VizCult presentation to focus on North Korean movie

Join us for the next VizCult lecture of our Spring 2017 series, to be held at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in FA-258. Immanuel Kim, assistant professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University, with speak on ”The Kimchi Battle: Defending the Nation in North Korean Comedy Film Our Fragrance.” Those who wish to view the film before the talk, can find it online.

In 2003, North Korea released a comedy film called Our Fragrance that polarized Korean and Western cultures, particularly in regard to food. The film is premised on the importance of defending the Korean tradition from foreign impositions, reflecting North Korea’s withdrawal from the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003. The film uses kimchi as that which symbolizes cultural homogenization, nationalism and cosmopolitanism by projecting two interrelated points: first, kimchi is an indigenous Korean tradition that needs to be preserved to reify national identity; and second, kimchi signifies revolutionary ideals of defending the country from foreign powers.

In this presentation, Kim examines the discourse of kimchi in Our Fragrance as that which opens up the possibilities of understanding North Korea’s political culture and the state’s persistent engagement with the international community to legitimate its statehood and perpetuate national division.

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The Life and Afterlife of Tahirih: Eastern and Western Perspectives

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In honor of Women’s History Month and the bicentenary of the birth of the noted poet, scholar and martyr, Qurrat al-‘Ayn Tahirih (1817/8 – 1852), “the first Iranian woman to preach equality of the sexes and religious freedom” (Encyclopedia of Religion), Sasha Dehghani, visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, will speak from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in AM-189. Sponsored by the departments of Classical and Near Eastern Studies (CNES), Judaic Studies, Comparative Literature and History; and the Middle East and North Africa Program (MENA), the Religious Studies Program, with special thanks to the Dept. of Judaic Studies’ Bernard Lasky Lecture Fund, the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) and the Harpur College Visiting Speakers Fund. Questions? Email Omid GhaemmaghamiFor more information, go online.

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NEW DATE! Exploring everyday Kurdish life through discussion of research and world events

NEW DATE: April 20

All are welcome at a panel discussion reflecting the contributions of our faculty members to the learning, teaching and research of the Kurdish culture and the everyday life of its people.

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Join us from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017 in the Main Gallery of Binghamton University’s Art Museum for

“Kurdish community perspectives: Impacting our world”

Panelists will discuss their current research and findings, and how these efforts help us understand the world today. A general discussion of current events in the Kurdish community follows. Topics to be explored include the impact to Kurdish society as a result of the recent travel ban, perspectives on immigration and the vital role of diversity in education.

Panelists from Binghamton University

  • Moderator: Kent Schull, associate professor of Ottoman and modern Middle East history
  • Aynur de Rouen, curator of the Kurdish Collection, Special Collections
  • Bahattin Demir, PhD student in history
  • Ekrem Karakoc, associate professor of political science
  • Nilay Ozok-Gundogan, visiting assistant professor of Ottoman history

Panelist from the American Kurdish Council, New York chapter

  • Ridwan Zebari, director

RSVP online

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This panel discussion complements the exhibit of black-and-white photography from the Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library and Museum Collection currently on display at the Art Museum:

“A Glimpse of Everyday Life in Iraqi Kurdistan”

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Panel Discussion: Kurdish Community Perspectives: Impacting Our World

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Binghamton University Libraries invites you to a panel discussion reflecting on the contributions of our faculty members to the learning, teaching and research of the Kurdish culture and the life of its people.

Join us from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, in the Main Gallery of Binghamton University’s Art Museum for the panel discussion: Kurdish Community Perspectives: Impacting Our World.

Panelists:

  • Moderator: Kent Schull, Associate Professor of Ottoman and Modern Middle East History at Binghamton University
  • Aynur de Rouen, Curator of the Kurdish Collection, Special Collections, Binghamton University Libraries
  • Bahattin Demir, PhD student in History at Binghamton University
  • Ekrem Karakoc, Associate Professor of Political Science at Binghamton University
  • Nilay Ozok-Gundogan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Ottoman History at Binghamton University
  • Ridwan Zebari, Director, American Kurdish Council, New York Chapter

Panelists will discuss their current research and findings, and how these efforts help us understand the world today. A general discussion of current events in the Kurdish community follows. Topics to be explored include the impact to Kurdish society as a result of the recent travel ban, perspectives on immigration and the vital role of diversity in education.

RSVP online

This panel discussion compliments “A Glimpse of Life in Iraqi Kurdistan,” an exhibit of black-and-white photography from the Libraries’ Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library and Museum Collection currently on display at the Art Museum.
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IASH Fellows Speaker Series

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Giovanna Montenegro, assistant professor of comparative literature and Romance languages, will speak on “German Bankers and the Conquest of Venezuela: Cultural Memory of ‘Heretic’ Capital and Colonization” at noon Wednesday, March 1, in LN-1106, the IASH Conference Room.

She seeks to decipher fictional and historical texts that recreate the sixteenth-century German conquest of Venezuela by the Welsers, bankers from Augsburg. She analyzes the cultural memory of the Welser period from a German perspective.

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ASIA PAST & PRESENT: NEW RESEARCH FROM AAS

“ASIA PAST & PRESENT” is the AAS scholarly monograph series. This series is overseen by the AAS Editorial Board and the series editor, William M. Tsutsui. AAS expects to publish 1–2 “Asia Past and Present” books a year, each fully refereed and selected on the basis of exemplary, original, and enduring scholarship.

