ACCL 2019–cfp reminder

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is November 30, 2018.  Please email all submissions in WORD format to the ACCL Communications Team at

The Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature (ACCL) invites paper and panel proposals for its 2019 biennial conference, to be held between July 17 and 19, 2019 on the campus of Hunan Normal University in Changsha, China.

The ACCL, dedicated to the study of literary relations between China and the rest of the world, has been an active and ever-growing scholarly association for almost three decades.  Our biennial conference is our primary venue for the discussion of Chinese and world literatures among scholars from around the world.

Our conference theme for 2019 will be “Airing the States”.  Since the earliest Confucianizing exegeses of the Classic of Poetry’s “Airs of the States”, inter-regional comparison of Sinophone literatures has been a foundational reminder of the complex polyphony of what, to the outside world, has often seemed a monolithic tradition.  Although we are a very long way from the world of the Zhou Dynasty, recent research trends in our field reflect an interest in how the geography of literary exchange is not simply that between nation and world, but also within intranational regions, or across international regions.  Modern literature’s central role in airing the aspirations of the nation-state has been long understood; how does literature of any period also air notions of region which must be understood as part of literary comparison?  Are cross-cutting identities of gender, class, or ethnicity ever aired in a comparable rhetoric of regionalism?  Or, in our age of resurgent national consciousness, must we air out our previous conceptions of the regionalizing state of literary comparison? Continue reading

Colorado grad conference–cfp reminder

Reminder: Apply to the 2019 CUBASGA Conference

The CU Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Association (CUBASGA) invites submissions for its annual graduate conference, which will be held at the University of Colorado, Boulder on February 15–16, 2019. All researchers in the humanities are encouraged to apply, so long as their research is related to Asian literatures and/or cultures.

Our keynote speakers for this year will be Professor Christopher Rea (University of British Columbia) and Professor Tomiko Yoda (Harvard). Keynote speakers and University of Colorado faculty will also be on hand to provide feedback to presenters throughout the conference. In addition to highlighting research in Asian Studies, our conference focuses on professional development for graduate students by providing them opportunities to improve their presentation skills and develop their academic networks.

Applicants should submit an abstract (no longer than 300 words) and a résumé or curriculum vitae to by November 23, 2018. Please send all inquiries to the aforementioned email address. You are also welcome to visit our website at Continue reading

Fifth Annual Critical Asian Humanities Workshop–cfp

Call for Papers: Fifth Annual Critical Asian Humanities Workshop (deadline, November 30, 2018)
Duke University, April 5-6, 2019

Duke University will host its fifth annual Critical Asian Humanities workshop on April 5-6, 2019. Integrating approaches and methodologies from cultural studies, critical theory, and area studies, we identify Critical Asian Humanities as an interdisciplinary field that emphasizes humanistic inquiry while critically interrogating many of the assumptions on which the humanities have traditionally relied.

The 2018 Workshop’s keynote speakers will be:

Norma Field (Chicago)
Suk-Young Kim (UCLA)
Jing Tsu (Yale)
Linda Trinh Vo (UC Irvine)
and with concluding remarks by Thomas Lamarre (McGill)

The workshop will also feature papers by 6 graduate students, selected by a panel of Duke faculty and graduate students. Duke will cover the domestic travel and 3 days of room/board for the students who are invited to speak. Continue reading

Berkeley-Stanford grad conference–cfp reminder

Call for Proposals for the 10th annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, 2019

Currently enrolled graduate students are invited to submit paper proposals for the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, to be held April 12-13, 2019 at Stanford University. Conference registration is free. Presenters will be provided with shared lodging, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch. There is limited partial funding assistance for those who cannot find their own funding.

Proposals/bios due: November 16, 2018 (5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)

Application Instructions:

To apply please upload your abstract and a short bio (not a full CV) as a one-page document.  For the abstract, include: Author Name, Main Title, Subtitle (optional), Keywords, and Abstract.  The short bio must be no more than one quarter of a page. Please follow the link to apply: Continue reading

European Journal of Chinese Studies–cfp

CfP: “Censorship and Self-censorship – China and Chinese Studies”
European Journal of Chinese Studies; Volume 1; No. 1, 2020

For its first edition, the European Journal of Chinese Studies invites scholars to submit papers dealing with aspects of censorship and self-censorship in pre-modern, modern, and contemporary China. We welcome unpublished papers that discuss the historical continuities and discontinuities of censorship, the language and discourses of censorship in Chinese and transnational settings.

