Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Library

at University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue,, Cambridge, CB3 9DA United Kingdom

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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Library
University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue,
Cambridge CB3 9DA
United Kingdom
Contact Phone
P: 01223 335 112

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The Faculty Library contains around 70,000 monograph volumes and around 250 current journals. It is primarily an English (and European) language collection but there are many publications in the various Asian & Middle Eastern languages taught in the Faculty. The subject content includes the languages, literature, history, philosophy, art and archaeology of Asia and the Middle East from earliest times to the present. More recently there has been a growth in the coverage of aspects of the modern world within the same regional scope, especially literature, politics, sociology and economic conditions. Though the Library is primarily a working collection for students, because of its varied origins, it also contains a great deal of valuable material relevant to research students and to visiting scholars.

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We look forward to welcoming the Faculty's new undergraduates and postgraduates to the library. A number of induction sessions will be held for FAMES freshers to demonstrate the library resources available and how to make the most of them. These sessions will be held on: Undergraduates: 6th Oct. 15.00 7th Oct. 11.00 10th Oct. 15.00 Postgraduates: 6th Oct. 11.00 7th Oct. 15.00 10th Oct. 11.00 No sign-up required, just pick up a session and come to the library.

Published on 2014-10-03 00:24:40 GMT

Christmas Vacation Borrowing Borrowing for the Christmas vacation commences on Monday 1st December. Overnight loans may be borrowed over the vacation period. All Open Shelf book currently on loan are to be returned by Wednesday 3rd December.

Published on 2014-11-27 17:05:52 GMT

This afternoon's (Wednesday, 4th February 2015) at 5pm ; Rooms 8 & 9, FAMES : China Research Seminar :Dr. Michael Loewe (University of Cambridge) on Chinese emperor's ritual services to his predecessors., (Tea served at 4:45pm at the same venue) Abstract The concept of zhaomu 昭穆, which may be traced to pre-imperial times and was cited as late as 1908, served to strengthen a claim to exercise imperial authority in two ways. While asserting that patrilinear succession was the regular way in which emperors took their allotted place on the throne, it provided for a breakdown in this system; and it provided the means whereby a newly established dynasty could claim its ancestry in a recognised way to a legitimate source. Zhaomu was invoked at moments when adherence to these two principles was difficult or impossible, for example when a brother succeeded his brother as emperor, or an alien dynasty needed to accommodate to Chinese tradition. Zhaomu affected the conduct of the rites that an emperor performed in service to his ancestors, the spatial positions of the shrines built for this purpose and, possibly in one case, the positions chosen for an emperor’s tomb. Speaker Biography As Lecturer in the History of the Far East at SOAS (1956-63) and in Chinese Studies at Cambridge (1963-90), Dr. Michael Loewe has concentrated his research on the history of China’s early empires (221 BCE to 220 CE). Wherever possible he has combined a study of both literary and material sources, in the belief that each type of evidence serves both to supplement that of the other and to modify or correct assumptions and interpretations that rest solely on either one. He has worked and published on recently discovered manuscripts, textual problems, religious and philosophical matters, institutions of government and legal stipulations,and on military and colonial activities. His publications are of four different types; as items of scholarly research, intended for specialists in the Qin and Han dynasties (Records of Han administration, 1967; Ways to Paradise: the Chinese Quest for Immortality,1979; Dong Zhongshu, a ‘Confucian’ Heritage and the Chunqiu fanlu, 2011); as reference books ( A biographical dictionary of the Qin, Former Han and Xin dynasties, 2000); as a summary of research and historical conclusions, for colleagues who work in other periods of history and other cultures (The Cambridge History of China volume 1, 1986); and as a first introduction to China’s early empires, for students choosing their subject, or for visitors to museums (Everyday life in early imperial China 1968; and Bing: from farmer’s son to magistrate in Han China, 2011). All are welcome!

Published on 2015-02-04 10:32:20 GMT

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has won a decisive victory in Sunday's elections to the lower house of the Japanese parliament. Dr John Swenson-Wright, University Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese Politics and International Relations and Head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House, writes about this for BBC News Asia.

Published on 2014-12-18 14:11:08 GMT

The Japanese studies section is pleased to announce the launch of a new scholarship, initiated in October 2014, generously provided by the Aoi Foundation of Japan. Each year we will be able to offer ¥500,000 to one postgraduate student in Japanese Studies. See further details. The first recipient of this prestigious award was Aiko Otsuka (right), who is currently conducting research on the memory and narrative of defeat within the postwar Japanese military.

Published on 2015-05-22 11:14:03 GMT

Easter Term library's extended opening hours. The library has extended opening hours from today until 5th June (inclusive). We will be open from 9 AM until 7 PM from Monday to Friday, and also from 1 PM to 5 PM on Saturdays.

Published on 2015-04-27 09:01:19 GMT

EASTER VACATION BORROWING Borrowing for the Easter vacation commences today. All Open Shelf books currently on loan are to be returned by Wednesday 11th March. Overnight loans may be borrowed over the vacation period. (excluding DVDs.)

Published on 2015-03-09 14:24:42 GMT

Helen Pittam, who graduated with a First in Chinese Studies in 2013, has published a joint article with Robert Weatherley. The article examines the debate amongst Chinese legal experts over the recent practise of death penalty criminal reconciliation. This is a process which seeks to reconcile an offender convicted of a capital offence with the victim by requiring the offender to meet with, apologise and pay economic compensation to the victim in exchange for a death sentence commuted to life in prison. The article has been published in the journal Asian Perspective.

Published on 2015-05-22 11:15:31 GMT

Anthropologist William Schroeder from the University of Manchester will shed new light on guanxi practices with his study on 'formal marriage' amongst gays and lesbians in contemporary China. Please help publicise the event to other interested parties (see attached poster). Guanxi (关系) and Xinghun (形婚): The Queer Art of Getting Things Done Dr. William Schroeder (University of Manchester) 5pm, January 28 (Wed), 2015; Rooms 8 & 9, FAMES Abstract Debates about guanxi in the PRC seem never to get resolved—some scholars insist it's simply a human relational practice with a special Chinese name; others argue it's part of the unique fabric of Chinese cultural life. This talk does not take sides but seeks to move the debate into its proper arena: translation. This is an early-stage attempt to figure out why debates about guanxi and many other cultural practices with names become so entrenched. By looking at the contemporary phenomenon of 'formal marriage' (形式婚姻) among gays and lesbians in the PRC, the talk will explore the similarities between general guanxi practice and a specific queer practice to suggest some ways of not getting lost in semantics. Speaker Dr. William Schroeder is Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Manchester. He received his PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Virginia in the United States in 2010. His research has focused on leisure practices in the queer community in Beijing and draws on queer, play, affect, and kinship theories. He is editor with Elisabeth Engebretsen of Queer/Tongzhi China: New Perspectives on Research, Activism and Media Cultures (June 2015, NIAS Press), and his work has appeared in GLQ (Duke University Press) and edited volumes. He is the founder of the Queer China Working Group, an international collaboration of artists, activists, and scholars concerned with the queer PRC and is co-editor of Manchester University Press's new book series 'Alternative Sinology'. All are welcome!