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Center for Global Asia Postdoctoral Fellowships – AY 2024-2025

Deadline: 15th May 2024

The Center for Global Asia at NYU Shanghai is pleased to announce the availability of two research positions for the study of intra-Asian interactions, starting fall 2024. One position is for a postdoctoral fellow working on colonial or pre-colonial (c. 1400–1800) port cities of the Indian Ocean world, including the South China Sea. This position offers an opportunity to spend two-three months at the European University Institute in Florence working with members of the “Factories of the Indian Ocean” research cluster led by Professor Giorgio Riello. The second position is for a postdoctoral fellow working on the Belt and Road Initiative, especially on issues concerning South and/or Southeast Asia.

Qualifications

Applicants should hold a PhD, preferably completed in the past five years (2019 and after), by fall 2024. Positions may be held for a period of up to two years. In addition to working on individual research and publication, the fellows are expected to assist in the activities of the Center.… Read more ⤻

Call for Papers: 26th CHIME Conference – Sustainability and Chinese Music

University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover, Germany
Center for World Music, University of Hildesheim, Germany
3-6th Oct 2024

Urgent contemporary challenges have brought sustainability (可持续性) into sharp focus as a basic concern across musical worlds and research into music and sound. What are the historical and contemporary threats to the vibrancy of traditions and practices in Chinese music (technological, economic, political developments) and how have people acted to secure dynamic futures (heritage work, education, advocacy)? How has Chinese music been affected by the acute climate and environmental crisis, and can it become a potent force for change? Against these backdrops, how do individual musicians and researchers build lasting careers?

We welcome the following forms of proposal engaging with the broad theme of sustainability and Chinese music:

  1. Individual paper (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions): submit an abstract of max. 250 words
  2. Panel sessions of three to four papers: submit a panel abstract of max.
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International Conference: “Ming 命 as life-conditioning force and as malleable fate: Perspectives from old(er) age.”

Ghent University, Belgium
16-18th Dec 2024
Deadline: 20th Jun 2024

Ming 命, often translated as ‘command’, ‘allotment’, ‘fate’, and more generally ‘life’, has up till today deeply pervaded Chinese societies. Within its continuous development in the three teachings (Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism), ming has seen most of its intellectual debate in Confucian and later Neo-Confucian thought. In folk belief, ming knowns many interpretations and related practices, such as geomancy (fengshui 风水), fortune telling (suanming 算命), and face and palm reading (mianxiang 面相; shouxiang 首相).

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Call for Papers – Workshop: Apathy and Activation: Rethinking Political Passivity in Authoritarian and Hybrid Regimes

Center for Modern East Asian Studies, Göttingen University, Germany
15-16th Nov 2024
Deadline: 30th Apr 2024

Organizers: Dr. Henrike Rudolph, Dr. Bertram Lang (Göttingen University)
In Western political science literature, political passivity is generally regarded either as a symptom of weakening democratic institutions or, if it is observed in an illiberal regime, as an expression of citizens’ acquiescence with authoritarian rule. This binary view in which civic engagement is situated on the democratic end of the spectrum of political systems, while “passive obedience” is associated with non-democratic rule, assumes that individual agency in the public sphere is preconditioned by a clear division of state and civil society as is characteristic of liberal democracies. On the contrary, autocratic systems are believed to offer little to no space for political activism beyond the ruling party or government. There is, however, also the possibility of constituting an alternative dichotomy in which the opposite of political passivity is not civic engagement but mobilization.… Read more ⤻

Vacant PhD Position in the research project «Digital agriculture: Sino-European contrasts, correspondences and collaborations»

University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Deadline: 30th Apr 2024

The Unit of Social Anthropology at the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) is inviting applications for a PhD Position (100%) in the research project «Digital agriculture: Sino-European contrasts, correspondences and collaborations»

Starting date 1 August 2024 (or by agreement). The position is limited to four years.

The successful PhD candidate will conduct research within the Ambizione project «Digital agriculture: Sino-European contrasts, correspondences and collaborations» funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Based on the example of the digitalization of agriculture through drones/UAVs in China, Germany and Switzerland, the overall objectives of this project are to gain an in-depth, actor-centered understanding of the challenges and opportunities of agricultural digitalization through drones, and to use this as a case for understanding broader reconfigurations of global hierarchies of digital technologies and knowledge. The project consists of two studies exploring the use of agricultural drones in the Sino-German context (PhD candidate) and in the Sino-Swiss context (PI).… Read more ⤻

Faculty Position in the History of Asia

University of São Paulo, Brazil
Deadline: 22nd Apr 2024

The Department of History at the University of São Paulo is seeking to appoint a tenure-track faculty member in History of Asia, whose research focuses on the Asian spaces rather than the European presence in Asia. Candidates who are proficient in Asian languages, have experience with Asian archives and sources, and are conversant with scholarly literature written in Asia by Asians will be preferred. The mission of the successful candidate is to establish and consolidate the field of History of Asia at the University of São Paulo.

Role:

  • Develop his/her own individual research project, present its results in academic events, and publish them in national and international publications.
  • Teach undergraduate surveys, advanced courses, and graduate seminars in the History of Asia, with particular focus on the Chinese, Indian and Japanese spaces.
  • Supervise individual students at both undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as coordinate collective research projects.
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University Lecturer in Chinese Language, fixed term

University of Turku, Finland
Deadline: 18th Apr 2024

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Turku invites applications for the position of University Lecturer in Chinese Language in the School of Languages and Translation Studies. The position will be filled on a fixed-term basis for the period of 1 August 2024 – 31 July 2026.
The Department of Chinese is part of the School of Languages and Translation Studies. The School is an international centre for language study education and research.

Chinese Language degree studies focus on the contemporary Chinese language and expertise in linguistic communication, especially in the contexts of Chinese and international working life, global multilingualism as well as in digital interaction and communication. At Master’s level specialized Chinese modules are taught within the Language Specialist Degree Programme. The School of Languages and Translation Studies offers Chinese Language degree studies in interdisciplinary collaboration with the University of Turku Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS).… Read more ⤻

Deadline Extended: EACS Young Scholar Award 2024 (YSA)

Deadline: 15th Apr 2024

The Board of the European Association for Chinese Studies is pleased to announce again the EACS Young Scholar Award (YSA). The purpose of this award is to encourage research in Chinese studies among young scholars, especially, but not exclusively, scholars studying and working at European institutions.

The Young Scholar Award is made possible through the generous support by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. It was first awarded during the 2004 EACS biennial conference in Heidelberg. Many papers submitted by shortlisted candidates in previous competitions have now appeared as peer-reviewed publications. The next YSA will be announced at the 25th biennial conference in Tallinn, Estonia, 27-30 August 2024.

Eligibility:

Candidates for the YSA should be 35 years of age or below (2022 YSA candidates must have been born in 1988 or later) AND their rank of academic employment should be below that of Associate Professor or Senior Lecturer, or the equivalent ranks in other systems.… Read more ⤻

Vacant Position: Assistant Professor in Political Science (Asian Politics)

Dublin, Ireland
Deadline: 5th Apr 2024

The Department of Political Science, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Political Science and Asian Politics, to commence on 1st September 2024. This is a tenure-track position.

Job Title : Assistant Professor in Political Science (Asian Politics)
Pay Scale : Lecturer
Closing Date : 05-Apr-2024 12:00 GMT/Dublin time

The School wishes to make the appointment in the area of Asian politics. The successful candidate will study some aspect of Asian politics, with the specific subregion (East Asia, South Asia, etc.) being open. Applications are welcome from the subfields of either comparative politics or international relations. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate outstanding excellence in teaching and have experience in teaching as lead instructor for a variety of modules. The successful candidate should be able to teach and supervise undergraduate and masters-level dissertation topics in various areas of political science, as well as to contribute flexibly across the range of the Department’s teaching needs.… Read more ⤻

Postdoctoral Researcher in Modern Chinese History (m/f/x)

LMU, Munich, Germany
Application deadline: 14th Apr 2024

The Institute of Sinology at the Department of Asian Studies (Faculty for the Study of Culture) at the LMU Munich is the largest academic institution for Sinological Studies in southern Germany. With four professors and 15 other scholars, the institute has a broad expertise in China’s language, literature, politics and society, history and religion.

We are looking for you: Postdoctoral researcher in Modern Chinese History (m/f/x)

Faculty for the Study of Culture – Department of Asian Studies, Institute of Sinology
Full-time (100%) (40 hours/week)
Start date 2024-10-01 (limited to two years, 2026-09-30)

Your tasks and responsibilities:

We are particularly interested in candidates with a focus on the cultural, social, and political history of either the Republic of China (1912-present) or the People’s Republic of China (1949-present). We welcome candidates whose scholarship overlaps with the Institute’s current expertise in the non-Sinitic societies of Central Asia and the religious, philosophical, legal and institutional history of late imperial China.… Read more ⤻

International Conference: “Walking” Practices and Trades in East Asia. Traces and Techniques of Circulation on Foot: Modern and Contemporary Perspectives

17 & 18th Oct 2024
Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France
Deadline: 31st Mar 2024

D2iA – Asian Dynamics, Interactions, Interculturality – Until the arrival of various modern means of locomotion, there was “no alternative to walking for the vast majority of people”, as tells us Joseph A. Amato. Moving on foot seemed to be a necessity in many situations and, as Antoine de Baecque points out, walking is through time “a continual reinvention of a pedestrian tradition”: from shepherds and pedlars in the Alps to communities of Compagnonnage, from Tuareg caravanners to the Sami, not forgetting certain Native Americans such as the Sioux, there are peoples, practices and trades “whose very identity is pedestrian”.

What about East Asia, where, depending on the region, it took a relatively long time to modernise certain modes of transport? To what extent did this human “animal machine” made for the terrestrial locomotion, as described by the physiologist Étienne-Jules Marey, play a part in weaving the remarkable Est-Asian network, perhaps more often than we think by treading on paths, roads and tracks?… Read more ⤻

12 Month Fellowship on Contemporary Sinophone Literature

Deadline : 29th Mar 2024

The Department of Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Mediation of the University of Milan is announcing a 12-month research fellowship on contemporary Sinophone literature, titled “Reading Europe through contemporary Sinophone literature”.

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?

The fellowship is part of the funded interdisciplinary research project “Re-Visualizing ‘the West’: geo-literary images of Europe in contemporary Sinophone writings”, led by Prof. Simona Gallo and funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR) and the European Union (“Next Generation EU”). The research project aims to critically investigate and interpret Europe as represented in contemporary Sinophone literature. It intends to examine the composite nature of European cultures offered by authors who have engaged with this continent, as well as to delve into the peculiarities of the symbolism of space, according to different degrees of proximity.

The research fellow will actively take part in research activities such as compilation of bibliographies, analysis of the relevant literature, and the dissemination of results through publications, conferences, and outreach activities.… Read more ⤻

Call for Papers: International Conference “Tradition and New Mission: Confucianism from the Perspective of Modernity”

Trier University, Germany
6-7th Jul 2024
Deadline: 29th Apr 2024

The emergence and the development of the notion of “modernity” in Europe is related to the industrial revolution, the rise of cities and scientific progress. It is accompanied by spiritual renovations, like “renaissance”, “reformation” and “enlightenment”. Their basic ideas and values are still forming the way modern humans think and live, not only in Europe. This development is a continuing process and subject of constant discussion.

In the course of the reception of European culture, Confucianism also came into contact with ideas and values related to “modernity”. An exchange began, accompanied by conflicts and resistance, as well as a reflection upon its genuine values and potential for further development. This process is continuing today and leads also to the question, whether Confucianism might be able to develop a form of modernity appropriate for Chinese culture.

