Transnational Repression event

Note the double China connection in the below upcoming event on Transnational Repression, with Rushan Abbas, the Uyghur activist (who will present her film In Search of My Sister, at Cornell cinema the evening before), and Prof. Sean Roberts, longtime writer on Uyghur issues, including on transnational repression and on how the Chinese regime has been copying, adopting, and expanding US war-on-terror rhetoric and practices. This is an in-person event but will likely be recorded and made available afterwards./ Magnus Fiskesjö,

Panel on Transnational Repression
Biotechnology Building, G10, Central Campus, Cornell university
Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Governments engage in transnational repression when they reach across borders to silence dissidents living abroad. Tactics for transnational repression include assassinations, abductions, threats, and direct action against dissidents’ families and friends living within the repressive government’s territory. This panel will focus on this global phenomenon and its local consequences for students and faculty members at Cornell, U.S. campuses more broadly, and other communities around the world. It will include the voices of dissidents affected by transnational repression as well as scholars and experts working in the field.

This is a panel discussion following the April 24 documentary In Search of My Sister screening. The film chronicles Rushan Abbas’s relentless pursuit of truth and justice. Continue reading

Rethinking Cold War Culture and History in Taiwan

Rethinking Cold War Culture and History in Taiwan
2024 UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Studies Initiative Conference
Friday, April 19, 2024 – Saturday, April 20, 2024

Rethinking Cold War Culture and History in Taiwan

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Organized by Shu-mei Shih (Irving and Jean Stone Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies, UCLA) and Faye Qiyu Lu (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA), the Rethinking Cold War Culture and History in Taiwan conference is presented as part of the UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Studies Initiative, a partnership of UCLA and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) that aims to create research synergies to promote cutting-edge research in Taiwan studies.

Over the past decades between the “old” and the “new” Cold Wars, the (in)significance of Taiwan in world culture and history has often been determined by ideological assumptions that are overly simplistic. Yet not only have approaches to Taiwan studies in Taiwan experienced drastic changes (from area studies to postcolonial to settler colonial critiques), the positionality of Taiwan has also demonstrated unique potential for relational comparisons with the world. This conference examines ways of rethinking Cold War culture and history in Taiwan as well as the implications of the global Cold War culture and history for Taiwan studies from interdisciplinary and transhistorical perspectives. How do philosophical thought, literary and cultural productions, and geopolitical relations intersect when we situate Taiwan in the global Cold War? What does “being human” mean in Cold War Taiwan, taking into consideration Sinophone and transpacific entanglements? How is Cold War cultural politics negotiated in the developments of literary, cinematic, and media genres? What does the practice of rethinking Cold War culture and history in Taiwan do to better our understanding of Taiwan, China, and the world at the current moment with the formation of what may be called the Second Cold War? Continue reading

Special issue of Taiwan Lit–cfp

Call for papers: Special Issue of Taiwan Lit
Theme: Mobility in the 21st Century Taiwan Literature and Film
Guest editors: Pei-yin Lin, Hsin-Chin Evelyn Hsieh, Wan-jui Wang

While Taiwan-centric nativization has been a prominent trend in post-martial law Taiwan literature and film, there has been a notable transformation in literary works and films in the new millennium. This transformation has been characterized by endeavors to explore Taiwan’s intricate interactions with the global community, specifically through the lens of people’s movement, migration, and displacement. As nearly a quarter-century has passed, it is now an opportune moment to reflect on how literary works and films produced in the past 25 years have portrayed Taiwan’s evolving social, cultural, and political landscape, as well as the experiences of individual writers and directors navigating these transformative shifts.

The term “mobility” can be understood from various perspectives. It can encompass the actual movements of Taiwanese people, both domestically from rural areas to cities or vice versa, and transnationally, such as traveling or living abroad facilitated by globalization. It also includes those who immigrate to Taiwan from elsewhere in search of better economic opportunities or more conducive creative environments. Literature and films provide creative outlets for expressing the challenges faced by individuals as they adapt to urban life, confront social disparities, and grapple with issues of identity and belonging. Continue reading

Berkeley-Stanford grad conference 2024

Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference on Modern Chinese Humanities 2024

The Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference on Modern Chinese Humanities will be held this Friday April 19th and Saturday April 20th. The event will be held at UC Berkeley’s Institute for East Asian Studies, 5th floor, 1995 University Ave.

