Past Events

Tales of a Late-Ming Iconoclast: On Li Zhi李贄, His Life, and His Books

Pauline C. Lee
Jul 26, 2021 - at -

The 16th century iconoclast Li Zhi has been rightly celebrated as a pioneer of individualism, one of history’s great voices of social protest, an original mind powerfully arguing for genuine self-…

Paul Goldin to be on "Against the Grain"


Dr. Goldin was a guest on "Against the Grain" today at 3:00PM EDT.  He will discuss The Chinese philosophical text Laozi, also known as the Tao Te Ching, a text debated for over two millenia.  A recording of…

Migration, Identity and Colonial Fantasies in a Fifth-Century Story Collection


The fourth-century southward migration of the northern Chinese was a traumatic event. The migrants were refugees fleeing from non-Han invaders; they were also settler colonialists forcefully asserting sovereignty…

The Lunyu 論語 and Its Neighbors

November 21-22
Nov 21, 2020 - Nov 22, 2020 at -

Please note that the meeting will be recorded.


Nov 21, 2020

9.15-9.30 Introduction by Paul R. Goldin and Maddalena Poli

9.30-10.00 Charles Sanft – Lunyu 論語 and Its Neighbors in the…

"Lama, Emperor, Icon: Art, Tantra, and the Right to Rule"

A Lecture by Dr. Karl Debreczeny
Curator, Rubin Museum

"Convicts as Officials in the Western Han (202 BC–9 AD): Disparities between Philosophical Ideal and Realpolitik"

Professor Cai Liang, University of Notre Dame

This talk examines the convict politics in central court. Former convicts were entrusted with  power, serving as important officials or even chancellors. Approximately one third of recorded high…

"Making and Remaking Silla Origins"

Professor Richard McBride, BYU

“Urban Life in Ichijôdani, Japan, a Late Medieval Provincial City”

CEAS Humanities Colloquium
Morgan Pitelka, Chair, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Professor, Asian Studies and History, UNC-Chapel Hill

The city of Ichijôdani served as the capital of Echizen Province for approximately one century during Japan’s late medieval period. It was a vibrant and successful urban center built around the residential complex of…

The Greatest Story Ever Told: Meditators, Madmen, and the Making of a Tibetan Saint

Lecture by Dr. Andrew H. Quintman, Associate Professor of Religion, Wesleyan University
Andrew Quintman

Late in the eleventh century a wandering mendicant, the Yogin, starved himself in the frigid mountains of southern Tibet while undertaking ascetic practice. He was later recognized as a buddha famed for…

DH For East Asian Studies

Dr. Molly Des Jardin (Penn Libraries), Paul Vierthaler (William & Mary)
Jun 1, 2020 - Jun 4, 2020 at -

Course Description:

The Daedalus Quartet

Apr 4, 2020 - at -

In programs of world and Philadelphia premieres, the Daedalus Quartet, Penn’s quartet-in-residence, illustrates how centuries of cultural cross-pollination has enriched our artistic and spiritual life.

My Life as a Lama

The Autobiography of Arjia Rinpoche
Arjia Rinpoche
Mar 2, 2020 - at -

Arjia Rinpoche is one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers and lamas to have left Tibet. He was recognized at the age of two by the Panchen Lama as a major reincarnation and was the abbot of Kumbum Monastery. He…

The Daedalus Quartet

Jan 25, 2020 - at -

In programs of world and Philadelphia premieres, the Daedalus Quartet, Penn’s quartet-in-residence, illustrates how centuries of cultural cross-pollination has enriched our artistic and spiritual life.

Social Sciences Korea

Korean Studies Conference
Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019 at -

Miners, Traders, and Multiethnic Kings

Uncovering a Lost History of Japan (1400-1570)
Thomas D. Conlan, Professor of East Asian Studies and History, Princeton University

Restoring Buddhism to Seoul: Court Lady Ch’ŏn’s Influence in Modernizing Korean Buddhism

Korean Studies Colloquium
Hwansoo Kim, Yale University
Dec 5, 2019 - at -

This talk will examine the work of a largely forgotten Korean Buddhist laywoman, Court Lady Ch’ŏn Ilch’ŏng (1848 – 1934?), who served as one of the highest-ranking ladies in the court of the late Chosŏn dynasty. Ch’…

Collectivizing Kinship

Rural China's Women in the 1950s
Gail Hershatter, Distinguished Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz

In the first several decades of the People’s Republic of China, ambitious state initiatives worked to reshape everything about rural communities. State authorities created powerful new…

"Gendering AI and Robots: Robo-Sexism vs. 'Womenomics' in Japan"

Distinguished East Asia Lecture: Jennifer Robertson
Nov 18, 2019 - at -

In humans and humanoid robots alike, gender—femininity, masculinity—constitutes an array of learned behaviors that are cosmetically enabled and enhanced. In humans, these behaviors are both socially and historically…