Translation as Reading–cfp

CFP: Translation as Reading (ACLA 2020)
ACLA 2020, March 19-22, Chicago
Seminar organizers: Junjie Luo and Eugene Eoyang

When Gayatri Spivak (1993) discusses “translation as reading,” she focuses on the relationship that a translator establishes with the original text and its translation. This seminar examines the role that reading plays in various aspects of translation. Following Spivak’s argument, this seminar welcomes papers that use the concept of reading to discuss the dynamics between texts and translators. How do different modes of reading influence translation strategies? What historical and cultural factors contribute to a translator’s understanding of the original text? We encourage contributors to use reading as a critical lens to compare cultures. For example, how does a translator’s interpretation of the source text reflect the cultural differences and the opportunities/challenges in cross-cultural communication? Continue reading

Art in Drama workshopo

Art in Drama: Reading Dramatic Texts at the Interstices of Performance Culture and Visual Culture

This collaborative reading workshop shall add to our understanding of the visual dimension of drama in Ming and Qing China through an interdisciplinary approach to dramatic texts that portray or engage other forms of art, such as painting, gardening, woodblock printing, costuming, and performance arts (e.g., guqin-playing, female dance, ballad singing, and court pageantries, etc.). In this workshop, we bring together drama scholars with cross-genre, cross-media, and cross-disciplinary research projects all of which involve close reading of dramatic texts as a fundamental part of their scholarship. Each participant has proposed one to two dramatic texts at the center of their ongoing research projects to be the primary material for an intensive group discussion.

Co-organized by Peng Xu (Swarthmore College) and Quincy Ngan (Yale University), the workshop will take place on Oct 12-13, 2019, at Yale. Continue reading


Call for Papers: 5th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-5)

The 5th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-5) will take place on Sunday, 19 April 2020, at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. The WICL conference — an event hosted every two years by different institutions in North America — focuses on new advances in Cantonese Linguistics, including innovations in methodologies, tools, and/or computing software. New approaches and research on language variation within the Cantonese (or “Yue”) subgroup of the Chinese language family, language contact phenomena, and new subfields and their interfaces are especially welcome.

Keynote speakers are: Professor Roxana Suk-Yee Fung (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and Professor Genevieve Leung (University of San Francisco) Continue reading

ACLA Transculturalism, Cultural Hybridity and Globalization panel–cfp

ACLA Panel: Transculturalism, Cultural Hybridity and Globalization
Call for Papers

In the article “Global Mobility, Transcultural Literature, and Multiple Modes of Modernity,”Arianna Dagnino considers the term transcultural as “a mode of reflexive identity” to examine one’s cultural beliefs as well as a “critical perspective that sees cultures as relational webs and acknowledges the transitory, confluential, and mutually transforming nature of cultures.” Such dynamic notion of culture also echoes with Homi Bhabha’s postcolonial notion of hybridity, a transformational form of culture created by mixing two or more different sources and any accompanying dynamics associated with this process. Ever since the 15th century’s first globalization, we have witnessed not only people from distant regions but also their cultural heritages have continued to meet in “Third Space” (Kramsch & Uryu 2012) and been hybridized with one another to create a new form of culture. This dynamic process that allows the emergence of new culture has been significantly accelerated by today’s rapid globalization of economy, the increase of human migration and the diffusion of global information technologies. Continue reading

NACCL 2020–cfp

We are pleased to announce that the 32nd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-32), will be held at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, on April 24 – 26, 2020. The theme of NACCL-32 is collaborativity and interdisciplinarity in Chinese linguistic studies.

Conference Website:
Abstract submission:

NACCL-32 invite abstracts in all subfields of Chinese linguistics, including but not limited to, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, dialectology, historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and corpus linguistics. We particularly encourage submissions that are relevant to our conference theme: connectivity, collaborativity and interdisciplinarity in Chineese linguistic studies. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be allotted 20 minutes to present their research and 10 minutes to answer questions. Abstracts and presentations can be given in either English or Mandarin Chinese. Continue reading

Geography, Affect, and Diaspora–cfp

Panel “Geography, Affect, and Diaspora” in ACLA 2020
Organizer: Melody Yunzi Li
Co-Organizer: Robert T. Tally Jr.
Contact the Seminar Organizers

