WGDI Presents “Body Liberation & Feminism: A Series”

The Women’s, Gender, and Diversity Initiative (WGDI), in collaboration with the Humanities Research Center, is proud to present the first seminar in our pilot event series: Body Liberation and Feminism: A Series. The WGDI is an informal collective of DKU students and faculty who are working together to initiate conversations rooted in contemporary questions of power and inequality and how they connect to intersectional themes like race, gender, and sexuality.

In this series, we hope to engage students in dialogue surrounding the body by organizing a series of academic seminars that focus on the experiences of underrepresented groups in society. The body, apart from its physical experience, is also home to ideas of self and belonging. Discourse on the body transcends appearances as gender, sexuality, race, disability, and other axes of diversity continue to inform and frame the conversation. This includes dialogue on fatness and the fat experience; the beauty construct—especially for women, the experiences of neurodivergent people, the disabled community, and how this diversity is represented in queer spaces. Connecting these distinct topics are notions of beauty, femininity and masculinity, social acceptance, and the systemic and institutional erasure of these communities in broader society. We hope that through engaging with these complex themes and ideas, we can push forth the concept of body liberation by taking an intersectional, feminist approach.

For more information, please contact Honey at huang.bihui@dukekushan.edu.cn

Superdeep Seminar #1: “Reactive Luck” (Nathan Hauthaler) | Wed, Oct 13, 6:30pm

Wed, Oct 13, 2021, 6:30pm CST

IB 2026 | Zoom 6979897969

All DKU students are invited to attend the first meeting of the Superdeep Seminar, DKU’s work-in-progress seminar for philosophically-minded or -interested students and student projects. No prior knowledge of philosophy is required; all students, from all divisions and at all stages of their studies, are invited to join and participate in the seminar.

In our first meeting we will discuss the seminar format, lineup, and ways for students to get involved. Subsequently Nathan Hauthaler (Lecturer in Philosophy) will give a brief sample presentation on his current work on “Reactive Luck”, followed by Q&A with students.

Snacks and refreshments will be served at the meeting.

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Superdeep Seminar

The Humanities Research Center is pleased to announce the launch of the Superdeep Seminar, led by Professor Nathan Hauthaler.

The Superdeep Seminar is a work-in-progess seminar for DKU’s undergraduate philosophical community (broadly construed). The seminar meets regularly to allow students to present, workshop, and refine their philosophical projects (essays, presentations, signature work, etc.). Brief presentations are followed by general Q&A; snacks and refreshments are served. The Superdeep Seminar thus figures both as a forum for focused intellectual engagement and a space for students to socialize and share their thoughts and interests. Everyone is welcome to attend. Continue reading “Superdeep Seminar”

The Thursday Night Tea Research Group | INTIMACY with Camila Gonzatto

February 25, 7-8:15pm CST

IB 1010 / Zoom 298 656 1787

In the spirit of intimacy, the award-winning filmmaker and writer will share with us the first short film (12min) she ever made and then talk about the experience and what she has learned since. She will then give the audience a task which will combine intimacy with filmmaking, so bring your cellphones with you!

Light food and drinks provided.

Camila Gonzatto is a filmmaker, writer, and designer. She obtained her PhD in literary theory and creative writing at PUCRS (Brazil), with a 3-semester exchange at Freie Universität Berlin. She is the co-editor of books on Literature, Psychoanalysis, and Creative Writing. She has been working with content creation for film, TV, websites, magazines, and museums for more than 15 years.

Interdisciplinarity and the Future of the Mind

Thursday 23 April, 10pm Eastern / Friday 24 April, 10am China
Zoom: 695-290-0771

Interdisciplinarity lies at the heart of Duke Kunshan University’s innovative curriculum for the 21st century. Recently DKU appointed James Miller, Co-Director of the Humanities Research Center to be its first Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Strategy. Join Professor Miller and students from the HumanSpace+ research group as they embark on a series of conversations with leading theorists and practitioners of interdisciplinarity in the world today to explore how interdisciplinarity is tied to innovation and future of knowledge.

Evan Thompson

The second conversation in this series is with Professor Evan Thompson from the University of British Columbia and focuses on the future of the mind. Evan Thompson is a writer and professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He works on the nature of the mind, the self, and human experience. His work combines cognitive science, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and cross-cultural philosophy, especially Asian philosophical traditions. He is the author of Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy (Columbia University Press, 2015); Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind (Harvard University Press, 2007); and Colour Vision: A Study in Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Perception (Routledge Press, 1995). He is the co-author, with Francisco J. Varela and Eleanor Rosch, of The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience (MIT Press, 1991, revised edition 2016). Evan is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Interdisciplinarity and the Future of Knowledge

Tuesday April 14: 10am Eastern, 10pm China
Zoom: 695-290-0771

Interdisciplinarity lies at the heart of Duke Kunshan University’s innovative curriculum for the 21st century. Recently DKU appointed James Miller, Co-Director of the Humanities Research Center to be its first Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Strategy. Join Professor Miller and students from the HumanSpace+ research group as they embark on a series of conversations with leading theorists and practitioners of interdisciplinarity in the world today to explore how interdisciplinarity is tied to innovation and future of knowledge.

Simon Goldhill

The first conversation in this series is with Professor Simon Goldhill from Cambridge University. Professor Goldhill was the first director of CRRASH,  the Centre for Research in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Cambridge University. During his tenure as director, CRRASH  became the world’s leading interdisciplinary research institute of its kind, employing over 40 postdoctoral researchers on a number of groundbreaking collaborative projects. Continue reading “Interdisciplinarity and the Future of Knowledge”

中国官方媒体正在失去公信力吗?

English

3月3日,在昆山杜克大学人文研究中心与杜克大学富兰克林人文学中心共同主办的在线谈论会“新冠病毒带来的人类、社会和政治意涵”上,杜克大学政治学教授梅勒妮·马尼恩 (Melanie Manion) 谈到了媒体公信力的问题。来自昆山杜克和杜克大学的师生以及《南华早报》美国分社社长参加了讨论。 Continue reading “中国官方媒体正在失去公信力吗?”

Report on The Coronavirus: Human, Social, and Political Implications

By Sarah Rogers, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University

This post originally appeared on the Franklin Humanities Institute website.

In February 2020, after Duke Kunshan University closed its campus and shifted to online instruction in order to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, a group of DKU faculty became residents at Duke University. These included two new residents at the Franklin Humanities Institute: James Miller, Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Strategy and Co-Director of the Humanities Research Center at Duke Kunshan University, and Tim Smith, the Humanities Research Center Lab Manager. Continue reading “Report on The Coronavirus: Human, Social, and Political Implications”

Is China’s official media losing its authority?

By Xiaoxi Zhu
Student Media Center fellow
中文翻译

The story of Wenliang Li, the so-called whistleblower of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, was widely spread on Chinese social media when he died from the disease on Feb. 7. He was an ophthalmologist working in the Central Hospital of Wuhan, Hubei province, where the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed, and he was reprimanded for spreading “fake news” about the contagion in a WeChat group. Continue reading “Is China’s official media losing its authority?”

Humanities Research Center Continues Online

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Duke Kunshan University is transitioning to online learning until the situation returns to normal. During this online period, the Humanities Research Center will take advantage of the high tech infrastructure developed at Duke University and Duke Kunshan University to continue its activities, ensuring that students and faculty can continue to advance the research mission of the university. Continue reading “Humanities Research Center Continues Online”