Duncan Williams, School of Religion
Brian Bernards, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Velina Hasu Houston, School of Dramatic Arts
As an interdisciplinary collaboration, “Critical Mixed-Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach” undertakes two overarching scholarly imperatives: first, to trace the history and historiography of mixed race in academic, popular, and legal discourses of various countries of the Pacific Rim (North and Latin America, the Pacific Islands, and East, Southeast, and South Asia), with a primary focus on the United States and East Asia; and second, to identify and measure the impact of transpacific migration, settlement, and sociocultural encounter and interaction on these mixed-race histories and historiographies. The project involves a series of ten regular seminars, conferences, and lectures designed to encourage broad, interdisciplinary debate connecting different historical periods and seemingly disparate or far-flung regions of the world, such as comparative racial ideology in Europe and Japan, comparative antimiscegenation laws in the American South and Pacific Coast, and comparative plantation culture in Hawai‘i, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.
Faculty Member: Duncan Williams
The Mugen Project is a new web resource for the study of Buddhism. Our website is a bibliographic database containing references to tens of thousands of Buddhist resources, ranging from film and audio recordings to academic books and articles to liturgical texts. What’s more, the Project houses not only resources across a range of media, but also across an array of literary types, such as academic scholarship, popular studies from modern times, canonical texts representing the Buddha’s teachings, major treatises of Buddhist masters across time and place, the vernacular texts of local Buddhist traditions, and so on. With such wide horizons, the Mugen Project is the first comprehensive database of the Buddhist tradition. The Project’s only parameter is language: our database contains only resources of the Buddhist tradition in Western languages, with a predominance of English language entries.
Faculty Member: Joan Piggott
The Project for Premodern Japan Studies of the USC College was established in 2003 to nurture and coordinate the study of premodern Japan at USC. Under Director Joan R. Piggott, Gordon L. MacDonald Professor of History, the mission of the Project is to build a premier program and a thriving community of scholars working in the premodern Japan field at USC. The priorities of the Project include the recruitment of leading faculty and graduate students in the field to multiple disciplines across the university. The Project serves as a center for the organization of the Summer Kambun Workshop; the development of a world-class premodern Japan research collection in USC’s East Asian Library; the coordination of a vibrant Visitor Series that includes speakers, workshops, and conferences; and a new Monograph Series under the USC College East Asia Studies Center imprint. Through the Graduate College and History Department the Project also provides fellowships for graduate study in premodern Japanese History.