BUCSA News Archives

TRACING THE DIVINE WORD IN CHINA– A Workshop Report on Compiling the Data of S.V.D. and S.Sp.S. Missionaries for the China Historical Christian Database (Jan. 26, 2023)

January 17th, 2023

The CHCD Project Team of the Monumenta Serica Institute, Sankt Augustin, invites you take part in a Zoom lecture: TRACING THE DIVINE WORD IN CHINA – A Workshop Report on Compiling the Data of S.V.D. and S.Sp.S. Missionaries for the China Historical Christian Database JAN 26TH, 2023 9–10 AM EST Zoom Link: https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/7085784737   Details about the China Historical Christian Database can be found here

Boston Festival of Films from Iran (MFA Boston, Jan. 26-28, 2023)

January 3rd, 2023

Celebrate the return of the Boston Festival of Films from Iran with three new releases and a restored gem of the Iranian New Wave. The Apple Day is a sympathetic look at the hardships of a family who never gives up on each other. The true story of a serial killer, Holy Spider offers a distinct perspective on systemic misogyny. The documentary This is Not Me follows two trans men as they navigate the Iranian legal system to get approval for gender-affirming surgery. And The Runner—presented here in a new restoration—is a gorgeous, synth-laden, coming-of-age tale from 1984, with one of cinema’s greatest child performances. Whether you’re a... More

Conservation in Action: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture in a New Light (At the Boston MFA) Closing Soon! See it before December 31, 2022)

December 4th, 2022

A rare, behind-the-scenes look at the conservation of seven Buddhist sculptures Visitors are invited to watch as objects conservators study and treat seven Japanese Buddhist sculptures in a public conservation studio. The wooden figures—images of worship depicting Buddhas, Guardian Kings, and a Wisdom King—are decorated with polychromy or gilding and date from the 9th to the 12th centuries. The conservation project occupies an entire gallery in the Museum, allowing visitors to observe the techniques employed by objects conservators as they carefully clean the sculptures and secure areas of loose paint, lacquer, and gilding. The sculptures have been relocated from the Museum's beloved... More

Kimono Style: The John C. Weber Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art, through Feb. 20, 2023)

December 4th, 2022

This exhibition will trace the transformation of the kimono from the late Edo period (1615–1868) through the early 20th century, as the T-shaped garment was adapted to suit the lifestyle of modern Japanese women. It will feature a remarkable selection of works from the renowned John C. Weber Collection of Japanese art that explore the mutual artistic exchanges between the kimono and Western fashion, as well as highlights from The Costume Institute’s collection. The weaving, dyeing, and embroidery techniques for which Japan is famed reached their peak of artistic sophistication during the Edo period. Members of the ruling military class were... More

Congrats to Sunil Sharma and his collaborators on their new book, Three Centuries of Travel Writing by Muslim Women

October 29th, 2022

Edited by Siobhan Lambert-Hurley, Daniel Majchrowicz and Sunil Sharma Contributions by Asiya Alam, Andrew Amstutz, C. Ceyhun Arslan, David Boyk, Greg Halaby, Hans Harder, Megan Robin Hewitt, Nurten Kilic-Schubel and Roberta Micallef Published by Indiana University Press, August 2022. When thinking of intrepid travelers from past centuries, we don't usually put Muslim women at the top of the list. And yet, the stunning firsthand accounts in this collection completely upend preconceived notions of who was exploring the world. Description from https://iupress.org/9780253062390/three-centuries-of-travel-writing-by-muslim-women/#generate-pdf Editors Siobhan Lambert-Hurley, Daniel Majchrowicz, and Sunil Sharma recover, translate, annotate, and provide historical and cultural context for the 17th- to 20th-century writings of Muslim women travelers in ten different languages. Queens and captives, pilgrims and provocateurs, these... More

Weng Family Collection of Chinese Painting: Art Rocks (at the Boston MFA March 26, 2022–May 3, 2023)

October 28th, 2022

Celebrating a landmark gift of Chinese art 翁氏家藏精品展·第三期:奇石拙趣 In China, rocks in their natural form are objects of great aesthetic appreciation. As far back as one thousand years ago, serious art collectors and critics acquired and competed for rocks with the same passion they afforded great works of painting and calligraphy. Rather than celebrating superficial beauty, collectors exalted imperfection for its expressive possibilities and sought rocks that were not symmetrical or smooth or pretty. They used terms like strange, weird, and awkward as complimentary descriptions of the rocks they most preferred. The humble rock became, like an abstract sculpture, a medium to explore... More

Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China (Peabody Essex Museum, on view through April 2, 2023)

October 28th, 2022

https://www.pem.org/exhibitions/power-and-perspective-early-photography-in-china Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China explores how the camera transformed the way we imagine China. Photography’s development as a new form of art and technology in the 19th century coincided with profound changes in the way China engaged with the world. The medium evolved in response to war, trade, travel, and a desire for knowledge about an unfamiliar place. The exhibition features 130 photographs in dialogue with paintings, decorative arts, and prints drawn largely from PEM’s outstanding collections with select loans from public and private collections. Power and Perspective provides a rich account of the exchanges between photographers, artists, patrons and subjects... More

Grant Rhode delivers keynote address at “China’s Belt and Road Initiative” symposium at Bridgewater State University

April 13th, 2022

Grant Rhode, Boston University Center for the Study of Asia Visiting Researcher, delivered a keynote address at the Bridgewater State University Forum China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Development Opportunities and Challenges, held April 7, 2022. The purpose of the Forum was to discuss the current state of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with a focus on developing international opportunities that are more equivalent, balanced, and sustainable. The faculty and student panels during the conference focused on regional cases including Egypt and the Suez Canal, the two Koreas, Pakistan and Gwadar port, the Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and Jordan, and on topical... More

Congratulations to Robert Hefner and Zainal Abidin Bagir on their latest documentary film, “Religion in Quarantine: The Covid Pandemic in Indonesia”

February 26th, 2022

Religion in Quarantine: The Covid Pandemic in Indonesia – the fifth documentary film in the “Indonesian Pluralities” series created and produced by Robert Hefner, Professor of Anthropology and of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, and Zainal Abidin Bagir with the financial support of the Henry Luce Foundation – has been released in its English language version. This documentary traces the response of Indonesia’s diverse religious communities to the COVID-19 pandemic from early 2020 to late 2021. After an initial campaign of fake news and conspiracy theories promulgated by radical populists, the Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu communities... More