Initiated in 2010, the annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities brings together current graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in the humanistic disciplines.
The conference provides a window into current research in Chinese studies, and serves as a platform for fostering interaction among budding scholars of geographically disparate institutions, facilitating their exchange of ideas and interests. Specifically, the organizing committee hopes that this conference will encourage interdisciplinary scholarship within and between literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, film and media studies, musicology and sound studies, as well as the interpretative social sciences.
Friday, April 18, 2014
2:00 pm — Panel 1 — Media History: Political Machinations and Aesthetic Aspirations Hongwei Chen, The Lightest Form of Theater: Cai Yuanpei and the Axiology of Cinema Education Rebecca Scott, Situating Lianhuanhua in Political Culture Tianshuang Liang, A True Record: the Interplay of Local, Regional and World Art in 1910s Shanghai Xingzhou Hu, City Toy, Toy City — An Implicit Dialogue between Rubber Duck and City Student discussant: Eldon Pei Faculty discussant: Jean Ma
4:00 pm — Keynote speech Fabio Lanza, History, University of Arizona, Tucson, When China Existed: Scholarship, Activism, and Asian Studies This presentation looks back at the only other time in the last two centuries when Asia, as today, was the focus of sustained global interest: the 1960s and 1970s, the era of Global Maoism and wars of liberation. Through an analysis of the formation and dissolution of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars (CCAS), I will illustrate how China, (mis)perceived, imagined, or experienced, was not only and not simply the location of a utopia that could be deployed by idealistic youth to define more locally-specific goals. Rather, that "China" also represented a short-lived radical political alternative, one that forced the people who took it seriously to rethink their relationship to work, social roles, daily practices, and the production of knowledge. Within the field of Asian Studies, it was the existence of this particular "China" that opened up possibilities for CCAS to challenge the established narratives and produce some major political and scholarly discoveries. This presentation traces their discoveries but also the foreclosure of those possibilities once that "China" disappeared with the end of Maoism.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
10:00 am — Panel 2 — Bodies on Display: Discipline and Emancipation Andrew Elmore, Building Modern Bodies: (Trans)nationalizing Physical Culture and Physique Photography in Early Twentieth-Century China Jiao Lin, Memory of the Body: The Silent Practice of Breast-Binding in the Cultural Revolution Kelly Tang, Ivory "Doctor's Ladies": The Medical and the Erotic Female Body Student discussant: Renren Yang Faculty discussant: Haiyan Lee
Noon — Lunch break
1:00 pm — Panel 3 — Martial Fictions: Violent Texts and and Alternative Visions Emily Goedde, The Humming of Radios, the Explosion of Bombs: The Searchfor Everyday Sounds in Poetry from Kunming During the War of Resistance Yunwen Gao, Race, Language and Culture in the Construction of Nationalism at the End of the Empire: Liang Qichao's "Ban Dingyuan Conquering the West" Rachel Leng, Military Gay Comrades: Negotiating the Homosocial(ist) Identity in Mainland China's Tongzhi Fiction Student discussant: Julia Keblinska Faculty discussant: Andrew Jones
2:30 pm — Break
2:45 pm — Panel 4 — Transnational Encounter: Otherization and Indigenization Elizabeth Emrich, Dueling Exhibitions: Chinese Nationalist Performance on the World Stage Keisha Brown, Sounds of Blackness: Musical Performances and Representations of Blackness in Maoist China Jesse Chapman, Daoism in the Age of Evolution Student discussant: Larissa Pitts Faculty discussant: Alexander Cook
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