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2017-2018 Event Videos

Moralizing the Revolution: Morality, Mobilization, and Violence in the Early Maoist Period | 11/21/17

How do political actors mobilize support for and participation in violent movements and causes? Traditional collective action approaches have largely downplayed or ignored the significant moral-emotional barriers to participation, particularly in the context of high-risk, violent movements. Dr. Javed argues that political actors can eliminate these barriers to participation in violence by leveraging popular morality to: 1) delineate new social boundaries within communities that separate the "virtuous" public from a "morally degenerate" minority; and 2) provoke popular outrage against members of this targeted group through the theatrical display of their alleged moral transgressions--violations of shared norms of right and wrong behavior. He will demonstrate this process of moral mobilization using the case of the Chinese Communist Party's mass mobilization of violence against so-called "landlords" and "counterrevolutionaries" during the first several years of the Maoist period (1949-1953). 

Jeffrey Javed is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the intersection of social mobilization and political violence, with a secondary focus on moral governance and memory politics. His current book project explores the process by which the nascent Chinese state mobilized popular participation in state repression during the mass campaigns of the early 1950s. He received his Ph.D. in 2017 from the Department of Government at Harvard University, and his B.A. in Sociology and East Asian Studies from Cornell University in 2009.

Capital Punishment and “Confucian Clemency”: The Quandaries of Qing Criminal Justice | 11/14/17

Violent crime in the Chinese provinces of the empire was a growing concern for the Qing court over the course of the long eighteenth century (1683-1820). Part of a wider, unprecedented “legislative turn” in imperial rule that quadrupled the number of substatutes in the Qing code, successive emperors enacted a flood of new legislation that expanded the concept of criminal behavior and increased the number of death penalty offenses that were subject to annual review. The crackdown on crime swamped the judicial bureaucracy and created ideological, political, and institutional quandaries for the eighteenth-century criminal justice. 

Tom Buoye is an Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Tulsa, Research Associate, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, and Team Member, “Legalizing Space in China,” Institut d’Asie Orientale, ENS Lyon, France, an international collaborative project to translate the sub-statutes of the Qing dynasty law code. His research interests span social, legal, and economic history of late imperial China. His current research focuses on the crisis in eighteenth century criminal justice and the “legislative turn” in Qing rule.

Commodifying Art, Chinese Style: The Making of China’s Visual Art Market | 10/31/17

Jun Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

The rapid ascendance of China as a superpower in the global art market and associated transformation of China’s art space have attracted global attention. This talk seeks to interpret the spatial and institutional evolution of China’s visual art market, and the rise of Chinese art clusters such as Songzhuang and the 798 District in Beijing. 

Jun Zhang is an assistant professor of Economic Geography at the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto. Previously, he was on the faculty of Department of Geography, National University of Singapore. His main research interests include: geography of innovation, industrial globalization, and geographic theorizing of markets, states, and institutions. After extensive empirical research on China’s Internet sector and venture capital development, he recently he has been exploring China’s electronics and art sectors, as well as the broad features of the emerging ‘Chinese Capitalism’ and its multi-scalar dynamics. He received his degrees from Peking University and University of Minnesota.

The Literary Inscription of Things in Early Modern China | 10/24/17

Thomas Kelly, Michigan Society of Fellows

In addition to writing with the brush and ink, late imperial Chinese poets engraved their words onto cups and chairs, walking sticks, slabs of stone, and musical instruments. This talk examines how such practices challenge our own notions of writing and reading literature. 

Tom Kelly received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2017 and is a first-year fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows. His current research explores the relationship between Chinese literature and the decorative arts in the early modern world.

The Limits of Chinese Buddhism: Protecting the State in the Dali Kingdom (937-1253) | 10/10/17

Megan Bryson, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Dali Kingdom governed a large swath of territory in what is now southwest China and Southeast Asia. Its rulers embraced Buddhism, especially the state-protection Buddhism of the Renwang jing (Scripture for Humane Kings), which was written in fifth-century China. This talk uses texts and images related to the Renwang jing from the Dali kingdom to examine how border regions like Dali challenge the academic category of “Chinese Buddhism.”

Megan Bryson is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research focuses on Buddhism and local religion in the Dali region of southwest China as well as the themes of gender and ethnicity in Chinese religions. Professor Bryson has published several articles on these topics in journals such as "Asian Ethnology", "Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies", and "Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society". Her monograph, “Goddess on the Frontier: Religion, Ethnicity, and Gender in Southwest China” was published by Stanford University Press last year. She spent the 2016-17 academic year on an ACLS fellowship to work on a new project on Buddhist networks in the Dali kingdom.

Firms’ Strategic Use of Political Connections | 10/3/17

Dr. Nan Jia, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

We analyze Chinese listed firms to examine how a firm’s political connections in a location influence the firm’s probability of choosing the focal location to establish new subsidiaries. We find that firms are less likely to choose a politically connected location that also faces higher unemployment rates. We also find that political connections matter less for the choice of locations with more developed markets. Therefore, firms’ use of political connections is strategic and highly context dependent.

Dr. Nan Jia is an assistant professor of strategic management at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. She holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (Canada), and B.A. in Economics from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University (China). Her research interests include corporate political strategy, business-governance relationships, and corporate governance in international business. Her research has been published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Organizational Science, and Journal of Politics. Her work is mainly empirical, but also incorporates economic modeling. She serves on the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal and the Journal of International Business Studies.

The Grand Picture of China's Capitalist Revolution | 9/26/17

Yuen Yuen Ang, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

Attempts to explain China's development all suffer from a “blind men and elephant" problem: depending on when and where one looks within China, every theory is development is correct, yet none is complete. What then is the grand picture of China's great economic and institutional transformation? The answer lies in the sequence of strategies, rather than in any particular factor. In China, the first step of development was paradoxically to kick-start markets using "weak/wrong/backward" institutions. 

Yuen Yuen Ang is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, and a Faculty Associate at the U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. She is the author of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (Cornell University Press, Series in Political Economy, 2016), which won the 2017 Peter Katzenstein Book Prize for “outstanding book in international relations, comparative politics, or political economy.” 

An op-ed on her talk is available.