Humanities Fall Conference: Ciencia y Caridad 科学与慈善

The Humanities Research Center is pleased to announce its fall conference, Ciencia y Caridad 科学与慈善(“Science and Charity”), based on Picasso’s painting of the same name, exhibited in the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. The conference will be held in person in Barcelona on October 7-8, 2022 and will be accessible to the global DKU community via Zoom. Conference attendees are invited to a private viewing of the painting and a gala reception at the Picasso museum.

Registration is now open!
Reserve your spot now.
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Student Report: _ao_ao_ing (老妖精) Working Wonders on DKU Campus

Reported by Yongkun (Vicky) Wu, Class of 2026

Established in 2018, _ao_ao_ing (老妖精) is a Shanghai-based performance ensemble that is continuously morphing and finding its shape. With six core members from different disciplines and backgrounds, the ensemble uses contemporary experimental theatre as their main medium, but their creation also includes participatory performances, city walks, workshops, online interactive programs, and happenings, which revolve around strong action. _ao_ao_ing makes performances that juggles the line between theatre and everyday life and create real happenings that cannot be replicated. Continue reading “Student Report: _ao_ao_ing (老妖精) Working Wonders on DKU Campus”

A Quiet Farewell to DKU and Beauty Salon from the Artists in Residence

What’s up people? We have quietly bid farewell to DKU and Beauty Salon has finished its second installment at DKU, full of surprise and laughter. In the three days of its operation, we gathered at the living room in the name of art. Together we shared our stories, for example, choices of our favorite toilet on campus; we explored the definitions of art; we celebrated the birthday for a girl we just met; we knitted sweaters, played electric guitar, then we left the AB lobby and went to the square in front … Through this process we have understood that such a space for creativity and conviviality is not to be found elsewhere on campus; we have also seen the infinite potential this glass room now called “Beauty Salon” has brought and can bring, moving forward. We are asking: how can you continue to inhabit this artistic project and creative space after the so-called artists have left? Will “Beauty Salon” become an autonomous space continuously created and cared for by everyone, which will become an integral part of the DKU campus? Continue reading “A Quiet Farewell to DKU and Beauty Salon from the Artists in Residence”

Student Report: Superdeep #11: “Leo Strauss and Islamic Political Thought” (Rasoul Namazi)

Reported by Zishuo Wu, Class of 2024.

Professor Rasoul Namazi

Superdeep #11: “Leo Strauss and Islamic Political Thought” (Rasoul Namazi) September 22, 2022, 6pm.

The host of tonight’s Superdeep session, Prof. Nathan Hauthaler started this Superdeep session with a warm welcome and introduction towards Prof. Namazi, an intelligent and broadly knowledgeable Iranian educated in France. Prof. Namazi delivered this session based on his recently published book: Leo Strauss and Islamic Political Thought. He started his talk with a brief biography of the German-American philosopher Leo Strauss (1899-1973). Prof. Namazi highlighted Strauss’ experience in training many students during his scholarship career, especially at the University of Chicago (1949-1969). Continue reading “Student Report: Superdeep #11: “Leo Strauss and Islamic Political Thought” (Rasoul Namazi)”

Anthropocene XR Lab Calls for Projects: Student Hackathon

Open to all DKU students interested in XR (VR/AR) and environmental designs!

In teams of 2-3, submit your project proposals to get:

  • Funding: up to ¥ 5,000 per project
  • Equipment support: VR headset, AR glasses, etc.
  • Mentorship; indicate a DKU faculty mentor/seek mentorship from XR lab co-directors

Key Dates:

10 Oct 2022: Deadline for proposal submission
17 Oct 2022: Notification of acceptance
Nov-Dec 2022: Hackathon period

Top 3 teams at the finale will win ¥ 1,000 prizes!

