AAS panel on satire/humor–cfp

We are seeking one panelist for our session on “Satire/Humor in (Post-)Socialist China” at the AAS annual meeting in Boston next year. If your research has led you to investigate how satire/humor works, evolves, and interacts with the state and the general public in (post)socialist China, please consider joining us. All disciplines are welcome. If interested, please share a 250-word paper abstract with us by July 22. Feel free to contact us should you have any questions.


Hongjian Wang (Assistant Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies, Purdue University, wang2512@purdue.edu)

Xi Tian (Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, Bucknell University, xt003@bucknell.edu)

Global TV Images of Female Masculinity–cfp

CFP: Roundtable “Global TV Images of Female Masculinity” at 2020 SCMS Conference, Denver, USA
(proposal deadline August 5th, 2019)

Roundtable Theme:

Global TV Images of Female Masculinity


Co-chaired by Jamie J. ZHAO (XJTLU) and Eve NG (Ohio U)


In recent years, TV representations of female masculinity have proliferated and diversified worldwide. Notable examples include the white lesbian landowner Anne Lister in the historical drama Gentleman Jack (BBC/HBO, UK/USA, 2019-), the African American lesbian Denise in the web series Master of None (Netflix, USA, 2015-2017), the tomboyish participants of the reality singing competition Super Girls’ Voice (HTV, China, 2004-2016), the cross-dressing female protagonist raised as a boy in the drama Bromance (SETTV, Taiwan, 2015-2016), and the butch lesbian beauty contest segment, “That’s My Tomboy,” in the Philippine daytime variety show It’s Showtime (ABS-CBN, Philippines, 2009-). Continue reading

Asian Women Filmmakers on Global Screens–cfp

ASIAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS ON GLOBAL SCREENS: Networks, Circuits, and Community Connections
International Conference
March 27 and 28, 2020
Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures,
Faculty of Arts, University of Hong Kong

Women filmmakers are severely underrepresented in general film distribution (theatrical and auxiliary), film festivals and awards: a phenomenon that adversely affects the visibility of female filmmakers from Asia. However, there has been little concrete investigation into the mechanisms that underpin the status quo. Through engaging international specialists on women in film, this conference seeks to dissect the system, pinpoint the weak spots and identify a possible remedial course of action toward improving the situation of women filmmakers.  The goal of our conversation will not only be to increase knowledge on these matters but to make practical recommendations to the film industry, film festivals, and other institutions. Continue reading

Taiwan and World Literature–cfp

Bulletin of Taiwanese Literature
Topical Section: “Taiwan and World Literature”
Organizer: Association for Taiwan Literature 

Call for Papers

The study of world literature has drawn much attention and interest in recent literary studies. The boom of academic journals (e.g. Journal of World Literature), special issues (e.g. “Chinese Literature as World Literature,” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture), and book series (e.g. Bloomsbury’s Literatures as World Literature) speaks volumes about the vitality of this field. The concept of “world literature” provides scholars with a theoretical framework on Taiwan literature and culture different from that provided by national, postcolonial, and Sinophone literatures. World literature studies often engage issues and methods that are different from those found in other literary frameworks. Continue reading

Queer Sinofuturisms–cfp

Special Issue of Screen Bodies (5.2, December 2020): Queer Sinofuturisms

Guest Editors: Ari Heinrich, University of California, San Diego; Howard Chiang, University of California, Davis; and Ta-wei Chi, National Chengchi University

This special issue on “Queer Sinofuturisms” aims to explore how artists, writers, and videographers working in Sinophone contexts use science to envision non-normative gender and erotic expressions in relation to the corporeal future of humanity. By investigating visions of the future that incorporate queerness and creative applications of biotechnology, “Queer Sinofuturisms” on one hand aims to counter pervasive techno-orientalist discourses that frame “Asian” technological futures as strictly dystopian (and straight by default). On the other, it responds to a heteronormative presumption in the recent vogue for Chinese science fiction in translation:  While many of these outstanding works challenge readers to reassess real world problems like neoliberal economic inequalities and environmental devastation, certain heteronormative values tend to remain unquestioned both in content and in reception, a structural limit on our capacity to envision genuinely innovative social formations for the “future.”  What happens, this issue of Screen Bodies asks, if we simultaneously destabilize techno-orientalist narratives of the future while queering assumptions about the heteronormativity so often inscribed upon that future in mainstream iterations and embodiments? Continue reading

Ming-Qing Studies 2020–cfp

Call for Papers
Ming Qing Studies 2020
edited by Paolo Santangelo (Sapienza University of Rome)

We are glad to inform you that the new edition of Ming Qing Studies 2019 will be published by WriteUp Site before the end of the year (see table of contents below).

