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Tianxia Workshop

Culture, International Relations, and World History:
Rethinking Chinese Perceptions of World Order


Co-organizers: Ban Wang, Haiyan Lee, Yiqun Zhou
Hartley Conference Center, Stanford University, May 6-11, 2011

Format: presentation: 30 min; commentary: 10-15 min; open discussion: 20-30 min

Friday, May 6

9:30am        Breakfast
9:45am        Opening remarks: Ban Wang, William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies

Panel I. Universalism, Particularism and the Idea of Tianxia (chair: Yu Zhang)
10:00am - 11:30am      Mark Lewis & Mei-yu Hsieh, “The Politics of Tianxia in Han China: the
                                          Emergence of a Trans-cultural Empire” (discussant: Yearley)
11:45am - 1:00pm        Lee Yearley, “Appearances: Harmony, Order, Conflict” (discussant: 
                                          Lewis & Hsieh)

1:00pm - 2:00pm          Lunch
2:00pm                           Dean’s remarks: Debra Satz, Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in
                                        Society and Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities & Arts

Panel II. Empire, State, and Cultural Difference (chair: Yu Zhang)
2:15pm - 3:45pm        Kuan-hsing Chen&Chishen Chang, “Tracking Tianxia: On Intellectual                                                  Self-Positioning in the Context of ‘the Rise of China’” (discussant: Duara)
4:00pm - 5:30pm        Prasenjit Duara, “The Perils and Possibilities of Archaic Universalisms”                                           (discussants: Chen&Chang)

6:30pm                         Dinner at Taipan Restaurant

Saturday, May 7

9:30am      Breakfast

Panel III. Moral Visions of the World and Critiques of Modernity (chair: Fang Xie)
9:45am - 11:00am        Wang Hui, “The Voices of Good and Evil: What is Enlightenment?                                                        Rereading Lu Xun’s ‘Towards a Refutation of the Voices of Evil’”                                                           (discussant: B. Wang)
11:15am - 12:30pm     Ban Wang, “Kang Youwei’s Vision of International Ethics in Interstate                                                    Conflict” (discussant: H. Wang)

12:30pm - 1:30pm        Lunch

Panel IV. Social and Political Landscapes of World History (chair: Chenshu Zhou)
1:30pm - 2:45pm      Daniel Bell “Realizing Tianxia” (discussant: Lin)
3:00pm - 4:15pm      Lin Chun, “Marxism and the Politics of Positioning China in World History”                                         (discussant: Rofel)
4:30pm - 5:45pm      Lisa Rofel, “Whither China’s Worlding?” (discussant: Bell)

6:30pm                       Dinner at Straits Cafe

Sunday, May 8

10:00am      Breakfast

Panel V. Tradition as Resources for Revolution and Modernity (chair: Keren He)
10:15am - 11:30am      Yiqun Zhou, “The Meeting of Classical Minds: Greek Antiquity, Chinese                                               Modernity, and the Changing World Order” (discussant: Murthy)
11:45am - 1:00pm        Viren Murthy, “’All Under Heaven’ and Postwar Japanese Sinologists                                                   Vision of Revolution: The Cases of Nishi Junzō and Mizoguchi Yūzō”                                                    (discussant: Zhou)

1:00pm - 2:00pm          Lunch

Panel VI. Hegemony, Soft Power, and Geopolitical Culture (chair: Keren He)
2:00pm - 3:30pm      Dai Jinhua, “In the Wake of the Post-Cold War: The Consciousness of                                                “Chineseness” in a Changing World Pattern” (discussant: Lee)
3:45pm - 5:00pm      Haiyan Lee, “The Soft Power of the Constant Soldier; Or, Why We Should                                            Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the PLA” (discussant: Dai)

5:00pm - 5:30pm      Concluding remarks: Pheng Cheah, Professor of Rhetoric, UC-Berkeley

6:30pm                       Dinner at Passage to India

Monday, May 9

12:00pm - 1:30pm      Daniel Bell, CEAS Brown Bag Talk: “The Revival of Confucianism in China.”

6:30pm                          Dinner chez Ban Wang

Tuesday, May 10
4:30pm - 6:00pm         Kuan-hsing Chen, CEAS Colloquium Talk: “Takeuchi Yoshimi’s 1960                                                   Lecture on ‘Asia as Method’”

6:30pm                          Dinner chez Haiyan Lee

Wednesday, May 11

4:30pm - 6:00pm       Dai Jinhua, CEAS Colloquium Talk: "The Post-Post-Cold War Era:                                                          History, Memory, and Mass Culture" (in Chinese)