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2009 Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Meeting

The USCI listing includes China-focused presentations and panels at the 2009 AAS annual meeting.

March 26, 2009 12:00am to March 29, 2009 12:00am

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is the largest society of its kind, with more than 7,000 members worldwide. It is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association. It seeks through publications, meetings, and seminars to facilitate contact and an exchange of information among scholars to increase their understanding of East, South, and Southeast Asia. It counts among its members scholars, business people, diplomats, journalists, and interested lay persons.

The 2009 AAS annual meeting is at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel on March 26-29, 2009.

Sessions marked with ************ focus on China since 1949. These include the following:

1, 16, 17, 20

40, 41, 43, 46, 47, 49, 67, 69, 70, 72, 88, 97, 115, 116, 120, 121

139, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 169, 170, 193, 194, 196, 215, 216, 217

218, 229, 231, 233, 246



Committee for Teaching about Asia
9 am – 2:30 pm
8:20 meet in Sheraton Main Lobby for bus to museum

Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial
2831 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago IL
(773) 878-7090
Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial Tour
REgeneration Oral History Project: Rebuilding Japanese American Families, Communities, and Civil Rights in the Resettlement Era
Introduction to the Indo-American Heritage Museum
Activity: Genocide Awareness (based on Cambodian Tribunal and Darfur)
Chinese-American Museum of Chicago


Session 1. 7:30 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
Associational Life in Contemporary China: Emerging Civic Organizations in Urban Communities

Chaired by Leslie Shieh, University of British Columbia

Nara Dillon, Harvard University

Governing Civic Organizations: The Role of Revolutionary Methods of Control in Contemporary China

Alison Denton Jones, Harvard University

Buddha’s Bricolage: Innovating Organizational Forms in Urban Lay Buddhism

Leslie Shieh, University of British Columbia

Community-based Social Service Organizations: The Role of Homespun NGOs in the Neighborhoods of Contemporary Urban China

Susan McCarthy, Providence College

Of Karma, Congee and Community: Faith-based Charity and Civic Engagement in Urban China

Chun Liu, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Accommodating for a Green Home: Homeowner Organizations in a Community-based Environmental Dispute in Shenzhen

Discussant: Benjamin L. Read, University of California, Santa Cruz


SESSION 3. 7:30 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
Modernity and Moral Universality in China and Japan

Chaired by Takahiro Nakajima, University of Tokyo

Axel Schneider, Leiden University

Nation, History, and Ethics in Post-imperial China

Viren V. Murthy, University of Ottawa

Modernity and the Idea of Cosmopolitan Ethics in Wartime Japan
Morality against Modernity: The Case of Takeuchi Yoshimi

Christian Uhl, Ghent University

Lu Xun’s Dilemma between Huxley and Nietzsche

Discussant: Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, University of Vienna

SESSION 16. 7:30 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
Chinese Modernity and Contemporary Confucianism

Chaired by Anne-Marie Brady, University of Canterbury

Sebastien Billioud, French Center for Research on Contemporary China

The Revival and Reinvention of Confucian Ceremonies in Contemporary China

Anne-Marie Brady, University of Canterbury

Confucianism, Chinese Tradition, and the CCP’s Modernised Propaganda and Thought Work
Harmony and the Use of Confucian Concepts in China’s Foreign Policy

Discussant: Zhuoyue Huang, Beijing Language and Culture University

SESSION 17. 7:30 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
Theorizing Conversion: Chinese Religiosity and Modernity in Practice

Chaired by Huaiyu Chen, Arizona State University

Pierre-Emmanuel Roux, Ecole des Hautes Etude

The Other Face of Conversion to Catholicism: Apostasy in
Mid-Qing China (1724–1860)

Gareth J. Fisher, Syracuse University

Searching Inward, Pushing Out: Buddhism as Alternative Modernity in Contemporary China

Keping Wu, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Converting to Buddhism: Lay People’s Religious Participation in Southern Jiangsu

Discussant: Huaiyu Chen, Arizona State University


SESSION 19. 7:30 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
Glimpsing the Hand behind the Text: New Perspectives on Excavated Texts from Early China

Chaired by Mark Csikszentmihalyi, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Adam D. Smith, Stanford University

Patron and Practitioner: Participatory Roles in Early Chinese Divination

Jue Guo, Western Michigan University

Texts as Practice: The Production of Fourth-Century B.C.E. Chu Tomb Texts from Baoshan

Kevin Huang, University of Chicago

How to Read the Guodian Texts

Meiyu Hsieh, Stanford University

Inscribing the Northwestern Frontier of the Han Empire: The Production and Power of Administrative Documents

Discussant: Mark Csikszentmihalyi, University of Wisconsin, Madison

SESSION 20. 7:30 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
Trajectories of Chinese Citizenship: Consumption Norms, Media Spectacles, and Olympic Productions

Chaired by Hai Ren, University of Arizona

Eileen M. Otis, University of Oregon

Consuming Dignity: Internalized Discipline and the Struggle for Citizenship in China’s Unregulated Consumer Service Sector

Jennifer Hubbert, Lewis & Clark College

The Empire Strikes: Global Citizenship, Darfur, and the 2008 Olympics

Hai Ren, University of Arizona

Work to Be Normal: Consumption Aesthetics and Politics in China

Ping Fu, Towson University

A Filmic Response: Dialectic Citizenship, Cultural Capital, and Olympic Rhetoric

Discussant: Xing Lu, DePaul University


SESSION 21. 7:30 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
Redrawing National Space: Scientific Knowledge and a New Territorial Imagination in Republican China

Chaired by Carol A. Benedict, Georgetown University

Grace Y. Shen, York University

Vast in Territory and Abundant in Natural Resources: Scientific Narratives of Scarcity and Plenty in Modern Chinese Geology

Seung-joon Lee, National University of Singapore

Granary of the Empire, Laboratory of the Nation: The Canton-Hankow Railway and China’s Food Problem, 1927–1937

Micah Muscolino, Georgetown University

From Nation to Empire and Back Again: Marine Environmental Encounters between China and Japan, 1895–1945

Discussant: Carol A. Benedict, Georgetown University

SESSION 22. 7:30 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
Metals for the Mints: New Perspectives on Regional Economies, Societies, and Environments in Qing China, 1700–1850

Chaired by Hans Ulrich Vogel, University of Tuebingen

Nan-tsung A. Kim, University of Heidelberg

Copper, Colonial Society, and Environmental Change in North-eastern Yunnan: Historical and Spatial Explorations

