Critical Asian Humanities Workshop 2018-cfp

Call for Papers: Fourth Annual Critical Asian Humanities Workshop (deadline, November 20, 2017)
Duke University, April 6-7, 2018

Duke University will host a select graduate student conference in conjunction with its fourth annual Critical Asian Humanities workshop, which will be held on April 6-7, 2018. 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:

Thomas Lamarre (McGill)
Tina Lu (Yale)
Jennifer Ho (UNC) Continue reading

KFLC 2018–cfp

Dear List Members,

The 2018 KFLC conference will take place from April 19th to April 21st at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Deadline for abstract submission is November 6th, 11:59 pm EST.

Please find detailed call for papers at the link below:

Please submit your abstract here by November 6th:

You need to create an account and login to submit your abstract if this is your first time attending KFLC.
Please visit the conference website for other detailed information:

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


羅靚 Luo, Liang Ph.D. <>
Faculty Director, International Village Living and Learning Program
Associate Professor of Chinese Studies
Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and CulturesUniversity of Kentucky

The Moving Target: Translation and Chinese Poetry–cfa

Call for abstracts | The Moving Target: Translation and Chinese Poetry

On 1-2 June 2018, Maghiel van Crevel and Lucas Klein will convene a workshop entitled “The Moving Target: Translation and Chinese Poetry” at Leiden University, toward the publication of an edited volume in 2019.

Participants will arrive on 31 May and depart on 3 June. Hotel accommodation and all meals will be funded by the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and other local funding bodies.

The workshop aims to conjoin critical engagement with the notion of translation with deep linguistic, literary and cultural knowledge on poetry in Chinese: written in Chinese, translated into Chinese, or translated from Chinese into other languages. Continue reading

TAP “Voyages” issue–cfp extension

The Trans Asia Photography Review seeks proposals for articles and projects relating to the theme of “Voyages”.

New deadline for proposals: November 5, 2017. Full projects due December 28, 2017, when they will be sent out for peer review. Final selections will be published in our spring 2018 issue. Please to go the style guide on the TAP websitefor details on how to format submissions.
The term “voyages” here includes the voluntary and involuntary movement of individuals and groups, as well as the movement of photographic ideas and technologies, from one city, region or nation in Asia to another. How and why do people, ideas and technologies move about, and what are the aftereffects of these voyages?

Questions? Contact

Sandra Matthews
Editor, Trans Asia Photography Review

China-Africa in Global Comparative Perspective–cfp

“China-Africa in Global Comparative Perspective”: call for proposals for a panel on China-Africa fiction writing

Dear All,

The 5th Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network Conference will be hosted by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB -Belgium), from June 26 to June 29, 2018. Details and call for papers can be found here:

I am looking to set up a panel on the representations of Chinese in African fiction literature and/or the representations of Africans in Chinese fiction literature.

If you are interested, please contact me at


Vanessa Frangville

AAP 2018–cfp

Association for Asian Performance (AAP) Sponsored Sessions
at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2018 Conference

AAP invites full paper panel and multidisciplinary session proposals that explore the 2018 ATHE theme and its manifestations in Asian performance, including but not limited to performance traditions of Asian regions and the theory, practice, and/or pedagogy of Asian performance from transnational and multidisciplinary perspectives.  We encourage and welcome creative engagements with the 2018 ATHE theme.  To learn more about the AAP and membership benefits please visit the AAP website:

Conference Dates and Location
AUGUST 1 – 5, 2018

Submission Deadline
November 1, 2017 (midnight, Central Time)
(complete session proposals and technology requests; direct submission at
Guidelines for submission (with link to online form) is at Continue reading

Disability Aesthetics and Politics–cfp

ACLA Seminar: Disability Aesthetics and Politics in East Asian and Transnational Contexts–Call for Papers (ACLA link:

To further extend disability studies beyond the Euro-American context, this seminar seeks to bring together papers that examine disability representations in East Asian and transnational contexts—paying general attention to their politics, aesthetics, and ethics. These representations can be literary, visual, or draw upon popular culture; all historical periods are welcome. What are the manners in which dominant ideologies such as nationalism and neo-liberalism establish and reinforce the ideology of ableism by casting the disabled body as the Other? How do disability subjectivities help generate new forms of embodied knowledge and collective consciousness? Why does disability figure prominently in our cultural and moral imagination— what purposes does it serve, and at whose cost? How do larger forces such as globalization and colonialism shape the ways in which disability is represented, and what are the historical conditions and political economies in which they are grounded? How do literary and cultural studies of disability contribute to disability justice? Continue reading

Geopolitical Aesthetics of (Post)socialisms

Image may contain: textComing up soon! The Geopolitical Aesthetics of (Post)socialisms: China, Russia, and Beyond! Sept 29-30 at Princeton University. Please come join us! Professors Shu-mei Shih and John Mackay will be our keynote speakers.

The Geopolitical Aesthetic of (Post-)Socialisms: China, Russia, and Beyond (September 29-30, 2017, 399 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, Princeton University)

September 29

Panel 1: 10-12pm
Informational Legacies
Moderator: Franz Prichard (Princeton University)

Kat Hill Reischlhl (Princeton University)
A Shoe and a Faked Photograph: Chasing “Facts” in Khrushchev’s Iconosphere

Angelina Lucento (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

In Search of a Proletarian Aesthetic: Anatolii Lunacharskii, Alfred Kurella, and the Turn to Materiality in Soviet Media Culture

Margaret Hillenbrand (University of Oxford)
Knowing What Not to Know in Post-Socialist China Continue reading

Migrant literature and culture in Asia–cfp

Call For Papers (ACLA 2018): Borders, Uneven Development, and Migrating Bodies: Migrant Literature and Culture in Asia

Organizer: Xiangjing Chen <>
Co-Organizer: Jun Xie

We hope to collect enough excellent papers and invite a group of scholars to discuss the “migrant literature” and problem of modernity in Asia together. To submit a paper proposal, please write a 200-word abstract. Please include the title of your paper, your abstract, your rank and your email address via the ACLA website. Abstracts must be received by Thursday, September 21, at 9 a.m. EST. Continue reading

Engaging China–cfp reminder

Engaging ‘China’: Perspectives from the Margins
Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference (10-11 Jan 2018)

Keynote speakers: Peter K. Bol (Harvard), Henrietta Harrison (Oxford)

Deadline for submission: October 15th 2017, 17:00 (GMT)

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the second annual University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference, which takes the theme of ‘engagement’ in the Chinese context as its point of departure. We welcome papers that work with modern and pre-modern subject material and from all humanistic disciplines, including but not limited to history, literary and cultural studies, art, film and media studies, philosophy, human geography, anthropology, musicology and religion. Continue reading

Feeling Modern/Modeng/Modan–cfp

Feeling Modern/Modeng/Modan: Emotionality vis-à-vis Modernity in East Asia
Call For Papers: ACLA 2018à-vis-modernity-east-asia

Organizer: Chun-yu Lu <>

This seminar explores the roles of emotion, feeling and affect in facilitating the discourses of modernity in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other East Asian regions.  We intend to examine the emotive and affective responses to various conditions and discourses in the East Asian modern, such as colonialism, imperialism, war, revolution, enlightenment, conservatism, high-modernism, capitalism, etc. One pioneer of the study of affective modernity in East Asia is Haiyan Lee’s Revolution of the Heart, which expounds a genealogy of love in modern China and suggests that love interpellates the modern notions of self, gender, sexuality and nation. In addition to romantic love in Lee’s study, the emotions and affects that are used to engage the modern subject formation may, broadly defined and sometimes contradictory, include the “ugly feelings,” “cruel intimacy,” eerily sensations, melodramatic tears, hysterical laughter, sensual excitement, traumatic pain, patriotic passion, etc. We will discuss how emotions and affect construct, contradict or complicate the tensions and the bonds between the mind and the body, the subject and the object, the psychic and the social, the individual and the collective, the public and the private, the hegemony and the subordinated, the nation and diaspora, as well as politics and aesthetics. Continue reading