As Alison Blunt notes in her Domicile and Diaspora, “The term ‘diaspora’ is inherently geographical, implying a scattering of people over space and the transnational connections between people and places.” Over the years, cultural critics, geographers, and historians examining diaspora have focused on such concepts as home and homeland, territory and territoriality, citizenship, migration, transnationalism, and cultural difference. These are also prominent themes in diasporic literature, film, and other media, yet comparatively little attention has been paid to the distinctive spatiality at the heart of these matters, particular with respect to the affective geographies implicit in diasporic identity and community. Drawing upon the insights of geocriticism, literary geography, and spatial literary studies more generally, this panel aims to explore the intricate ways in which diaspora interacts with space, place, and emotional attachment in various cultural forms. Continue reading

ACLA 2020 Rethinking Modernity through Transculturality–cfp

ACLA 2020 (March 19-22) at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago
Seminar: Rethinking Modernity through Transculturality: Euro-Asia Comparison as Example” (

How was the idea of modernity or the modern conceptualized? According to Max Weber, it is originated from the secularization of Christianity, while for philosophers such as Nietzsche, it pertains to the Enlightenment reason and marks the rise of science and human rationality over theology and metaphysics. But more specifically, according to Peter Osborne, the term modernity is first and foremost a historical indicator derived from the distinction of the past as pre-modern. Contemporary scholars such as Fredric Jameson register the modern in the Marxist stages of revolution. The modern or modernity in this sense always subscribes to the temporal register. With the rise of anti-colonial consciousness and the prominent postcolonial criticism, the idea of the modern can no longer be limited to the temporal register. From the mid-twentieth century, a reflection over the conceptualization of the East-West has already been purported by Japanese scholars such as Takeuchi Yoshimi. In recent years, various efforts have been made at rethinking the issue of modernity and its relevant cultural and literary practices through border-crossing lenses, be it transcultural, transnational, transcontinental, global/world, etc. Continue reading

ACLA 2020 SF in/of China panel–cfp

Call for Papers: SF in/of China, organized by Cara Healey and Hua Li
ACLA Chicago, March 19-22, 2020

This seminar seeks to create a cross-cultural and intraregional dialogue on China in SF (speculative fiction/science fiction/science fantasy) and Chinese SF. 

An imagined “China” has been and continues to be a locus of speculation in the Anglophone tradition, from Yellow Peril narratives to techno-Orientalist incarnations of cyberpunk (e.g. Neal Stephenson’s Diamond Age) or space western (e.g. Joss Whedon’s Firefly). In the current age of decolonization and #OwnVoices, SF has emerged that challenges these Western-centered approaches. Chinese American and other diaspora writers incorporate elements of Chinese history, culture, and society into their own works, from Ken Liu’s silkpunk and Rebecca Kuang’s China-centered grimdark to Maggie Shen King’s and Cindy Pon’s near-future dystopias and Lawrence Lek’s take on Sinofuturism. At the same time, Chinese SF has seen a boom in global popularity with the success of Liu Cixin’s award-winning Three-Body Problem trilogy and Frant Gwo’s 2019 blockbuster The Wandering Earth, along with translations of many other contemporary Chinese SF works into English and other languages. Continue reading


CFP (General Issues) – Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature
// Seeking Contributions for General Issues //

A general issue appears in March, and its submission deadline is April 1 of the preceding year.

If you have any questions regarding your submission, please send email to

Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature presents cutting-edge research on modern literary production, dissemination, and reception in China and beyond. It also publishes works that study the shaping influence of traditional literature and culture on modern and contemporary China. Prism actively promotes scholarly investigations from interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives, and it encourages integration of theoretical inquiry with empirical research. The journal strives to foster in-depth dialogues between Western and Chinese literary theories that illuminate both the unique features of each interlocutor and their shared insights into issues of universal interest. Prism is a new incarnation of Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese (JMLC), founded in 1997 by the Centre for Humanities Research of Lingnan University. For submission guidelines and a more detailed description of Prism, visit Continue reading

Qiu Miaojin Conference grad panel–cfp

CFP: Grad student panel, Qiu Miaojin Conference at HKU (Nov 28-29)

Dear MCLC list members,

On November 28-29, 2019, the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong will host a 2-day conference on the work of queer Taiwan writer Qiu Miaojin. The conference planning is now at its final stage, but we hope to recruit 1-2 more graduate students who can present on Qiu Miaojin’s work. I provide a description of the conference below. Due to limited budget, we unfortunately can’t provide funding for travel and accommodation at this point. Lunch and dinner will be provided. Confirmed speakers include: Ari Larissa Heinrich, Tze-Lan Sang, Luo Yijun, Chi Ta-wei, Fan-Ting Cheng, Bonnie Huie, Evans Chan, Lolita Hu Ching-fang, and more.

