HK in Transition programme

Hong Kong in Transition: Asian City-to-City Collaboration and Performing Arts Exchange, 1997-2017
9-10 September 2017, SOAS University of London

This two-day programme co-presented by the SOAS China Institute and Zuni Icosahedron marks the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from the UK to China with a series of events focusing on intercultural exchange and city-to-city collaboration in the performing arts. Participants will reflect on Hong Kong’s cultural exchanges with London and several Asian cities over the past twenty years, as well as discuss proposals, opportunities, strategies, and challenges for the next two decades.

Academic Symposium – Hong Kong Theatre in Transnational Perspective: New Directions and Discourses since 1997

Saturday 9 September, Senate House Lecture Theatre (SALT), 9am – 5pm.

  • This symposium will explore aspects of theatre production in Hong Kong in the post-1997 period from a transnational perspective, including intercultural and cross-genre collaborations with other Sinophone and Asian performance cultures from Singapore, Taiwan, China, and Japan, Cantonese opera in the diaspora, experimental and political performance, and intersections between indigenous and foreign theatrical forms.

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Asia and the Anthrpocene–cfp

Call for Papers
“Asia and the Anthropocene”

The Association for Asian Studies is pleased to invite applications to participate in the second of three workshops in its series “Emerging Fields in the Study of Asia” supported by the Luce Foundation. The second workshop, “Asia and the Anthropocene,” will take place August 23-27, 2018 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The purpose of this gathering is to explore the emerging concept of the Anthropocene through shared readings and collective conversations about how scholars of Asia might best respond to the scientific proposal of a new geological epoch. The selection committee seeks bold ideas and broadly framed research papers that grapple with the challenges posed by this new understanding of planetary conditions. Participants will present short papers (20-30 pages, double spaced, including notes) designed to further this new field of study, leaving ample time for discussion. We will also read and discuss certain key texts that are relevant to this emerging field. The workshop will include a field trip to a location to be determined. Continue reading

Guangdong-HK-Macao Greater Bay Area Cultural Forum–cfp

The First Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Cultural Forum

  • Date: Early June, 2018
  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Organizer: School of Humanities, Guangzhou University
  • Co-organizers: Center for Media and Social Change Studies, Shenzhen University; Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Department of History, University of Macao; Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Theme: Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Rise of Contemporary Chinese Popular Culture

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Seeking AAS panel for ‘boys love’ paper

Dear all,

I currently research on the Chinese male readership of “boys love” (BL) manga and fiction that focus on romantic or homoerotic male-male relationships, but are read and received mainly by heterosexual female readers. I am seeking an AAS panel that may be interested in my paper. Based on readership studies and interviews, this paper can fit into panels on media studies, gender studies, cultural studies or studies on censorship. If you are interested, please contact me for paper proposal and more details.


TIAN Xi <>

Oxford grad conference

Call for Papers
Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference (10-11 Jan 2018)

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.

This conference asks applicants to critically assess through the lens of ‘engagement’ how the idea of ‘China’ as a geographical, cultural and national signifier is created. How is China engaging with neighbours close and far away? How does it attract the world and communities within? How do communities within and without engage with China? How does engagement inform the ways in which ‘China’ is conceived? Through this conference, we wish to highlight the ways, both past and present, in which ‘engagement’ is central to understanding ‘China’. Continue reading

Grassroots mobilization, body politics, visualizations of evil–cfp

Dear all,

We are searching for two individuals to participate in an AAS panel covering the topics of Grassroots Mobilization, Body Politics and Visualizations of the Evil. We have one paper on representations of virtuous women and prostitutes within the 1930s New Life Movement. Another paper examines the trans-medial (posters, pamphlets, performance) visualization of the “pests” during the “Four Pests Campaign” conducted by the PRC during the 1950s. Both of these papers deal with visual practices used in the process of abjection (purification, expunging, expelling, etc). Our theoretical considerations also extend to (1) body culture and body politics, (2) gender relations, and (3) relationships between visual culture and grassroots mobilization.

We look forward to featuring a diversity of disciplines, methodologies, and topics. Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words and your CV by July 25 to:

Shaoqian Zhang (, Associate Professor of East Asian Art, Oklahoma State University
Lu Liu (, PhD candidate, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thank you!

