Michiyoshi Satō

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Michiyoshi Satō, February 9, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM in CEAS 319 (1155 E 60th St.)

Please join us Tuesday, February 9 from 5:00 PM-6:30 PM for a conversation with Michiyoshi Satō, a contemporary Tsugaru-jamisen performer. This event follows Satō’s performance on the previous day, which will be held at Bond Chapel at 6:00 p.m. Catering will be provided at the workshop.

Annotated lyrics in Japanese and English are available via this link. Please do not circulate or cite the lyrics without the permission of Michiyoshi Sato and Joshua Soloman. If you have not received the password for the post, or if you have concerns about accessibility for this meeting, please do not hesitate to email David Krolikoski at davidkroli at uchicago.edu or Brian White at bmwhite at uchicago.edu.

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Nic Wong

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APEA_NWong_posterFriday, February 5, 3:00-5:00 PM in CEAS 319 (1155 E 60th St.)

Nic Wong, “Whither Ng Kim Chew’s Nanyang People’s Republic?: History, Ethics, and Literary Writing”

Please join us this Friday, February 5, as we welcome Nic Wong (Comparative Literature, University of Chicago), who will be presenting a chapter draft from his dissertation.  As Nic summarizes, “In reading Ng Kim Chew (Huang Jinshu)’s recent fiction and essays, this chapter considers the genre of ‘Malayan communist writings’ (magong shuxie) as the site of the historical entanglement of literary movements of social(ist) realism and modernism in the wake of decolonization and nation-building movements during the Cold War. Ng’s imaginative anti-genealogy of ‘Malayan communist writings’ explores and critiques post-loyalist attachments to the bygone concepts of Nanyang and Malaya, and shrewdly introduces literariness as a form of ethics—a key term left out of discussions of materiality in Sinophone studies and studies of the genre.”

A draft of the chapter is available via this link.  Please do not circulate or cite the chapter without permission of the author.  If you have not received the password for the post, or if you have concerns about accessibility for this meeting, please do not hesitate to email David Krolikoski at davidkroli at uchicago.edu or Brian White at bmwhite at uchicago.edu.

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Miriam Wattles

January 25th, 2016 No comments

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Friday, January 29, 4:30-6:30 PM in CWAC 153 (5550 S. Greenwood Ave.)

*PLEASE NOTE THE TIME AND LOCATION OF THIS TALK*

Miriam Wattles, “Defining Manga Anew in 1928: Ippei, a Book, and History”

Please join us this Friday, January 29, as we welcome Miriam Wattles (Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture, UCSB).  A description of Professor Wattles’s talk follows.  No paper will be pre-circulated.

 

It wasn’t until the explosion of mass media in the 1920s that the word “manga” began to be used for comics and cartoons in Japan. Reformulations of the past were integral to the redefinition of the word. Okamoto Ippei (1886-1948), hugely popular with the public and head of a newly formed manga circle, wove a new historical sensibility into his prescriptions for the future of manga in his book Shin manga no kakikata (How To Make New Manga, 1928). The larger genus he employed was “minshūga,” or “pictures of the people.” In proposing this term at this particular historical moment, Ippei was responding to deep underlying tensions between elite and popular culture, individualism and collectivism, and nationalism and cosmopolitanism. This talk counters present amnesia around Ippei and his definition of manga and gives a surprising history of public ownership of one particular copy of Shin manga no kakikata.

 

This talk is supported by the Visual and Material Perspectives in East Asia Workshop, the Center for East Asian Studies, and Professor Chelsea Foxwell.

 

Catering will be provided after the talk.

 

If you have concerns about accessibility for this meeting, please do not hesitate to contact David Krolikoski at davidkroli at uchicago.edu, Brian White at bmwhite at uchicago.edu, or Xi Zhang at xizh at uchicago.edu.

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Ling Zhang

January 10th, 2016 No comments

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Friday, January 15, 3:00-5:00 PM in CEAS 319 (1155 E 60th St.)

Ling Zhang, “When the Left Eye Meets the Right Ear: Cinematic Fantasia and Comic Soundscape in City Scenes (1935)

Please join us this Friday, January 15, as we welcome Ling Zhang (Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago).  Ling will be presenting a mock job talk, so no paper will be pre-circulated for this meeting.  She summarizes her talk as follows:

Uchiyama Kanzo (內山完造, 1885-1959), a renowned Japanese bookstore owner in Republican Shanghai, published an essay, Shanghai Soundscape (上海的聲音), in 1939. In this article, Uchiyama vividly depicts a motley mix of mundane sounds in Shanghai, including ambient sounds (birds calling and cicadas chirping) and human voices (peddlers and vendors shouting). This literary rendition of Shanghai sounds corresponds to the 1930s Shanghai sound culture and cinematic soundscape. This paper examines Chinese filmmaker Yuan Muzhi袁牧之 (1909-1978)’s musical-comedy City Scenes (都市風光, 1935)’s incorporation and reinvention of Hollywood and Soviet influence in terms of film sound technique and musical concepts. The film was hailed as “the first Chinese musical comedy” and praised for its audiovisual experimentations, as it was the first Chinese film to commission composers to create musical scores according to the cinematic style and thematic concerns. The film score created by three composers is a mixture of Western classical, Chinese folk, and popular musical genres that reflects the hodgepodge soundscape in semi-colonial Shanghai. These included Fantasia of City Scenes (都市風光幻想曲) by Huang Zi 黃自 (1904-1938), who studied composition at Yale University and was a respected composer in the European classical music tradition, and Song of the Peep-Show (西洋鏡歌) by Zhao Yuanren 趙元任 (1892-1982), who was a famed linguist and musician, versed in local dialects and folk tunes. The remaining music was arranged by He Luting賀綠汀, who composed numerous theme songs for 1930s and 1940s Chinese films, and whose music falls between classical and popular music conventions, with a Soviet-Russian tinge.

