Getting Beyond the Problematic Ideas of "Success" and "Leadership," a conversation with Omid Safi, Professor in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies April 19  |  7:00 PM EDT Universities, particularly elite universities like Duke, brand ourselves as places where students learn to become “Leaders” and should strive for achieving “Success.”  In this conversation, I would like for us to imagine something different: what if we were to think of success as a communal, not individual, experience… read more about Exploring Self and Community in Dark Times, a Conversation with Omid Safi »

February 19, 10:00am - April 16, 12:00pm 6th Annual CAH Workshop The 6th Annual CAH Workshop will be held virtually in three sessions: 10AM EST Friday, February 19th-Zoom Meeting ID Benjamin Kindler presents "Our Friends in the South: Anti-Colonial Universalisms and Sino-Vietnamese Solidarity in the Global 1960s" Kindler Abstract 10AM EST Friday, March  12th-Zoom Meeting ID… read more about 6th Annual CAH Workshop »

April 14, 8:00–9:30 PM EST Zoom workshop featuring: Lisa Rofel, UC Santa Cruz Petrus Liu, Boston University Cui Zi’en, film director, producer, film scholar, screenwriter, novelist, and LGBT activist Sponsored by the CCK Foundation Inter-University Center for Sinological Studies   Registration required:… read more about Queering What Is Left of Queer:The Work of Cui Zi’en »

Six Duke Faculty who have published poetry collections are highlighted during the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month. AMES Professor Erdağ Göknar is one of those highlighted among the university's faculty who have published collections of poetry.  More info here. read more about AMES Faculty Poet »

Friday  |  April 9  |  5-6:30PM This presentation will give a brief introduction to the contemplative pedagogy (CP) and its application in higher ed. The presenter will then discuss why CP can and should be applied to designing courses of world languages. The majority of this presentation will be concrete examples of how CP was used in the presenter's first-year and third-year Chinese classes. Specific in-class activities and outside-class assignments will also be shared and discussed to show why and how CP can be… read more about Contemplative Pedagogy and its Application to CFL Course Design (Fri, Apr 9, 5-6:30PM)  »

A March 24 panel discussion in response to the increase of violence against people of Asian descent, including the mass shootings in Atlanta earlier this month, attracted more than 670 Duke faculty, staff and students. Moderated by Nayoung Aimee Kwon, the online event featured presentations on the historical context of anti-Asian violence from Susan Thananopavarn, Eileen Chow and Esther Kim Lee. Syllabus on Asian-American History and Culture In response to recent acts of violence against Asian Americans stemming from a… read more about The History of Violence Against Asian Americans »

“I Cannot Write My Life: New Perspectives on the Life and Writings of Omar ibn Said" Dr. Lo’s project offers new perspectives on Omar Ibn Said’s life in North Carolina from 1808 through his death in 1863, and his Arabic writings that encompass 17 documents held in local and national repositories. It also examines Omar’s condensed references, omissions, quotations and Qur’anic verses to reflect a complex background in his West African and Islamicate culture. Over the course of the fellowship term, Dr. Lo will collaborate… read more about Mbaye Lo Announced as 2021 ACLS Fellow »

Dr. Yunchuan Chen, assistant professor of the practice at AMES, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Hamako Ito Chaplin Memorial Award for excellence in Japanese language teaching. This national award is administered through the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). read more about Faculty Receives National Language Teaching Award »

This workshop will ask you to consider your underlying assumptions regarding the value of games as a teaching tool. We will cover: what games exist, their affordances for language teaching, why you should consider teaching with them. James York is an Assistant Professor at Tokyo Denki University, Japan, where he conducts research on the use of games in language learning contexts. Sponsored by AMES, Duke Game Lab, Duke Language Central, Digital Humanities Initiative, Computational Media, Arts & Cultures and Information… read more about Ludic Language Pedagogy: What, How and Why to Teach with Games »

Folding pork and chive dumplings as she spoke with Duke students on March 22, Eileen Cheng-yin Chow lectured and led a discussion about how food connects to many facets of life – and how those relationships have heightened or changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chow, a lecturing fellow in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, walked undergraduates through the ways in which food is related to health and our bodies, the environment, gender, class and labor, and so much more. The… read more about Chow Leads Discussion on East Asian Food Cultures Against Backdrop of COVID-19 »

