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Past Events

  • Korean Studies Conference: "Seoul Under Construction: Politics, Memory, and Urbanism in Korea"

    Williams Hall 623

    More information coming soon

  • CSCC 7th Annual Conference-"Security and US-China Relations: Differences, Dangers, and Dilemmas"

    Silverman 245, Levy Conference Room, Penn Law School

    Following the normalization of diplomatic relations in 1979, US-China ties have been characterized by a mix of cooperation, competition, and conflict. During this period, most scholars, analysts, and policymakers have focused on the possibilities for, or the limits to, cooperation rather than the prospects for conflict. But in the past several years as an increasingly prosperous and powerful China has embraced a more ambitious international role, and as the United States has increasingly questioned the compatibility of Chinese and American interests, assessments of the relationship have taken a turn. In this context, the center of gravity of scholarly assessments and policy debate in both countries has shifted.

  • Lizhi Liu-"From Click to Boom: The Political Economy of E-commerce in China"

    CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St

    A central question in political economy asks: how do developing states build market-supporting institutions (e.g., secure property rights, contract enforcement, and the rule of law)? Too often, political obstacles prevent developing states from adopting strong formal institutions. I propose that China has devised a novel solution to this political problem: institutional outsourcing. I argue that, with weak rule of law, the state has outsourced part of its institutional functions to key private actors, which I call, private regulatory intermediaries (PRIs).
  • Eric Schluessel-"A Colonial Muslim History of Qing Central Asia: Revisiting Sayrāmī's Tārīkh-i Ḥamīdī"

    Williams Hall 623 (255 S. 36th Street)

    Professor Eric Schluessel teaches courses in the history and politics of China. His research focuses on the social history of Xinjiang, a Muslim-majority region in Chinese Central Asia, during the Qing dynasty (1636/44-1911) and twentieth century. Professor Schluessel is interested in advising students in frontier history, comparative empire and colonialism, and the histories of China and Central Asia. 

  • 3rd Annual EALC Graduate Conference: Myth, Myth, Management, and Materiality in East Asia

    Location Benjamin Franklin Room (218), Houston Hall 


    The Graduate Student Research Colloquium of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania presents its third annual graduate student conference: Myth, Management, and Materiality in East Asia. This one-day conference provides a global forum for graduate students from U.S. and international institutions to explore concepts of myth, management, and/or materiality in East Asia (including, but not limited to: China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia). Students will explore these concepts within issues of literature, politics, culture, language, religion, and/or ideology.

    Keynote Speaker: Glenda Chao (Ursinus College, History)- 5PM

  • Lin Zhang-"Rural E-commerce and Peasant Entrepreneurship in China"

     CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

    The phenomenal rise and rapid expansion of digital platforms following the 2008 economic crisis are reshaping the economy and reorganizing labor on a global scale. However, digital labor studies, in their emphasis on the novelty of technology-facilitated labor practices as either empowerment or a new form of exploitation, have generally downplayed the hybrid nature and historical continuities of new entrepreneurial labor as culturally situated practices. Further, the lack of attention to new economic and labor experiences in non-Western economies only exacerbates this problem. My book Reinvent Yourself!

  • US-China Trade War: Causes and Consequences

    Penn Law School's Silverman Hall Room 147 (34th and Chestnut St)

    Conference sponsored by the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

  • WORDLAB: Penn Libraries Text Analysis Learning Community meeting with Ashley Liu - "East Asian open access scholarship and machine learning"

    Van Pelt 526 (East Asia Seminar Room)

    Free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch. No RSVP is needed and more info at

    Ashley Liu is a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.

  • Korean Studies Colloquium with Alexis Dudden - “Korea Divides Japan: Thinking About History and Territory in the Present”

    Williams Hall 543

    Alexis Dudden is Professor of History, University of Connecticut

  • First Korean Congress Centennial Celebration: College Education Program

    Arch building 108 & 109

    Seok Lee (Associate Director of the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies) & Sinwoo Lee (Moon Family Postdoctoral Fellow)

    The Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation and the Korean-American Association of Greater Philadelphia will celebrate the centennial anniversary, along with many community groups and governmental entities, from April 12th to April 14th 2019. The symposium and reflection of the First Korean Congress will be held on the first day of the three-day celebration, commemoration of the March-First Independence Movement March along with large Centennial Concert on the second day and the Korea-U.S. Friendship Night on the third day.