Hailian Chen, University of Tuebingen

Global Center of Zinc Production in a Frontier Area: Issues in Zinc Mining in Guizhou Province

Keiko Nagase-Reimer, Ruhr University Bochum
Thomas Hirzel, University of Tuebingen

The Copper Trade between China and Japan in the First Half of the Eighteenth Century: A Comparative Approach

Stefan Dieball, University of Tuebingen

Geographical Approaches: Carrying and Shipping Copper from the Yunnan Mines to the Beijing Mints

Discussant: Susan Naquin, Princeton University




SESSION 25. 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.
Meaning of Meaningless Texts: Material Culture of Buddhist Texts in Medieval China and South Asia

Chaired by Jinah Kim, Vanderbilt University

Jinah Kim, Vanderbilt University

Hidden Power of Text: Rethinking the Buddhist Book-cult and the Use of Dharma Relics in South Asia

Jacob P. Dalton, University of California, Berkeley

The Manuscript Culture of Tibetan Dharanis at Dunhuang

Paul Copp, University of Chicago

Of Amulets and Incantatory Power

Youn-mi Kim, Harvard University

From Reliquary to Ritual Altar: Dharani Inscriptions in Relic

Discussant: Eugene Yuejin Wang, Harvard University

SESSION 40. 8:30-10:30 am
Rights Consciousness vs. Rules Consciousness in Chinese Society: Data and Debate on Farmers, Migrant Workers, and Intellectuals

Chaired by Timothy Cheek, University of British Columbia

Lianjiang Li, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Rights Consciousness in Rural China

Linda Wong, City University of Hong Kong

Chinese Migrant Workers: Right Attainment Deficits, Rights Consciousness, and Personal Strategies

David Kelly, University of Technology, Sydney

Uncertainty, Governance, and Rights: Intellectual Strategies and Conflicting Frames of Reference in China

Discussant: Timothy Cheek


SESSION 41. 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.
Chinese Internationalism, Discourse, and Practice: 1930s/1960s

Chaired by Maggie Clinton, New York University

Maggie Clinton, New York University

Fragments of the US-Sino Cultural Front: How to Save Ding Ling’s Life, 1932–1937
Weak Nations of the World Unite: Chinese Fascist Analyses of the 1935–36 Italian Invasion of Ethiopia

Alexander C. Cook, Stanford University

Chinese Uhuru: Maoist Internationalism on the Eve of the Cultural Revolution

Discussant: Rebecca E. Karl, New York University


SESSION 42. 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.
From Local to National to International: Contextualizing the Development of Chinese Archaeology

Chaired by Sarah E. Fraser, Northwestern University

Yiyou Wang, Asia Society Museum

Mapping Chinese Art in America, 1914–1950

Jeff Kyong-McClain, University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign

The Rock of Sages: David Crockett Graham and the Birth of the Archaeological Museum in Republican Southwest China

Clayton D. Brown, Rhodes College

The American Roots of Chinese Archaeology: The Freer Gallery of Art Expedition in China, 1923–1934

Hwei-shuan A. Feng, Johns Hopkins University

Amateur Archaeologists in Republican China: From Salvage Archaeology to Popular Education


Sarah E. Fraser, Northwestern University
Anthony J. Barbieri-Low, University of California, Santa Barbara
Magnus Fiskesjo, Cornell University

SESSION 43. 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.
Parodic China: Subversion and Mockery in Modern Chinese Entertainment Culture

Chaired by Jerry W. Carlson, City University of New York, City College

Christopher G. Rea, University of British Columbia

Parody and the Public Sphere in Late Qing and Internet Age China

Alexander Huang, Pennsylvania State University

The Comic and the Tragic in Qian Zhongshu, Lao She, and Lu Xun

Ya-Chen Chen, City University of New York, City College

Strategic Counter-construction of Penis Envy and
Phallocentrism: Qing Nü and Wan’er in “The Banquet” and Ophelia in “Hamlet”

Discussant: Jerry W. Carlson, City University of New York, City College


SESSION 44. 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.
Visualizing Order: Images and the Construction of Legal Culture in Ming and Qing China

Chaired by Yonglin Jiang, Bryn Mawr College

Yonglin Jiang, Bryn Mawr College

Symbolic Expressions in Ming Legal Philosophy

Yanhong Wu, Oklahoma State University

Familial Courts and Unrecognizable Judges: Legal Order as Presented in the Illustrations in Ming Case Stories

Thomas Buoye, University of Tulsa

Conception, Praxis, and Perversion of Legal Order in Eighteenth-Century China

Paul R. Katz, Academia Sinica

Punitive Yet Not Legal? Representations of Underworld Justice in Late Imperial China

Discussant: Edward L. Farmer, University of Minnesota

SESSION 45. 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.
The New Military History of Mid-imperial China (Song and Ming)

Chaired by Michael Szonyi, Harvard University

Shin-yi Chao, Rutgers University

The Perfected Warrior and the Military during Song Times

David Robinson, Colgate University

Border Garrisons as Transitional Nodes: Liaodong during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644)

Paul Jakov Smith, Haverford College

A General for His Time: Chong Shiheng (985–1045) and the Remilitarization of the Northern Song State

Michael Szonyi, Harvard University

Institutions, Families, Communities: Toward a Social History of the Ming Military in Southeast China

Discussant: Leo K. Shin, University of British Columbia

SESSION 46. 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.
Cultural and Linguistic Exchange in Inner Asia

Chaired by Penglin Wang, Central Washington University

Surname Adoption and Social Power in Mongol China

Michael C. Brose, University of Wyoming

The Gift of the Song: Traditional and Modern Practices in
Inner Mongolia, China

Anne M. Henochowicz, Ohio State University

Negotiating and Consuming Ethnicity: Mongolian Elite Production of “National Culture” and Its Use by the State in 21st-Century Liaoning, China

Penglin Wang, Central Washington University

Lexical Parallels between Xiongnu and Tokharian: The Case of Chiliad Naming

Discussants: Dru C. Gladney, Pomona College
Scott Pearce, Western Washington University


SESSION 47. 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.
The Evolution and Impact of China Central Television

Chaired by Ying Zhu, City University of New York, Staten Island

Xuguang Chen, Beijing University

CCTV Dramas and the Re-making of Heroes in the 2000s Variety Shows on CCTV

Zhifeng Hu, Communication University of Beijing

The Relationship between CCTV and Provisional Stations State, Market, and Public Interest: The Role of CCTV in China’s Political Reform in the New Century

