Writers and Texts on the Move–cfp

Call for Papers: “Writers and Texts on the Move: Chinese Literature as World Literature” MLA Annual Convention, January 9-12, 2020 in Seattle, WA

Over the last twenty years, interest in Chinese and Sinophone literature around the world has grown dramatically. Writers such as Mo Yan and Liu Cixin have made literature written in Chinese increasingly visible and accessible to readers worldwide. Their success has prompted the reexamination or discovery of other writers such as Zhang Ailing and Qiu Miaojin, both of whom have been recently translated and reprinted in the New York Review of Books Classics series. This session will examine the question of how Chinese and Sinophone literature have been (and have not been) incorporated into the world literary canon. While some attempts such as those of Gao Xingjian and Liu Cixin have been spectacularly successful, others have had initial success and then faded into obscurity such as Lin Yutang, or have been rediscovered long after their death like Zhang Ailing. This session seeks to answer the question of what qualities make some literature particularly portable into the world literary canon. How do authors anticipate or cater to potential translation? Are some Chinese language works written to be translated or translated even as they are written, to borrow Rebecca Walkowitz’s term “born-translated”? How do writers face the pressure to represent and re-articulate their entire nation in their literary production? What is the relation between the writer, the text, and the world? Presentations that innovatively address these questions are especially welcome. This session is sponsored by the LLC Modern and Contemporary Chinese Forum. Please send an approximate 300-word title and abstract proposal, 250-word minimum BIO and CV by February 21, 2019 to Dr. Clara Iwasaki (ciwasaki@ualberta.ca) and Dr. Sijia Yao (syao4@unl.edu).

Creative Labour workshop–cfp

Call for Papers
International postgraduate workshop on creative labour in East Asia and Beyond: work, subjectivity and alternatives in the global creative economies
Dates: 16 – 18 May 2019
lace: Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
Convenors: Jeroen de Kloet (University of Amsterdam); Anthony Fung (Beijing Normal University); Yiu Fai Chow (Hong Kong Baptist University); Jian Lin (University of Amsterdam)

We invite abstract submissions from post-graduate and Ph.D researchers to a workshop on creative labour in East Asia.

Generally all human labour is potentially embodied with creativity (McGuigan 2010: 324). In the past two decades, however, the circulation of capital has delimited creativity as a definitive feature that distinguishes certain occupations in the so-called creative industries. Policy makers around the globe, following the 1990’s British government, embrace the ‘creative industries’ discourse and trumpet creative work for its bohemian spirit, autonomy and playfulness. Nevertheless, critiques have noted that the real situation of creative work is not as autonomous, self-expressive and fulfilling as imagined by creative-industry policies. Creative workers have become a creative precariat, suffering under precarious working conditions and surrounded by problems such as short-term contracts, unequal earnings and a lack of unions (Curtin and Sanson, 2016; Hesmondhalgh and Baker, 2011). Discourses surrounding creativity function as elements connected by the ‘creativity dispositif’, to implement job creation while also to discipline youthful population – to be creative (McRobbie 2016; Reckwitz 2017). Continue reading

Oxford China Humanities grad conference 2019

University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference 2019
Resistance and Acceptance: Getting China Moving
Call for Papers

Conference Date: Wednesday, 23rd April – Thursday, 24th April
Venue: Dickson Poon China Centre, University of Oxford, OX2 6LU
Abstract deadline: 10th Feb 2019 23:59 (GMT)

China’s position in the world has been constantly shaped by forces of acceptance and resistance, including relations with its different ethnic groups, neighbouring countries, and socioeconomic sectors. It is a challenge for the humanities to unravel the changing paradigms of these relations, in a time when the very concept of “China” has succumbed to revision and reconstruction. As the trend for interdisciplinary methods and theoretical innovation further continues, boundaries among different research agendas and objects are being crossed more and more often, leading to new acceptances and resistances within academia itself. This conference focuses on themes of change, conceived in the broad sense, and seeks to bring into dialogue diverse perspectives on phenomena of acceptance and resistance in the political, social, and cultural spheres of China and beyond Continue reading

Xi Jinping Effect–cfp

CFP: Conference on the “Xi Jinping Effect”

Does President Xi Jinping’s leadership mark the dawn of a new era for China? In what ways has his rule transformed “politics as usual” in the People’s Republic? Since Xi’s elevation to General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in 2012 and to the Chinese presidency in the following year, he has pursued policies with far-reaching ramifications. His unprecedented anti-corruption campaign, effort to consolidate authority leading up to the 19th Party Congress, widespread suppression of political dissent, and initiatives to build new linkages between China and global markets are indicative of the momentous nature of Xi’s ascent in Chinese and world politics. Meanwhile, his nationalist vision has also extended deep into official cultural policy, limiting education in English language and foreign cultures at the secondary and post-secondary levels, while extending patriotic education in the Chinese classical tradition.

