Documentary Film, Regional, Theoretical and Political Parameters

Documentary Film, Regional, Theoretical and Political Parameters
Academy of Film
School of Communication
Hong Kong Baptist University
Date: 25 -27 June 2018 (Mon-Wed)
Conference Venue: CVA1022, Communication and Visual Arts Building, HKBU, 5 Hereford Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.

Screening Venue: CVA104

June 25 (Mon)

Panel 1: HK Documentary Film       1010-1250pm

Chair: Dr. Lo Wai Luk (HKBU)

  1. Ms. Angelina Chen (Filmmaker)
  2. Ms. Tammy Cheung (Independent Filmmaker)

  3. Ms. Lo Yan Wai Connie (Documentary Film Director)
    Title: “How Patriotism Drives the 67 Riots?”

4.  Dr. Kenny Ng (HKBU)
Title: “In the Mood for Change: Chan Tze-woon’s Mockumentary and Documentary (Yellowing) of the 2014 Umbrella Movement”

5.   Dr. Winnie Yee (The University of HK)
Title: “In Search of the Disappearing Rhymes: Topographical Writings In Three HK Documentary Films”

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Ming Qing Studies 2019–cfp

Ming Qing Studies 2019
edited by Paolo Santangelo
(Sapienza University of Rome)

We are glad to inform you that the new edition of Ming Qing Studies 2018 will be published by Aracne Publishers before the end of the year (see contents below).

Applicants are encouraged to submit abstracts for the next issue, Ming Qing Studies 2019. The contributions should concern Ming-Qing China in one or few of its most significant and multifaceted aspects, as well as on East Asian countries covering the same time period. All articles will be examined by our qualified peer reviewers. We welcome creative and fresh approaches to the field of Asian studies. Particularly appreciated will be the contributions on anthropological and social history, collective imagery, and interdisciplinary approaches to the Asian cultural studies. All submitted papers must be original and in good British English style according to our guidelines and editorial rules. Please email an abstract of the article you will submit us (300-500 words, plus a basic bibliography) in MS Word or pdf attachments along with your biographical information to the addresses listed below. Please mention your full name with academic title, university affiliation, department or home institution, title of paper and contact details in your email.

Deadline for the abstract and bibliographical notes: July 31st, 2018.

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Literary Information in China–call for contributor

Dear Colleagues,

I am coediting a book project titled Literary Information in China: A History. This volume will be the first history in any language that examines the forms and practices through which literary information management has been encoded and transmitted from the early period to the present day. Departing from other literary histories that track major authors or texts, the general philosophy of this project is a focus on forms, rather than on content, and how such forms evolve to respond to issues of searching, scanning, classification, complexity, overload, selectivity, and so on.

The structure of the project aims at comprehensiveness, covering literary information management at the level of words, documents, and collections. At this point, we already have commitments from nearly fifty scholars representing a variety of disciplines and periods. Now we are searching for someone to contribute on the topic of information management in the literary journals of the PRC period (both official and underground publications such as Jintian). We expect the length of the essay to be relatively short at appx. 3500-4000 words, with the final draft submitted to us by April 15th, 2019.

If you have any questions or are interested in joining the project, please get in touch with me at


Anatoly Detwyler <>
Columbia University

SEC-AAS–cfp (repost)

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that the 58th annual meeting of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies will be held January 18–20, 2019 at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. More information can be found on our new website, which is

The program committee welcomes proposals for individual or panel presentations from faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars. Proposals must be submitted no later than October 31, 2018. You must complete the submission form online. 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. Continue reading


Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that the 58th annual meeting of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies will be held January 18–20, 2019 at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. More information can be found on our new website, which is

The program committee welcomes proposals for individual or panel presentations from faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars. Proposals must be submitted no later than October 31, 2018. You must complete the submission form online. 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.