The Rise of “Star-search” Reality Shows and Its Cultural Ramification

Discussant: Stanley Rosen, University of Southern California

SESSION 49. 10:45-12:45 pm
Curriculum Reform in East Asia

Tanja Carmel Sargent, Rutgers University
Jennifer Adams, Stanford University

Curriculum Transformation in China: Trends in Student Perceptions of Classroom Practice and Engagement


SESSION 50. 10:45-12:45 pm
Select Graduate Student Papers from Regional Conferences

Di Yin Lu, Harvard University

Selling Civilization: Chinese Art in the Liuli Chang

Xiaoquan Zhang, Washington University, St. Louis

Collective Identity and Poetry Exchange among Ming loyalists: The Case of Ye Shaoyuan

SESSION 53. 10:45 A.M.–12:45 P.M.
Re-orienting Early Modernity: China and Europe 1500–1800

Chaired by David L. Porter, University of Michigan

Daniel Dooghan, University of Minnesota

Novelizing the Nation: Vernacular Fiction and Early Modernity in China and Europe

Rivi Handler-Spitz, University of Chicago

Textual and Sartorial Dissimulation: Li Zhi and Montaigne

Ning Ma, Tufts University

The Coming of the Commercial Age and the Rise of the Novel in China and Britain

Liang Lu, Purdue University

The Loss of the Tragic and the Rise of Modernity: A Comparative Study of Ming Southern Drama and English Renaissance Theatre

Discussant: Longxi Zhang, City University of Hong Kong

SESSION 67. 10:45 A.M.–12:45 P.M.
China at Play: Excavating the Ludic Tradition in Modern China

Chaired by Catherine V. Yeh, Boston University

Daniel Leese, University of Munich

Are We Having Fun Yet? Levity and Play in Chinese Revolutionary Narratives

Xiangyang Chen, New York University

Politics at Play: Ideology, Sports, and Popular Culture During China’s Cultural Revolution

Xinyu Dong, Harvard University

Physical Play: Liu Jialiang and His Kung Fu Comedy

Under Cinematic Eyes: Romance of the Western Chamber(1927) and the Comedy of Voyeuristic (Dis)Play

Discussant: Catherine V. Yeh, Boston University


SESSION 68. 10:45 A.M.–12:45 P.M.
War, Political Economy and State-making in Late Imperial and Republican China

Chaired by R. Bin Wong, University of California, Los Angeles

Wenkai He, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

The Potential and Limit to Centralizing Indirect Taxes in Late Qing China: A Re-examination of the Central-Provincial Relationship, 1860–1895

Stephen R. Halsey, Northwestern University

State-making and the Fiscal Revolution in Modern China and Early Modern Britain

Felix A. Boecking, University of Edinburgh

Do Mention the War: The Collapse of Guomindang Fiscal Policy, 1937–1945


Thomas G. Rawski, University of Pittsburgh
R. Bin Wong, University of California, Los Angeles

SESSION 69. 10:45 A.M.–12:45 P.M.
What Do Documentaries Document? Modes of Visual Testimony in Contemporary China

Chaired by Robert Chi, University of California, Los Angeles

Paola Voci, University of Otago

Chinese Docu-Animation

Yingchi Chu, Murdoch University

Chinese Documentaries as Critical Discourse

Seio Nakajima, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Watching Documentary: Genesis of Critical Public Discourses in Contemporary Urban Chinese Film Clubs

Paola Iovene, University of Chicago

Before the Flood as “Rubble Documentary”: Loss and Creation of Value through Visual Testimony

Xinyu Lu, Fudan University

The New Documentary Movement and Film Theory

Discussant: Robert Chi, University of California, Los Angeles


SESSION 70. 10:45 A.M.–12:45 P.M.
Roundtable: Certitude and Linguistic Play in Chinese Critical Inquiry

Chaired by Wendy Larson, University of Oregon

Gloria Davies, Monash University
Hui Wang, Tsinghua University
Geremie R Barme, Australian National University
Theodore D. Huters, University of California, Los Angeles
Wendy Larson, University of Oregon


SESSION 71. 10:45 A.M.–12:45 P.M.
Situ Panchen, Tibetan Polymath of 18th- Century Dergé

Chaired by Karl Debreczeny, Rubin Museum of Art

Nancy G. Lin, University of California, Berkeley

Situ Panchen and the Arbitration of Buddhist Origins

Frances Garrett, University of Toronto

The Medical Teachings of Situ Panchen

Karl Debreczeny, Rubin Museum of Art

Situ Panchen’s Activities and Artistic Legacy in Yunnan

Jann Ronis, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Situ Panchen and Sectarian Relations in 18th-Century Dergé

Discussant: Kurtis R. Schaeffer, University of Virginia

SESSION 72. 10:45 A.M.–12:45 P.M.
The Evolution of State-Labor Relations in Contemporary China: Historical, Social and Political Perspectives

Chaired by Dingxin Zhao, University of Chicago

Juanjuan Peng, Georgia Southern University

Building Danwei: The Cultural Construction of a New Economic Institution in the 1950s

Joel Andreas, Johns Hopkins University

Rhetoric and Reality of Democratic Management in Chinese Factories Since 1949

Lu Zhang, Johns Hopkins University

Broken Iron Rice Bowls: Severing Ties between the Chinese State and Socialist Workers

Market Reform, Labor Unrest, and Changing State-labor Relations in China, 1980s to the Present

Discussant: Anita Chan, Australian National University


SESSION 88. 1:00 P.M.–3:00 P.M.
The Impact of China Experience on the Construction of Modern Japanese Identity


Chaired by Lori Watt, Washington University, St. Louis

Christopher B. Dewell, Hiram College

The Intersection of Reform and Imperialism in the Life of Kodaira Soji

Erik W. Esselstrom, University of Vermont

Kaji Wataru and the Meanings of Japanese Support for Wartime Chinese Resistance

Izumi Nakayama, University of Hong Kong

The People’s Nurse: From the Colonial Developmental Science Institute to the People’s Liberation Army

Barak Kushner, University of Cambridge

Victim’s Justice: Early Cold War East Asia and the Pursuit of a New Order

Discussant: Lori Watt, Washington University, St. Louis



SESSION 91. 1:00 P.M.–3:00 P.M.