Religion and Literature–cfp

ACLA Panel: Religion and Literature in Modern China–Call for Papers

The past century has seen the violent repression and dramatic revival of religion (Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, Islam, and Local cults) in Chinese society. The generation of the New Cultural Movement (1917-1927) thinkers such as Cai Yuanpei, Zhou Zuoren among others were aware of the power of faith, but regarded it as negative (unscientific and oppressive) and proposed to replace it with aesthetic education (Cai Yuanpei). During the revolutionary years, religion was categorized as “feudalist and superstitious,” and in some cases “the agent of imperialist invasion.” The new China viewed religion as “opium of the people” following Marx’s teaching, and applied tight restrictions on religion until the end of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). The post-Mao China, however, has witnessed the most dramatic revival of all religious beliefs. Besides the sociopolitical implications, the vicissitudes of religion also has critical cultural implications. However, such implications have not been sufficiently discussed in research. This panel aims to explore such cultural implications through surveying the intricate relationships between religion and literature in the whole 20th century. Papers on the influence of religion on literary development, the representation of religion in literature, the use of religion in literary creation, the use of literature for religious purposes, author studies, analysis of significant works, comparative studies of Chinese and non-Chinese literature are all welcome.

ACLA seminar link:

Tonglu Li <>

TAP “Voyages” issue–cfp

The Trans Asia Photography Review seeks articles and projects relating to the theme of “Voyages” for possible publication in our spring 2018 issue. The term “voyages” here includes the voluntary and involuntary movement of individuals and groups, as well as the movement of photographic ideas and technologies from one city, region or nation in Asia to another. How and why do people, ideas and photographic technologies move about, and what are the aftereffects of these voyages?

Proposals due October 6
Please use the following formats to submit proposals:
Article (length open). Your proposal should contain an abstract and the author’s CV.
Curatorial project (10-15 images with introductory text). Your proposal should contain up to 5 thumbnail images in a pdf file, not to exceed 50 MB in total. Please send your images to via or a similar service. Images should be accompanied by a brief introduction and your CV; these may be included in the pdf or sent separately via email.
Translation (from an Asian language into English) of historical or contemporary articles about photography. Your proposal should contain information about the work to be translated and the translator’s CV.
Interview. Your proposal should contain background information about the interviewee and the interviewer’s CV.
Book/exhibition review. Your proposal should contain the title of the book or exhibition and the reviewer’s CV. (Note: An exhibition being reviewed must have a catalogue.)
Authors are responsible for obtaining picture permissions; forms for these are available on the TAP Review website.

Proposal deadline is October 6, 2017.
Questions? Contact

Sandra Matthews
Editor, Trans Asia Photography Review

Berkeley-Stanford Grad Conference 2018–cfp

Call for Proposals for the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, 2018
Proposals/bios due: November 16, 2017 (5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)

To apply, submit a single-spaced 300-word paper proposal and short bio at: dept/ CEAS/Berkistan2018application.fb

Currently enrolled graduate students are invited to submit paper proposals for the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, to be held April 13-14, 2018 at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Conference registration is free. Presenters will be provided with shared lodging, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch. Partial travel assistance may be available. Continue reading

AAP 2017 program

Association for Asian Performance CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2017
August 2-3, 2017
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV



2017 Conference Program Download

Wednesday August 2, 2017

8am                 Registration and Coffee

8:15am            Welcome, Emily Wilcox, AAP President

8:30-9:45am   Concurrent Session #1

1A. Intercultural Adaptation
Chair: Margaret Coldiron, Deputy Head of BA World Performance, E15 Acting School/University of Essex

“The Bridge from Bombay to Broadway: merging musical forms in Monsoon Wedding
Amanda Culp, PhD candidate, Columbia University

“Cultural Transfer between London and Takarazuka: the Imitation and Adaptation of Musical revue in 1920s Japan”
Tomoko Akai, Associate Professor, Kobe Yakka University

“When Cultures Collide on the Jingju Stage: An Analysis of Fushide (Faust) and Woyicaike (Woyzeck)
Yining Lin, PhD candidate, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

“Modernity, Chinese Culture and Dialectics: Bertolt Brecht’s Turandot and Wei Minglun’s Chuanju Play Chinese Princess Turandot
Wei Zhang, PhD candidate, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Continue reading