Otago City of Lit phd scholarships

Dear colleagues,

Please find below a call for applications for the 2018 University of Otago City of Literature PhD Scholarship. I am particularly interested in attracting excellent candidates working in English, Russian, and/or Chinese on topics relating to contemporary poetry, literature and new media, and comparative and global modernism. Please circulate the details below to anyone who might be interested. Thank you.

Best wishes,

Jacob Edmond

2018 University of Otago City of Literature PhD Scholarship: call for applications

The Department of English and Linguistics invites applications for the 2018 University of Otago City of Literature PhD Scholarship.

The Department of English and Linguistics welcomes applications for PhD projects across a broad range of areas ranging from medieval to digital literature. Department strengths include New Zealand and postcolonial literature, eighteenth-century literature, Romanticism, comparative literature, global modernism, cognitive approaches to literary studies, literature and language pedagogy, linguistic approaches to literature, contemporary poetry and fiction, creative writing, Irish and Scottish studies, the history of the book, and new media literature. For more information on the department, see: http://www.otago.ac.nz/english-linguistics/index.html. Continue reading

AAS small grants

China and Inner Asia Council Small Grants Program
Accepting Applications

Dear AAS Members Working on China, Taiwan, and Inner Asia,

The AAS/CIAC has funds to support small grants for members working on China, Taiwan, or Inner Asia. The CIAC Small Grants program is supported by generous funding by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, as well as from independent donations from AAS members that are currently in the process of being solicited (please see the following AAS webpage, bottom, to donate: http://www.asian-studies.org/About/Donate). We are typically able to award approximately 20 – 25 CIAC Small Grants annually (and we are hoping we can garner as much in donations as we did last year to enable this number of awards).

Qualified individuals can apply for small grants up to $2,000 in a number of categories including: research travel, travel for translation projects, conference and seminar organization, specialist or regional newsletters, and website development. Travel to conferences and book subventions are explicitly excluded, unfortunately. Continue reading

Crossroads 2018–cfp

Dear friends,

Hope this post finds you well.

The 12th Association for Cultural Studies “Crossroads in Cultural Studies” conference will be held in Shanghai, from August 12th to 15th 2018. Featured speakers include Guy Standing (UK), Meaghan Morris (Australia), Lawrence Grossberg (US), Kuan Hsing Chen, WEN Tiejun (China), Sandro Mezzadra (Italy), Neferti Tadiar (Philippine), Cheikh Gueye (Senegal), Maria Rojas (Argentina), and many more speakers to be announced.

The submission deadline of “Crossroads in Cultural Studies” Conference has extended to Dec 20th. Please make sure your submission process is properly scheduled, and submit your proposal(s) through https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=xroads2018 (for Conference) or https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pcxr2018 (for Pre-Conference). Also, you may try the online bulletin board “People’s Park” (http://www.cul-studies.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=6&id=1709) if you want to find other panel partners. Please feel free to contact them to organize panels if you have similar ideas.

For more details, check the conference site www.crossroads2018.org or Facebook page @crossroads2018. It is welcomed to circulate the information to your colleges, friends and students. Thanks.

Best wishes,

Organizer of Crossroads2018, Shanghai U
Wenhao Bi <crossroads2018@outlook.com>

Tate fellowship

Open Call
Visiting Fellowship Scheme 2018

Tate welcomes applications for the Tate Research Centre: Asia Visiting Fellowship Scheme.

This Visiting Fellowship Scheme provides scholars and curators the opportunity to realise a short-term research project in the field of modern and contemporary Asian art. Individuals engaged in the programme will be able to access information relating to works in the Tate collection and draw on the resources in Tate’s library and archive.  This is an ideal opportunity for a scholar or curator who wishes to undertake research at Tate and is keen to share their work on an international platform. The terms of the individual fellowships will be agreed after consultation with the successful applicants. However, all fellows are expected to:

  • Produce a final report summarising the research project.
  • Contribute research to one of Tate’s online publication platforms
  • Convene a seminar or lecture at Tate or at a partner organisation.