Taking a look at Confucianism from the perspective of “modernity” means on the one hand, to analyze how Confucianism looks at “modern” values and ideas, like individualism, subjective right, explicit expression of own interests, freedom, equality, rule of law, the culture of contract just to name a few, and to investigate whether there exist corresponding spiritual resources in its own tradition.… Read more ⤻

Revised & Extended Edition of the Hanyu Da Cidian 漢語大詞典

In collaboration with Shanghai Cishu Chubanshe 上海辞书出版社, a revised & extended edition of the Hanyu Da Cidian has been published: Hanyu Da Cidian Chongxin Paiban 《漢語大詞典》(重新排版). It was created based on the original print data and is exclusively available as a digital resource at the following address:

https://www.hanyucidian.org

The digital dictionary platform includes numerous other reference works, such as a newly digitized version of the Kangxi Zidian 康熙字典, the Xiandai Hanyu Da Cidian 现代汉语大词典, and specialized works like the Zhonguo Wenxue Da Cidian 中国文学大辞典, Zhonguo Lishi Da Cidian 中国历史大辞典, or the Zhongguo Kaogu Wenxue Da Cidian 中国考古学大辞典. In total, over 120 volumes and databases are available. Interested individuals are offered free trial periods. Universities, libraries, and institutions can request separate test accounts upon inquiry.… Read more ⤻

Upcoming Online Workshop « Commentary and the Dissemination of Knowledge »

20-22nd Nov 2024
Deadline: 18th Mar 2024

« Illustration as a Mode of Commentary in Chinese Textual Traditions », the first workshop of the research program entitled « Commentary and the Dissemination of Knowledge », at the CRCAO (https://www.crcao.fr/), will take place online from the 20th to the 22nd of November 2024.
The call for paper and all information about the organization of the workshop are available on the conference website: https://commentillustrate.sciencesconf.org/
To submit a proposal, the deadline is March 18th 2024.… Read more ⤻

Summer School in Classical Chinese and Japanese/Kanbun (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice & Princeton University)

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
1-26 Jul 2024

Deadline: 15th Apr 2024

Visit one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Learn Classical Chinese or Japanese/Kanbun in an international environment. Get academic credits during a summer abroad.

The Ca’ Foscari – Princeton Summer School in Classical Chinese and Classical Japanese/Kanbun is globally unique in its kind. Its two tracks of comprehensive, grammar-focused instruction are designed to offer undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline of premodern China or Japan a solid linguistic foundation for the reading of classical texts.

Both tracks are taught by the principal instructors of the classical language programs at Ca’ Foscari and Princeton. In addition to language classes, students will follow a lecture series on topics in premodern Chinese and Japanese culture (history, literature, thought). Both tracks welcome students who are beginners in Classical Chinese or Japanese, as well as those who already have some background foundation.

Credits: 12 ECTS or equivalent of one full-year university course at Ca’ Foscari (60 classroom hours plus 16 hours of additional lectures)

Tuition: € 1.000 (access to University facilities and services, course materials and issue of final transcript)

Housing (optional): € 560 for doubleoccupancy or € 630 for single-occupancy housing for the entire duration of the course

Programme directors:

Professors Tiziana Lippiello (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy)

Martin Kern (Princeton University, USA)

Course Instructors

Prof.… Read more ⤻

Webinar Series: Aftermath of the East Asian War of 1592-1598

The second half of the schedule of the Aftermath of the East Asian War of 1592-1598 Project new Webinar Series will take place from March 2024 to June 2024. This will be the final semester of the Webinar because the Aftermath project will be ending in November this year. As in previous years, it will not be necessary to register again if you have already attended one of the webinars in the past. If you are new to our webinar series and wish to attend, please send an email to Dr. Barend Noordam (barend.noordam@uab.cat). The Zoom link to access the webinars will be sent a few days in advance. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you have further questions!

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Vacant Position in Contemporary China Studies at CNRS

Deadline: 20th Mar 2024

The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) is offering a Junior professorship (“Chaire de professeur junior”, full time 3-6 y. tenure track to full position at CNRS) in Chinese studies entitled “Knowledge of Contemporary China”. The tenure track comes with a EUR 200k research package provided by the “Agence Nationale de la recherche” for the duration of the tenure track.

The position is open to “Holders of a doctorate or a PhD or equivalent degree or applicants who have gained scientific qualifications or carried out scientific work deemed to be of an equivalent level. There is no restriction on the age or nationality of applicants. All CNRS positions are accessible to people with disabilities, with special arrangements for tests made necessary by the nature of the disability”.

Position description: “The centrality of China in the contemporary world is becoming increasingly apparent, whether on a French or European scale. The profile of the proposed CPJ (i.e.,… Read more ⤻

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Library Travel Grant 2024

Deadline: 31st Mar 2024

Thanks to the generous support of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the EACS will continue the Travel Grant scheme in 2024. The scheme aims to support researchers who wish to undertake specialised research in one of the major European sinological libraries or museums for Chinese art. Visits should normally not exceed one week. The award of a Travel Grant is subject to the availability of funds at the time of application.

Applications received before the deadline of 31st March 2024 will be considered within 3 weeks after receipt. Applicants should be paid-up EACS members based in Europe, but applications from non-members, especially from students and young scholars (up to 35 years), will also be considered if accompanied by a recommendation letter from an EACS member.

Applications for Travel Grants are restricted to two applications by the same applicant, with first-time applicants having priority. Once the grant has been approved, the beneficiary must use it within six months from the approval date.… Read more ⤻

Members’ Publications: Humanism in Trans-Civilizational Perspectives: Relational Subjectivity and Social Ethics in Classical Chinese Philosophy

Springer, 2023

Jana S. Rošker, 2023. Humanism in Trans-Civilizational Perspectives: Relational Subjectivity and Social Ethics in Classical Chinese Philosophy. Cham: Springer.

Preview at https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-37518-7

Jana Rošker is pleased to announce the publication of some of her recent books. Two of these works, both published by Brill, are already freely available in Open Access format:

Furthermore, We are looking forward to the upcoming Open Access release of two additional titles, currently not yet available online:

Thank you for your attention and support.… Read more ⤻

Youth in Chinese History: Bibliography and Video-Papers

The research project ‘Youth in Chinese History: Education and Representations of Young People in Chinese Sources between Tradition and Modernity,’ coordinated by Giulia Falato (University of Parma, former Oxford University) and Renata Vinci (University of Palermo), included the organisation of the Youth in Chinese History Workshop at the China Centre, University of Oxford, in September 2023. From this rich moment of exchange and dialogue, the idea arose to create digital resources to make the research of project participants available to the academic community and a broader audience.

On the project’s website, you can consult a thematic bibliography and a video-papers series produced by project participants on topics related to education and the representation of young people in imperial times. Both resources are constantly updated, so we invite you to visit the website and subscribe to the Youtube channel. You will already find the first four video-papers, and by subscribing to the channel, you will receive a notification whenever a new video is uploaded.… Read more ⤻

Olympia Summer Academy: Cycle C: The Rise of China

Delphi, Greece
9-12th Jul 2024
Deadline: 29th Mar 2024

The Olympia Summer Academy and the European International Studies Association are pleased to announce the 22nd edition of their summer program in Politics and International Studies. Cycle C of the OSA is dedicated to China.

The Olympia Summer Academy will take place from July 9 to 12, 2024 at the European Cultural Center of Delphi.

The 2024 Olympia Summer Academy is co-organized by the Navarino Network, the European International Studies Association and the China Program of the Institute of International Relations (IDIS).

This year’s course will run in three parallel cycles:

A: Geopolitical Risk Analysis

Kristin Fabbe, Chair in Business and Comparative Politics at the Florence School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute.
Wolfango Piccoli, Co-president and Director of Research, Teneo Intelligence.

B: Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Diego Muro, Associate Professor in International Relations, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St Andrews.… Read more ⤻

Call for papers: Volume on China and the Mediterranean in History

University of Malta, Spain
Deadline: 10th Mar 2024

We are pleased to announce an open call for papers for an edited volume titled “China and the Mediterranean in History”. It will be edited by Wei Chen and Dennis Mizzi from the Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Malta, with an anticipated publication date by the end of 2025.

The volume will explore the historical interactions between China and the Mediterranean from antiquity to the present by looking, among other things, at religious and cultural interactions, migration, foodways, material and technological exchange, literature, and language. The aim is to bridge the chasm between two major area studies—China and the Mediterranean—and show how this can be mutually beneficial.

We extend an invitation to scholars immersed in the examination of interactions between these two regions to submit abstracts (max. 300 words) for publication in the volume. Abstracts should be submitted by no later than 10 March 2024 to amcs@um.edu.mt.… Read more ⤻

Workshop “Illustration as a Mode of Commentary in Chinese Textual Traditions”

Paris, France
20-22nd Nov 2024
Deadline: Mar 18th

We are delighted to inform you of the call for papers for the workshop Illustration as a Mode of Commentary in Chinese Textual Traditions” to be held in November 2024, in Paris, France, and online.
Numerous texts have given rise to illustrations in the course of their transmission, whether literally supplemented by images or figures, or enriched by discourses suggesting parallels, reformulating or arguing by example. By juxtaposing images or other texts, illustration, literally or figuratively, establishes a dialogue with a source text and questions its content. It is this notion of illustration, of exemplification, of image, that we propose to explore, as part of a research program exploring the critical tradition of commentary in China, and its role in the transmission of knowledge.
Please visit our website for all information: https://commentillustrate.sciencesconf.org
Thank you for your attention and for spreading the word!
Rainier Lanselle, Marie Bizais
East Asian Civilizations Research Centre (CRCAO), Paris, France

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Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC)

We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC) has gone to press. It is available online here: https://www.euppublishing.com/toc/mclc/35/2. Natascha Gentz and Christopher Rosenmeier

Table of Contents for Volume 35, Number 2 (Winter 2023):
“Note from the Editors,” by Natascha Gentz and Christopher Rosenmeier
“Passion and Passio: The Chahua nü and Late Qing Courtesan Narratives,” by Tony D. QIAN
“Modernizing Classical Poetics and Cultural Traditions: Wu Mi’s Enterprise of Rewriting George Gordon Byron,” by Hanjin YAN
“’A Wider and Stranger Space’: World Literature and World-building in Xue Yiwei’s Fiction,” by Pamela HUNT
“Knowing the World and Educating the Self: Reportage in Chinese Left-Wing Culture in 1936,” by Ying XIONG
“Toward a Regime of Emotional Authenticity: Eileen Chang’s Literary Transmediation of Theater and Cinema in Two 1940s Love Stories,” by Renren YANG
“Patior Ergo Sum: Date Surveillance and Necropolitics in Han Song’s Hospital Trilogy,” by LYU Guangzhao… Read more ⤻

6th BAAS (Baltic Association for Asian Studies) conference on the “Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Accelerated Globalization”

Riga, Latvia
23-26th May 2024
Deadline: 25th Mar 2024

Dear esteemed colleagues and scholars,
We are delighted to invite you to present your paper at our upcoming conference on the dialogue of Asian civilizations, which have experienced intense transformations, from a new angle evaluating their ancient traditions along with Western influences and offering universally relevant ideas based on the Asian heritage in times of accelerated globalization. This event aims to bring together scholars, researchers, and experts from diverse fields to explore the possibilities for the further evolution of the world from the perspective of the strategies proposed by Asian countries.
Conference Details:
· Date: May 23-26, 2024
· Venue: University of Latvia, Raiņa bulvāris 19, Riga, Latvia
Latvian Academy of Sciences, Akadēmijas laukums 1, Riga, Latvia
· Theme: Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Accelerated Globalization
· Working language: English
Conference homepage address with a link to the registration sheet:
https://www.baas2024.lu.lv/
conference e-mail: baas2024lv@gmail.com

