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Saturday University: Consuming Empires, Consuming Desires

Sat Nov 5 2016

Asian Art Museum

Emma Baillargeon Stimson Auditorium

9:30 AM – 11 AM

SATURDAY UNIVERSITY SERIES
TEA TIMES: CULTURES, COMMERCE, AND CONFLICT

The history of tea is steeped in philosophy, literature, art, and world trade. Take an in-depth look at wild plants, distinct pleasures, and imperial exploitation as eight scholars present a few remarkable moments from the long story of tea.

Consuming Empires, Consuming Desires: Images of Tea Times and Tea Labors
Tea imagery from paintings, prints, ads, and photos
Piya Chatterjee, University of California, Riverside

Tea emerged as a global commodity through a fascinating story of many empires and colonies: Chinese, British, and more. Its narrative, intimately connected to the East India Company, seeps into image-systems that enshrine views on femininity, racialization, and class across multiple traditions.

Using paintings, prints, ads, photographs—and even the etchings on contemporary tea boxes—Piya Chatterjee will explore how tea speaks to the feminization of both parlor and plantation, empire and colony.

OTHER LECTURES IN THIS SERIES

OCT 1

The Origins and Spread of Tea-drinking in China and the World

OCT 8

Buddhism and the Invention of Tea Culture in Medieval China

OCT 15

Engaging the Object: The Art of Tea in Sixteenth Century Japan

OCT 22

Tea Horse Road: China’s Ancient Trade Route to Tibet

OCT 29

No Lecture

NOV 5

Consuming Empires, Consuming Desires: Images of Tea Times and Tea Labors

NOV 12

The Power and Pleasure of Tea Bowls in Japan

NOV 19

Tea Revives the World: Advertising a Global Commodity during the Great Depression

NOV 26

No Lecture

DEC 3

Can a Plantation Be Fair? Paradoxes and Promises of Fair Trade in Darjeeling, India

Saturday University is presented in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies and the Elliott Bay Book Company.

Series tickets are no longer available.
Individual lecture tickets at the door as available: $10, SAM members $5
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts or your seat may be released.