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Easter Term 2016

Department of East Asian Studies

Postgraduate Research Seminars

Academical Year 2015-2016


Please join us for the DEAS Postgraduate Research Seminars, designed for graduate students in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean studies to regularly meet, discuss your ideas, and present your projects – all in front of an interested and supportive audience! Some sessions will be period-specific while others will be region-centered, but all are intended to bring together DEAS graduate students to talk about your research in friendly surroundings while consuming drinks and nibbles!

The Seminars are generously sponsored by the Chinese Studies Group of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The Needham Institute has kindly agreed for the seminars to be held at their location.

Unless otherwise noted, seminars meet on Tuesdays at the Needham Institute, 8 Sylvester Road, Cambridge CB3 9A. (see for location) 

The seminar starts at 5:00pm and ends at 6:30pm

For questions, or if you’re interested in presenting or organizing, please contact Hajni Elias ().

Easter Term, 2016

  • Tuesday, 19th April, 2016

    An Ethnography of Japanese Listening Behaviour: A Case of Listening as Multitasking
    Nanase Shirota, Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistics

    During face-to-face conversations, people seem to know how to behave as a listener both consciously or unconsciously. As performers or speakers have tacit consent to behave and control their images to their audience, listeners may also follow unwritten rules, and use listening behaviour to present themselves or to pretend to be listening. In my research, I intend to investigate listening behaviour in Japan and the UK using ethnographic approach. In this presentation, I will explain one of the listeners’ characteristics: listening as multitasking.

    A Brief Introduction to the Life and Work of Ku Hung-ming 辜鸿 (1856-1928)
    Wang Shuxi, Ph.D. Candidate in Chinese Studies

    As we still do not have a definitive academic biography of Ku Hung-ming 辜鸿铭(1856-1928), for those of you who are interested, and wish to know a little more about him, my presentation provides an introduction, based on reliable secondary sources and some recent archival findings, to his life and work. I will firstly follow Ku’s footsteps from his birthplace Penang, Malaya, to the early years of his education at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and finally to China where for over twenty years he served as  foreign affairs secretary to Zhang Zhidong 张之洞. I will then, through the lens of Ku’s works, focus on an episode in his relationship with Zhang Zhidong in around 1898. Ku has been recognised most often as a stubborn conservative for his promotion of Confucianism and loyalty to the Empire of the Great Qing. Our reading of his works however, shows essential differences between Ku and such conservatives as Zhang Zhidong, who put forward Confucian learning as a way of preserving self-identity, while Ku envisioned in his works a real intellectual ‘open door’, a cultural ‘expansion’ across the conceptual boundaries between the East and the West. His English translations of the Confucian classics epitomise his life-long practice of bringing together the best parts of Chinese and European literature. Such a cosmopolitan perspective provided a refreshing and original way of negotiating the modern relevance of Confucianism.

  • Tuesday, 3rd May, 2016 

    Second Language Acquisition of Chinese Passive Constructions
    Dai Ruyi, Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistics

  • Tuesday, 7th June, 2016

    To be confirmed

For further information, contact:

Hajni Elias