Student Report on Meredith Oyen’s “The international politics of refugee settlement in Shanghai”

Reported by Chloe Alimurong, Class of 2025

The international politics of refugee settlement in Shanghai by Meredith Oyen: Associate professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

This lecture is part of Statelessness Conference that tells the story of statelessness in Asia and the Pacific during the Second World War.

In her paper (currently under development) on Statelessness in China and The International Politics of Refugee Settlement in Shanghai, UMBC’s Associate Professor Meredith Oyen described how China navigates the situation regarding different populations of stateless persons after WWII. The international port of Shanghai brought in a mass influx of refugees in 1938. From then, local organizations formed in order to aid these populations, especially Jewish refugees. Oyen studied how China responded to the different mix of refugee situations. Continue reading “Student Report on Meredith Oyen’s “The international politics of refugee settlement in Shanghai””

Student Report on the Statelessness Conference – Family Narratives in Art

Reported by Cody Schmidt, class of 2025

This talk is part of Duke Kunshan’s Statelessness Conference, a 2-day event held from December 1st to 2nd showcasing multi-disciplinary research conducted by faculty both in and outside of DKU. The Statelessness Conference focuses on the story of refugeeism in Asia and the Pacific during the Second World War.

Poet Peter Balakian (Colgate University) and visual artist Mary Behrens joined Professors Kolleen Guy and Jay Winter in an event for Duke Kunshan’s Statelessness Conference, speaking on the role of art in developing and remembering family narratives surrounding statelessness.  Balakian and Behrens have family members who were stateless and feel a deep postmemory attachment to their ancestors’ stories, choosing to represent and connect to them through their work. Balakian began by posing the question: “What can we, as artists, offer to the complex problems of statelessness, the histories of refugees? What kind of knowledge can we bring in our arts?” Continue reading “Student Report on the Statelessness Conference – Family Narratives in Art”

Statelessness Conference: Part Two – Refugees in Asia and the Pacific during the Second World War

‘Statelessness’ meeting part two will be held in Melbourne from December 15-16, 2022. Learn more about part one of ‘Statelessness’ and the conference that just concluded in Barcelona on December 1-2, 2022.

This meeting is organized by Kolleen Guy and Jay Winter, co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Center and the Arts and Humanities Division at Duke Kunshan University.

Melbourne Conference Dates: December 15-16, 2022
Location: Catholic University of Australia, Level 3, 250 Victoria Parade, in Fitzroy.
Zoom: 680 6042 755

Program

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HRC Presents: Mysticism Colloquium, Dec 2-3, 2022

Humanities Research Center’s Mysticism Colloquium led by Professors Ben Van Overmeire, Bryce Beemer, and Yitzhak Lewis, featuring keynote speakers Boaz Huss (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) and Benoît Vermander (Fudan University)

*Recordings for this event is now available. Please scroll down to the program below. 

Dates: December 2-3, 2022
Location: AB 1079
Zoom ID: 92946097674

See program below.

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Statelessness Conference: December 1-2

This meeting is organized by Kolleen Guy and Jay Winter, co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Center and the Arts and Humanities Division at Duke Kunshan University.

This project aims to tell the story of statelessness in Asia and the Pacific during the Second World War. Building on Hannah Arendt’s classic account of the plight of the stateless, we draw attention in different case studies to the voice of the stateless in the collective effort they made to narrate their own lives. They occupied a third space between being outcasts and being free men and women. Comparisons among different stateless communities in Asia and the Pacific show the different paths out of statelessness during and after the Second World War.

In December 2022 we will hold two meetings of participants to review chapters of our book on Statelessness.  The first will be in Barcelona from December 1-2; the second in Melbourne, from December 14-15. We aim for publication in 2024.
*Recordings for this conference are available. Please scroll down to view. 
Barcelona Conference Dates: December 1-2, 2022
Location: IES Abroad Barcelona, ronda de St. Pere 5, 08010 Barcelona (Spain) – Please see specific dates in the program below for exact location.
Zoom: 680 604 2755

Program

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Looking back at the 2022 Humanities Fall Conference: Ciencia y Caridad

Reported by Mateja Bokan, Class of 2025.

