Presentation 15 Sept: The Ming Court in a Chinggisid World by David M. Robinson

Presentation by David Robinson at the Leiden Institute of History, Monday Sept. 15

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David Robinson
15 September 15.00u-17.00u
Huizinga Conference Room

The Ming Court in a Chinggisid World
David M. Robinson

During fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the Ming court should be understood as one of many courts in Eurasia struggling to come to terms with the legacy of the Mongol empire. Such courts struck various poses vis-à-vis the Mongol empire: some announced themselves the proud successors to the Chinggisid mantle; some denounced the Mongols’ pernicious impact on society, culture, and morality; yet others focused on the restoration of pure native traditions; some tried to domesticate and subjugate the Chinggisid lineage; and finally others quietly appropriated technologies of governances used by the Chinggisids. Regardless of which combination of strategies they chose, polities throughout Eurasia shared a common point of reference, the memory of the Mongol empire and the living reality of the Chinggisid successors. During its first eighty years, the Ming court regularly and explicitly addressed the Chinggisids as both history and contemporary rivals in its effort to legitimate its position both at home and abroad. Such a strategy was predicated on the idea that the Chinggisids still mattered to a broad audience, from close neighbors like Korea, Jurchens, and Mongols, to more distant polities such as Hami, Turfan, and Tibet, all the way to Eastern Moghulistan and the Timurids.

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China seminar 4 June: Alliances and strategic networks: Tibetan Buddhist lamas and the Qing court

China seminar

June 4, 2014, 15:15 —— Arsenaal, room 001

Yangdon Dhondup (SOAS)

Alliances and strategic networks: Tibetan Buddhist lamas and the Qing court

The relationship between the Manchu court and Tibetan Buddhists was based on the “patron-priest” model. The emperor acted as the patron and protector of Tibetan Buddhism in exchange for religious advice and guidance by Buddhist Lamas. Whether genuinely believing in Tibetan Buddhism or motivated by geopolitical considerations, the Manchu emperors were generous patrons of Tibetan Buddhism. In this presenta¬tion, I look at how Tibetan Buddhists from east Tibet tried to establish a “patron-priest” relationship with the Manchu court and explore their motivation for doing so.

China seminar 21 May: The Communication and Empire Project

China seminar

May 21, 2014, 15:15 —— Arsenaal, room 001

Hilde De Weerdt (Leiden University)

The Communication and Empire Project:
Digital and comparative perspectives on middle-period Chinese history

“Communication and Empire: Chinese Empires in Comparative Perspective” is a five-year
ERC-funded project based at Leiden University. Project members research the importance
of political communication and communication networks in the maintenance and fragmentation
of political entities focusing on Chinese history (1000-1300) and medieval Europe (1000-1500).
This talk sets out the project’s main objectives and reports on the outcomes of the first two years
of comparative historical research as well as on the development of digital text analysis and
visualization tools for large corpora of classical Chinese texts.

For more information see http://chinese-empires.eu/about/ or http://did-acte.org/about/

one more time!

June 4, 2014: Yangdon Dhondup (SOAS) “Alliances and strategic networks:
Tibetan Buddhist lamas and the Qing court”

China seminar 7 May: Civil society concept as a tool for making the other: the case of China

China seminar

7 May, 2014, 15:15    ——   Arsenaal, room 001 (Arsenaalstraat 1, Leiden)

 

Taru Salmenkari (Leiden University)

 

Civil society concept as a tool for making the other: the case of China

 

The application of the concept of ‘civil society’ to China in Western academic studies is one devise for “othering” China. Despite of its vivid grassroots social life (categorized as minjian in China), academic treatises do not merit the term civil society for China. At best, civil society in China is claimed to be “nascent,” far from a mature civil society. At worst it is said to be nonexistent. This paper analyzes the reasons for the different usages of the term for China and for “the West,” including the use of the term civil society when researchers actually search for oppositional movements and the failure of separating trajectories of economic liberalization and of associational life. This definitional deficiency causes problems when it is reflected back to Chinese academic research and associational life. Too narrow definitions hinder the development of Chinese civil society, when many phenomena common in Western civil societies are defined as undesirable in China.

 

forthcoming: 

May 21, 2014: Hilde De Weerdt (Leiden U): “The Communication and Empire Project: Digital and comparative perspectives on middle-period Chinese history”

June 4, 2014: Yangdon Dhondup (SOAS) “Alliances and strategic networks: Tibetan Buddhist lamas and the Qing court”

China Seminar 30 April: Chau Yung-mau An Assessment of Local Politics and Its Prospects in Taiwan

China seminar

April 30, 2014, 15:15

Arsenaal, room 001

 

Chao Yung-mau   (National Taiwan University and IIAS, Leiden)

 

An assessment of local politics and its prospects in Taiwan

Since 1950, Taiwan has built a very early and successful local autonomy. However, local politics in Taiwan is still suffering from patron-clientele politics, black gold politics, privilege politics, closed politics, power monopoly politics, informal politics and corruption. Now local politics in Taiwan is also exploiting a political evolution, an open and civil political system, decentralization, and a central-local partnership system. Those development are helpful to build public awareness in public affairs and promoting civil participation.

forthcoming: 

May 7, 2014: Taru Salmenkari (Leiden U): “Civil society concept as a tool for making the other: the case of China”

May 21, 2014: Hilde De Weerdt (Leiden U): “The Communication and Empire Project: Digital and comparative perspectives on middle-period Chinese history”

 

Cancellation China Seminar 23 April

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the China seminar lecture by Yangdon Dhondup, scheduled for April 23, has had to be cancelled.

