“Speaking of China” Lecture series brings to Rutgers leading China experts in the world to discuss their cutting-edge researches, with a focus on social scientific and interdisciplinary approaches.

Upcoming Events

10 Oct 2024
04:00PM - 05:30PM
TBA (Mark Frazier, New School)
24 Oct 2024
04:30PM - 06:00PM
TBA (Hanmei Wang, Central China University/Rutgers)

Past Events

29 Apr 2024
04:30PM - 06:00PM
China's Age of Abundance: A Reflection (WANG Feng, University of California Irvine)
18 Apr 2024
05:00PM - 06:30PM
The Birth of Century: Chinese Thought at the Dawn of the Pacific Twentieth Century (WANG Hui, Tsinghua University)
11 Apr 2024
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Mao and Markets: The Communist Roots of Chinese Enterprise (Christopher Marquis, University of Cambridge, UK)
04 Apr 2024
04:30PM - 06:00PM
True Crimes and True Criminals: Standards of Visual Evidence in a Twelfth-Century Casebook (Ari Daniel Levine, University of Georgia)
04 Mar 2024
04:00PM - 05:30PM
Common Prosperity for Rural China: How the Rural-Urban Divide Threatens China’s Rise (Scott Rozelle, Stanford University)
22 Feb 2024
02:00PM - 03:30PM
Chinese Cosmopolitanism: The History and Philosophy of an Idea (Shuchen Xiang, Xidian University 西电大学, China)
09 Nov 2023
04:30PM - 06:00PM
The Gilded Cage: Technology, Development, and State Capitalism in China (Ya-Wen Lei, Harvard University)
24 Oct 2023
12:15PM - 02:00PM
Global China and Infrastructure Power: The techno-politics of the ‘China Model’ of development (Timothy Oakes, University of Colorado Boulder)
05 Oct 2023
04:30PM - 06:00PM
The Ming Prince and Daoism (Richard Wang, University of Florida)
02 Oct 2023
04:30PM - 06:00PM
The Dean of Shandong: Confessions of a Minor Bureaucrat at a Chinese University (Daniel A. Bell, University of Hong Kong)
28 Sep 2023
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Why Re-translate a Classic? (Michael Nylan, University of California Berkeley)
20 Apr 2023
04:30PM - 06:00PM
China’s “Referendum” of 1156, Or the Wang Zhiwang Moment in the Global History of Democracy (Shoufu Yin, University of British Columbia)
13 Apr 2023
04:30PM - 06:00PM
True Crimes and True Criminals: Standards of Visual Evidence in a Twelfth-Century Casebook (Ari Daniel Levine, University of Georgia/IAS) (Canceled)
08 Mar 2023
04:30PM - 06:00PM
The King's Road: Diplomacy and the Remaking of the Silk Road (Xin WEN, Princeton University)
02 Mar 2023
05:30PM - 07:00PM
Thinking about China in Dark Times with Hannah Arendt (Yang XIAO, Kenyon College)
23 Feb 2023
11:00AM - 12:30PM
The Rise and Fall of Imperial China: The Social Origins of State Development (Yuhua Wang, Harvard University)
16 Feb 2023
04:00PM - 05:30PM
Economic Inequality and Social and Demographic Outcomes in China (Yu XIE, Princeton University)
09 Feb 2023
01:30PM - 03:00PM
Prestige, Manipulation, and Coercion: Elite Power Struggles in the Soviet Union and China after Stalin and Mao (Joseph Torigian, American University)
08 Feb 2023
04:00PM - 05:30PM
Family Matters: Chinese Queer Politics around the Rise of a Family-State (Wei Wei, Eastern China Normal University)
30 Nov 2022
12:30PM - 02:00PM
Chinese Public Opinion about US–China Relations from Trump to Biden (Xiaojun Li, University of British Columbia)
10 Nov 2022
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Travelogues on Daoist Sacred Sites in Southern Song China (Norifumi Sakai, Keio University & Harvard-Yenching Institute)
03 Nov 2022
04:30PM - 06:00PM
The Jiankang Empire: Urban Economy and Foreign Trade (Andrew Chittick, Eckerd College & NYU)
26 Oct 2022
01:00PM - 02:30PM
The Great Unity (da yitong 大一統) Ideal: A Key to China's Imperial Longevity? (Yuri Pines, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
21 Oct 2022
03:30PM - 05:00PM
How to Read a Story: Narrative Constructions in Early China (Michael Puett, Harvard University)
28 Apr 2022
04:00PM - 05:30PM
The Logic of Governance in China: An Organizational Approach (Xueguang Zhou, Stanford University)
21 Apr 2022
12:00PM - 01:30PM
The Unintrusive Nature of Digital Surveillance and Its Social Consequences in China (Xu Xu, Princeton University)
07 Apr 2022
04:00PM - 05:30PM
Pooches, Foxes, Pigs, Oxen, and Donkeys: Tentacular Kinship and the Rituals of Narrative in Mo Yan’s Fiction (Christopher Lupke, University of Alberta, Canada)
05 Apr 2022
04:00PM -
Why They Complied: Ordinary People, the Big Environment, and the Control of COVID-19 in China (Katherine A. Mason and Yifeng Cai, Brown University)
09 Mar 2022
01:00PM - 02:30PM
China and the Ukraine Crisis (Xiaoyu Pu, University of Nevada, Reno)
22 Feb 2022
04:00PM - 05:30PM
The Trafficking-Development Nexus: Labor, Migration, and Marriage on the China-Myanmar Border (Elena Shih, Brown University)
18 Feb 2022
02:00PM - 03:30PM
Adapting: A Chinese Philosophy of Action (Mercedes Valmisa, Gettysburg College)
04 Feb 2022
02:00PM - 03:30PM
Polluting Dreams in Han-Period and Early Medieval China (Rob Campany, Vanderbilt University)
17 Nov 2021
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Upriver and Overseas: Two Emigrant Communities in Nineteenth-Century China (Steven Miles, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
28 Oct 2021
07:00PM - 08:30PM