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Backlash in HK against the ‘Me Too’ campaign

Source: SCMP (12/5/17)
Backlash in Hong Kong against the ‘Me Too’ campaign
There is widespread anxiety among many men that they, too, could be open to accusations over past inappropriate behaviour of which they may or may not be guilty
By Alex Lo

The American-inspired “Me Too” movement encouraging women to speak out against sexual harassment has barely started in Hong Kong and it’s already suffering a backlash.

When star hurdler Vera Lui Lai-yiu first alleged on Facebook that she was molested by her former coach a decade ago, she received widespread sympathy and support. Now, more sceptical voices are emerging. Continue reading

China closes school teaching women to be obedient

Source: BBC News (12/4/17)
China closes school ‘teaching women to be obedient’

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Chinese authorities have shut down an institute that was teaching women to be obedient and subordinate to men.

The education bureau said the institute, which claimed it taught “traditional virtues”, had violated socialist core values.

An online video showed lecturers speaking out against gender equality, while other advice to women included not fighting back when being beaten. Continue reading

Arif Dirlik (3)

As a graduate history student, I am too young to know Prof. Dirlik personally. Nonetheless I am shocked and saddened by the news. He is still young, and I honestly thought there was still time for me to introduce myself to him, meet him, and talk to him about history, culture, various ideological -isms, philosophy… I thought there would be time for me to learn more and be better prepared to discuss such subjects with someone like him.

I discovered Prof. Dirlik too late. I only started reading him when I was working on my first year research paper on the historiography of the Taipings. I was immediately struck by his depth, complexity, deep understanding of Chines intellectual history and sharp perception. He is as much a historian as a philosopher, and I thought no one studying Chinese intellectual history (or modern Chinese history really) can afford not reading him. I wish I had been brave enough to make his acquaintance.

Lin Yang <yal210@ucsd.edu>
History, UCSD

Arif Dirlik (2)

I met Arif Dirlik in 1989, the Fall of 1989 to be exact, at a dinner banquet organized in his honor by the History Department at Nanjing University. I had been brought there by a friend, who thought I would enjoy meeting this Professor from Duke University. I had laryngitis and could barely croak. Somehow, Arif and I managed to have a deep conversation that evening, between my hoarseness and the continual demands to down more shots of baijiu. I have been involved in a conversation with Arif ever since.

Arif was my PhD advisor at Duke University. He was a marvelous advisor. He taught me many things. Most important, I think, is that he taught me how to be fearlessly radical and radically fearless in my intellectual work, my personal life, and my institutional practice. As many of us know, Arif was not an easy person to get along with sometimes, and he sure did know how to insult folks and hold grudges. But he was a serious thinker and a serious scholar and deeply committed to the radical proposition of possibility. One could forgive him much because of that. Continue reading

Shenzhen’s new culture centre

Source: SCMP (12/1/17)
Shenzhen’s new V&A-approved culture centre to showcase city’s artistic side
The Chinese megacity has grown rapidly over the last 35 years and with its new Sea World Culture and Arts Centre opening in December it’s looking to make as big an impact in culture as it has in industry
By Cathy Adams

Artist’s rendering of the full Design Society complex in Shenzhen, created by architect Fumihiko Maki.

Artist’s rendering of the full Design Society complex in Shenzhen, created by architect Fumihiko Maki

Shenzhen is a border town, tech hub, factory floor and somewhere Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has labelled a “generic city”: malleable enough to change its form with the times.

This Pearl River Delta megalopolis is China’s richest city, having grown from 30,000 inhabitants in 1980 – when it was designated the first special economic zone – to almost 12 million today. With Shenzhen’s mushrooming size (the fourth-highest megatall in the world, the Ping An Finance Centre, glares across the river towards Hong Kong) comes ballooning ambition, because Koolhaas’s generic city is now eyeing developments in art and design. Continue reading

Low-end population

Source: Sup China (12/1/17)
We are all low-end population
By Jeremy Goldkorn

This week, for a few days, you could go to Chinese websites and buy hoodies emblazoned with the characters 低端人口 dī duān rénkǒu — literally, “low-end population.” This refers to migrant workers and the displaced lumpenproletariat who comprise the underclass of cities like Beijing.