Conference participants must be dues-paying members. SEC/AAS dues are $20 ($10 for students). The membership application form is available on the SEC/AAS website. Please submit this form with the correct dues to Professor Li-ling Hsiao, Department of Asian Studies, New West 113, CB#3267, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

Program Chair
Han Li <>
Modern Languages and Literatures

Literary Fantasy and Its Discontents–cfp reminder

Dear all,

I write with a quick reminder that the early-consideration deadline for abstracts for Literary Fantasy and Its Discontents (Taipei, November 23–24) is next Monday, June 4. All papers related to the theme are welcome, and the conference may be particularly interesting to scholars who work on Chinese or Taiwanese nationalisms, politicized reception histories of fantasy in Asia, rediscovered or repurposed fantastic texts, and/or explorations of the reception history of Western fantasies in the East and Eastern fantasies in the West.

Keynote speakers are Ackbar Abbas (Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance) and Marysa Demoor, who has published widely on Victorian and modernist culture and is the co-editor of the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism.

We’re also pleased to announce that we’ll be publishing selected revised, peer-reviewed essays from the conference in National Taiwan University’s journal, Ex-position (formerly NTU Studies in Language and Literature), which is indexed in MLA.

Please see the CFP and information on the companion cultural events, the keynote speakers, and our conference publication at While the early-consideration abstract deadline (usually best for international scholars) is next week, we also will accept abstracts until our regular deadline of August 31. We will respond within two weeks of either deadline.

All best,

Sharin Schroeder <>
Taipei Tech

In the Realm of the Senses

In the Realm of the Senses: Mapping China’s Modern Sensorium
19-20 June 2018, University of Edinburgh
Mirror Room, Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, EH16 5HP

Co-sponsored by The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The University of Edinburgh

Day 1 (19 June, 2018 Tuesday)

9:15-9:30 am coffee/tea and welcome

9:30-11:00 am Panel I (Moderator: Joachim Gentz)

Jane Geaney (University of Richmond)
(Re)thinking through Early Chinese Senses

Paolo Santangelo (Sapienza University of Rome)
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Global Island: Taiwan and the World–cfp

“Global Island: Taiwan and the World” Workshop
University of Washington, Seattle
October 18-19, 2018
Hosted by the University of Washington Taiwan Studies Program

From an island embedded within early modern trade networks, in its interactions with colonial and imperial powers, and as a site for development and democracy, Taiwan has been shaped by its global connections and in turn changed the world.  Understanding Taiwan within a global context reveals not just how Taiwan’s history, society, and culture have unfolded, but also how Taiwan has played a crucial role in transnational processes as a site of global production.

The “Global Island” workshop imagines Taiwan within new spatial and chronological contexts, and reorients Taiwan studies away from traditional imaginations of Taiwan as limited to comparatives or cross-straits relations.  This academic workshop will explore the implications of Taiwan’s connections with the world on Taiwanese society and culture, as well as Taiwan’s influence upon the rest of the world.

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The Moving Target

The Moving Target: A Workshop on Translation and Chinese Poetry
June 1–2, 2018 | Leiden University
Convened by Maghiel van Crevel and Lucas Klein

From the Book of Songs to 21st-century migrant worker poetry and from Yu Xiuhua in English to Paul Celan in Chinese:

Papers by Joseph Allen, Lucas Klein, Nicholas Morrow Williams, Zhou Min, Tara Coleman, Chris Song, Christopher Lupke, Jenn Marie Nunes, Meng Liansu, Joanna Krenz, Jacob Edmond, Eleanor Goodman, Nick Admussen, Rui Kunze, Maghiel van Crevel, and Wilt Idema. Full program:

Posted by: Maghiel van Crevel <>

China Academic Network on Gender

China Academic Network on Gender – Launch and Inaugural Conference

We are delighted to introduce a new network for Postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers working on Gender in China. The China Academic Network on Gender (CHANGE) will be launched at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels on 14-15 May 2018 in partnership with SOAS, King’s College London, and East China Normal University. The network aims to be a platform where younger scholars working on Gender in Chinese humanities and social sciences will be able to network and share resources. We will also organise biannual themed conferences at partner universities starting in 2019.

