Ming-related panels at AAS Boston 2023

Ihor Pidhainy has kindly compiled a list of panels with Ming content at the 2023 Association for Asian Studies annual meeting.

AAS Ming and Ming-Related Papers at 2023 Annual Meeting (Boston)
Thursday, March 16, 2023

Panel: Unexpected Voices Against Military Excess: Mitigating State Violence in China, Korea, and, Japan, 1592-2015. (Hynes Convention, Room 204)

  • Barend Noordam, Autonomous University of Barcelona

War and the Non-Combatant in the Late Ming: The Case of the Imjin War (1592-1598)

Friday, March 17

9:00-10:30 AM

Panel: Revisiting the Jin from Digital, Political, Geocultural, and Long-Term Perspectives (Hynes Convention Center, Room 111, Plaza Level)

  • Julia Schneider, University College Cork

Telling Jurchen Jin History: The Qianlong Emperor’s Censorship of Ming Books

Panel: Vernacular Healing: Practical Knowledge and Chinese Medicine, Ca.1500-1950: A Panel in Honor of the Memory of Nathan Sivin (1931-2022). (HCC, 203, 2nd level)

  • Andrew Schonebaum, University of Maryland, College Park

The Stuff of Life: Animating Forces in Early Modern China

  • Ying Zhang, Hunan University

Healing with Recipes in the Home: Experience, Skills, and Virtue in Late Imperial China

Panel: Worldmaking, Worlds’ Edges, and Constructions of Zheng He (HCC, Room 209, 2nd level)

  • Rania Huntington, University of Wisconsin, Madison

The Edges of the World in Late Ming Tales of the Strange

  • E. Kile, University of Michigan

The Ends of the Early Modern World: Worldmaking in China (1592-1842)

  • Tom Hoogervorst, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies

Remembering, Representing, and Reinventing Zheng He in Late-Colonial Java

  • Pashmina Murthy, Kenyon College

Zheng He’s Postcolonial Geography

Panel: Empty Intestines: Hunger and Metaphor in Middle Period Chinese Poetry (HCC, 205)

  • Wandi Wang, University of California, Santa Barbara

Good Taste in Gastronomy, Aesthetics, and Material Culture: On the Evolution of “Pure Offerings” (qinggong) from the Southern Song to the Qing



Panel: New Ways to Exploit the Works of Nature: Popularizing Elite Material Culture (HCC, Room 107, Plaza level)

  • Quincy Ngan, Yale University

The Human and Nonhuman Agencies in Popularizing Azurite’s Versatility and Transmediality in Ming China

  • Lucille Chia, University of California, Riverside

Ceramics for Everybody: Folk Kilns in Fujian

Panel: Colonial Encounters between Taiwan and the World (HCC, 201, 2nd Level)

  • Yaru Yang, National Taiwan University

The Spanish Empire in Taiwan: Missionaries, Their Writings, and Contemporary Taiwanese Literature from a Colonial Perspective

Panel:  Book and Belief: Textual Culture and Religious Landscape in Early Modern East Asia (HCC, 110, Plaza Level)

  • Xu Ma, Lafayette College

Printing for Power: The Textualization of Popular Religions in the Ming Leishu

  • Noga Ganany, University of Cambridge

Geography and Hagiography in Late-Ming Commercial Publishing

  • Mengxiao Wang, University of Southern California

Practicing Buddhism in Dramatic Paratexts: An Early Qing Edition of the Play Xixiangji


Panel: New Spaces for the Dead: Rethinking Developments in Later Chinese Funerary Art (Sheraton, Constitution B, 2nd Floor)

  • Nancy Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania

Architectural Mingqi: Yuan to Ming

  • Aurelia Campbell, Boston College

Inscribing Immortality: The Use of Buddhist Writing in Ming Tombs

  • Zhuolun Xie, Princeton University

Was Hell so Bad? Perspectives from a Rare Yuan-Ming Album

Panel: Crafting Memories: The Social and Political Meaning of Personal Histories in Pre-Modern East Asia (Hynes Convention Center, Meeting Room 210)

