Backreading Hong Kong–cfp

Backreading Hong Kong: A One-Day Symposium (2018)
Call for Papers

The 2018 “Backreading Hong Kong” symposium, co-organised by the Department of English at Hong Kong Baptist University and the literary journal Cha, will take place on Saturday 5 May 2018. We are particularly interested in papers that challenge existing interpretations of any aspect of Hong Kong.

Abstracts of 250 words for 15 to 20-minute presentations can be sent to before 15 March 2018 for consideration. Please also send us a bionote of no more than 100 words. Scholars whose papers have been selected will be notified before 1 April 2018.

The language of the 2018 symposium will be English. We welcome both established and early-career academics to take part. The one-day symposium will also include panel discussions, book presentations, and a poetry reading.

Tammy Ho <>

AAS session: Liu Xiaobo and Chinese Political Consciousness

AAS Session # 358
The Unbearable Heaviness of Becoming: Liu Xiaobo and Chinese Political Consciousness
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 5:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Chair: Jerome Cohen
Organizer: Rowena Xiaoqing He

Session Abstract:

“I have no enemies,” wrote future Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo in the closing statement for his 2009 trial that he was not allowed to deliver in court. Liu, serving an eleven-year prison term for “subverting state power,” died on July 13, 2017. Liu’s death and the tenth anniversary of Charter 08, a citizens’ manifesto that Liu disseminated and that led to his imprisonment, provide an occasion for reflection.

Liu Xiaobo’s life journey is inseparable from the historical time in which he lived. From a freewheeling literary critic amidst the “culture heat” and political awakening of the 1980s, to a participant and a peacemaker in the 1989 Tiananmen Movement, and eventually a public intellectual devoted to China’s peaceful democratic transformation, the last forty years of Liu’s life epitomized the evolution of political consciousness among Chinese intellectuals and ordinary Chinese citizens since the end of the Cultural Revolution. Liu’s experience was shaped by the historical context in China; at the same time, he himself became an agent for change. In death as in life, Liu’s name remains taboo in China.

Our interdisciplinary roundtable will engage the audience in discussing Liu Xiaobo’s personal transformation in parallel with the making of Chinese political consciousness since the Reform Era, and the implications for China and the world. Weiping Cui, professor of Beijing Film Academy, personal friend of Liu Xiaobo, and signatory of Charter 08, will share her perspectives on Liu Xiaobo and 1980s China. Panel organizer Rowena Xiaoqing He, China-born Canadian historian specializing in the Tiananmen Movement, will focus on Liu Xiaobo in 1989;Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch, will consider the domestic and international contexts of Charter 08 and China’s citizens movements. Yujie Chen, Taiwan scholar focusing on criminal justice and human rights developments in Taiwan and China, will add her comparative perspectives from the experience of Taiwan. Panel chair Jerome Cohen, professor of Law and a leading expert on Chinese law and government, will suggest how past Chinese experiences inform the present and may influence the future.

Area of Study: China and Inner Asia
Discipline(s): History  Political Science Law Literature

Gender in Chinese contemporary art


22 FEBRUARY, 14:00-18:30

This international symposium, co-organised by Tate Research Centre: Asia and Central Academy of Fine Arts China, will explore the role that gender has played in the development of Chinese contemporary art.

The symposium is split into two sessions. The first gives a critical overview of the subject, including a paper by Monica Merlin that will provide a history of contemporary art by women in China, a paper by Ros Holmes that will take up the new condition of artistic creation and distribution through digital and mediated spaces, and a panel discussion moderated by Wenny Teo. The second session will focus on individual practices, with artist presentations from Nabuqi, Ma Qiusha and Ye Funa followed by a discussion moderated by Song Xiaoxia. Continue reading

Cinema Journal–call for translations

Cinema Journal — Call for Translations

Below you will find the Cinema Journal‘s call for translation proposals for 2018, open to those on the list who are also members of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. Please note a change from previous years: in addition to accepting translations of single texts of 8,000 to 10,000 words, the journal will now be accepting curated groups of smaller texts adding up to that word count. Any inquiries specific to Chinese-to-English translations may be directed to


Hongwei Thorn Chen <>

Cinema Journal
Call for Translations 2018

Cinema Journal publishes translations of outstanding scholarly and creative work. The originals may be in any language and come from any period or geographic region. We welcome two types of proposals: (1) a single text such as a journal article, book chapter, or self-contained section of a book that focuses on a particular topic in a unified, coherent way; and (2) a group of smaller texts that are linked thematically, geographically, or otherwise.

