Disability Aesthetics and Politics–cfp

ACLA Seminar: Disability Aesthetics and Politics in East Asian and Transnational Contexts–Call for Papers (ACLA link: https://www.acla.org/seminar/disability-aesthetics-and-politics-east-asian-and-transnational-contexts).

To further extend disability studies beyond the Euro-American context, this seminar seeks to bring together papers that examine disability representations in East Asian and transnational contexts—paying general attention to their politics, aesthetics, and ethics. These representations can be literary, visual, or draw upon popular culture; all historical periods are welcome. What are the manners in which dominant ideologies such as nationalism and neo-liberalism establish and reinforce the ideology of ableism by casting the disabled body as the Other? How do disability subjectivities help generate new forms of embodied knowledge and collective consciousness? Why does disability figure prominently in our cultural and moral imagination— what purposes does it serve, and at whose cost? How do larger forces such as globalization and colonialism shape the ways in which disability is represented, and what are the historical conditions and political economies in which they are grounded? How do literary and cultural studies of disability contribute to disability justice? Continue reading

Geopolitical Aesthetics of (Post)socialisms

Image may contain: textComing up soon! The Geopolitical Aesthetics of (Post)socialisms: China, Russia, and Beyond! Sept 29-30 at Princeton University. Please come join us! Professors Shu-mei Shih and John Mackay will be our keynote speakers.

The Geopolitical Aesthetic of (Post-)Socialisms: China, Russia, and Beyond (September 29-30, 2017, 399 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, Princeton University)

September 29

Panel 1: 10-12pm
Informational Legacies
Moderator: Franz Prichard (Princeton University)

Kat Hill Reischlhl (Princeton University)
A Shoe and a Faked Photograph: Chasing “Facts” in Khrushchev’s Iconosphere

Angelina Lucento (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

In Search of a Proletarian Aesthetic: Anatolii Lunacharskii, Alfred Kurella, and the Turn to Materiality in Soviet Media Culture

Margaret Hillenbrand (University of Oxford)
Knowing What Not to Know in Post-Socialist China Continue reading

Migrant literature and culture in Asia–cfp

Call For Papers (ACLA 2018): Borders, Uneven Development, and Migrating Bodies: Migrant Literature and Culture in Asia


Organizer: Xiangjing Chen <xc98@cornell.edu>
Co-Organizer: Jun Xie

We hope to collect enough excellent papers and invite a group of scholars to discuss the “migrant literature” and problem of modernity in Asia together. To submit a paper proposal, please write a 200-word abstract. Please include the title of your paper, your abstract, your rank and your email address via the ACLA website. Abstracts must be received by Thursday, September 21, at 9 a.m. EST. Continue reading

Engaging China–cfp reminder

Engaging ‘China’: Perspectives from the Margins
Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference (10-11 Jan 2018)


Keynote speakers: Peter K. Bol (Harvard), Henrietta Harrison (Oxford)

Deadline for submission: October 15th 2017, 17:00 (GMT)

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the second annual University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference, which takes the theme of ‘engagement’ in the Chinese context as its point of departure. We welcome papers that work with modern and pre-modern subject material and from all humanistic disciplines, including but not limited to history, literary and cultural studies, art, film and media studies, philosophy, human geography, anthropology, musicology and religion. Continue reading

Feeling Modern/Modeng/Modan–cfp

Feeling Modern/Modeng/Modan: Emotionality vis-à-vis Modernity in East Asia
Call For Papers: ACLA 2018


Organizer: Chun-yu Lu <clu02@wm.edu>

This seminar explores the roles of emotion, feeling and affect in facilitating the discourses of modernity in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other East Asian regions.  We intend to examine the emotive and affective responses to various conditions and discourses in the East Asian modern, such as colonialism, imperialism, war, revolution, enlightenment, conservatism, high-modernism, capitalism, etc. One pioneer of the study of affective modernity in East Asia is Haiyan Lee’s Revolution of the Heart, which expounds a genealogy of love in modern China and suggests that love interpellates the modern notions of self, gender, sexuality and nation. In addition to romantic love in Lee’s study, the emotions and affects that are used to engage the modern subject formation may, broadly defined and sometimes contradictory, include the “ugly feelings,” “cruel intimacy,” eerily sensations, melodramatic tears, hysterical laughter, sensual excitement, traumatic pain, patriotic passion, etc. We will discuss how emotions and affect construct, contradict or complicate the tensions and the bonds between the mind and the body, the subject and the object, the psychic and the social, the individual and the collective, the public and the private, the hegemony and the subordinated, the nation and diaspora, as well as politics and aesthetics. Continue reading

