Shifting Paradigms in Asian Studies WCAAS 2021

Western Conference of Association of Asian Studies 2021
7–9 October 2021
Virtual Conference on Zoom
Hosted by Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

The tumultuous events of this past year have upended societies around the world, inspiring reevaluations of past traditions as well as social, political, and cultural practices moving forward. For this conference, we invite proposals across a range of disciplines that seek to reevaluate the contexts within which our understanding of the cultural, historical, economic, and political conditions of Asia’s past, present, and future are based. We encourage proposals that deal with traditions in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and other Asian regions; regional connections within Asia; and Asia’s interconnections with other world regions.

Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah will host this virtual conference, which will be held exclusively on Zoom. We invite proposals for three types of events: general sessions of approximately 90 minutes, which could include paper panels, roundtables, workshops, and poster sessions; workshop groups designed for graduate students; and a poster session for undergraduates. Individual paper submissions will not be considered for this conference. Continue reading

Journal of Chinese Film Studies–cfp



Journal of Chinese Film Studies (JCFS) is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal which focuses on the history, theory, criticism, practice and industries of Chinese films and provides a platform for cutting-edge academic research and debate. It is committed to advancing interdisciplinary approaches to the analysis of Chinese films and cinematic practices across multiple genres and platforms. The journal is open to all areas of scholarship in Chinese film studies.

The journal seeks original research articles that set forth innovative research and methodologies or engage with significant historiographical or interpretive issues of films from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese diaspora. The journal also welcomes reviews of books and films of significance to the focus of the journal, as well as interviews with filmmakers and film scholars. It will showcase research both from established scholars and emerging new voices of Chinese film studies. Authors who have had their articles accepted are encouraged to submit video abstracts. Continue reading

IJTS research article competition 2021

IJTS Research Article Competition, 2021

The International Journal of Taiwan Studies is pleased to announce the 2021 IJTS Research Article Competition. Since its launch in 2018, IJTS (ISSN: 2468-8800) has established itself as a principal outlet for the dissemination of cutting-edge research on Taiwan. IJTS is the first internationally collaborative, multidisciplinary, and peer-reviewed academic research journal in English dedicated to all aspects of Taiwan studies, including social sciences, arts and humanities, and topics which are interdisciplinary in nature. To continue the development of Taiwan studies and with the financial support of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS), we announce a call for papers for the 2021 IJTS Research Article Competition. There are three categories of articles for entry: Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences; Indigenous Studies.

Each research article can only be entered in one category. IJTS Executive Editorial Board members and IJTS Advisory Board members are not eligible to enter the Competition.


If and when shortlisted, authors should provide a proof of valid current membership for either EATS, North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) or Japan Association for Taiwan Studies (JATS). For co-authored papers, at least one of the authors must be a current member of one of the three associations. Continue reading

Sino-Japanese Connections in Independent Film Cultures

To mark the launch of the journal of the Chinese Independent Cinema Observer, CIFA will hold an online event on May 15 (Saturday), in which Mr. Nonaka Akihiro, Prof. Tsuchiya Maasaki, and a transgenerational line-up of filmmakers—Feng Yan, Ji Dan, Hu Jie, Wu Wenguang, and Fang Manman—will participate in a special online forum (in Japanese and Chinese)

Date & Time: 15 May, 16:30 (Japan Time)/15:30 (Beijing Time)/8:30 (UK Time)
Languages: Launch Event: English/Chinese/Japanese; Forum: Japanese/Chinese

Please register for the event via the CIFA website:

After registration, you will receive a Zoom link 1 week in advance of the event.

You can download the inaugural issue “Sino-Japanese Connections in Independent Film Cultures (1989 – 2020)“ here:

CIFA also would like to cordially invite you for a photo exhibition entitled “Feng Yan’s Encounters (Japan, Documentary, Those People and Those Events)” for the contribution with the same name by Feng Yan for the inaugural issue:

Diverse Destinations–cfp

Dear list members,

Please consider submitting your abstract for the following call for papers. Hope to see you at the seminar.

Liang Luo

Diverse Destinations: Travel and Cultural Diplomacy in the Mid-Twentieth Century, Virtual Seminar

This seminar invites scholars studying travel and cultural diplomacy in the mid-twentieth century to think how destinations, journeys and travel experiences are configured. In its more common definition, travel is understood as moving from one place to another; the idea of travelling presupposes the existence of fixed points and coordinates, as well as journeys that allow the materialization of the route itself. On the other hand, diplomacy has used travelling to also include the sphere of culture. This event reflects upon the ways in which travelling can be conceptualized from a perspective centered on the idea of destination and cultural diplomacy as a dynamic many times crossed or experienced through the act of travelling.