Looking forward your participation,
Agnese Haijima
Associate Professor
University of Latvia
Department of Asian studies

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Workshop “Eurasian zones of contact: The Russian and Qing empires

Dublin, Ireland
17th May 2024
Deadline: 29th Feb 2024
This one day workshop, held at University College Dublin on 17 May 2024, develops international collaboration on zones of contact between the Russian Empire (1721-1917) and the Qing Empire (1636/1644-1912). These zones are, on the one hand, geographically defined borderlands in Central, Inner, and East Asia, and, on the other hand, cultural, intellectual, political, and economic spaces wherein people from these two empires (and beyond) met and interacted. The workshop seeks to generate conversation about local and regional entanglements, networks, and exchanges across these vast Eurasian territories. While conventional histories of the two empires have treated them as two separate political entities, the workshop aims to adopt transregional and transnational approaches to overcome the narrow and traditional idea of territory – and in doing so, to propose alternative spatial, economic, and cultural histories of the region that contribute to attempts to de-nationalise and de-territorialise the historiography.
Confirmed speakers:
• Sören Urbansky (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): “Yellow Peril in Vladivostok: The Chinese Diaspora in Russia and the Soviet Union”
• Yuexin Rachel Lin (Leeds): “Frontier activism, ‘rights recovery’ and international law: Early Sino-Soviet relations revisited”
• Meng Zhang (Vanderbilt): “Inter-ethnic commercial disputes on the Qing Inner Asian frontier”
• Eric Schluessel (George Washington): “Mazars, Merchants, and Immiseration: Pious Economy and Chinese Capital in Turn-of-the-Century Xinjiang”

We now invite proposals for papers of 15 minutes in length from PhD and Postdoctoral researchers.… Read more ⤻

Conference “Writing as Visual Experience”

University of Cambridge, UK
20–22nd Sep 2024
Deadline: 31st Mar 2024

The VIEWS project (Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems) at the University of Cambridge is now accepting paper proposals for its first conference.

Writing is an intrinsically visual practice. How script looks—and how it is seen—are often of crucial importance. This conference asks how we may approach the study of the visual aspects of writing. What factors contribute to the way writing looks? How socially and culturally dependent are they? What difference does it make to think of writing as a visual phenomenon and practice? What sensory and aesthetic factors attend the production of written material and encounters with them, by people of differing levels of literacy?

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from a diverse range of backgrounds and approaches to explore methodologies for studying these aspects of writing practices. We invite papers that address these questions from a wide range of perspectives (e.g.,… Read more ⤻

International Conference “Historiography and Hagiography in Buddhism and Beyond.”

University of Cambridge, UK
8–10th Jul 2024
Deadline: 23rd Feb 2024

This international conference aims to bring together scholars working on practices of record-keeping, historiography, and hagiography in the Buddhist tradition and in related cultural fields. Recent years saw a steadily growing interest in the impact of Buddhism on historiography and hagiography, in tandem with an unprecedented increase in the availability of textual and visual primary sources. Ambitious digitization projects and the changing landscape of the digital realm offer new opportunities to study premodern and contemporary practices of writing and narration. In this three-day conference, we seek to foster an interdisciplinary discussion on practices of textual and visual recording, storytelling, and memory in Chinese Buddhism and beyond – past, present, and future.

本次國際會議旨在匯集從事佛教傳統及相關文化領域研究的學者,探討文獻保存、史學書寫與聖徒傳記等主題。近年來,學界對佛教之於史學和傳記的影響產生日益濃厚的興趣,同時可用的文本及視覺一手材料也前所未有地增加。宏大的數位化項目(尤其是古代資源)及數位領域的變化為研究古代和當代的書寫及敘事實踐提供了新的機會。在這場為期三天的會議中,我們著眼於文字及視覺記錄、故事講述與記憶保存等方面,希望促進有關中國佛教及其他文化語境(過去、現在和將來)的跨學科討論。

This conference is generously sponsored by the Tzu Chi 慈濟 Foundation and hosted by the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge.

此次會議由台灣佛教慈濟基金會慷慨贊助,並由劍橋大學亞洲和中東研究學系主辦。

The conference will take place at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, United Kingdom, on 8-10 July 2024 (08/07/2024-10/07/2024).… Read more ⤻

Members’ Publications: Voiced and Voiceless in Asia

Zawiszová, Halina, ed. / Lavička, Martin, ed. Palacky University Olomouc 2023.

This volume consists of 19 chapters that reflect the titular theme – Voiced and Voiceless in Asia – from a variety of angles, making use of diverse scholarly approaches and disciplines, while focusing specifically on China, India, Japan, and Taiwan. The chapters are broadly divided into two parts: (1) Politics and Society, and (2) Arts and Literature, although the texts included in the second part also deal with social themes. In addition to historical topics, such as Japanese colonialism or Chinese agricultural reforms in the 1950s, the volume also addresses current issues, including restrictive Chinese policies in Xinjiang, Japanese activist movements against gender-based violence and discrimination, or the problems of migrant laborers in India and performing arts in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, it provides insight into satirical woodblock prints from the Boshin War period or works of literature produced in Japanese leprosariums in the first half of the 20th century, as well as into selected topics in contemporary Chinese, Japanese, and Sinophone Tibetan literature.… Read more ⤻

Summer School on Modern Asian Literatures and Cultures

Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Deadline: 26th May 2019

The 2019 summer school is dedicated to the modern Asian cultural record. For the purpose of this summer school, we include literature, film, music and art, focussing primarily on China, but the school also covers topics related to Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Leading experts from around the world will offer theoretical and comparative courses resonating with the school’s central theme: the tension between the local tradition and modernity.

Local tradition includes religion, philosophy, local custom and folklore. Modernity is the complex of capitalism, communism, consumerism, free market economy, and globalisation, jointly shaping the South and East Asian cultures. In particular, the school focuses on the latest developments in Asian fantasy literature, including internet literature, modern historiographic fiction, and science fiction.

The notion of literature here includes the full written cultural record, including its visualisations (film, theatre, comics, etc.) in the modern Asian cultures using both primary texts and translations.… Read more ⤻

1-2 fully funded PhD positions in East and South-East Asian Studies

Lund University, Sweden
Deadline: 15th Feb 2024

The Centre announces 1-2 fully funded PhD positions. East and South-East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary subject that focuses on contemporary phenomena and processes in the region as a whole as well as in individual countries. The subject integrates theoretical and methodological perspectives from area studies with different disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Visit the following link to read the full announcement: https://www.ace.lu.se/article/1-2-fully-funded-phd-positions-east-and-south-east-asian-studiesRead more ⤻

Sixth Ph.D. Student and Young Scholar Workshop “First Books in the Ancient World”

International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures
Renmin University of China, Suzhou, PRC
22–26th Aug 2024

 
The International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures (ICSATC) at Renmin University of China, holds its sixth Ph.D. Student and Young Scholar workshop on August 22–26, 2024, in Suzhou (near Shanghai). Four renowned scholars from Ancient Chinese, Greek, and Latin Literature will present lectures and seminars on the topic of “First Books,” that is, the early development of book culture in these different ancient civilizations. Student research activities will complement the lectures. The principal language of instruction and interaction is English.

Meeting Place: Renmin University of China, Suzhou campus

Instructors:
Prof. emeritus Glenn Most, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Greek Literature)
Prof. emeritus Denis Feeney, Princeton University (Latin Literature)
Prof. Jianwei Xu, Renmin University of China (Chinese Literature)
Prof. Martin Kern, Princeton University (Chinese Literature) 

Schedule:
August 21: Arrival and registration
August 22–25: Lectures, seminars, and research activities
August 26: Student presentations and plenary conclusion

Following the workshop, students are invited to stay in Suzhou, a World Heritage site for its beautiful gardens and canals, for an international conference on the same topic, to be held on August 28–29.… Read more ⤻

JEACS, Volume 4, 2023 «Culture and Memory»

The editorial committee of the JEACS is happy to announce that vol. 4 (2023) is now online.

Each contribution may be downloaded here: https://journals.univie.ac.at/index.php/jeacs/issue/view/652

Volume 4 contains a special section on « Culture and Memory » along with one separate research article, one spotlight on Sinology, seven book reviews, and a list of PhDs defended in 2022-2023 (at European institutions).

The Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies (JEACS) is a fully open access journal funded by EACS All content is ready to be downloaded from everywhere and free of charge. No login, no individual subscription fees, no paywall, no so-called “author processing fees” or hidden transfer-payments by subscriptions of your library or funding organization.

We encourage our authors and readers to store and make available content of the JEACS in their repositories and websites all over the world and to distribute it under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), which permit unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.… Read more ⤻

Workshop on West Lake History and Landscape Culture

Hybrid | Granada University, Spain
25-26nd Jan 2024

We are launching a workshop on West Lake history and landscape culture on January 25-26, 2024 (10:00-6:00 pm, CET) at Granada University. The event will go hybrid. If you are interested, you can find the schedule and register link here:) https://www.westlakegranadaworkshop.com/home

We also have a small travel fund for graduate students that now calls for applications, details can be found at https://www.westlakegranadaworkshop.com/travel-fund. For further information, please contact: For further information on the workshop, please contact Antonio José Mezcua López (Granada University), amezlopez@ugr.es; Xiaolin Duan (NC State) xduan4@ncsu.edu. Thank you.

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12 months postdoc/research assistant position on narratives of Artificial Intelligence in China

University of Cagliari (Italy)
Deadline: 18th Dec 2023

Project title: “Public opinion on AI in China. The ‘social’ reception of official and media discourse”

Funds: STARTUP (PNR) 2023 – F25F21002720001 (National research grant)
The research project at the Department of Humanities, Languages and Cultural Heritage of the University of Cagliari investigates the institutional and journalistic narratives on Artificial Intelligence in the Italian and the Chinese political and social contexts, as well as their reception by the respective public opinions. In particular, the grant holder will study the reception of the Chinese institutional and journalistic discourse on AI by Chinese public opinion. They will collect data mainly on Chinese social media platforms and carry out a discourse analysis of the opinions expressed by the users. The activities are part of the STARTUP research project “Artificial intelligence and human perception: media discourse and public opinion in Italy and China”, which involves scholars of Chinese language and culture, Italian linguistics and political science.… Read more ⤻

Research Scholar Position (f/m/d) in Chinese History (pre-Song) or Archaeology

Heidelberg, Germany
Review begins: 1st Jan 2024

Am Institut für Sinologie, Zentrum für Ostasienwissenschaften der Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg ist zum Sommersemester 2024 (idealerweise zum 1. April) eine Stelle als

Akademischer Mitarbeiterin (w/m/d) befristet zu besetzen. Die Stelle ist der Klassischen Sinologie (Prof. Giele) zugeordnet.

