Culture Pass Events
A Note on Etiquette in Lectures and other Culture Pass Events
These are events that will be attended by professors and others from around Boston, so it is important to make a good impression as a BU student. Some guidelines to follow:
- Stay until the end of the talk or panel.
- Be respectful and quiet if you arrive late.
- Turn off your phone.
- Do not text during the lecture.
- If you ask a question, introduce yourself first.
SPRING 2021 EVENTS
February 3. Boston in Russian Culture. 7:00-8:00pm
Join us for a conversation in Russia with Leon Spivak! This event is free and open to the public, but please email email@example.com to register and obtain the Zoom Link
February 10. Queer Chinese Cultures and Mobilities: Kinship, Migration, and Middle Classes. 4:00-5:30pm.
Queer Chinese Cultures and Mobilities: Kinship, Migration, and Middle Classes
John Wei (the University of Otago, New Zealand)
Wednesday, February 10, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm (EST)
February 11. Stories from the Square: Remembering Egypt's 2011 Uprising. 4:30-5:30pm.
Please join us for a special event next Thursday featuring three brilliant young BU faculty members – including our very own Ustaaz Abdulrahman – who will share their experiences and analysis of the 2011 uprising in Egypt. Get the Zoom link at https://tinyurl.com/Storiesfromthesquare
To learn more, before or after the event you can also stream Jehane Noujaim’s award-winning documentary The Square at https://bu.kanopy.com/node/217641.
March 4. Soviet Glamour. 7:00-8:00pm EST.
This event is free & open to the public. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and obtain the Zoom link.
March 5. Flowering Tales: Women Exorcising History in Heian Japan. 5:30-7:00pm
New Books in East Asian Literature
The 2020-2021 theme: Kinship, Sexuality, and Emotions
Flowering Tales: Women Exorcising History in Heian Japan
Friday, March 5, 5:30 pm to 7 pm (EST)
Takeshi Watanabe (Wesleyan University)
Telling stories: that sounds innocuous enough. But for the first chronicle in the Japanese vernacular, A Tale of Flowering Fortunes (Eiga monogatari), there was more to worry about than a good yarn. The health of the community was at stake. Flowering Tales is the first extensive literary study of this historical tale, which covers about 150 years of births, deaths, and happenings in late Heian society, a golden age of court literature in women’s hands. Takeshi Watanabe contends that the blossoming of tales, marked by The Tale of Genji, inspired Eiga’s new affective history: an exorcism of embittered spirits whose stories needed to be retold to ensure peace. Tracing the narrative arcs of politically marginalized figures, Watanabe shows how Eiga’s female authors adapted the discourse and strategies of The Tale of Genji to rechannel wayward ghosts into the community through genealogies that relied not on blood but on literary resonances. These reverberations, highlighted through comparisons to contemporaneous accounts in courtiers’ journals, echo through shared details of funerary practices, political life, and characterization. Flowering Tales reanimates these eleventh-century voices to trouble conceptions of history: how it ought to be recounted, who got to record it, and why remembering mattered.
Takeshi Watanabe is an associate professor of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University. He received his B.A. in 1997, and his Ph.D. in 2005 in pre-modern Japanese literature from Yale University. He has taught as Visiting Assistant Professor at Connecticut College from 2007-2014, and at Wesleyan University from 2012-2014. His current book project is on representations of food and consumption in pre-Edo Japan. He is also starting a translation of The Tale of the Hollow Tree, which contains descriptions of banquets and is one of the earliest, lengthy monogatari predating The Tale of Genji. Although he is pet-less now, he likes corgis and, similarly, likes to eat.
** New Books in East Asian Literature is a forum to explore issues, concepts, and theories related to the study of East Asian literature. We are not only asking how to study East Asian literature beyond the paradigm of area studies, which originated from and is still often being linked to Cold War politics, but also seeking to look beyond the Euro-centric frame of traditional comparative literature. In other words, how can we decolonize the study of East Asian literature?
March 9. Holocaust Genocide and Human Rights Encounters: Stories from Armenian Women in Istanbul. 7:00-8:15pm.
Voicing and Silencing the Memory of Loss: Lullabies and Stories from Armenian Women in Istanbul
This talk will illustrate the capacity of the lullabies sung by Armenian women in Istanbul to produce knowledge, a knowledge that is intimate and affective, bodily and instantaneous. It is a way of knowing “otherwise” that has the potential to form alternative ways to relate with this “history”.
March 10. Life Stories (in Russian). 7:00-8:00pm.
