March 2013 Posts

[Iran]   Haleh Emrani, Marriage Customs of the Religious Communities of the Late Sasanian Empire: An Indicator of Cultural Sharing (University of California, Los Angeles, 2011), reviewed by Lev Weitz (Princeton University)

[Chinese Lit]   Esther Klein, The History of a Historian: Perspectives on the Authorial Roles of Sima Qian (Princeton University, 2010), reviewed by Vincent Leung (University of Pittsburgh)

[Archives Review, Japan]   Jolyon Thomas (Princeton University), review of the Records of Allied Operational and Occupation Headquarters, World War II, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD, USA

[Archives Review, Inner Asia, China]   Rian Thum (Loyola University, New Orleans), review of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Berlin, Germany, and the Bibliothek der Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen – Anhalt, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. Halle, Germany

[South Asia, Med Anthro]   Holly Donahue Singh, Aulad: Infertility and the Meanings of Children in North India (University of Virginia, 2011), reviewed by Anindita Majumdar (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi)

[Southeast Asia]   Marjaana Jauhola, Becoming Better “Men” and “Women:” Negotiating Normativity through Gender Mainstreaming in Post-Tsunami Reconstruction Initiatives in Aceh, Indonesia (Aberystwyth University, 2010), reviewed by Kristina Gorssmann (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main)

[Inner Asia]   Sunmin Yoon, Chasing the Singers: The Transition of Long-Song (Urtyn Duu) in Post-Socialist Mongolia (University of Maryland, College Park, 2011), reviewed by Andrew Colwell (Wesleyan University)

[Science Studies]   Sarah Bridger, Scientists and the Ethics of Cold War Weapons Research (Columbia University, 2011), reviewed by Perrin Selcer (University of Texas, Austin)

[Med Anthro]   Erica van der Sijpt, Ambiguous Ambitions: On Pathways, Projects, and Pregnancy Interruptions in Cameroon (University of Amsterdam, 2011), reviewed by Anita Hannig (Brandeis University)

[Bioethics]   Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, Hope as a Discursive Practice in Cancer Research Decision-Making (University of Utah, 2011), reviewed by Jaklin Elliott (University of Adelaide)

[Korea]   Amy Levine, The Hope and Crisis of Pragmatic Transition: Politics, Law, Anthropology and South Korea (Cornell University, 2011), reviewed by Robert Oppenheim (University of Texas, Austin)

[Archives Review, China, Asian Art]   April Hughes (Princeton University), review of the Oriental Manuscripts Reading Room of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France

[Japan, Print Media]   Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua, Gaijin: Cultural Representations through Manga, 1930s-1950s (Hitotsubashi University, 2010), reviewed by Seth Jacobowitz (Yale University)

[Iran, South Asia, Islamic Studies]   Mana Kia, Contours of Persianate Community, 1722–1835 (Harvard University, 2011), reviewed by Jasmin Khosravie (University of Bonn)

[Iran]   Hossein Khosrowjah, Unthinking the National Imaginary: The Singular Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami (University of Rochester, 2011), reviewed by Golbarg Rekabtalaei (University of Toronto)

[Russia, Islamic Studies]   Eren Tasar, Soviet and Muslim: The Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia, 1943-1991 (Harvard University, 2010), reviewed by Alfrid Bustanov (Amsterdam University)

[Korea, Chinese Lit]   Jeongsoo Shin, From Bewitching Beauty to Effete King: Transgendering of King Peony in Medieval Chinese and Korean Literature (University of Washington, 2011), reviewed by Sixiang Wang (Columbia University)

[Japan, Print Media]   Robert Dale Goree, Fantasies of the Real: Illustrated Gazetteers in Early Modern Japan (Yale University, 2010), reviewed by William Fleming (Yale University)

[China]   Gerald Roche, Nadun: Ritual and the Dynamics of Cultural Diversity in Northwest China’s Hehuang Region (Griffith University, 2010), reviewed by Timothy Thurston (The Ohio State University)

[Archives Review, South Asia]   Derek Elliott (University of Cambridge), review of the Tamil Nadu Archives, Chennai, India

[Tibetan Himalayan, Med Anthro]   Stephan Kloos, Tibetan Medicine in Exile: The Ethics, Politics and Science of Cultural Survival (University of California, Berkeley, 2010), reviewed by Theresia Hofer (University of Oslo)

