Journal of Digital Humanities–announcement and cfp

Journal of Digital Humanities: Journal Announcement and Call for Proposals

The Journal of Digital Humanities (数字人文, quarterly) is jointly sponsored by Tsinghua University (Beijing) and Zhonghua Book Company (中华书局). Its aim is to provide a publication platform for cultivating digital humanities-related research practices and theory, both in China and internationally.

The journal accepts manuscripts in Chinese or English. Types of manuscript accepted for review include humanities or social science research articles, as well as relevant pieces on digital humanities inside and outside of China such as book announcements and reviews, conference and new project notifications, introductions to important resources such as databases and methods, discussions of digital humanities pedagogy, etc. All scholars are warmly invited to submit manuscripts in accordance with the following guidelines: Continue reading

Carleton visiting position

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese at Carleton College

The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures at Carleton College invites applications for a full-time visiting assistant professor in Chinese, to begin September 1, 2020. This is a one year appointment, with the possibility of renewal. We seek candidates who can teach Chinese courses at all levels, and are passionate about teaching in a liberal arts setting. Native or near-native fluency in both Chinese and English is required.

The candidate will have Ph.D. completed or substantially completed in Chinese Language and/or related field (Literature, Cultural Studies, Visual Culture, Linguistics etc.) and will have experience in teaching Chinese language to American students at the college level. Specialty is open, but the successful candidate will also bring expertise in a second field that will expand interdisciplinary offerings at the college and attract students from outside Chinese Studies (e.g. premodern studies, translation studies, linguistics). Teaching load is six courses per year (the Carleton academic calendar consists of three 10-week terms.)

Applicants should have a strong commitment to teaching Chinese language to undergraduates. The position will involve teaching in the Chinese language sequence as well as courses in the academic specialty. Continue reading

Parents of HK protesters come to the front lines

Source: NYT (11/19/19)
Parents of Besieged Hong Kong Protesters Come to the Front Lines
The parents of young people under siege at a university emerged as a call for compromise.
By Tiffany May and 

Teachers and relatives waited for student protesters to surrender at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Tuesday. Credit…Thomas Peter/Reuters

HONG KONG — One mother fell to her knees before riot police officers and begged for her daughter’s release. Another promised she would boil soup for a trapped son before he made a desperate escape across police lines. From a distance, a father got his first glimpse of his son in days — as the son was led away in handcuffs.

As the police siege of Hong Kong Polytechnic University trapped more than 1,000 pro-democracy protesters this week, another group entangled in the city’s crisis has turned conspicuously outspoken: their parents.

The voices of mothers and fathers, racked by fear and anger, emerged as a call for compromise in the standoff on the campus, where on Tuesday several dozen holdouts remained. Continue reading

Frontiers in Prevention panel on Xinjiang–cfp

Dear all, China scholars and more,

I’m looking for participants and co-organizers for a panel to be proposed on the origins of China’s Xinjiang genocide and on the world’s failure to prevent it, for the “Frontiers in Prevention” 3rd conference, organized by the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP), Binghamton University, April 17-18, 2020.

The deadline is Dec. 15, 2019. For more info see: <>. In addition to scholars, a theme of I-GMAP is to include not only academics but practioner and activist perspectives, and collaborative perspectives.

My own thinking is that we should focus on the failures to notice the signs of buildup for the genocide before it was launched in 2017, and to discuss the specifics of China that may have made it more difficult to alert the world and mobilise preventive action to block the genocide. I will draft a panel abstract for your input. Feel free to write me off list with any suggestions.


Magnus Fiskesjö <>

Art in Smog

Source: China Channel, LARB (11/18/19)
Four Young Chinese Artists, 25 Years On
By Richard Kraus

Richard Kraus looks at two documentaries on Chinese art by Lydia Chen

Xia Xiaowan, The Wanderer (1997, cropped detail).

In her spellbinding 1993 documentary Inner Visions, Lydia Chen interviewed three struggling, idealistic young Chinese artists. Twenty-five years later, the same profilees are back in Chen’s latest film, Art in Smog, to discuss their careers again – this time as mature artists who worked hard to find their places in China’s now prosperous arts scene. Chen’s long-term relationship with them is unique, and makes for two very special documentaries which anyone who cares about the evolution of Chinese art over the past quarter century should watch. Continue reading

More than 70% of divorces in China are initiated by women

Source: Sup China (11/13/19)
More Than 70 Percent Of Divorces In China Are Initiated By Women

Disrupting long-held assumptions that Chinese women tend to endure unhappy marriages due to societal expectations and economic pressures, a recent speech given by Zhōu Qiáng 周强, president of the Supreme People’s Court, revealed that over 70 percent of divorces in China are initiated by women.

Zhou, China’s highest-ranking judge, made the striking revelation on November 6, in a speech (in Chinese) at Beijing’s Tsinghua University. Commenting on the topic of China’s overall divorce rate, which has been rising continuously since 2002, Zhou said that roughly 74 percent of the divorces handled by Chinese courts were filed by women. He also pointed out that contrary to the popular belief that most couples start to unravel at the seven-year mark, Chinese marriages are inclined to fall apart as soon as three years after the wedding. Continue reading

Why Chinese rappers don’t fight the power

Posted by Magnus Fiskesjö <>
Source: BBC (11/6/19)
Why Chinese rappers don’t fight the power
Many of China’s best-known rappers have decided to voice their politics, but in contrast to rap’s anti-establishment roots, these artists are asserting a distinctly nationalist tone.
By Yi-Ling Liu. BBC Music

The Higher Brothers are one of a new breed of Chinese hip-hop acts eyeing international success (Credit; Getty Images)

In 2015, Chinese hip-hop group Higher Brothers learned something the hard way: be very careful when your songs turn political.

The source of controversy was an anti-Uber song. “I don’t write political hip-hop,” spat out by the group’s rapper Melo. “But if any politicians try to shut me up, I’ll cut off their heads and lay them at their corpses’ feet. This time it’s Uber that’s investigated. Next time it will be you.” It led to the song being blocked by Chinese censors, and Melo called in for questioning by the local Public Security Bureau.

Since then, Higher Brothers have garnered widespread success both at home and abroad, partly thanks to landing their first American tour to promote their album Journey To The West. Alongside many of China’s rising crop of hip-hop artists, they’ve stormed onto both the local and global stage – and largely steered clear of politics. Continue reading

China thinks it can defeat HK protesters; it can’t

Source: Washington Post (11/15/19)
China thinks it can defeat Hong Kong’s protesters. It can’t.
The mighty behemoth will have to make concessions to end the conflict.
By Keith B. Richburg 

A rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong on Thursday. (Justin Chin/Bloomberg)

A rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong on Thursday. (Justin Chin/Bloomberg)

Protracted conflicts typically end in one of two ways: Either the party with overwhelming force subjugates the other and declares a complete victory, or the two sides get tired of fighting and make a deal.

In Hong Kong — now in its sixth month of an increasingly violent, seemingly intractable conflict — China’s communist rulers and their handpicked chief executive, Carrie Lam, seem intent on achieving a total victory over a leaderless, loosely organized, youth-driven protest movement that has paralyzed the city and plunged the economy into recession. The protesters “will never win,” Lam has vowed, and it’s “wishful thinking” to believe that the government will ever yield. And there’s no doubt China has the overwhelming power in this dispute, as well as the will to dominate.

But Beijing is not going to get its way. Continue reading

Chinese Poetic Modernisms review

MCLC Resource Center is pleased to announce publication of Joanna Krenz’s review of Chinese Poetic Modernisms (Brill, 2019, edited by Paul Manfredi and Christopher Lupke. The review appears below and at its online home: My thanks to Nicholas Kaldis, MCLC literary studies book review editor, for ushering the review to publication.

