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Events
Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 12:10 – 1:40pmSocial Sciences and Humanities Building
Lecture: "After Eunuchs: Science, Medicine, and the Transformation of Sex"

Howard Chiang
Assistant Professor, Department of History at UC Davis

In this talk, Howard Chiang introduces the major findings from his new monograph, After Eunuchs: Science, Medicine, and the Transformation of Sex in Modern China (2018).

For much of Chinese history, the eunuch stood out as an exceptional figure at the margins of gender categories. Amid the disintegration of the Qing Empire, men and women in China began to understand their differences in the language of modern science. In After Eunuchs, Chiang traces the genealogy of sexual knowledge from the demise of eunuchism to the emergence of transsexuality, showing the centrality of new epistemic structures to the formation of Chinese modernity. From anticastration discourses in the late Qing era to sex-reassignment surgeries in Taiwan in the 1950s and queer movements in the 1980s and 1990s, After Eunuchs explores the ways the introduction of Western biomedical sciences transformed normative meanings of gender, sexuality, and the body in China.

Monday, February 4, 2019 | 8:45am – 4:30pmSocial Sciences and Humanities Building
"The Kibbutz: A Utopia That Failed?"

One-day conference on the history and sociology of the kibbutz and how its future might play out in a high-tech, capitalistic Israel. The program comprises two panels of U.S. and Israeli scholars and authors, addressing the cultural and social dimensions of the kibbutz and its future. Moderators: David Biale, Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History, UC Davis; and Diane Wolf, professor of sociology, UC Davis. Also participating: Rafi Grosglik, visiting assistant professor and Israel Institute teaching fellow, sociology and Jewish studies, UC Davis.

Monday, March 11, 2019 | 4:10 – 5:10pmSocial Sciences and Humanities Building
Lecture: "Revisiting Herto: New Evidence & Perspectives on Homo sapiens from Ethiopia"

Speaker: Dr. Joshua Carlson
Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley

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