  • Shiau-Yun Chen, Ball State University

Narrating Violence: Gendered Remembrances in Ming China (1368-1644)

Panel: Intersectionality and Plurality: Otherness in Chinese Visual and Material Culture (Hynes Convention Center, Meeting Room 209)

  • Yutong Li, Princeton University

The Gendered Frontier: (Re)Presenting Border-Crossing Women in Seventeenth-Century China

Panel:  Engaging with the Other: Catholic Missions and Epistemic Encounters in Early Modern Asian Cities (Boston Sheraton Hotel, Arnold Arboretum -5th floor)

  • Wenlu Wang, University of Tokyo

Locality, Spectra, and the Scope of Exchange: On the Manila Dominicans’ Encounters with Chinese Knowledge on the Periphery


Panel: Framing the Change of an Era: Eurasian Perspectives on the Rise and Fall of the Chinggisids (13th-14th Centuries) (Sheraton Hotel, Back Bay A, 2nd Floor)

  • Lex Jing Lu, Clark University

Yao Guangxiao and Fang Xiaoru: An Ideological Proxy War between Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism in the Early Ming Dynasty

Panel: Environmental History (Boston Sheraton Hotel. Berkeley – 3rd floor)

  • Ting-chih Wu, University of Pennsylvania

Crop Cultivation, Animal-Rearing and the Making of the Chinese Empire’s Borders: Ningxia at the Edge of the Desert, 1400-1600

Panel: Changing Visual and Material Cultures of Early Modern-Modern China and India (Sheraton, Dalton, 3rd Floor)

  • Xiaolin Duan, North Carolina State University

Visualizing Famous Places: A Tourist Book in Seventeenth-Century China



Friday, March 17, 7:30-9:30


Society for Ming Studies (Boston Sheraton Hotel, Back Bay A, 2nd Floor)


  • Wandi Wang, UC Santa Barbara

Taste and Gastropoetics in Traditional China (11th–17th Century)

  • Joey Low, Brandeis

State and Society in Early Modern China-Vietnam Borderland

  • Joo-hyeon Oh, Harvard,

Seeing the World Through Things: Explaining the Natural World in 16-18th Century China

  • Sean Cronan, UC Berkeley,

Diplomacy and Political Thought in the Making of an Eastern Eurasian Interstate Order, 1200–1500

  • Yifan Zhang, Columbia,

Embodying the ‘Airs’ of Suzhou: Local Knowledge, Hybrid Soundscape, and Feng Menglong (1574-1646)’s Popular Song Collection

  • Jiajun Zou, Emory,

Sino-Foreign Difference and Ming Examination System

  • Yuan Ye, Columbia,

Vernacular Chinese Fiction and Ming-Qing Transition in East Asia

  • Jasmin Wai Tan Law, KU Leuven

Writing Ming-Qing Transition from a Local-Global Perspective

  • Kangni Huang, Harvard,

Toward a Poetics of Writing: Representing Literary Creation in Late Imperial Chinese Literature





Panel: Technologies of Locating, Part I: Mediating the Self in Fictional Cartography from China and Japan (Hynes Convention Center, Meeting Room 201)

  • Paize Keulemans, Princeton University

Mapping the Real without Realism: The Ludic and Literary Aesthetics of the Game of Go in Song Poetry and Ming Fiction

  • William C. Hedberg, Arizona State University

Civilization Remapped: Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s Latter Battles of Coxinga and the Edo-Period Discovery of Manchuria

Panel: Sensing the Body: On Touch from Late Imperial to Contemporary China (Hynes Convention Center, Meeting Room 202)

  • Peng Liu, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Invisible Touch and Family Politics in Jin Ping Mei


Panel: Chang’an in the Longue Durée (Sheraton, Constitution A, 2nd Floor)

