RMMLA Chinese Lit and Film Since 1900–cfp

RMMLA Chinese Literature and Film Since 1900 — Call for Papers
October 4-6, 2018, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Theme: Reinventing Traditions: Media, Text, and Publics
We welcome paper proposals that address a range of critical issues related to the broad theme of “Reinventing Traditions: Media, Text, and Publics” in modern and contemporary Chinese literature, film, and culture at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) Annual Convention.
Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Cultural tradition and modernity
  • Digital technologies and cultures
  • Legacy media
  • Sinophone literature and cinema
  • Author, readership, audience, and publics
  • Audios and sound studies
  • Utopias, dystopias, sci-fi, and the uncanny in literature
  • Cross-media adaptation and genres
  • Gender, class, and ethnicity
  • Home, travel, time and space
  • Violence, trauma, memory, and forgetting
  • Cosmopolitanism, youth culture, and cultural identitiesPlease submit an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a short biography to rmmla2018@gmail.com by March 31, 2018.

Peijie Mao, University of North Georgia, maopeijie@hotmail.com
Shannon Cannella, Hamline University, scannella01@hamline.edu
Shaohua Guo, Carleton College, sguo@carleton.edu

Arif Dirlik session at AAS

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that we will be holding a special session at the AAS in Washington to commemorate and celebrate Arif Dirlik’s life and work in the field of Chinese History and beyond. Thanks to support from the Historical Society for Twentieth Century China (Kristin Stapleton and Helen Schneider, with assistance from Tim Brook), who are sponsoring the event, we have space and time for the special panel.

Panel name: “Thinking Chinese History with Arif Dirlik: In Remembrance”
Day: March 22
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Park Tower 8201, Lobby Level

This is intended as a flexible and open forum for a collective remembrance. We have the following panelists to date:

Roxann Prazniak, Ravi Palat, Rebecca Karl, Ana Candela, Soonyi Lee, Dongyoun Hwang

We hope folks will drop in and participate with us in remembering Arif’s legacy for our scholarly, activist, and institutional work.  If you are interested in speaking for sure, please contact me (rebecca.karl@nyu.edu).

Thank you.

Rebecca Karl

21st-century Chinese literature and other arts–cfp

21st-Century Chinese Literature and the Other Arts
A Forum Session at the 2018 MLA in Chicago, January 3-6, 2019

This panel will explore the relationship between literature and the other arts in China since around 2000. Mindful of China’s cultural heritage of inter-arts expression, particularly in the realms of poetry, visual art and calligraphy, we invite papers which explore echoes of those traditions in recent decades. These certainly can be visual art related, but can also address film, music or other forms of expression which intersect meaningfully with literature. In somewhat broader context, visual art and literature enjoyed a resurgence of interactivity in various avant-garde moments of the 1970s and 80s, where Stars, Misty, and Today movements among others, took leadership in opening new pathways in China’s cultural landscape. In those heady days of largely self-taught, cutting edge creative expression, the choices of specific expressive media were secondary to an ecology of “new wave” expression that involved writers and creative artists of all media in common purpose of exploration and innovation. Since the 1990s and particularly after 2000, though, a relative hardening of media categories has occurred in large part due to intense commodification of largely visual art cultural products, making for significant wealth gap segregating those who create paintings, for instance, from poets and other writers. Nonetheless, important instances of media intersection do still frequently occur, and in some respects are all the more significant due to broader configuration of value in China’s cultural marketplace.

Please send title/abstract proposals as well as a 300-word maximum biography in MS Word format by email attachment to session organizer Paul Manfredi by March 10, 2018. Presenters must be current members of the MLA.

Paul Manfredi (manfredi@plu.edu)

Chinese Migratory Realities–call for applications

Chinese Migratory Realities: An Interdisciplinary Humanities Summer Institute
Call for Applications

The University of Alberta and University of Calgary are co-sponsoring a Humanities Summer Institute that invites participants to central Alberta to study Chinese Migratory Realities. The Institute will run June 19 to July 6 and is supported by generous funding from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCKF), the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI), the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) and the China Institute at the University of Alberta, and the Calgary Institute for the Humanities at the University of Calgary. Continue reading

RMMLA Asian Comparative Literature and Film–cfp

RMMLA (Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Annual Convention), October 4-6, 2018, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Panel: Crossing Boundaries in Asian Literature and Film

This panel seeks to explore the “crossing of boundaries” in the broadest sense, in terms of geographic/cultural borders as well as genres. We welcome papers that examine instances of intra-Asian or East-West transcultural encounters, and/or interdisciplinary connections in Asian literature, film and performance art. Papers might address:

  • Transculturations of Asian literary, theatrical, and/or visual texts
  • Case studies of literary and/or cultural translation and adaptation
  • Interdisciplinary connections between literature, cinema, theater and other genres
  • The role translation played in the modernization processes of Asian countries
  • Dynamic intertextuality within Asia
  • Cultural collaborations that transcend national boundaries
  • Power dynamics between Asian texts and global cultural discourses

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Centre for Chinese Visual Arts 2018–cfp

Dear colleagues

Below is a Call for Papers for our Centre’s coming 11th annual conference, on the the theme of “Everyday Legend: Reinventing Tradition in Contemporary Chinese Art”. We welcome contributions that are interested in exploring the relationship between traditional craft and contemporary art, from different perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds. Please feel free to circulate the below information.

