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Satellite image of sandstorm over China

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.

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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.

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“Green Seedlings” (Photo courtesy of the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe)

Monday, December 1, 4:30-6:00PM
Logan Center Seminar Terrace Room, 801 (915 E 60th Street)
Yan Haiping (Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Tsinghua University)
“My Dream: The Intermedial Turn in Contemporary Chinese Performing Arts”

On Monday, December 1, please join APEA and the Theater and Performance Studies Workshop for a discussion of Yan Haiping’s article “My Dream: The Intermedial Turn in Contemporary Chinese Performing Arts.” The article is available here.

Yan Haiping is a former full professor of Critical Studies in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at UCLA and professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature, and East Asian Studies at Cornell University, and has also been a University Professor of Cross-Cultural Studies at Shanghai Jiaotong University and a Fellow at the Cornell Institute for the Study of Economy and Society, Cornell University. She is currently the Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Vice Dean of the College of the Humanities, and Dean of the Tsinghua Institute for World Literatures and Cultures at Tsinghua University.

Please note the special day, time, and location of this meeting. The Theater and Performance Studies Workshop is also hosting a dinner at the Snail following the presentation. To RSVP, please contact Amy Stebbins (amystebbins@uchicago.edu) or Anne Rebull (anner@uchicago.edu) by Saturday evening at 5PM. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Wang Renmei, “the wildcat of Shanghai”

Thursday, November 6, 4:30-6:30PM in CEAS 319 (1155 E 60th St)
Richard J. Meyer (President Emeritus, San Francisco Silent Film Festival)
“Politics in the Shanghai Film Industry in Republican China: The Case of Wang Renmei”

On Thursday, November 6, please join us for a presentation by Richard Meyer, author of Ruan Ling-yu: The Goddess of Shanghai and Jin Yan: The Rudolph Valentino of Shanghai. Meyer’s recent work on Wang Renmei “explores her artistic achievements amid the prevalent anti-feminist and feudal society in China prior to the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949,” and shows that “[her] life is emblematic of the experiences of many left-wing and Communist Party members from the Shanghai film community who were viewed with suspicion and enmity by the Yan’an clique headed by Mao and later the Gang of Four” (Columbia University Press).

Please note the special day and time of this presentation. Light refreshments will be served at the workshop.

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Detail – Johann Christoph Homann map of Asia, 1730

Crossing Borders in East Asia Workshops
(APEA roundtable series #2, a sequel to last year’s discussion on area studies)
Friday, October 24, 3:00-5:00PM in Harris/CEAS 319 (1155 E 60th St)

In the previous Art and Politics roundtable, we examined the tenuousness of our position amid the crises that plague area studies and the ongoing march toward globalization both inside and outside academia. This time, we turn to a more immediate issue: how we can overcome national and linguistic divisions within “Asian studies” to help support one another as graduate students and scholars? What is it that we look for in presentations that focus on topics outside of our regional/national/linguistic specialties, and how can we cater to those needs as presenters? To foster discussion, we’ll look at a few articles on approaches to the transnational/transregional and attempts to carry out such studies in East Asia. Please feel free to come with questions and issues you’d like to discuss! The pieces we’ll focus on are:

Sarah J. Mahler – “Theoretical and Empirical Contributions Toward a Research Agenda for Transnationalism” (from Transnationalism from Below, Smith and Guarnizo, eds.)

Karen Laura Thornber – “Rethinking the World in World Literature: East Asia and Literary Contact Nebulae” (from World Literature in Theory, David Damrosch, ed.)

Both graduate students and faculty are welcome at the roundtable, and light refreshments will be served. We’ll look forward to seeing you there.

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Harris School/Center for East Asian Studies, 1155 E 60th St

Orientation meeting and upcoming schedule

Welcome back to campus! Art and Politics will hold its first meeting of the year on Friday, October 10, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM in Room 319 of the Harris School building, 1155 E 60th St. Please come to say hello, enjoy refreshments, and relax after a long week of studying. We will go over the fall quarter workshop schedule, briefly discuss news and our goals for the upcoming year, and have a chance to get acquainted with our new meeting space in Room 319, the media room of the Center for East Asian Studies.

After our meeting, those who’d like to catch a presentation have several options. A VMPEA workshop will be held in Cochrane-Woods beginning at 4:00, where Ken Tadashi Oshima (Architecture, University of Washington) will be speaking on “Nihon no toshi kūkan: Approaches to the City Invisible.” At 4:30, Steven Heine (Religion/History, Florida International University) will be giving a lecture entitled “There Goes Rhymin’ Dōgen (1200-1253): A Medieval Japanese Monk Well-Versed in Chinese Chan Poetics” at the Divinity School.

This year’s Art and Politics schedule is filling rapidly. If you are interested in presenting at the workshop, please contact Nicholas Lambrecht (lambrecht at uchicago.edu) as soon as possible to express your interest. Suggestions for outside speakers are also welcome.

The upcoming schedule for Art and Politics is as follows:

October 10 (F), 2:30-3:30, Orientation and discussion

October 24 (F), 3:00-5:00, Roundtable: Crossing Borders in East Asia Workshops

November 6 (Th), 4:30-6:30, Richard Meyer (President Emeritus, San Francisco Silent Film Festival), “Politics in the Shanghai Film Industry in Republican China: The Case of Wang Renmei”

November 21 (F), 3:00-5:00, Daniel Johnson (Cinema and Media Studies/East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago), “Convergence Anxiety, I&II” [Note: POSTPONED]

December 1 (M), 4:30-6:00, Yan Haiping (Crosscultural Studies, Shanghai Jiaotong University); cosponsored with the Theatre and Performance Studies workshop, this meeting will take place in Seminar Terrace Room 801 of the Logan Center, 915 E 60th St

December 5 (F), 3:00-5:00, Katherine Alexander (East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)

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