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”

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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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.

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Weakening Strategies: Vattimo and Chinese Thought

Gianni Vattimo (1936–) is one of Europe’s foremost contemporary philosophers, whose work has had a lasting influence on a broad range of fields including sexuality, theology, art and politics. He is known chiefly for the idea of “weak thought” (pensiero debole), which aims to weaken the strong narration of Western metaphysics and the violence of dogmatic positions. From such “weakening strategies” develop an ethic and political philosophy that opposes totalitarianism and fascism, a project that Vattimo undertook personally as a Member of the European Parliament. In his later work, Vattimo also connected weak thought to themes of kenosis (self-emptying), sacrifice, and secularization in religious and theological studies. In an era that emphasizes might, power, and strength, now is precisely the time to pay attention to weakness as a philosophical concept and ethical value, and to do so in a globalized, even multipolar context. 

In this regard Chinese thought, and especially Daoist philosophy, can become a rich interlocutor with Vattimo’s philosophy. The Daode jing 道德經 emphasizes virtues of softness and passivity, stating that  “The soft and weak overcome the hard and strong (柔弱勝剛強).” The classical Daoist philosopher Zhuangzi, moreover, is known for his emphasis on perspectivalism, understanding the limits of knowledge, and critiquing those who claim to have a complete understanding of truth. Daoism and other forms of Chinese philosophy have an important role to play in investigating the concept of weakness, in conversation with Vattimo’s philosophical and ethical project. Continue reading “Weakening Strategies: Vattimo and Chinese Thought”

The Ukraine Crisis: A Roundtable Discussion

Duke University’s Franklin Humanities Institute will convene a roundtable discussion on the Ukraine Crisis on Wednesday March 9, 2022 at 9pm China time. The discussion will be held on Zoom, and advance registration is required.

The roundtable aims to discuss the causes of and future prospects for the Ukraine crisis, the impact on the world geopolitical situation, and perceptions of the crisis in Chinese official and social media.

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Volunteer for Planet X

Want to be a member of a whole new world? Our game project “Planet X” awaits!

Details of the Project

The project is sponsored by the Humanities Research Centre PETAL lab.

We adopt the model of strategic games to create an “alternative world”, in which one plays as a will of the state on “Planet X”, thus separated from his/her real-life identity & socioeconomic status, and explore people’s possible ethical choices facing the dilemma between development and the need of countering environmental crisis. Continue reading “Volunteer for Planet X”

The Humanities Research Center Welcomes Senior Program Coordinator Eugenie Chao

The Humanities Research Center is pleased to announce the appointment of  Eugenie Chao as Senior Program Coordinator. Reporting to co-directors James Miller and Carlos Rojas, Eugenie is responsible for the overall co-ordination and administration of the Center’s programs.

Currently working remotely from New York, Eugenie received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and her Master’s degree in Performing Arts Administration both from New York University. In her professional life, Eugenie has focused on making arts accessible. She has taught music in public schools and ceramics in her local community. She also organized antique art fairs, and, most recently, managed public art events for Arts Brookfield. She is excited to bring her broad experiences as an arts educator and arts administrator to the Humanities Research Center.  As Senior Program Coordinator, Eugenie will take charge of the Center’s activities by supporting its research programs, labs, workshops, and conferences to foster interdisciplinary research and exchange in the arts, humanities, and interpretive social science at DKU.

Ceramic Plate by Eugenie Chao

Eugenie loves to share the joy of art making and art appreciation with those around her. During her free time, you will likely find her throwing pots in a ceramic studio, playing music, or making pastries and cakes in her kitchen. The photo shows a shallow dish she recently made. You can also find more of her work here:

The Future of Work and Labor 劳动的未来 / 未来的劳动

Humanities Fall Conference

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The Humanities Research Center is pleased to announce its fall conference: The Future of Work and Labor 劳动的未来 / 未来的劳动. The conference features three renowned keynote speakers: multimedia artist Cao Fei; science fiction author Chen Qiufan; and professor of philosophy and business, Wang Jianbao. In addition to the keynote speeches, DKU faculty from a range of disciplines will introduce their research, and various labs from the Humanities Research Center will make presentations about their research over the past year. DKU students may register for the conference by filling in this registration form or scanning the QR code. Those who register after October 29 are welcome to attend the sessions, but will not be eligible to attend the dinners. Continue reading “The Future of Work and Labor 劳动的未来 / 未来的劳动”

Rashomon at 70

The Humanities Research Center is pleased to announce the launch of That’s Not How I Remember It: Rashomon at 70, organized by Dr. Richard M. Davis.

That’s Not How I Remember It is a one-night event celebrating Akira Kurosawa’s 1951 Rashomon, the film widely credited for “introducing Japanese cinema to the West.” This seventieth anniversary of its release, join us for a discussion of Rashomon’s outsized impact on global filmmaking norms and foreign perceptions of Japanese culture. That’s Not How I Remember It will involve a public screening of Rashomon (in Japanese with English subtitles), followed by a roundtable discussion with scholars from the United States and China.

Richard M. Davis is a Senior Lecturer of Cultural Studies at DKU. His work focuses on questions of aesthetics, ideology, and pleasure in various cinematic practices, such as the Japanese wartime film musical (1931-45), the subject of his in-progress monograph. He received his PhD in 2016 from the University of Chicago’s Joint Degree Program in East Asian Cinema and has previously taught at Singapore Management University and Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Humanities Research Center Student Information Session

DKU students are warmly welcome to attend an online information session for the Humanities Research Center on Friday, September 10, at 9pm BJT. The information session will explain the labs, projects and activities of the research center and offer guidance as to how students can participate in research projects and other programs. All DKU students are welcome to attend.

If you would like to attend, please fill out this registration form.