Kirk Denton, editor

Chinese Poetic Modernisms

Edited by Paul Manfredi and Christopher Lupke

Reviewed by Joanna Krenz

MCLC Resource Center Publication (Copyright November, 2019)

Chinese Poetic Modernisms. Edited by Paul Manfredi and Christopher Lupke. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2019. xl + 403 pgs. ISBN: 9789004402881.

Among academic publications, the title Chinese Poetic Modernisms does not stand out as particularly controversial or experimental; at first glance, it may even strike one as being somewhat mundane. Yet, one need only read a few paragraphs of the Introduction, by editors Paul Manfredi and Christopher Lupke, to see that the formula of “Chinese poetic modernisms” is anything but conventional. Each of its three main conceptual components—Chineseness, poeticness, and modernism(s)—alone can provoke endless discussion and debate, not to mention the plethora of contested terms associated with these concepts and their multiple configurations and contextualizations. The fourteen scholars whose contributions are included in the book confront the idea of Chinese poetic modernisms from various, sometimes radically different angles, which add up to a dynamic, multidimensional picture of modernist practice in Chinese poetry. Continue reading

The Xinjiang Papers

Source: NYT (11/16/19)
THE XINJIANG PAPERS: ‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims
More than 400 pages of internal Chinese documents provide an unprecedented inside look at the crackdown on ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.

HONG KONG — The students booked their tickets home at the end of the semester, hoping for a relaxing break after exams and a summer of happy reunions with family in China’s far west.

Instead, they would soon be told that their parents were gone, relatives had vanished and neighbors were missing — all of them locked up in an expanding network of detention camps built to hold Muslim ethnic minorities.
The authorities in the Xinjiang region worried the situation was a powder keg. And so they prepared.

The leadership distributed a classified directive advising local officials to corner returning students as soon as they arrived and keep them quiet. It included a chillingly bureaucratic guide for how to handle their anguished questions, beginning with the most obvious: Where is my family?

They’re in a training school set up by the government,” the prescribed answer began. If pressed, officials were to tell students that their relatives were not criminals — yet could not leave these “schools.” Continue reading

Panopticism with Chinese Characteristics event cancelled

Alert: Columbia University in NYC just bowed to Chinese pressure/intimidation, canceling an event, Thursday, Nov. 14 2019. I personally think it’s very likely that the effort to shut down the event was organized from the Chinese consulate in NYC, using proxies from clubs like the CSSA. I think everyone is now asking, will they reschedule it? When? Will Columbia University be able to defend the freedom of expression, and the right to hold this event? Below, the organizer’s statement issued last night. Magnus Fiskesjö,

Source: Students for a Free Tibet

Free Speech in American Universities Under Attack From Beijing
November 15, 2019
Panopticism with Chinese Characteristics

The event that was cancelled: “Panopticism with Chinese Characteristics: the human rights violations by the Chinese Communist Party and how they affect the world.” Continue reading

St. Andrews position

Professor of Chinese Studies – AC2219MR
University of St Andrews – School of Modern Languages
Salary: By negotiation, Start: 1 July 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter


The School of Modern Languages is seeking to appoint a founding Professor of Chinese Studies in the context of the University’s decision to create a new Department of Chinese Studies at the University of St Andrews. Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant area of Chinese Cultural Studies and should possess native or near-native language skills in Chinese (Mandarin) and English. In addition, applicants should possess an internationally recognised record of research excellence, have a successful track record in attracting both external funding and postgraduate students, and demonstrate expertise in curriculum development and teaching. We welcome applications not only from current chair holders, but also from candidates who are advanced Readers/Senior Lecturers/Associate Professors.

Applications are invited from candidates with a specialist research interest in any area of Chinese Cultural Studies (including, but not limited to, Literary Studies, Film and Media Studies, Philosophy and Religion, and Cultural History). The ability to establish links across other disciplines within the University will be an advantage. We are seeking to recruit an individual with the strategic leadership and intellectual drive to generate an innovative curriculum that will appeal to future generations of students. An ability to oversee and manage the delivery of a successful language programme in Mandarin will be essential. Continue reading

Chinese translation in Spain

Dear colleagues,

TXICC research group (Translation from Chinese into Spanish/Catalan) is glad to announce the publication of two open-access databases which are the result of years of research by some of its researchers.