Engaging the Other: Han Encounters with Non-Han in Southern China

Chaired by Victor H. Mair, University of Pennsylvania

Hugh R. Clark, Ursinus College

Wu Xing Fights a Jiao: An Allegory of Cultural Tensions

James A. Anderson, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Vassals as Lords: Markets, Migration, and Overlapping Frontiers along the Southwestern Silk Road through the Late Song Dynasty

John W. Chaffee, State University of New York, Binghamton

“Living in the Tang”: South Seas Maritime Merchants and Their Chinese Hosts, 750–1368

Jerry Bentley, University of Hawaii, Manoa
Constance A. Cook, Lehigh University

SESSION 93. 1:00 P.M.–3:00 P.M.
Chinese Lay Buddhists in the Early Twentieth Century and the Question of Secularization: Four Case Studies


Chaired by Hung-Yok Ip, Oregon State University

James Brooks Jessup, University of California, Berkeley

Bourgeois Buddhism in Republican China: The Religious Life and Thought of Nie Yuntai (1880–1953)

Erik J. Hammerstrom, Indiana University-Bloomington

Secularization and Science Among Lay Buddhists: The Works of Wang Xiaoxu (1875–1948)

Beverley N. Foulks, Harvard University

Secularization and Education among Lay Buddhists: The Case of Jiang Yiyuan (1876–1942)

Gregory Adam Scott, Columbia University

Secularization and Statecraft: The Buddhist Nationalism of Dai Jitao (1890–1949)

SESSION 94. 1:00 P.M.–3:00 P.M.
The Pursuit of Happiness and Freedom: Discoursing and Practicing Romantic Love in Modern China

Shaw-Yu Pan, National Taiwan University

Adopting Romantic Love: Lin Shu’s Translations of Joan Haste and Beatrice

Rachel Hui-chi Hsu, Tunghai University

What’s Love Got to Do with Sex? The Discourses of New Sexual Morality and Its Variations in 1920s China

Li-ying Sun, University of Heidelberg

Artists and Their (Nude) Models: Discourses on Love and Sex in Chinese Popular Culture (1920s–1940s)

Margaret Kuo, California State University, Long Beach

Conjugal Love and Law in Republican China

Discussant: Paola Zamperini, Amherst College

SESSION 95. 1:00 P.M.–3:00 P.M.
The Dialectics of Patriarchy: New Reflections on Gender and Class in Late Imperial China

Chaired by Janet M. Theiss, University of Utah

Andrea S. Goldman, University of California, Los Angeles

Social Melodrama and the Sexing of Political Complaint in Nineteenth-Century Commercial Kun Opera

Johanna S Ransmeier, McGill University

Female Offenders and the Traffic in Women and Children in Late Qing Beijing

Matthew H. Sommer, Stanford University

Chosen Kinship as a Framework for Non-normative Sexual Alliances in Qing China

Matthew H. Sommer, Stanford University

Childbirth in a Time of Cholera: Wang Shixiong (1808– 1868) and Male Medical Criticisms of “Doing the Month” X

Discussant: Janet M. Theiss, University of Utah

SESSION 97. 1:00 P.M.–3:00 P.M.
Issues of Child Welfare in Contemporary China

Chaired by Leslie K. Wang, University of California, Berkeley

Norman D. Apter, University of California, Los Angeles

From Charity to Welfare: Restructuring Child Relief in the Early People’s Republic of China

Emily Hannum, University of Pennsylvania

Children’s Agency and Educational Inequality in Rural Northwest China: Linking Early Educational Attitudes, Behaviors, and Achievement to Later School Outcomes

Carolyn L. Hsu, Colgate University

Chinese NGOs in Child Walfare: State Pawns or Savvy Partners?

Leslie K. Wang, University of California, Berkeley

In Whose Best Interests? Collaborations between the Chinese State and Western NGOs over the Care of Institutionalized Children

Discussant: Tyrene White, Swarthmore College


SESSION 114. 3:15 P.M.–5:15 P.M.
Jesuit Book Culture in Late Imperial China

Chaired by Cynthia J. Brokaw, Ohio State University

Patricia A. Sieber, Ohio State University

Chinese Literature, Jesuit Book Culture, and the Emergent Canon of Belles Lettres in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth- Century Europe

Anthony E. Clark, University of Alabama

The Pattern of an Inter-culture Border: Macau in the Ming Period

The Imprimerie de T’ou-sè-wè in Late Qing Chinese Book Culture

Motives and Methods of Jesuit Book Production in Late Imperial China

Discussant: Cynthia J. Brokaw, Ohio State University

SESSION 115. 3:15 P.M.–5:15 P.M.
Performing Memory and Narrating Trauma in Contemporary Chinese Autobiography

Chaired by Jeffrey C. Kinkley, St. Johns University

Jesse Field, University of Minnesota

The Language of Chinese Autobiography: Yang Jiang’s “Six Chapters of a Cadre School”

Chunhui Peng, University of California, San Diego

Geopolitics of Memory and Forgetting: Memoirs of the Cultural Revolution in Hong Kong

Monika Lehner, University of Vienna

Speaking about the Unspeakable: Trauma in Overseas Chinese (Auto-)biographical Writings

Claire Conceison, Tufts University

Privilege and Privation: Discursive Duality in Ying Ruocheng’s Memories of the Cultural Revolution

Discussant: Jeffrey C. Kinkley, St. Johns University


SESSION 116. 3:15 P.M.–5:15 P.M.
Smashing the Four Olds: The Cultural Revolution and Chinese Culture

Chaired by Rubie S. Watson, Harvard University

Denise Y. Ho, Harvard University

The Ideology of Cultural Things: Shanghai in the Cultural Revolution

Barbara Mittler, University of Heidelberg

“Enjoying the Four Olds!” Oral Histories from a Cultural Desert

Jie Li, Harvard University

The Four Olds through Three Writers: Excavations, Exhibitions, and Conflagrations

Discussant: Rubie S. Watson, Harvard University


SESSION 117. 3:15 P.M.–5:15 P.M.
Lycanthropy and Other Forms of Self- Improvement: Human-Animal Transformation in Early Chinese Art, Literature, and Philosophy

Chaired by David C. Schaberg, University of California, Los Angeles

Sarah Allan, Dartmouth College

Man and Animal in Shang Dynasty Bronze Art: The Taotie Revisited

Brian Hoffert, North Central College

The Transformation of Things: A Butterfly’s Dream of Zhuangzi

Andrew S. Meyer, City University of New York, Brooklyn College

The Weretiger, or He Ain’t Fattening, He’s My Brother: The Strange Case of Gongniu Ai

Sing-chen L. Chiang, Boston College

Weretigers in Medieval Chinese Tales: A Case Study of Xiaoshuo as a Textual Category in the Early Song Dynasty

Discussant: David C. Schaberg, University of California, Los Angeles

 SESSION 118. 3:15 P.M.–5:15 P.M.
The Mandate of Heaven at the Local Level in Imperial China

Chaired by Xiaofei Kang, Carnegie Mellon University

Keith N. Knapp, The Citadel

Magistrates and Miracles: The Supernatural Arsenal of Fine Officials in Early Medieval China

T. J. Hinrichs, Cornell University

Gu-Poisoning in the Bonds between Official and Locale in the Northern Song (960–1126 c.e.)