All details and the membership form are available on the website of CHANGE: Continue reading

Visualising Asia–cfp

Visualising Asia: Deciphering ‘Otherness’ in Visual and Material Cultures
SOAS, University of London
21stSeptember 2018

Confirmed Keynote: Dr Anne Witchard

Historically, Asia has been a contended space of exploration and domination, where both Asian and non-Asian agents sought to define themselves against others. Within this broad historical and geographical context,this international and interdisciplinary conference brings together various forms of visuals, such as films, cartoons, and objects, in their interaction with discourses of ‘other’.  The platforms of visualising Asia were assimilated into daily life and practices, feeding into narratives that transcend any single medium. Due to their visual impact, they became lasting repositories of imagined identities and thus have critical implications for those representing and those being represented. This conference invites discussions on the differing ways ‘otherness’ has been used in both Asian and non-Asian societies through visuals. We encourage the participation from postgraduates, career researchers, scholars, curators, practitioners, and archivists.  The aim is to bring together an array of visualities from across various disciplines in order to reflect on the importance of visuals in knowledge production and circulation within and across cultures and societies. Continue reading

USC Grad Symposium–cfp reminder

Reminder: USC Grad Student Symposium CFP
Resistance Reimagined: East Asian Languages and Cultures Graduate Student Symposium – CFP
University of Southern California
September 29, 2018
Proposal Submission Deadline: May 1, 2018

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Graduates Studying East Asia at the University of Southern California invite graduate students conducting research in all disciplines related to East Asia to submit abstracts for our 2018 symposium, “Resistance Reimagined,” to take place September 29, 2018. This conference aims to investigate and formulate new theorizations of resistance as well as rethink how communities and individuals construct narratives to reimagine social and political changes in the context of East Asia. The topic can be interpreted widely in relation to various fields, including but not limited to cinema and media studies, gender studies, history, linguistics, literature, religion, and visual studies.

Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Methods and practices that initiate or imagine resistance;
  • Representation of marginal communities or intersectional identities;
  • Strategies or modes of resistance movements and activism efforts;
  • Pedagogies of resistance in East Asian studies.

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Contacts, Collisions, Conjunctions

International Conference: Contacts, Collisions, Conjunctions: May 9-10, 2018, HKU

The Society of Fellows in the Humanities at the University of Hong Kong invites you to their Inaugural Annual Conference: Contacts, Collisions, Conjunctions, to be held on May 9-10, 2018. We are delighted to welcome our keynote speakers: Joseph Auner (Tufts University), Rey Chow (Duke University), François Cusset (University of Nanterre) andLeela Gandhi (Brown University)​.

Please join us in Room 4.36, Faculty of Arts, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU. All are  welcome.

Please register using the following link:

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KFLC china-related program

Dear List Members,

The 71st annual KFLC conference is taking place on the campus of the University of Kentucky in the next couple of days, from April 19th to 21st.

Please check out the following program for the East Asian Studies sessions and join us if you are able!

Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 9:00am to 12:00pm
From Mao to Now
Patterson Office Tower, 18th Floor, Room A
Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 9:00am to 12:00pm
Organized by: Liang Luo, University of Kentucky ; Masamichi Inoue, University of Kentucky
Chaired by: Melody Yunzi Li, Transylvania University

9:00: Things Lost and Found in Digitally Performing “The Legend of the White Snake”
Liang Luo, University of Kentucky
9:30: Young Taiwan and the Spirit of Protest: National Identity and Political Action Among Taiwanese College Students
Bridget Nicholas, University of Kentucky
10:00: Marginalized Female Characters in Geling Yan’s Novels
Xiaoyang Li, University of Canterbury
10:30: Coffee Break
11:00: Running Away From Mao-ti in Contemporary China
Miao Dou, Washington University in St. Louis
11:30: Home-Building in Mao-Era—The Dialectic between Politics and Family in Yan Geling’s The Criminal Lu Yanshi
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Posthumanism in Modern Chinese Culture–cfp reminder

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.

On the other hand, however, the re-definition of the human has also taken a direction that might be characterized as a posthumanist approach, in the sense that it questions the rationalist premise of humanism and challenges the humanist division between human and animal, and between nature and culture. Posthumanism has never acquired the same level of discursive coherence and prominence as humanism, and sometimes even expresses itself in humanist terms. Despite this fact, however, it has nevertheless persisted as a significant intellectual trend, finding its spokesman in some of the most prominent modern Chinese minds, including Lu Xun. With the rapidly changing social and technological conditions in recent years, in particular, posthumanism has come to assume an increasingly important role in contemporary Chinese culture. Continue reading