Ihre Aufgaben:

· Forschung: Berufliche Weiterqualifikation durch eigenständige Forschung und wissenschaftliche Publikationen auf dem Gebiet des vormodernen China (vor Song-Zeit) und mit historischen und/oder archäologischen Fragestellungen

· Lehre: Eigenständige Durchführung von Lehrveranstaltungen im Rahmen der Bachelor- und Master-Studiengänge im Umfang von vier Semesterwochenstunden (siehe https://www.zo.uni-heidelberg.de/sinologie/studies/ba_de.html und https://www.zo.uni-heidelberg.de/sinologie/studies/ma_de.html)

· Akademische Selbstverwaltung: Unterstützung der Professur in Forschung, Lehre und Betreuung der Studierenden sowie aktive Mitarbeit bei organisatorischen und administrativen Aufgaben sowie der generellen – universitätsinternen wie auch öffentlichen – Repräsentation des Faches und des Bereiches Klassische Sinologie nach außen

Ihr Profil:

· Vorzugsweise mit der Promotion abgeschlossenes Hochschulstudium der Sinologie oder Geschichte oder Archäologie (jeweils mit China-Bezug)

· Teamfähigkeit

· Exzellente Kenntnisse der vormodernen und modernen chinesischen Standardsprache und Schrift

· Fähigkeit, fließend in englischer und deutscher Sprache zu kommunizieren und zu unterrichten, bzw.… Read more ⤻

Call for Papers: Unfolding the Coromandel Screen: Visual Mobility, Inscribed Objecthood, and Global Lives

Hybrid | City University of Hong Kong
22-25th Nov 2024
Deadline: 20th Jan 2024

Coromandel Lacquer Screen (detail)

With the generous support of the Bei Shan Tang Foundation, the Department of Chinese and History at City University of Hong Kong will host a two-part academic event titled “Unfolding the Coromandel Screen” in celebration of the department’s tenth anniversary. This four-day event will bring together an international group of art historians, museum curators, conservators, collectors, and global historians to delve into various facets of the Coromandel screen and its intricate histories of interrelations with paintings, prints, decorative arts, palatial and interior designs, global maritime trade, and the fashion industry. The conference, organized by Wang Lianming (City University of Hong Kong) in collaboration with Mei Mei Rado (Bard Graduate Center, New York), will take place on-site at City University of Hong Kong and via Zoom on November 22-23. The keynote speech will be delivered by Jan Stuart, the Melvin R.… Read more ⤻

Vacant Position: Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in Modern Chinese Literature

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Deadline: 31st Jan 2024

The Department of Chinese Language and Literature, a pioneering academic unit within the Faculty of Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), invites applications for an open-rank tenure-track or tenured professorship (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor) in 20th century Chinese literature, and film and multimedia studies. We are particularly interested in scholars pursuing interdisciplinary and transcultural research. The successful candidate should have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research. We seek a dynamic scholar who combines deep knowledge of modern Chinese literature and culture with a strong commitment to comparative and interdisciplinary research, and to teaching and mentoring that will attract a diverse student body. Applicants are welcome to include a brief description of how they would contribute to this goal in their cover letter.

Applicants should have (i) a PhD degree in the relevant discipline; (ii) a strong research background in areas that will contribute or add to the existing strengths of the Department; (iii) a track record of scholarly research and publications as well as potential for research grant writing; and (iv) a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship.… Read more ⤻

China Work Group 2024. Current Challenges in Research and Teaching

Munich, Germany
1-2nd Jun 2024

The annual conference of the China Work Group (China-AG) will take place at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich on June 1st and 2nd, 2024.
The goal of the China AG as a work group of young scholars from the field of Chinese cultural studies of the German-speaking sphere, founded in 1992, is to further exchange between junior scholars in Sinology and connected disciplines. The annual conference serves to present ongoing or recently finished research projects, as well as to discuss current challenges in university teaching. Contributions dealing with occurring problems of junior scholars (research contents as well as practical) and how to constructively cope with them are of particular interest.
Junior scholars (including those interested in a doctorate, PostDocs, etc.) are cordially invited to hand in title and a brief description (ca. 200‒250 words) of their presentations. Contributions on all academic topics relating to China are welcome, especially including interdisciplinary approaches, as well as suggestions of desired topics for the discussion of academic teaching.… Read more ⤻

Vacant Position: Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in classical Chinese poetics and literary criticism

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Deadline: 31st Dec 2023

The Department of Chinese Language and Literature is one of the founding academic units of the Faculty of Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Since its establishment in 1963, the Department has made pivotal contributions to the University’s core mission of combining tradition with modernity and bringing together China and the West. It is now recognized as one of the most important departments for the study of Chinese language and literature in Asia and the world. Our four main areas for research and teaching are Chinese linguistics, ancient Chinese texts, classical Chinese literature and modern Chinese literature. With four research centres under the Department, we actively engage in research and programmes for social impact. Further information about the Department is available at http://www.chi.cuhk.edu.hk/.

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Call for Papers: The 25th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS)

Tallinn, Estonia
27–30th Aug 2024

The conference is organized by the EACS in collaboration with the Department of Asian Studies at the Institute of Humanities of Tallinn University (TLU). Scholars in all areas of Chinese Studies from Europe and beyond are kindly invited to submit their proposals for contributions in one of the following disciplinary categories:

  1. Language and Linguistics
  2. Chinese as Foreign Language, Education
  3. Literature (Premodern)
  4. Literature (Modern)
  5. Philosophy and History of Thought
  6. History (Premodern)
  7. History (Modern)
  8. Religion
  9. Law
  10. Economics
  11. Politics and International Relations
  12. Art and Archaeology
  13. Museum Studies and Material Culture
  14. Environmental Studies
  15. Anthropology and Sociology
  16. Digital Humanities
  17. Music, Media, and Performing Arts
  18. Gender and Queer Studies
  19. Science, Technology and Medicine
  20. Sinophone Worlds
  21. Interdisciplinary field

The board accepts proposals in the following formats:

  1. Individual paper proposal: abstract, max. 250 words.
  2. Panel proposals: panel abstract, max. 250 words; names of the panel organizer, chair, participants, and optionally a discussant; 3-4 individual abstracts, with max. 250 words each.
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Webinar “Demographic Impact of the Imjin War: A Focus on Marital Age Difference as Recorded in Early Seventeenth-Century Korean Household Registers”

22nd Nov 2023
3:00 PM (Barcelona, CET) via ZOOM.

Han Sangwoo & Lee Byungho
(Assistant Professor, Ajou University, Suwon & Professor, Ajou University, Suwon)

• The lecture will not be recorded.
• If you would like to attend the webinars, please contact barend.noordam@uab.cat.
• If you already registered for previous seminars, there is no need to register again.

This is the fourth session of the webinar series 2023-2024 of the ERC project team, “Aftermath of the East Asian War of 1592-1598”. In this session, Han Sangwoo (Assistant Professor, Ajou University, Suwon) and Lee Byungho (Professor, Ajou University, Suwon) will share their thoughts on the demographic impact of the Imjin War.

BACKGROUND
The “Aftermath of the East Asian War of 1592-1598” project is a five year, European Research Council Starting Grant project (2018-2023) run by ICREA professor Rebekah Clements at the Department of Translation, Interpreting, and East Asian Studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The project seeks to understand the legacy of the East Asian War of 1592-1598, also known as the Imjin War and Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s invasions of Korea.… Read more ⤻

Call for Papers: Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies (JEACS), Volume 5 (2024)

Deadline: 17th Dec 2023

For its fifth volume, the Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies (JEACS) invites scholars to submit papers on Exegesis and Commentary in the pre-modern, modern, and contemporary Chinese world. We welcome unpublished papers that consider commentary as textual material and analyse its linguistic, stylistic, and rhetorical dimensions. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Margins, marginality, and page layout,
  • Commentaries, legitimacy, and canonization,
  • Gloss, elucidation, explanation, and translation,
  • Ways of rephrasing, relocating, illustrating, re-expressing,
  • Layers of exegetical texts: accumulation, digression, or dialogue,
  • Intellectual traditions and knowledge transmission,
  • Types of relations between base text and commentaries,
  • Commentaries as separate texts,
  • Genre-dependent commentaries,
  • Reading transformations and the performativity of commentary,
  • Self-commentary.

Deadline: December 17th 2023

Papers written in English (max. 10,000 words) should be supplemented with an abstract and 5 keywords in both English and Chinese, and should follow the Author Guidelines and Style Sheet provided on the submission webpage:
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Members’ Publications: The ENP-China project

The ENP-China project is pleased to announce the release of the Biographical Dictionary of Occupied China (BDOC) [https://bdoc.enpchina.eu/], an online resources created by historian David Serfass (Inalco). The BDOC seeks to address a significant lacuna in the scholarship surrounding the Japanese occupation of China (1937-1945). The current tally of entries stands at 170, but this number is anticipated to grow steadily, aspiring to emulate the breadth and depth of “the Boorman”. The vision for the BDOC is to evolve into a collaborative endeavor, uniting historians specializing in occupied China. Please check out the full presentation of the  Biographical Dictionary of Occupied China (BDOC) on the ENP-China reasearch blog [https://enepchina.hypotheses.org/5304].

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Vacant Tenured/Tenure-Track Position: Chinese Diaspora

Application Deadline: 15th Nov 2023

NYU Shanghai is currently inviting applications for a position at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor in the department of Global China Studies, with a focus on Chinese diaspora / Sinophone literature, film, and/or media.

We seek candidates who have completed a Ph.D. in Chinese studies, literary studies, cinema studies, media studies, or a closely related discipline. Those with expertise in postcolonial discourse, inter-Asia connections, or the Global South (broadly conceived) are particularly encouraged to apply. We especially welcome candidates whose research interests complement those of our current faculty in Global China Studies, Humanities, and/or Interactive Media Arts (IMA). The selected candidate is expected to teach undergraduate courses that advance research and analytical skills on topics related to the Chinese diaspora and supervise senior capstone thesis. The candidate should also actively engage in campus-wide service, research initiatives, and events.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching interests, and one writing sample via Interfolio.… Read more ⤻

Members’ Publications: Helena F. S. Lopes

Cambridge University Press, 2023

Helena F. S. Lopes, Cardiff University, Neutrality and Collaboration in South China: Macau during the Second World War
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023

The South China enclave of Macau was the first and last European colonial settlement in East Asia and a territory at the crossroads of different empires. In this highly original study, Helena F. S. Lopes analyses the layers of collaboration that developed from neutrality in Macau during the Second World War. Exploring the intersections of local, regional and global dynamics, she unpacks the connections between a plurality of actors with competing and collaborative interests, including Chinese Nationalists, Communists and collaborators with Japan, Portuguese colonial authorities and British and Japanese representatives. Lopes argues that neutrality eased the movement of refugees of different nationalities who sought shelter in Macau during the war and that it helped to guarantee the maintenance of two remnants of European colonialism – Macau and Hong Kong.… Read more ⤻

Vacant Position: Assistant Professor in Classical Chinese and Middle-Period China

Univ. of Cambridge, UK
Deadline: 8th Dec 2023

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor in Classical and Literary Chinese and Middle-Period China in the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge UK, starting on 1 September 2024.

The successful candidate will deliver teaching in classical and literary Chinese at all levels, to the highest standard, as well as lectures and seminars on pre-modern China at undergraduate and graduate level. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the administration of the Chinese Studies program, offer supervisions (small-scale tutorials), and supervise research students at both the master’s and doctoral levels. An outstanding command of classical and literary Chinese is a prerequisite.

The successful applicant will engage in high-level research and publish in their specialist field. We invite applicants whose research and teaching interests are in medieval and middle-period China, broadly conceived here as the period from the end of the Han to the end of the Yuan.… Read more ⤻

Member’s Publications: Thorben Pelzer

Brill, 2023

Pelzer, Thorben, 2023. Engineering Trouble: US–Chinese Experiences of Professional Discontent, 1905–1945. China Studies, Volume 52. Boston: Brill, 2023.