Please use the following Qualtrics link for Proposal Submission: (see Submission Guidelines on Page 1 of the Survey)
https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0Ves5qr47HMxrmu

If you have any question, please email Leiyuan Tian (lab manager): leiyuan.tian@dukekunshan.edu.cn

Presented by HRC Anthropocene XR Lab 

Superdeep #11: “Leo Strauss and Islamic Political Thought” (Rasoul Namazi) | Thu, Sept 22, 6:30pm

Thu, Sept 22, 6:30 pm
IB 2026 | Zoom 69 79 89 79 69

Superdeep is starting into the new academic year on a superhigh note, with Rasoul Namazi (Assistant Professor of Political Theory) sharing with us work from his monograph on “Leo Strauss and Islamic Political Thought.

As always, everyone is welcome to join; no prior knowledge of philosophy is required. And, as always, snacks and refreshments will be served at the meeting.

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For more information on DKU’s Superdeep workshop,
see https://sites.duke.edu/dkuhumanities/superdeep/
or contact Nathan Hauthaler.

Religion and Politics

The Humanities Research Center and the Division of Arts and Humanities, in collaboration with the Undergraduate Studies program, are pleased to present a lecture and discussion on religion and politics, on Monday 26 September, 2022 via Zoom and in person in Barcelona. The event comprises a guest lecture, which will be presented via Zoom, and a discussion, which will take place in person in the Barcelona student residence. Continue reading “Religion and Politics”

Congratulations to Prof Hyun Jeong Ha and Student Researcher Jiin Kim for receiving Citizenship Lab’s Faculty-Student Research Collaboration Grant!

Humanities Research Center’s Citizenship Lab proudly announces recipients of the Faculty-Student Research Collaboration Grant: Professor Hyun Jeong Ha, Ph.D. (Sociology) and Jiin Kim (Undergraduate student researcher)

About the Research Project

Title: Dreaming of “Heavenly Citizenship”: Religious Conversion to Shincheonji (新天地) Among Korean Youths
Project members: Professor Hyun Jeong Ha, Ph.D. (Sociology) and Jiin Kim (Undergraduate student researcher)

Project Summary:
In February 2020, the average number of new COVID-19 cases in South Korea rapidly increased from less than one to hundreds per day. This fast increase at the very start of the spread of the virus in South Korea shocked the entire country. Korean media argued that this large-scale infection came from a new religious group called Shincheonji (新天地; New Heaven, New Earth). Since then, this group has been a target of major public blame and stigmatization, while its leader was imprisoned for over six months for not cooperating with the central government’s COVID-19 control policies. Continue reading “Congratulations to Prof Hyun Jeong Ha and Student Researcher Jiin Kim for receiving Citizenship Lab’s Faculty-Student Research Collaboration Grant!”

Student Opportunities in Computational Humanities and Social Sciences

The Humanities Research Center recently launched its Computational Humanities and Social Science: A Seminar and Workshop Series, led by Profs. Zhaojin Zeng, Jaehee Choi and Alice Xiang. The workshop series will be bringing a number of leading experts to discuss the use of computational methods in the service of humanistic and social science inquiry.

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Ascension 登楼叹: Documentary Screening with Filmmaker

Humanities Research Center’s Doc Lab and Center for the Study of Contemporary China Present:
Documentary Screening with Filmmaker
Q&A Session with co-producer, Maggie Li, will follow film screening

Date: Wed, Sept 28, 6:00pm BJT
Location: IB-1008 (IB-Auditorium)
Zoom ID: 530.394.0458

Screen the film up to 48 hours in advance at the following link: https://projectr.tv/films/duke-kunshan-screening/631a127dd82b310001b55c72

Ascension, nominated for an Oscar as best documentary feature, explores the myriad corners of China’s increasingly stratified economic classes. Everything we use every day is the product of someone else’s labor. Cellphones and computers, water bottles and plastic cutlery, soap dispensers and blankets are all items in one interconnected chain of global capitalism that the documentary Ascension explores with curiosity, candor and criticism.

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