Lecture: Confucian Role Ethics: A Challenge to the Ideology of Individualism

Akademisches Konfuzius-Institut Göttingen presents:
Confucian Role Ethics: A Challenge to the Ideology of Individualism
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 · 4 pm, ZHG 003
Roger T. Ames, Humanities Chair Professor
at Peking University

In the introduction of Chinese philosophy and culture into the Western academy, we have tended to theorize and conceptualize this antique tradition by appeal to familiar categories. Confucian role ethics is an attempt to articulate a sui generis moral philosophy that allows this tradition to have its own voice. Continue reading

Film Cycle: Food is People’s Heaven

8690318974_720537baab_oFilm Series:
Food is People’s Heaven
Wedensday, 4pm (c.t.)
KWZ 1.601  

The Film Series at the Department of East Asian Studies provides an engaging and flexible study experience, intended to introduce students to a wide scope of East Asian films. Each semester features a specific topic with 6-7 screenings and provides ample opportunity for participants to discover, analyze and argue about film. Our screenings are followed by a moderated discussion and all students are welcome to participate!
In this semester’s film cycle we will focus on the deep-rooted connections between food and society. Through critical examination of the cultural and social significance of food we will engage with the history, art, production and consumption of food and its representation in film and cinematic language within greater China and beyond.

02.11.2016        A Bite of China: Gifts from Nature / The Story of Staple Foods 舌尖上的中国: 自然的馈赠 / 主食的故事 (2012) Continue reading

Lecture: How China Escaped the Poverty Trap

CeMEAS Lecture Series: 
How China Escaped the Poverty Trap
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 · 6 pm, VG 3.101
Yuen Yuen Ang, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan


Please pay attention: this Lecture is cancelled.

Before markets opened in 1978, China was an impoverished planned economy governed by a Maoist bureaucracy. In just three decades it evolved into the world’s second-largest economy and is today guided by highly entrepreneurial bureaucrats. What explains this amazing metamorphosis? Continue reading

Lecture Series: What’s Religious about a Dead Body? Cadaver Donations in Taiwan

10825978334_1a28310462_zCeMEAS lecture:
What’s Religious about a Dead Body? Cadaver Donations in Taiwan
Monday July 25, 2016  · 4 pm (c.t.)  ·  KWZ 0.610
Prof. C. Julia Huang, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan/VisitingScholar, The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, Stanford University

Drawing from ethnographies, in this lecture Prof. Huang will explore the phenomenon of a recent “surge” of cadaver donations for medical purposes in Taiwan. The setting is a university founded by Tzu Chi (Ciji), a charismatic movement that runs one of the largest charities of Chinese Buddhism in the world. Since Tzu Chi founded its medical school in 1994, the total number of Continue reading

Summer Break


7751761084_24d2f751f3_mCeMEAS wishes you a wonderful and relaxing summer break!

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