In the early twentieth century, the first large batch of Chinese civil engineers had graduated from the USA, and together with their American senior colleagues returned to China. They were enthusiastic about reconstructing the young republic by building new railways, highways, and canals, but what the engineers experienced in China, including mismanaged railways, useless highways, and silted canals, did not always meet their expectations and ideals. In this book, Thorben Pelzer makes the stories of these Chinese and American engineers come to life through exploring previously unpublished letters, rare images, maps, and a rich biographical dataset. He argues that the experiences of these engineers include a myriad of contradictions, disillusionment, and discontent, keeping the engineering profession in a constant flux of searching for its meaning and its place in Republican China.

Download this announcement’s original PDF:

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Call for Papers: Conference “Asia in the mirror: self-representations, self-narratives, and perception of the other”

University of Cagliari, Italy
18-20th Mar 2024
Deadline: 27th May2024

The 21st century has been defined as the “Asian century”, a new global phase after the European and the American centuries. (Mahbubani 2022). If “the future is Asian” (Khanna 2019), Asia’s role as the leading continent calls for a radical rethinking of Western political and cultural epistemic categories, prompting scholars to build on the emphasis placed by Chakrabarty (2000) on “antihistorical collective memory of the past” applied to Asia.
We invite scholars working in a range of disciplinary fields including literature, linguistics, history, and cultural studies to submit proposals pertaining, but not limited, to the following research questions:
What is Asia from a cultural point of view?
How has Asia represented itself in its diversity and/or to different cultures?
How has Asia represented other cultures?
How have other cultures represented Asia?
How have contacts between Asia and other cultures shaped the continent?
What is the role of postcolonial and decolonial approaches in enhancing our understanding of Asia and its entanglements?… Read more ⤻

Call for papers “Radical right in Europe and East Asia: Comparison and New Approaches in Research”

Deadline: 15th Aug 2023
Vila Lanna, Prague
14–15th Nov 2023

Masaryk institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Department of Chinese Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

In spite of the considerable scholarly interest in the historical exploration of radical nationalism and fascism, the association between fascist and radical nationalist ideologies and specific East Asian nationalist thinkers has been noticeably overlooked by Western scholars. The primary objective of this conference is, therefore, to convene experts from various disciplines within the social sciences and humanities, both within and beyond Europe, in order to initiate an interdisciplinary discourse concerning the origins, essence, ideology, and manifestations of fascism and radical nationalism in East Asia, as well as the transnational connections between European and East Asian movements. The conference will examine the fringes of East Asian involvement with fascism, exploring the notion of the genuineness of organicist concepts of community and nation in the twentieth century, whose proponents acknowledged resemblances to fascism and subsequently Nazism.… Read more ⤻

Members’ Publications: Nina Borevskaia

Shans 2023, 2 Vols.

Nina Borevskaia, 2023. The translation of Luo Maodeng’s novel The Tale of Zheng He’s Voyage to the Western Ocean (San Bao taijian Xiyang ji, 1597). Moscow, Shans Publishing House. 2 Vols.

The Russian translation of one of the classical Chinese novels Sanbao taijian xia Xiyang tongsu yanyi (Xiyangji, Author Luo Maodeng, 1597) was published in Moscow by Shanse publishing house in May 2023 (slightly abridged version, in two volumes with three appendixes, coloured illustratins and many comments), The translation was made by Nina Borevskaia, EACS member for almost 35 years. The book is in two volumes, each of about 440 pages. It has a welcome address by the famous modern writer Wang Meng and a long Preface in the format of the interview between the translator and the author called “Over the Abyss of Time and Space”. The translation is provided with several thousand comments (references).

English Abstract

Abstract: The translation of Luo Maodeng’s novel
The Tale of Zheng He’s Voyage to the Western Ocean
(San Bao taijian Xiyang ji, 1597)

According to the generally accepted Eurocentric ideas shared by many historians, the era of great geographical discoveries of the 15th — 16th centuries began with the expeditions of Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus, and Ferdinand Magellan.… Read more ⤻

Pre-Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d, 65 %, E13 TV-L) at the Department of Chinese Studies, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies,

University of Tübingen, Germany
Deadline: 24th Jul, 2023

The position is limited to three years (extension possible). Further information can be found here: English: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/job-advertisements/newsfullview-job-advertisements/article/pre-doctoral-researcher-m-f-d-e13-tv-l-65/ German: https://uni-tuebingen.de/universitaet/stellenangebote/newsfullview-stellenangebote/article/wissenschaftliche-r-mitarbeiter-in-m-w-d-e13-tv-l-65-1/
Please feel free to share this call for applications with any students, graduates and colleagues who might be interested a PhD in Chinese Studies.… Read more ⤻

Barbarian Pipes and Strings Reconsidered—Negotiating Authenticity in the Musics of China: Transcultural Perspectives

25th International CHIME Conference, Heidelberg Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS)
1-4th Oct 2023

Exactly 25 years after the last International Chime Conference in Heidelberg that focused on “Barbarian Pipes and Strings,” we return to the city by the Neckar and the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) that now houses the CHIME Collection to reconsider musical practices in China from a transcultural perspective.

From Confucian debates about the “musics from Zheng and Wei” to more contemporary disputes on “lascivious musics” and “spiritual pollution”—Sunny Side Kong Yiji 阳光开朗孔乙己 just being one of the more recent examples—from controversies over ownership and copyright in old and new folksong or regional opera; to complaints about exoticism on the one hand and self-orientalism on the other—the question of how dangerous, strange or (in)authentic sounds and musics are and who “owns” them, has been important to music-making in China—even while melodies, instruments and sounds from afar have, for the longest of times, been considered some of its most “typical” elements.… Read more ⤻

ERCCS: Reviews of new academic books from China

The European Research Centre for Chinese Studies (ERCCS) in Beijing, a joint centre of the École française d’Extrême-Orient and the Max Weber Stiftung, regularly publishes reviews of new academic books from China on its blog: https://erccs.hypotheses.org/category/publications/book-reviews
Here the latest reviews:
• 翁有为《近代中国之变轴:军阀话语建构、省制变革与国家》(Weng Youwei: The Axis of Change in Modern China. The Construction of the Discourse on Warlordism, the Reform of the Provincial System, and the State) reviewed by Clemens Büttner
• 吕庙军《清华简与文武周公史事研究》(Lü Miaojun: Research on Tsinghua Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts and Historical Events of King Wen, King Wu, and the Duke of Zhou) reviewed by Felix Bohlen
• 李小尉《新中国初期的中国人民救济总会研究》(Li Xiaowei: Research on the People’s Relief Association of China in the Early Period of the PRC) reviewed by Henrike Rudolph
• 陳少明《夢覺之間:〈莊子〉思想錄》(Chen Shaoming: Between Waking and Dreaming. Reflections on the Zhuangzi) reviewed by Dennis Schilling
• 李尹蒂《晚清农学的兴起与困境》(Li Yindi: The Rise and Dilemma of Agricultural Science in Late Qing Dynasty) reviewed by Jörg H. Hüsemann
• 张昌平《吉金类系:海外及港台地区收藏的中国青铜器研究》(Zhang Changping: Auspicious Metals’ Categories and System: A Study of Chinese Bronze Vessels Collected Overseas and in the Hong-Kong and Taiwan Region) reviewed by Maria Khayutina

See also the selective bibliography of books on Chinese history from China for 2022: https://erccs.hypotheses.org/1880Read more ⤻

International Conference: Beyond Comparison

Online | Hybrid
Munich, Germany
14 – 16th Jun 2023

This international conference is set to take place at the venue of the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation. It is organised by the International Doctorate Programme “Philology. Practices of premodern cultures, global perspectives, and future concepts”. The conference topic is “Beyond Comparison. Towards a Connected Philology”. Accordingly, it focuses on textual, human, cross-cultural, linguistic, as well as historic connections, to help transcend national conceptions of philology.

Online participation is possible by request to beycom@lrz.uni-muenchen.de. To find out more, please visit https://www.en.idk-philologie.uni-muenchen.de/events/upcoming-events/doctoral-conference/index.html

Download the official announcement as PDF:

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Prague Summer School of Chinese Poetry „Wang Wei across Time and Space“

Prague 1, Czech Republic
4 – 8th Sep 2023
Deadline: 15th. Jun 2023

Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation International Sinological Center in Prague invites applications for participation at

Prague Summer School of Chinese Poetry „Wang Wei across Time and Space“

Date: September 4 – 8, 2023 Venue: Faculty of Arts, Prague 1, Czech Republic

Tentative programme:

Day 1: Wang Wei – a court poet and a recluse of the Golden Age of Chinese poetry
Day 2: Reception of Wang Wei in later periods and issues of shaping an ideal Tang poet
Day 3: Wang Wei in Wangchuan – poetry and painting from different perspectives
Day 4: Wang Wei in 20th century China
Day 5: Appropriation of Wang Wei by Western poets

The summer school is open to all interested students and young scholars, upon sending the filled-in application form (available at https://cckisc.ff.cuni.cz/cs/prednaskove-cykly/prague-summer-school-of-chinese-poetry-2023/) to lenka.chaloupkova@ff.cuni.cz. The tuition is free for all participants. Participants from Central and Eastern European institutions are eligible for a limited number of CCK-F travel and accommodation grants; to apply, specify the estimated ticket price and attach a short CV in your application.… Read more ⤻

2023 Cambridge Graduate Student Conference on East Asian Studies “Currents: Local Practices and Popular Beliefs in Buddhism”

University of Cambridge, UK
6th – 7th Jul 2023

Like the flow of currents, the dissemination and diffusion of Buddhism in East Asian societies takes place in various directions. Robert E. Buswell Jr. conceptualises currents and countercurrents to describe the diverse regional strands of influence on the East Asian Buddhist tradition. Beside cross-regional developments, currents or subcurrents within a regional Buddhist tradition can manifest in the convergence and divergence between institutionalised teachings and local practices. Dominated mainly by lay people’s experiences of Buddhism, local practices and popular beliefs usually present a considerable degree of religious and cultural hybridity. Moreover, on a local level, religious rituals and liturgical performances are often integrated with vernacular genres of storytelling such as literature and drama. Since the inception of the eastward Buddhist missionary in the second or third century, some of these local currents prosper concomitantly with Buddhist monasteries that have been centres of regional learning and practice, while others are considered illegitimate and constantly banned by political authorities.… Read more ⤻

Call for Papers: The WPR approach and policies on education in the digital age: China and its global peers

25-26th Oct 2023
Leibniz Institute for Educational Media
Georg-Eckert-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany
Deadline: 15th Aug 2023

In this workshop, we want to bring scholars together in order to use the ‘What is the problem represented to be’ approach created by Carol Bacchi to analyse policies on educational digitalisation in China and to explore the following three areas. Firstly, we want to bring fresh theoretical impulses into the analysis of policies issued by the state. For decades China has been a policy ‘borrower’ in the field of education but in recent years the Chinese government has placed an increasing emphasis on the construction of its own discourses and on positioning itself as a key player in the field of educational digitalisation. We aim to move beyond a merely descriptive analysis, and primarily to understand what visions of good education or of good pupils, teachers and parents are articulated and normalised in state discourses. We further-more intend to look into the role ascribed to other agencies involved in the digitalisation of education such as ed-tech companies and NGOs.… Read more ⤻

International Society of East Asian Philosophy (ISEAP): Third International Conference

15-16th Sep
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Deadline: 30th Jun 2023

Keynote Speakers

Professor Geir Sigurðsson (University of Iceland)
Dr. Sojeong Park (Sungkyunkwan University)

Abstracts for individual papers and organized panels should be submitted to eastasianphilosophy@gmail.com by June 30, 2023 (Japan Time).

