Call for Papers: Online International Workshop “Premodern Chinese Literature as an Archive of Vernacular Knowledge and Everyday Life Culture”

2–4th Jun 2022
Deadline: 15th Jan 2022

Hosted by the Institute of East and South Asian Cultural Studies, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg (Germany), the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE-PSL) and Research Center on East Asian Civilizations (CRCAO), Paris (France) and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Verona (Italy)

Traditional Chinese vernacular literature, in particular fictionalized narrative (xiaoshuo 小說) and singing drama (xiqu 戲曲), including prosimetric forms (shuochang 說唱), has often been construed in the communicative contexts of entertainment and diversion, which were also considered the primary reasons for their popularity with audiences and readerships. Despite the modern reappreciation of vernacular literature and the inclusion of its masterpieces in the literary canon, there still are dimensions and potentials of this large body of literature that have been neglected and remained scarcely explored.

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Organized by Roland Altenburger (JMU Würzburg), Barbara Bisetto (University of Verona) and Rainier Lanselle (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes). Paper proposals are to be submitted by 15 January 2022. For detailed information, please visit: