The Ninth International Junior Scholars Conference on Sinology, National Taiwan University
The participants of the Ninth International Young Scholars' Conference on Sinology at National Taiwan University.
On July 10 and 11, 2010, the Ninth International Junior Scholars' Conference on Sinology was held at National Taiwan University in Taipei. More than one hundred scholars from America, China, Germany, Japan, and Taiwan attended the conference. The conference is devoted to the theme of Taiwan Literature and Cultural Studies, covering important issues that span from the late nineteeth to the twenty-first centuries.
The strategic position, versatility, and volatility that a great number writers and cultural brokers from Taiwan possess continue to fascinate scholars from different countries and with different methodologies. During this two-day conference, scholars cast new critical light on the studies of the complex formation and evolution of a Taiwan identity and subjectivity; explored the dynamics between the colonizers and colonized, guest and host; unraveled the entanglement of the politics and poetics of history; and envisioned a new culturalscape that sustain authors with either a nativist or a cosmopolitan concern, or both.
The conference began with a short speech by the vice president of the National Taiwan University, followed by a welcoming remark from the director of the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature and Culture, Mei Chia-Ling, who witnessed the growth and the maturity of the conference. On behalf of CCK-IUC, Professor David Der-wei Wang delivered a keynote speech that established the interdisciplinary undertone of the conference. The conference ended with a round table discussion among Professors Leo Lee, Ching-ming Ko, and Ping-huei Liao who stressed that no consideration of contemporary Chinese literature, culture, and cinema, or simply, the Sinophone, would be complete without taking into account the vibrancy and resourcefulness of people from Taiwan.
Professor David Der-wei Wang addresses the International Young Scholars' Conference on Sinology
Hong Kong: Urban Imagination and Cultural Memory
Sponsored by the CCK-IUC, Hong Kong Institute of Education, and Hong Kong Chinese University, the international conference “Hong Kong: Urban Imagination and Cultural Memory” was held on December 17 and 18, 2010. Eighty-five scholars from China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the US presented papers on the city of Hong Kong in literary and cinematic texts and cultural discourses. The conference opened with remarks from Professor Chen Pingyuan and Professor Leonard Chan, and was followed by two keynote speeches. Professor David Der-wei Wang gave the first speech on the literary history of Hong Kong, and Professor Leo Ou-fan Lee recounted the colonial history of Hong Kong and highlighted important events and people that gave rise to Hong Kong’s cultural diversity. Professors Ying Feng-Huang, Leonard Chan, Chen Pingyuan, Yamaguchi Mamoru, Pu Zaiyu, and Song Weijie concluded the two-day conference with personal reflections.
On December 17, the conference was held at the Hong Kong Chinese University, and the Hong Kong Institute of Education hosted the second day of conference on the eighteenth. The switch was a result of a productive collaboration between the two host universities. The two-day conference attracted a great number of attendees and the exchange between the presenters and the audience was fruitfully engaging.
Left: Professor Leo Ou-fan Lee lectures at the conference “Hong Kong: Urban Imagination and Cultural Memory,” December 17 and 18, 2010. Right: Professor David Der-wei Wang of Harvard University with Professor Chen Pingyuan of Peking University.
Announcing the publication of Writing and Literacy in Early China
Since 2006, CCK-IUC has provided support for the Early China Seminar at Columbia University. This project's valuable research and endeavors have yielded the volume Writing and Literacy in Early China. Edited by Li Feng and David Branner, this volume includes contributions from eleven respected scholars and addresses the issue of the origins and social contexts of writing and the spread of literacy in early China. The book serves as a tribute to the study of Chinese civilization from the Early China Seminar, and its publication is further sponsored by CCK-IUC. It is scheduled to be released by the University of Washington Press in the spring of 2011. More information on this exciting publication can be found here.
Announcing the publication of Quren hongzhao, an oral history of kunqu
CCK-IUC has recently provided support for the publication of Quren hongzhao, an oral history of Ch'ung-ho Chang Frankel, renowned kunqu opera singer, poet, and calligrapher, as told to Yale Professor Kang-I Sun Chang. Published by both Guangxi Normal University Press in the mainland and Lianjing Books in Taiwan, this book is a fascinating insight into the artistic and cultural traditions of kunqu, and the compelling lives of some of its most famous practitioners. An English translation, also supported by CCK-IUC, is forthcoming.
Additional publications funded by the CCK Inter-University Center for Sinology
CCK-IUC has recently provided funding for the publication of Xi'an: Dushi xiangxiang yu wenhua jiyi (Xi'an: Urban Imagination and Cultural Memory), published by Peking University Press in 2009. Edited jointly by Professor Chen Pingyuan of Peking University, Professor David Der-wei Wang of Harvard University, and Professor Chen Xuechao of the International College of Chinese Studies of Shaanxi Normal University, this volume provides a "heteroglossic" approach to the cultural and geographic history of Xi'an. This book consists of five main sections featuring relevant essays on each topic: "Chang'an in the field of archaeology and historical study," "Chang'an in the field of classical literature," "Xi'an in the field of early modern cultural history," "Contemporary Xi'an reading and writing," and "Looking back and gazing forward at the ancient capital of Xi'an." With essays by more than twenty scholars and critics, this volume marks a major contribution to the study of geographical history, cultural studies, and literary criticism.
CCK-IUC has also provided support for the publication of Yijiusijiu yihou (After 1949), published by Oxford University Press in Hong Kong in 2010. Jointly edited by Professor David Der-wei Wang of Harvard University, Professor Chen Sihe of Fudan University, and Professor Xu Zidong of Lingnan University, this volume consists of nineteen essays by leading scholars of literature and cultural history and places the "contemporary" of the past sixty years in a dialogue with the expansive tradition of Chinese literature. Paying close attention to the multiplicity of directions and paths, some ongoing, others foreclosed, taken in these decades, this volume builds a powerful perspective from which to re-read the experience of Chinese modernity.