Natasha Heller, University of California, Los Angeles

Rectifying Injustice in Song Dynasty Legal Cases

Sarah Schneewind, University of California, San Diego

Shrines to Living Officials in Imperial China

Vincent Goossaert, CNRS, France

Officials and Local Society Meet at the City God Temple

Discussant: Robert P. Weller, Boston University

SESSION 120. 3:15 P.M.–5:15 P.M.
Disaggregating Rule of Law: State, Law, and Society in China

Chaired by Neil Diamant, Dickinson College

Rachel Stern, University of California, Berkeley

Harnessing the Law? Environmental Litigation in China

Yuhua Wang, University of Michigan

How China Can Achieve High Growth with Weak Rule of Law?

Ran Zhang, Indiana University

Legal Rights in the Ivory Tower: The Legal Rights Consciousness of Contemporary Chinese College Students

Ke Li, Indiana University-Bloomington

Divorce, Chinese Style: The Metamorphosis of the Intersection between the State and Marriage

Discussant: Neil Diamant, Dickinson College


SESSION 121. 3:15 P.M.–5:15 P.M.
Individual Papers: Papers on Chinese History and Tourism

Chaired by James A. Millward, Georgetown University

Sukhee Lee, Harvard University

Negotiated Power: Local Government in 12th-13th Century Mingzhou

Mark McNicholas, Penn State Altoona

Status, Silver, and Crime: Scamming the Contribution System in Qing China

Chia-Lan Chang, University of California, Santa Cruz

Appeal for Social Justice? Public Notices in Republican Chinese Newspapers

Jenny T. Chio, University of California, Berkeley

A Landscape of Travel: Ethnic Tourism and the Production of Distance in Rural China



SESSION 126. 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.
Inter-Asian Convergences: Cultural Nationalism and the Art of Twentieth- Century India, China, and Japan

Chaired by Kuiyi Shen, University of California, San Diego

Sonya R. Quintanilla, San Diego Museum of Art

The Role of Buddhism in Colonialist and Nationalist Enterprises in India

Bert Winther-Tamaki, University of California, Irvine

The Artistic Nationalism of the École de Japon, 1910–1940

Tamaki Maeda, University of British Columbia

Reversing the Cultural Order: Naito Konan’s Art Historical View

Julia F. Andrews, Ohio State University

Art to Represent the Nation: China’s First National Art Exhibition of 1929

Discussant: Joshua A. Fogel, York University

SESSION 138. 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.
Seeing in Early Medieval Chinese Religions

Sylvie Hureau, École des Hautes Études

Contemplation of the Impure in Kumarajiva

Gil Raz, Dartmouth College

Through a Mirror Darkly: Envisioning the Dao

Sunkyung Kim, University of Southern California

Seeing Buddhas in Cave Sanctuaries

Robert F. Campany, University of Southern California

Making Scenes: Buddhist and Daoist Visualization Practices

Discussant: Daniel B. Stevenson, University of Kansas

Session 139. 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.
Hungry People, Hungry Ghosts: China’s Great Leap Famine in Comparative Perspective

Chaired by Lillian M. Li, Swarthmore College

Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley, San Diego State University

Evolving Icons of Starvation in Chinese Famines: 1877–1961

Felix Wemheuer, University of Vienna

Famine and Nationalism: Hunger and Food in the Propaganda War between Beijing and Dharamsala

Yixin Chen, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

People’s Dictatorship against People: The Criminal Charges during the Great Leap Forward

Kimberley Manning, Concordia University

Eating Bitterness: The Failure of Maternalist Reform in the Chinese Famine

Discussant: Lillian M. Li, Swarthmore College


SESSION 140. 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.
Historicizing China and the Chinese

Chaired by Mark C. Elliott, Harvard University

Peter K. Bol, Harvard University

“China” as a Historical Signifier

Gang Zhao, University of Akron

Ethnic Identity, Political Legitimacy, and Zhu Yuanzhang’s Reinvention of “Zhongguo”

Mark C. Elliott, Harvard University

Hushuo: The Northern Other and Han Ethnogenesis

Q. Edward Wang, Rowan University

Is There Still A China after the Linguistic Turn?

Discussant: Lydia H. Liu, Columbia University

SESSION 141. 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.
Roundtable: Theorizing Gender in Ethnic China

Chaired by Jing Li, Gettysburg College

Shanshan Du, Tulane University
Charlene E. Makley, Reed College
Margaret B. Swain, University of California, Davis
Jing Li, Gettysburg College


SESSION 142. 8:30 A.M.–10:30 A.M.
Ethical Wellness and Environmentalism in Chinese Societies: Cultural Approaches in

Xinmin Liu, University of Pittsburgh

Xu Gang and the Beginnings of China’s Green Literature

Can the Boat Sink the Water? Witnessing Nature Degradation through Chinese Indie Documentaries

Nicholas A. Kaldis, State University of New York, Binghamton

Steward of the Ineffable: “Anxiety-Reflex” in/as the Nature Writing of Liu Kexiang (Or: Nature Writing against Academic Colonization)

Discussant: Bert M. Scruggs, University of California, Irvine

Session 143. 8:30 am 
The Changing Ecology of Schooling in Rural China: How Marketization, Townization and Migration Impact Teachers, Students, and Parents

Chair and Discussant: Heidi A. Ross, Indiana University

Discussant: Irving Epstein, Illinois Wesleyan University

Dan Wang, Syracuse University

Workplace De-politicized: a Rural School under Corrupted Bureaucracy

Hailing Wu, Michigan State University

Student Teachers’ Implementation and Perception of the Rural-Related Summer Social Practice Curriculum: A Case Study

Jingjing Lou, Beloit College

Internet Bar, School, and the Greater Society: Students’ Cynicism in a Polluted Countryside