Religion and Literature–cfp

ACLA Panel: Religion and Literature in Modern China–Call for Papers

The past century has seen the violent repression and dramatic revival of religion (Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, Islam, and Local cults) in Chinese society. The generation of the New Cultural Movement (1917-1927) thinkers such as Cai Yuanpei, Zhou Zuoren among others were aware of the power of faith, but regarded it as negative (unscientific and oppressive) and proposed to replace it with aesthetic education (Cai Yuanpei). During the revolutionary years, religion was categorized as “feudalist and superstitious,” and in some cases “the agent of imperialist invasion.” The new China viewed religion as “opium of the people” following Marx’s teaching, and applied tight restrictions on religion until the end of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). The post-Mao China, however, has witnessed the most dramatic revival of all religious beliefs. Besides the sociopolitical implications, the vicissitudes of religion also has critical cultural implications. However, such implications have not been sufficiently discussed in research. This panel aims to explore such cultural implications through surveying the intricate relationships between religion and literature in the whole 20th century. Papers on the influence of religion on literary development, the representation of religion in literature, the use of religion in literary creation, the use of literature for religious purposes, author studies, analysis of significant works, comparative studies of Chinese and non-Chinese literature are all welcome.

ACLA seminar link:


Tonglu Li <litonglu@gmail.com>

TAP “Voyages” issue–cfp

The Trans Asia Photography Review seeks articles and projects relating to the theme of “Voyages” for possible publication in our spring 2018 issue. The term “voyages” here includes the voluntary and involuntary movement of individuals and groups, as well as the movement of photographic ideas and technologies from one city, region or nation in Asia to another. How and why do people, ideas and photographic technologies move about, and what are the aftereffects of these voyages?

Proposals due October 6
Please use the following formats to submit proposals:
Article (length open). Your proposal should contain an abstract and the author’s CV.
Curatorial project (10-15 images with introductory text). Your proposal should contain up to 5 thumbnail images in a pdf file, not to exceed 50 MB in total. Please send your images to editor@tapreview.org via www.wetransfer.com or a similar service. Images should be accompanied by a brief introduction and your CV; these may be included in the pdf or sent separately via email.
Translation (from an Asian language into English) of historical or contemporary articles about photography. Your proposal should contain information about the work to be translated and the translator’s CV.
Interview. Your proposal should contain background information about the interviewee and the interviewer’s CV.
Book/exhibition review. Your proposal should contain the title of the book or exhibition and the reviewer’s CV. (Note: An exhibition being reviewed must have a catalogue.)
Authors are responsible for obtaining picture permissions; forms for these are available on the TAP Review website.

Proposal deadline is October 6, 2017.
Questions? Contact editor@tapreview.org.

Sandra Matthews
Editor, Trans Asia Photography Review

Berkeley-Stanford Grad Conference 2018–cfp

Call for Proposals for the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, 2018
Proposals/bios due: November 16, 2017 (5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)

To apply, submit a single-spaced 300-word paper proposal and short bio at: https://web.stanford.edu/ dept/ CEAS/Berkistan2018application.fb

Currently enrolled graduate students are invited to submit paper proposals for the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, to be held April 13-14, 2018 at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Conference registration is free. Presenters will be provided with shared lodging, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch. Partial travel assistance may be available. Continue reading

AAP 2017 program

Association for Asian Performance CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2017
August 2-3, 2017
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV



2017 Conference Program Download

Wednesday August 2, 2017

8am                 Registration and Coffee

8:15am            Welcome, Emily Wilcox, AAP President

8:30-9:45am   Concurrent Session #1

1A. Intercultural Adaptation
Chair: Margaret Coldiron, Deputy Head of BA World Performance, E15 Acting School/University of Essex

“The Bridge from Bombay to Broadway: merging musical forms in Monsoon Wedding
Amanda Culp, PhD candidate, Columbia University

“Cultural Transfer between London and Takarazuka: the Imitation and Adaptation of Musical revue in 1920s Japan”
Tomoko Akai, Associate Professor, Kobe Yakka University

“When Cultures Collide on the Jingju Stage: An Analysis of Fushide (Faust) and Woyicaike (Woyzeck)
Yining Lin, PhD candidate, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

“Modernity, Chinese Culture and Dialectics: Bertolt Brecht’s Turandot and Wei Minglun’s Chuanju Play Chinese Princess Turandot
Wei Zhang, PhD candidate, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Continue reading

HK in Transition programme

Hong Kong in Transition: Asian City-to-City Collaboration and Performing Arts Exchange, 1997-2017
9-10 September 2017, SOAS University of London

This two-day programme co-presented by the SOAS China Institute and Zuni Icosahedron marks the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from the UK to China with a series of events focusing on intercultural exchange and city-to-city collaboration in the performing arts. Participants will reflect on Hong Kong’s cultural exchanges with London and several Asian cities over the past twenty years, as well as discuss proposals, opportunities, strategies, and challenges for the next two decades.

