Seminars

HIST 661D: Seminar in Chinese History (Modern)

Tuesdays, 3:00-5:30p
Instructor: Prof. Shana Brown

A reading seminar focusing on recent English-language scholarship on the history of twentieth-century China, organized around key debates in the field. Readings cover important events of the century, giving non-specialists a comprehensive introduction to the period.

SOC723: Seminar in Modern Chinese Society

Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
SAUND 247B
Instructor: Prof. Seio Nakajima

This seminar has three major goals: (1) to familiarize students with the evolution and the current state of the study of contemporary Chinese society by discussing some important substantive topics (e.g., rural society, urban society, family, household, and population, gender and sexuality, work and labor) (mastering of substantive topics); (2) to consider how research on contemporary Chinese society both draws from and informs sociological and other theories (mastering of theory); (3) to prepare a research proposal on a subject of the student’s choosing (mastering of methods and research design). Although the substantive topics we deal with in this seminar are drawn from Chinese society, it is my hope that this seminar will help students acquire necessary knowledge and skills to embark on a theoretically-informed and methodologically-sound research on any society of interest to students.

Entering the World from an Oblique Angle: On Jia Zhangke as an Organic Intellectual

December 9, 2010 3:00 p.m.
Tokioka Room (Moore Hall-319), University of Hawai‘i at M?noa

This talk attempts a critical examination of the limits of Gramsci’s concept of the organic intellectual by considering Jia Zhangke (???), the renowned PRC film-maker. Throughout his career, Jia has been concerned with portraying the negative impact of capitalist globalization on local populations in China. But his international fame and popularity in the world art cinema circuit may have compromised his ability to reach out to the Chinese masses that are the subject matter of his films. Is Jia’s dilemma indicative of the fate of the organic intellectual in the current global conjuncture?

Pheng Cheah is Professor of Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Spectral Nationality: Passages of Freedom from Kant to Postcolonial Literatures of Liberation (Columbia University Press, 2003) and Inhuman Conditions: On Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights (Harvard University Press, 2006).

Cosponsoring Organizations:
East Asian Languages and Literatures Department, UHM
Academy of Creative Media, UHM
English Department, UHM
International Cultural Studies Program, East-West Center

HELP Roundtable – “China in the Pacific: What’s the Deal?”

Thursday, December 9, 2010
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
(lunch and registration from 11:30 am)
East-West Center, Room 4111 and 4115

There will be a roundtable discussion on “China in the Pacific: What’s the Deal” and free lunch! All students, young professionals and anyone interested in US-Asia relations are welcome to attend the luncheon. For more information please click here to view the flyer.

If you plan to join us for this luncheon, please e-mail brooke@pacforum.org or call 521-6745. We hope to see you on Monday!

Capitalizing Humanity: The Global Disposition of People and Things

December 8, 2010 at 12:00 p.m.
John A. Burns Hall, Rm. 2118, East-West Center

This talk will examine the pertinence of Foucault’s account of the inclusionary character of biopower and its fabrication of human life at the individual and collective level for understanding practices of accumulation involving transnational female labor. Focusing on foreign domestic workers and sex workers, it argues that what these forms of labor cannot be adequately understood in terms of exclusionary forms of power that lead to slavery, but should be studied in terms of the inclusionary processes of modern governmentality and the concept of human capital that underwrites these processes. (This talk is offered as part of EWC’s International Cultural Studies Program seminar series.)