Taiwan Studies Workshop–cfp

sponsored by Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
Harvard University
DATE: October 12-13, 2018
PLACE:  University of California, Davis
ELIGIBILITY: Assistant professors, PhD students, and independent scholars in North America and Europe
THEME: “Ecologizing Taiwan: Nature, Society, Culture”

Inspired by Felix Guattari’s Three Ecologies, this workshop extends the definition of ecology to encompass social relations and human subjectivity, as well as environmental concerns. With Taiwan as the focus either in itself or within a comparative framework, papers are invited to examine the human, non-human, and post-human Sinosphere as well as the earth. Other topics that study Taiwan from humanistic or social scientific perspectives are welcome too. 

FUNDING: Funding for economy-class airfares and hotel accommodations for two nights will be provided for speakers.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 1, 2018. Please send the title of the paper and an abstract of 100-120 words to: David Der-wei Wang at dwang@fas.harvard.edu and Michelle Yeh at mmyeh@ucdavis.edu.

INVITATIONS will be sent out by May 31, 2018.

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. Continue reading

Berkeley-Stanford grad conference

Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities
Friday, April 13 – 1:00pm– Saturday, April 14 – 5:00pm, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

1:10 pm – 2:40 pm Panel 1 Sounding Subjectivity: Techniques of Mediation in Eras of Change 

Chuan XU (Columbia University), The Hooligan’s Soundscapes: Politics of Cassette Tapes in Early 1980s China
Ling KANG (Washington University in St. Louis), The Rhythm of Revolution: The Poetic “Voice” in the 1930s Chinese Leftist Lyricism
Zihao LIN (Free University of Berlin), Writing Down Our Happiness and Dream. State, Narrative, and Chinese Deaf Identity in the Making   Continue reading

Sinophone meets Francophonie

Dear colleagues,

the Institute of Asian and African Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin will host an international conference entitled “Sinophone meets Francophonie: Concepts and controversies”. The conference will take place from April 12-14, 2018. A description of the key objectives and the conference program can be found here.

Guests are welcome! There is no formal registration, but prior notification by e-mail would be appreciated (to henning.kloeter@hu-berlin.de).

Henning Klöter <henning.kloeter@hu-berlin.de>

Literary Fantasy and Its Discontents–cfp

Dear Colleagues,

The English department at Taipei Tech (National Taipei University of Technology) will be hosting the interdisciplinary conference, Literary Fantasy and its Discontents on November 23–24, 2018, with companion cultural events on November 22. (We can also organize a turkey dinner for Americans if there is interest.) As part of this conference, we plan to organize several panels that address how literary fantasies have been celebrated, used, criticized, or abused in Asia. We are also interested in explorations of the reception history of Western fantasies in the East and Eastern fantasies in the West. Keynote speakers are Marysa Demoor (Marketing the Author) and Ackbar Abbas (Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance).

We hope to have a broad cross-section of papers (in English) that consider fantasy in its many forms: both as a (frequently politicized) literary genre or mode and in the word fantasy’s broader meanings of delusion, unconscious wish, or falsehood. How do fantasies assist in the formation of national identities? How do they impact the narratives––be they harmful or beneficial––that nations and people groups tell themselves about their origins, their capabilities, and their future? How do reader responses to the fantastic in literature differ from responses to texts that are predominantly mimetic, and how do these differences condition reception history? How has the fantastic been used in reform movements and the rhetoric of reaction? What are the ethics of literary fantasies (or the fantastic mode), and how have they been applied? Continue reading

Mapping East Asian Feminisms, MLA 2019–cfp

MLA 2019 CFP: Mapping East Asian Feminisms
LLC East Asian Forum Session Call for Papers
MLA 2019 Convention in Chicago, January 3-6, 2019

