Minorities literature in southern China–cfp

MLA CFP 2020: Literatures of Chinese Ethnic Minorities in Southern China (Tang to Qing dyansty)

This panel seeks innovative papers on literatures of Chinese ethnic minorities in southern China. There were many ethnic minorities people in southern China including Miao, Yao, Zhuang, Dong, Dai, Muslims, and even Hakka. How did these minority groups compose literature in imperial China? How do these literatures imagine the world, imagine their ancestry, community, Han Chinese, and feature connections to the world? In what circumstances were these literatures written or performed? What role did adaptation and migration play in the writing and performance of these narratives and lyrics?

Please send an abstract of 200 words and a brief bio to Yuanfei Wang at yuanfeiw@uga.edu. The deadline is March 25th. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.

TAP Review fall 2019–cfp

CALL for Proposals: TAP Review Fall 2019

The fall 2019 issue of the Trans Asia Photography Review is open to all topics relating to historical or contemporary photography in all regions of Asia (East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Asia). We are interested in a wide range of approaches, and in both art and vernacular photography from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Proposal deadline is April 8, 2019. If your proposal is accepted after preliminary review, then completed projects are due on June 3, 2019. Full peer reviews will take place at that time. Continue reading

Mechademia 2019–cfp

September 27-29, 2019
Friday, September 27, 7:00pm:
Nagaike Kazumi, PhD.  Keynote Speaker
Oita University, Japan

“A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Men’s Desires to “Become” Fudanshi: On the Psychology, Physicality, and Communication Strategies of Male Fans of BL in East Asia.”

Japanese manga, anime, and games culture is associated with excessive sexuality and gender-bending that have unsettled cultural norms in multiple, often queer, ways. The appeal of such queer(ing) and hypersexual attributes has at least partially driven the spread of these media and fan practices around Asia and beyond. In spite of the ongoing strong association with Japanese popular culture, however, Japan is but one of multiple centers of queer(ing) media and fan practices in contemporary Asia. Continue reading

Roles of Translation in the Course of History–cfp

Culture and Politics: Roles of Translation in the Course of History
The Third International Conference on Chinese Translation History
Organised by Research Centre for Translation, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Co-organised with Department of Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

21 December 2019
Venue: The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The “International Conference on Chinese Translation History” series organised by the Research Centre for Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, aspires to explore Chinese translation history within the bigger framework of world civilisation and human thought. It aims to lay groundwork for new models, methods, and perspectives in this innovative interdisciplinary branch of learning through detailed case studies. Since 2015, the conference series are held every two years, with a different central theme for every conference.

The third conference, “Culture and Politics: Roles of Translation in the Course of History,” now invites submission of panel abstracts as well as abstracts for individual papers. Continue reading

Social Media, Algorithms, and Journalism Innovations–cfp

Call for Papers
The 5th Symposium on Communication and the Public
“Social Media, Algorithms, and Journalism Innovations”

Two sets of technological advances are shaping not only how information in a society is gathered, disseminated, received, and utilized, but also how we are related to one another in public and as publics. These are the advent of social media and the proliferation of algorithms. They are reshaping the profession of journalism, as well as the news media institutions that are built upon its promises and practices; they are also posting multifaceted challenges to our understandings and practices of public formation. How is journalism changing? What technology-driven innovations are emerging in news media and/or journalism? How are platforms affecting the circulation and composition of public information? How are these changes reshaping news and more broadly journalism? How are they eroding objectivity and factuality as not only the norms in journalism but also the criteria employed to constitute the shared information basis in public formation? How are they contributing to the rise of the discourses of “post-truth” and the emergence of varieties of publics? How do we understand the challenges and possibilities of the familiar models of publics in democratic theories, namely publics who are expected to be informed, participatory, deliberative, and/or empowered? Continue reading

Race and Ethnicity in teaching premodern East Asian lit

Call for Participants: Race and Ethnicity in the Teaching of Pre-Modern East Asian Literature
Modern Language Association Annual Convention. January 9-12, 2020 in Seattle, WA

This round-table discussion addresses portrayals of racial and ethnic difference in pre-modern East Asian literature, how such depictions unsettle students’ assumptions today, and how professors and students’ own ethnic and racial identities affect classroom discussion of these subjects.

Email 200-word proposals to Rivi Handler-Spitz by 5:00 PM Central Time on Friday March 22, 2019.

Rivi Handler-Spitz <rhandlerspitz@macalester.edu>

Digital Asia–cfp

Digital Asia: Cultural, Socio-Economic, and Political Transformations
12th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference & PhD Course
In collaboration with the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
2-6 December 2019, Lund, Sweden.

