[11/20] Lunch Talk: Localist Turns— A Recurring Pattern in Chinese History

November 20, 2019 12:30-2:00 pm, SRH3, LBJ School, Bass Lecture Hall

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Every Chinese dynasty has experienced a localist turn in which the centralizing power of the founding gives way to increasing localism, but all localist turns are not the same. This talk will note the general phenomena and explore a specific case of the localist turn under the Mongols’s Yuan dynasty, the consequences of which have continued into the present. Using the particular case of Wuzhou (Jinhua) a prefecture in Zhejiang province, the talk will show how a data-driven approach, spatial and social network analysis can reveal trends in local society that would not be otherwise apparent.

Presenter

Professor Peter K. Bol is the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. He was also the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning between 2013 and 2018.

[11/20] Workshop: Digital Humanities for Chinese History

Wed Nov 20, 2019 9-12am, RLP 1.404 Computer Lab

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This workshop will introduce the use of the China Biographical Database (CBDB), mapping data using GIS, and graphing social networks. CBDB is a relational database of 427,000 men and women, mainly from the 6th through 19th centuries. Participants will be given a copy of the complete database.

Presenters

Peter K. Bol

Professor Peter K. Bol is the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. He was also the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning between 2013 and 2018.

Eidith Enright

CBDB Project Manager at Harvard University

[4/26] Data Management in Intelligence Community

Dr. Thomas C. is a Lead Scientist in the CIA’s Directorate of Analysis and holds a Ph.D. in Economics. The talk will focus on how the Intelligence Community (IC) manages data, including some of the unique aspects in the IC. How the IC generates insights: typical timelines, customers, and general descriptions of modeling techniques, as well as how the IC integrates social science research.

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 12:15 – 1:30pm (lunch provided)
Location: LBJ School of Public Affairs, 1st floor, Room SRH 3.122

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[3/21 Washington DC] Political elites in a networked society: How Chinese civil society is integrated with the authoritarian regime

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Political elites in a networked society: How Chinese civil society is integrated with the authoritarian regime
Thursday, March 21
6:00pm – 8:00pm

LBJ Washington Center
1100 New York Ave NW
Washington DC

Light refreshments served

Abstract

This paper studies how the Chinese civil society is integrated with the authoritarian regime through a highly educated group of political elites holding critical roles in both polity and civil society. Analysis of individuals presents that, the political elites are meshed in a social structure of two-layer networks: the civil society network and the political network. The leaders of Communist Youth League are widely embedded in civil society network but marginalized in political network. Over half of these political elites are provincial leaders connecting local and central governments. Analysis of formal institutions reveals that, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) forms a dyad with the State Council, resembling the politics–administration tension studied in western democracies. Unlike conventional thoughts about authoritarian regimes, the Chinese civil society and political networks are highly pluralistic, but CCP builds itself as a necessary broker between political groups. In President Hu’s term, intellectuals are a significant power for integrating civil society. In Xi’s term, CCP is over-politicized, widely embedded, and institutionalized, serving as the only and direct channel that connects civil society and polity.

Please enter the building through the New York Ave NW entrance. The Center is located one level up via the stairs or elevator immediately to your right upon entrance.

Metro Access – The LBJ Washington Center is located two blocks from Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange, and Silver lines) and a 10-minute walk from Gallery Place/Chinatown (Green and Yellow lines)