For more details please see our website and kindly disseminate to those who may be interested.

ISEAP 2023 Conference: https://iseap.jp/iseap-2023-conference/

We are looking forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you in Edinburgh!

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You can also connect with us on social media.

Website: https://iseap.jp/
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Call for Papers: China-Workshop „Iserlohn 2023“

Schwerte, Germany
22-23rd Jul 2023

Deadline: 10th May 2023
The “Iserlohn Network” is a loose circle of young social scientists working on China. Our annual workshop will be held from 22 to 23 July 2023 at Haus Villigst near the town of Schwerte.

This year, we focus on “Social Practices in Contemporary Chinese Studies”. In academia, our work often consists of documenting, analysing and classifying the behaviour, agency, and activities of individuals and groups. Which actions or actors in your research field arouse your interest and why? Where do you see yourselves in the research process, what is the starting point for your study, and in which direction are you drawn? The presentations should address the social practices examined in your project and/or the research practice guiding your inquiries. We hope that this broad topic speaks to many of you and are looking forward to a diverse range of contributions!

The workshop provides a forum for young scholars who would like to present and discuss their PhD theses, post-doctoral, or other research in a casual environment with other social scientists exploring China.… Read more ⤻

Summer School: The Rise of China in a Turbulent World – Alternative Perspectives

24-29th Jul 2023
Reggio Emilia, Italy
Deadline: 31st May 2023

Great power competition or multipolar world? China will play a crucial role in both scenarios. It is therefore essential to decipher Beijing’s strategies and interactions with Western countries and the Global South. Engage with our leading scholars to acquire key interdisciplinary tools and new knowledge to keep up with this epochal change. Join our unique summer school.

Visit this announcement’s website at: https://summerschool.cscc.it/Read more ⤻

Call for Workshop Participation: Youth in Chinese History

Workshop Youth in Chinese History: Education and Representations of Young People
in Chinese Sources between Tradition and Modernity

14-15th Sep 2023
Oxford University, Centre for Chinese Studies, Lucina Ho room

Organizers
Giulia Falato (Oxford University)
Renata Vinci (University of Palermo)

In China, childhood and education have historically been intertwined with ritual practices and social relations, with their ultimate scope being the construction of an ideal society and the formation of a virtuous elite. While canonical texts and conduct books have constantly played a crucial role in shaping children’s original character, the development of educational theories and practices throughout Chinese history has also been deeply influenced by endogenous and exogenous doctrines such as Daoism, Buddhism, Christianity and Western thought. This workshop proposes to generate discussions around the evolution of educational practices and representations of children across the centuries and literary genres, particularly from a cross-cultural perspective. It seeks to highlight the diachronic correlation between family units and broader society, and how the moral and intellectual cultivation of children aimed at creating pillars upon which the ideal of stability rested.… Read more ⤻

Vacant Position: Professorship in Chinese Studies with a Concentration on Modern China (Open Rank) 100 %

Univ. of Zurich, Switzerland
Deadline: 10th May 2023

The University of Zurich invites applications for a professorship in Chinese studies with a concen­tration on modern China (open rank).

The position should be filled as soon as possible. Depending on the qualifications of the appointee, the professorship will take the form of a tenured full or associate professorship, or an assistant professor­ship with tenure track.

The focus of the chair to be filled lies on the Chinese-speaking world, in particular the People’s Republic of China and its rapidly growing international importance as a cultural, political and economic actor. Based on a high competence in original language sources, the appointee is expected to be capable of integrating cultural and social science aspects of contemporary Chinese studies into their research and teaching.

A PhD in Sinology/Chinese Studies completed at the time of application, or in a social science discipline, as long as equivalent China competencies can be proven, is required.… Read more ⤻

Vacant Position: Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin (m/w/d)

Deadline: 28th Feb 2023
Starting date: 16th Apr 2023

An der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main ist im Fachbereich Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften am Institut für Ostasiatische Philologien, Arbeitsbereich Sinologie, zum 16.04.2023 die Stelle für eine*n

Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin (m/w/d)
(E 13 TV-G-U, halbtags)

zunächst befristet für drei Jahre zu besetzen. Die Eingruppierung richtet sich nach den Tätigkeitsmerkmalen des für die Goethe-Universität geltenden Tarifvertrages (TV-G-U).

Derdie Mitarbeiterin wird wissenschaftliche Dienstleistungen – einschließlich Studienberatung – in Lehre und Forschung erbringen. Es wird die Gelegenheit zur Arbeit an einer Dissertation gegeben.

Einstellungsvoraussetzungen sind ein abgeschlossenes wissenschaftliches Hochschulstudium mit chinabezogener/sinologischer wissenschaftlicher Qualifikation und sehr gute Kenntnisse des modernen Chinesisch. Erwünscht sind ferner Kenntnisse im Klassischen Chinesisch, sehr gute Englisch-Kenntnisse und Vertrautheit mit Geschichte und Kultur Chinas – insbesondere von der späten Qing-Zeit bis zur Gegenwart.

Die Goethe-Universität strebt eine Erhöhung des Frauenanteils an und fordert deshalb besonders Frauen zur Bewerbung auf. Schwerbehinderte Menschen werden bei gleicher Eignung und Befähigung vorrangig berücksichtigt.… Read more ⤻

How to Read Chinese Poetry Podcast: Three episodes on Ming and Qing poetry by Professor Grace Fong

Hosted by Zong-qi Cai, Lingnan University
Feb 14, 21, 28th 2023
Anchor,
Himalaya, Google

“This podcast presents cutting-edge scholarship on Chinese poetry to a broad general audience. In its 52 episodes, leading experts guide listeners through a pleasurable journey of Chinese poetry, poem by poem, genre by genre, and dynasty by dynasty.”

Visit the podcast at: https://anchor.fm/how-2-read-chinese-poetry?fbclid=IwAR0klGX-JEuHu8UqfOHFrq-p6P3PSpktGtxR-8VYRoiHBOCB2uDObh0qq4I

Visit the podcast at: https://www.ximalaya.com/album/56654041?fbclid=IwAR2KhaiVMk0txF7y-6iwlJo8xDMB8VqeSwdIBXyKMGpL8ckpvoDIyiBP3HI

Visit the podcast at: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy83ZmU1ZmFlMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAcQrrcFahcKEwiArqro1KT9AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQLARead more ⤻

Lecture Series: The vernacular culture of etiquette of late imperial China as represented in the Ming-Qing novel

Series of four lectures by Prof. Roland Altenburger (Univ. of Würzburg), Guest Prof. at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Hybrid (Teams) | Paris, France

10-17-24-31 Mar 2023
2-4pm (CET)

This lecture offers an introduction to the system and practice of social etiquette – addressing, greeting and clothing – of late imperial China as reconstructed on the basis of a range of novels of the Ming and Qing (16th-18th c.). While social etiquette constituted codes of distinct forms and licences of usage, their practice was dynamic and open to negotiation and manipulation. The novelistic representation of characters’ social interaction permits the interpretation of social etiquette in practical context.

Lectures summaries and access link on:
https://www.ephe.psl.eu/vernacular-culture-etiquette-late-imperial-china-represented-ming-qing-novel

Teams Meeting ID: 371 689 151 888 / password: CzUsiD… Read more ⤻

Vacant Position: Assistant or Assistant Professor for Department of Chinese Studies

Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Deadline: 3rd Mar 2023
Start date: 1st Sep 2023

Department of Chinese Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, opens a call for applications for the position of Assistant or Assistant Professor. Details (including the link to electronic application) can be found here: https://www.phil.muni.cz/en/careers/available-positions/75926 .
This is a position with the assumption of permanent cooperation, not dependent on grant funding.… Read more ⤻

Members’ Publications: Stéphanie Homola

Berghahn Books, 2023

Homola, Stéphanie. 2023. The Art of Fate Calculation. Practicing Divination in Taipei, Beijing, and Kaifeng. New York: Berghahn Books (Asian Anthropologies Series). ISBN 978-1-80073-812-6

This book dives into Chinese fate calculation, a practice which enthralls the Chinese despite official condemnations which have disparaged this traditional knowledge as “superstitions” since the beginning of the 20th century. From housewives to students and high-ranking officials, people from all social backgrounds visit fate calculation masters to learn about and make the most of their destiny, be it to choose a career, get promoted, make an investment, or get married. How do clients experience fate calculation consultations? How do they choose a diviner and how do they assess his/her skills? How does one become a fortune-teller? What controversies structure the professional milieu? How is a person’s fate calculated? Through an investigation that takes us from Taiwan to China to meet the various actors of fate calculation, this work explores why so many people are interested in a form of knowledge which everyone admits to be highly complex and questionable.… Read more ⤻

Vacant Positions (PhD and Postdoc), Project “Religious Text Production and Identity Formation in China, 17th to 21st Centuries”

Leipzig & Paris
Deadline: 20th Mar 2023
Starting 1st Jul 2023

The project “Religious Text Production and Identity Formation in China, 17th to 21st Centuries” has been funded by the DFG and ANR (German and French research agencies), in a scheme for bilateral cooperation for the period July 2023-June 2026. The two PIs are Prof. Philip Clart (Leipzig U) and Vincent Goossaert (EPHE, PSL).
The project is now welcoming applications for two positions for the duration of the project: one doctoral student, based in Leipzig, and one postdoctoral researcher, based in Paris. The two positions are independent, but will work in coordination with each other.
 

Brief project outline

This project is based on the massive production of religious texts in the modern (1600-1900) and contemporary (post-1900) Chinese world, which is now largely available but unexplored. Tens of thousands of religious books printed in late imperial and modern China have become available over the last twenty years through voluminous collections of reprints, as well as through libraries around the globe digitizing their collections, but they have so far have been employed as primary sources by scholars to a limited extent only.… Read more ⤻

Members’ Publications: Qing Cao

Routledge Studies in Chinese Discourse Analysis

The Language of Nation-State Building in Late Qing China – A Case Study of the Xinmin Congbao and the Minbao, 1902-1910, Qing Cao, Routledge Studies in Chinese Discourse Analysis, January 2023: 148pp

The Language of Nation-State Building in Late Qing China investigates the linguistic and intellectual roots of China’s modern transformation by presenting a systematic study of the interplay between language innovation and socio-political upheavals in the final decade of the Qing Empire.
This book will be useful and relevant to academics, postgraduate students and final year undergraduate students in the field of Chinese Studies, and anyone
interested in the role of language in shaping modern intellectual history.… Read more ⤻

JEACS, Volume 3, 2022 “New Views on Visual Materials 視覺影像刮目相看”

We are happy to announce that vol. 3 (2022) of the Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies is now online. As usual, it is fully open access (CC BY 4.0). This volume contains a special section on « Visual materials in local gazetteers » and three other research articles, four book reviews, and a list of PhDs defended in 2021 (at European institutions). You’ll be able to download each contribution there: https://journals.univie.ac.at/index.php/jeacs/issue/view/594

Finally, we would like to remind you of the ongoing call for vol. 4: https://journals.univie.ac.at/index.php/jeacs/announcement/view/99

Best wishes and a happy new year to all,

The editors of the JEACS

Table of Contents

https://doi.org/10.25365/jeacs.2022.3.toc
 
Alexis Lycas, Marie Bizais-Lillig, Laura De Giorgi, Alison Hardie, Sascha Klotzbücher, Frank Kraushaar
Editorial: New Views on Visual Materials 視覺影像刮目相看
https://doi.org/10.25365/jeacs.2022.3.lycas_et_al
 
Kenneth Hammond 
Visual Materials in Chinese Local Gazetteers 中國視覺方志
https://doi.org/10.25365/jeacs.2022.3.hammond
 
Xin Yu 余 欣
Scenic Views of Administrative Units in Ming China 明代方志中的府州縣景致研究
https://doi.org/10.25365/jeacs.2022.3.yu
 
Sander Molenaar 
Locating the Sea: A Visual and Social Analysis of Coastal Gazetteers in Late Imperial China 給海洋定位: 明清時期沿海方志的視覺及社會分析
https://doi.org/10.25365/jeacs.2022.3.molenaar
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Call for Papers: Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies 2023 Edition

Deadline: 30th Apr 2023

The Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies (Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung) is now accepting submissions in either English or German for edition 46, which is scheduled for publication in winter 2023‒24. All papers submitted will undergo double-blind peer review.
The Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies (BJOAF) has been published since 1978 by the Faculty of East Asian Studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. It serves as an international forum for academic publications on East Asian research.
To get an idea of the scope of topics and research approaches that have received coverage in the Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies, please view the PDF files of back issues (http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/oaw/en/bjoaf.shtml).
Authors are kindly requested to use our template (http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/oaw/en/bjoaf-template.docx) and to send their paper as an email attachment to ‹ bjoaf@rub.de › by April 30, 2023.

