Colloquium Series

The East Asian Studies Center’s Colloquium Series at Indiana University Bloomington brings together faculty from IU and other institutions to share current research with colleagues, students, and the general public in a relaxed environment. Light refreshments are generally provided at these noon talks, and guests are welcome to bring their own snacks or lunch.

*Also included below are the lectures from the Institute for Korean Studies Lecture Series (IKS).

Fall 2023 colloquium series: Meanings of Violence

A semester of East Asian Perspectives on Violence and Conflict 

With an expansive and multi-faceted program throughout Fall 2023, East Asian Studies faculty will explore the history of physical violence in China, Japan, and Korea. In East Asia as everywhere, violence – or the threat thereof – has determined the fates of nations, driven advancements in technology and administration, and spurred doctrinal developments in philosophy and religion.  Drawing on sources ranging from ancient myths over medieval war tales to contemporary images of violence, the program examines the forms that violence took in the lives and minds of the people of East Asia. 

  • Don J. Wyatt - Ritualized Violence vs. the Mitigation of Punishments: Countertrends of Chinese Slavery in Antiquity
    • Friday September 22, 2:00 pm, GISB 1106
  • David Spafford - Law-abiding Feuds in Medieval Japan
    • Friday October 6, 12:00 pm, GISB 1106
  • Akiko Takeyama - Involuntary Consent as a Form of Structural Violence: A Case Study of Japan's Adult Video Industry
    • Friday October 13, 12:00 pm, GISB 1106
  • George Kallander - Violence Unleashed, Violence Restrained: War, Animals, and the Hunt in Premodern Korea
    • Friday October 20, 12:00 pm, GISB 1106
  • Nick Vogt - King Wen’s Just War - The Conquest of Chong in Early Chinese Discourse
    • Friday November 17, 12:00pm, GISB 1106

  • Travis Workman - presented by the Institute for Korean Studies
    • Friday September 22, 12:00 pm, GISB 3067
  • Joowon Park - presented by the Institute for Korean Studies
    • Friday November 10, 12:00 pm, GISB 3067

  • Charles Lin - Tone Sandhi in Standard Chinese: Interfacing Grammar and the Mental Lexicon
    • Friday September 29, 12:00 pm, GISB 1106
  • Nick Vogt - King Wen’s Just War - The Conquest of Chong in Early Chinese Discourse
    • Friday November 17, 12:00pm, GISB 1106

Past speakers

Theme: Maritime East Asia

The seas separating Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and China have mostly been seen as dividers separating peoples and cultures. This series will focus on the maritime world of East Asia as a connector (for better or worse) through history and as a place of autonomy and alternative social structures.

  • Hilary Holbrow (Indiana University)
  • Leif-Eric Easley (Ewha University)*
  • Julie Chu (University of Chicago)
  • Antonina Luszczykiewicz (Indiana University)
  • Patrick Mendis (University of Warsaw)
  • Gregory Smits (Penn State)
  • Juhn Ahn*
  • Peter Shapinksy (University of Illinois)
  • Tae Gyun Park*
  • Sungyun Lim*
  • Zhuqing Li (Brown University)
  • Xin Zhang (Indiana University)
  • Su-jung Kim (Depauw University)
  • Charles Lin (Indiana University) 


* Institute for Korean Studies

Theme: Cities!

In this series we will explore different cities throughout East Asia, some solely historical and some thriving in the present day. Speakers from different regions will talk about how cities were shaped by politics and government while in turn shaping the inhabitants that called the city home and how these cities and their memory have shaped their future and the future of other urban centers in their country.

From ancient to contemporary times, urban centers have been widely seen as the connecting nodes of human civilization. With this speaker series, we hope to cast light on how cities and concepts of the urban have been perceived through East Asian history: How has the city been conceptualized over time? What did it represent? What does it mean to be urban? Are there particular East Asian urban modalities? How have destructions of cities (urbicide) been imagined and perceived?

  • Manling Luo (Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Inga Diederich (Colby College)*
  • Hannah Shepherd (Yale University)*
  • Xin Wen (Princeton University)
  • Russell Burge (Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Hajin Jun (University of Washington)*
  • Kyle A. Jaros (University of Notre Dame)


* Institute for Korean Studies

Theme: Social Protest In East Asia

How are social protests organized, and what are the historical, political, and cultural conditions that shape counter-hegemonic practices? How can we characterize the dialectic between representation and participation in social movements? And what are the cultural vehicles of protest that animate expressions of dissent and facilitate the mobilization of people? Although constituents such as “the masses/crowd” or “the people” have time and again been construed as privileged categories of resistance, social protests also happen outside the domain of the collective. Are mass protests a type of “weapons of the weak” or does such a characterization run the risk of ignoring or minimizing the hierarchies and pressures within that are also exerting control over the individuals? And what are the social dynamics that prevent practices of dissent from devolving into mob justice and uncontrolled vandalism? In this series we will explore different types of social protests in East Asia, some historical and some in the present day. Speakers from different regions and diverse disciplines will talk about how social movements gave voices to the marginalized, and how political legacies of the past are appropriated, reconfigured, and contested in protest practices of the present—both locally and cross-regionally.