In early June 2019, the China Institute at the University of Alberta will host a group of international scholars to present interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research at a conference on the “Xi Jinping Effect” in China to be held in Banff.

Conference will cover a range of topics. However, papers on the following subjects are of particular interest: Continue reading

Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium 2019–cfp

Call for Papers for the Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium on Language, Culture and Cognition (JPSS 2019).

Introduction and Aims:

The Faculty of Humanities (FH) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium on Language, Culture and Cognition (JPSS) to be held on the 26thApril 2019 at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, hosted by the Department of Chinese Culture. The Department of Chinese Culture was established in September 2008. It aims to expand knowledge of Chinese Literature, Chinese History, Chinese Philosophy, Chinese Religion and Chinese Art.

The symposium will provide an inter-departmental forum for research students from different disciplines to present and discuss their work, exchange ideas and share their experiences in research. Scholars and experts of language, culture and cognition will be invited to address the symposium, in a panel discussion workshop. Continue reading

2nd Sogang Transcultural China Conference

The Second Sogang Transcultural China Conference

Sogang University in Seoul will host a two-day international conference on Chinese Cultures on 20 and 21 December 2018. We are very pleased that we are able to hold the Sogang Transcultural Chinainternational conference this year again in continuation to last year’s success. 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

JEASC 2019–cfp

University of Edinburgh, 4 – 6 September 2019

We are pleased to announce that the triennial Joint East Asian Studies Conference (JEASC) will be held at the University of Edinburgh from 4 to 6 September 2019.

The JEASC is open to members of the British Association for Chinese Studies, the British Association for Japanese Studies, the British Association for Korean Studies and non-members alike. We welcome participants from all countries and backgrounds.

We invite panel and individual paper proposals from across the full range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences that address topics related to Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, other parts of the East Asia region, or the region as a whole. Preference will be given to panels with a focus on cross-regional and intra-regional issues. Panels are expected to reflect the diversity of our profession including, but not limited to, gender, ethnicity and career status. This will be taken into consideration during the selection process. 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@ln.edu.hk.

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 prism-journal.org. Continue reading

Migrations of Cultures–cfp

Call for Papers: “Migrations of Cultures”
An Undergraduate Conference in the Modern Languages
University of Pittsburgh March 22-23, 2019

Share your research with other undergraduate students! Get real feedback on a paper! Gain conference experience for work or graduate school! Interested? Then send an abstract to a biannual undergraduate research conference hosted by the Modern Languages Departments at the University of Pittsburgh on March 22-23, 2019. Abstracts should be sent to mecchia@pitt.edu by January 5, 2019.

The papers should address the concept of cultural migrations in the broadest sense of the term, that is, immigrations and emigrations in real and virtual spaces linked to the movements of people(s), language(s) and culture(s). We are looking for multiple disciplinary, geographic, and historical perspectives on the conflicts and opportunities created by the shifting flows of populations, languages and cultural traditions throughout the ages and in the contemporary world. Continue reading

ACCL 2019–cfp extension

The official deadline for submission to the 2019 conference of the Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature has been extended to January 7, 2019. Please see the following message from Daniel Fried, president of ACCL.

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to the 2019 conference of the Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature, to be held from July 17-19, 2019, on the campus of Hunan Normal University in Changsha, China. The deadline for receipt of abstracts has been extended to January 7, 2019.

The ACCL welcomes papers on a wide array of topics relating to Chinese literature and world literature, from the most ancient periods through the 21st century. We take a broad interpretation of what counts as “comparative”, and welcome proposals that use innovative research frameworks or scopes of analysis, even if they do not focus on comparison of distinct national literatures.

For more information, please see the official call for papers on our conference website: http://accl2019.hunnu.edu.cn/Call_for_Papers/CALL_FOR_PAPERS.htm. Please send abstracts for individual papers or full panels to accl2019conference@gmail.com no later than January 7, 2019.