The keynote speech will be given by Dr. Liang Luo (University of Kentucky), titled “From Paris, Beijing, to Santiago: Joris Ivens and the Poetics and Politics of the Travel Essay Film” (in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish).

Please send your abstracts of 300 words and a brief bio of 100 words to and We will be accepting abstracts from different disciplines and perspectives, in both Spanish and English, thinking of a presentation of 15-20 minutes.

Key dates:

Deadline for abstracts: May 20, 2021
Acceptance: May 31, 2021
Seminar: Friday September 3, 2021

Organized by:

Maria Montt, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Fondecyt No. 11200151)
Camila Gatica, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Fondecyt No. 3190267)

From the May Fourth to Baodiao forum

From the May Fourth to Baodiao: Defend the Diaoyu Islands Movement 1971-2021
A forum conducted in Chinese

In 1971, overseas Chinese students across the United States launched the Baodiao movement in response to the territorial disputes over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands between Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, and the United States. The movement ignited massive demonstrations and debates on issues from sovereignty to territoriality, and form patriotism to global leftism, such that it was compared to the May Fourth Movement. Fifty years after the movement, veteran participants, scholars, and students will discuss its significance and impacts on contemporary cultural politics.


劉大任 Liu Ta-jen
張系國 Chang Hsi-kuo
邵玉銘 Shaw Yu-ming
黃子平 Huang Ziping
蕭阿勤 Hsiao Ah-Chin (Academia Sinica)
王智明 Wang Chih-ming (Academia Sinica)


陳芳代  Chen Fangdai (Harvard University)
鍾秩維  Chung Chih-wei (National Taiwan University)
李浴洋  Li Yuyang (Beijing Normal University)
涂航  Tu Hang  (Harvard University)

Time: 9-11pm, May 3, 2021 (Beijing/Taipei time: 9-11am, May 4, 2021)

Zoom Preregistration

Sci-fi China: Avatars, Aliens, Anthropos

Sci-fi China: Avatars, Aliens, Anthropos
April 22, 2021
8:00-10:00 p.m. EST


Please join us for a workshop on Chinese science fiction with writers Han Song, Egoyan Zheng, Regina Kanyu Wang, and Chen Qiufan. Five young scholars will present their latest research. The event is co-hosted by David Der-wei Wang and Mingwei Song.

The event is co-sponsored by Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, CCK Foundation, and the East Asian Studies Program at Wellesley College.


Dingru Huang (Harvard University)
Jannis Chen (Harvard University)
Dihao Zhou (Yale University)
Michael O’Krent (Harvard University)
Emily Xueni Jin (Yale University)

Pre-registration Link: Here

China and Global History — cfp

Call for Contributions
“China and Global History” International Online Workshop
1-3. September 2021

Main organizer: Sebestyén Hompot (Ph.D. Candidate of Sinology at the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna, Austria)

Co-organizers: Tanja Kotik (Ph.D. Candidate of Contemporary History, University of Graz, Austria), Sabine Hinrichs (Ph.D. Candidate of Sinology at the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna, Austria)

Since the late 20th century, the concept of “Global History” has gained increasing popularity in Western academia. Global History generally denotes a perspective of history which includes various levels of analysis beyond the nation-state-focused mainstream of modern-era historiography. In recent decades, translations of the term and discussions of its relevance have increasingly entered the academic discourse in China as well.

The aim of the present workshop is to support academic networking, exchange, and discussion among young researchers interested in China-related global history and historiography. Participants will be invited to present their research and act as commentators, as well as session chairs. Continue reading

Cui Zi’en workshop

May be an image of Zien Cui, sitting and indoorZoom Workshop on: “Queering What Is Left of Queer: The Work of Cui Zi’en.”
April 14, 8:00–9:30 PM EDT
Featuring: Lisa Rofel, UC Santa Cruz; Petrus Liu, Boston University; and Cui Zi’en, film director, producer, film scholar, screenwriter, novelist, and LGBT activist
Sponsored by the CCK Foundation Inter-University Center for Sinological Studies
Registration required:…/tJYofuuvpjooEtSmEMjFordSbpKC9uep…

Living the Socialist Modern

Dear Students, dear Colleagues, dear Friends!

