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Robert Oppenheim, Director WCH 4.134, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 78712 • 512-471-5811

State of the Field Seminar Series

Posted: February 1, 2009

April 14, 2009

The third and final state of the field seminar will be on humanities. Please refer to the readings listed below.

The reading for Dr. Chang:
Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang, "The Globalization of Culture and Shifting Paradigms in Taiwan Studies"

The readings for Dr. Lai:
Haun Saussy (ed.), Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization, Preface and Chapter 1
Stephen Owen, "Reviewed work: Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization by Haun Saussy (ed.), Comparative Literature Studies, Vol. 44, No. 1-2 (2007): 183-186
Paul Kroll, "Reflections on Recent Anthologies of Chinese Literature in Translation"

The readings for Dr. Cather:
Alan Tansman, "Japanese Studies: The Intangible Act of Translation"
various authors, "State of the Field"

The reading(s) for Dr.Yun-Chiahn Sena:
Peter Sturman, "Cranes above Kaifeng: The Auspicious Image at the Court of Huizong"


March 10, 2009

The second state of the field seminar started with a discussion on history. Students were encouraged to read articles below to be prepared for the talk.

John W. Dower, "Sizing Up (and Breaking Down) Japan"
Arif Dirlik, "Modernity as History: Post-revolutionary China, Globalization, and the Question of Modernity"
Lothar Von Falkenhausen, "On the Historiographical Orientation of Chinese Archaeology"


February 17, 2009

The first seminar started with a discussion on the social sciences. For background, it was encouraged that students read three short articles from PS: Political Science and Politics (vol. 30, no. 2, June 1997) that explore an ongoing controversy involving rational choice theory.

Robert H. Bates, "Area Studies and the Discipline: A Useful Controversy?" pp. 166-69.
Chalmers Johnson, "Preconception vs. Observation: Or the Contributions of Rational Choice Theory and Area Studies to Contemporary Political Science," pp. 170-74.
Ian S. Lustick, "The Disciplines of Political Science: Studying the Culture of Rational Choice as a Case in Point," pp. 175-79.

Speakers and additional information about future topics to be announced.

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