The following “Asia Past & Present” titles, written by leading scholars in their fields are now available:

TEACHING JAPANESE POPULAR CULTURE
edited by Deborah Shamoon and Chris McMorran

EAST MEETS EAST: Chinese Discover the Modern World in Japan, 1854–1898. A Window on the Intellectual and Social Transformation of Modern China
by Douglas R. Reynolds with Carol T. Reynolds

A SCHOLARLY REVIEW OF CHINESE STUDIES IN NORTH AMERICA (FREE E-BOOK)
edited by Haihui Zhang, Zhaohui Xue, Shuyong Jiang, and Gary Lance Lugar

CHANGING LIVES: The “Postwar” in Japanese Women’s Autobiographies and Memoirs
by Ronald P. Loftus

SCATTERED GODDESSES: Travels with the Yoginis
by Padma Kaimal

MEMORY, VIOLENCE, QUEUES: Lu Xun Interprets China
by Eva Chou

SOUTH ASIAN TEXTS IN HISTORY: Critical Engagements with Sheldon Pollock
edited by Yigal Bronner, Whitney Cox, and Lawrence McCrea

BEATING DEVILS AND BURNING THEIR BOOKS: Views of Japan, China, and the West
edited by Anthony E. Clark

COLLECTING ASIA: East Asian Libraries in North America, 1868–2008
edited by Peter X. Zhou

TO DIE AND NOT DECAY: Autobiography and the Pursuit of Immortality in Early China
by Matthew V. Wells

PRESCRIBING COLONIZATION: The Role of Medical Practices and Policies in Japan-Ruled Taiwan, 1895–1945
by Michael Shiyung Liu

TOOLS OF CULTURE: Japan’s Cultural, Intellectual, Medical, and Technological Contacts in East Asia, 1000s to 1500s
edited by Andrew Edmund Goble, Kenneth R. Robinson, and Haruko Wakabayashi

MODERN SHORT FICTION OF SOUTHEAST ASIA: A Literary History
edited by Teri Shaffer Yamada

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The 10 best travel stories on “Go Overseas” this Septermber

The stories we bring home with us are perhaps the most rewarding remnants of an experience abroad. Not only are they filled with memories and personal growth, but they’re often an inspiration for others to follow suit and have adventures of their own.

“Experience is the best way to gain knowledge and insight. [...] until YOU travel somewhere for yourself, you are only ever living someone else’s story and perspective.”

From teaching English in Spain to working with children and animals in South Africa, here are (in no particular order) 10 of the best stories from the Go Overseas community this September!

1. Sophie Boulter, Volunteer with DAKTARI Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage in South Africa

A full-time primary teacher, Sophie recounted her first solo experience volunteering at Daktari Bush School in South Africa as a “brilliant opportunity to not only make a difference for these children but improve my own teaching in a situation completely different to the one I am used to in England.”

Although she was nervous about traveling solo, Sophie is now a confident traveler: “Now I wouldn’t think twice about traveling solo — strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet!”

For more stories, see https://www.gooverseas.com/blog/best-travel-stories-on-go-overseas-this-september

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Catholicism and Transnational Human Rights Movements in Guatemala, 1968-1996

IASH Fellows Speaker Series – Fall 2015 continues

Michael Cangemi, graduate student in history, will speak on “‘We Cannot Distort History, nor Should we Silence the Truth’: Catholicism and Transnational Human Rights Movements in Guatemala, 1968-1996” at noon Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the IASH Conference Room (LN-1106). He will argue that the Catholic Church’s transnational nature allowed it to offer a human rights model that was fundamentally different from either the United States or Soviet blocs’ competing models.

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Belarusian Author and Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2015 has been awarded to the Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich. The Swedish Academy, which awards the prestigious prize,commended Alexievich “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”

A Belarusian author writing in Russian and an investigative journalist, Alexievich has been praised for her documentary reports depicting life and war in the Soviet Union and in the post-Soviet era, based on many in-depth interviews. She is the 14th woman to win one of the 111 awarded Nobel Prizes for Literature, and the first Russian-language author to be granted the honor since 1987, when poet Joseph Brodsky received the prize.

Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, told journalists on October 8 at the announcement of the award in Stockholm that Alexievich “has offered us new historical material and she has offered us a new genre.” Wall Street Journal also highlighted the writer’s more current work, calling her “a vocal critic of her country’s leader and a prominent voice against Russia’s involvement in Ukraine.”

Alexievich’s works, mixing fiction and documentary prose to convey emotional stories of the role of women in World War II and the Chernobyl disaster based on witness accounts, have been translated into many languages and won international awards. But her books are not published in her home country, Belarus, ruled by long-standing president Alyaksandr Lukashenka, due to a continuing crackdown on free speech and pervasive censorship.

Read more here.

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Turkey and the War Against ISIS: A Reliable Ally?

Sinan Ciddi, director, Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown University, will speak on “Turkey and the War Against ISIS: A Reliable Ally?” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in UU-209. What are the salient factors that determine Turkey’s position toward ISIS; do Turkey and the U.S. have a joint plan on how to defeat ISIS, and what is the likely role that Turkey will play in the future stability of the Middle East? Event co-sponsors: Middle East and North Africa Program, Sociology Department, History Department and Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies.

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