Peggy Kong, University of Wisconsin

"To Walk Out": Understanding the Motivations of Rural Parents in China

Session 144
E-volutions? Technology and Transformation in Modern Chinese Poetry

Chair: Michel Hockx, SOAS, University of London

Liansu Meng, University of Michigan

Smelling Machines: The Poetics of Ecology in Wen Yiduo’s Chicago Poems

Michel Hockx, University of London

For Poetic Effect: Uses of Chinese Language in Electronic Poetry

Heather Inwood, Ohio State University

Cyber Folk? Multimedia Poetry in the Aftermath of the Sichuan Earthquake

Cosima Bruno, University of London

Hypertext and the Pragmatics of the “Untranslatable”

Session 145
Border Crossings: Borders, Frontiers, and Cultural Contact Zones

Chair and Discussant: Ralph Litzinger, Duke University

Carlos Rojas, Duke University

A Totality of Gaps: The Great Wall in the Contemporary Cultural Imagination

Tsung-yi Michelle Huang, National Taiwan University

Beyond the Governance of Global City-Regions: Discourses and Representations of Hong Kong’s Cross-border Identities

Cathryn H. Clayton, University of Hawaii

China's 56th Ethnic Minority? Classifying the Macanese

Eileen Chow, Harvard University

Chinatown’s Gates: A History of Traveling Borders

Session 151. 10:45 A.M.–12:45 P.M.
Roundtable: Sports in Asia: The Olympics and Beyond - Sponsored by Committee on
Teaching About Asia

Chaired by Roberta H. Martin, Columbia University

Discussants: Andrew Gordon, Harvard University

William W. Kelly, Yale University

Gary Mukai, Stanford University

Guoqi Xu, Kalamazoo College


Session 146  8:30 - 10:30 am
Qing Political Counter-Discourse: Reconsiderations of Three Texts

Chair: William T. Rowe, Johns Hopkins University

Discussant: Mary B. Rankin, Independent Scholar

John Patrick Delury, The Asia Society

The Mixed Constitution of Gu Yanwu

William T. Rowe, Johns Hopkins University

Hidden Transcripts: Bao Shichen’s Advice for the Prince

Stephen R. Platt, University of Massachusetts

The Political Lineage of Tan Sitong’s Renxue

Session 168 10:45 - 12:45 pm
Appropriating Crafts, Owning Knowledge: Chinese Handicrafts and Proprietary Issues from Pre-modern to Present Day

Chair: Dagmar Schaefer, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Discussant: Madeleine Zelin, Columbia University

Anne T. Gerritsen, University of Warwick

Shufu Wares and the Limits to Imperial Control over ceramic Technologies during the Yuan Dynasty

Dagmar Schaefer, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Managers and Manufacturers: Claims on Practical Knowledge and Artisan Work in 16th Century China

Pengsheng Chiu, Academia Sinica

Just like a Prime Minister: The Middleman between Craftsmen and Owners in the Cotton Industry in the 18th Jiangnan Area

Jacob Eyferth, University of Chicago

Locations of Practical Knowledge in a Chinese Craft Industry

Session 169. 10:45 am
Beijing in the Shadow of Globalization: The Reshaping Urban Space in Contemporary Chinese Art, Architecture, Film, and Literature

Chair: Joseph W. Esherick, University of California/San Diego

Discussant: Hung Wu, University of Chicago

Sheldon Hsiao-peng Lu, University of California, Davis

In the Name of the Olympic Games: Public Monuments and Private Place in the Changing Cityscape of Beijing

Jing Nie, University of California, Davis

Paradigms of Flexible Configurations: I-Generation and Beijing-Punks in Wang Meng, Xu Xing, and Chun Shu

Jerome Silbergeld, Princeton University

Borrowed Beijing: The City as Theme Park, and its Workplace Ecology

Robert L. Thorp, Washington University in St. Louis

Historic Beijing in the 21st-Century 

Session 170 10:45-12:45 pm
Representing Childhood and Youth in Modern China

Chair: Ban Wang, Stanford University

Discussant: Jason McGrath, University of Minnesota

Mingwei Song, Wellesley College

Inventing Youth: Liang Qichao and the Politics of Late Qing Youth Discourse

Weihong Bao, Columbia University

Performing the Colonial Child: Gender, Nature, and East Asian Colonial Modernity

Lanjun Xu, National University of Singapore

Being Homeless: The Child, Realism and the Nation in the 1930s and 1940s Chinese Films

Feng Yan, Fudan University

Back to Future: The Juvenilization in Chinese Political and Military Fantasy Literature on the Internet


Session 171 10:45 - 12:45 pm
Missionaries at Leisure, or Not? Courtly and Transnational Networks at the Qing Court

Chair: Nicolas Standaert, K.U. Leuven, Belgium

Eugenio Menegon, Boston University

Kangxi's Imperial Hunts and the Jesuits

Beatriz Puente-Ballesteros, Complutense University of Madrid

Imperial Patronage of Jesuit Medicine in the Palace

Nicolas Standaert, K.U. Leuven

Tensions Proceeding from Funeral Rituals

Henrietta Harrison, Harvard University

Interpreting Lord Macartney

Session 189 2:45 pm
Girls Doing for Themselves: The Rewriting of Sexual Politics in Tanci 

Chair: Maram Epstein, University of Oregon

Discussant: Louise Edwards, University of Technology Sydney

Maram Epstein, University of Oregon

Fathers and Lovers in Tianyuhua

Ying Zou, Stanford University

Women’s Fantasy: Cross-dressing and Other Disguises in Zaisheng yuan

Wenjia Liu, University of Oregon

Female Same-Sex Desire and Women’s Subjectivity in Feng shuang fei

Rui Shen, United States Naval Academy

The Brave New Woman in Jingweishi

Session 190  2:45 pm

Gendered Voice in Medieval Chinese Literature

Chair: Ellen Widmer, Wellesley College

Discussant: Xiaofei Tian, Harvard University

Qiulei Hu, Harvard University

Who Is Speaking? The Construction of Gendered Voice in Early Medieval Chinese Poetry

Graham M. Sanders, University of Toronto

What does being a Literary Man Mean?

