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August 9, 2017

Conference: “Sinophonic Detours: Nonlinear Movement and Shifting Forms in Sinophone Literature and Culture”

Friday, May 19, 2017

10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Gerlinger Lounge

Sinophone cultural texts often reflect the condition of movement, whether it is migration, exile, diaspora, or the flow of capital. As generations of speakers of Chinese languages have crisscrossed virtually all corners of the globe, so have their cultural texts given voice to this fact of perpetual movement. Keeping the Sinophone’s transnational routes in mind, how may we conceptualize and theorize forms of movement that are not unidirectional, but open ended or circuitous? This symposium looks at cultural texts, be they literary, visual, or sonic, which privilege such nonlinear movements as spectral returns, serendipitous wanderings, and aleatory adventures, among others. In addition to guest speakers, a roundtable of UO graduate students will make brief presentations about their research. 

Talk: “Comparing Early Empires: Rome and China”

Michael Nylan
Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

Friday, February 10, 2017
4:00 pm
Crater Lake North, Erb Memorial Union (EMU)

At their heights, Rome and China were two empires commanding approximately the same size territories and populations, operating at similar technological levels.  However, the two empires could hardly have been run on more different bases, in terms of their treatment of their own populations, methods of political deliberation, financial arrangements, expectations of service from members of the governing elite and from allies, and even the arrangement of their capitals.  This talk will explore such differences, asking what presumptions shaped their decision-making processes, as a way of reflecting upon larger East-West debates.

This lecture is presented by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. It is cosponsored by the Confucius Institute, the Department of History, the Asian Studies Program, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and the Department of Classics. The Crater Lake North room is located in the Erb Memorial Union (EMU). For more information, please call 541-346-5068.

May 9, 2015

Conference: “Japanese and Korean Mediascapes: Youth, Popular Culture, and Nation”

May 29-30, 2015

Gerlinger Lounge

This two-day event will explore the globalization of Japanese and Korean popular culture with an eye to major historical movements and media trends. Through case studies of television dramas, video games, popular music, comics, and other media, we will investigate how popular culture, especially trends among youth, has shaped world views, defined artistic genres, and altered commercial landscapes. We will question how this cultural exchange can soothe historical tensions and help lead to better political relations. This is one of the first conferences at the University of Oregon or elsewhere to examine Japanese and Korean popular culture together.