The total word count of the introduction and translated text(s) should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words in English. One grant-in-aid of $1,000 will be paid to the translator(s) for copyright clearance and as honoraria. Proposals to translate one’s own work will not be considered. Continue reading

Becoming Environmental–cfp

Please see the below CFP for a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, based out of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, Montréal.

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2018.

Call for Submissions: “Becoming Environmental: Media, Logistics, and Ecological Change”
Special Issue of  Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies

Synoptique is inviting submissions for an upcoming special issue entitled “Becoming Environmental: Media, Logistics, and Ecological Change.” The focus of this issue will be on the increasing entanglements of global economies of extraction and the circulation of media. The title of this issue is inspired by Jennifer Gabrys’ “becoming environmental” of sensory technologies (2016), where computational media becomes constitutive to the very environment, and subject formation within it, rather than simply operating in the environment as a backdrop. We propose to expand this imperative to the distinctive ways media—from computation, infrastructures, screens, technologies of circulation, and different modes of visualization—become environmental, remaining attentive to how these emerging human/nonhuman relations are constantly reconfigured, if not naturalized, via the state, global market, or other ideological projects. Continue reading

Posthumanism in Modern Chinese Culture–cfp

Call for Papers: Posthumanism in Modern Chinese Culture
September 29th-30th, 2018, University of New Hampshire

Keynote Speaker: Xudong Zhang (Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, New York University)

As with other modern cultures, China in the 20th and 21st century faces the fundamental challenge of re-defining what it means to be human under the changed historical situation. Humanism has unsurprisingly gained wide currency along the way. Humanist discourse not only played a crucial part in launching the New Culture Movement in early 20th century and in re-orienting the intellectual culture in the post-Mao era of 1980s, it also functions as a general underlying principle for many cultural productions and intellectual discussions in modern China. Continue reading

Contacts, Collisions, Conjunctions–cfp

Call for Papers: Contacts, Collisions, Conjunctions [deadline 15 January] – The Society of Fellows in the Humanities, 9-10 May 2018, The University of Hong Kong

The Society of Fellows in the Humanities at HKU invites scholars working in all fields of the humanities to an international and interdisciplinary conference exploring contacts, collisions and conjunctions. Situated in Hong Kong, the Society of Fellows is located at a place of various contacts, collisions and conjunctions throughout history: it has been a centre for communication and commerce, colonized and incorporated into the Chinese, British and Japanese empires, and known for its ethnic and socio-cultural diversity. Migration, labour and capital, as well as cultural production, made Hong Kong a vibrant and cosmopolitan metropolis with multiple temporalities materializing in the coexistence of colonial legacies and late capitalist forms of trade, consumption and exploitation. Continue reading

Taiwan’s lost commercial cinema–cfp

CFP: Taiwan’s Lost Commercial Cinema: Recovered and Restored

Did you know regular filmmaking on Taiwan only started in the 1950s? With a Taiwanese-language film industry? Between then and the 1970s, 1000+ Taiwanese-language features were made. However, the budgets were miniscule, the companies short-lived, and there was no archive. They were quickly forgotten, and only 200+ survive. However, with the establishment of the Chinese Taipei Film Archive in 1979 and the end of martial law in 1987, Taiwanese-language cinema of the 1950s–1970s, once seen as a disposable entertainment, is now being revalued as an art form and window on old Taiwan, and new scholarship is revealing more complex dimensions of the phenomenon.