Historical and political dimensions: Traditions and discourses of censorship Censorship today is a constant and well-established factor in the development of Chinese media and culture. The peoples under Chinese rule have lived with agents of censorship and daily practices of self-censorship from the early stages of the empire up until the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China in Taiwan. From the first Emperor of Qin’s burning of books to the inherently censored writing of Standard histories by official scribes, censorship as well as ways to avoid it (through metaphorical criticism or the use of commentaries to foster one’s own ideas and ideals) have been central to the imperial history. In contemporary China, state-censorship “is not a cloak-and-dagger business” (Van Crevel 2017) but part of social and political practices and discourses. It re-shapes visibilities and discourses with its own reading and sensitiveness for all participants. Some observers suggest that censorship enhances self-discipline and has becom e an active part of contemporary Chinese cultural life. Beyond the question of how censorship is organized, we are interested in papers that analyse China’s social and political discourses about censorship. Continue reading

SEC/AAS 2019–cfp extension

CFP Deadline Extended – SEC-AAS 2019

There is still time to submit proposals for the 58th annual meeting of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies to be held January 18–20, 2019 at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. More information can be found on our new website, which is

The Call for Proposals deadline has been extended to November 15, 2018. Please submit panel submissions here and individual paper submissions here. Please direct any questions about proposal submission to our program chair, Professor Han Li (, and questions about conference logistics to our local arrangements chair Professor Chia-rong Wu (

Three $200 travel awards are available to graduate students. Those who wish to be considered for these awards should note this on their paper proposals. Preference will be given to students in the Southeast region who must travel more than two hundred miles to attend.

KFLC 2018–cfp

Dear List Members,

Please submit an abstract for the 2019 KFLC conference by November 12th online at

If this is the first time you are submitting an abstract for the KFLC, you will need to create an account first. Please see details below.

We look forward to welcoming you to Lexington KY next April!

Liang Luo
University of Kentucky Continue reading

Bamboo and Silk–cfp

Bamboo and Silk is a peer-reviewed academic journal sponsored by the Center of Bamboo and Silk Manuscripts of Wuhan University and published by Brill. It is co-edited by Professor Chen Wei of Wuhan University, China and Professor Edward L. Shaughnessy of the University of Chicago, USA. The journal is published in print and also digitally available at

The journal focuses on unearthed Chinese bamboo and silk manuscripts from the pre-Qin period and Qin, Han, Wei and Jin Dynasties. It publishes research related to character identification and textual reconstitution, and studies of the social, political, economic and legal systems as well as ideology, culture, language, customs and other aspects reflected by these manuscripts.Bamboo and Silk publishes research articles, overviews, and book reviews that reflect the latest international developments concerning new Chinese manuscript finds. The journal publishes two issues every year, and selects articles for translation into English from the Chinese journal Jianbo 簡帛 (est. 2006) in addition to accepting new contributions in English. All contributions are peer reviewed by experts in the field. Continue reading

How Maoism Was Made conference

How Maoism was Made: Analysing Chinese Communism beyond the Totalitarian Lens, 1949-1965
Thu 29 Nov & Fri 30 Nov 2018
The British Academy
10-11 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AH

2019 will mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, the world’s largest socialist society. Although popularly perceived as a rupture, historians have increasingly emphasised continuities across the 1949 divide, making the end of the Maoist system in 1978 a much more striking transition. The picture that emerges from the early PRC is one in which China is not a top-down totalitarian regime, but one enabled by ordinary people wishing to secure their place, including scientists, farmers, artists, and religious officials. By engaging with historians of the USSR, this conference will gather scholars of China offering new perspectives on the revolution, life under socialism, and the establishment of a new political order.


Inter-Asian Translations of Early Modern Writings in Plain Chinese–cfp

Dear colleagues, a friendly reminder that the abstracts for the following special issue is due by November 15. We look forward to receiving your proposals.

CFP: Inter-Asian Translations of Early Modern Writings in Plain Chinese
A Special Issue for Frontiers of Literary Studies in China
Co-edited by Li Guo and Patricia Sieber

This special issue brings together translation studies, the history of the book, and the history of Chinese vernacular texts as world literature in dynastic East Asia.  We seek to address translation as a multivalent and rich continuum, including activities of annotation, adaptation, rewriting, and transcreation, within dynastic China as well as in premodern Asian countries engaged in dynamic and complex dialogues with Chinese textual traditions. We also seek to address the circulation and receptions of such translations as well as reflections on methodologies of translation for such textual practices more generally. The special issue invites articles that negotiate and explore the dynamic and nuanced differences and spaces of innovative interpretations created through shifting discursive structures, linguistic and social registers, reconfigurations of the hierarchies of annotation, original text, and paratexts, as well as contextualization through translations of voice, gendered statements, paratextual materials and thematic expressions. We welcome contributions on how translations of early modern narratives reconfigured genre characteristics and linguistic perceptions of Chinese vernacular narratives, and how such adaptations through translation inspired new generic expressions in other Asian languages. We want to explore how translations of early modern vernacular texts provide insights on cross-cultural literary contact and shape social and cultural impacts with early modern East Asia, and how early modern translators re-envision and construct non-native readerships through annotation, supplementation, and innovation. Continue reading

Sinophone Studies–cfp

Sinophone Studies:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Critical Reflections
Call for Papers
April 12-13, 2019
University of California, Los Angeles
 Organized by Professor Shu-mei Shih (UCLA)
Deadline: December 1, 2018

Since the initial conceptualization of Sinophone studies over a decade ago as a field that examines Sinitic-language cultures and communities marked by difference and heterogeneity around the world, scholarly work in the field has become more and more interdisciplinary, involving not only literary and cinema studies, but also history, anthropology, musicology, linguistics, art history, dance, and others. Now we routinely see “Sinophone” as a specific marker with multiple implications that are no longer merely denotative, enabling, on the one hand, marginalized voices, sites, and practices to come into view, and, on the other hand, an expanded conversation with such fields as postcolonial studies, settler colonial studies, immigration studies, ethnic studies, queer studies, and area studies. There have been vibrant debates at the definitional and conceptual level about critical issues and standpoints, such as the pros and cons of the diasporic framework (diaspora as history versus diaspora as value), the difficulty of overcoming Chineseness, the strength and pitfalls of language-determined identities, imperial and anti-imperial politics, racialization and self-determination of minority peoples, place-based cultural practices, the dialectics between roots and routes, and many others, and presently, scholars in disciplines other than literary and cinema studies have begun to join these conversations. The increasingly interdisciplinary nature of Sinophone studies compels us to take stock, at this particular historical conjuncture, of where this inherently interdisciplinary field has been, where it is going, and where it might go in the future. Continue reading

Languages and Scripts in China–cfp

CFP: “Languages and Scripts in China,” Workshop at Columbia University
“Languages and Scripts in China: New Directions in Communications and Information History.” Workshop at Columbia University on April 19, 2019.

This workshop aims to articulate a new path in studying the history of languages and scripts in China. Although this inquiry has been part of a long historiographical tradition, the past decade has seen an unprecedented growth in revisionist scholarship. New perspectives on the making of Mandarin as a national language, transnational histories of script reforms, and the significance of media technologies as well as large-scale infrastructures have been some of the major themes that animated recent literature on languages and scripts in China. How can we critically reflect on this contemporary interest in the history of linguistic technologies? What does it mean to study languages and scripts in the twenty-first century? What are the possibilities and pitfalls in pondering the multi-lingual and multi-scripted landscape of China?

This workshop will bring together advanced doctoral, postdoctoral, and early career researchers in an effort to rethink Chinese history as part of the nascent scholarship on the global history of communications and information. As the workshop is designed to explore the multiplicity of scripts and languages in China, researchers whose work engages with non-Han scripts and comparative/transnational perspectives are especially encouraged to apply. Fields of inquiry include but are not limited to the following topics: Continue reading

NATSA 2019–cfp

Dear NATSA Friends,

The 25th North American Taiwan Studies Association 2019 Annual Conference will be held on May 16-18th at the University of Washington, Seattle. This conference invites and encourages studies related to Taiwan in all disciplines, and will invite panels that compare Taiwan, or any aspect of Taiwan, with findings from other regions to engage in a theoretical debate.

Conference Theme: Destabilizing Empires from the Margin: Taiwan Studies in Reflection
Organizer: North American Taiwan Studies Association (
Conference Time: May 16-18, 2019
Conference Location: University of Washington, Seattle
Abstract Submission Deadline:  December 10, 2018 (11:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)

Call for Papers: Continue reading