Lu Liu

Patronage as a Shaping Force in Chinese Translation History–cfp

The Second International Conference on Chinese Translation History
Organised by Research Centre for Translation Institute of Chinese Studies
14–16 December 2017
Yasumoto International Academic Park
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The “International Conference on Chinese Translation History” series aspires to explore Chinese translation history within the bigger framework of world civilisation and human thought, and aims to lay groundwork for new models, methods, and perspectives in this innovative interdisciplinary branch of learning through detailed case studies. The conference series will be held every two years, with a difference central theme for every conference, and welcomes researchers from across the world to participate. The inaugural conference, held on 17–19 December 2015, was a great success with about 150 participants from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Korea, the UK, Belgium, Spain, Italy, the US, Canada, and New Zealand. Continue reading

MCAA 2017 registration

From: Michel Hockx <>
Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs 2017 — REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

66th Annual Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs
September 15 – 17, 2017
University of Notre Dame

The Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies is pleased to host he 66th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. The MCAA seeks to promote Asian studies both at the university and the secondary and primary levels, and particularly to encourage scholarly interchange between Asianists located in the Midwest, though scholars from all regions are invited to participate. If you haven’t already registered, please follow the link below to do so.

Standard pre-registration (open until August 14, 2017):
$100 for Professionals, Faculty, and Independent Scholars
$70 for Students and K-12 teachers

Registration fees include:

MCAA membership dues ($20)
Keynote reception and banquet dinner
All events and panels on all days

Keynote lectures will be given by:

Prof. Katherine Bowie (Southeast Asian Studies & Anthropology, University of Wisconsin)
Prof. Rochona Majumdar (South Asian Studies & Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago)
Prof. Guobin Yang (East Asian Studies & Sociology and Communication, University of Pennsylvania)


For more information on MCAA, please visit:

Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art 5.1–cfp

Extended Abstract Deadline: July 31st, 2017
Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art 5.1:
Contemporary Chinese Artists in the Globalised Art World

The end of the Chinese Cultural Revolution opened an entirely new chapter for modern Chinese history, and indeed, for Chinese art too. In 1993, as a section of the 45th Venice Biennale, Passaggio a Oriente (Passage to the Orient) was one of the first representations of Chinese contemporary art on the global art stage presenting fourteen Chinese artists. Externally, Chinese art started to attract the world’s attention by artists’ frequent participations in long standing art events in cities like Venice, Kassel, Lyon, Istanbul, Sharjah and Sydney, as well as important museum exhibitions and art fairs. Internally, contemporary art exhibition became international from the beginning of this millennium, precisely, marked by the third Shanghai Biennial (2000). The Chinese government’s awareness and anxiety about the internationalisation of cultural and creative industries through urban transformations, the institution of biennials and triennials invented and organised in various cities in China, and the rise of newly founded private art museums and galleries have all played a part in promoting Chinese artists and the development of contemporary art in the international context. Continue reading

HK youth identity survey

Source: China Scope (6/25/17)
Survey Results Reveal Hong Kong Youths Do Not Want to Be Identified as “Chinese” Citizens

According to an article that Radio Free Asia published, Hong Kong University released the results of a recent survey reporting that the percentage of Hong Kong youths who acknowledged their identity as “Chinese” was only 3.1 percent, the lowest number in history. At the same time, the percentage of those who identify themselves as “Hong Kongese” was 65 percent, 3 percent higher than in the previous survey. The article quoted an interview with a few residents in Hong Kong. They felt that the political milieu and the livelihood in Hong Kong have worsened since its return to the mainland 20 years ago and that Beijing has never kept its promises. One professor from Hong Kong University said that Beijing constantly interferes with Hong Kong policy. Meanwhile Hong Kong youths are not happy with the uncivilized behavior that the tourists from the mainland display while they shop in Hong Kong or tour in foreign countries. The Hong Kong government didn’t bother to understand the dissatisfaction from the Hong Kong youths whose wish to have Hong Kong be independent continues to rise but is being suppressed.

Hong Kong University has conducted the survey once every two years since 1997. The “Chinese Citizen Identity” result was growing in the first 10 years from 1997 to 2006 but dropped sharply starting in 2008 and fell below 10 percent in 2012, two years before the “Occupy Central” movement took place.

Source: Radio Free Asia, June 21, 2017

ACCL 2017

Dear friends and colleagues,

I would like to thank all of you who attended the biannual ACCL conference last week, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). We had over 190 participants present papers, and considerably more attended parts of all of the conference. I am truly grateful for all of the hard work everyone put in to make this conference a success, and am particularly grateful to the colleagues, staff, and students at CUHK!