Please send inquiry and abstract to Alvin K. Wong at Continue reading

China and the World–cfp

Upcoming Conference: “China and the World: Language, Culture, Politics”, Sofia University, December 12-13, 2019

The Sinology Departments of Sofia University in Bulgaria and the Department of China Studies of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University are jointly organizing a conference that aims at bringing together leading European and East Asian scholars to engage with the subject of China’s increasing role in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Balkans in particular.

Conference details:

Venue: Sofia University, Bulgaria
Dates: 12-13th Dec 2019
Abstract submission deadline: 30th August 201 Continue reading

Deflating the Dictators–cfp

Special Issue of “Humanities” Journal: “Deflating the Dictators: Satire, Humor, and Twenty-First-Century Tyranny”

The journal Humanities seeks to publish international analyses of current efforts by satirists and humorists to call attention to the injustice and abuse inflicted by autocrats. Which satirists are engaging in a national or international struggle for justice against repressive leadership and with what means? How are satire and the related mode of humor currently functioning, despite censorship, in oppressive regimes? How do current satirical or humorous texts depicting oppression incorporate facts and artefacts that generate countercultural memories and thereby fill gaps in other historical or mass media narratives?

A few examples of such artworks include Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin (2006); United States of Banana by Giannina Braschi (2011); the Masasit Mati acting group’s finger-puppet show series “Top Goon: Diaries of a Little Dictator” (2011-2012), created to deflate Syrian president Bashar al-Assad; and Trevor Stankiewicz’s mixed genre satirical play The Darfur Compromised (2015). As Martha C. Nussbaum writes, “the ability to imagine vividly, and then to assess judicially, another person’s pain, to participate in it and then to ask about its significance, is a powerful way of learning what the human facts are and of acquiring a motivation to alter them” (Poetic Justice 91). This issue of Humanities delves into the political outcries and aesthetic innovations of satirical and humorous responses to twenty-first-century oppressive regimes.

Please send essays to Jill Twark, East Carolina University, by October 30, 2019. URL:

Contact Info:
Dr. Jill Twark
Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Mailstop 556
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858, USA
Contact Email:

EASC 2020–cfp

Call for Papers

The 23rd biennial conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS) will be held at Leipzig University (Germany) from 25 August 2020 to 29 August 2020. Local organisation is provided by the Institute of East Asian Studies, Leipzig University. The EACS biennial conference is the biggest Chinese Studies meeting in Europe, typically featuring between 400 and 500 paper presentations.

Leipzig University is Germany’s second-oldest university, having been founded in 1409. Germany’s first chair in East Asian Languages was established here in 1878; the Institute of East Asian Studies opened its doors in 1914. The city of Leipzig has a population of just under 600,000; it is a city of music, having been home to many composers (Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert & Clara Schumann, Richard Wagner, to name just a few) and the well-known Gewandhaus symphony orchestra. The conference will take place on the university’s campus in the historic city centre. Continue reading

KFLC 2020–cfp

KFLC (Kentucky Foreign Language Conference), April 16-18, 2020
Lexington, Kentucky
Call for Papers

The KFLC is proud to open sessions devoted to the presentation of scholarly research in the area of East Asian Studies. Abstracts are invited in all areas and aspects of this field, including, but not limited to:

  • Class, gender, ethnicity/race
  • Colonialism and Diaspora
  • Memory, violence, and nation
  • Popular culture in global markets
  • Performance, agency, and identity
  • Ethics of literary-cultural studies
  • Classical literature; new readings
  • Media studies, music studies, film studies
  • Social movements – justice, citizenship, and resistance
  • The avant-garde – arts in contexts
  • Body, space, and the public sphere
  • The politics of writing – writing within/against culture

Paper presentations are 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question & answer session. In addition to individual abstracts for paper presentations, proposals for panels of 5 papers will be considered. Continue reading

AAS 2020 panel Museums in the Chinese-Speaking World

We are seeking a chairperson and discussant for our panel for AAS 2020, Museums in the Chinese-Speaking World. We currently have three grad students presenting papers on museums in both China and Taiwan and would like a chairperson and a discussant during AAS. Anyone willing should contact me by email before August 3rd.


Lee Moore (