  • Fei Huang, University of Tubingen

Transformations within Continuity: The Post-Tang Life of the Huaqing Hot Springs (1000-1900)

Panel: Aging and the Care of the Elderly from Song to Qing: Perceptions, Experiences, and Self-Representations (Boston Sheraton Hotel, Fairfax A, 3rd Floor)

  • Lu Weijing, University of California San Diego

Aging, Memory, and Self-Representation: The Case of You Tong (1618-1704)

Panel: Elephants and Ginseng: Environments, Commodities, and Power in Early Modern East and Southeast Asia (Sheraton Hotel, Berkeley, 3rd Floor)

  • Chushan Chiang, Taiwan National Central University

Medicine, Commerce, and Cultural Encounters: The Medical Exchanges between China and Korea in the Ming and Qing Dynasties with the Circulation of Ginseng


Panel: New Perspectives on Urban Identities in Late Imperial and Republican China (Boston Sheraton Hotel, Back Bay A, 2nd Floor)

  • Minoru Takano, University of British Columbia

Regionality at and Localness of the Center: Commemoration of Li Dongyang (1447–1516) in Late Imperial Beijing

Panel: Multivalence of the Body in Premodern Asian Societies: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Boston Sheraton Hotel, Gardner B, 3rd floor)

  • Sophia Ying Wang, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

The Mute Body: Sickness and Family Crisis in Late Imperial Chinese Fictional Medical Narratives

Panel:  Craft and Innovation in the Chinese Material and Dramatic Arts (Hynes Convention Center, Meeting Room 200)

  • Regina Llamas, IE University

To Kill a Dog and the Craft of Comedy


Panel: Local Daoism and Local Cults, from Tang to Qing (Sheraton Hotel, Republic B, 2nd Floor)

  • Jingyu Liu, Wheaton College

Enroll in the Blue Sheet and Delist from the Black Book (qingpiao jizi, heiji xiaoming 青篇紀字,黑籍消名): The Yellow Register Ritual of Preparatory Cultivation in Late Imperial Jiangnan 江南

  • Norifumi Sakai, Keio University

How Did Daoist Priests Provide Ritual Services to the Local Community?

  • James Robson, Harvard University

Gilded Gods: Images and Manuscripts Associated with Guild Cults in the Hunan Region





Panel: Ritual Sincerities in Chinese Literature: From Early China to the Twentieth Century (Boston Sheraton, Boston Common, 5th Floor)

  • Elizabeth Smithrosser, Leiden Institute of Area Studies

Going Deaf in the Ming: Sincerity Meets Humor in a Retiree’s Account of Hearing Loss

Panel: Understanding Horses in Early Modern China and Inner Asia (Sheraton, Hampton, 3rd Floor)

  • Gyatso Marnyi, Yale University

Horse Power: An Economic Explanation of the Geluk Monastic Growth on the Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian, and Manchu Frontier, 1570–1770

  • Lan Wu, Mount Holyoke College

The Dilemma of Raising Strong Horses in the Ming

Panel: Who Shaped China’s Technoscapes? A Longue Durée Perspective (1600-1980)  (Sheraton, Gardner A, 3rd Floor)

  • You Wang, University of Chicago

Working with Farming Communities: Scholarly Explorations of Dike-Building Techniques in the Lower Yangzi Delta, 1600-1850

  • Yiyun Peng, Cornell University

Fine-Shred Smoke: How Tobacco Changed the Agricultural and Technological Landscape in Upland Southeast China, 1600-1900


Panel: Towards an Intersectional Discourse: Vernacular Theatricality in Ming Qing Fiction and Drama (Sheraton, Gardner A, 3rd floor)

  • Jing Zhang, New College of Florida

“I Thought It Was My Old Friend Coming”: Adaptation, Repetition, and Theatrical Excess in Tang Xianzu’s The Purple Flute

  • Maria Franca Sibau, Emory University

“Please Allow Me to be so Bold As to Tell You a Story”: Framing and Reframing the Filial Beggar in Fiction and Drama

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