My final task as ACCL president is to coordinate the election of the next president. Each president serves a two-year term, and his or her primary responsibility is to organize the next biannual conference. (There is considerable flexibility with respect to the parameters of the conference—this year’s event was unusually large, but a smaller, more intimate gathering is also a possibility). If you think you might be interested in being considered for this position, please let me know!

carlos rojas <>
duke university

Reportage and Its Contemporary Variations–special MCLC issue cfp

Reportage and Its Contemporary Variations: A Special Issue of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture
Guest edited by Charles Laughlin and Li Guo

This special issue welcomes essays on reportage narratives in contemporary China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as explorations of nonfiction, documentary, and the art of the real in film, media, theater or visual arts. From late imperial Chinese exploration narratives about Southwest borderlands to modern author Ai Wu’s travel accounts of Yunnan and Burma, from the Leftwing League’s promotion of reportage as a pathway to proletarian realism in the 1930s to the use of cinéma vérité and direct cinema in contemporary documentary filmmaking, Chinese reportage has found expressions in a nexus of genres, reflecting evolving and polyphonic aesthetic modes and cultural discourses. Xiaomei Chen (1985) observes that the assimilation of Chinese reportage as a genre into the canonical literary system attests to the demands of political and literary history and also highlights the reportage reader’s ethical obligations or what Chen called “lectorial competence.” Yingjin Zhang (1993) argues that reportage illustrates “the ideological workings of narrative” and “consciously interpellates individuals (writers, characters and readers) as subjects in their own rights.” Charles Laughlin (2002) proposes that the “association of the crowd and its collective subjectivity with a theatrical narrative space is the basis of the ‘chronotope’ underlying the modern Chinese reportage narratives.” Yin-Hwa Chou (1985), Zuyan Chen (1993), Thomas Moran (1994), Rudolf Wagner (1992), Shenshen Cai (2016) and others contributed rich studies on the hybrid modes and canons of modern and contemporary Chinese reportage, ranging from early twentieth century travel memoirs to chronicles in the new millennium. Continue reading

Making Sense of Chinese Senses–cfp

CFP: Making Sense of Chinese Senses: Representations of Perceptions in Classical, Modern and Contemporary Chinese Culture

I would like to organize a panel for the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies. Are you or any of your students or colleagues interested in joining me?

The representation of the Chinese body has been the subject of many recent and less recent studies. Scholars such as Angela Zito, Tani Barlow, Judith Faquhar, Eva Kit Wah Man, Ari Larissa Heinrich have focused on several distinct aspects: aesthetics, ethics, politics, sexuality, genre, biopolitics. An alternative way to come to terms with the body is to question the ways in which the body is simultaneously inextricably intertwined with the inner and the outer world of the self. For instance, modern and contemporary philosophers (Merleau-Ponty, Jean Luc Nancy, Jacques Derrida, and John Searle, among others) have analyzed different bodily perceptions to ponder on the relationship between self and the world. In traditional Chinese culture, instead, qing 情 was considered to be the fundamental link between the inner (内) and the outer (外) sphere. […].  As Maram Epstein has observed in Competing Discourses, [q]ing is extremely difficult to translate because of the way it was historicized […]. [It may be divided into] four main discursive groupings: Continue reading

NZASIA 2017 cfp

NZASIA International Conference – Extension of Deadline. The deadline is now extended to June 30, 2017.

The 22nd Biennial New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASIA) International Conference will be hosted by the University of Otago from 27 to 29 November, 2017. In line with NZASIA’s key objectives, the biennial conference is multidisciplinary and aims at bringing together scholars working in the broader, open, and contested site of Asian studies.

Participants are invited to submit panel or paper proposals to by June 30, 2017. Continue reading

The Platormization of Chinese Society–cfp

Special Issue of Chinese Journal of Communication (CJC) CALL FOR PAPERS
Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: July 1, 2017 Full Paper Submission deadline: February 28, 2018.

Please click here to download the call for papers.

Guest Editors:

Jeroen de Kloet (Ph.D. Professor of Globalisation Studies, University of Amsterdam)
Thomas Poell (Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam)
Zeng Guohua (Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Institute of Journalism and Communication, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

The general aims and focus of the Special Issue

Social media like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as platforms for collaborative consumption such as Airbnb and Uber, are emerging as new power players that challenge older institutions and disrupt economic sectors like news, hospitality, and transport. While online platforms are celebrated as vehicles of the ‘participatory society’ and the ‘sharing economy’, these platforms often prove less progressive than they appear at first sight. Rather than simply stimulating citizen participation and entrepreneurialism, they enable the ‘datafication’ and ‘commodification’ of all social relations: collecting, algorithmically processing, circulating and selling user data (Couldry 2015; van Dijck & Poell 2013; Fuchs 2013; Turow 2012). Furthermore, platform corporations skillfully circumvent national labor laws and trade unions, intensifying labor precarization, and undermining existing businesses and institutions, such as newspapers, hotels, and taxi companies, which operate within established regulatory frameworks (Scholz, 2016). Continue reading