Past Events

Previous University of Chicago Center in Beijing Conferences and Events are listed below. Click on an event for more information.


Asia As Action: Scaling Ethnography of the Everyday

All day
Through June 22, 2019
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Jun. 21

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing is inviting graduate students and emerging scholars to participate in a graduate student conference to consider the meaning and politics of “Asia” in everyday contexts.


Begins
Jun. 18

Join the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation for this informative webinar to learn more about each organization's global work. Both Polsky and Rustandy Centers are increasing their global presence and offerings to connect with UChicago/Booth students and alumni in regions outside the U.S. This webinar will serve as an introduction to each organization, provide information on how you can utilize their resources, and learn about upcoming programs on entrepreneurship and innovation that will be offered in international destinations. Attendees will also have the ability to ask questions and get additional information on specific programs and offerings.


Language Diversity, Contact and Change

All day
Through June 16, 2019
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Jun. 14

The linguistic landscape in China is highly diverse. The living languages currently spoken in China are estimated to be around 300 (Ethnologue). The socio-economic changes in China in the last four decades have had profound implications for language variation and change. Rapid urbanization of rural areas and increased mobility of workers created many communities with intensive language contact. Traditional research on language diversity has focused more on grammar description and documentation of minority languages. But the complexity of the issues calls for theoretical and methodological innovations, and the traditional boundaries between different disciplines that are concerned with language variation and change must be renegotiated. To this end, the current workshop is an attempt to initiate exchange between researchers from a wide range of specializations, including language typology, language documentation, social-cultural studies of language policy and language attitude/identity, language evolution, and experimental/computational investigations about language diversity and change. 


2nd Chicago-Tsinghua Young Faculty Forum on Law

All day
Through June 14, 2019
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Jun. 13

The Chicago-Tsinghua Young Faculty Forum On Law and Social Science selected twelve scholars to present work-in-progress papers written in English. The purpose of the Forum is to allow for open conversation with free flow of ideas and wide participation, in the Chicago “round table” style workshop. To facilitate this format, there will be no prepared comments by the discussants. All papers will be distributed and read by all participants in advance, to enable rigorous and broad discussion.


Science of Science

All day
Through June 11, 2019
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Begins
Jun. 10

Science has emerged as a dominant engine of innovation for modern society. Moreover, its rich published traces allow us to understand, predict and guide its advance and utility like never before. This international conference on the "Science of Science" will involve presentations by scientists, technologists and scholars studying science from a wide range of perspectives, along with panelists of science policy makers and publishers, followed by a coding sprint and competition to develop new tools for massive-scale name disambiguation, field identification, and concept extraction that could propel the field forward.


Judith Farquhar and Qicheng Zhang’s Book Launch Event

5:30–7:30 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

May
30

Faculty Director Judith Farquhar’s 2012 book Ten Thousand Things: Nurturing Life in Contemporary Beijing, has just been published in Chinese. This anthropological study of wellness practices and everyday life in Beijing was co-authored by Qicheng Zhang, a Beijing philosopher, medical school professor, and popular on-line lecturer, who conducted field research with Farquhar in the early 2000s. The Beijing Center and Sanlian Bookstore Press, the publisher, hosted a convivial book launch on Thursday May 30.


Alumni Event: Fountain of Youth

2:00–4:30 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

May
25

Fushih Pan, PhD’86, MD’89 Presented his work in using Physical Chemistry to decode the Fountain of Youth

On May 25, the University of Chicago Center in Beijing welcomed the return of Dr. Fushih Pan, the First Place Winner in the Global Launchpad: Beijing in July 14, 2012.


This meeting invited many leading Chinese scientists and hematologist/oncologists in the field of cellular therapy and cancer treatment to share academic ideas and promote international collaboration between the Chinese investigators and the faculties at UCMC.


UChicago Medicine China Forum 2019 - Innovations in Cancer Treatment

3:00–6:30 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

May
17

We cordially invite you to UChicago Medicine China Forum 2019 on May 17th. Throughout the forum, we are going to introduce recent updates and clinical innovation from UChicago Medicine.
我们诚挚地邀请您参加将于5月17日在芝加哥大学北京中心举办的芝加哥大学医学中心2019年中国论坛。活动中,我们将分享芝大医学中心的近况和临床创新成果。


ACT Art/Chinese Medicine/Technics

All day
University of Chicago Center in Beijing

May
12

ACT, or “Art, Chinese Medicine, Technics,” is a multi-disciplinary conference at the Beijing Center that gathered on Sunday, May 12. Proposed by an artist who is also an acupuncturist (Michelle Lewis-King), an anthropologist who is also a philosopher (Lili Lai), and a biologist who is also an art curator (Jo Wei), this workshop conjoined fields that are seldom considered together. A keynote speech by philosopher Yuk Hui sought to pluralize the notion of technology, seeking to identify differences in technical practice that might arise from closer attention to Asian theories both ancient and modern. Other philosophers added their thoughtful critiques of technological and metaphysical universalism (Wang Min’an, Li Tong, Chen Huaiyuan). Chinese medicine practitioners and scholars discussed the philosophical roots of technical medical practice (Liang Rong, Zhang Qicheng, Colin Garon). And artists presented experiments that worked through technology to change our perceptions of space, time, bodies, and nature (Michelle Lewis-King, Jo Wei, Guo Chunning). The lively conversations that took place on May 12 are only a beginning. We are only just inventing the art of reconsidering how Chinese medicine and philosophy can contribute to “the era of deep technologization” (Li Tong’s phrase). And we expect conversations across disparate fields, begun during the ACT workshop, will continue.


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