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October 12, 2011

Call for papers: ICS Graduate Student Forum on “Texts At the Crossroads: Books of Genius At Home and Abroad”

Texts At the Crossroads: Books of Genius At Home and Abroad

The ICS Graduate Forum will take place on May 4 and 5, 2012, at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. The workshop seeks to explore the processes by which the texts collectively known as the “books of genius” editions (Sanguozhi yanyi, Haoqiu zhuan, Yu Jiao Li, Ping Shan Leng Yan, Shuihu zhuan, Xixiang ji, Pipaji, Huajian ji among others) emerged as an alternative canon of vernacular literature not only in late imperial China, but helped define the contours of a wave of Chinese world literature in Asia and elsewhere. The forum is a multidisciplinary event designed to foster interaction among graduate students with research interests in the intersection between gendered representations and consumption of texts, print commerce, performance, literary genre, region, empire, and travel between 1640 and 1949. Research on the migration of “books of genius” editions between media and genres, on their diffusion in different regions within China, on the mechanism of their travel abroad, and on their translations into different Asian and other languages and contexts are especially welcome.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Shang Wei (Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University)

Abstracts: Abstracts are invited from graduate students for 30-minute presentations related to innovative research on the “books of genius” in any discipline of Chinese cultural studies (e.g., literature, book history, theater, social and cultural history, comparative studies, translation studies, history of art, folklore, film, ethnomusicology among others). Submissions are limited to one (1) single-authored or one (1) multi-authored paper per person.
• Abstracts must be written in English and on a single page, including examples, key references, etc.
• Prepare one (1) copy of the abstract in PDF format, containing the name(s) of author(s), affiliation(s), and e-mail address(es). Save the file under the title LASTNAMEAbstract.pdf.
• In the event of questions, please contact Prof. Patricia Sieber at sieber.6[at]osu.edu
•Abstract submission: Submit one copy of the abstract to with the subject heading “Abstract.”
• Abstract deadline: March 1, 2012, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).
• Abstract length: 250-400 words
• CV: Please include a CV of the primary author (no longer than 3 pages)
• Notification of acceptance via email: By March 15, 2012.

This forum is sponsored by the Institute for Chinese Studies (ICS) and co-sponsored by the East Asian Studies Center, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL, the Graduate Student Association of East Asian Languages and Literatures (GREALL) and other units at The Ohio State University. Participants will have to secure funding from their own home institutions and/or other sources to attend the forum.

Organizing Committee:
Professor Patricia Sieber (Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, OSU)
Professor Ying Zhang (Department of History, OSU)
Mengjun Li (PhD Candidate, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, OSU)
Jeffrey Parkming Chan (Assistant Director, Institute for Chinese Studies, OSU)

Posted by zzhu at October 12, 2011 11:46 PM