MLA 2022 panel submissions

Dear colleagues,

As the incoming chair of the MLA’s forum on modern and contemporary Chinese literature, I’d like to invite you to consider submitting a proposal for the 2022 MLA conference in Washington, D.C. Calls for papers can be submitted now and will be accepted through February 28: submitting a call through MLA brings your session to the attention of potential participants (as described here). CFP are optional: complete special session proposals (described here) are due on April 1. The conference is committed to participant access and was completely virtual this year; I suspect that the risk of coronavirus will make next year’s conference hybrid physical/virtual. I will also point out that the MLA is one of the few conferences which allows for non-English presentations; I am available to revise proposal translations (which must be in English) for MCLC members and people in the field, just contact me off-list.

The forum leadership under outgoing chair Lee Haiyan has made some exciting plans for next year’s program. We would love to see you in D.C. (or online) in January.


Nick Admussen
Cornell University Continue reading

Independent Film Criticism in China zoom event

CIFA Website Launch Event Series: Independent Film Criticism in China
A Conversation with Bao Hongwei, Wang Xiaolu, Wu Wenguang, and Zhu Rikun, followed by an open Q&A
Moderator: Luke Robinson
16 January 2021
08:00 New York; 13:00 London; 21:00 Beijing

Please register for the event here:

Attend the meeting via the Zoom link:
Zoom meeting ID: 821 7441 3821 Continue reading

MLA 2021 modern China panels

Happy New Year!

For the MLA members among us, the first or second week after the new year is usually taken up with traveling to someplace very cold to attend the annual MLA convention. This year, as with many things, the conference has gone virtual. The program, however, is not any less exciting and wide-ranging. There are dozens of panels and papers on Chinese literature–you can find them easily with a keyword search through the online program.

Below I highlight the sessions sponsored by the Executive Committee of the Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature LLC (PST times are used here)

See you on Zoom!

Haiyan Lee
Chair, Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature LLC Executive Committee

Association for Chinese Animation Studies 2021 conference program

Conference Program: The Inaugural Conference of the Association for Chinese Animation Studies, Zoom Webinar, March 1-May 12, 2021

Webinar Registration (In accordance with the Copyright Ordinance of Hong Kong, please do not photograph and/or video record the film screenings. Violation of copyright laws will result in legal action.)

Panel 1: 9:00am-11:30am, March 1 (Monday, Hong Kong time), Keynote Speeches, chaired by Daisy Yan Du, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR


Opening Remarks, Daisy Yan Du, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Welcome Speech, Kellee Tsai, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


“Playful Dispositif and Remediation: Chinese Animation from the Perspective of Film History as Media Archaeology”, Yingjin Zhang, University of California, San Diego, USA Continue reading

ACCL 2021–cfp

The Association of Chinese & Comparative Literature 2021 Biennial Meeting: Call for Papers
29-31 July, 2021
National Taiwan University

The Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature (ACCL) will hold its 2021 Biennial Conference in conjunction with National Taiwan University and the Taiwanese Society for the Study of Chinese Literature and Culture.

Conference Information

Dates: 29-31 July, 2021 (Thu-Sat)
Venue: College of Liberal Arts, National Taiwan University

Hosted by: Department of Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University; Taiwanese Society for the Study of Chinese Literature and Culture; Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature (ACCL)

Conference Theme: Literature and the Sea 「文學海洋島嶼」

Literature is often discussed in terms of nations, cities, and continents—we speak of “Chinese literature,” “Taiwan literature,” or “Asian literature. But, what happens when we leave behind this continental paradigm and instead adopt a maritime perspective on literature? Continue reading

(Re)aestheticizing Labor–cfp

Dear colleagues,

We live in a society where the nature, definition, and perception of labor are undergoing fundamental changes. The notion of immaterial labor blurs the line between productive and unproductive labor, as well as that between production and consumption, showing the rising weight of the affective, aesthetic, intellectual, and cognitive work in contemporary social reproduction. Digital technologies now allow individualized mass productions (mass personalization), where transnational capital relentlessly pursues creative expression and artistic connoisseurship of the users. This results in the expropriation of the so-called artistic/creative labor and the reduction of the aesthetics to social engineering, as well as the abstraction and commodification of artistic creation (designing) in tune with technological thinking and consumerism. What we witness is an increasingly impoverished and abstracted notion of art and an increasingly broad and ambiguous notion of labor. Continue reading