Professor Jinying Li’s keynote will take place on Friday from 4:00-5:30pm
Professor Jianqing Chen’s keynote will take place on Saturday from 11:00am-12:30pm.

For more information and full schedule:

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From Qing Dynasty to Republican China–cfp

International Summer Seminar “From Qing dynasty to Republican China: continuities and ruptures
« La Vieille Perrotine », Saint-Pierre d’Oléron (France)
8-14 September 2024

Coordination and pedagogical team
Luca Gabbiani (École française d’Extrême-Orient), Marie-Paule Hille (École des hautes études en sciences sociales), Stéphanie Homola (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), Catherine Jami (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), Coraline Jortay (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), Sara Landa (University of Heidelberg), Xavier Paulès (École des hautes études en sciences sociales).

Financial support
Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Centre d’études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, École française d’Extrême-Orient, LabEx Tepsis, University of Heidelberg.

Application deadline
5 May 2024.

This Summer Seminar programme is aimed at students from different disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, dealing with Chinese historical studies. The selected period stretches from the Qing dynasty to the Republic (first half of the 20th century). It offers an optimal stage for the study of large-scale processes and syntheses in link with world history. By focusing on this period, the Summer Seminar’s approach will aim at providing a new comparative meaning to Chinese history and the humanities in a global perspective. The programme will place a strong emphasis on sources to facilitate better knowledge and access to the different types of documents in an interdisciplinary perspective. Continue reading

Borders in Motion

Borders in Motion: New Paradigms of East Asian Comparative Literature — An Online Book Launch Forum

Satoru Hashimoto (Johns Hopkins University)
Xiaolu Ma (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Miya Qiong Xie (Dartmouth College)

Karen Thornber (Harvard University)
David Der-wei Wang (Harvard University)

Time: Tue., April 16; 8-9:30PM  (EST)

Zoom Registration:

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
Korea Institute
East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Comparative Literature, Harvard University
CCK Foundation

27th CHIME Conference–cfp

Call for Participation: 27th International CHIME – Meeting in the Field
Zhejiang Conservatory, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
7-12 November 2024

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Chinese Music Enthusiasts,

The Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in Hangzhou is proud to announce the 27th International CHIME – Meeting in the Field, 7-12 November 2024. It will be a unique five-day event, combining three days of immersive fieldwork across Zhejiang province (8-10 Nov) with a two day-conference (11-12 Nov) at the Conservatory campus, in which the participants are invited to exchange experiences and present ad hoc reports on their musical fieldwork.

About the Conference

Inspired by the 11th CHIME meeting, held in Yulin, Shaanxi province in 2006, the 27th edition of CHIME once again takes up the format of a ‘traveling conference’ – a Meeting in the Field. This time we aim to explore local musical traditions scattered across Zhejiang province. Through hands-on fieldwork sessions and insightful discussions, we hope to uncover the rich cultural tapestry woven into the various landscapes of the Jiangnan area.

Chinese and international scholars from diverse corners of the globe are expected to join forces in this meeting. Ethnomusicologists who carried out little or no fieldwork in China so far are welcome to take up the challenge. The gathering in Zhejiang will offer them rare chance to engage with China’s musical heritage and native fieldwork practices. Those who have already carried out extensive fieldwork elsewhere in China are equally welcome to take up this opportunity to access a rich and varied panoply of rural musical traditions in Zhejiang. Scholars with backgrounds in Sinology or Anthropology are also explicitly welcomed to list up! A team of seasoned local music scholars will join the event as guiding experts. Continue reading

26th CHIME Conference–cfp

CFP: 26th CHIME Conference
Sustainability and Chinese Music
University of Music, Drama and Media
Center for World Music, University of Hildesheim, Germany
3-6 October 2024

Call for Papers

Theme: Sustainability and Chinese Music

Urgent contemporary challenges have brought sustainability (可持续性) into sharp focus as a basic concern across musical worlds and research into music and sound. What are the historical and contemporary threats to the vibrancy of traditions and practices in Chinese music (technological, economic, political developments) and how have people acted to secure dynamic futures (heritage work, education, advocacy)? How has Chinese music been affected by the acute climate and environmental crisis, and can it become a potent force for change? Against these backdrops, how do individual musicians and researchers build lasting careers?

We welcome the following forms of proposal engaging with the broad theme of sustainability and Chinese music:

  1. Individual paper (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions): submit an abstract of max. 250 words
  2. Panel sessions of three to four papers: submit a panel abstract of max. 250 words plus abstracts of max. 200 words for each contribution
  3. Performances, workshops, film screenings or roundtable discussions: submit an abstract of 250 words; please indicate the length of the contribution. Continue reading

Summer Translation Collaborative II

Summer Translation Collaborative II with Julia Keblinska and Patricia Sieber
June 10-14, 2024
The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH, U.S.A., in person)
Module development for the Chinese Theater Collaborative (CTC)

Cover of the 1982 lianhunahua comic of The Injustice to Dou E, one of Guan Hanqing’s signature plays. Image credit: Screenshot from by Julia Keblinska.

In this week-long workshop on the OSU campus, CTC co-editors Julia Keblinska and Patricia Sieber will guide a small group of participants in authoring new modules for the Chinese Theater Collaborative (CTC) digital resource center. The program will feature presentations on how to handle different texts and diverse media, hands-on module development, and spirited peer review. This year’s workshop will focus on the modern afterlives of Guan Hanqing’s plays in any media (e.g., different traditional theatrical/operatic styles, spoken drama of any tradition, films, animation, TV drama, graphic renditions, prints, etc). The goal is to create draft modules that can eventually be published on CTC.

We would like to recruit a diverse cohort of advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent MFAs and PhDs. Required qualifications: advanced command of modern Chinese, professional fluency in spoken and written English. Experience with translation, theater or other media is desirable, but not required. We welcome participants, who are interested in developing either individually authored or collaborative written modules. CTC modules are backed by scholarly research but presented in an accessible and visually appealing style to cater to diverse publics. We especially welcome applications by members of traditionally underrepresented groups. Continue reading

Current Trends in Contemporary Chinese-Language Cinema

Zoom panel discussion with Evans Chan (moderator), Gina Marchetti (Women Filmmakers and the Visual Politics of Transnational China in the #MeToo Era, 2023), Zhang Zhen (Women Filmmakers in Sinophone World Cinema, 2023), Ma Ran (Independent Filmmaking across Borders in  Contemporary Asia, 2019),  and Elena Pollacchi (Wang Bing’s Filmmaking of the China Dream, 2021).

Thursday, April 4, 5pm (EST)
Registration for the Zoom link:

Format: This panel brings together four authors who have recent publications on contemporary Chinese cinema from Amsterdam University Press. After an introduction by moderator Evans Chan, each panelist will present an illustrated overview and some key takeaways from her book of about fifteen minutes. Q&A follows.

Bridging Glocal Asias–cfp

Conference – Tenth Annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference: Bridging Glocal Asias – University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Tenth Annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference, themed “Bridging Glocal Asias,” is scheduled for April 19th and 20th at Ingraham Hall in rooms 206 and 336. This event presents a unique opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to come together, sharing, learning, and discussing a wide array of Asian-related topics in a transregional and interdisciplinary context.

Over the span of two days, the conference will encompass sixteen panels (hybrid), two keynote speeches (hybrid), a roundtable discussion, and a celebratory dinner open to all campus community. These sessions will delve into various research fields, including literature, linguistics, history, art history, theater, geography, anthropology, religious studies, sociology, folklore, gender and women’s studies, and political science.

Attendees from UW-Madison will have the chance to engage with panelists from across the world. They can participate in discussions, exchange research ideas, and receive valuable feedback from both their peers and  experienced researchers. This interaction promises to offer fresh insights into the latest developments in Asian-related studies.

For detailed conference schedule, keynotes speech information and zoom links, please visit TAGS webpage for reference

Conference registration is free. Inquires about the conference should be directed to: or to Tiantian Cai (

We are looking forward to seeing you on the conference.

Jewish Culture and Nationalism in Shanghai–cfp

CALL FOR PAPERS: Between East and West: Jewish Culture and Nationalism in Shanghai
When: Sept. 11-13, 2024
Where: Shanghai
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2024
Notification: July 1, 2024

During the first half of the twentieth century, members of the Jewish national movement reimagined Jewish identity in various ways, with influences received and transmitted within different cultural contexts across the globe. While the range of influences and identities was robust, the stress in the current historiographical picture is on Western and Westernizing influences, while Asian influences, together with Jewish interest in, and even longed-for attachment to “The East” and “Eastern” cultures, has received comparatively little attention.

SIGNAL Group and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences invites scholars and researchers from around the world to submit proposals for participation in a pioneering academic workshop and conference in Shanghai to take place in Sept. 2024, that will explore Shanghai’s Jewish communities in Shanghai and other cities in China, with a special emphasis on the Baghdadi Jewish community of Shanghai and its remarkable newspaper, Israel’s Messenger (IM), published from 1904-41. Shanghai’s Baghdadi Jewish community secured support for the Jewish national movement in the Land of Israel from the father of modern Chinese nationalism, Sun Yat Sen, while IM brought Jewish national identity into dialogue with the aspirational vision of Asian identity that was articulated by the Nobel Prize winning poet and polymath, Rabindranth Tagore. The Baghdadi Jewish activity was marked by the vibrant and cosmopolitan environment of early twentieth-century Shanghai, and constituted a unique voice in that multi-vocal and multifaceted city which has yet to receive the scholarly attention that it deserves. Continue reading

Classical Tale translation workshop

Chinese Classical Tale Summer Translation Workshop: Call for Applications

The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago invites applications for a Translation Workshop on the tale written in Classical Chinese (Literary Sinitic). The workshop, to be held July 15-19, 2024, is part of the NEH Translations and Scholarly Editions project for a new complete annotated English translation of Pu Songling’s 蒲松齡 Liaozhai zhiyi 聊齋誌異. It will be led by project co-PI’s Judith Zeitlin (University of Chicago) and Rania Huntington (University of Wisconsin, Madison), with additional faculty sessions conducted by Roland Altenburger (University of Würzburg), Suyoung Son (Cornell), and Jiayi Chen (Washington University, St Louis). Mornings will introduce methods and resources for English translation and annotation, including two sessions in the Regenstein Library and a session on Korean tales written in Literary Sinic; afternoon sessions will focus on workshopping translations in progress by individual student and faculty participants.

The workshop is open to graduate students, advanced undergraduates, faculty, and independent scholars and translators. Required qualifications: command of advanced Classical Chinese and professional fluency in English.

Subsidies for travel and lodging will be provided for a limited number of out of town participants. Preference for subsidies will be given to graduate students and recent PhDs or MFAs (degree granted after 2017), but scholars of all ranks are welcome to apply to the workshop. Participants should prepare two texts for translation to bring with them: one an already completed draft, and one to be completed over the course of the workshop. Texts may be from the tale or anecdotal tradition in Classical Chinese from any period or geographical region. Applicants should submit a current cv and brief statements describing your interest in the workshop, your Classical Chinese training, prior translation experience, and the translation projects you plan to share at the workshop.

Application materials are due by May 1, 2024

Please apply here:  NEH Summer Classical Tale Translation Workshop (

For questions, please contact Professor Judith Zeitlin <>

Contact Information:

Hyeonjin Schubert
Center Administrator Center for East Asian Studies
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RMMLA lit and film panel–cfp extension

RMMLA 2024 Panel Deadline Extension

The deadline for abstract proposals to the 2024 Rocky Mountain MLA panel on “Marginalized Writers and Filmmakers,” previously posted on the MCLC Blog, has been extended to March 21:

Please direct any inquiries to:

Charles Laughlin (
Andrew Kauffman (
Yiming Ma (

Drama Box and the Social Theatre of Singpore event

Dear colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the panel discussion commemorating the launch of my book, Drama Box and the Social Theatre of Singapore: Cultural Intervention and Artistic Autonomy 1990-2006.

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Founded in 1990, Drama Box is a socially-engaged theatre company known for creating works that inspire dialogue, reflection and change. Published thirteen years ago in Chinese, Drama Box and the Social Theatre of Singapore: Cultural Intervention and Artistic Autonomy 1990-2006 received critical acclaim for its “comprehensive insight” into cultural policies and “excellent analysis” of the company’s theatre practice which “amplifies the voices of marginalised communities.” Now available in English, it has been updated and edited for a wider readership. To commemorate its publication, you are invited to join us for the live streaming of the book launch and panel discussion as speakers working in theatre, education and academia explore the nexus between theatre and crisis.

Online event:
Title of Panel Discussion: THEATRE AND CRISIS
Date: 9 March 2024 (Saturday)
Time: 0800 to 0930 (UK time)
Language: English Continue reading