Thanks very much, and I hope to see you in Changsha!

Daniel Fried
President, Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature

Posted by: Yunwen Gao <yunwengao@cuhk.edu.hk>

Asia Pacific Perspectives–cfp

Call for Papers– Special Issue of Asia Pacific Perspectives
Asia Pacific Essentials: Notes from the Field  

The University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies is pleased to announce a call for papers for the Spring 2019 issue of Asia Pacific Perspectives. This special issue will be dedicated to papers designed to provide non-specialists with an awareness of important topics in the Asia Pacific both historically and today. Papers submitted to this issue should provide undergraduates and interested readers with engaging overviews and discussions of topics in the author’s region of expertise. What knowledge do our readers need to have if they are to understand the Asia Pacific region historically, today, or in the coming decades?

  • Papers should be 15-25 pages in length.
  • Authors are encouraged to include short lists of suggested readings containing relevant literature or other sources, with an emphasis on recent publications.
  • Submissions from the social sciences and humanities are welcome.

Papers must represent original work not already published or in press. For more information about Asia Pacific Perspectives, please visit our website: http://www.usfca.edu/center-asia-pacific/perspectives/ Continue reading

Happiness and Longevity in Asia–cfp

Happiness and Longevity in Asia
A Workshop at the University of San Francisco
Center for Asia Pacific Studies
March 1st and 2nd, 2019

Call for Papers

The University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies is pleased to announce the call for papers for “Happiness and Longevity in Asia,” a workshop to be held at the University of San Francisco on Thursday and Friday, March 1-2, 2019.

With this workshop, the Center aims to promote research and interdisciplinary academic exchange and discussion on issues related to the happiness and longevity in the Asia Pacific both historically and today. Proposed themes include: definitions of happiness, health and wellness, mental health, the impact of globalization and wealth on happiness, the happiness index, the search for immortality, secrets of a long life, healthy policy, and so on. Submissions may explore happiness and longevity as inter-related, or they may focus on happiness or longevity as a discrete topic.

All participants will be required to provide a draft of their conference paper 2 weeks prior to the conference (by Feb. 14, 2019) to allow discussants adequate time to prepare their comments. Papers must represent original work not already published or in press.

The Center will provide lodging and food for the participants during the duration of the workshop. Participants are expected to cover the costs of their travel to and from the university. Those who need additional assistance may apply for a travel stipend.  Please contact Anny Crisp, program manager, for further details: acrisp@usfca.edu. Continue reading

Fifth Annual Critical Asian Humanities Workshop–cfp reminder

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

NACS 2019–cfp

The 14th Biennial Conference of the Nordic Association for China Studies – 2019 will be held during 13-14 June 2019 at the University of Bergen, which is centrally located in the Norwegian Capital of Fjords. The Conference title is:

When China Faces the World: Engagement or Disengagement? Marking the Centenary Anniversary of the May 4th Movement

You can find more details either through the following links or by scanning the QR code on the attached poster:

Conference Website: https://www.uib.no/fremmedsprak/118656/nordic-association-china-studies-conference-2019

NACS Website: https://nacsorg.wordpress.com/nacs-conferences/

Biennial Conference of Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS) Call for Papers Bergen, Norway, June 13-14, 2019 &nbsp; When China Faces the World: Engagement or Disengagement? Marking the Centenary …

Shouhui ZHAO
Professor in China Studies, University of Bergen
On behalf of the NACS Biennial Conference – 2019

CCVA 2019–cfp

Urban Transformations and Contemporary Art in China
Centre for Chinese Visual Arts, Birmingham City University, in collaboration with Tate Liverpool

Date: 11-12 November 2019
Venue: Auditorium, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool L3 4BB
Abstract Submission deadline: 1 February 2019

The Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) at Birmingham City University aims to foster new understandings and perspectives of Chinese contemporary arts, design and visual culture through interdisciplinary practices and theoretical studies.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the Shanghai-Liverpool twinning cities in 2019, we are now convening the 12th CCVA Annual Conference in collaboration with Tate Liverpool. This two-day event invites researchers, curators, artists, designers and architects in the fields of art, design, visual culture and urban studies at all stages of their careers worldwide to reassess the significance of the urban transformations in China, and to reflect upon their impacts on everyday experience and artistic and curatorial practices in the globalised world. Continue reading