Reassessing Chinese Independent Cinema

Reassessing Chinese Independent Cinema: Past, Present … and Future?
Dates: 29-30 January 2021
via Zoom
Chinese Independent Film Archive & Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne
Please click to register

If Wu Wenguang’s Bumming in Beijing (《流浪北京》, 1990) is considered to mark the birth of Chinese independent cinema, that cinema celebrated its 30th birthday in 2020. But if independence is defined in China as meaning production without government permission, China’s first film law in 2017 made that practice illegal. The intervening decades saw the emergence of a broader film culture supporting this filmmaking, from film festivals to film criticism, but also this culture’s metamorphosis under pressure from both state and market. Can we still speak of independent cinema in the PRC, and if so, what does it mean to do so?

“Reassessing Chinese Independent Cinema: Past, Present… And Future?” is the first international conference devoted to Chinese independent cinema. At this important moment, we see to consolidate and advance this emergent field of study and to take stock of the past, present and future of Chinese independent film. After thirty years, there is a significant body of literature on the subject, in a range of languages. What have we learned? What is missing? And what is still to be done?

This conference is part of a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project entitled ‘Independent Cinema in China: State, Market and Film Culture’.

The full conference programme can be found here:

Chinese SF and Ecocriticism workshop

Chinese Science/Fiction and Ecocriticism Workshop
November 30, 9:30am- November 30, 3:30pm
Register online at:

Panel 1: Space and Place
9:30am—11:00am EST

Cara Healey, “”Reimagining Hybridity in Early-Twentieth-Century China”

Nathaniel Isaacson, “Not Dreaming and Other Techniques of the Body: Trains, Technology, and Nation in Socialist Cinema”

Corey Byrnes, “Imagined Islands and the Potential Nation”

Tom Moran, “Breaking Away: On Liang Xiaosheng’s Fucheng (Floating City” Continue reading

Unearthing Chinese Australia

China Studies Centre 
Researching global issues in China 
Workshop: Unearthing Chinese Australia

Photo credit: Wedding portrait of Tutoy Chinn and Charles Wong Hee from Museum of Chinese Australian History Collection, P00614

The workshop Unearthing Chinese Australia has been organised to mark the establishment of the Museum of Chinese in Australia. MOCA will be housed in a dedicated community space in the Haymarket district of Sydney, the city’s oldest surviving, and largest, Chinatown. The Museum will create a centre for discovery, preservation and promotion of the history, heritage and material culture of the Chinese in Australia. It will play an important role in communicating the story of Chinese settlers and their descendants for future generations. This workshop gathers emerging and established research in this timely field, and includes glimpses of Chinese Australian history in the material collections of Australia.

The full program is available as a downloadable PDF file .Free online event, registration essential.

Thursday 3 December 9:00am-3:30pm
Friday 4 December 9:00am – 2:45pm
Location: Online event
Register for event

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China’s Capitalism and the World

Please join the Critical China Scholars for our next webinar!

China’s Capitalism and the World
Thur, Nov. 19, 5-6:30 EST — Register here (free)

The past decades have witnessed a dramatic increase in the pace and scale of global capitalist expansion; the rapidity of consequent social transformations is in part due to China’s increasing participation in these processes. The Belt and Road Initiative and its associated infrastructure projects have received a huge amount of attention, but this webinar expands the focus to less understood and less often seen aspects of the reorganization of global capital. Based on extensive research and innovative approaches, the speakers will make visible the ways in which Chinese investment in South America, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa is reshaping local and global life, resource extraction, and relations of political domination and resistance.

Co-sponsors: GongchaoMade in China JournalThe Nation

Moderator: Eli Friedman, Cornell University


  • Patrick Bond, School of Government, University of the Western Cape
  • Juliet Lu, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Atkinson Center for Sustainability & Department of Global Development, Cornell University
  • Farai Maguwu, Executive Director, Centre for Natural Resource Governance, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Omar Manky, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Universidad del Pacífico
  • Gustavo Oliveira, Global & International Studies, University of California, Irvine

Rebecca E. Karl
History Department

Chinese Literature across the Borderlands

Chinese Literature across the Borderlands
13 November 2020; 13:00-15:00 EST
Convened by David Wang (Harvard), Kyle Shernuk (Yale), and Miya Qiong Xie (Dartmouth)
To register and receive a Zoom link, please click here.