Thank you and with warm regards

Hiu Man Chan
RA & Leverhulme Project Facilitator
Centre for Chinese Visual Arts
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media
Birmingham City University
hiu-man.chan@bcu.ac.uk | ccva.org.uk
+44 (0)1213317457 | WeChat: ccvauk

Call for Papers

The 11th Annual Conference, the Centre for Chinese Visual Art, Birmingham City University
Everyday Legend: Reinventing Tradition in Contemporary Chinese art
Monday and Tuesday, 10-11 September 2018
School of Art, Birmingham City University
Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BX, England

The Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) at Birmingham City University aims to foster new understandings and perspectives of Chinese contemporary arts, design and visual culture through interdisciplinary practices and theoretical studies. During its first decade, CCVA has established a unique position in the UK to pioneer research in the field. We are now convening this two-day conference to invite researchers, curators, art historians, critics and artists at all stages of their careers worldwide to contribute to the above topic. Continue reading

Asian Theatre and Dance–cfp

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Adaptation, Translation and Acculturation in Asian Theatre and Dance
A Symposium at the Centre for Asian Theatre and Dance, Royal Holloway, University of London, 25 May 2018

Adaptation, and parallel adaptive acts such as translation (Jakobson 2000) and acculturation, are the foundation blocks for intercultural and cross-cultural projects (Chan 2012), but also have agency in developing national multicultural narratives (Leong 2014).  As Chan highlights, ‘adaptations serve as carriers of cultural subjects and formations’ (2014: 412).  Inevitably, acts of intercultural and cross-cultural adaptation are bound to the cultural-political sphere, to post-colonial and neo-colonial histories. Yet, they are as much a product of the personal and the national, as they are the communal and the global. Translation happens not only between texts but also within performance, articulating the commensurability or lack of understanding among actors representing contrasting world views (Lindsay 2007). Continue reading

MCAA 2018–cfp

MCAA Conference
October 19-20, 2018
Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University, located near downtown St Paul, MN, is pleased to host the 67th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, October 19-20, 2018. The MCAA seeks to promote Asian Studies both at the university and the secondary and primary levels and particularly to encourage 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 write to solicit 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. Continue reading

Hanzi Calligraphy Education–cfp

Deadline 2/28: The 11th International Conference on Hanzi Calligraphy Education
The 11th International Conference on Hanzi Calligraphy Education
Beijing Normal University
July 6-9, 2018

The American Society of Shufa Calligraphy Education (ASSCE), in co-sponsorship with Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China, is pleased to announce the 11th International Conference on Hanzi Calligraphy Education to be held at Beijing Normal University, July 6-9, 2018.

Conference Theme

This conference aims to explore the various issues currently confronting the education of hanzi calligraphy and handwriting, address the global trend of keyboarding superseding handwriting, guide hanzi calligraphy and its education toward viable, multilevel development, introduce hanzi calligraphy education into the curriculums at the K-12 and college levels, and preserve the tradition of hanzi calligraphy as well as Traditional Chinese Learning (i.e., Guoxue). The major theme of the 11th conference is “preserving the tradition of hanzi calligraphy through its education in the digital age,” including the following subthemes: Continue reading

Reconsidering Family Relations–call for submissions

Reconsidering Family Relations in Modern Chinese Literature and Film
A Forum Session at the 2018 MLA in Chicago, January 3-6, 2019

Family relations over the past 120 years in Chinese society(ies) have changed dramatically, and some would argue that the emergence of individualism as a modern, atomized, subjective formation has risen in inverse proportion to the decline in such things as consanguine affiliations, intergenerational links, and the Confucian enshrinement of fundamental relations such as father/son, husband/wife, sibling, and friend. This session, a guaranteed session of the Language, Literature and Culture (LLC) Modern and Contemporary Chinese Forum, examines family relations in a wide variety of ways in modern China. We seek proposals of approximately 300 words, plus title and abstract, that explore the representation of family relations from throughout the modern and contemporary era. Questions that could be addressed are: how do humans relate to one another and how are these relationships represented in literature and/or cinema? How does the representation of gender difference and sexual orientation change over time, especially with respect to relationships among family members? What has happened to the extended family in Chinese literature and/or cinema as Chinese society has become increasingly composed of nuclear families? Have other relationships come to supplant or at least contest kinship and affinal relations in the contemporary world? How have major social phenomena such as migration, revolution, collectivization, the return of a market economy affected family structure and relations? In turn, how has the transformation in family relations altered the structure and style of literary and/or cinematic narrative? How have relationships changed in this more globalized world?

Please send title/abstract proposals as well as a 300-word maximum biography in MS Word format by email attachment to session organizer Christopher Lupke by March 7, 2018. Presenters must be current members of the MLA.

Christopher Lupke <lupke@ualberta.ca>

Harvard East Asia Society Conference 2018

Harvard East Asia Society 21st Annual Conference

The Harvard East Asia Society 21st Annual Conference will be held this year from Feb 9-10, at Harvard University’s CGIS South. Panels will take place on both days, and registration begins at 2:30PM at the Harvard Asia Center Lounge.


We look forward to seeing you there!

XY Mok <xiaoyoumok@g.harvard.edu>


Digital Humanities Asia: Harnessing Digital Technologies to Advance the Study of Asia and the Non-Western World
April 27-28, 2018
Stanford Humanities Center

With support from the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, and multiple departments, centers, and divisions at Stanford University, the DHAsia 2018 Summit will focus on four (4) areas of research that represent both the core of DH as a whole, as well as areas in which Asian Studies scholars have been underserved and under-resourced: (1) the Spatial Analysis of Asian Human Geographies, (2) Text Mining and Computational Analysis of Asian & Non-Latin Scripts, (3) Network Analysis of Non-Western social formations, and (4) the development of Digital Humanities tools and platforms designed for the unique challenges of Asian Studies scholarship.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-humanities-asia-2018-summit-tickets-37824237312

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

DAY ONE | Friday, April 27, 2018

9:00-9:30 | WELCOME

Thomas S. Mullaney (Stanford University)
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Backreading Hong Kong–cfp

Backreading Hong Kong: A One-Day Symposium (2018)
Call for Papers

The 2018 “Backreading Hong Kong” symposium, co-organised by the Department of English at Hong Kong Baptist University and the literary journal Cha, will take place on Saturday 5 May 2018. We are particularly interested in papers that challenge existing interpretations of any aspect of Hong Kong.

Abstracts of 250 words for 15 to 20-minute presentations can be sent to tammyh@hkbu.edu.hk before 15 March 2018 for consideration. Please also send us a bionote of no more than 100 words. Scholars whose papers have been selected will be notified before 1 April 2018.

The language of the 2018 symposium will be English. We welcome both established and early-career academics to take part. The one-day symposium will also include panel discussions, book presentations, and a poetry reading.

Tammy Ho <tammyh@hkbu.edu.hk>

AAS session: Liu Xiaobo and Chinese Political Consciousness

AAS Session # 358
The Unbearable Heaviness of Becoming: Liu Xiaobo and Chinese Political Consciousness
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 5:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Chair: Jerome Cohen
Organizer: Rowena Xiaoqing He

Session Abstract:

“I have no enemies,” wrote future Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo in the closing statement for his 2009 trial that he was not allowed to deliver in court. Liu, serving an eleven-year prison term for “subverting state power,” died on July 13, 2017. Liu’s death and the tenth anniversary of Charter 08, a citizens’ manifesto that Liu disseminated and that led to his imprisonment, provide an occasion for reflection.

Liu Xiaobo’s life journey is inseparable from the historical time in which he lived. From a freewheeling literary critic amidst the “culture heat” and political awakening of the 1980s, to a participant and a peacemaker in the 1989 Tiananmen Movement, and eventually a public intellectual devoted to China’s peaceful democratic transformation, the last forty years of Liu’s life epitomized the evolution of political consciousness among Chinese intellectuals and ordinary Chinese citizens since the end of the Cultural Revolution. Liu’s experience was shaped by the historical context in China; at the same time, he himself became an agent for change. In death as in life, Liu’s name remains taboo in China.

Our interdisciplinary roundtable will engage the audience in discussing Liu Xiaobo’s personal transformation in parallel with the making of Chinese political consciousness since the Reform Era, and the implications for China and the world. Weiping Cui, professor of Beijing Film Academy, personal friend of Liu Xiaobo, and signatory of Charter 08, will share her perspectives on Liu Xiaobo and 1980s China. Panel organizer Rowena Xiaoqing He, China-born Canadian historian specializing in the Tiananmen Movement, will focus on Liu Xiaobo in 1989;Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch, will consider the domestic and international contexts of Charter 08 and China’s citizens movements. Yujie Chen, Taiwan scholar focusing on criminal justice and human rights developments in Taiwan and China, will add her comparative perspectives from the experience of Taiwan. Panel chair Jerome Cohen, professor of Law and a leading expert on Chinese law and government, will suggest how past Chinese experiences inform the present and may influence the future.

Area of Study: China and Inner Asia
Discipline(s): History  Political Science Law Literature

Gender in Chinese contemporary art


22 FEBRUARY, 14:00-18:30

This international symposium, co-organised by Tate Research Centre: Asia and Central Academy of Fine Arts China, will explore the role that gender has played in the development of Chinese contemporary art.

The symposium is split into two sessions. The first gives a critical overview of the subject, including a paper by Monica Merlin that will provide a history of contemporary art by women in China, a paper by Ros Holmes that will take up the new condition of artistic creation and distribution through digital and mediated spaces, and a panel discussion moderated by Wenny Teo. The second session will focus on individual practices, with artist presentations from Nabuqi, Ma Qiusha and Ye Funa followed by a discussion moderated by Song Xiaoxia. Continue reading