  • Gardner Bovingdon (Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Ross King (University of British Columbia)*
  • Heng Du, (University of Arizona)+
  • Nick Kapur (Rutgers University - Camden)
  • Ho-fung Hung (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Hyaeweol Choi (University of Iowa)*
  • Hilary Finchum-Sung (Association for Asian Studies)*
  • Xiaofei Tian (Harvard University)+
  • Susan Hwang (Indiana University)


+ On Altars of Soil series
* Institute for Korean Studies

Theme: Indigenous East Asia

In traditional textbooks, we rarely hear about the history, languages and cultures of the many indigenous people and other ethnic minorities who live or have lived in East Asia. From the Ainu in Northern Japan to the Truku and Sediq in the highlands of Taiwan and the large Uighur and Tibetan minorities in China and many others, ethnic minorities and indigenous people have strived to protect their rich heritages and linguistic characteristics against colonial powers, expanding nation states, as well as the homogenization of globalization. EASC’s speaker series “Indigenous East Asia” this fall aims at giving voice to these people and placing them back on the map of East Asian civilizations. The series features scholars from various fields of linguistics, anthropology, history, and social science who all in different ways discuss the challenges and possibilities that face East Asian indigenous people in the twenty-first century and place them in their deep historical and cultural contexts. The series thereby addresses larger issues of identity formation, social agency, cultural resilience, and ethnicity in global and national policies.

  • Nozomi Tanaka (Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Robert Tierney (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Sarah Allan (Darthmouth College) +
  • Kyoium Yun (University of Kansas) *
  • Nick Vogt (Indiana University Bloomington) +
  • Michael Brose (Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Jin Y Park (American University) *
  • Elizabeth Berger (University of California, Riverside) +
  • Scott Simon (University of Ottawa)
  • Guolong Lai (University of Florida) +
  • Eveline Washul (Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Roslynn Ang (NYU Shanghai)
  • Glenda Chao (Ursinus College) +


+ On Altars of Soil series
* Institute for Korean Studies

  • Emily Wilcox (William & Mary)
  • Bruce Fulton (University of British Columbia) and Ju-Chan Fulton (translator of Korean literature) 
  • Zhuoyi Wang (Hamilton College)
  • Avery Goldstein (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Lothar von Falkenhausen (UCLA)
  • Seo Young Park (Scripps College)
  • Hyun Ok Park (York University)
  • Jue Guo (Barnard College)
  • William H. Nienauser Jr. (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Johnathan Lipman (Stanford)

  • Paul Chang (Harvard University)
  • Yonjoo Cho (University of Texas at Tyler)
  • Gordon Matthews (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Sheena Greitens (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Jessica Li (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
  • Dorthea Mladenova (Leipzig University)
  • Nozomi Tanaka (Indiana University)
  • Wenhao Diao (University of Arizona)
  • Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang (University of Missouri)
  • Minjeong Kim (San Diego State University)
  • Eunsil Oh (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • Hilary Finchum-Sung (Seoul National University)
  • Darcy Paquet (Indiana University)
  • Jessica Li (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
  • Yonjoo Cho (Indiana University)
  • Wenhao Diao (University of Arizona)

  • Levi McLaughlin (North Carolina State University)
  • Yoshihisa Kitagawa (Indiana University)
  • Kazuyo Nakamura (Indiana University)
  • Ping Li (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  • Agnes Sohn Jordan (Indiana University)
  • Heather Blair (Indiana University)
  • Byungdae Kim (Korean Ministry of Unification)
  • Jungwon Kim (Columbia University)

  • Pil Ho Kim (Ohio State University)
  • Ke-chin Hsia & Fei Hsien Wang (Indiana University)
  • Margaret Tillman (Purdue University)
  • Misumi Sadler (University of Illinois)
  • Sheldon Garon (Princeton University)
  • Ria Chae (Indiana University)
  • Ming-Chen Lo (University of California, Davis)
  • Tim Gitzen (Indiana University)
  • James Anderson (University of North Carolina)
  • Terry Jackson (Adrian College)

  • Nan Kim (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  • Lynn Struve (Indiana University)
  • Roald Maliangkay (Australia National University)
  • Young-Key Kim-Renaud (George Washington University)
  • Xiaoqing Diana Lin (Indiana University-Northwest)
  • Ding Xiang Warner (Cornell University)

  • Hae Yeon Choo (University of Toronto)
  • Christine Marran (University of Minnesota)
  • Todd Henry (University of California, San Diego)
  • Sally Hastings (Purdue University)
  • Jisoo Kim (George Washington University)
  • Edith Sarra (Indiana University)
  • Ken Liu (author)
  • Jessey J.C. Choo (Syracuse University)

  • Guojun Wang (Vanderbilt University)
  • Timothy Rich (Western Kentucky University)
  • Awi Mona (National Taiwan University & National Dong Hwa University)
  • Roderick Wilson (University of Illinois)
  • Eunjung Kim (Syracuse University)