The Beijing Palace Museum Comes to Hong Kong: Aestheticizing the Future of the Nation (Carolyn Cartier, University of Technology Sydney)
22 Oct 2021
07:30PM - 09:00PM
Intergenerational Relationship in Contemporary China: How Culture Matters (Hu Anning, Fudan University, China)
14 Oct 2021
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Ritual and Relationship in Living Daoist Practice in Contemporary China (David Mozina)
05 Oct 2021
07:00PM - 08:30PM
The Geopolitics of Justice: China, the United States, Canada, and the Case of Meng Wanzhou (Taisu Zhang, Yale Law School; Margaret Lewis, Seton Hall Law School)
16 Sep 2021
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Land and the Origins of Contemporary Politics in Asia: Taiwan, Mainland China, Indonesia, and Malaysia since 1945 (William Hurst, University of Cambridge, UK)
29 Apr 2021
08:00PM - 09:30PM
The State, Market, and China’s Anti-Covid-19 Mobilization (Yan Hairong, Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ. & Barry Sautman, Hong Kong Univ. of Science & Technology)
06 Apr 2021
04:00PM - 05:30PM
How China Has Responded to SARS and COVID-19 (Dali Yang, University of Chicago)
11 Mar 2021
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Isomorphic or Poly-Ontological Pluralism? A Chinese Puzzle of Religious Diversity (David Palmer, University of Hong Kong)
28 Jan 2021
07:00PM - 08:30PM
A Philosophical Defense of Culture: Perspectives from Confucianism and Cassirer (Shuchen Xiang, Peking University, China)
22 Oct 2020
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Civility and Manners in These Times: Early Confucian Strategies and Sensibilities (Amy Olberding, University of Oklahoma)
14 Oct 2020
02:00PM - 03:30PM
The Present as Prologue: The Gloomy Outlook for US-China Relations (Avery Goldstein, University of Pennsylvania)
08 Oct 2020
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Of the People, for the People, but not by the People —Confucian Meritocracy as a Correction of Democracy (BAI Tongdong, Fudan University, China)
01 Oct 2020
08:00PM - 09:30PM
China’s Ruling Class: Elite Persistence and the Ironies of Social Change (David Goodman, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China)
25 Sep 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Twenty Years in China: A Journalist's Experience on Trends and Developments (Ian Johnson, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist)
10 Sep 2020
08:00PM - 09:30PM
Will COVID-19 Reconfigure Social Institutions? A View from China (GUAN Kai, Yunnan University, China)
09 Apr 2020
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Trends in Social Closure in Post-Revolution China (Yu XIE, Princeton University) canceled
26 Mar 2020
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Temporality and Buddha-Nature in Tiantai Buddhist Thought (Brook Ziporyn, University of Chicago) canceled
28 Feb 2020
05:00PM - 06:30PM
Transparency, Digital Placemaking, and Shenzhen Urbanism (Fan Yang, University of Maryland Baltimore County)
14 Nov 2019
04:30PM - 06:00PM
How the Chinese Copy became the Prototype: Shenzhen and the Moral Perils of Technological Promise (Silvia Lindtner, University of Michigan)
07 Nov 2019
04:30PM - 06:00PM
China and the U.S.: Can’t We Just Get Along? (Andrew Nathan, Columbia University)
03 Oct 2019
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Qing Thought as a Period-Concept of Intellectual Developments in Late Imperial China (On-Cho Ng, Penn State University)
26 Sep 2019
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Red Guards, Live Streamers, and Tweeps: Performance Ethics in Work, Politics, and Play in China and the US (Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania)
02 May 2019
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Considering Citizenship in Imperial Chinese History (Hilde de Weerdt, Leiden University and IAS)
19 Apr 2019
03:00PM - 04:30PM
Queering the Rise of China: Gay Parenthood, Transnational Surrogacy, and Dislocated Reproductive Right (Wei Wei, East China Normal University)
31 Jan 2019
04:30PM - 06:00PM
The Transmission and Indigenization of Chinese Daoist Faith in the Late Chosŏn Korea (Jihyun Kim, Seoul National University and Harvard-Yenching Institute)
18 Oct 2018
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Seeking Pleasure in Peril: Male Same-Sex Relations during the Cultural Revolution (Wenqing Kang, Cleveland State University)
04 Oct 2018
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Migration, Social Institutions, and Popular Resistance in Rural China (Yao LU, Columbia University)
26 Sep 2018
05:00PM - 06:30PM
From Mines to Malls: Migrancy, Labor, and Chinese Racial Capitalism in Johannesburg (Mingwei HUANG, Dartmouth College)
05 Apr 2018
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Lost and Found in Translation: From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen (Steven Heine, Florida International University)
27 Mar 2018
05:00PM - 06:30PM
The Specter of Global China (Ching Kwan Lee, UCLA)
20 Mar 2018
04:30PM - 06:00PM
Sex, Work, and Money Boys in Post-Socialist China (Travis S.K. Kong, University of Hong Kong)
01 Mar 2018
04:30PM - 06:00PM
China's War on Poverty: Will It Succeed? (Qin GAO, Columbia University)