2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. What did it mean to “live with the Specter”, to experience what one might call the making of the “Socialist Modern” that found a first point of culmination with the foundation of the CCP in 1921?

You are cordially invited to the digital lecture series Living the Socialist Modern: The Chinese Communist Party at 100—Global and Interdisciplinary Perspectives organized by the Center for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) in Heidelberg, in cooperation with the ERC-funded research project READCHINA: The Politics of Reading in the People’s Republic of China in Freiburg and the European Institute for Chinese Studies (EURICS) in Paris. Continue reading

Jiang Qing’s Last Revolution lecture series

Dear Colleagues: The Department of East Asian Studies of the University of Vienna is pleased to invite you to the virtual lecture series JIANG QING’S LAST REVOLUTION: EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE UNDERSTANDINGS OF CHINA’S PAST (April-June, 2021). Six outstanding international speakers will present their contribution to alternative ways of looking at China’s controversial past.

Presentation abstracts can be found on the Sinology homepage under “Events” (abstracts will be available one week before the corresponding talk).

Looking forward to welcoming you there!

Kind regards

Silvia Salino, BA, MA
Pre-doc assistant
Department of East Asian Studies
University of Vienna

Global Storytelling–cfp

Dear colleagues,

We are writing to announce a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal, Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Images, founded by Editor-in-Chief Ying Zhu, edited at Hong Kong Baptist University, and published at University of Michigan. The journal invites submissions that engage with the affect (emotional engagement) and effect (social impact) of audiovisual storytelling across all audiovisual platforms and encompasses multiple methodological approaches. For more info see our temporary journal homepage here.

You can find our open call for papers here. Please submit through this web portal (or email

We also invite submissions for a special issue on serial narrative, entitled “Streaming and Seriality”, described here.

If you are interested in being our peer-reviewers, please email your name, a link to a CV or webpage describing your background, and a list of topics you are interested in and qualified to review to

We look forward to hearing from all!

Dorothy Lau, Managing Editor
Jonathan Frome, Associate Managing Editor

2021 Society of Sinophone Studies conference

Event Announcement: 2021 Society of Sinophone Studies Inaugural Conference
Multisensory Dissent and Alliance Building (April 22-24; Zoom)

Inaugural Keynote: Shu-mei Shih, “Major and Minor Commons in Empire”
Friday, April 23, 13:00-14:30 PDT

The conference is free and open to all SSS members. To register for your free membership:

Queer Taiwan and Historical Difference

Event Announcement: At the Edge of the Sea: Queer Taiwan and Historical Difference

Join us for a conversation on new ways of thinking about Taiwan’s past and future. Exploring regional diversity and global connections, four panelists draw on a range of cultural repertoire to diagnose the stakes of queer narration and Taiwan’s historical difference in the world.

Forum speakers include Eno Chen (National Chengchi University), Fan-Ting Cheng (National Taiwan University), Ta-wei Chi (National Chengchi University), and Wen Liu (Academia Sinica).

Forum discussants include Amy Brainer (University of Michigan-Dearborn) and Ying-Chao Kao (Virginia Commonwealth University).

Event Organizer & Contact: Howard Chiang (

Time: April 28, 2021 6pm in Pacific Time
Zoom Registration Link

A Conference in Honor of Wang Zheng

Gender in Chinese Studies: A Conference in Honor of Wang Zheng

Join us as we celebrate the career and contributions of Wang Zheng, pioneering feminist and scholar, beloved teacher, and esteemed colleague!

This conference features papers by her former students as well as current graduate students, and a keynote address by Gail Hershatter (Distinguished Professor of History, UC Santa Cruz). We will reflect on the development of Chinese gender studies, past and present, and explore future directions for research. This conference is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan.

Schedule overview (times in EDT):

9:30 am–Welcome
10:00 am–Panel #1 (“Archives and History”)
12 noon–Keynote address, Gail Hershatter
2:00 pm–Panel #2 (“Scholarship and Activism”)

10:00 am–UM graduate student panel (“Future Directions”)
11:10 am–Lunch and mingle
1:00 pm–Panel #3 (“Interspecies, Affects, and Boundary Pushing”)
2:45–Closing remarks by Wang Zheng

NOTE: Advance registration is required for this free Zoom event. Visit this link to register.

For the most up-to-date details on participants, papers, and abstracts, please see our Google Doc schedule.