We welcome participants from different disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, as well as from the field of area studies. We particularly encourage interdisciplinary approaches. Contributions are welcome that address topics in a particular Asian country, or engage in comparative research on several Asian countries and/or non-Asian countries.

Possible themes and topics include, but are not limited to:
Digital politics and activism; e-governance; civil society and mobilisation; digital diplomacy and international relations; digital economics; platform societies; surveillance and human rights; big data; digital youth cultures; digital media; digital visual cultures; digital religion; digital communities; migration and mobility in the digital age; digital archives; digital ethnography. Continue reading

Sino-American Symposium at Penn State–cfp

Materiality, Infrastructure, and Circulation in Comparative and World Literature. The Eighth Sino-American Comparative and World Literature Symposium Sept. 26-28 2019, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802

Consider the following thought experiment: Imagine that humans had evolved not on dry land, but in the depths of the ocean. What would human culture look like? How could it be transmitted? Could there be anything resembling literature, without the possibility of inscription? Could there be such a thing as aquatic circulation?

This brief speculative thought-experiment is meant to foreground the role of material infrastructures in the creation, preservation, and circulation of literature and related symbolic forms and their intercultural transfer. The theme of the Eighth Sino-American Symposium on Comparative and World Literature is meant to focus our attention on the complex, triangular relationship between materiality, infrastructure, and circulation  in comparative and world literature. We welcome papers on literature and related media such as cinema, television, and visual and material cultures. Related topics may include:

  • World systems of cultural exchange and transfer
  • Critical infrastructure studies
  • Interrogation of artifacts
  • Depictions of materiality, infrastructure, and circulation in literature and cinema
  • Migration as the material basis of cultural formations
  • Translation as cultural transfer
  • Scriptworlds, Scriptibility and Legibility

Papers delivered at the Symposium will be considered for a special issue of Comparative Literature Studies on this topic.

Participants in the symposium will receive lodging for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and most of their meals to be included in the conference registration of $100.

Please submit an abstract of 100 words or less and brief bio to cl-studies@psu.eduby 10 March 2019.

Sino-French Exchanges in the Long 19th-Century–cfp reminder

MLA 2020 Call for Papers
Sino-French Exchanges in the Long Nineteenth Century
MLA Convention: January 9-12, 2020 in Seattle, Washington

Deadline: March 15, 2019

This session will focus on Sino-French cultural exchanges throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. We seek to explore the proliferation, significance, and ramifications of French and Chinese literary, artistic, diplomatic, archaeological, and scholarly exchanges throughout the long nineteenth century (1795-1914). We welcome papers from scholars working in literature, poetry, art, comparative cultural studies and other fields to shed light on Sino-French cross-cultural encounters and flows. All methodological and theoretical approaches are welcome. This is a collaborative session co-organized by both the LLC 19th Century French Forum and the LLC East Asian Forum.

Please submit 500-word proposals by March 15 to Géraldine Fiss gfiss@usc.edu and Elizabeth Emery emerye@mail.montclair.edu.

The Classical Chinese Cosmopolis–cfp

CFP: MLA 2020 The Classical Chinese Cosmopolis
The Classical Chinese Cosmopolis
Organized by Benjamin Ridgway, Swarthmore College

Short Version (32 words)

This panel proposes to explicitly theorize the cosmopolitan nature of classical Chinese. Papers will consider the role of classical Chinese in the formation of trans-regional communities within and beyond the Chinese ecumene.

Long Version (337 words)

This panel proposes to explicitly theorize the cosmopolitan nature of classical Chinese. While it has long been recognized that beginning in the Western Han (206 BCE- 48 CE) Classical Chinese (also referred to as Literary Sinitic) developed into a normative written language that increasingly departed from different spoken vernaculars, the historical potentialities of Classical Chinese as a shared literary medium of expression for courts and political elites across the pre-20th century period, within and beyond the Chinese ecumene, has yet to be fully explored. Our goal, on the one hand, is to better understand how the cosmopolitan nature of Classical Chinese created new textual spaces for different processes of trans-regional elite identity formation. The aesthetic power of classical Chinese linked writers both horizontally across disparate geographic regions and vertically over time as literary communities looked back to established works. At the same time, given that through a long process of diffusion and circulation, canonical texts in Classical Chinese became globalized cultural commodities throughout pre-modern East Asia, we also are interested how texts crossed cultural boundaries and in the specific strategies of adaptation and exchange that expanded the scope of the Classical Chinese Cosmopolis. Finally, within the larger academy we also see this panel as a first necessary step to bringing classical East Asian literatures into a larger comparative conversation on pre-modern cosmopolitan languages (such as Persian, Latin, and Sanskrit) and their connections with the creation of larger socio-textual communities and polities. Continue reading