Join us for a conversation in Russian with medical doctor, Harvard professor, poet, & songwriter/performer, Dr. Slava Gaufberg. This event is free an open to the public. Please email email@example.com to register and obtain the Zoom link.
March 12: Honoring Eve, Tenth Annual Sedgwick Lecture: The Epistemology of the Pandemic: Contagion, Control, Community. 11:00am
Please join us for
The Tenth Annual Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Lecture:
The Epistemology of the Pandemic:
Contagion, Control, Community
A Virtual Symposium
Presented by the Boston University Gender & Sexuality Studies Group
March 23. Known and Strange Things - An Evening in Conversation with Teju Cole. 6:00pm EST
“Known and Strange Things” – An Evening in Conversation with Teju Cole
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Boston University’s Conversations in the Arts & Ideas
This year’s BU Conversations in the Arts & Ideas series welcomes the prodigious novelist, critic, and photographer Teju Cole to Boston University to discuss his work. Questions from the audience will follow. This virtual conversation will be moderated by Crystal Williams, Vice President and Associate Provost for Community & Inclusion, and introduced by Harvey Young, Dean, College of Fine Arts. Cole’s Known and Strange Things, a collection of essays on art, literature, photography, and politics, was published by Random House (US) and Faber & Faber (UK) in 2016. It has been translated into German and Dutch, and is forthcoming in other languages.
Teju Cole was born in the US and raised in Nigeria—a biographical fact that informs much of his work. His first novel, Open City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award. His second, Every Day Is for the Thief, was named a Book of the Year by The New York Times. In 2017, Cole produced Blind Spot, a synthesis of written observations and travel photography. Most recently, he published a photobook of Switzerland, Fernweh, which appeared in February 2020.
The event is sponsored by the BU Center for the Humanities, Kilachand Honors College, Office of the Provost, CAS Dean’s Office, Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, BU Arts Initiative, and CAS Core Curriculum.
March 24. Holocaust Genocide and Human Rights Encounters: Holocaust Memory and Britain's Religious-Secular Landscape. 4:00pm.
March 24. Chernobyl Prayer, a Discussion of the Book by Svetlana Alexievich. 7:00pm EST
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and obtain the Zoom link.
March 26. Elena film discussion with Dr. Malykhina. 4:00pm EST
Please email email@example.com to register and obtain the Zoom link.
April 7. Japan Week presents: Yoshiya Nobuko and Reading like a Girl. 4:00-5:30pm.
To register for this event, please click here.
April 7. Russian Genius Loci of Boston. 7:00pm-8:00pm.
This event is conducted in Russian. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and obtain Zoom meeting link.
April 14. Kinship Novels of Early Modern Korea: Between the Genealogical Time and the Domestic Everyday. 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Assistant Professor of Korean Literature and Cultural Studies
Department of East Asian Studies
Violence and bloody family feuds constitute the core of the so-called lineage novels (kamun sosŏl) that circulated in Chosŏn Korea from the late seventeenth to the early twentieth century. Such subject matter becomes ever more puzzling when we consider that the main audience for these texts were elite women of Korea, who were subjected to exacting comportment standards and domestic discipline. Coeval with the rise and fall of Korean patrilineal kinship, these texts depict the genealogical subject—emotional self socialized through the structures of prescriptive kinship, but kinship itself is treated as a series of conflicts between genders and generations.
This talk will contextualize lineage novels and the domestic world in which they were read within the patrilineal transformation of the Chosŏn society and the emergence of elite vernacular Korean culture, patronaged by elite women. The proliferation of kinship narratives in the Chosŏn period illuminates the changing affective contours of familial bonds and how the domestic space functioned as a site of their everyday experience. Drawing on an archive of women-centered elite vernacular texts, this talk uncovers the structures of feelings and conceptions of selfhood beneath official genealogies and legal statutes, revealing that kinship is as much a textual as a social practice.
Bio: Ksenia Chizhova is an Assistant Professor of Korean Literature and Cultural Studies at Princeton University. Her main research interests include history of emotions, family, and writing in Korea, between the late seventeenth and twentieth centuries. Her most recent research project grows out of her continued fascination with vernacular Korean calligraphy and traces the shifts in contexts and infrastructure of graphic media that shaped the visual aesthetics of the Korean script, from the 17th century calligraphic practice to the contemporary fonts and graphic design in the two Koreas.
April 14. Holocaust Genocide and Human Rights Encounters: New Rwanda's on-going Campaign Against Genocide Ideaology. 4:00pm.