Website Launch: Mapping Historical New York Dept. of History and Center for Spatial Research GSAPP
(Wednesday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Global Biography Working Group PRESENTS Greg Tomlin Murrow’s Cold War
The Global Biography Working Group
Murrow’s Cold War
Thursday, 28 October 2021, 12 noon Eastern Standard Time, via Zoom
Chair, Victoria Phillips, London School of Economics
The Global Biography Working Group (GloBio) is an online platform and forum for the presentation, discussion and dissemination of all things concerning global biographies, particularly of the 19th, 20th, and 21st century. GloBio aims to facilitate the development of global biography as a lively and connected academic field with a distinct set of approaches.
(Thursday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
MODERN CHINA LECTURE SERIES FEATURING EUGENIA LEAN – THE IDEOGRAPH AND A CANTONESE PUN: LINGUISTIC DIVERGENCE AND
MODERN CHINA LECTURE SERIES FEATURING EUGENIA LEAN – THE IDEOGRAPH AND A CANTONESE PUN: LINGUISTIC DIVERGENCE AND SPURIOUS CHINESE MARKS IN GLOBAL CAPITALISM
NOVEMBER 2 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Speaker: Eugenia Lean, Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures; Director, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
By examining two early legal cases featuring the alleged counterfeiting of Xiangmao Honey Soap, this talk shows how the Chinese language and linguistic practices in Chinese commercial culture often stymied Western manufacturers and import companies’ attempts to pursue and prosecute suspected Chinese copycats. Xiangmao soap was featured in the first ever trademark litigation trial in China held in 1889. In that trial, it became evident that the emerging global trademark regime was premised on an Orientalist understanding of the Chinese character as ideograph. A second case in 1919 that also featured the alleged counterfeiting of the Xiangmao brand then reveals how the homophonic nature of Chinese and the issue of dialect were often the basis of wordplay and punning in Chinese trademarks, and that international trademark law was unable to accommodate these practices. The key legal premise that an offending trademark rested on its function to deceive the public prevented the system from recognizing (and thus, successfully prosecuting) marks that while likely to have been emulative, turned precisely on a knowing audience, willing to purchase the “counterfeit” because of the witty pun or wordplay at work. Both bring to the fore how the emerging trademark regime was premised on romance languages and failed to appreciate the complexity of both the Chinese language and the nature of the Chinese consumer market. Hardly marks that purposefully deceived in acts of “passing off,” so-called “spurious” marks aided (and arguably abetted) knowledgeable and appreciative consumers in their wily acts of consumption and were part of a larger market of rogue knock-offs in China that eluded the emerging trademark regime in the early twentieth-century and that continue to elude the global IP today.
Eugenia Lean received her BA from Stanford University (1990), and her MA (1996) and PhD (2001) from UCLA. She is interested in a broad range of topics in late imperial and modern Chinese history with a particular focus on the history of science and industry, mass media, consumer culture, affect studies and gender, as well as law and urban society. She is also interested in issues of historiography and critical theory in the study of East Asia. She is the author of Public Passions: the Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China (UC Press, 2007) which was awarded the 2007 John K. Fairbank prize for the best book in modern East Asian history, given by the American Historical Association.
Professor Lean’s second book, Vernacular Industrialism in China: Local Innovation and Translated Technologies in theMaking of a Cosmetics Empire, 1900-1940 (Columbia University Press, 2020), examines the manufacturing, commercial and cultural activities of maverick industrialist Chen Diexian (1879-1940). It illustrates how lettered men of early twentieth century China engaged in “vernacular industrialism,” the pursuit of industry and science outside of conventional venues that drew on the process of experimentation with both local and global practices of manufacturing and was marked by heterogeneous, often ad hoc forms of knowledge and material work.
Presented via Zoom
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Also streaming on YouTube
- November 2
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
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- Modern China Lecture
(Tuesday) 4:00 pm - 5:35 pm
Wednesday, November 3 at 12:00 pm Sylvie Anne Goldberg: The Genius of Yosef Yerushalmi
Wednesday, November 3 at 12:00 pm
Sylvie Anne Goldberg: The Genius of Yosef Yerushalmi
with Elisheva Carlebach and Alexander Kaye
In partnership with with the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center
No people has navigated the tightrope between history and memory with greater doggedness than the Jews. We dig up, investigate and argue about the facts of our past — even as we cling to memories that might not be quite accurate but that serve as our national glue.
