|The Story of the Stone and the visual culture of the Manchu Court |
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Thursday, January 31, 2019
Bunche Hall 10383, UCLA
Talk by Wei Shang, Columbia University
This talk addresses The Story of the Stone (otherwise known as Dream of the Red Chamber, Honglou meng 紅樓夢), authored by Cao Xueqin (ca. 1715--ca. 1763). In this talk, Shang will focus on the novel’s explicit and implicit references to paintings, including an illusionistic painting and an ambitious project undertaken by Xichun to capture a panorama of the garden in one gigantic painting. More specifically, he emphasizes the impulse of the novel to incorporate into its narrative the popular motifs of the contemporaneous paintings, including the paintings executed by the Jesuit painters employed by the imperial court. Reading the novel from this perspective highlights issues of enormous importance for the comprehension of the cultural dynamics of the time that in return participate in shaping the novel itself: the dialectics of reality and illusion, the mutual fertilization of media and technology, and the constant negotiations between the written and graphic media and between the Chinese and European cultures.
A Front-Row Seat: Perspectives of an American Academic in Beijing
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Friday, February 01, 2019
Entrepreneurs Hall, UCLA Anderson School Room C315
China and Beyond Forum with Michael Powers
Michael R. Powers is the Zurich Insurance Group Professor of Finance at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management, and holds a joint appointment as Professor of Economics and Business at Tsinghua’s Schwarzman College. Prof. Powers will talk about his experience as a guest business/economics commentator for China Radio International. In addition to giving his thoughts on the current "trade war," he will offer some broader perspectives on China's emergence as a world power, and the U.S. reaction.
Imperial Chinese Literature and Culture Workshop
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday, February 02, 2019
Bunche Hall 10383, UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Studies Initiative Conference
*Limited to only faculty and students
The UCLA Center for Chinese Studies will be hosting one-day workshop on imperial Chinese literature and culture on Saturday, February 2, 2019. The workshop will feature presentations by graduate students engaged in a variety of projects on imperial Chinese literature and culture. The students selected for participation in the workshop will present their works-in-progress, which will receive comments by three guest scholars and workshop participants. We have invited three eminent scholars to comment on papers in the workshop: Maram Epstein, who is engaged in research on Ming-Qing novels, gender, and most recently ritual, the body, and representation of self; Martin W. Huang, a specialist in the cultural and literary histories of late imperial China, gender, and memory; and Wei Shang, known for his pioneering work in the fields of pre-modern Chinese literature, print culture, and intellectual history. Every presentation will be 10 minutes. Presentations will be followed by 30 minutes of commentary and 20 minutes of general discussion.
UCLA Center for Chinese Studies
11381 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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