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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Workshop, “Transformations in Boundary Crossings: disciplinary, cultural, and geographical explorations of exchange in China and Japan”

21st March 2019, 09:00 to 15:30, Van Mildert College, Ustinov Room

‘Transformations in Boundary Crossings: disciplinary, cultural, and geographical explorations of exchange in China and Japan’ is a one-day workshop that brings together scholars of Asia across divergent subfields to consider the kinds of textual and visual redefinitions that take place as historical evidence and experiential perspectives move across various conceptual, physical, and methodological boundaries.

Approaches of interdisciplinary studies, questioning present-day (and historical) disciplinary designations and categories, exploring the ‘work’ of boundary-figures, and transformations of meaning as evidence moves from one context to another all represent critical points of intervention in the field of history as well as the diverse fields such as anthropology, scientific thought, as well as visual and material culture. The workshop includes sessions of research presentations as well as one on the Oriental Museum, followed by a tour of the collections.

To register, please contact sare.aricanli@durham.ac.uk

9-10 Comparability, Particularity, and Understandings of the Body in Japan

Discussant: David Howell, Harvard University

Adam Bronson, Durham University, “Kuwabara Takeo and the Secondary Art Debate: Comparability, Particularity, and Cultural Criticism in Mid-Twentieth Century Japan”

Fusako Innami, Durham University, “The Phenomenal Body in Post-War Japan”

Sare Aricanli, Durham University, “A Chinese Text in Japan? Transmission and Transformation in Early Modern Medicine”

10-11 Environment and Ecologies in China

Discussant: Ying Zhang, Ohio State University (Senior Research fellow, IAS, Durham)

William Schaefer, Durham University, “Circulatory Landscapes, Circulatory Histories, Photographic Ecologies”

Shirley Ye, University of Birmingham, “Mr Science in the World: The Education and Politics of Water Control in Republican China”

Chris Courtney, Durham University “Crawling Across Boundaries – Invasive Crayfish, Human Appetites, and the Transformation of Chinese Wetlands”

11-11:30 Coffee

11:30-12:30 Education and Research Matters in China

Discussant: Ying Zhang, Ohio State University (Senior Research fellow, IAS, Durham)

Ana Akulich, University of Manchester, “The Russian Orthodox Mission’s Sinological Activities in the Context of Sino-Russian Relations: Works of V.V. Gorsky ”

Jennifer Bond, Durham University, “Our Country’s Future Leaders’: The YWCA within Mission Schools for Girls in Republican Era East China, 1918-1949”

Joseph Lawson, Newcastle University, “Fiction and History in the Study of Twentieth Century China”

12:30-13:30 Lunch

1:30-2:25 Oriental Museum: Research and Context

Discussant: David Howell, Harvard University

Honor Webb, Durham University, “Fabricating Fantasy: Textiles and the British Reception of Japanese Culture, c. 1860-1940”

Rachel Barclay, Durham University, Curator’s presentation on the Oriental Museum

2:40-3:30 Oriental Museum: Tour

Helen Armstrong, Durham University, tour of the Oriental Museum East Asian Collections