Supernatural Presences

Part of the Year of Humanities, Supernatural Presences in East Asian Culture is a year-long series of interdisciplinary events exploring manifestations of the miraculous and the demonic in the cultures of Korea,Japan, and China.  Events include a community reading group at the Madison Public Library, public lectures, and film screenings. The series of events culminates with ritual performances by Daoist masters, rarely seen outside of China.  Students may earn course credit under a Directed Study rubric for taking part in the events. This is a collaborative project involving faculty from East Asian Languages and Literatures, the Center for East Asian Studies, Art History,  the Chazen Museum, and the Madison Public Library,  supported by generous funding for the Center for the Humanities, the Evjue Foundation, and the Anonymous Fund. For more information,contact Professor Rania Huntington, huntington@wisc.edu,  Professor Charo d’Etcheverry cdetcheverry@wisc.edu, or Professor Mark Meulenbeld meulenbeld@wisc.edu.  All events are open to the campus community as well as the general public.

Schedule:

Reading Group Sessions: Second Thursday of the month,7-8pm

    

FALL semester: Madison Public Library, Central Branch

     

09/10 Charo D’Etcheverry, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Literature,

“Japanese Tales: Medieval Monsters”
   (See link at left for details)

10/08 Bill Nienhauser, Professor, East Asian Languages and Literature,

“Li Chi and the Toilet Goddess” 

11/12 Byung-Jin Lim, Associate Faculty Associate, East Asian Languages and Literature,

“The Goblins and the Golden Clubs”

12/10 Rania Huntington, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Literature,

“Strange Tales from  a Chinese Studio: Horrors and Oddities” (see link at left for details)

SPRING semester: Madison Public Library, Sequoya Branch
 
     

01/21 NOTE CHANGED DATE Rania Huntington, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Literature,

“More Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio: Alien Lovers” (see link at left for details)

02/11 Charo D’Etcheverry, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Literature,

“More Japanese Tales: Medieval Magic”

(See link to the left for readings) 

03/11 Rania Huntington and Mark Meulenbeld, Assistant Professors, East Asian Languages and Literature, “Journey to the West: Monkey Wreaks Havoc in Heaven”  

(see link to the left for readings)  

04/08 Rania Huntington and MarkMeulenbeld, Assistant Professors, East Asian Languages and Literature, “Journey to the West: Monkey’s Quest for Redemption”

Public Lectures/Film Screenings: Fourth Thursday of the month (except March date), 7pm

FALL semester: 1111 Humanities Building, UW campus

09/24 Gene Phillips, Professor, Art History,

"The Japanese Oni:  Demon, Dangerous Outsider, or Medical Condition?" 



10/22 Julia Murray, Professor, Art History,

“Confucius and the Supernatural”

11/19 Richard Miller, Associate Director, Center for East Asian Studies,

“Borders and Boundaries of the Korean Supernatural”

SPRING semester: Chazen Museum

01/28 Gene Phillips, Professor, Art History,

screening and discussion of “Princess Mononoke” (1997)  Chazen L150 

02/25 Adam Kern, Associate Professor, East Asian Languagesand Literature,

screening and discussion of “Rashomon” (1950)  Chazen L140

03/18 Ann Choi, Visiting Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Literature,

screening and discussion of "Spring, Summer, Fall,Winter and Spring" (2003) Chazen L140

04/22 Mark Meulenbeld, Assistant Professor, East AsianLanguages and Literature,

“Demons, Gods, and Masters: Visualizations of the Chinese Religious Landscape” Chazen L140

Showcase Events (locations as listed)

04/29 The Zhang Clan from Hunan:

“Magic Moves: A First Glimpse of Daoist Ritual” (4pm,Library Mall)
  

05/01 The Zhang Clan from Hunan:

“Inviting the Gods: Daoist Ritual Performance” (1pm, UnionTerrace)

Of Related Interest

Please visit the related exhibit at Memorial Library, in the big glass case near the check-out desk, up for the month of October. 

Also

02/26 & 27, 03/4-7, 03/11-13  University Theatre presents “Narukami: The Thunder God”

see http://www.utmadison.com/for times & tickets

Thursday, March 4, Professor Charo D'etcheverry will give an introductory lecture before the performance, 6:30, University Theatre. 

 

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