Nov 10

11/20 Johanna Ransmeier

From the Floodplain to the Capital

(The second chapter of a project tentatively titled “No Other Choice: Domestic Ties, Household Bondage, and the Trade in People in North China”)

Beijing Old City Walls, 1902 Postcard - Public Domain

Speaker: Johanna Ransmeier (Assistant Professor, History)

Discussant: Guo-Quan Seng (PhD Candidate, History)

Date/Time: November 20, 4-6 pm

Venue: John Hope Franklin Room (SS 224)

Oct 28

11/6 Cameron Penwell

The Ashio Copper Mine Pollution Incident, Religious Relief Work, and Buddhist
Imaginings of the Social Problem


Presenter: Cameron Penwell (PhD candidate, History)

Discussant: Helen Findley (PhD candidate, EALC)

Date/Time: November 6, 2014, 4-6 pm

Venue: John Hope Franklin Room (Social Science Research Building 224)

Oct 24

10/30 Wang You

Feed the Lower Gentry: Survival Strategies and the Grain Tribute in the Early Nineteenth Century

 grand canal

Presenter: Wang You (MAPSS)

Discussant: Pan Yiying (PhD student, EALC)

Date/Time: October 30, 4-6 pm

Venue: 1155 E. 60th St., Room 319

Sep 24

10/2 Town Hall and Happy Hour

To kick the year off, we will be holding a special town hall and happy hour to welcome new and returning participants alike. At 4 pm we will meet in 1155 E. 60th St. (Harris School building, new location of the Center for East Asian Studies), Room 319 for a brief discussion of the workshop’s goals and plans for this year. Come with your own suggestions and questions. Faculty and students (PhD and MAPSS) from all disciplines and specialties are welcome. At 5 pm we will walk over to the Pub in the basement of Ida Noyes Hall for the happy hour portion of our event.  See below for a map of the location of the two venues. Don’t forget to “like” our new Facebook page to connect with the workshop and other participants.


Sep 22

Fall 2014 Schedule

All sessions, unless otherwise stated (*), will be held on Thursdays at 4-6 pm in the John Hope Franklin Room (Social Sciences Research Building, 224).

October 2, 4-5 pm, *1155 E. 60th St., Room 319, Workshop Town Hall
5-6 pm, *Ida Noyes Hall, Pub (basement), Happy Hour

October 23, 4:30-6 pm, Roundtable for MAPSS and Early-stage PhD Students on Research Methods, Theses, and Seminar Papers

October 30, *1155 E. 60th St., Room 319, Wang You (MAPSS); “Feed the Lower Gentry: Survival Strategies and Grain Tribute in the Early Nineteenth Century”; Discussant: Pan Yiying (PhD Student, EALC)

November 6, Cameron Penwell (PhD Candidate, History); “The Ashio Copper Mine Pollution Incident, Religious Relief Work, and Buddhist Imaginings of the Social Problem”; Discussant: Helen Findley (PhD Candidate, EALC)

November 20, Johanna Ransmeier (Assistant Professor, History); “From the Floodplain to the Capital”; Discussant: Guo-Quan Seng (PhD Candidate, History)

December 4, Guo-Quan Seng (PhD Candidate, History); “Sinology’s Father and the Codification of the Chinese Woman’s Property Rights in Dutch Colonial Java” (tentative); Discussant: Aliz Horvath (PhD Student, EALC)

May 30

6/5 Guo-Quan Seng

Of Daughters and Widows: Kapitan Legal-Ritual Brokerage and Creole Chinese Patrilineal Inheritance in 19th Century Colonial Java

Peranakan Chinese family, circa 1890

Peranakan Chinese family, circa 1890

Speaker: Guo-Quan Seng (PhD Candidate, History)

Discussant: Eric Alan Jones (Assistant Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies & Associate Professor, History, Northern Illinois University)

Date/Time: June 5, 2014 (Thu), 4-6pm

Venue: John Hope Franklin Room (SS224)

May 18

Covell Meyskens

Guerilla Urbanism: Panzhihua and the Alternate Socialist Form Of Late Maoist Urbanity

Time and Date: May 22 (Thursday), 4-6pm

Venue: Cobb 112

Speaker: Covell Meyskens, Ph.D. Candidate, History, University of Chicago

Discussant: Andy Bruno, Assistant Professor, History, Northern Illinois University

May 03

David Ambaras

Runaway Woman, Pirate Queen: Life on the Margins of the Japanese Empire

Time and Date: 4-6pm on 5/8 (Thursday)

Venue: Social Sciences Research (SSR) 224

Speaker: David Ambaras (Associate Professor, History, North Carolina State University)

Discussants: Johanna Ransmeier (Assistant Professor, History, U Chicago) and Tadashi Ishikawa (PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations)

Apr 21

4/29 (Tue): Christopher Bayly

Twentieth Century World History – A roundtable discussion

East Asia in World History Roundtable Series, Part 3 of 3


Capital, competition, and cooperation in another era: Chinese and African laborers at the construction site of the TAZARA railway, linking Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to central Zambia. (1970s)

Speaker: Christopher Bayly (The Indian Ministry of Culture Vivekananda Visiting Professor)

Discussants: Covell Meyskens (PhD Candidate), Michael Geyer (Samuel N. Harper Professor of German and European History), Bruce Cumings (Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College)

Date/Time: April 29th (Tue), 4-6pm

Venue: John Hope Franklin Room (SSRB, 224)