This workshop aims to explore the shifting definitions of the borderland as a territorial gateway, a geopolitical space, a contact zone, a liminal terrain, and an imaginary portal. To this end, participants will explore the intersection of ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and ecological dynamics that inform the cartography of the Chinese borderland, from the Northeast to the Southwest, from Inner Mongolia to Tibet, and from Nanyang to Nanmei. We will reflect on the recent, interdisciplinary growth in understanding the characteristics of borders and frontiers, including migration and settlement, cultural hybridity, and transnationalism, as well as take issues with the boundaries of literature as it manifests itself in multiple forms of media and mediation. This workshop is organized around a forthcoming special issue of Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature. Continue reading

Re-thinking the Chinese Enlightenment

With the deadline for ACLA abstract submissions fast approaching (11:59 PM EST on Saturday), we’d like to invite colleagues to submit proposals to our seminar, “Re-thinking the Chinese Enlightenment.” Here’s the link and description:

“The Enlightenment discourse of rational humanism has fundamentally shaped modern Chinese culture since the May 4th era. Two major intellectual movements of 20th century China—the New Culture Movement in the 1910s–20s and the “cultural fever” of 1980s—are often referred to as the Chinese Enlightenment. More generally, for most who advocate for the modern transformation of Chinese culture, to be modern means to uphold basic values of Enlightenment humanism.

On the other hand, the Chinese Enlightenment has also faced significant challenges. From within, the liberalist notion of individual freedom is contested by the Marxist conception of the collective. Contrary to Li Zehou’s formula of “the dual variation of Enlightenment and nationalism,” the tension between the individual and the collective is an inherent dimension of the Chinese Enlightenment. From without, while turning their backs against tradition, many modern Chinese intellectuals also cast into doubt the Enlightenment vision of reason and teleological progress. Finally, as a thought system originating from Europe, Enlightenment discourse has to undergo various modifications to take root in Chinese culture. For the Chinese Enlightenment, a paramount challenge is how to negotiate between the two different cultural traditions.

This seminar invites papers to re-think various dimensions of the Chinese Enlightenment. We especially welcome papers that focus on literature, film, art, and intellectual history.”

Wenjin Cui (Univ. of New Hampshire) & Todd Foley (NYU)

Global Art Exchange and Modernism in Socialist China

OCTOBER 30 – 31 – Zoom Webinar (Registration Required)

This workshop focuses on the impact of global artistic exchanges on Chinese artists during the most rigid period of Socialist China. Including presentations on Latin American and Romanian influences; impressionist and modernist-inspired underground artist groups during the Cultural Revolution; and discreet international art exhibitions in revolutionary China, the speakers dismantle the simplistic, Cold War-influenced narratives of East-West dichotomy and capitalist modernism v. socialist realism. They reveal Chinese artists’ continuing thirst for alternative aesthetic inspiration, and underscore the crucial impact of human exchanges on art and creativity in the socialist period.


Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm (Pacific Standard Time)
Chair: Julia F. Andrews, Distinguished University Professor, Ohio State University Continue reading

China’s Rural Capitalism webinar

The Critical China Scholars present:

China’s Rural Capitalism: Land, Labor, and Environment

Crucial to understanding contemporary hostility between the Chinese and US states is China’s growing significance and positioning within global capitalism. While often viewed from abroad primarily in terms of an urban, export economy, China’s capitalism is uneven, varied, and full of tensions. Beginning a new series on “China’s Capitalism,” this webinar looks at the emergence, dynamics, and effects of capitalist agrarian change in China.


Alexander F. Day, Occidental College
Zhan Shaohua, Nanyang Technological University
Jia-Ching Chen, UC Santa Barbara
Julia Chuang, Boston College
Joshua Goldstein, University of Southern California

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM EST
Register: Email; after registration, you will receive a link