Saturday, January 25, 2014

[Upcoming Seminar] Gender, Power and Heterosexual Practices Among Young South Africans

Gender, Power and Heterosexual Practices Among Young South Africans

Speaker: Tamara SHEFER
(Senior Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa)

Time: 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Venue: Room 115, Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK

Recent high profile cases of alleged sexual harassment at South African universities have brought a renewed national focus to the challenges of gender inequalities and gender-based violence in higher education. This paper elaborates on key themes emerging from a study with a group of students at one of the local campuses, including: the construction of campus as a sexualised space; the continued reproduction of binaristic gendered expectations of male and female sexualities in the negotiation of heterosex; normative practices of transactional sex which articulate a range of power inequalities; and the pervasiveness of coercive, violent, non-equitable and unsafe sexual practices and relationships. The paper argues for the imperative of engaging with young people in higher education within a more nuanced framework of intervention that accounts for the multiple, intersecting and complex dynamics of gender norms and heterosexual practices.

Feel free to bring your box lunch or sandwich to eat during the talk

Friday, January 24, 2014

[Upcoming Seminar] Stories of Ceramics: New Insights on the Cultural Contacts and Technological Innovations between China and Angkor, Cambodia during the 9-14th Centuries

Stories of Ceramics: New Insights on the Cultural Contacts and Technological Innovations between China and Angkor, Cambodia during the 9-14th Centuries

Speaker: Dr. Sharon Wong Wai-yee
(Lecturer, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKCC)
Time:  12:30 p.m., Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Venue: Multi-purpose room (麗典室), G/F, inside the NA Library, New Asia College, CUHK

Between China and Southeast Asia, Angkor has played a crucial role in regional historical developments during the 9-14th Centuries. The recent archaeological finds in Angkor demonstrated that it was one of the earliest glazed ceramics production centres in Southeast Asia. These findings altered the traditional understanding on Chinese ceramic technology must have been diffused on local ceramic industries. The talk will provide new insights on how the potters in Angkor have attempted to distinguish their products from imported Chinese items or to have absorbed only certain elements from Chinese ceramic technology in order to maintain a separate tradition. The presenter will also discuss the recent Guangzhou archaeological ceramic finds that can be identified as important evidences on how Chinese potters borrowed some stylistic elements from Angkorian ceramics.


No lunchbox or sandwiches are allowed since the talk will be held inside the library. Thank you for your understanding.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Welcome to the Friday Seminars of Spring 2014

Welcome back for a new semester! The Department of Anthropology is presenting a new series of Friday Seminars for Spring 2014. All interested are welcome. Bring your sack lunch and join the talk with us!

*Seminars take place 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Room NAH401, Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK.
(Note that Time and Venue for seminars on 9 Jan, 25 Jan and 28 Jan will be changed)

【9 Jan】(Thurs) Katherine MASON (Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar, Columbia University, and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Brown University)
Mental Health Challenges Among Fuzhounese Immigrants to the United States.
Co-sponsored with the Centre for China Studies 
[Time: 4:00 pm, Venue: Room 1120, 11/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park]

【24 Jan】樊錦詩 (敦煌研究院院長)
"敦煌莫高窟的保護." (普通話主講)
[時間: 12:30 to 2:00 pm, 地點: 中國文化研究所文物館東翼二樓活動

【28 Jan】(Tues) Tamara SHEFER (Senior Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa)
Gender, Power and Heterosexual Practices Among Young People in South Africa.” 
[Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm, Venue: NAH 115, Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK]

【14 Feb】LEE Tong Soon (Chair and Professor, Music Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) 
Peranakan Music and Multiculturalism in Singapore.

【21 Feb】PUN Ngai (Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University) 
Desiring the iPhone and Worker Suicide.

【28 Feb】Bryan RILL (Assistant Professor, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University) 
Cultivating Empowerment in Contemporary Japanese Mountain Asceticism.

【7 Mar】Mick ATHA (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) 
An Open-Minded Approach to Insular Archaeology: Three Recent Contrasting Studies from Hong Kong.

【14 Mar】Matthew HALE (Lecturer, Faculty of English Education, Sun Yat-sen University)
Peasants and Capital in Post-socialist China: Theorizing Co-ops and Land Grabs.

【4 Apr】CHEN Hong (Assistant Professor, School of Geography, South China Normal University) 
Holdout, Obedience, and Transmutation: The Redevelopment of chengzhongcun in Guangzhou.

【11 Apr】CHAN Yuk Wah (Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong)
Milk Powder, Yakult and Cigarettes – Cross-border Shopping and ‘Borrowed Modernity’ in China.

Feel free to bring your box lunch or sandwich to eat during the talk.

Monday, January 13, 2014

[Upcoming Seminars] The 6th Annual Anthropology Postgraduate Student Forum

Welcome to the 6th Annual Anthropology Postgraduate Student Forum (PGSF6) entitled "Asia in the World: New Horizons in Asian Anthropology"

歡迎參加第六屆人類學研究生年度論壇 "新視野下的亞洲人類學"

Every year since 2009, the Department of Anthropology has invited postgraduate students from Asia and elsewhere to present their current research at the Postgraduate Student Forum. The Forum seeks to encourage the communication among young anthropologists and other social scientists who study the Asia continent, to help improve their research and to promote the excellent research being conducted internationally.

The upcoming forum will be held on 17-18 January 2014 in the Yasumoto International Academic Park (YIA) Lecture Theatres (LT1, LT2, LT5).

For more details about PGSF6, please check our forum website


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Thursday, January 9, 2014

[Upcoming Seminar] The Preservation of the Dunhuang Mogao Caves (敦煌莫高窟的保護)



講者樊锦詩(敦煌研究院院長 )
日期:2014年1月24日 (星期五)




(查詢請電3943 7670 / 3943 6546)

For information about Prof. Fan's talk on 21 January, 2013, please click here.

[Upcoming Seminar] The Cultural Significance of the Dunhuang Mogao Caves (敦煌莫高窟及其文化價值)

The Centre for Cultural Heritage Studies, Department of Anthropology has invited Prof. Fan Jinshi, Director of the Dunhuang Academy to give us talks on both 21 January and 24 January, on the cultural significance as well as the protection of Dunhuang Mogao Caves.

Professor Fan Jinshi has dedicated her life to the archaeological study and conservation of the Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes for over five decades and has strenthened international cooperation to ensure the preservation of Dunhuang heritage. Details of her talk on 21 Jan 2014 are listed below. 

The Cultural Significance of the Dunhuang Mogao Caves

講者:敦煌研究院  樊锦詩



Located at Dunhuang City, Gansu Province of the People’s Republic of China, the Mogao Caves are one of the three greatest Buddhism grottos in mainland China, an outstanding example of the Buddhism Arts in the world, and was enlisted as a World Heritage property by United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1987.  This talk will review the construction history of the Mogao Caves, and introduces the architectural styles of caves dug in different periods of time, contents of the paintings and sculptures inside the caves, as well as the discovery, loss and the contents of the artefacts found in the Sutra Cave. Finally, the talk will analyze the cultural significance of the Mogao Caves from historical, scientific, aesthetic and cultural perspectives. 

The seminar will be conducted in Putonghua.

For information about Prof. Fan's talk on 24 January, 2013, please click here.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Department Newsletter- Fall 2013

Welcome back to a new semester! The fall issue of the Department E-newsletter has been published! Besides highlights of our events in the past season, there are also updates on the alumni. Click here to read and catch up with us!