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Activities of this project: Talks, Lectures, Presentations, Workshops, Interviews

Digital Dialogues #2 "Global Visions of Place and Belonging: Sojourners from China and the Arab World"

As part of the Digital Workshop Series "Digital Dialogues" of the Joint Center, Dr. Mohammed Al-Sudairi and Dr. Janice Hyeju Jeong discussed sojourners who traversed between China and the Arab world at pivotal moments in the twentieth century. The speakers highlighted the tensions between the romanticized imaginaries and realities, and the projection of the writers' societal circumstances onto their conceptualizations.

Guest Lecture "The Inter-State Order of Post-Tang East Asia" by Nicolas Tackett (Berkeley)

Whereas a few decades ago the pre-20th-century "Chinese world order" was typically treated as unchanging across the vast span of the impirial period, this lecture by Nicolas Tackett was based on the consideration that interstate systems evolve significantly over time. Against this backdrop, Nicolas Tackett, professor of history at U.C. Berkeley, illuminates the fall of the Tang dynasty as a pivotal moment that ushered in a very different East Asian world order.

Conceptualizing Planetary Humanities - A Public Panel

This public panel was part of a workshop hosted by Bo Strath, John Noyes & Dominic Sachsenmaier. It discussed some of the major themes, contours, contexts, interventions, challenges, or potential pitfalls of the humanities understood as a planetary endeavor. The two panels (about one hour each) have been broadcast on youtube livestream.

Guest Lecture "Nationalism and the Crisis of Modernity" - Prasenjit Duara

On June 3, 2021, hosted by the University of Göttingen, Prasenjit Duara gave a guest lecture on "Nationalism and the Crisis of Modernity." Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University. He argues that the nation form is the ‘epistemic engine’ driving the globally circulatory and doxic Enlightenment ideal of the conquest of nature and perpetual growth that sustains the runaway technosphere.

Presentation "Circulations and Convergences: Mecca in the Conceptions and Mobilities of Chinese Muslim Diasporas in Saudi Arabia" by Dr. Janice Hyeju Jeong

On May 17, 2021, Dr. Janice Hyeju Jeong delivered a digital lecture on "Circulations and Convergences: Mecca in the Conceptions and Mobilities of Chinese Muslim Diasporas in Saudi Arabia" at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS), the University of Hong Kong. An article relating to the lecture and an interview with Janice Jeong appeared in "The Diplomat" in July 2021.