Byers

Glaciers and Garbage: Towards Sustainable Solid Waste Management in the Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, Nepal (NGS-55262C-19) 2019.09.26

with Alton C. Byers, Ph.D CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, September 26 @ 12:30PM CASE Building, room W311 The accumulation of solid waste in the world’s high mountain basecamps and high camps has been a chronic problem facing alpine and nival ecosystems since mountaineering first became popular in the 1850s. The problem has further intensified with the steady acceleration of trekking and mountaineering tourism during the past four decades. But while...
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Funny Noises: Cold War (A)synchronies in Taiwanese and South Korean Film Comedy 2019.10.10

with Evelyn Shih CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, October 10 @ 12:30PM CASE Building, room W311 In the post-colonial cinemas of Taiwan and South Korea, both emerging from the structures of Japanese cinematic modernity and the rubble of civil wars, film comedy took on an anachronistic cast. They revived the aesthetics of early sound comedy, which delighted in matching improbable noises to key sync points in physical comedy sequences. Like their...
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Memory Work as Humanitarian Intervention: Peace-building in Osh, Kyrgyzstan 2019.10.24

with Caitlin Ryan CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, October 24 @ 12:30PM CASE Building, W311 This paper considers the production and circulation of expert knowledge about the causes of peace and conflict in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. It looks at the particular readings of history that are recruited into the service of western development and humanitarian interventions, arguing that memory work is no less a “tool” of the western humanitarian apparatus than other...
peng

Homology of Medicine and Witchcraft: Shennong Bencao Jing and the Fangxiandao in Han Dynasty 2019.11.07

with Bisheng Peng CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, November 7 @ 12:30PM CASE Building, room W311 Bencao(本草)is a term used to refer to pharmacology in ancient China. The knowledge of Bencao was recorded in a series of books called Bencao Jing, including Shennong Bencao Jing which was known as the first Bencao Jing, and bencao Jing variorum compiled by Tao Hongjing in the Liang Dynasty which was the foundation of the...
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Book Formation and Textual Authority in Early China: The Case of a 2nd Century BCE Silk Manuscript 2019.11.21

with Kun You CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, November 21 @ 12:30PM CASE Building, room W311 Modern readers are used to encountering texts from early China in the form of compilations containing many chapters in a more or less systematic arrangement. The growing number of excavated manuscripts from the Classical Period (approx. 5th to 1st c. BCE), however, shows a very different textual culture: texts seem to have circulated in separate...
Su

Body of Morality: Nakamura Fusetsu’s Chinese Subject Painting in Modern Japan 2019.12.05

with Stephanie Su CAS Luncheon Series Thursday, December 5, @ 12:30PM CASE Building W311 In 1907, Japanese artist Nakamura Fusetsu (1866-1943), who just returned from France, showed his first Chinese subject painting at the national exhibition. Titled The Grey-Haired Man, the painting depicted a scene of a young couple encountering an old man in an open field. From this time until 1941, Fusetsu showed twenty works with Chinese subjects at...