Lectures

Wed, Apr 1, 2020, 4:30 pm
Location: 202 Jones
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Late imperial China witnessed an explosion of textual production, from manuscripts to woodblock and movable type prints. Increased availability of books posed new challenges to compilers and readers who sought comprehensiveness in a sea of information. One of the primary arenas for managing and circulating information was the production of a variety of encyclopedic genres and reference works. Innovations in finding devices within such genres have often been associated with the rise of “consultation reading.” But was piecemeal consultation the only way to use encyclopedic reference works?...


Wed, Apr 15, 2020, 4:30 pm
Location: 202 Jones
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Many Japanese roboticists building humanoids today have sought to imbue their robots with “heart” (kokoro), which they translate into English as both “consciousness” and “emotion.”Recently, the popular media have been full of references to “emotional” (kokoro-bearing) and even “spiritual” robots, with specific reference to Pepper, SoftBank’s humanoid that debuted in 2015.


Wed, Apr 22, 2020, 4:30 pm
Location: 202 Jones
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This talk takes the titular object of the play Jubaopen 聚寶盆 (Cornucopia), attributed to the Suzhou playwright Zhu Suchen 朱素臣 (ca. 1620–after 1701), as the point of departure for an exploration of the productive possibilities of early modern drama. Like the jubaopen—a magical basin that reproduces ad infinitum whatever is placed inside—the Suzhou stage poured forth strings of coin, jars of gold, and carts of silver.


Thu, Apr 23, 2020, 4:30 pm
Location: 202 Jones
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I shall introduce two Korean women Confucian philosophers from the late Joseon Dynasty (18th-19thcentury)—Im Yunjidang 任允摯堂(1721-93) and Gang Jeongildang 姜靜一堂(1772-1832), offer brief biographies of each and suggest some ways in which the conditions in which they lived influenced and informed the issues and concerns that one finds in their philosophy. I will also briefly analyze a few of their writings and sketch some of the ways their work can contribute to contemporary philosophy. 


Wed, Apr 29, 2020, 4:30 pm
Location: 202 Jones
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The socio-political crisis that plagued southern China during the mid-nineteenth century both emerged from and disrupted existing patterns of Cantonese migration and trade along the West River basin.  Nevertheless, the reassertion of Qing control during the reconstruction era provided Cantonese migrants with expanded and novel opportunities to do what their predecessors had long done in the upriver frontier, turning state institutions and policies toward their own ends of socioeconomic advancement. The clearest manifestation of new opportunities in the wake of crisis was the further...