[Archives Review, Korea]   Erik Mobrand (National University of Singapore), review of the National Assembly Library, Seoul, Republic of Korea

[China, Science Studies]   Nicole Barnes, Protecting the National Body: Gender and Public Health in Southwest China during the War with Japan, 1937-1945 (University of California, Irvine, 2012), reviewed by M. Colette Plum (Johns Hopkins University)

[Med Anthro]   Anita Hannig, The Gift of Cure: Childbirth Injuries, Clinical Structures, and Religious Subjects in Ethiopia (University of Chicago, 2012), reviewed by Erica van der Sijpt (University of Amsterdam)

[Russia]   Nicole Holland, Worlds on View: Visual Art Exhibitions and State Identity in the Late Cold War (University of California, San Diego, 2010), reviewed by Joshua First (University of Mississippi)

[South Asia, Southeast Asia, Asian Art]   Soumya James, The Symbiosis of Image, Monument and Landscape:  A Study of Select Goddess Images at Prasat Kravan, Kbal Spean and Banteay Srei in Cambodia (Cornell University, 2011), reviewed by Paul Lavy (University of Hawaii, Manoa)

[Iran, Islamic Studies]   Aaron Sealy, “In Their Place”: Marking and Unmarking Shi’ism in Pahlavi Iran (University of Michigan, 2011), reviewed by Mikiya Koyagi (University of Texas, Austin)

[Archives Review, Islamic Studies]   Christopher Markiewicz (University of Chicago), brief update on the Ottoman Achives of the Office of the Prime Minister (Başbakanlık Osmanlı Arşivleri), Istanbul, Turkey

[Chinese Lit, Science Studies]   Nathaniel Isaacson, Colonial Modernities and Chinese Science Fiction (University of California, Los Angeles, 2011), reviewed by Paola Iovene (University of Chicago)

[Japan, Chinese Lit]   Fumiko Jōo, “The Peony Lantern” and Fantastic Tales in Late Imperial China and Tokugawa Japan: Local History, Religion, and Gender (University of Chicago, 2011), reviewed by Matthew Fraleigh (Brandeis University)

[China, Science Studies]   Daniel Asen, Dead Bodies and Forensic Science: Cultures of Expertise in China, 1800-1949 (Columbia University, 2012), reviewed by Fabien Simonis (Independent scholar)

[Talking Shop, Korea]   Amy Levine (Changwon National University), “Online Resources for Koreanists 2.0”

[South Asia, Islamic Studies]   Sadia Saeed, Politics of Exclusion: Muslim Nationalism, State Formation and Legal Representations of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan (University of Michigan, 2010), reviewed by Sadaf Ahmad (Lahore University of Management Sciences)

[Inner Asia]   Daniel Murphy, Going on Otor: Disaster, Mobility, and the Political Ecology of Vulnerability in Uguumur (University of Kentucky, 2011), reviewed by Jonathan Schlesinger (Indiana University, Bloomington)

[Archives Review, Science Studies]   Stanislava Kolková (Herder-Institut in Marburg), review of the Slovak National Archive, the Archive of the Comenius University, and the Central Archive of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia

[Bioethics, Science Studies]   Nicholas Anderson, Creatures of Artifice: Rodney Brooks and the Bioethics of Animated Machines (Ryerson University, 2011), reviewed by Keith Abney (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)

[Archives Review, Science Studies]   Bill Rankin (Yale University), review of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Archives, Montreal, Canada

[Med Anthro]   Mohammed Rashed, Subjectivity, Society and the Experts: Discourses of Madness in the Western Desert of Egypt (University College London, 2012), reviewed by Sherine Hamdy (Brown University)

[Archives Review, China, Asian Art]   Vivian Li (University of Michigan), review of the Central Academy of Fine Arts Library, Beijing, China

[Archives Review, Iran, Islamic Studies]   Ertuğrul Ökten (University of Oxford), review of the al-Beruni Institute for Oriental Studies, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

[Iran, Islamic Studies, Science Studies]   Alireza Doostdar, Fantasies of Reason: Science, Superstition, and the Supernatural in Iran (Harvard University, 2012), reviewed by Emilio Spadola (Colgate University)


Image:  International Space Station Expedition 27 flight engineer, astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman, on Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17, 2011) in the cupola in the space station. NASA Photo ID: ISS027-E-005202. Wikimedia Commons, Public domain image.

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