Applicants are encouraged to submit abstracts for the next issues of Ming Qing Studies. The contributions should concern Ming-Qing China in one or few of its most significant and multifaceted aspects, as well as on East Asian countries covering the same time period. All articles will be examined by our qualified peer reviewers. We welcome creative and fresh approaches to the field of Asian studies. Particularly appreciated will be the contributions on anthropological and social history, collective imagery, and interdisciplinary approaches to the Asian cultural studies. All submitted papers must be original and in good British English style according to our guidelines and editorial rules. Please email an abstract (300-500 words, plus a basic bibliography) in MS Word or pdf attachments along with your biographical information to the addresses listed below. Please mention your full name with academic title, university affiliation, department or home institution, title of paper and contact details in your email. Continue reading

AAS 2020 panel invitation

Dear All,

Greetings! My name is Seungyop Shin, a Ph.D. Candidate majoring in modern Korean history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am organizing a panel for the 2020 AAS Conference which is going to be held in Boston. I would like to invite a panelist, particularly a modern Chinese historian or cultural studies scholar, who will join our group and work with us to present at the next year’s conference.

The theme of our panel is titled, “Engaging beyond Borders: Transnational Mobility, Encounters, and Interactions across Modern East Asia,” and we currently have three panelists who, respectively, examine Korean diplomats/intellectuals traveling abroad during the late nineteenth century, Japanese merchants/traders across port cities in East Asia during the early twentieth century, and Korean/Chinese migrant workers in Northern China, Korea, and Russia during the early twentieth century.

If you are interested to know more about our panel or to join us, please contact me (sshin54@wisc.edu). We will be looking forward to working with you. Thank you very much.

SEUNGYOP SHIN <sshin54@wisc.edu>

Hawai’i International Conference on Chinese Studies–cfp

Inaugural Hawai‘i International Conference on Chinese Studies: January 5-9, 2020

The Center for Chinese Studies of the University of Hawai‘i will be hosting the inaugural Hawai‘i International Conference on Chinese Studies January 5-9, 2020, on the Mānoa campus. Please see the attached flier for details. We hope you will consider submitting a proposal and attending.


Cynthia Ning <cyndy@hawaii.edu>

Wu Tianming and Chinese Cinema–cfp

For possible publication in Sino-American Journal of American Comparative Literature《中美比较文学》
Wu Tianming and Chinese Cinema
Abstract submissions are due June 7th

In the history of Chinese cinema, Wu Tianming 吴天明 (1939.10.19- 2014.3.4) stands as remarkably distinctive and original. What is particularly notable about his work is the way he works back and forth across the divide between tradition and modernity to pose the questions that continue to shape Chinese cinema today. Although his work has provoked a considerable amount of scholarship, there is no comprehensive treatment of his complete works in a single place.

The Chinese film collection and the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina will organize the 10thAnnual International Conference on Chinese Cinema in Orlando, FL on Oct 3rd-6th, 2019, with a focus on “Chinese Cinema and World Cinema”. This will provide a platform for critics to rethink Wu Tianming’s legacy in relation to the development of Chinese cinema and in the context of world cinema. Discussions on Wu Tianming and his films will be organized into panel(s) at the conference, and then selected for publication as a special collection on the bilingual Sino-American Journal of American Comparative Literature journal published by the China Social Sciences Press. Continue reading

Locating Livestreaming in Asia–cfp

Call for Contributions: Virtual Workshop ‘ASIA.LIVE: Locating Livestreaming in Asia’

While not solely concerned with China, list members may still find the following comparative workshop of interest. We are inviting audiovisual submissions, with the option for contributors to later also submit accompanying research articles for publication.