On the one hand, “El cine chino traducido en España” (Chinese cinema translated in Spain) contains all the films originally produced in Chinese-speaking areas that have arrived in Spain through different channels, such as cinemas, festivals or online platforms. This database seeks to offer a real image of the type of Chinese cinema that arrives in Spain, as well as to provide data to analyse cinema from the perspective of audiovisual translation.

On the other hand, “La literatura china traducida en España” (Chinese literature translated in Spain) is a twin database compiling all the Chinese literature published in Spain and translated into any of its official languages. Its main aim is to provide empirical data to analyse different aspects of Chinese literature through a literary translation lens, e.g. translators’ (in)visibility or the impact of certain literary works through their different editions and translations. Continue reading

Globalized Memorial Museums, China PhD position

Two PhD student positions (f*m) for research, one on China, one on Rwanda
(full-time, 40h per week)

The Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History (IKT) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Austria’s leading non‐university research facility, is now offering two PhD student positions (f*m) for research on China/Rwanda (full-time, 40h per week) in the project “Globalized Memorial Museums – Exhibiting Atrocities in the Era of Claims for Moral Universals” (GMM) for a duration of 42 months (3,5 years) each, starting from 1 September, 2020 (earlier if agreed upon).

The five‐year GMM project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 816784) and is headed by Ljiljana Radonić (ÖAW). It examines 50 memorial museums dealing with the WWII period in the US, Israel, Europe, China, and Japan; and genocides in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. This first global typology of memorial museums challenges the concept of ‘universal memory’ and the notion that memorial museums constitute a globalized space of communication and negotiation.


  • A Master’s degree, or the equivalent, in culture studies, history, political science, Chinese or African studies or similar fields
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research, memorialization and musealization processes
  • Previous research on memory culture and politics in China for the first position, Rwanda for the second
  • Fluent knowledge of English and standard Chinese for the first position, English and Kinyarwanda (and/or French) for the second position

The annual gross salary will be EUR 40.364,80 for the full‐time PhD student positions at the ÖAW, according to the salary scheme of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The PhD students will be based in Vienna. While the PhD will involve conducting research for the project on memorial museums in China for the first position, Rwanda for the second position, the candidate will be given independence to develop their own research question(s) and work towards an original project. If feasible, the PhD students will enroll at the University of Vienna supervised by Ljiljana Radonić at the Department of Political Science and co‐mentored by advisory board members – Kirk Denton from Ohio State University, in the case of China, and Rachel Ibreck from Goldsmiths, University of London, in the case of Rwanda. Other arrangements are also possible. For example, the student could work for the GMM project after finishing courses and comprehensive exams and remaining enrolled in a PhD program in the US as long as the dissertation topic overlaps with GMM. The field trips to China/Rwanda, conference travel, and research materials will be paid by the GMM project. Continue reading

Land/scaping Taiwan–cfp

CFP: Land/scaping Taiwan: (Non-)Humans, Environment, and Moments of Encounter
Proposals due: December 21, 2019
University of Washington, Seattle
April 17-18, 2020

Sponsored by the UW Taiwan Studies Program, UW Department of Landscape Architecture/College of Built Environments, and Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation

We are seeking proposals for a small, intensive workshop on the theme of “Land/scaping Taiwan: (Non-)Humans, Environment, and Moments of Encounter,” to be held at the University of Washington, Seattle on April 17-18, 2020.

Landscapes often exist as material records, surrounding environments, or representations. We propose to move beyond these frameworks to see landscapes as embodied modes of habitation and of human and non-human encounters with the land in which ongoing processes of acting in and with the world take place. By focusing on processes of encounter, occupation, and mediation, we also seek to redefine “land” more broadly, for example on human interactions with natural, social, and imagined worlds, or alternate -scapes such as waterscapes, bodyscapes, technoscapes, mediascapes, cyberscapes, etc. Continue reading