May 2013 Posts

[Tibetan/Himalayan]   Lewis Doney, “Transforming Tibetan Kingship: The Portrayal of Khri srong lde brtsan in the Early Buddhist Histories” (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2011), reviewed by Daniel Hirshberg (University of California, Santa Barbara)

[Science Studies]   Lino Camprubí Bueno, “Political Engineering: Science, Technology and the Francoist Landscape (1939-1959)” (University of California, Los Angeles, 2011) reviewed by Pedro Ruiz-Castell (Universitat de València – CSIC)

[Russia]   Jenifer Parks, “Red Sport, Red Tape: The Olympic Games, the Soviet Sports Bureaucracy, and the Cold War, 1952-1980” (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009), reviewed by Miriam Dobson (University of Sheffield)

[Performance, Print/Media]   Naoko Ishikawa, “The English Clown: Print in Performance and Performance in Print” (University of Birmingham, 2011), reviewed by Maha El Hissy (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

[Japan, Performance]   Angela Ahlgren, “Drumming Asian America: Performing Race, Gender, and Sexuality in North American Taiko” (University of Texas, Austin, 2011), reviewed by Paul Yoon (University of Richmond)

[Latin America, Med Anthro]   Nicholas Rattray, “Embodied Marginalities: Disability, Citizenship, and Space in Highland Ecuador” (University of Arizona, 2012), reviewed by Michele Friedner (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

[Chinese Lit]   Lucas Klein, “Foreign Echoes and Discerning the Soil: Dual Translation, Historiography, and World Literature in Chinese Poetry” (Yale University, 2010), reviewed by Brian Skerratt (Harvard University)

[China]   Yajun Mo, “Itineraries for a Republic: Tourism and Travel Culture in Modern China, 1866-1954” (University of California, Santa Cruz, 2011), reviewed by Jenny Chio (Emory University)

[China, Performance]   Emily Wilcox, “The Dialectics of Virtuosity: Dance in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-2009” (University of California, Berkeley, 2011), reviewed by Chris Vasantkumar (Hamilton College)

[China, Science Studies]   David Luesink, “Dissecting Modernity: Anatomy and Power in the Language of Science in China” (University of British Columbia, 2012), reviewed by Nicole Barnes (Boston College)

[Science Studies]   Alexander Hall, “Risk, Blame, and Expertise: The Meteorological Office and Extreme Weather in Post-War Britain” (University of Manchester, 2012), reviewed by James Bergman (Harvard University)

[Gender, Science Studies]   Matthew Helmers, “Homosexual Panic: Unliveable Lives and the Temporality of Sexuality in Literature, Psychiatry and the Law” (University of Manchester, 2011), reviewed by Janet Weston (Birkbeck, University of London)

[Latin America]   Stephen Cote, “The Nature of Oil in Bolivia, 1896-1952” (University of California, Davis, 2011), reviewed by Sarah Hines (University of California, Berkeley)

[South Asia]   Janam Mukherjee, “Hungry Bengal: War, Famine, Riots, and the End of Empire 1939-1946” (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2011), reviewed by Aryendra Chakravartty (Penn State University)

[Islamic Studies]   Matthew Ingalls, “Subtle Innovation Within Networks of Convention: The Life, Thought, and Intellectual Legacy of Zakariyyā al-Anṣārī (d. 926/1520)” (Yale University, 2011), reviewed by Elias Muhanna (Brown University)

[Iran]   Guilan Siassi, “Un(der)writing Home: The Politics of Belonging in the Modern Literatures of Iran and the Maghreb” (University of California, Los Angeles, 2011), reviewed by Amir Moosavi (New York University)

[China, Tibetan Himalayan]   Tami Blumenfield, Scenes from Yongning: Media Creation in China’s Na Villages” (University of Washington, 2010), reviewed by Stéphane Gros (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – France)

[China, Inner/Central Asia, Tibetan/Himalayan]   Benno Weiner, “The Chinese Revolution on the Tibetan Frontier: State Building, National Integration and Socialist Transformation, Zeku (Tsékhok) County, 1953-1958” (Columbia University, 2012), reviewed by Scott Relyea (Hamline University)

[China]   Kristin Kupfer, “Emergence and Development of Spiritual-Religious Groups in the People’s Republic of China after 1978” (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2009), reviewed by Francis Khek Gee Lim (Nanyang Technological University)

[Korea]   Cheehyung Kim, “The Furnace is Breathing: Work and the Everyday Life in North Korea, 1953-1961” (Columbia University, 2010), reviewed by Tae-Ho Kim (Seoul National University)

[Japan]   Amy Christine Franks, “Another Tale of the Heike: An Examination of the Engyōbon Heike monogatari” (Yale University, 2009), reviewed by Roberta Strippoli (Binghamton University, SUNY)

[Science Studies]   Kristoffer Whitney, “A Knot in Common: Science, Values, and Conservation in the Atlantic Flyway” (University of Pennsylvania, 2012), reviewed by Frederick R. Davis (Florida State University)

[China, Science Studies]   Pierce Salguero, “Buddhist Medicine in Medieval China: Disease, Healing, and the Body in Cross-cultural Translation (Second to Eighth Centuries C.E.)” (Johns Hopkins University, 2010), reviewed by Michael Stanley-Baker (University College London)

[Asian Art, Southeast Asia]   Stephen Murphy, “The Buddhist Boundary Markers of Northeast Thailand and Central Laos, 7th – 12th Centuries CE: Towards an Understanding of the Archaeological, Religious and Artistic Landscapes of the Khorat Plateau” (School of Oriental and African Studies, 2010), reviewed by John Listopad (Sacramento State University)

[Latin America]   Anna Alexander, “Quotidian Catastrophes in the Modern City: Fire Hazards and Risk in Mexico’s Capital, 1860-1910” (University of Arizona, 2012), reviewed by Andrew Konove (Yale University)

[Archives Review, Latin America]   Julia del Palacio Langer (Columbia University), review of the Archivo General del Estado de Veracruz, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

[Archives Review, South Asia]   Hans Utter, review of the Rampur Raza Library and Archives and the ITC Sangeet Research Academy

[Gender]   Christiana Tsaousi, “Consuming Underwear: Fashioning Female Identity” (University of Leicester, 2011), reviewed by Sarah Baker (Victoria University of Wellington)

[Talking Shop, Russia]   Nicole Holland (University of California, San Diego), “Cold Case Creativity”

[Archives Review, Iran, Islamic Studies]   Audrey Truschke (University of Cambridge), overview of the primary Persian manuscript collections in the United Kingdom

[Print/Media]   Philip Hatfield, “Colonial Copyright and the Photographic Image: Canada in the Frame” (Royal Holloway, University of London, 2011), reviewed by Amelia Bonea (University of Oxford)

[Inner/Central Asia, Tibetan/Himalayan]   Yönten Nyima, “Retire Livestock, Restore Rangeland” to the Compensation for Ecological Services: State Interventions into Rangeland Ecosystem and Pastoralism in Tibet” (University of Colorado, 2012), reviewed by Elisa Cencetti (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)

[Archives Review, China, Japan, Korea]   David Fitzgerald (Harvard University), review of the Harvard Yenching Library Rare Books Collection, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA

[Chinese Lit]   Kristof Van den Troost, “The Hong Kong Crime Film: Genre and Film Noir from the 1940s to the Present” (Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2010), reviewed by Wei Yang (Sewanee: The University of the South)

[Gender, Performance]   Hunju Lee, “The New Asian Female Ghost Films: Modernity, Gender Politics, and Transnational Transformation(University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2011), reviewed by Daisy Yan Du (University of Miami)

[Gender, Japan, Performance]   Valerie Barske, “Performing Embodied Histories: Colonialism, Gender, and Okinawa in Modern Japan” (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009), reviewed by David Tobaru Obermiller (Gustavus Adolphus College)

[Archives Review, Iran, Islamic Studies]   Mushegh Asatryan (The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London), review of the Matenadaran Institute Library, Yerevan, Armenia

[Science Studies]   Michael Finn, “The West Riding Lunatic Asylum and the Making of the Modern Brain Sciences in the Nineteenth Century” (University of Leeds, 2012), reviewed by Stephen Casper (Clarkson University)

[Iran, Science Studies]   Abigail Schade, “Hidden Waters: Groundwater Histories of Iran and the Mediterranean” (Columbia University, 2011), reviewed by Leucha Veneer (University of Manchester)

[Gender, South Asia]   Navaneetha Mokkil Maruthur, “Sexual Figures of Kerala: 
Cultural Practices, Regionality and the Politics of Sexuality” (University of Michigan, 2010), reviewed by Janaki Abraham (Delhi University)

[Archives Review, South Asia]   Elaine Fisher (Columbia University), review of Adyar Library and Research Center, Chennai, India

[Iran, Islamic Studies]   D Gershon Lewenthal, “Qādisiyyah, “Then and Now: A Case Study of History and Memory, Religion, and Nationalism in Middle Eastern Discourse” (Brandeis University, 2011), reviewed by Annie Samuel (Tel Aviv University, Harvard Kennedy School)

[Performance]   Laura Osweiler, “Dancing in the Fringe: Connections Forming an Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance” (University of California, Riverside, 2011), reviewed by Candace Bordelon (North Central Texas College)

[Russia]   Anatoly Pinsky, “The Individual after Stalin: Fedor Abramov, Russian Intellectuals, and the Revitalization of Soviet Socialism, 1953-1962” (Columbia University, 2011), reviewed by Marko Dumančić (Western Kentucky University)

[Gender]   Robert Kulpa, “Nation Queer? Discourses Of Nationhood And Homosexuality In Times Of Transformation: Case Studies From Poland” (Birkbeck, University of London, 2012), reviewed by Magdalena Grabowska (Warsaw University)

[Latin America, Med Anthro]   Amy Cooper, “Vital Politics: Medicine and Citizenship in Venezuela” (University of Chicago, 2012), reviewed by Ana Servigna (Tulane University)

[China, Japan, Korea]   Kate McDonald, “The Boundaries of the Interesting: Itineraries, Guidebooks, and Travel in Imperial Japan” (University of California, San Diego, 2011), reviewed by Aleksandra Majstorac-Kobiljski (Needham Research Institute, Cambridge UK)

[Korea]   Martin Bale, “Storage Practices, Intensive Agriculture, and Social Change in Mumun Pottery Period Korea, 2903-2450 Calibrated Years B.P.” (University of Toronto, 2011), reviewed by J. Rachel Lee (University of Michigan)

[Talking Shop, China, Chinese Lit]   Maura Cunningham (University of California, Irvine), “China on ($67) a Day?”

[Islamic Studies, Southeast Asia]   M. Najib Azca, “After Jihad: A Biographical Approach to Passionate Politics in Indonesia” (University of Amsterdam, 2011), reviewed by Chiara Formichi (City University of Hong Kong)

[South Asia]   Zia Rahman, “Labor Unions and Labor Movements in the Readymade Garment Industry in Bangladesh in the Era of Globalization (1980-2009)” (University of Calgary, 2011), reviewed by Rifat Akhter (University of Central Arkansas)

[Asian Art, South Asia]   Sugata Ray, “In the Name of Krishna: The Cultural Landscape of a North Indian Pilgrimage Town” (University of Minnesota, 2012), reviewed by Pika Ghosh (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

[Med Anthro]   Elizabeth Fein, “The Machine Within: An Ethnography of Asperger’s Syndrome, Biomedicine, and The Paradoxes of Identity and Technology in the Late Modern United States” (University of Chicago, 2012), reviewed by Michael Orsini (University of Ottawa)

[Science Studies]   Rebecca Onion, “Science and the Culture of American Childhood, 1900-1980” (University of Texas at Austin, 2012), reviewed by Victoria Cain (New York University)

[Islamic Studies, Ottoman/Turkish]   Nikolay Antov, “Imperial Expansion, Colonization, and Conversion to Islam in the Islamic World’s ‘Wild West’: The Formation of the Muslim Community in Ottoman Deliorman (N.E. Balkans), 15th-16th CC.” (University of Chicago, 2011), reviewed by Ayesha A. Irani (McGill University)

[Archives Review, Science Studies]   Xaq Frohlich (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), review of the Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America

[Latin America, Southeast Asia]   Eva Mehl, “The Spanish Empire and the Pacific World: ‘Vagrants, Idlers and Troublemakers’ in the Philippines, 1765-1861” (University of California, Davis, 2011), reviewed by Birgit Tremml (University of Tokyo)

[Latin America]   Ananda Cohen Suárez, “Mural Painting and Social Change in the Colonial Andes, 1626-1830” (The City University of New York, 2012), reviewed by Maya Stanfield-Mazzi (University of Florida)

[Japan, Performance]   Rosemary Candelario, “Eiko and Koma: Choreographing Spaces Apart in Asian America” (University of California, Los Angeles, 2011), reviewed by Ellen Gerdes (Drexel University)

[China, Print/Media, Science Studies]   Marlon Zhu, “Typhoons, Meteorological Intelligence, and the Inter-Port Mercantile Community in Nineteenth-Century China” (State University of New York, Binghamton, 2012), reviewed by Thomas Mullaney (Stanford University)

[Iran]   Tobin Hartnell, “Persepolis in Context: A Landscape Study of Political Economy in Ancient Persia” (University of Chicago, 2012), reviewed by Shervin Farridnejad (University of Göttingen)

[Gender]   Brandy Simula, “A ‘Different Economy of Bodies and Pleasures’? Gender, Power, and Sexuality in BDSM Interactions” (Emory University, 2012), reviewed by Staci Newmahr (Buffalo State, The State University of New York)

[Gender, Performance, Russia]   Marko Dumančić, “Rescripting Stalinist Masculinity: Contesting the Male Ideal in Soviet Film and Society, 1953-1968” (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010), reviewed by Anatoly Pinsky (The European University at Saint Petersburg)


Image: Socialists in Union Square, N.Y.C. [large crowd] Photo, 1 May 1912 – Bain Coll. Library of Congress. Wikimedia Commons.

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