May Fourth @100

May Fourth @ 100: China and the World, 1919-2019
April 12-13, 2019
Sponsored by: The Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, Harvard University Asia Center, and Harvard-Yenching Institute

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE FOUND HERE

THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT 1730 CAMBRIDGE STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MA, 02138, IN THE TSAI AUDITORIUM OF THE CGIS-SOUTH BUILDING AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY

April 12, 2019

9:30 Welcoming + Opening Remarks
David Wang, Michael Szonyi

9:40-10:40 Keynote Speech
Rudolf Wagner: Reconstructing May Fourth: The Role of Communication, Propaganda, and International Actors
Introduced by Ge Zhaoguang Continue reading

Thirty Years since Tiananmen conference

The conference “Thirty Years since Tiananmen Square Massacre: Struggle for Democracy in China” will be held at the University of Westminster in London on 18 April, which will mark the day when students gathered in Tiananmen Square and delivered their Seven Demands to the National People’s Congress thirty years ago.

This event will bring together academics and activists researching on China to explore topics including the struggle for democracy in China as a rising global power, the significance of 1989 pro-democracy protests and the state crackdown against it, the legacy of 1989 for contemporary democratic (im)possibilities in China, the struggle between demands for rights and state focus on order and stability, and contemporary challenges in mainland China as well as contested lands that are homeland of Uyghurs and Tibetans.

The details of the event can be found here: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/events/thirty-years-since-tiananmen-square-massacre-struggle-for-democracy-in-china

Shao Jiang <thomasshao@gmail.com>

MCAA 2019–cfp

Dear Asianists,

The 68th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) Annual Meeting will be held at Michigan State University from October 4 – 6, 2019

The MCAA seeks to promote Asian Studies at the university, secondary, and primary levels encouraging scholarly interchange between Asianists in the Midwest as well as with those from other parts of the country and the world. Scholars and students from all regions are invited to participate.

We are now soliciting panels, roundtables, and individual papers in all fields dealing with China and Inner Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, the Asian Diaspora, and topical and comparative panels. Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, as well as independent scholars, are encouraged to share their work and attend the conference. If you are interested, please submit a paper proposal on the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs website by May 11, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

For questions about the call for papers please contact our Program Chair Aminda Smith at amsmith@msu.edu.

Best regards,

MCAA Planning Committee
Asian Studies Center/International Studies and Programs
Michigan State University
427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 301
East Lansing MI 48824-1035
Tel: 517-353-1680
Fax: 517-432-2659
Email: asiansc@msu.edu
Web: http://asia.isp.msu.edu

Workshop on languages and scripts

Workshop on Languages and Scripts in China, Columbia University (April 19)

“Languages and Scripts in China: New Directions in Information and Communications History” will be held at Columbia University on Friday, April 19. Please see the attached poster for more information. For access to papers, please RSVP Ulug Kuzuoglu (uk2123@columbia.edu).

Full schedule may be found at http://languagesandscriptsinchina.wordpress.com

Download the poster here: Scripts-Poster-Final3-1ksfwdw-1a7hg

Ulug Kuzuoglu <ulugkuzuoglu@gmail.com>

Aesthetics of Embodiment conference

“Aesthetics of Embodiment: Drama, Ritual, and Food in Traditional Sinitic Culture.” The conference will be held at Arizona State University Tempe Campus: West Hall 135 from 8:30am-5:30pm on April 12 and at Heritage Room at University Club from 8:30-5:30pm on April 13, 2019.

This is a conference in honor of Professor Stephen H. West, an occasion for colleagues, friends, and students to celebrate his achievements and contributions to the field of East Asian studies. The conference is generously funded by Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, with contributions from the University of California, Berkeley; Arizona State University; University of California, Davis; and Ohio State University.

For the conference website, see https://silc.asu.edu/content/drf-program-schedule Continue reading

Sinophone Humanities in Southeast Asia

Sinophone Humanities in Southeast Asia: An International Workshop
Date: Apr 11, 2019
Location: Harvard University, 2 Divinity Ave, Common Room

SCHEDULE 

10.15am – 10.30am | Welcome Remarks

10.30am – 12pm | Panel A: The Geopolitics of Southeast Asian Space, Memory and History
Chair: Huang Ying-che (Aichi University)

Ko Chia-cian (National Taiwan University): 漢詩世界裡的華夷風

Tee Kim Tong (National Sun Yat-sen University): 馬華文學、吉隆坡與文學/記憶現場

Liew Zhou Hau (Harvard University): Staging Resettlement: The Re-engineering of Rural History and the Replanting of Nanyang Memories

Jessica Tan (Harvard University): Caught between Homelands: The “Return” of the Wild Goose Wang Xiaoping Continue reading

KFLC 2019

Dear Friends,

We are very excited about the upcoming KFLC: the Languages, Literatures, and Cultures conference, with Professors Karen Thornber and Ronald Suleski serving as Keynote Speakers, to be held from next Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon, April 11 to 12, in Lexington Kentucky. Please see the full program below. We have some thirty participants from Britain, China, New Zealand, and the United States, the Keynote Lectures will be from Noon to 2 pm on Friday April 12, lunch buffet provided on Friday, all welcome!