Hosts: Leiden University, the Leiden Asia Centre, and Asiascape: Digital Asia
Organisers: Florian Schneider, Dino Ge Zhang, Gabriele de Seta
Date: 13 September 2019
Abstract Deadline: 20 June 2019

The practice of broadcasting live video through the internet has recently seen a resurgence, as livestreaming platforms recuperated the format pioneered by cam sites from around the early 2000s (Senft, 2008). From Periscope and Twitch to YouTube and Facebook Live, livestreaming video is today a popular media format, especially among gaming communities, Esports audiences, and popular media commentators (Taylor, 2018). Continue reading

Sinophone Literature across the Strait–cfp

Call for Papers: Workshop Sinophone Literature across the Strait (China and Taiwan from the 19th Century to the Contemporary Ages)
Dates: November 7th- 8th,  2019
Venue: Roma Tre University, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Via del Valco di San Paolo 19 (Google Maps)

The workshop addresses PhD students and postdoc research fellows exploring the field of modern and contemporary Sinophone Literature, and intends to promote a positive exchange among scholars. Each participant will introduce his/her research project, which will be followed by a group discussion. By contributing to the global debate on Sinophone Studies, the workshop aims at implementing a transnational and transcultural approach. Within the field of Sinophone Literature, participants’ papers can investigate the following topics:

  • Tradition and modernity
  • Chineseness and otherness
  • Realism and related literary practices
  • Fiction, fantasy and science-fiction
  • Memory, identity and territory
  • Introduction, translation and reception of foreign literary movements and authors

Continue reading

Indiescape HK and the Post-Handover Film World–cfp

Ex-position Feature Topic Call for Papers
(Guest Editor: Kenny Kwok Kwan Ng, Hong Kong Baptist University)
Publication Date: December 2019 (Issue No. 42)
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2019

“Independent cinema” in Hong Kong has gained much currency both in academia and in film production and reception circles since the 1997 handover. Despite the fact that the term itself is frequently invoked in critical discourse and film festival programming, the meanings and contours of independent cinema as it is practiced in Hong Kong remain a matter of debate, except for the general consensus that being “independent” in moviemaking confers a disposition of distancing from the mainstream film industry in terms of styles, genres, modes of production and exhibition, financing, or public reception. Independent filmmakers can be bona fide auteurs who have greater control over the subject matter and stylistic choices of their works compared with their mainstream counterparts. Still, creative autonomy is never absolute and always comes with a cost. Filmmakers have to play by the rules of the emerging habitus of independent cinema, while the dynamic and ambivalent exchanges between independent and mainstream cinema are constantly at play in Hong Kong when an independent filmmaker (or film) enters mainstream production and circulation. Continue reading

Games and Play in China–cfp

Dear all,

A friendly reminder that the abstracts for the edited volume “Games and Play in China from the Early Modern to the Contemporary” are due by May 15, 2019. Interested authors, please submit chapter proposals of 500-750 words to Douglas Eyman <deyman@gmu.edu>, Hongmei Sun <shongmei@gmu.edu>, and Li Guo <li.guo@usu.edu>. Please see the following for details.

CFP: Games and Play in China from the Early Modern to the Contemporary
Editors: Douglas Eyman, Li Guo, and Hongmei Sun

The editors of this volume invite submission of chapters that address the ‘cultural rhetorics of gaming’ – that is, the ways in which games inhabit, represent, disrupt, or transform cultural and social practices in specific contexts. Scholarship on games and gaming has proliferated across a number of fields, including game studies, rhetoric and writing, translation studies, and education, among others. Gaming is fast becoming a nearly ubiquitous activity with global reach (particularly digital gaming – but not just limited to online activity, as increased sales of board games and role-playing games attest). The central argument in this collection is that games operate as cultural agents specific to their temporal and ecological contexts. Games are connected to the times in which they were invented, and represent the cultural functions of that time, but also continue beyond the moment of origination and connect past concerns to those in the present. Changes in the context of games – transcultural transformation – can demonstrate relationships between and among disparate cultures, as represented through game adaptations. In a similar vein, games also interact with other media, including literature and film, in ways that convey cultural value. Continue reading

Reading and Circulation of Texts after Censorship–cfp

I am circulating this CFP on behalf of the organizers, who are eager to see proposals on China-related topics enter the conversation.–Sebastian Veg<veg@ehess.fr>

NIHIL OBSTAT: Reading and Circulation of Texts After Censorship
NYU Global Studies Center, Prague: 17-19 October 2019

