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Recent Posts

China's historical cuisines

Hello all!

Anyone interested in China's historical cuisines is welcome to come have a look at my new blog https://sevenbanquets.com/

This site introduces some of the recipes that I encountered during the research for my forthcoming book on China's food history. Unlike Sean Chen's excellent Way of the Eating blog, the focus is on recreating recipes from directions in a historical (6th century-1990s) text. I just got the site running and will probably add one or two new entries each week.

Member Book, KAUL, Retelling Time: Alternative Temporalities from Premodern South Asia

This book edited by me was recently published by Routledge, New Delhi (2022) and London (2021), ISBN 978-1-032-23410-6, number of pages 218. In it I and another 13 international scholars challenge the hegemony of colonial modernity over academic disciplines and over ways in which we think about something as fundamental as time. The volume reclaims a bouquet of alternative practices of time from premodern South Asia, which stem from worldviews that have been marginalized.

Member Book, KAUL, Hitopadesha by Narayana: A New English Translation

This book was recently published by Aleph Book Company, New Delhi, India, ISBN 978-93-91047-94-8, number of pages 197. It is a new translation with critical introduction by me to the Hitopadesha whichlike the Panchatantra, is among the most widely translated classical texts of India. This new version by me brings with it a cultural-historical perspective and is an idiomatic translation in simple narrative prose and free verse that retains the freshness and wit of the original.

The 2023 call for proposals for our AAR Seminar on "Collective Karma and Karmic Collectives: Conversations without Borders" is now open.

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Dear friends and colleagues,

We are excited to announce that the 2023 call for proposals for our AAR Seminar on "Collective Karma and Karmic Collectives: Conversations without Borders" is now open.

CrossAsia Talk #9 (Feb 9, 2023, 6pm EST). Beate Wonde (former curator of the Mori-Ōgai-Gedenkstätte): "The majority is lost? The work of the Japanologist and translator Prof. Dr. sc. Jürgen Berndt"

The Japanologist and translator of Japanese literature Jürgen Berndt (1933-1993) was one of the driving forces in GDR–Japan relations. Beate Wonde, former curator of the Mori-Ōgai-Gedenkstätte that was founded by the initiative of Berndt in 1984, will talk about the literary remains and personal papers of Berndt and their value for future research on the history of GDR-Japan relation. After an odysee through Germay the materials are today held by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. The talk will be in German.


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Recent Reviews

Daniel Barish
Emily Mokros

Mokros on Barish, 'Learning to Rule: Court Education and the Remaking of the Qing State, 1861–1912'

Daniel Barish. Learning to Rule: Court Education and the Remaking of the Qing State, 1861–1912. Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute Series. New York: Columbia University Press, 2022. xiii + 257 pp.

Stan BH. Minh Tan-Tangbau
Francis R. Bradley

Bradley on Tan-Tangbau, 'Playing Jazz in Socialist Vietnam: Quyền Văn Minh and Jazz in Hà Nội'

Stan BH. Minh Tan-Tangbau. Playing Jazz in Socialist Vietnam: Quyền Văn Minh and Jazz in Hà Nội. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2021. 320 pp. $99.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4968-3633-5; $30.00 (paper), ISBN 978-1-4968-3634-2

Pratyay Nath
Divya Cherian

Cherian on Nath, 'Climate of Conquest: War, Environment, and Empire in Mughal North India'

Pratyay Nath. Climate of Conquest: War, Environment, and Empire in Mughal North India. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2019. xli + 325 pp. $50.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-949555-9.

Reviewed by Divya Cherian (Princeton University) Published on H-Asia (October, 2022) Commissioned by Sumit Guha (The University of Texas at Austin)

Recent Threads

Conference-Energy in Asia, February 23 and February 24 (in-person and online)

Energy in Asia

A Conference organized and sponsored by EnviroLab at Claremont McKenna College and the UCLA Center for Korean Studies and to be held at UCLA, February 23 and February 24 (all events in PST)

Main Conference Room (11360), Young Research Library (YRL), UCLA

Call for Applications: DFG Research Training Group GRK 2833 "East Asian Futures" (EAF)

The DFG Research Training Group GRK 2833 „East Asian Futures“ at Ruhr University Bochum and University of Duisburg-Essen,
Germany, solicits applications for its doctoral programme:

For doctoral researchers, seven DFG-funded positions (0.75 FTE) and six affiliated fellowships
For postdocs, one full DFG-funded position and three affiliated fellowships.

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2023. Start of the programme: 1 October 2023.


The following is an open call for academic articles to be submitted to the Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities (SYSJH), a leading journal of humanistic inquiry in Taiwan based at National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaoshiung. With a publishing history that stretches back to 1993, SYSJH is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed, bilingual publication listed in MLA International Biography, Emerging Sources Citation Index, and Taiwan Humanities Citation Index (THCI).