, from the Ancient Near East and Greco-Roman Antiquity, to the world of Arabic and Persian literatures, Europe, and India. Many contributors to the handbook and senior scholars on a concluding panel devoted to the future of the field agreed that as (Western) “Classics” and “Medieval Studies” are going “global,” Chinese literature scholars will want to join and shape that conversation, reach broader audiences, and spearhead a new kind of comparatism that brings philologists of the world’s classical literary traditions into a mutually beneficial dialogue that can be the basis for a more global and transcultural concept and practice of “Classical Studies.”

The workshop organizers, Professors Tian Xiaofei, Wai-yee Li (both Harvard),

and Wiebke Denecke (Boston University)

 Workshop Participants








Prof. Wiebke Denecke Wins Prestigious Fellowship

December 1st, 2014 in Uncategorized

MLCL’s own Professor Wiebke Denecke has won BU’s first Mellon New Directions fellow! Read the full article here!

November 10 MLCL Open House and Majors Reception

November 6th, 2014 in Uncategorized



Join us on Monday November 10th from 4-6pm for our Majors Reception in STH 611 or find out more about what MLCL has to offer at our Open House in STH 636! Chat with professors and peers, enjoy light refreshments!

Photos from the Japanese Kimono Now and Then Performance

November 3rd, 2014 in Uncategorized

On Thursday, October 30th, the Japanese House took a field trip to the Metcalf Trustee Ballroom together to enjoy the show. 40 performers came from Japan and they were so excited to meet and talk to our Japanese House residents! What a great experience! Kimonoshou (17) Kimonoshou (22) Kimonoshou (24)

Refusing Exile Lecture by Dr. John Song Pae Cho 11/6

October 28th, 2014 in Uncategorized


‘Power and Magic in the Planning of Edo: The Shogun’s City’ Talk by Timon Screech

October 14th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Join us on Thursday, October 23 at 5pm in the Pardee Seminar Room at 121 Bay State Rd.

Power and Magic