Suh-Jen Yang, Suffolk University

The Voice and Voiceless – On Han Yu’s (768-824) Commemorative Works on Female Characters and Their Rhetoric

Sarah M. Allen, Wellesley College

The Fantastical Female in Tang Narrative


Session 191 2:45 pm
Discovering China's Bio-capital, 1900-1937

Chair: Marta E. Hanson, Johns Hopkins University

Discussant: Ruth Rogaski, Vanderbilt University

Timothy Brook, University of British Columbia

The Penalized Body and the End of Torment

David N. Luesink, University of British Columbia

Dissecting Bodies in Chinese

Malcolm Thompson, University of British Columbia

"Living Capital" (Shengming ziben), Naturalness, and Vital Statistics in Republican China

Sean Hsiang-lin Lei, Academia Sinica

Why Weisheng is Not about Guarding Life: Alternative Conceptions of Hygiene, Self, and Illness in Republican China

Session 192  2:45 pm
The Sinew of Power: Capital, Trade and Gunpowder in East and Southeast Asia, 1100-1683 

Chair: Wing-Kin Puk, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Discussant: Peter C. Perdue, Yale University

Guanglin Liu, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Warfare, Public Debts and Capitalism: A financial Study of the Military Defense in Twelfth-century Sichuan

Wing-Kin Puk, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Defending the Great Wall with Paper? The Salt Ticket and its Military-fiscal Function in the Ming Dynasty

Nakajima Gakusho, Kyushu University

Smugglers, Pirates and Firearms: The Transmission of Western Firearms in Maritime East Asia in the 1540’s

Laichen Sun, California State University, Fullerton

The Economic Implications of Gunpowder Technology in Eastern Asia, c. 1368-1683

Session 193  2:45 pm
Unity through Dissent: Reconciling Paradoxical Visions of the Post-Revolutionary People’s Republic of China

Chair and Discussant: Stephen A. Smith, University of Essex

Qiliang He, University of South Carolina, Upstate

Between Business and Bureaucracy: Pingtan Market in Maoist Era

Aminda M. Smith, Michigan State University

Resistance Forged or Forgery? Disobedience and Disorder in Early PRC Reeducation Centers

Christopher R. Leighton, Harvard University

Staging Capitalists: Literature and Film of the 1950s

Matthew D. Johnson, Oxford University

Social and Institutional Histories of Cultural Reform: China, 1949-1966

Session 194  2:45 pm
Blood Talks: Presentation and Practice beyond Body in Modern China

Chair: Carma Hinton, George Mason University

Discussant: James L. Watson, Harvard University

Peggy Wang, University of Chicago

The Ties that Bind: Contemporary Chinese Art in the Global Era

Yiching Wu, University of Michigan

From “Good Blood” to the “Right to Rebel:” Politics of Class in the Beijing Red Guard Movement

Junjie Chen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

What Counts as “Blood”? Reproductive Politics and Social/Ethnic Differentiations in Post socialist Rural China

Dan Shao, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Blood Lineage, Loyalty, and Identity: A Genealogy of Chinese Nationality Law


Session 195
The Formation of the Discipline of History in Early Twentieth Century China

Chair: Mary G. Mazur, independent scholar

Discussant: On-cho Ng, Pennsylvania State University

Peter G. Zarrow, Academia Sinica

Textbook History in Early Twentieth-Century China

Madeleine Yue Dong, University of Washington

Out of the Wilderness: The First Generation of Qing Historians

Brian Moloughney, Victoria University of Wellington

Myth and the Making of History

Tze Ki Hon, State University of New York - Geneseo

Marking the Boundaries: The Rise of Historical Geography in Republican China

Session 196
INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Society and Politics in Contemporary China

Chair: Elizabeth Remick, Tufts University

Mun Young Cho, Stanford University

Dividing 'The Poor': Contrasting Responses to State Appropriation among Urban Laid-off Workers and Rural Migrants in Contemporary China

Hyeon Jung Lee, Washington University in St. Louis

Making New Gendered Subjects: an Ethnographic Study on Suicide Prevention Programs in Northeastern Rural China

Lihong Shi, Tulane University

“Life is to Enjoy”: Changing Ideals of Happiness and Childbearing in Rural Northeast China

Session 213  5 pm
ROUNDTABLE: Spreading Feng Menglong’s (1574-1646) "Words"

Chair: Robert E. Hegel, Washington University

Discussants: Shuhui Yang, Bates College
Yunqin Yang, Bates College
Lorri Hagman, University of Washington Press
Allan Barr, Pomona College
David L. Rolston, University of Michigan
Kimberly Besio, Colby College

Session 214  5 pm
Constructing the Home: Domestic Space in Republican China

Chair and Discussant: Peter J. Carroll, Northwestern University

Toby Lincoln, University Oxford

From Production to Consumption: the Home in City and Country

Elizabeth LaCouture, University of Columbia

Designing the Modern Home in Tianjin

Christian A. Hess, University of Warwick

Revolutionary Real Estate: Housing Redistribution Campaigns in Soviet-Occupied Dalian, 1945-1948

Session 215
Writing and Un-writing Taiwan’s Ethnic Past

Chair and Discussant: Ping-hui Liao, Tsinghua University

Sylvia Li-chun Lin, University of Notre Dame

The Impossibility of a Taiwanese Past: History, Ethnicity, and Documentary Films

Christopher Lupke, Washington State University

Narrating Hakka Ethnicity and Constructing an Alternative History for Taiwan

Darryl C. Sterk, University of Toronto

Researching or Romancing the Formosan Aborigine? Wu He’s Ethnographic Fiction


Session 216  5 pm
ROUNDTABLE: The Chinese Student Movement Twenty Years After: Continuities and Changes in Popular Contention since 1989

Chair: Guobin Yang, Barnard College

Discussants: Elizabeth J. Perry, Harvard University
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine
Guobin Yang, Barnard College
Ching Kwan Lee, University of California - Los Angeles
Kevin J. O'Brien, University of California – Berkeley
Lijia Zhang, Independent Scholar

Session 217  5 pm
INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Film Festivals, Ritual Music, Detective Fiction and Chinese National Culture

Chair: Haiyan Lee, University of Hong Kong

Tami Blumenfield, University of Washington

Film Festivals under the Clouds: Documentary Screenings in Yunnan, China

Yan Wei, Harvard University

The Discourse of Science and Chinese Detective Fiction by Cheng Xiaoqing

Kevin Carrico, Cornell University

The State Religion of National Culture



Sunday, March 29, 2009

Session 218  8:30 am
Organizational Linkages between State and Society in Contemporary China

Chair: Melanie Manion, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Mary E. Gallagher, University of Michigan