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Vacant Positions: Three Postdoctoral Researchers

Erlangen, Germany
Deadline: 31st Jan 2023

The Institute for Near Eastern and East Asian Languages and Civilizations — at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) currently invites applications for three Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d) positions.

1 Postdoctoral Researcher (100%, E13 TV-L, 2,5 years) – Mathematics in 19th Century China

The position is part of the interdisciplinary project “The Language of Algorithmic Mathematics” funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2021–2026). Although this project has a strong digital humanities component, we also welcome research that focuses on small corpora of texts or specific mathematical domains (for example conic sections).

1 Postdoctoral Researcher (100%, E13 TV-L, 3 years) – Quantification in Modern or Contemporary China

The position is part of the interdisciplinary project “Quantification from Europe to East-Asia”. This project focusses on political and historical epistemologies of statistical production and forecasting practices and their global/transregional circulation.

1 Postdoctoral Researcher (100%, E13 TV-L, 2,5 years) – Statistics in Contemporary China

The position is part of the interdisciplinary project “Quantification from Europe to East-Asia” funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2021–2026).… Read more ⤻

Open Positions in Modern Chinese Literature

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Deadline: 31st Jan 2023

Open positions – Professor(s) / Associate Professor(s) / Assistant Professor(s) in Modern Chinese Literature, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Department/ Institution: Department of Chinese Language and Literature, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Closing Date: 31 January 2023

The Department of Chinese Language and Literature is now inviting applications for the posts of Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in the area of modern Chinese literature. Applicants with research interests in (1) modern Chinese literature, transnational/global Chinese literature, and (2) Chinese film and media studies are particularly preferred.
Areas of specialization are open, but preference will be given to candidates whose research falls in the period of 1970s and beyond for the post in modern Chinese literature. Applicants of the last recruitment exercise are welcome to apply.

For more details, please refer to https://cuhk.taleo.net/careersection/cu_career_teach/jobdetail.ftl?job=220002R7&tz=GMT%2B08%3A00&tzname=Asia%2FHong_Kong

For general inquiries, please contact the Department by email at chi-dapc@cuhk.edu.hk… Read more ⤻

CfP – Conference: The Evolution of the Global Payments System – A GloCoBank Project Event

St Hilda’s College
University of Oxford
23-24 March 2023
Extended Deadline: 2nd Jan 2023

The global payments system represents the underlying plumbing of globalisation, determining the efficiency and security of cross-border payments for goods and services. Despite its fundamental importance surprisingly little is known about the evolution of this system, especially the dynamics of the network of bilateral bank relationships used for cross-border settlements across the past 150 years.
The European Research Council funded ‘Global Correspondent Banking 1870–2000’ project would like to invite proposals from researchers at all levels for a conference on the evolution of the global payments system during the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Correspondent banking, international banking networks and the development of the global payments system

• The changing shape, patterns and dynamics of international banking networks, and the impact of financial crises, world events and regulatory changes

• Banking technologies and the ‘plumbing’ of the international payments system, e.g.… Read more ⤻

Vacant Position: Junior Researcher in Chinese Studies and Cultural Mediation

University for Foreigners of Siena, Italy
Deadline: 5th Jan 2023

A Junior Researcher (RtdA) position in Chinese studies at the University for Foreigners of Siena (Italy) is open until the 5th of January 2023. The position is related with a Tuscany regional project about cultural mediation in medical settings, with a specific focus on the Chinese community residing in Tuscany. The researcher will have to work in order to deepen the understanding on the effectiveness of medical specialists – non-Italian speaking patients (specifically Chinese ones) interaction, as well as on the support of cultural mediation in medical settings.
Requirements: PhD, Italian native or quasi-native language knowledge, Chinese language proficient knowledge, and possibly English language knowledge.
Web links to the call for applications (deadline: 5th January 2023):
https://online.unistrasi.it/bandi/ListaBandi.asp?tipo=2
https://online.unistrasi.it/bandi/Allegati/2399/2399_bando%20per%20sito.pdf

Job type: full time
Location: Piazza Rosselli 27/28, 53100 Siena (SI), Italy
Other specialties recommended: Intercultural Studies, Migration Studies, Cultural Mediation
Application deadline: 05 January 2023
Contact information: scibetta@unistrasi.it… Read more ⤻

Vacant Position: Associate Professor in Literature and Culture of Modern China

University of Münster, Germany
Deadline: 8th Jan 2023

The Institute of Sinology and East Asian Studies in the Faculty of Philology (FB 9) at the University of Münster (WWU), Germany, seeks to fill the following position at the earliest possible date:

W1 associate professor (Juniorprofessor) with W2 tenure track in Literature and Culture of Modern China

The prospective appointee should represent the subject of Sinology from the late imperial era to the present and possess research and teaching expertise in Chinese literature and culture. An additional sound knowledge of Digital Humanities, or the willingness to develop a DH profile during the associate professorship, is desirable.

For more details, please refer to https://www.uni-muenster.de/Rektorat/Stellen/ausschreibungen/st_20221129_mb2.html

Please submit your application with the customary documents (CV, list of publications and given courses, proof of third-party funding experience, outline of your future research and teaching activities, copies of your degree certificates and official documents) via email (in a single PDF file) by 8 January 2023 to the Dean of the Faculty of Philology (FB 09)

Prof.… Read more ⤻

Open positions – Professor(s) / Associate Professor(s) / Assistant Professor(s) in Modern Chinese Literature

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Deadline: 31st Dec 2022

Department of Chinese Language and Literature

The Department of Chinese Language and Literature is now inviting applications for the posts of Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in the area of modern Chinese literature. Applicants with research interests in (1) modern Chinese literature, transnational/global Chinese literature, and (2) Chinese film and media studies are particularly preferred. Areas of specialization are open, but preference will be given to candidates whose research falls in the period of 1970s and beyond for the post in modern Chinese literature. Applicants of the last recruitment exercise are welcome to apply.

For more details, please refer to https://cuhk.taleo.net/careersection/cu_career_teach/jobdetail.ftl?job=220002R7&tz=GMT%2B08%3A00&tzname=Asia%2FHong_Kong
For general inquiries, please contact the Department by email at chi-dapc@cuhk.edu.hk… Read more ⤻

Open Post-Doctoral Fellowship (BIPD): Labour market-leading migrations from Asia (AspirE)

Lisboa, Portugal
Deadline: 23rd Dec 2022

The Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia (CIES-Iscte) of the Iscte – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa is accepting applications for one post-doctoral researcher position as part of the European project “Decision making of Aspiring (Re)Migrants to/within the EU: The case of labour market-leading migrations from Asia (AspirE)”, funded by the European Commission (HORIZON-CL2-2022-TRANSFORMATIONS-01-04). 

About the project: 

Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, Europe continues to be a major destination for transnational migrants, notably from Asia and Africa. The way in which this phenomenon has been unfolding underlines the urgent need to further conceptualise transnational migration by analysing the decision-making of aspiring (re)migrants. This scholarly enterprise is critically important as mainstream migration theories put more of a focus on broader social processes and dynamics, thereby overlooking the human aspects of migration. Basing itself on several migration theories in various disciplines, this proposal adopts a framework that humanises 

research on (non-)migration decision-making, i.e.… Read more ⤻

Today: Online Lecture Series “Other Epistemologies: Remapping the Literary Field in the Sinosphere”

organized by the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Zurich

    1. Thursday, December 8, 2022, 16:15–18:00 (CEST) / 15:15-17:00 (GMT)
    Dr. Victor Fan (King’s College London) on “The Insight-Image: Illuminating the Reality of Deleuze’s Time-Image”

    2 Thursday, December 22, 2022, 14:00-16:00 (CEST) / 13:00-15:00 (GMT)
    Dr. Caroline Chia (National University of Singapore, Asia Research Institute) on “Uncovering Lesser-Known Regional Groups Pertaining to Traditional Chinese Theatre”

    For further information and registration please see the attached flyers and the following link:
    https://www.aoi.uzh.ch/de/institut/events/series/epistemologies.htmlRead more ⤻

    For EACS Members: EACS Newsletter #57, Nov 2022

    Access to our latest newsletter (#57) is restricted to our members. If you want to apply for membership in the EACS, please fill in the registration form. If you already are an EACS member but didn’t receive the newsletter or wish to have it re-sent, please contact the mailing list-operator Justyna Jaguścik (mailinglist@chinesestudies.eu).

    Topics in this issue

    EACS Addresses ………………………………………………………… 3
    Message from the Newsletter Editor …………………………. 5
    Report from the President …………………………………………. 6
    Report from the Former President…………………………….. 7
    Report on the Ukraine Emergency Package ……………. 12
    Report from the Secretary ……………………………………… 13
    Financial Report from the Treasurer ………………………. 15
    CCK Foundation Library Travel Grant ……………………… 18
    Report on the Olomouc 2022 Conference ………………. 21
    New Books …………………………………………………………………24
    Call for Papers: JEACS ………………………………………………. 26
    Guidelines for sharing information via the
    EACS mailing list and website …………………………………… 27
    EACS Membership Payments ……………………………………. 29
    EACS Officers and Board Members ………………………….. 30

    See also:

    EACS Newsletter Repository

    Open archive from No.… Read more ⤻

    Call for Papers: The Lone Guardian. Politics, Culture, and Society in China under the Yongzheng Emperor

    University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Italy
    6-7th Jul 2023

    Deadline: 31st Dec 2022

    Organizers: Dr. habil. Phillip Grimberg (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg), Dr. Federico Brusadelli (University of Naples “L’Orientale”)
    The Yongzheng Emperor 雍正 (1678-1735) and his reign (1723-1735), overshadowed by the towering personalities of his father, Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722), and his son, Emperor Qianlong (1736-1796), remains an obscure figure in Chinese history with a rather bleak reputation. He ascended the throne after his father’s death under suspicious circumstances that haunted him for the rest of his life and would shape his image to this day. Nevertheless, the emperor was a shrewd statesman and an
    efficient administrator who fought rampant corruption within the government and court society, as well as a gifted artist and patron of the arts who laid the foundation for his son’s splendour. The goal of this workshop, which coincides with the 300th anniversary of Yongzheng’s accession to the throne, is to examine the multi-faceted personality of this often overlooked Chinese emperor in all its facets and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.… Read more ⤻

    Call for Papers: 4th Biennal Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP) “Interpretation and Reinvention”

    Macerata, Italy
    16-18th Jun 2023
    Deadline: 31st Dec 2022

    The 4th Biennal Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP) will take place in Macerata (Italy) on June 16-18, 2023. The theme of the conference is “Interpretation and reinvention.”