We are pleased to announce that Journal of Chinese Cinemas has agreed to our proposal to submit a dossier of articles for consideration as a special section or issue of the journal. To be considered for inclusion, please submit your 200-300 word abstract to us ( and by 31 January 2018. If accepted, the deadline for submission of the full draft essay will be 30 April 2018, and we will be submitting the dossier to Journal of Chinese Cinemas during the summer of 2018.

Chris Berry and Ming-Yeh Rawnsley

Professor Chris Berry
Dept. of Film Studies
King’s College London
Strand, London

China’s Youth Cultures and Collective Spaces–call for chapter

Dear all,

We are currently preparing a book on “China’s Youth Cultures and Collective Spaces: Creativity, Sociality, Identity and Resistance”. The general outline of the book is available at the following URL address: 

We already have a number of proposals, but we would like to invite one or two more chapters on the following topic: “Traveling in Space-Time: revisiting and reperforming history in youth cultural production”.

How do youth relate to the past and reimagine the history of China? How do they address articulations between a nostalgia for a dreamed past and the desire for a new world? What interstices can be found in the current expression of a cultural-nationalist revival? This panel examines how Chinese youths are trying to re-read their history and those of their ancestors and to build new communities based on so-called “Chinese traditions” through art and cultural

We are looking for contributions around this subject with a special focus on music, theater, visual art, new media or cultural performance. Additionally, we will host a workshop to discuss the papers to be published at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) in June 2018. Anyone who is interested can contact us directly for further information.

Best regards,

Vanessa Frangville (Chair in Chinese Studies, Université Libre de Bruxelles) <>
Gwennaël Gaffric (Postdoctoral research fellow, Université Libre de Bruxelles)

2017 Sogang Transcultural China conference

Sogang University in Seoul will host a two-day international conference on Chinese Cultures on 21 and 22 December 2017. This conference is designed to facilitate transnational, transdisciplinary and transgenerational discussion.

On the first day, we will have a series of lectures by distinguished scholars on various topics and a roundtable on the topic of “Chinese Studies outside China”. The undergraduate and graduate student conference will be held on the second day. The student conference is designed to give the next generation of scholars in Chinese studies a chance to get feedback from other students and internationally recognized scholars from different parts of the world. The sessions will be held either in English or in Chinese. Continue reading

Chinese power and academic censorship

This somber article at one point cites Jeffrey Lehman, vice-chancellor of NYU Shanghai, as saying there’s been “no change” at NYU-Shanghai — even as China builds up its neo-Orwellian futuristic dystopy all around its campus … but, the Chinese authorities recently prohibited NYU’s own professor Kwame Anthony Appiah from visiting NYU-Shanghai to give a talk, see;;; — the latter article suggesting he’s never since been able to go, but remains prohibited from visiting NYUs campus.

His visa application was apparently ignored rather than rejected — in typical fashion. The university, in order to still feature him in the NYU Shanghai classes where his books have apparently been elevated as key texts of a cosmopolitan global-citizen ethos, was reduced to putting him on a spotty Skype connection. Not sure if he’s been skyping in ever since, but regardless, if blocking the visit of an invited speaker-teacher isn’t “reneging on the promise of academic freedom,” I don’t know what is (even in the bubble-format of NYU — where Skype may still work even as it is prohibited in China at large).

NYU’s acceptance of this punishment for such a famous scholar, for speaking his mind, hints quite obviously what will be accepted for anyone less famous than so. Going along, we will end up as accomplices in China’s new global anti-democracy project … Magnus Fiskesjö <>

Source: Times Higher Education (12/7/17)
Chinese power ‘may lead to global academic censorship crisis’
Academic experts on China say the state may now issue demands in collaborations with Western universities
By Ellie Bothwell 
Twitter: @elliebothwell

China’s “new era” of increased global power poses a threat to academic freedom across the world and could result in global university leaders seeking to appease the country’s Communist Party, experts have warned. 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 (for Conference) or (for Pre-Conference). Also, you may try the online bulletin board “People’s Park” ( 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 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 <>

Possible Sinophone Studies Forum at MLA


I am gauging interest in the development of a Sinophone Studies Forum in the Modern Language Association (MLA). I would like to know from people, who may comment through the MCLC listserv or contact me through my email address below, as to whether there would be enthusiasm for developing such a Forum. I personally would like to steer clear of theoretical debates on (a) what is Sinophone Studies and (b) whether or not Sinophone Studies is a legitimate or sound category for Chinese literary and cultural studies. Rather, I would like to think pragmatically and in the simplest possible terms, seeing Sinophone Studies as cultural production done in any Chinese language and produced or performed anywhere in the world, in particular outside mainland China.

