News and events from 2016/17
Asian Studies news and events from 2016/17
What is the relationship between ‘translation’ and ‘religion’? What can translation concepts and methods tell us about the way religions travel and the way religions are studied? And to what extent have ideas about translation and its practices been shaped by religious contexts?
Although olfaction is considered secondary among bodily senses, it has vital and important symbolic functions for human beings, especially within the cognitive, semiotic and ritual fields. This is why it has a profound impact on our mood, memory and emotions. This talk will present some results of a textual analysis conducted mainly on literary works of Ming and Qing China.
This talk explores why China’s food safety system is failing despite concerted state efforts to reform its regulatory framework.
The Confucius Institute's 2016/17 Business Lecture Series will open with a talk from Patrick Horgan OBE, Regional Director for Rolls Royce based in Beijing.
In the last two decades of the twentieth century, Chinese intellectual life was highly energetic and extremely influential in the broad socio-cultural realm. In the new century, however, under the dual pressure of censorship and commercialization, it has shrunk and become far less significant.
This seminar explores group violence in an area of Southwest China that experienced on-going conflicts between 1800 and the late 1950s involving indigenous Yi (Nuosu) peoples, Chinese settler communities, and the Qing and Republican states.
This seminar discusses Kitaro Nishida (西田幾多郎, 1870-1945), one of the representative philosophers of modern Japan and the founder of the Kyoto school.
This illustrated talk will cover the historical development of Chinese gardens, relating this to parallel or contrasting developments in European garden history. It will outline the different types of Chinese gardens, including imperial, private and institutional (temple or academy) gardens. It will consider the cosmological ideas and design principles underlying the layout and features of Chinese gardens. Finally it will discuss the social significations and uses of Chinese gardens, particularly in the late imperial period.
The Daodejing (DDJ) is an ancient Chinese text traditionally taken as a representative Daoist classic expressing a distinctive philosophy from the Warring States Period (403–221 BCE). It is one of the most influential examples of its genre in the intellectual tradition of China with hundreds of commentaries, written over two millennia. This lecture analyses the ethical dimensions of the DDJ paying attention to issues related to war and peace.
In this talk Professor Joachim Gentz explores possibilities of the formalistic functionalist and structuralist approaches and so constructs new methods for the analysis of pre-modern Chinese philosophical texts.
In late 1966, thousands of students and workers were inspired by Mao’s call for rebellion and contributed to the overthrow of the party committees in their work units. In Shanxi and Shandong Province, the rebels “seized power”. While some gained important positions in the newly founded Revolutionary Committee, other groups were destroyed immediately and their members ended up in prison or under house arrest. Why did these people become rebels? How do they now see their fall? How did factionalism affect their memories?
In this seminar Professor Rikki Kersten will discuss the transformation of Japan's security policy by Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and the interplay between the pacifistic aspect of the Japanese national identity and this new more proactive stance.
In this talk Stephen Sarrazin will put forward a chronology of events that may have led to the reduction in emergence of new Japanese film directors.
In this talk Julia Schneider sets to analyse the works on the history of China from the 1900s to the 1920s by examining both nationalist and historiographical writings by influential political thinkers and intellectuals, as well as general histories and historiographical essays by some of the first professional Chinese historians.
Professor Yamamoto Nobuto and Dr Elizabeth Chandra (both of Keio University, Tokyo) will present their papers analysing refugee crises in southeast Asia and translation of western literature in colonial Indonesia.
In this talk Dr Lauri Kitsnik will examine the visual style of prolific Japanese film director Shindō Kaneto’s works from different decades and comment on the aesthetic and ideological insights this offers.
Apr 05 2017 -
Not Reading Religious Texts: Object, Performance, Vision
This round-table event will bring together scholars from Divinity, Edinburgh College of art and Asian Studies