China Humanities Seminar

The China Humanities Seminar (CHS) is a long-standing lecture series on topics in Chinese art, history, literature, thought, and religion, with a primary focus on the premodern period. It is sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.

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January 30, 2023, 4:00 P.M. EST
Water Transformation: Buddhist Meditation and Pure Land Art in Tang China

Anne Feng
Boston University


February 13, 2023, 4:00 P.M. EST
Curating a Museum of Stones: The 'Forest of Stelae' (Beil in) and the
Politics of the Past in Middle Period China

Xin Wen
Princeton University

*This talk is co-sponsored by the Inner Asian and Altaic Studies Program*


March 6, 2023, 4:00 P.M. EST
Every Man a Merchant: Plays of the Suzhou Circle and the Making of an
Early Modern Economic Subject

Ariel Fox
University of Chicago


April 10, 2023, 4:00 P.M. EST
The Chinese Gazette in European Sources: Joining the Global Public in the Early Qing Dynasty

Nicolas Standaert
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


April 24, 2023, 4:00 P.M. EST
Title TBA

Meimei Zhang
Occidental College


All talks will be held in the Yenching Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue, and on Zoom