DKU Humanities Research Center (HRC) organized the 2022 Humanities Fall Conference: Ciencia y Caridad 科学与慈善 in Barcelona during the first week of October. Gathering DKU students currently in Barcelona and other members of the DKU community via Zoom, this two-day event brought together around eighty participants, four keynote speakers, and a distinguished Guest Lecturer in order to shed light on global response to various challenges using China and Spain as contexts of scientific development and empathy to bring communities together. Continue reading “Looking back at the 2022 Humanities Fall Conference: Ciencia y Caridad”

Student Report of The Politics of Environmental Crisis: Perspectives from Latin American Art and Ecology – Joanna Page

This keynote lecture from Joanna Page was part of 2022 Humanities Fall Conference: Ciencia y Caridad.

Reported by Pauline Rogers, Class of 2025.

Professor Joanna Page is a professor at the Center of Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge in the UK who focuses on literature, film, graphic fiction and visual arts from Latin America, focusing on Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. Many of her projects, including her most recent book, Decolonizing Science in Latin American Art, focus on the intersection between science and art. As the first guest speaker in the 2022 Fall Humanities Conference held in Barcelona, Professor Page brings us a lecture titled The Politics of Environmental Crisis: Perspectives from Latin American Art and Ecology. Continue reading “Student Report of The Politics of Environmental Crisis: Perspectives from Latin American Art and Ecology – Joanna Page”

Student Report: Joanna Page – Student Seminar

This student seminar was part of 2022 Humanities Fall Conference: Ciencia y Caridad.

Reported by Pauline Rogers, Class of 2025.

Professor Page’s seminar focused on the theme of Art-Science Projects. Before arriving at the seminar, participants were expected to read the introduction of her book Decolonizing Science in Latin American Art. 

She begins by asking us a question that we split into groups and discuss. “What are the differences between art and science?” Differences that we are asked to focus on include their objectives, methods of communication, what is valued, standard of what makes it good, and spaces in which they operate.  Continue reading “Student Report: Joanna Page – Student Seminar”

Student Report on Biao Xiang’s Brutal Moralism: Changes in Popular Worldviews in China since 2008

Reported by Dongkun Lyu, Class of 2025

This is a hybrid keynote lecture as a part of 2022 Humanities Fall Conference: Ciencia y Caridad.

Duke Kunshan University’s Humanities Research Center invited Professor Biao Xiang who is one of China’s foremost social anthropologists to deliver a lecture on Oct 8, regarding his recent research . He is currently conducting research at the Max Planck Institute in Germany and was only able to participate in the HRC’s Ciencia y Caridad Fall Conference via zoom. Continue reading “Student Report on Biao Xiang’s Brutal Moralism: Changes in Popular Worldviews in China since 2008”

Student Report: Roundtable Panel Discussion with James Miller, Carlos Rojas and faculty guests

Reported by Shivam Mani, Class of 2025.

Photo by Jesse Campbell, Class of 2025.

To conclude the Humanities Research Center’s Ciencia y Caridad Fall Conference, the Co-Directors of the HRC, Carlos Rojas and James Miller, held a roundtable panel discussion with the faculty guests and attendees of the conference.

Prof. Rojas briefly summarized each event and lecture from the past two days, and provided his own comments on the research of the guests.

Starting with Prof. Duran’s and Prof. Page’s lectures, Prof. Rojas connected the two topics with the concept of ‘seeing’. Prof. Duran’s presentation on the medical humanities and gender in the works of Philip Roth and Sussana Kaysen included a scene from the movie “Elegy”, directed by Isabel Coixet, in which a woman’s male lover takes a picture of her to allow her to see herself through his eyes. ‘Seeing’ was also connected with Prof. Page’s presentation that highlighted different epistemologies in the environmental sciences, which is essentially an exploration of different world views–different ways of seeing humans’ relationship with nature. Continue reading “Student Report: Roundtable Panel Discussion with James Miller, Carlos Rojas and faculty guests”