Berkeley-Stanford grad conference 2019

10th Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference On Modern Chinese Humanities
April 12-13, 2019
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University

Friday, April 12


10:15 AM- 12:00 PM | Air, Affect, Atmosphere


Hazel Shu Chen, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Transmitting Flames in the Air: Li Wo and His “Sky Novel” in the early 1950s Hong Kong

Lu Liu, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bacterial Imaginations: Seeing through the Microscope in the 1952 Anti-Germ Warfare Campaign

Linda Zhang, University of California, Berkeley
Technological Splendor: The Instability and Materiality of Color in Socialist Chinese Film

Tinghao Zhou, Columbia University
Neonized Hong Kong: Light Pollution and Atmospheric Media


       Frederick Green, San Francisco State University
       Maciej Kurzynski, Stanford University

12:15-1:45 PM | LUNCH

1:45 – 3:30 PM | Mechanical Images and the Making of Chinese Social Bodies


Menglan Chen, Harvard University
Reconfiguring the National Frontier: Disenchantment and Re-enchantment in Zhaung Xueben’s Photography, 1934 – 1948

Belinda He, University of Washington
The Crucible of Images: Pidou (hui) as a Tale of Multiple ‘Show Trials in China   

Linda Huang, The Ohio State University
Rethinking ‘Human: Post-Mao Technocracy and the Disappearance of Laboring Body in Zhang Peilis Paintings

Yiwen Liu, The Ohio State University
Witnessing Death: The Trans-media Circulation of Lu Xun’s Post-mortem Image


Andrew Jones, University of California, Berkeley

       Wan-ting Wang, University of California, Berkeley

3:30-3:45 | BREAK

3:45-5:15 PM   | KEYNOTE

Andrea Bachner, Professor, Comparative Literature, Cornell University
Literature, China, and the World


Conference dinner for all presenters and discussants

Saturday, April 13

9:00-10:30 AM | KEYNOTE

Zha Jianying, Journalist and Writer
Legacies and Futures of Social Activism, in China and Beyond

10:30-10:45 AM | BREAK

10:45 – 12:15 PM | Politics of Literature


Yaowen Dong, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Closing the Revolution: The Criticize Water Margin Campaign and the Surrender of Mao’s China

Jue Hou, University of Chicago
Dictionarism: Ah Cheng’s “King of Children” and the Ideology of Literacy

Hsin-Hui Lin, National Chengchi University
Island as Prosthesis: The Ecological Futurity of Taiwan in Wu Ming-Yi’s Fiction


     Haiyan Lee, Stanford University
     Yvonne Lin, University of California, Berkeley

12:15-1:30 PM | Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 PM | Rendering Polities


Yasser Nasser, University of Chicago
The Pedagogy of Pan-Asian Sisterhood: Xin Zhongguo Fun, Roshni, and Defending the Peace of Asia

Odila Schröder, University of Nottingham
Performing the ‘Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere in China: New Music and Concert Life in Occupied Beijing (1942-1945)

Xiaoshun Zeng, University of Washington
From Racial Hygiene to Ethnic Health: Translating minzu weisheng in Twentieth-Century China


        Ban Wang, Stanford University

David Hazard, Stanford University

3:00-3:15 PM | BREAK


Keisha Brown, Assistant Professor, History, Tennessee State University

Breaking the Binary: De-centering Whiteness, Addressing anti-Blackness

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