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December 06, 2012

The best of Fall 2012!

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All about the 18th Party Congress:

1. Six members of the extended CCS community wrote about their impressions of the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, which concluded a few weeks ago. Learn what the meeting meant for Chinese-Latin American relations from alumna Victoria Chonn; read political science professor Yuen Yuen Ang's take on the problem of corruption for the party; and look deeper into implications for national health policy with analysis by CCS dual-degree student Damjan DeNoble; and much more! We invite you to participate in the conversation by leaving your own comments.

2. Michigan Law School professor Nicholas Howson was interviewed at length on WILS radio about leadership selection at the top political meeting.

Benefiting from local and global expertise:

3. We were delighted to introduce Asia Healthcare Blog with three recent articles - two of which used the CCS Noon Lectures as jump-off points for wider discussions about China - but there is even more to read and discuss on this leading site for issues related to business, policy, and culture of health management!

4. Fantastic videos for Chinese language students: Complete Chinese subtitles have been added to the two most-watched speeches on election night in the U.S., November 6, 2012!

5. CCS faculty associates commented on China in the news with two very different story lines: Xiaobing Tang, Professor of Comparative Literature and Helmut F. Stern Professor of Modern Chinese Studies, U-M LS&A, gave his assessment of the work and legacy of Mo Yan, this year's Nobel Laureate in Literature; Linda Lim, Professor of Strategy, U-M Ross School of Business, examined China-related issues that have emerged in the U.S. presidential race.

A fond look back at some of the extraordinary events organized or sponsored by CCS this term:

6. October 29: It was an honor to host China Town Hall 2012, which featured a presentation by Richard Solomon, followed by a live Webcast Interview with Gary F. Locke, U.S. Ambassador to China.

7. October 1: The Director King Hu (胡金銓) Retrospective kicked off in spectacular fashion with a screening of the legendary film "Come Drink with Me 大醉侠" in the historic Michigan Theater. The special guest on hand that evening was none other than Ms. Cheng Peipei 鄭佩佩, star of the movie, who provided great insight into King Hu's career and also graciously took countless photos with fans!

Many more opportunities still up for grabs!

8. The 13th Annual Purdue University Annual Graduate Symposium is accepting proposals on the theme of "Humanities and Social Change: How Literature Impacts Class, Gender and Identity" through the end of today, December 7, 2012.

9. Call for papers: The Second Annual UBC Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference - abstracts are due December 31.

10. The 19th North American Taiwan Studies Association Annual Conference (NATSA 2013): Taiwan in Theory - individual papers/panels as well as dissertations are accepted through January 4, 2013.


Posted by zzhu at 11:42 PM

Call for Papers - Humanities and Social Change: How Literature Impacts Class, Gender and Identity

13th Annual Graduate Symposium
March 1-2, 2013
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

The Symposium Committee is pleased to invite all interested graduate students, scholars and professionals to submit abstracts for the 13th Annual Graduate Symposium. This year the Symposium Committee is honored to welcome Dr. Raúl Coronado from the University of Chicago as keynote speaker.

As we focus on the influence of literature on social change, the Symposium Committee encourages the submission of papers on a variety of topics and disciplines that explore Language, Literature, and Culture.

Topics may include but are not limited to:
- Gender and sexuality
- Formation of nation
- History and identity
- Literature and visual arts
- Performance studies
- Cognitive approaches to literary texts
- Politics in literature
- Social oppression
- Exile literature

Please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words to tgyulami[at]purdue[dot]edu by December 7, 2012. In your e-mail submission please specify the presenter’s name, institution of affiliation, e-mail address, and phone number. Please do not include any identifying information on the abstract itself. You will be informed of the committee’s decision after January 10, 2013. A $30 registration fee will be charged for accepted papers.

We look forward to working with you!

Organizing Committee
13th Annual Graduate Symposium
School of Languages and Cultures
Purdue University
640 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2039

Posted by zzhu at 12:57 AM

December 01, 2012

MJAS: Call for Student Editors

The Michigan Journal of Asian Studies (MJAS) is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for undergraduate and graduate students to publish their research or analytical papers relevant to the field of Asian Studies. MJAS accepts submissions from the social sciences and humanities concerning or related to the study of broader Asia. MJAS also wishes to contribute to the larger community of scholarship through our open-access website.

