Chinese Ecologies

Chinese Ecologies
An International Symposium on the Environment and Indigeneity
Harvard University
April 6-7, 2018


April 6
Tsai Auditorium, CGIS-South, 1730 Cambridge Street)

13:00-13:10 Welcome Remarks

13:10-14:25 Panel 1: Articulating the Polemics of the Anthropocene
Chair: Karen Thornber (Harvard University)

Haiyan Lee (Stanford University)
Through Thick and Thin: The Romance of the Species in the Anthropocene

Christopher Coggins (Bard College at Simon’s Rock)
Rethinking “Environment” and “Indigenous:” the Persistence of Imperial Indigeneity

Qilin Long (Guangzhou University)
Ecological Disaster and the Writing Style of Chinese Contemporary Literature in the New Century

14:40-15:40 Keynote – Chen Qiufan
Introductions, David Wang with Mingwei Song

16:00-18:00 Screening of “Knife in the Clear Water” (清水裡的刀子; 2016),  dir. Wang Xuebo

Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

April 7
(Belfer Case Study Room, CGIS-South, 1730 Cambridge Street)

9:30-10:30 Keynote – Wu Mingyi (National Dong Hwa University)
Introductions, David Wang

10:45-12:00 Panel 2 – Environment and Indigeneity in Taiwan
Chair: Robin Visser (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Yu-lin Lee (National Chung-hsing University)
The Symbiosis between Ecology and Indigeneity: Wu Ming-yi and the Fabulation of an Island

Dingru Huang (Harvard University)
Liberating “Nature” from Nature Writing: Iron Horse, Butterfly Collage, and an “Ecology without Nature” in The Stolen Bicycle

Chia-rong Wu (Rhodes College)
Beyond Mountain and Sea: The Reconstruction of Indigeneity in Literary Taiwan

13:00-14:15 Panel 3 – Indigenous Practices from within the Sinosphere
Chair: Yu-lin Lee (National Chung-hsing University)

Robin Visser (UNC, Chapel Hill)
Indigenous Knowledge of Local Ecosystems in Fiction of Inner Mongolia

Kyle Shernuk (Harvard University)
The Sinophone Connection: Discursive Ethnic Mobility in Dadelavan Ibau’s Farewell, Eagle

Peng Hai (Harvard University)
Producing Indigeneity: Impoverished Media and the Natural Fertility of Organic Sounds   in Knife in the Clear Water

14:30-15:45 Panel 4 – Geopolitics and the Environment
Chair: Max Bohnenkamp (Harvard University)

Jessica Tan (Harvard University)
From Indigenous Women to Indigenous Literature: Reading Liu Yichang’s Malayan Fiction

Chengpang Lee (National University of Singapore)
Swallow, Elephant, and the Rhizomatic Chinese Communities in Sumatra

Jannis Chen (Harvard University)
The Language of Love and Violence: Towards Sinophone Ecocriticism

16:00-17:15 Panel 5 – Ethnic Articulations of Tradition in Modernity
Chair: Ling Zhang (Boston College)

Corey Byrnes (Northwestern University)
Tradition Redux

Suyon Lee (National Taiwan University)
Lanyu, A System of Sacrifice: Geopolitics, Environment and Indigeneity in Syaman Rapongan’s The death of Ngalumirem

Mark Bender (The Ohio State University)
The Genealogy of the Sky and Earth: Environmental and Indigenous Themes in Oral         Traditional and Contemporary Nuosu Yi Poetries

17:15-17:30 Closing remarks

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