Literary scholars, sociologists, and historians have long explored the processes and ideology of censorship as well as the histories of the censors themselves. Pre-publication censorship practices and the institutions of church and state that foster them have dominated the field of study. Fewer efforts have taken texts after the fact of censorship or have detailed their further intellectual, cultural, and social trajectories. But as Deleuze wrote in Negotiations (1995), “Repressive forces don’t stop people expressing themselves, but rather force them to express themselves.” While censorship takes various forms, many of them violent, it has tended toward failure, and historically the experience of censorship amongst groups as disparate as 17th century Puritans and 20th century Lithuanian poets is often deeply instructive in the means of subversion, publication, and dissemination. Censorship has informed collecting practices, as with Thomas James, who used the Catholic Index Librorum Prohibitorum to dictate the acquisitions policy of the Bodleian library from the late 16th century onward. Censorship creates new relationships between people and places because it is enforced differently from country to country, even from building to building; for example, in 1984 when the police raided Gay’s the Word bookshop in London to confiscate “obscene” imported books by Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Kate Millet, and Jean-Paul Sartre, the same titles remained available for loan at Senate House Library a few streets away, and UK publishers continued to publish the same authors unpunished. In the spirit of these examples, this conference seeks to foster an interdisciplinary conversation broaching a larger number of underexplored issues that begin only after the moment of censorship—the excess of argument, collaboration, revision, and in many cases, creative thinking, that are given shape by the experience of suppression.

We are pleased to announce that Hannah Marcus (History of Science, Harvard University) and Gisèle Sapiro (Sociology, Centre national de la recherche scientifique / École des hautes études en sciences sociales) will deliver respective keynote addresses each evening of the conference

This conference aims to be as broad as possible in its geographical, historical, and disciplinary range. The organizers welcome applications from anthropologists, bibliographers, classics scholars, comparative literature scholars, gender studies scholars, historians, philosophers, sociologists, and those within allied fields, including library and information sciences and the publishing industry. The working language of the conference will be English, but participants are naturally encouraged to present research completed in any language(s). The goal of the conference will be to publish the proceedings in a collective volume.

Applications should consist of a title, three-hundred word proposal, and one-page CV, due on May 31, 2019. Accommodations will be available for participants and some funds may be possible for travel assistance within continental Europe.

Possible topics include:

  • The reception history of expurgated, bowderlized, and censored texts
  • The social history of reading censored and samizdat editions
  • The impact of ‘market censorship’ on the rise of small, independent or clandestine publishing establishments.
  • Religious communities formed around mutual practices of censorship
  • The history of translation vis-à-vis censored texts
  • Publishing within colonized spaces
  • Canonical texts’ reception vis-à-vis censored editions
  • Strategies for circumventing censorship, i.e. scribal publication and xerography
  • Scientific and medical pedagogical traditions employing censored texts
  • Teaching censored texts: period pedagogy and teaching practices today
  • The contingencies of space and geography in censorship practices and the international circulation of censored texts
  • ‘Asymmetric’ publication or the coordination of censored and uncensored editions
  • The changing status of texts from uncensored to censors, and the inconsistent enforcement of banned items
  • Textual histories of self-censored texts and later full republication
  • Reversing censorship
  • Bibliographical challenges in book description
  • Publishing, marketing, and openly advertising censored texts
  • Hermeneutic and exegetical concerns facing censored or expurgated texts
  • Classical scholarship built upon expurgated texts and embedded polemical citations

In order to apply, please send the materials detailed above to Brooke Palmieri and John Raimo by May 31, 2019: bspalmieri@gmail.com and john.raimo@nyu.edu.


John Raimo, NYU Department of History, KJC Center, 53 Washington Square South 4E, New York, NY 10012

Cantonese Connection workshop

Cantonese Connection: Periodical Studies in the Age of Digitalization

Periodicals played a major role in modern Chinese history: from propagating revolutionary ideas to promoting popular culture; with digitalization the studies of this otherwise too massive and ephemeral kind of literature have become more accessible than ever. “Cantonese Connection”, therefore, is a workshop bringing together local and overseas scholars to discuss various periodicals in this context, with a specific focus on the Cantonese-speaking area, including Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau.

The workshop is delighted to have Prof. Poshek Fu to give a keynote speech on “Chinese Student Weekly, Asia Foundation, and Hong Kong’s Cultural Cold War”.

Date :    17th -18th May 2019 (Friday – Saturday)
Venue:  Lee Ping Yuen Chamber (D801), 8/F, Lee Quo Wei Academic Building (Block D),The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Time:    (Day 1) 09:30-17:45;  (Day 2) 09:30-12:55

Programme available at https://cgcs.hsu.edu.hk/2019-05-17-18cantonese-connection-periodical-studies-in-the-age-of-digitalization/

Posted by: Nga Li Lam <lamngali@gmail.com>