MJAS is currently looking for editors for the Winter 2013 semester. The editors meet regularly and spend time outside of these meetings reading and reviewing submissions. If anyone is interested in becoming an editor for MJAS, please contact the undergraduate editing director (undergrad[dot]mjas[at]gmail[dot]com) or the graduate editing director (grad[dot]mjas[at]gmail[dot]com) with a CV attached. The appropriate Editing Director will contact you shortly. We must receive your email of interest by 13th of January if you are to be considered for a position. MJAS is a great way to understand the process of publishing and being published and you get the opportunity to read interesting papers on a variety of topics. If you have any questions please feel free to email us. Thank you.

Please visit www.michiganjournalofasianstudies.com for more information.

Posted by zzhu at 02:46 PM

Imagining Globality: China's Global Projects in Culture

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada - June 12-14 (Wed-Fri), 2013

The China Institute at the University of Alberta will be hosting a conference to explore China's global projects in culture and how these projects variously imagine a global world and China's place in it.

Recent popular and academic discourses have speculated much on "China's rise" and its implications for the future global order. Representations of China, which oscillate between a positive 'rise' or negative 'threat', bestow on the Chinese state, explicitly or implicitly, the power to make the world over according to its own desires. The concept of global projects (as theorized by Anna Tsing) enables us, however, to analyse larger global processes as a composite of projects. Such global projects may work together or to conflicting ends, but each is culturally and institutionally specific and thereby circumscribed in its ability to shape the global order according to its own imagined globality.

As 'soft power' issues increasingly make their way into China's official state discourse, it becomes necessary to consider the ways in which individuals and organizations in and from China are engaging with the world through culture, both officially and unofficially. The images and imaginaries being generated through the various cultural global projects emanating from China are significant in understanding how Chinese individuals and organizations see China, how they hope to be seen by others, and how they are discursively negotiating China's shifting place in the world.

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars from diverse backgrounds to explore the ways in which China has in the recent past and is today engaging with the world culturally. We invite submissions from scholars in the social sciences and humanities whose research engages with the following broad themes:

1) China Imagined: In what ways are the Chinese state, organizations and individuals portraying China? Who are the key actors (or what are the key events) shaping projected images of China? To what ends do such representations work? What tensions and/or contradictions may exist across different depictions or in what ways might they be mutually reinforcing?

2) Globalities Imagined: In what ways do China's various global projects imagine the world, and in particular China's role/place in it? In what ways do depictions intended for global circulation and consumption reinforce or contradict narratives intended for home audiences? What intellectual/social/cultural contributions is China generating to address global issues?

3) Cultural Political Economy: In what ways is Chinese culture being used as a resource in global engagements (cultural, political, economic, or otherwise) and to what purpose? In what ways is cultural power tied to China's growing economic and political interests?

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
· China's culture industries in global context (e.g. media, film,
music, cultural products)
· Confucius Institutes
· China's soft power and/or cultural diplomacy
· China's mega-events
· Popularization and/or circulation of Chinese culture outside
China (e.g. TCM, Chinese New Year)
· China's contributions to issues of global concern (e.g.
development, governance)
· China's cultural engagements with different regions such as
Africa, Asia, North America, Europe, etc. (i.e. how does China engage
differently with different geographical regions?)
· Chinese culture and transnational capitalism (e.g. corporate

The deadline for submission of presentation proposals is January 31, 2013.

Proposals should be approximately 300 words in length and submitted by email (preferably in the text of the email) to imaginingglobality[at]ualberta[dot]ca. Please also include your name, designation, department, and institution. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by late February 2013.

Accommodations and some meals will be provided to panelists.

For additional information, please contact the conference organizers at: imaginingglobality@ualberta.ca.

If you feel your question(s) may be pertinent to others, please also feel free to contact us through our facebook page:

Conference webpage:

Posted by zzhu at 02:20 PM