That tension was at the heart of the work of Dr. Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, a towering Jewish scholar, the Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society at Columbia University.
During his long career, Dr. Yerushalmi plumbed an eclectic assortment of Jewish subjects, from the Spanish expulsion to Freud’s relationship with his religion. But Jewish memory was his signature concern as he wrestled with the question as to whether scholarship alone could nurture a living culture.
Upon the publication of Transmitting Jewish History, based on conversations with Dr. Yerushalmi, The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center is honored to welcome its author, Sylvie Anne Goldberg, to discuss his personal and intellectual journey and the mark he’s left on Jewish scholarship and thought.
Goldberg is associate professor at the Center for Historical Research and head of the Jewish Studies Program at L’École des hautes études en science sociales (The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) in Paris. She is the author of three other books on Jewish history.
Sylvie will be in conversation with Elisheva Carlebach, who helped translate and publish the book, and Alexander Kaye, who wrote the book’s introduction.
Elisheva Carlebach is the Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture, and Society at Columbia University as well as the current Director of the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia. She is an award-winning author and she has twice held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She served as Editor of the Association for Jewish Studies Review and chaired the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History.
Author Alexander Kaye is the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies at Brandeis University. His research includes the history of Jewish thought, with a special focus on political thought, the history of law and theories of Jewish modernity. He is also an expert in Israel Studies, and he focuses on the relationship between law, religion, and politics, and in particular the history of religious Zionism.
In partnership with the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center.
While all Institute events are free and open to the public, we do encourage a suggested donation of $10.
(Wednesday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
OPACITY | The Arts of War Eventbrite Page | Register here
OPACITY | The Arts of War
About this event
Simone Browne is Associate Professor of Black Studies and Research Director of Critical Surveillance Inquiry with Good Systems, at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently writing her second book manuscript, Like the Mixture of Charcoal and Darkness, which examines the interventions made by artists whose works grapple with the surveillance of Black life, from policing, privacy, smart dust and the FBI’s COINTELPRO to encryption, electronic waste and artificial intelligence. Together, these essays explore the productive possibilities of rebellious methodologies and creative innovation when it comes to troubling surveillance and its various tactics, and imagining Black life beyond the surveillance state. Simone is the author of Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness.
Ronak K. Kapadia is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His first book, Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War (Duke University Press, 2019) won the 2020 Surveillance Studies Network Book Award. This book theorizes the world-making power of contemporary art responses to US militarism in the Greater Middle East. His new project, “Breathing in the Brown Queer Commons,” examines race-radical queer and trans migrant futurisms to develop a critical theory of healing justice and pleasure across transnational sites of security, terror, and war in the wilds of ecological chaos and US imperial decline.
Nada Shabout is a Regent Professor of Art History and the Coordinator of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas. She is the founding president of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA). She is a curator and author of numerous essays and books, including Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics, 2007; coeditor of New Vision: Arab Art in the 21st Century, 2009; and coeditor Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents, Museum of Modern Art, 2018. She is currently working on a new book project, Demarcating Modernism in Iraqi Art: The Dialectics of the Decorative, 1951-1979, under contract with the American University in Cairo Press.
(Friday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Celebrating Recent Work by Mae M. Ngai NEW BOOKS
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The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics
by: Mae M. Ngai
How Chinese migration to the world’s goldfields upended global power and economics and forged modern conceptions of race.
In roughly five decades, between 1848 and 1899, more gold was removed from the earth than had been mined in the 3,000 preceding years, bringing untold wealth to individuals and nations. But friction between Chinese and white settlers on the goldfields of California, Australia, and South Africa catalyzed a global battle over “the Chinese Question”: would the United States and the British Empire outlaw Chinese immigration?
This distinguished history of the Chinese diaspora and global capitalism chronicles how a feverish alchemy of race and money brought Chinese people to the West and reshaped the nineteenth-century world. Drawing on ten years of research across five continents, prize-winning historian Mae Ngai narrates the story of the thousands of Chinese who left their homeland in pursuit of gold, and how they formed communities and organizations to help navigate their perilous new world. Out of their encounters with whites, and the emigrants’ assertion of autonomy and humanity, arose the pernicious western myth of the “coolie” laborer, a racist stereotype used to drive anti-Chinese sentiment.