China Seminar 23 April: Alliances and strategic networks: Tibetan Buddhist lamas and the Qing court

China seminar

April 23, 2014, 15:15 ——   Arsenaal, room 001

 

Yangdon Dhondup (SOAS)

 

Alliances and strategic networks: Tibetan Buddhist lamas and the Qing court

 

The relationship between the Manchu court and Tibetan Buddhists was based on the “patron-priest” model. The emperor acted as the patron and protector of Tibetan Buddhism in exchange for religious advice and guidance by Buddhist Lamas. Whether genuinely believing in Tibetan Buddhism or motivated by geopolitical considerations, the Manchu emperors were generous patrons of Tibetan Buddhism. In this presenta­tion, I look at how Tibetan Buddhists from east Tibet tried to establish a “patron-priest” relationship with the Manchu court and explore their motivation for doing so.

 

forthcoming:

April 30, 2014: Chao Yung-mau (National Taiwan University and IIAS, Leiden): “An assessment of local politics and its prospect in Taiwan”

May 7, 2014: Taru Salmenkari (Leiden U): “Civil society concept as a tool for making the other: the case of China”

May 21, 2014: Hilde De Weerdt (Leiden U): “The Communication and Empire Project: Digital and comparative perspectives on middle-period Chinese history”

China seminar 9 April: Fast and Furious: How the Market for Contemporary Art is Emerging in China

China seminar

 

April 9, 2014, 15:15   —— Leiden University, Arsenaal, room 001

 

Svetlana Kharchenkova (UvA)

 

Fast and Furious: How the Market for Contemporary Art is Emerging in China

 

The Chinese art market, now the world’s second largest, has scarcely existed for two decades. Despite the initial rejection of experimen­tal contemporary art by the Chinese government, China has become one of the most successful examples of an emerging contemporary art market. This talk traces the historical development of the market for contemporary art in mainland China from the late 1970s until now. It highlights how the development of the art market has been influenced by political and economic factors, by actors located both inside and outside the art world, and importantly, by foreign actors and institutions.

 

Svetlana Kharchenkova is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), the University of Amsterdam, where she works within the large-scale project “The Globalization of High Culture: How Markets for Contemporary Art Develop in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC)” funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). She studied at Peking University and holds a Research MA degree in Area Studies from Leiden University.

 

forthcoming:

April 23, 2014: Yangdon Dhondup (SOAS) “Alliances and strategic networks: Tibetan Buddhist lamas and the Qing court”

April 30, 2014: Chao Yung-mau (National Taiwan University, IIAS) “An assessment of local politics and its prospect in Taiwan”

plus: May 7, 2014 with Taru Salmenkari and May 21, 2014 with Hilde De Weerdt

AMT Seminar 26 March: The new middle class in China – who are they?

Time
15.00-17.00 hrs

Venue
Lipsius Building Room 148
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Everyone is welcome!

 

The new middle class in China

The new middle class in China – who are they? What are their dreams? What do they worry about? Can you be happy in a dictatorship? And how about sex?

Journalist and anthropologist Sybilla Claus writes for the Dutch daily newspaper Trouwabout East Asia. She will talk about two special projects she researched in China.

  1. Wherever you look, China is building apartment buildings. In 2020 there will be hundreds of cities with a million inhabitants. But who is living in all those flats? Sybilla Claus lived for a week in Tower XII of a new high-rise complex.
  2. Soul searching: the changing moral landscape.
    a. Chinese citizens are better off economically, and feel emotionally liberated. But can the modern Chinese be happy in a dictatorship?
    b. A sexual revolution is happening in China, of course in Red style. How do citizens find their (erotic) way between the do-nots of censorship?
    c. Chinese are world champions in hard working and making money – but spending it is a different story. Philantrophy and volunteer work are upcoming phenomena.

 

MEARC

 

Modern East Asia Research Centre (MEARC)’s mission is to be an international centre of excellence for research on contemporary East Asia. MEARC aims to maximize the impact of East Asia research on stakeholders within and outside academia in the Netherlands and beyond. MEARC funds original research projects, serves as hub for academic and non-academic networks, organizes targeted dissemination events, and offers bespoke executive courses. MEARC’s expertise includes politics and international relations, and deep insight into the socio-cultural and economic dynamics of contemporary East Asia.