I am thinking of this for the following reasons: (1) We now have a LLC Modern and Contemporary Chinese Forum, but it is drastically insufficient to meet the demands of the number of scholars of modern and contemporary Chinese cultural studies who wish to present their work at the MLA annual conference; (2) the current menu of Forums does not specifically include anything pertaining to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, or the Chinese diaspora, although work on these areas could be presented through the LLC Mod/Contem Chinese Forum (space permitting); (3) there are all sorts of Forums on highly specific areas of study including LLC Francophone, LLC 20th & 21st Century English and Anglophone, LLC Occitan, LLC Celtic, LLC Scottish, 13 LLCs dedicated to American literature of various kinds, and the list goes on.

So, the question is: Do we wish to have an LLC Sinophone Studies Forum that gives us more room and more opportunities in the MLA as well as providing a Forum specifically dedicated to this area for those who specialize in it? If so, I will need 3-4 people (must be current MLA members or willing to join) to form a planning group for developing a proposal for the Forum. We also will need at least 30, and ideally a lot more, colleagues who are current members willing to sign a petition to establish such a Forum. Here’s the tricky part: you cannot already have five Forums as your “primary affiliation” (which is to say that you would need to have no more than four). The reason is that the MLA wants to know that this is supported intensely and will be populated by a group of under-served scholars, not simply supported by members of the MLA who are mildly sympathetic to the cause.

Christopher Lupke

Asiascape: Digital Asia 2018–cfp

CfP: 3rd Asiascape: Digital Asia Conference

List members may be interested in the 3rd Asiascape: Digital Asia (DIAS) conference, which will be held at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies and the International Institute for Asian Studies on 29 May 2018. The conference will cover Asian contexts in general, but submissions dealing specifically with China are very welcome. The theme will be ‘Rethinking Communities in the Age of the Digital’, and promising contributions may be included in a special issue of the academic journal Asiascape: Digital Asia (Brill). Please see the official call for papers for detailed information.

Deadline for abstracts: 1 February 2018.

Submission: via the conference submission dropbox.

Please note that the event follows the 16th Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC) in Leiden (22-23 May 2018) and the annual meeting of the International Communications Association (ICA) in Prague (24-28 May 2018); potential contributors might find these related events worth attending as well.

Florian Schneider <>

Navigating the MLA for East Asianists

MLA Session “Navigating the MLA for East Asianists”

This year at the MLA annual meeting in NYC, I will lead Session #275 on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 10:15 am – 11:30 am in Concourse G, Hilton Hotel, entitled “Navigating the MLA for East Asianists.” I welcome literary/cinema/cultural studies scholars in East Asia to attend, and others as well. The MLA is a complicated, multifaceted academic association, and it could be described as “byzantine” and “arcane.” But as the largest humanities academic association in the world, it is important. The good news is that in recent years the MLA has undergone a massive structural transformation and now there are FORUMs dedicated to the following: “Chinese Literature before the 14th Century”; “Ming and Qing Literature”; “Chinese Literature and Culture from 1900”; “East Asian Literatures” (mainly comparative); “Japanese Literature before 1900”; “Japanese Literature and Culture after 1900”; “Korean Literature”; and most recently “Southeast Asian Literatures and Cultures.” I have noticed with the influx of participants and increased interest from scholars in East Asian Studies that many people have questions about the MLA. Thus, we decided to organize this session to provide an introductory outline. The session will be split in half with the first half essentially me describing the various components of the MLA and the second half open discussion and questions. Here are some of the facets that will be covered: Continue reading