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January 2022

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Information Session

January 14 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate  and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above. Come learn about FLAS Fellowships offered by the area studies centers at UNC-Chapel Hill. This information session will allow students (or eligible prospective students) to ask their questions about the fellowship or about the process of applying at UNC. Click this link…

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Queering Later-Life Desire in Chinese and Sinophone Cinema

January 18 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1009, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Chinese seniors are often painted as loving elders, but seldom as elderly lovers. The prevalence of dating among seniors after the 1980s has done little to dispel the common perception that the elderly are physically and emotionally asexual. This talk examines the tension between seniors’ expressions of intimacy and their traditional family roles as (grand)parents by investigating the genre of twilight romance in contemporary Chinese and Sinophone cinema. The stigma of later-life desire stems from the potential of such awakened…

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Assignment: China – The Week that Changed the World with Mike Chinoy

January 18 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join "MEJO 437: Media in Asia" for a virtual screening of "Assignment: China - The Week that Changed the World." This year marks the 50th anniversary of President Nixon's trip to China that opened Beijing to international media and ended 25 years of no communication or diplomatic ties between the United States and China. This segment of "Assignnment: China" focuses on the historic trip. The screening will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by a discussion with Associate Professor Joe Czabovsky and Mike Chinoy, former…

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Book Launch: Precarious Asia

January 18 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

UNC Professor Arne Kalleberg, UNC Professor Emeritus Kevin Hewison, and Professor Kwang-Yeong Shin of Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, launch their latest book, Precarious Asia: Global Capitalism and Work in Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia. Precarious Asia assesses the role of global and domestic factors in shaping precarious work and its outcomes in Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia as they represent a range of Asian political democracies and capitalist economies: Japan and South Korea are now developed and mature…

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Virtual: Intro to COIL Workshop for Faculty

January 20 at 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs is hosting a workshop for faculty interested in participating in the Connecting Carolina Classrooms with the World initiative to incorporate Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) activities into their courses. The workshop is 2-3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, via Zoom. This workshop will include:   •  An introduction to COIL, a flexible pedagogical approach that allows instructors to partner with peers from across the world to develop collaborative activities that connect…

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The Art of Useless: Ma Ke’s Fashion Exhibit Useless (2007), Jia Zhangke’s Documentary Film Useless (2007), and Contemporary China’s Consumer Culture

January 20 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This talk presents an aspiring Chinese fashion designer, Ma Ke, and her fashion exhibit Useless (2007). Ma intends to draw attention to the loss of the emotional bond between the maker and the user of clothes in the age of industrialized mass production and consumption. To help fashion recover this lost memory, Ma buries her apparel under dirt for a period of time. When the garment is unearthed, she reasons, it will find itself imbued with the imprint of the…

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Film: In the Name of Belief

January 20 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

“Indonesian Pluralities” is a film documentary series that explores the social richness and political challenge of religious, ethnic, and gender diversity in Indonesia today. Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation (New York) and created and produced by Robert Hefner and Zainal Abidin Bagir in conjunction with the celebrated Indonesian documentary film group, Watchdoc, the first three films have been widely viewed and praised in Indonesia. This screening will showcase the first installment in the series, “In the Name of Belief”, an emotionally…

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How Healers Became Killers: German Physicians and the Nazi ‘Euthanasia’ Program

January 24 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies' first lecture of the spring semester is the Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Event: How Healers Became Killers: German Physicians and the Nazi ‘Euthanasia’ Program with Patricia Heberer-Rice from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Physicians played an important role as planners and implementers of Nazi racial policy. This lecture discusses how medical professionals enforced two significant aspects of Nazi policy: compulsory sterilization and the clandestine “Euthanasia” program, the Nazis’ first program of mass murder. Compulsory…

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Book Launch: The Whites are Enemies of Heaven: Climate Caucasianism and Asian Ecological Protection

January 26 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

UNC Professor Mark Driscoll will launch his new book The Whites are Enemies of Heaven: Climate Caucasianism and Asian Ecological Protection (published by Duke University Press in 2021). In this book, Prof. Driscoll examines nineteenth-century Western imperialism in Asia and the devastating effects of “climate caucasianism”—the white West’s pursuit of rapacious extraction at the expense of natural environments and people of color conflated with them. Drawing on an array of primary sources in Chinese, Japanese, and French, Driscoll reframes the Opium Wars as…

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China in Loops: Signals from 1900 and 2018

January 26 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Shaoling Ma will speak on “China in Loops: Signals from 1900 and 2018” in a series organized by UNC’s Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The project of knowing China finds itself in varying loops. Around the turn of the twentieth century, new communicative technologies’ contention with existing print media provided both the material infrastructure and the discursive content for science and technology to encroach upon notions of tradition and culture that had typically defined the late Qing. Well into…

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