Harvard-Yale Workshop on Modern Chinese Literary and Media Studies

Frontiers and Strata in Modern Chinese Literary and Media Studies
Harvard-Yale Workshop on Modern Chinese Literary and Media Studies

Organized by Professor Jing Tsu and Professor David Der-wei Wang
Coordinated by Hang Tu and Dihao Zhou
Time and Location: Yenching 212, Harvard University, March 1st, 2019


Panel A: Reconsiderations in Sinophone literature, modernism, and transnational Modernity
Chair: Professor Karen Thornber, Harvard University

Fangdai Chen: “The ‘Untimely’ Avant-Garde: Surrealist Poetry in Colonial Taiwan and Beyond.”

Simone Glasl: “Tragic pleasure: the role of sympathy in Zhu Guangqian`s aesthetic theory.”

Nan Qu: “A Wartime Tale of Two Cities: The Transnational Literary Interaction and the Intellectual Cosmopolitanism From Madrid to Wuhan During the Prologue Era of World War II.”

Jessica Tan: “From Shanghai Modern to Cold War Hong Kong: Gendered Modernity and Mobility in Evan Yang’s Films.” Continue reading

Posthumanism and Premodern China–cfp

CFP: MLA 2020 Posthumanism and Premodern China

By its simple non-hyphenation, “posthumanism” tends to suture two sets of theoretical concerns which ought to be separable. Post-humanism (understood as the critique of the “human” as a privileged category pretending to absolute difference from the animalistic, while erasing gendered and cultural difference) is often easily conflated with posthuman-ism (attempts to theorize technological interventions in the human, such as cyborgs or genetically-engineered beings). While specialist discourse on the subject is very clear about the distinction between these topics, the imaginative prominence of the latter (conventionally distinguished as “transhuman”) has tended to attract scholars of science fiction, and of the philosophy of science, to these ongoing debates, while marking off the topic as not of much concern to those trained in premodern fields. There is an implied teleology to the structure of debate: only as we evolve beyond a set of traditional genetic limitations can we properly focus on how the “human” is a questionable category. Continue reading

What Is (Chinese) Poetry–cfp

What Is (Chinese) Poetry
Organized by Jack W. Chen, University of Virginia
Sponsored Panel by LLC Pre-14th-Century Chinese Forum
MLA 2020

This panel addresses the broader problem of what poetry is, first by asking how the specific instance of Chinese poetry has been theorized in classical East Asia and second by asking how Chinese poetry is positioned and understood in the broader disciplinary contexts of poetry studies in the modern (Western) academy. The first question highlights the long history of theoretical writing on poetic genres, arguing for the present relevance of the kinds of aesthetic concerns, rhetorical strategies, and critical commentaries that have shaped the classical Chinese poetic tradition. The second question draws critical attention to how contemporary academic discourses on poetry often define it solely through the model of Western lyric, which, even as it has undergone recent revisionist critique by proponents of the “New Lyric Studies,” is nonetheless representative only of the English, French, and German literary traditions and their retrospective adoption of certain Greek and Latin poets. Continue reading

Connecting the Dots through Guo Baochang

Connecting the Dots Through Guo Baochang 郭宝昌: A Symposium at the U of Chicago

Dear List Members,

If you are in the Chicago area please join us for this event:

Connecting the Dots Through Guo Baochang 郭宝昌:
Contemporary Chinese Opera, Film, TV
University of Chicago, February 21-23, 2019

This 3-day program, February 21-23, 2019, will investigate the relationship between Peking Opera, film, and TV in the oeuvre of Guo Baochang’s work as a renowned Chinese director.  The program includes two evening screenings with Q&A/panel discussions, and a two-day symposium with leading scholars on the interrelationship between contemporary Chinese opera, film, and TV. Details at


Paola Iovene <iovene@uchicago.edu>

Avant-garde Poetry in the Chinese Literary Scene–cfp

RMMLA 2019 Call for Papers
Avant-garde Poetry in the Chinese Literary Scene

A number of related literary-historical terms are often used interchangeably when discussing Chinese poetry written over the course of the past century. These include “experimental” and “modern/modernist” in the early 20thcentury, giving way to unofficial/official and “avant-garde” in the late 20thcentury and beyond. In this panel, we are inviting in-depth discussion specifically of the Avant-garde as a concept and practice in Chinese poetry over this period, both in terms of how it relates to other related concepts within China, and as it functions in the context of a world literary standard or style. We especially welcome contributions from the field of literary studies, linguistics, sociology, and intellectual history. Continue reading