Modern and contemporary East Asian women writers, poets and filmmakers contribute in unique and significant ways to cultural change, while both embodying and transcending feminist concerns. Many women intellectuals, writers and visual artists across East Asia throughout the modern period until the present articulate new forms of consciousness and address pivotal concerns of their time in provocative, oftentimes experimental ways. This guaranteed session, organized by the MLA LLC East Asian Forum, will explore modes of narrative invention, aesthetic innovation and cultural critique in modern and contemporary East Asian women’s literature and film. Areas of inquiry include but are not limited to: 1. modes of articulating and expressing subjectivity in fiction, poetry, drama and film; 2. unconventional subject matter and voices in feminine/feminist texts such as, for instance, homosexual and transsexual themes; 3. creative de/constructions of the relationship between gender, language and the body; 4. ecocritical consciousness and creative engagement of environmental degradation; 5. re-conceptualizations of the intersection between urban space and human subjectivity; 6. the creative utilization and re-imagination of classical culture as well as the corpus of modern literature and film; 7. male authors’ critical engagement with and portrayal of women’s themes. Continue reading

AACS 2018 Conference–cfp

Call for Papers
60th Annual Conference of the American Association for Chinese Studies
Hosted by the University of Maryland School of Law
October 5-7, 2018

The American Association for Chinese Studies (AACS) annual conference program committee invites proposals for panels and papers concerning China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese diaspora for the 60th Annual Conference, hosted by the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 5-7, 2018. The theme of the conference is “Social, Economic, and Political Change in China and Taiwan.” The AACS seeks to construct a balanced program, including panels representing the humanities, social sciences, communication studies, education, business, and other related disciplines. To mark the 60th anniversary of the AACS, the program committee welcomes, in particular, studies comparing developments in China and Taiwan over the past six decades. Professor Victor H. Mair of the University of Pennsylvania will give a keynote speech on “Yìduān 異端 in the Analects (2.16) and Beyond: Did Ancient China Have a Concept of ‘Heresy’?” at the annual meeting. Continue reading

Self and Society in Chinese Poetry–cfp

CFP, “The Self and Society in Chinese Poetry” Panel, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) Annual Conference
Date: October 4-6, 2018
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming

From Qu Yuan to Bei Dao, Sinophone poets have struggled for millennia to find a balance between the personal and the political, in the spirit of wen yi zai dao. The current generation of poets is proving to be no exception, with a recent spat between Guo Lusheng (aka Shizhi) and Yu Xiuhua grabbing headlines across the Chinternet. The poet Xu Xiao sees a ‘clash between generations’ as poets shift from responsibility to the nation, to a responsibility to their own life and experiences. But could this be a case of old wine in new bottles? Relevant topics might include (but are not limited to) depictions of service and seclusion in the Tang and Song, Mao-era slogans and doggerel, the relationship between the center and margins, underground samizdat poets, the prison poetry of Angel Island, and paeans to the Lower Body.

Please submit your paper abstract of approximately 300 words and a short bio to Nick Stember via the following form by 5:00 PM March 17, 2018:


Notice of acceptance or rejection will be given by March 31, 2018.

Association of Asian Performance 2018–cfp

The Association for Asian Performance (AAP), a focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), invites submissions to its 18th Annual Conference!

Association for Asian Performance 18th Annual Conference
July 31-August 1, 2018 | Boston, MA

The AAP conference is a two-day event, to be held at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA preceding the 2018 ATHE Annual Conference. Proposals are invited for papers, panels, workshops, roundtable discussions, and other formats. Learn more about the AAP at http://www.yavanika.org/aaponline/.

The deadline for proposals is March 31, 2018. (Proposals from foreign applicants may receive early consideration as needed for visa arrangements.) Proposals for the following formats are welcome: Continue reading

Arif Dirlik’s Life and Work–cfp (3)

Thank you so much for the suggestions and concerns expressed by Chris Connery and Rebecca Karl about the special Arif Dirlik issue of China Book Review.

I think Arif Dirlik is respected by academics and officials in China now. I have discussed this special issue with my colleagues. As you said, we hope more scholars will attend the tribute to Prof. Dirlik, but if this special issue is censored or encounters any other issue (or due to timeliness) and can’t be published (of course I can’t guarantee it), I will try my best to arrange for it to be published in the Journal of East Asian Humanities (東亞人文), which is issued in Taiwan. I am the editor-in-chief of this Chinese journal. Prof. Dirlik was one of the advisors of this journal before his death.

Thank you very much.


Sunny Han 韓晗 <hanhan41@vip.188.com>


The 30th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-30) will be held at The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, Ohio. OSU is the birthplace of NACCL and the home of the largest East Asian Linguistics Program in the continental U.S., with M.A. and Ph.D. in both Chinese Linguistics and Japanese Linguistics. See details below.