    Every philosopher always has a forerunner to interpret. Any new philosophical theory is grounded in an existing theory, which it reinvents or contrasts. Every concept has its own history of contrasting and converging interpretations and reinvention. While this is obvious in the case of Western Philosophy, it is not always the case for China, whose cultural history is often improperly represented as static, converging, and repetitive. We all have in mind Raffaello Sanzio’s fresco The School of Athens that plastically represents the opposing visions of nature in ancient Greece. The painting is dynamic and full of individual traits of the more than twenty philosophers represented. Those figures, freshly painted by Raffaello, are opposing, rejecting, or reinventing their masters’ teachings and common sense.… Read more ⤻

    Members’ Publications: Alison Hardie

    New York & Shanghai: SCPG, 2023

    Alison Hardie, An Illustrated Brief History of Chinese Gardens: People, Activities, Culture, New York & Shanghai: SCPG, 2023, 164pp., US$19.95, ISBN 978-1-93836-887-5.

    This book, illustrated with many images of Chinese gardens, ancient paintings, block prints, and other artefacts, is a social history of Chinese gardens, focusing on how gardens have functioned and been used in Chinese society through the ages. Apart from the aesthetic or philosophical aspects of Chinese gardens, it discusses how gardens functioned as real estate, how they gave opportunities of employment to skilled artisans, how they opened up outdoor space to both elite and lower-class women, and how they allowed men of different social classes and of different ethnicities to interact and gain mutual benefit; in short, how the existence of gardens exerted an influence on society as a whole. At the same time, the reader can find how the wider society, and even socio-economic changes beyond China’s own borders, had an impact on how gardens in China developed.… Read more ⤻

    Vacant Position: Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Chinese studies

    Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    Review begins 7th Nov 2022

    The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (http://asianstudies.unc.edu) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Chinese studies to start July 1, 2023. Candidates should have completed Ph.D. in Chinese studies or related field and should possess native or near-native fluency in English and Mandarin. Duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses; conducting research on transcultural Chinese studies, Chinese thought/philosophy, or Chinese new materialist studies; and service work such as participating in the continued development of the Department’s program in Chinese studies. Qualified applicants should apply online at https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/241758. Applications should include a letter detailing research and teaching interests, CV, sample syllabi (if available), writing sample, and a list with names, titles, and email addresses of four professional references who may be asked for letters of recommendation. The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies seeks to foster a climate where diversity is valued in all its forms.… Read more ⤻

    First All-Mediterranean Chinese Studies Conference “Chinese Studies Beyond the Centre of Gravity”

    1-3rd Feb 2023
    Deadline: 15th Nov 2022
    University of Malta

    The Department of Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of Malta and Confucius Institute at the University of Malta

    present the

    First All-Mediterranean Chinese Studies Conference

    “Chinese Studies Beyond the Centre of Gravity”

    The geographical location of Malta has made it a gathering place for peoples across the world. As such, it has become a salient point of contact between Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Mediterranean. The Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Malta was established in 1999. The Chinese studies programme was formalized in 2009 with the help of the Confucius Institute. Since that time, the Department has been dedicated to Chinese language teaching and research in Chinese area studies and has recently been renamed the Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures. The Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures, in conjunction with the Confucius Institute, warmly extends an invitation for scholars around the world to participate in its inaugural conference on Chinese studies to be held in February 2023.… Read more ⤻

    Vacant PhD Position in Chinese Studies (TV-L 13), Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts”

    University of Hamburg, Germany
    Deadline: 31 October 2022

    The Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts” invites applications for a PhD position (“research associate”) in Chinese Studies with the focus on written artefacts from any historical period. For the full announcement and the application form, please visit the University of Hamburg website: https://www.uni-hamburg.de/stellenangebote/ausschreibung.html?jobID=f6f91e1f7f0ef4efcb6b8bf359ff05edb5c63317.

    The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Cluster’s graduate school and participate in research colloquia, lectures and workshops. Furthermore, the position includes active engagement in the research field “Inscribing Spaces” or “Graffiti”, which in turn offers a great opportunity of working in an inspiring interdisciplinary team and to join the collaborative research activities of the Cluster. For further information, see https://www.csmc.uni-hamburg.de/written-artefacts.html.

    We welcome applications for projects with a clear focus on the study of written artefacts and relating to the research scope of the Cluster. Candidates should have a strong interest in cooperating beyond disciplinary boundaries, especially across the humanities, natural sciences and computer sciences.… Read more ⤻

    International Online Conference “Analyzing the Sinophone Narrative on the Russian Invasion in Ukraine”

    Online | Zoom
    14th Oct 2022

    The Ukrainian Associations of Sinologists, jointly with A. Krysmkyi Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Science of Ukrainian and Helvetica Publishing Group, is pleased to invite you to an international online conference “Analyzing the Sinophone Narrative on the Russian Invasion in Ukraine” that will take place on 14 October 2022 at 3-7 pm Kyiv time (GMT+3) on Zoom. The programme of the event and the sign up form are accessible at https://sinophone-narratives.org/ . Looking forward to welcoming you at the event!… Read more ⤻

    Vacant Positions: 9 Doctoral Candidates at Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS)

    Freie Universität
    Berlin, Germany
    Deadline: 14th Nov 2022

    Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) at Freie Universität, Berlin, will admit up to 9 doctoral candidates to its PhD program “East Asian Studies” again, beginning October 1st, 2023.

    The application period starts on 15 September 2022. Deadline for submissions: 14 November 2022.

    GEAS offers at FU Berlin offers a structured 3-year PhD program for 4-year PhD procedures with a regional focus on East Asia (China, Japan, Korea). Doctoral dissertations at GEAS are expected to analyse modern or contemporary East Asia in the field of politics, society, economy, culture, law or history.

    Scholarship Availability

    Two fully funded scholarships for international candidates are available upon nomination to the DAAD-GSSP program by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Two fellowships for candidates with Chinese citizenship are available through the cooperation of Freie Universität and the Chinese Scholarship Council through the FUB-CSC PhD scholarship program. Candidates not offered a scholarship can be admitted to the program, provided they apply for and secure external funding from other foundations and sponsors before or at the same time as applying for GEAS.… Read more ⤻

    Members’ Publications: Björn Alpermann

    Björn Alpermann, Xinjiang — China and the Uyghurs, Würzburg University Press, (open access in French and German)

    I am happy to announce that my book “Xinjiang — China and the Uyghurs” published last year in German (Würzburg University Press) is now also available in French. Both versions are open access. You find the blurbs in both languages and the download links below.

    Le Xinjiang – la Chine et les Ouïghours
    La situation au Xinjiang, région du Nord-Ouest de la Chine, a ces dernières années suscité une attention internationale croissante. Les rapports sur les internements massifs de Ouïghours et d’autres groupes ethniques dans des camps de rééducation, le travail forcé, les stérilisations forcées et autres atteintes aux droits humains font la une de l’actualité et affectent les relations entre la Chine et ceux qui la critiquent. Le gouvernement chinois, en revanche, justifie sa manière d’agir par la lutte contre le terrorisme, l’extrémisme islamique et le séparatisme ethnique.… Read more ⤻

    Call for Papers: International conference hosted by IDK “Philology: Practices of premodern cultures, global perspectives and future concepts”

    Beyond Comparison: Towards a Connected Philology
    Ludwig-Maximilians-University
    Munich, Germany
    14–16th Jun 2023
    Deadline: 30th Nov 2022

    Much of the recent work on global philology has focused on pointing out parallels between philological methods and traditions in various cultures; that is, on straightforward comparison. This conference is focused rather on identifying and examining the actual connections that create or lie behind such parallels. As scholars in transcultural studies have pointed out, global connectivity and migration are not only features of modernity, but are in fact an essential part of the formation of culture. Considering the temporal depth and geographical breadth of philological tradition(s), it is limiting to assume that the philological traditions of a specific culture have remained untouched by these connections, no matter the enthusiasm with which a state may employ their manuscripts and philological history in service of their respective “unique” nationalist identities.
    This conference topic encourages a practice of philology in full view of the extended contacts and relationships between cultures, against the “methodological nationalism” of our existing disciplinary frameworks.… Read more ⤻

    Members’ Publications: Alison Hardie

    Hong Kong University Press, 2022, 320pp.

    Alison Hardie, The Many Faces of Ruan Dacheng: Poet, Playwright, Politician in Seventeenth-Century China, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2022, 320pp., HK$750, ISBN 978-988-8754-07-6.
    The Many Faces of Ruan Dacheng: Poet, Playwright, Politician in Seventeenth-Century China is the first monograph in English on a controversial Ming dynasty literary figure. It examines and re-assesses the life and work of Ruan Dacheng (1587–1646), a poet, dramatist, and politician in the late Ming period. Ruan Dacheng was in his own time a highly regarded poet, but is best known as a dramatist, and his poetry is now largely unknown. He is most notorious as a ‘treacherous official’ of the Ming–Qing transition, and as a result his literary work—his plays as well as his poetry—has been neglected and undervalued. Hardie argues that Ruan’s literary work is of much greater significance in the history of Chinese literature than has generally been recognised since his own time.… Read more ⤻

    Journal of the European Association of Chinese Studies (JEACS) Special issue: Culture and Memory

    Deadline: 15 January 2023

    This special issue welcomes scholarly papers across disciplines dealing with various aspects of culture and memory related to the pre-modern, modern, and contemporary sinophone world and its vicinities.

    Departing from the broad understanding that memory and culture are mutually constitutive, we are interested in papers exploring profound linkages of memory and culture from aesthetic, historical, spatial and comparative perspectives.

    Topics might address, but are not limited to, the following:

    cultural memory and memory culture in (post)dictatorships

    spatialized memory and social spaces

    cultural memory in textual and visual cultures

    memory as form in literature and arts

    memory and mobilization

    the future of memory

    cultural memory and new media culture.

    For further information on submission please consult JEACS’ webpage: https://journals.univie.ac.at/index.php/jeacs/about/submissions

    Please submit your paper via the journal’s webpage: https://journals.univie.ac.at/index.php/jeacs/index


    The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2023.

    The volume will be published in September 2023.


    JEACS editorial team

     

    Download this announcement as docx: Cfp JEACS4 Culture and MemoryRead more ⤻

    Call for Papers: Current Scholarship on the Book of Changes 易經

    Among Chinese classics, the Book of Changes (or I Ching, Yijing) has been immensely popular among Western readers because of its graphic images, its method of divination, and its philosophy of change. But the Book of Changes is notoriously difficult to read due to its complex textual body and its competing commentarial traditions. The problem is further compounded by differing renditions of the text in western languages, causing a confusion as to how to approach this fascinating text.

    For the first time in English, Dao Companion to the Book of Changes will provide the full scope of current scholarship on the Book of Changes. Scheduled to be published by Springer in 2024, this volume will address three fundamental issues:

    (1) How do we make sense of the original text?
    (2) How do we come to grips with its commentarial traditions?
    (3) What do we learn from the Western interpretations of the texts?

    As the editor of this volume, I have invited scholars to contribute articles.… Read more ⤻