Academic Symposium – Hong Kong Theatre in Transnational Perspective: New Directions and Discourses since 1997

Saturday 9 September, Senate House Lecture Theatre (SALT), 9am – 5pm.

  • This symposium will explore aspects of theatre production in Hong Kong in the post-1997 period from a transnational perspective, including intercultural and cross-genre collaborations with other Sinophone and Asian performance cultures from Singapore, Taiwan, China, and Japan, Cantonese opera in the diaspora, experimental and political performance, and intersections between indigenous and foreign theatrical forms.

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Asia and the Anthrpocene–cfp

Call for Papers
“Asia and the Anthropocene”

The Association for Asian Studies is pleased to invite applications to participate in the second of three workshops in its series “Emerging Fields in the Study of Asia” supported by the Luce Foundation. The second workshop, “Asia and the Anthropocene,” will take place August 23-27, 2018 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The purpose of this gathering is to explore the emerging concept of the Anthropocene through shared readings and collective conversations about how scholars of Asia might best respond to the scientific proposal of a new geological epoch. The selection committee seeks bold ideas and broadly framed research papers that grapple with the challenges posed by this new understanding of planetary conditions. Participants will present short papers (20-30 pages, double spaced, including notes) designed to further this new field of study, leaving ample time for discussion. We will also read and discuss certain key texts that are relevant to this emerging field. The workshop will include a field trip to a location to be determined. Continue reading

Guangdong-HK-Macao Greater Bay Area Cultural Forum–cfp

The First Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Cultural Forum

  • Date: Early June, 2018
  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Organizer: School of Humanities, Guangzhou University
  • Co-organizers: Center for Media and Social Change Studies, Shenzhen University; Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Department of History, University of Macao; Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Theme: Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Rise of Contemporary Chinese Popular Culture

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Seeking AAS panel for ‘boys love’ paper

Dear all,

I currently research on the Chinese male readership of “boys love” (BL) manga and fiction that focus on romantic or homoerotic male-male relationships, but are read and received mainly by heterosexual female readers. I am seeking an AAS panel that may be interested in my paper. Based on readership studies and interviews, this paper can fit into panels on media studies, gender studies, cultural studies or studies on censorship. If you are interested, please contact me for paper proposal and more details.


TIAN Xi <xt003@bucknell.edu>

Oxford grad conference

Call for Papers
Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference (10-11 Jan 2018)

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the second annual University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference, which takes the theme of ‘engagement’ in the Chinese context as its point of departure. We welcome papers that work with modern and pre-modern subject material and from all humanistic disciplines, including but not limited to history, literary and cultural studies, art, film and media studies, philosophy, human geography, anthropology, musicology and religion.

This conference asks applicants to critically assess through the lens of ‘engagement’ how the idea of ‘China’ as a geographical, cultural and national signifier is created. How is China engaging with neighbours close and far away? How does it attract the world and communities within? How do communities within and without engage with China? How does engagement inform the ways in which ‘China’ is conceived? Through this conference, we wish to highlight the ways, both past and present, in which ‘engagement’ is central to understanding ‘China’. Continue reading

Grassroots mobilization, body politics, visualizations of evil–cfp

Dear all,

We are searching for two individuals to participate in an AAS panel covering the topics of Grassroots Mobilization, Body Politics and Visualizations of the Evil. We have one paper on representations of virtuous women and prostitutes within the 1930s New Life Movement. Another paper examines the trans-medial (posters, pamphlets, performance) visualization of the “pests” during the “Four Pests Campaign” conducted by the PRC during the 1950s. Both of these papers deal with visual practices used in the process of abjection (purification, expunging, expelling, etc). Our theoretical considerations also extend to (1) body culture and body politics, (2) gender relations, and (3) relationships between visual culture and grassroots mobilization.

We look forward to featuring a diversity of disciplines, methodologies, and topics. Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words and your CV by July 25 to:

Shaoqian Zhang (shaoqian.zhang@okstate.edu), Associate Professor of East Asian Art, Oklahoma State University
Lu Liu (lu.liu@wisc.edu), PhD candidate, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thank you!

Lu Liu doublelpku@gmail.com