Corporatist Competition: Labor, Capital, and the State in Globalizing China

Melanie Manion, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Institutional Imperative: Constituency Service in Chinese Local Congresses

Bruce J. Dickson, George Washington University

Who Wants To Be a Communist? The Appeal of Party Membership in Contemporary China

Timothy Hildebrandt, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Too much of a Good Thing: Economic Opportunities and NGO’s in China

Session 229  8:30 am
Assessing Ten Years of Great Western Development (Xibu da kaifa)

Chair: James A. Cook, Central Washington University

Yaojiang Shi, Northwest University

Getting the Money to Stick: the Flypaper Effect and Increasing Local Government Expenditures in Northwest China

James A. Cook, Central Washington University

Great Western Desertification: Land Use and Water Management in Northwestern China

Shuming Bao, University of Michigan

Labor Supply, Migration and Regional Development of Western China

Shejiao Wang, Shaanxi Normal University

City Water and Rural Peasants in the West


Session 230  8:30 am
The Circulation of Cultural Images of China in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Chair: Michelle T. King, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Discussant: Larissa Heinrich, UCSD

Li Chen, University of Toronto

Empire, Cultural Translation, and Western Colonization of Chinese Law

Michelle T. King, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Enumerating Female Infanticide in China: Western Narratives from the Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries

Fa-Ti Fan, SUNY Binghamton

Ancient Lands, Modern Territories: Transnational Circulation of Landscape Representations of Central Asia in the Early Twentieth Century

Session 231  8:30 am
Happy Birthday Mazu-Empress of Heaven, Goddess of the Sea
Documentary film screening and discussion of its use in religious studies and Asian studies classes


Chair: Jonathan H. Lee, University of California, Santa Barbara

Hsun Chang, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica
Tik-sang Liu, Division of Humanities, The Hong Kong University
Vivian-Lee Nyitray, University of California-Santa Barbara


Session 232  8:30 am
New Perspectives on Wang Xizhi

Chair: Antje Richter, University of Colorado at Boulder

Discussant: Paul W. Kroll, University of Colorado at Boulder

Antje Richter, University of Colorado

Reading Wang Xizhi’s Notes

Thomas Jansen, University of Cambridge

Wang Xizhi Remembered – From Calligrapher Sage to Environmental Polluter: Changing Image of a Cultural Icon

Annette Kieser, Universität Münster

A Glimpse Beyond: Analyzing the Langye Wang Tombs

Uta Lauer, Stockholm University

Sending Regards to a Friend: A Letter by Wang Xizhi and its Role in Shaping the Canonical Calligrapher Sage

Session 233  8:30 am
New Dimensions for Study in China: Integrating Academic and Internship Programs Abroad with those at Home Institutions

Dana Scott Bourgerie, Brigham Young University

Articulated Study Abroad for Advanced Chinese Learners: A Direct Enrolment Flagship Model

Jennifer Li-Chia Liu, Indiana University

Bridging Language and Culture Gaps at Home and Abroad: “Preparing Global Professionals”

Kunshan C. Lee, Duke University

"Exploration of the Logistics of an English-taught Cultural Course in the Study Abroad Context"


Session 245  10:45 am
What Science Offers the Asian Humanities: Cognitive Science and Early Chinese Thought


Chair: Brian J. Bruya, Eastern Michigan University

Discussant: Owen Flanagan, Duke University

Edward G. Slingerland, University of British Columbia

Cognitive Science and the Study of Chinese Thought

Hagop Sarkissian, Baruch College, City University of New York

Cognitive Science and Early Chinese Moral Psychology

Bongrae Seok, Alvernia College

Cognitive Science and Confucian Reciprocity

Brian J. Bruya, Eastern Michigan University

The Cognitive Science of Wu Wei

Session 246  10:45 am
Re-assessing State Capacity in reform-era China

Chair and Discussant: Roderick MacFarquhar, Harvard University

Hiroki Takeuchi, Southern Methodist University

The Institutional Origins of Tax Reform in Rural China

Jeremy Wallace, The Ohio State University

Migration and Discrimination: Urban-rural Categories and Chinese State Capacity

Martin Dimitrov, Dartmouth College

The Incoherent State: State Capacity and Policy Implementation in Reform-era China

Dali Yang, University of Chicago

The Revenue Imperative and the Role of Local Government in China’s Transition and Growth


Session 247  10:45 am
Theater Beside Itself: Transmutations of the Theatrical in Thirteenth to Seventeenth-Century China


Chair: Yuming He, The University of Chicago

Discussant: Catherine Swatek, University of British Columbia


Ling Hon Lam, Vanderbilt University

What is wrong with The Wrong Career? The Archaeology of a Theater that Refutes the Metatheatrical

Peng Xu, The University of Chicago

Thinking Southern: In Search of the Flavor of "Southernness" in the Nan Xixiang ji

Xiaoqiao Ling, Harvard University

“Closet Drama” Onstage: A Case Study of Ding Yaokang's Ramblings of the Transformed One

Judith T. Zeitlin, The University of Chicago

Between Performance, Manuscript, and Print: Imagining the Musical Text in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Drama

Session 248
The Social Life of Boudoir Arts in Late Imperial China

Chair: Angela Sheng, MacMaster University, Canada

Discussants: Dorothy Ko, Columbia University; Marsha S. Haufler, University of Kansas

Alexandra Tunstall, Agnes Scott College

A Woman’s Woven Painting in Literati Circles: Zhu Kerou’s Camellia

I-Fen Huang, Brown University

“How Should Her Skill Attain Such Heights”: Han Ximeng and the Making of Gu Family Embroidery in Late-Ming Shanghai

Yuhang Li, University of Chicago

Communicating with Guanyin through Hair: Hair Embroidery in Late Imperial China

Session 249  10:45 am
Himalayan Inner Asian Art and Culture. An Interdisciplinary Panel

Elena Pakhoutova, University of Virginia

Paintings of the Eight Great Events of the Buddha’s Life, Sacred Places, and Religious Identity

Andrew H. Quintman, Princeton

Biographical Relics in the Consecration of Tibetan Portraiture

Cameron D. Warner, Dickinson College

Politics and Paeans: The Ritual of Offering Eulogy-Scarfs to the Jowo Sakyamuni [statue]

Uranchimeg Tsultem, University of California

Zanabazar: Building of a Buddhist State in Medieval Mongolia

Leigh Miller Sangster, Emory University

Producing Contemporary Tibetan Art in Lhasa: A New Approach to Memory Work and Agency





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