Divorce in Contemporary Indonesia 2017.09.21

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, September 21, 2017, 12:30 p.m. CAS Conference Room In this talk, I discuss my recent research on the rising divorce rate in Indonesia. While many Indonesian Muslim women aspire to fulfill the Islamic edict to be obedient to their husbands, they also have increasingly high expectations for their husbands. And while Indonesian marriage law and Islamic law are deeply gendered and treat women unequally, many judges...

Built Environment Transformations in Rural India 2017.10.05

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, October 10, 2017, 12:30 p.m. CAS Conference Room In this talk, I look at traditional knowledge and practices of building dwellings in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. How has this knowledge been deployed over the centuries? How is this knowledge carried forward through the generations? These are some of the questions that I am interested in asking. With the global pull towards modernity, there have...

Social Circulation in Early Twentieth Century China. 2017.10.12

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, October 12, 2017, 12:30 p.m. CAS Conference Room This talk will focus on social mobility among groups and individuals in 1910s and 1920s China. Cheng Mengxi is currently a PhD candidate at East China Normal University in Shanghai. She expects to receive her degree in Spring 2018.

On the Use of Hadith in Shi'i Law 2017.10.19

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, October 19, 2017, 12:30 p.m. CAS Conference Room Hadith are the most important source of Islamic law, however, because hadith do not give rise to certitude, the use of hadith posed certain problems for Shi’i jurists. This talk explains the nature of these problems and how a discussion of these problems led early modern Shi’i jurists to deeper epistemological questions that fundamentally transformed Shi’i law. Aun...

Multilingual Scholarship: Non English Sources & Reference Management Software 2017.11.02

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, November 2, 2017 12:30 p.m. CAS Conference Room This research looks at scholars experiences using technology to manage their sources of research. In a first of its kinds measurement, multilingual researchers were asked about the practical needs and requirements they have to cite their vernacular materials while publishing finding in English. Analyzing these results further, we can see why researchers choose to adopt or abandon Reference...

The Bangudae Petroglyph as Emblem and Materiality: Modernity and Self-indigenization in Ulsan, South Korea 2017.11.16

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, November 16, 2017 12:30 pm CAS Conference Room Keywords: Korea; festival; heritage; materiality; modernity; place-making; themed space; whaling In this paper, I examine the social practices involving the use of the Bangudae Petroglyph [ bangudae amgakwa ] as an emblem for the purposes of branding, tourism development and the invention of tradition in the southeastern coastal city of Ulsan, South Korea. The Bangudae Petroglyph is a...

Toward an Ethics of Remembering: Narratives of Trauma, History, and Identity in Post-war Japanese Literature 2017.11.30

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, November 30, 2017, 12:30 p.m. CAS Conference Room Patrick Chimenti, M.A. Student, Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations

Gender, and the “Modernization” or “Development” of Sri Lanka’s East Coast after the Tsunami and War 2017.12.07

CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:30 pm CAS Conference Room Invoking the concept of the “Golden Wave,” this talk will explore the international thrust of Sri Lanka’s long-term recovery from both the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the Sri Lankan Civil War (1983 – 2009). The analysis is centered on the gendered and religious implications of the “disaster recovery as development” paradigm, and addresses the complex interplay between...