Warmly,
Liang Luo, University of Kentucky

Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 2:30pm to 5:00pm

Formation and Transformation of the “International” in 20th Century Asia  
Patterson Office Tower, 18th Floor, Room H
Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Organized by: Masamichi Inoue, University of Kentucky
Chaired by: Liang Luo, University of Kentucky

2:30 Women’s Resilience Reflected in Geling Yan’s Works: A Feminist Study
Xiaoyang Li, University of Canterbury

3:00 The Legacies of Joris Ivens in Mid-twentieth-century China and Beyond 

Liang Luo, University of Kentucky

3:30 Coffee Break

4:00 Regimes of Nuclear Nonproliferation in East Asia: Treaty Frameworks and U.S. Intervention
Chris Junwon Lee, Independent Scholar

4:30 Private Contacts and National Feelings: Lau Shaw and America
Guimei Wang, Jilin University, China Continue reading

Hong Kong Studies–cfp

HONG KONG STUDIES—Issue 5 (Spring 2020) Call for Papers—Gender and Sexuality on Hong Kong Screens

The first bilingual and interdisciplinary academic journal on Hong Kong, Hong Kong Studies (Chinese University Press), is now accepting articles for a special issue, Gender and Sexuality on Hong Kong Screens, curated with Professor Gina Marchetti (HKU) and scheduled for publication in Spring 2020.

Hong Kong cinema opens up a “pivotal place as a public platform for the consideration of Chinese identity, sexual orientation, and gender roles in the digital age,” write the editors of Hong Kong Screenscapes (HKU Press, 2011). Taking this as a point of departure and broadening the scope to discussions of different genders and sexualities, this issue solicits research articles that explore the following topics and more in Hong Kong films: the representation of genders and sexual identities (e.g. gender equality, gender activism, women’s rights, masculinity, the LGBTQIA+ community, non-binary and trans representations), intersectionality between gender and other critical concepts, transnational and multilingual comparisons with other contexts in terms of gender and sexuality, and gender politics in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. Continue reading

Games and Play in China–cfp

I’m reposting this cfp because email addresses were missing from the original post.–Kirk

CFP: Games and Play in China from the Premodern to the Contemporary(Edited Collection)
Editors: Douglas Eyman, Li Guo, and Hongmei Sun
Target Publication Date:  Winter 2020

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

Games and Play in China–cfp

CFP: Games and Play in China from the Premodern to the Contemporary (Edited Collection)
Editors: Douglas Eyman, Li Guo, and Hongmei Sun
Target Publication Date:  Winter 2020

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

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

10:00 AM | OPENING REMARKS

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

Presenters:

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 Continue reading

Minorities literature in southern China–cfp

MLA CFP 2020: Literatures of Chinese Ethnic Minorities in Southern China (Tang to Qing dyansty)

This panel seeks innovative papers on literatures of Chinese ethnic minorities in southern China. There were many ethnic minorities people in southern China including Miao, Yao, Zhuang, Dong, Dai, Muslims, and even Hakka. How did these minority groups compose literature in imperial China? How do these literatures imagine the world, imagine their ancestry, community, Han Chinese, and feature connections to the world? In what circumstances were these literatures written or performed? What role did adaptation and migration play in the writing and performance of these narratives and lyrics?

Please send an abstract of 200 words and a brief bio to Yuanfei Wang at yuanfeiw@uga.edu. The deadline is March 25th. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.

TAP Review fall 2019–cfp

CALL for Proposals: TAP Review Fall 2019

The fall 2019 issue of the Trans Asia Photography Review is open to all topics relating to historical or contemporary photography in all regions of Asia (East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Asia). We are interested in a wide range of approaches, and in both art and vernacular photography from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Proposal deadline is April 8, 2019. If your proposal is accepted after preliminary review, then completed projects are due on June 3, 2019. Full peer reviews will take place at that time. Continue reading

Mechademia 2019–cfp

MECHADEMIA: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ASIAN POPULAR CULTURES  2019
QUEER(ING)
September 27-29, 2019
Friday, September 27, 7:00pm:
Nagaike Kazumi, PhD.  Keynote Speaker
Oita University, Japan

“A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Men’s Desires to “Become” Fudanshi: On the Psychology, Physicality, and Communication Strategies of Male Fans of BL in East Asia.”

Japanese manga, anime, and games culture is associated with excessive sexuality and gender-bending that have unsettled cultural norms in multiple, often queer, ways. The appeal of such queer(ing) and hypersexual attributes has at least partially driven the spread of these media and fan practices around Asia and beyond. In spite of the ongoing strong association with Japanese popular culture, however, Japan is but one of multiple centers of queer(ing) media and fan practices in contemporary Asia. Continue reading

Roles of Translation in the Course of History–cfp

Culture and Politics: Roles of Translation in the Course of History
The Third International Conference on Chinese Translation History
Organised by Research Centre for Translation, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Co-organised with Department of Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

21 December 2019
Venue: The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The “International Conference on Chinese Translation History” series organised by the Research Centre for Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, aspires to explore Chinese translation history within the bigger framework of world civilisation and human thought. It aims to lay groundwork for new models, methods, and perspectives in this innovative interdisciplinary branch of learning through detailed case studies. Since 2015, the conference series are held every two years, with a different central theme for every conference.

The third conference, “Culture and Politics: Roles of Translation in the Course of History,” now invites submission of panel abstracts as well as abstracts for individual papers. Continue reading