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The low-end population was the talk of China’s capital this week, as intellectuals and petite bourgeoisie alike found themselves shocked by the swift and thorough purge of tens of thousands of migrants who work in factories, deliver food and online purchases, and operate informal businesses of every kind.

The purge is part of a long-term plan to reduce the population of Beijing, develop the economies of surrounding areas, reduce traffic congestion, and clean up the center of the city. All of these aims make sense. But what was shocking was that the Beijing authorities used a deadly fire on November 18 that killed 19 people as a reason for harsh safety inspections, and evictions with just a couple of days’ notice. Outrage on the internet was suppressed with very thorough censorship. Continue reading

Hurdling champ says “me, too”

Source: Sup China (11/30/17)
‘Me Too,’ Says Hong Kong Hurdling Champion Vera Lui
By Jiayun Feng

The “Me Too” movement — which destigmatizes coming forward for victims of sexual harassment and assault, triggered by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein — might be finding momentum in China.

On November 30, Hong Kong star athlete Vera Lui Lai-yiu 吕丽瑶, who in September won gold at the 60m hurdles at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat and is known as the “queen of hurdling” among locals, posted to her Facebook page her story of being sexually assaulted by a former coach 10 years ago. (South China Morning Post has a translation here.) Continue reading

Evictions reach tens of thousands

Source: Sup China (11/30/17)
Beijing evictions reach into the tens of thousands, destroying livelihoods of migrants
By Lucas Niewenhuis

Despite an unusual backlash from some state media and even cautionary words from Beijing party chief Cai Qi 蔡奇 in response to the hurried en masse evictions, it is being widely reported that tens of thousands have now seen their livelihoods and futures in the Chinese capital destroyed in the past two weeks. The workers, who lived on the outskirts of Beijing and did not hold Beijing hukou (户口; household registration), are being forced to return to their hometowns in other provinces.

  • The New York Times describes (paywall) the areas affected as “reminiscent of war zones, with entire city blocks demolished,” and captures a chorus of voices wondering why their government has made them “abruptly homeless in midwinter.”
  • An unnamed city official, when asked whether the campaign was really intended to drive out the “low-end population” (低端人口 dīduān rénkǒu), responded (in Chinese) that it was “irresponsible” to use the phrase, and insisted, “there is no saying like ‘low-end population’” (没有“低端人口”一说).
  • The official’s statement has now become a reality on the Chinese internet, as that phrase, Reuters correspondent Philip Wen reports on Twitter, has been blocked on both WeChat and Weibo. “China’s underclass have become the unmentionables,” he concludes.

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The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful

Source: Taipei Times (11/30/17)
Movie review: The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful
With nobody really meaning what they say, this film may be initially confusing for some, but the superb acting and chilling plot make it a must see — even if you have to watch it twice
By Han Cheung  /  Staff Reporter

Kara Hui, left, Vicky Chen, center and Patty Wu play the three main characters in The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful. Photo courtesy of atmovies.com

If you are not an expert in reading between the lines or decoding sentences that have layers of meaning, you might have trouble following this movie, which is drowning in cold blood with lies, backstabbing and underhanded dealings.

Further complicating things is the director Yang Ya-che’s (楊雅喆) use of fabricated memories, subtle imagery, metaphors and implied events, leaving much open to interpretation (it’s mostly explained eventually, though). It’s the kind of film you might want to watch twice, as you’ll probably be oohing and ahhing with new revelations the second time around.

Whether you get the film immediately or have to look on the Internet for answers afterward, it can’t be denied that the acting, in general, is off the charts. Fourteen-year-old Vicky Chen (陳文淇) fully deserves her Golden Horse award for best supporting actress — but Patty Wu (吳可熙) feels just as legitimate for consideration. Continue reading