Join us and refresh your mind, body and soul at the Hindi Festival 2021! read more about Hindi Festival 2021 »

In this hands-on workshop you’ll discover how easy it is to learn the basics of coding with Twine, and you’ll create your own Twine adventure.  Dr. Randall Sadler is an Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Sponsored by AMES, Duke Game Lab, Duke Language Central, Digital Humanities Initiative, Computational Media, Arts & Cultures and Information Science + Studies Register: read more about Twine: A workshop on how to put the “interactive” in Interactive Fiction and text-based games »

Distinguished Duke Computer Science Alumni Lecture Loftis will discuss her 25+ year journey as a game developer, including a bit of gaming history, trend observations, hard-knock lessons and suggestions for ways to get into the industry and make it yours. Game development is one of the most multi-functional industries in the world, and it’s growing more rapidly than any other form of consumer entertainment. From concept to sunset, any given game may require the skills of coders, artists, musicians, actors… read more about Observations and Tips from 25+ Years of Building Games »

Queer in Translation intervenes in queer studies’ separate, and in fact diagonally opposing approaches to neoliberalism and Islam by using the case of Turkey’s AKP governments for the past 16 years. I theorize “neoliberal Islam” as a unique regime that brings together economic and religious moralities that work to deploy marginality onto ever expanding populations instead of concentrating it in the lower echelons of society (as has been proposed for US neoliberalism, for instance). I suggest that sexual liberation… read more about Queer in Translation (March 5) »

Cole Walker is a sophomore at Duke and is majoring in Public Policy and Chinese. Abstract: As an African American studying Chinese, I have always been drawn to how people in the Chinese-speaking world perceive black people. My 2017 high school exchange trip to China gave me a wonderful opportunity to make friends in China and to live with a host family, but this was only for two weeks. While I was stared at in public spaces and asked to take selfies with random people, most of this was expected and didn’t really bother me… read more about Chinese Circle- Racism Geared Toward Black People (March 4) »

This month, we present a collection of 12 Duke-authored books documenting women's contributions to history, culture and society. These books, along with many others, are available at Duke University Libraries, the Gothic Bookshop or the Regulator Bookshop.   Women and the War Story by Miriam Cooke In “Women and the War Story,” Professor Emerita miriam cooke charts the emerging tradition of women’s contributions to what she calls the “War Story,” a genre formerly reserved for men. Concentrating on… read more about 12 Duke-Authored Books on Women's History »

“This rich collection of archival footage and documentaries will shed new light on the events of the 1979 revolution in Iran...”Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Professor/Director, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University  More than four decades after the 1979 Revolution, we showcase the work of filmmakers who captured the atmosphere of the time. ‘A Revolution, Televised’ is a collection of documentaries by Iranian, European, and Arab filmmakers whose works explore the nexus between the… read more about A Revolution, Televised »

This presentation demonstrates the ways in which poetry can be integrated into second language learning so as to enhance students’ L2 language proficiency and cultural literacy. Utilizing the speaker’s own experience of having designed and implemented poetry-mediated Japanese courses at Michigan State University, this presentation provides concrete strategies for developing goal-oriented lesson plans, scaffold leaning activities, and assessing learning outcomes, which all synergistically support students’ acquisition of… read more about Integrating Poetry in Second Language Learning »

March 19 (Fri.), 8-10PM EDT David Der-wei Wang (Harvard), “Of Wind, Soil, and Water: The Mesology of Sinophone Southeast Asian Literature” Shuang Shen (PSU), “Mahua and Sinhua Literature as Inter-imperial Formation” March 25 (Thu.), 8-10PM EDT Kien Ket Lim (NCTU), “Deconstructing the Sinophone” Khor Boon Eng (UTAR), “Counter-discourse: The Strategy of the Minorities Representation in Sinophone Malaysian Literature” March 26 (Fri.), 8-10PM EDT Brian Bernards (USC), “The… read more about Between Mobility and Place-making: The Worlds of Southeast Asia in Modern Chinese Literature »