The comic and tumultuous soundscape in City Scenes corresponds to the popular sound culture in modern cityscape of Shanghai, which was permeated by popular songs, oral story-telling conventions, street performance and urban noises. I explore how the ingeniously experimental deployment of sound elements in City Scenes obscures and defies the conventionally conceived boundaries between the human voice, sound effects, and music, articulating a sort of “auditory grotesque”, comprised of unruly ironic reverberations and a dynamic soundscape. Moreover, these convoluted sound elements connect different narrative layers within the structure, and are associated with and comment on different characters, frequently through the form of Wagnerian leitmotif and a widely practiced sound technique in 1930s Hollywood animations and films with live actors, Mickey Mousing. Finally, I explore how the interactions between the acoustic and the visual enhance the textual and material heterogeneity in the film and create a sort of cinematic fantasia, which corresponds to the spontaneous film score and the implications of the musical form, fantasia. Consequently, the film’s playful yet rather bleak audiovisual rendition of city life in 1930s Shanghai foregrounds its pungent register as satirical social critique of hegemonic capitalism and consumerism.

If you have concerns about accessibility for this meeting, please do not hesitate to contact David Krolikoski at davidkroli at uchicago.edu or Brian White at bmwhite at uchicago.edu.

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Winter 2016 Schedule

January 7th, 2016 No comments
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Harris School/Center for East Asian Studies, 1155 E 60th St

Please join us in the Winter quarter of 2016!

Unless otherwise noted our workshop meets from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at 1155 E 60th St (60th and Woodlawn) in Room 319.

Winter 2016 Schedule

January 15 (F), 3:00-5:00, Ling Zhang (Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago)

January 29 (F), 4:30-6:30 in CWAC 156, Miriam Wattles (Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara) (co-sponsored by Visual and Material Perspectives on East Asia) * Please note the time and location of this workshop. 

February 5 (F), 3:00-5:00, Nic Wong (Comparative Literature, University of Chicago)

February 9 (T), 5:00-6:30, Michiyoshi Sato (Contemporary Tsugaru-jamisen performer) (co-sponsored by EthNoise!) * Please note the time of this workshop. 

February 26 (F), 3:00-5:00, Han Zhang (East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)

If you are interested in presenting at the workshop, please contact David Krolikoski (davidkroli at uchicago.edu) or Brian White (bmwhite at uchicago.edu).

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William Caroll

November 28th, 2015 No comments

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Friday, December 4, 3:00-5:00PM in CEAS 319 (1155 E 60th St)
William Caroll, “Suzuki Seijun and the Redemption of Cinephilia”

On Friday, December 4, please join us in welcoming William Caroll, who will present a work-in-progress version of his dissertation proposal. As William explains, “The goal of my dissertation is to look at the relationship between the late Nikkatsu films of Suzuki Seijun and the writings of this group of cinephiles who emerged in the late 1960s and would later to go on to dominate both critical and academic discussions of film in Japan in the 1970s and 1980s.  I will be arguing that Seijun’s films are foundational to understanding the cinephiles’ theory of cinema, and that their writings have in turn shaped our understanding of Seijun as a filmmaker.”

A draft of William’s paper is available at this link. If you have not received the password for the post, or if you have concerns about accessibility, please feel free to contact David Krolikoski at davidkroli at uchicago.edu or Brian White at bmwhite at uchicago.edu.

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Paul Vierthaler

November 16th, 2015 No comments

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Friday, November 20, 12 – 2 PM in JRL 122
Paul Vierthaler, “Quantitative Historical Imagination: Late Ming and Early Qing Chinese Unofficial Histories, Novels, and Dramas”

Please join us for a joint session with the Digital Humanities Forum on Friday, November 20 at 12 PM in JRL 122. We will be welcoming. Paul Vierthaler Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at Boston College.

In this talk, Paul Vierthaler will discuss his research in using digital techniques to analyze the differences among texts that transmitted unofficial historical narratives in the late Ming and early Qing periods in China. This talk centers on novels on current events, dramas on current events, and yeshi (unofficial, or wild, histories). These texts, which Paul calls “quasi-histories”, purport to move information about recent events, but their historical validity and generic nature have been debated by contemporary and modern scholars. In the past, their sheer numbers made systematic analysis difficult. Paul will begin with a meta-analysis of extensive secondary bibliographic information to analyze the claim that late Ming and early Qing quasi-histories were unprecedentedly focused on the recent past. He will finish with a discussion on using stylometric analysis to explore the complex stylistic relationships among texts of these genres, and their relationship with official dynastic histories.

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