NACCL-30 Conference  
Dates:  March 9-11, 2018
Venue: The Blackwell Inn and Pfahl Conference Center
2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Program:  Pre-final Program
Website:  http://u.osu.edu/naccl30/
Email:   naccl30.osu@gmail.com Continue reading

Arif Dirlik’s Life and Work–cfp (1,2)

We should be very clear that, if this journal is subject to State censorship — and PRC-published journals are — Dirlik’s history of severely criticizing the PRC for its violence against the environment, peasants, the working class and so on does not get erased. My in Memoriam piece for Arif was censored for a 广州publication and had to be published from Hong Kong, in 二十一世纪 instead. And that was only the mildest indication of Arif’s long time criticism of the PRC. So, beware.

Rebecca Karl  <karl.rebecca22@gmail.com>


This is concerning the special issue of China Book Review on the life and work of Arif Dirlik.  As most scholars know, over the last fifteen years or so, Arif was increasingly critical of the PRC—both its domestic and its international policies.  His was a major voice in opposition to Confucian Institutes.   For many years, towards the end of his life,  he refused invitations to speak in China.  His last book, Complicities: The People’s Republic of China in Global Capitalism, was a searing indictment of China’s position in the global capitalist order, and the threat it posed to the environment, to world peace,  and to other countries.  Given that China Book Review is subject to censorship by PRC government authorities, it would be important for the editors to clarify at the outset whether or not it would be possible to include in the special issue substantial and open discussion of this important phase of Arif’s career.  He would be horrified, I am sure, if it were not.

Chris Connery <cconnery@ucsc.edu>

Arif Dirlik’s Life and Work–cfp

“Memorial: Arif Dirlik’s Life and Work”
CFP: China Book Review

China Book Review (ISSN1002-235X), one of the most famous journals of book review, will publish a special issue of “Memorial: Arif Dirlik’s Life and Work.” Everybody is welcome to contribute, including academic papers and reminiscence essays related to Professor Arif Dirlik, either in Chinese or English is fine, but the final versions will be published in Chinese (English papers will be translated into Chinese by professional translators), all contributions will be submitted to the editorial board for review.

Please contact Sunny Han at <hanhan41@188.com> if you are interested in sharing your opinion, please send a short bio as well as a 6000-word or 5000-Chinese character paper to Sunny Han by April 26, 2018.

Sunny Han HAN PhD
Associate Professor of Art History at Shenzhen University
Member Fellow, China Writers Association
Managing Editor, Journal of East Asian Humanities

Script reform and modernity–cfp

Script Reform and Modernity in East Asia
Panel at Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago
January 3-6, 2019

What role do scripts play in the shaping of literary cultures? How have script reforms across Asia affected the development of modern literature and national languages? From the creation of Korean Hangul in the fifteenth century to the adoption of a modified Roman alphabet in Vietnam in the nineteenth century to the promulgation of simplified characters in China in the early twentieth century, nearly all Asian countries have undergone significant script reform within the past 500 years. How have nationalism, colonialism (or anti-colonialism), education, democracy, and aesthetics contributed to these transformations? What conservative movements have opposed these reforms, on what grounds, and with what degree of success? What common themes emerge as we consider cases from across Asia, and what phenomena stand out in particular cases? In the hope of sparking a broadly comparative conversation, the panel welcomes papers on script reforms from across Asia. Please send 250 word abstracts to Rivi Handler-Spitz by March 16, 2018. rhandlerspitz@macalester.edu.

Environmental Humanities, China and Japan–cfp

“Environmental Humanities, China and Japan”
CFP: Roundtable at the Modern Language Association convention
Chicago, IL, January 3-6, 2019

This roundtable considers recent developments in the intersection of modern Chinese and Japanese studies and the environmental humanities, broadly defined. The roundtable is organized by the Modern and Contemporary Chinese forum and cosponsored by the Japanese since 1900 forum.

Please send a 300-word abstract, a short bibliography, and a short bio to Christopher K. Tong (christopherktong@gmail.com) by March 9, 2018. While MLA membership is not required at this stage, presenters will be asked to join the MLA as part of the proposal process.