By the turn of the twentieth century, the United States and the British Empire had answered “the Chinese Question” with laws that excluded Chinese people from immigration and citizenship. Ngai explains how this happened and argues that Chinese exclusion was not extraneous to the emergent global economy but an integral part of it. The Chinese Question masterfully links important themes in world history and economics, from Europe’s subjugation of China to the rise of the international gold standard and the invention of racist, anti-Chinese stereotypes that persist to this day.
About the Author:
Mae M. Ngai is Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. She is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in the histories of immigration, citizenship, nationalism, and the Chinese diaspora. She is author of the award winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004); The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (2010); and The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics (2021). Ngai has written on immigration history and policy for the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic, the Nation, and Dissent. Before becoming a historian she was a labor-union organizer and educator in New York City, working for District 65-UAW and the Consortium for Worker Education. She is now writing Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of an Idea (under contract with Princeton University Press).
About the speakers:
Elizabeth Blackmar, professor, specializes in social history of American property relations and the built environment. She received her B.A. from Smith and her Ph.D. from Harvard. Her publications include The Park and the People: A History of Central Park (with Roy Rosenzweig, 1992) and Manhattan for Rent, 1785-1850 (1989).Articles include “Of REITS and Rights: Absentee Ownership at the Periphery” in City, Country, Empire: Landscapes in Environmental History (2005); “Appropriating the Commons: The Tragedy of Property Rights Discourse”in The Politics of Public Space (2005); “Peregrinations of the Free Rider: The Changing Logics of Collective Obligation,” in Transformations in American Legal History: Essays in Honor of Morton Horwitz (2008); and “Inheriting Property and Debt: From Family Security to Corporate Accumulation,” in Capitalism Takes Command: The Social Transformation of Nineteenth-century America (2011).
Lydia H. Liu is the Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities; Director, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Her research centers on modern China, cross-cultural exchange, and global transformation in modern history, with a focus on the movement of words, theories, and artifacts across national boundaries and on the evolution of writing, textuality, and media technology. Professor Liu teaches courses on modern Chinese literature and culture in this department and offers graduate courses on comparative literature, critical translation theory, and new media in the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Among her many activities, Professor Liu established a new Tsinghua-Columbia Center for Translingual and Transcultural Studies (CTTS) at Tsinghua University in Beijing to promote international collaboration and interdisciplinary research. Before joining Columbia in 2006, she taught at the University of Michigan (2002–2006) and at the University of California at Berkeley (1990-2002).
Mary Lui is Professor of American Studies and History. Her primary research interests include: Asian American history, urban history, women and gender studies, and public history. She is the author of The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City (Princeton University Press, 2005). The book uses a 1909 unsolved murder case to examine race, gender, and interracial sexual relations in the cultural, social and spatial formation of New York City Chinatown from 1870-1920.
Moderated by: Adam Kosto specializes in the institutional and legal history of medieval Europe, with a focus on Catalonia and the Mediterranean. He received his B.A. from Yale (1989), an M.Phil. from Cambridge (1990), and his Ph.D. from Harvard (1996). He is the author of Making Agreements in Medieval Catalonia: Power, Order, and the Written Word, 1000-1200 (Cambridge UP, 2001) and Hostages in the Middle Ages (Oxford UP, 2012), and co-editor of The Experience of Power in Medieval Europe , 950-1350 (Ashgate, 2005), Charters, Cartularies, and Archives: The Preservation and Transmission of Documents in the Medieval West (PIMS, 2002), and Documentary Practices and the Laity in the Early Middle Ages (Cambridge UP, 2012). He is a member of the Commission Internationale de Diplomatique and currently serves as program director for Columbia’s History in Action initiative.
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Attendance at ISERP events will follow Columbia-issued guidelines as they continue to develop. Given the current recommendations, we plan to allow in person attendance for Columbia affiliates who have conformed with the on-campus guidelines. For everyone else, we’re planning to livestream this event, allowing for virtual attendance.