The Association for Asian Studies, the Committee for Teaching About Asia (CTA), and the 2021 Franklin R. Buchanan Prize for Curricular Materials Committee has accorded Kusum Knapczyk and Peter Knapczyk’s work, “Reading Hindi: Novice to Intermediate," an Honorable Mention.  Here is the AAS newsletter Kusum Knapczyk’s creative writing was awarded First Prize at the International Satire Writing Competition 2020, region: the Americas, organized by the World Hindi Secretariat,… read more about "Reading Hindi" Wins Honorable Mention »

Student reflections on the Chinese Circle. Jerry Lin I thought the Chinese circle activity was really fun. We got to learn more about what student life in Taiwan is like, especially during a global pandemic. Their educational system is very different from the US ― different majors require different standardized test scores to be able to enter them. I think the coolest part of our conversation was listening to this Taiwanese student who grew up in Costa Rica, shuffled between many different schools growing up, and went to… read more about The Chinese Circle »

नमस्ते  Come to the monthly half-hour language table to practice with your fellow students. This provides you with an opportunity to engage  with and learn from others in a different environment. All abilities and levels of Hindi speakers are welcome. Enjoy your own chai and make new friends while practicing your Hindi. We will meet on the following Thursdays,  January 28, February 25 and March 25, 2021 from 5:00-5:30 PM on Zoom.           Join Zoom Meeting… read more about Hindi Conversation Club 2021 »

This hands-on workshop serves as an introduction to accessible puppetry styles and techniques that work well in film animation. We will be looking at 2D puppet fabrication and manipulation using tools and materials that are easy to find at home. We will also briefly touch upon camera and computer software tips and tricks. Participants do not need any prior puppetry, animation or illustration experience for this workshop.  Myra Su is a puppetry artist based in Chicago. Her work includes experimentations with shadow puppetry… read more about Animating with Puppets: A Workshop on Using Puppetry in Film Animation Jan 28, 12-1:30 PM »

Exploring Self and Community in Dark Times is a faculty-led discussion series for first- and second-year Duke students intended to stimulate debate about the effects of COVID-19 on ourselves and society. Registration is required, as each Zoom session is capped at only 16 students. Sessions are held on alternating Mondays at 7 p.m., beginning Feb. 1. Upperclassmen are also welcome to register and will be admitted if space is available. Explore the topics and register to attend:… read more about Exploring Self and Community in Dark Times »

January 28, 29, February 4, 5    7:00am—9:00am EST   Between Mobility and Place-making: The Worlds of Southeast Asia in Modern Chinese Literature 在流动与地⽅创⽣之间: 现代华⽂与华⼈⽂学⾥的东南亚世界 Welcome! This e-workshop will be held online via Zoom. After your registration is approved, you will receive through email a Zoom link that will allow access to all four sessions. Feel free to attend the sessions that are of your interest. Prior to the event, please ensure that you have either downloaded the Zoom… read more about Between Mobility and Place-Making: »

As part of its event series tgiFHI, the Franklin Humanities Institute is conducting interviews with its faculty speakers in order to familiarize broader audiences with the diversity of research approaches in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences at Duke University. Dr. Fadi A. Bardawil is assistant professor of contemporary Arab cultures in the Department of Asian Studies and Middle East Studies. In this edited and condensed interview, he describes why translation and displaced meanings generate space for… read more about Meet Your Humanities Faculty: Fadi A. Bardawil »

Do you want to write your name in Hindi? Do you want to have a tattoo in Hindi or read signs in Hindi? The Hindi Program in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) is introducing a Hindi script workshop for students interested in learning Hindi or for students who already have listening and speaking skills, but want to improve their reading and writing skills. This workshop will cover the entire Hindi script. Event time: 3:00-6:00PM on Zoom. Sign up here:… read more about Hindi Script Workshop on Sunday, January 10 »

This month we offer a collection of Duke-authored books that explore historical and current aspects of faith, spirituality and religious culture in society.  These books along with many others are available at the Duke University Libraries, the Gothic Bookshop or the Regulator Bookshop.   The Bible With and Without Jesus by Marc Zvi Brettler What It's About: Professor Marc Z. Brettler and co-author Amy-Jill Levine take readers on a guided tour of the most popular Hebrew Bible… read more about Eight Duke Books on Religion and Spirituality »