Friday, May 1, 3:00-5:00PM in CEAS 319 (1155 E 60th St)
Adhira Mangalagiri (PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature, University of Chicago)
“Slave of the Colonizer: Reading the Indian Literary Figure in Chinese Literature”
This Friday at 3:00PM, please join the Art and Politics of East Asia Workshop for a presentation by Adhira Mangalagiri, PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature, on representations of colonial Indian policemen in Chinese literature written between 1900 and 1940. The Indian policeman is persistently present in China’s, particularly Shanghai’s, literary production during the colonial period. However, this Indian figure has so far been treated as a historical figure, his function in literary texts often explained merely by accounting for the historical forces underlying his presence on the streets of Shanghai. Using postcolonial and psychoanalytic lineages of critical thought, Adhira argues that the Indian policeman is not simply a historical artifact lurking in the backgrounds of texts. Rather, she argues that he is a central feature of the Chinese literary psyche and is crucial for reading colonial anxieties in the short stories and novels of the period.
A draft of the chapter is available at this link. If you have not received the password for the post, please feel free to contact Nicholas Lambrecht at lambrecht at uchicago.edu. Light refreshments will be served at the workshop. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!
Friday, April 17, 3:00-5:00PM in CEAS 319 (1155 E 60th St)
Chun Chun Ting (PhD Candidate in EALC, University of Chicago)
“Redefining Neighborhoods: Documentary Filmmaking and
Political Empowerment in Hong Kong’s Inner City”
This Friday at 3:00PM, the Art and Politics of East Asia Workshop will meet for a presentation by Chun Chun Ting, PhD candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, on the documentary films produced by the Hong Kong artist/activist group v-artivist. Ting’s paper, which can be found here, argues that these films tease out how working class life is continually eroded and overpowered by institutional forces while also showing how the spatial practices sustained in old neighborhoods nurture a spirit of local autonomy and agency. This vision of local life provides a source of critique not only of capitalist reproductions of urban space but also of capitalism as a way of organizing economic and social life. Ting’s paper specifically looks at v-artivist’s productive collaboration with residents facing redevelopment and their screening movement to explore how they transform the viewers’ relationship with images to cultivate a community of resistance. While bulldozers continue to raze many of these neighborhoods, Ting argues that the practices of v-artivist have substantially shifted the discussion about urban renewal from the nostalgic discourse of cultural heritage to one about housing rights and communal ownership, and as such redefine these neighborhoods as sites for the exercise of citizenship and collaboration.
If you have not received the password for the paper, or if you have concerns about accessibility, please feel free to contact Nicholas Lambrecht at lambrecht at uchicago.edu. Light refreshments will be served at the workshop. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!
Friday, March 6, 3:00-5:00PM in CEAS 319 (1155 E 60th St)
Ling Zhang (PhD Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago)
“An Operatic and Poetic Atmosphere (kongqi): Female Voice-over and
Transmediality in Fei Mu’s Spring in a Small Town”
On Friday, March 6, the Art and Politics of East Asia Workshop will meet for a presentation by Ling Zhang, PhD candidate in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, on a draft of a chapter from her dissertation. The chapter examines the idiosyncratic omniscient female voice-over and audiovisual aesthetic of Fei Mu’s film Spring in a Small Town (1948) in the context of the transmedial milieu of 1940s China, arguing that the voice-over and perspective not only draw inspirations from traditional Chinese opera (xiqu) and folk storytelling conventions, but also coincide with the prevailing trend of voice-over narration in 1940s American film noir and melodrama. The paper further argues that such transmedial and transcultural connections enrich and refresh our understanding of not only the audiovisual aesthetic of Spring in a Small Town, but also broader questions of female subjectivity and gender discourse and the intricate interplay between traditional and modernist art.
A draft of the paper will be available later today at this link. If you have not received the password for the post, please feel free to contact Nicholas Lambrecht at lambrecht at uchicago.edu. Light refreshments will be served at the workshop. We look forward to seeing you on Friday.
Friday, January 23, 3:00-5:00PM in CEAS 319 (1155 E 60th St)
Douglas Berman (Asst. Dean of Graduate Programs, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
“Chinese Ecocriticism: The Recent Past & Today–Cultural & Political Negotiations in China”
This Friday, January 23, please join the Art and Politics of East Asia Workshop to discuss a paper on trends in China’s ecocritical movement presented by Douglas Berman, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at the University of Wisconsin. After earning his PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin and a JD in Law from Indiana University, Dean Berman spent several years as a law associate in Hong Kong and Beijing before returning to Madison. His interests include modern Chinese literature and interdisciplinary approaches to law and literature.
A draft of the paper will be circulated on Monday via this link. Please do not circulate or cite this paper without the author’s permission. After the workshop we will be having a dinner in Hyde Park, and both graduate students and faculty are welcome to attend. Please contact Nicholas Lambrecht at lambrecht at uchicago.edu to RSVP for the dinner, if you need assistance in downloading the paper, or if you have concerns about accessibility. We look forward to seeing you on Friday.
Friday, December 5, 3:00-5:00PM in CEAS 319 (1155 E 60th St)
Katherine Alexander (PhD Candidate in EALC, University of Chicago)
“Reading for Women: Chinese Popular Religious Culture and Literature in the Late Qing”
On Friday, December 5, please join us in welcoming Katherine Alexander, who will present a chapter draft from her dissertation The Business of Being Good: Baojuan in Late Qing Jiangnan. Background reading materials and the chapter draft will be available here on Wednesday (please do not circulate or cite the draft).
Light refreshments will be served at this meeting of the workshop, which will be the last meeting of Art and Politics for the fall quarter. We’ll look forward to seeing you there, and please keep an eye on this space for the announcement of the APEA winter schedule.