(Tuesday) 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Complex Issues: ‘Pride, 1950s: People Had Parties’ Director Tom
This conversation explores the first episode of Pride, a six-part documentary series chronicling the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States from the 1950s to the 2000s. Each episode is dedicated to a decade and directed by a different director. Kalin’s contribution — “1950s: People Had Parties” — is a “revealing look at the vibrant and full lives lived by queer people in the 1950s amidst a steep rise in governmental regulations against the LGBTQ+ community led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, who ushered in an era of government-sanctioned persecution,” according to FX Networks.
In advance of this conversation, please watch Pride: “1950s: People Had Parties” on FX or Hulu and read Tom Kalin’s article, “Politics and Pride are Central to Building LGBTQ Community,” in Columbia News.
Complex Issues explores difference, visibility, and representation through recent work by faculty of Columbia University and Columbia University School of the Arts in particular. Conversations invite challenging questions of racial, ethnic, gender, economic, sexual, religious, and cultural complexity, and how they are articulated across discipline and genre today.
(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
TRACE Eventbrite Page | Register here
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Zainab Bahrani is Edith Porada Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and author of Rituals of War (Zone/MIT Press, 2008) which won the American Historical Association Prize, and The Infinite Image: Art, Time and the Aesthetic Dimension in Antiquity (Reaktion/University of Chicago Press, 2014) which won the Lionel Trilling Prize. Bahrani is also editor and co-author of volumes written to accompany her co-curated exhibitions: Scramble for the Past: A Story of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire 1753-1914 (Istanbul, 2011) and Modernism and Iraq (New York, 2009). Major awards for her work include grants from the Getty Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, a 2003 Guggenheim, and a 2019 Carnegie award. In 2020 she was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Rosie Bsheer is a historian of the modern Middle East. She is the author of Archive Wars: The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia(Stanford University Press, August 2020) and the Associate Producer of the 2007 Oscar-nominated film My Country, My Country. She is also Co-Editor of Jadaliyya E-zine, and Associate Editor of Tadween Publishing. Bsheer’s work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Whiting Foundation, and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. She received her Ph.D. in History from Columbia University (2014) and comes to Harvard University from Yale University, where she was Assistant Professor of History (2014–2018).
Priya Satia is the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History and Professor of History at Stanford University, where she teaches modern British and British empire history. Her first book, Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain’s Covert Empire in the Middle East (2008), won three major prizes including the AHA’s Herbert Baxter Adams Prize. Her second book, Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution (2018), also won three major prizes, including the AHA’s Jerry Bentley Prize, and was a finalist for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize, the LA Times Book Prize in History, and the Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies. Her latest book, Time’s Monster: How History Makes History (2020), was named one of BBC History Magazine and the New Statesman’s best books of 2020.
(Friday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
MEMORY | Praxis & Resistance Eventbrite Page | Register here
MEMORY | Praxis & Resistance
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Majd al-Shihabi is a technologist and urban planner, who is interested in knowledge production outside of large institutions. He uses open methodologies and technologies to help alternative archives manage, publish, and activate their collections. His most recent project in collaboration with Visualizing Palestine is Palestine Open Maps, a project to “open source” historical colonial maps of Palestine from the British Mandate period. Al-Shihabi was also the inaugural fellow of the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship.
Emran Feroz is an Austrian-Afghan journalist and author who has been focusing on the US-led War on Terror, and especially the American drone program, for almost ten years. His work has appeared in a range of publications, such as Foreign Policy, The Intercept, The New York Times, The Atlantic or Der Spiegel. In 2017, Feroz published an investigative book about US drone warfare in Afghanistan and in other countries with Frankfurt-based Westend publisher. He is also the founder of “Drone Memorial,” a virtual memorial for civilian drone strike victims.
Sarah Hamid is an abolitionist and organizer working in the Pacific Northwest. She leads the policing technology campaign at the Carceral Tech Resistance Network, an archiving and knowledge sharing network for organizers building community defense against the design, roll-out, and experimentation of carceral technologies. Sarah co-founded the inside/outside research collaboration, the Prison Tech Research Group, and sits on the board of CAIR Oregon, the Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. In 2020, she helped create the #8toAbolition campaign: a police and prison abolition resource built during last summer’s uprisings.
(Friday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm