Thursday, April 26, 2018


Location: Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Avenue


09:00 to 09:15 Opening Remarks
09:15 to 10:25

Panel 1: Language, Mind, and World

Chair: Martin Kern

David Schaberg, "Style Machinery in Early Prose"

Jack W. Chen, "Poetry, Form, and Cognition (in Medieval China, for Example)"

Daniel Alan Fried, "Wheelwright Pian as Renegade Mohist"

Tina Lu, "Is it Philology or Philosophy?"

10:25 to 11:40

Panel 2: Chinese Literature, East Asia, and Beyond 

Chair: Kang-i Sun Chang

Alice Wen-Chuen Cheang, "Translation as Literary Interpretation"

Chen Liu, "Ou Su shoujian 歐蘇手簡 and the Transmission of Epistolary Collections in East Asia"

Wiebke Denecke, "Writing Literary Histories of Premodern China and East Asia: Practices, Prospects, Pains and Gains"

Karen Thornber, "Chinese Literature, Global Literature, and Healing"

Jing Tsu, A Special Presentation

11:40 to 11:55 Coffee Break
11:55 to 12:55

Panel 3: Chinese Literature within Global Modernity

Chair: Wilt Idema

Jinghua Wangling, "Mulan: The Rise of a Warrior (2009): The Multi-media Transmission of Pre-modern Chinese Poetry"

Emma Jinhua Teng, "The Engineer as Literatus: The Literary Work of MIT Engineering Student Ku Yuhsiu (1902-2002)"

Jasmine Hu, "'A Pair of Mandarin Ducks Split Apart': Abandoned Wives in the Songs of Gold Mountain"

12:55 to 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 to 15:00

Panel 4: Geopolitics and Gender in Early Medieval Chinese Literature  

Chair: David R. Knechtges

Pauline Lin, "Foreign Luxury Tributes in Han Imperial Parks"

Zeb Raft, "Some Directions in the Study of pre-Tang Literature"

Qiulei Hu, "Between 'Grand Achievement' and 'Petty Way': Jian'an Literati's Views on Writing"

15:00 to 15:50

Panel 5: Materiality and Immateriality in Late Imperial Chinese Literature

Chair: Kawai Kozo

Sophie Volpp, "Cognitive Space: The Language of Perspectivism in Story of the Stone"

Yingzhi Zhao, "Dong Yue's Dream World"

15:50 to 16:10 Coffee Break
16:15 to 17:20

Panel 6: Perspectives on Tang: Social Positions and Transgressions

Chair: Cheng Yu-yu

Rebecca Esther Doran, "Transgressive Fashions in Medieval China"

Yue Hong, "Writing Romance in Ninth- and Tenth-Century China"

Tony D. Qian, "The Role of Emotions in Tang Judgments on Spousal Relationships"

18:00 to 20:00 Dinner: CGIS North (Knafel), Fisher Commons, 1737 Cambridge Street



Friday, April 27, 2018


Location: Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street 


09:30 to 10:50

Panel 7: Perspectives on Song I: Poetry and Poetics

Chair: Ellen Widmer

Michael Fuller, "Omens of the World, or Surprise!"

Yugen Wang, "Becoming Du Fu: The Poetic Struggles of Chen Yuyi 陳與義 (1090-1138)"

Xiaoshan Yang, "Generic Cross-fertilization and the Art of the Couplet in Wang Anshi's Late Poetry"

Chen Zhang, "The Mirror and the Toad: Mei Yaochen and the Shaping of Early Song Poetry"

Yang Ye, "Poetic Sound: Chanting Literary Texts in the Chinese Tradition"

10:50 to 11:00 Coffee Break
10:50 to 12:20

Panel 8: Perspectives on Song II: Wen Unshackled

Chair: Ronald Egan

Anna Shields, "From 'Literary' to 'Civil' Culture: Redefining Wen in the Biographies of the New Tang History" 

Huijun Mai, "The Double Life of a Scallop: Pseudo-biography and the Song (960-1279) Culture of Things"

Chengjuan Sun, "'Playfully Composed': Serious Jokes in Su Shi's Poems"

Nancy Ten-Jung Tewksbury, "Beside Ourselves: Ouyang Xiu's Touching Poetics and the Ends of Critical Vision"

Feiran Du, "Poetry as Epistemology: New Paradigms of the Twelfth Century"

12:20 to 13:20 Lunch Break
13:20 to 14:20

Panel 9: Return to Tang: Knowledge and Embellishment

Chair: Paul W. Kroll

Christopher Nugent, "Learning through Example: Literary Training through Tuyuan cefu"

Sarah Allen, "From History to Literature: Yuan Jiao's Ganze yao and the Remaking of the Tale Collection"

Lucas R. Bender, "Translucencies: Rereading Tang Poetics"

14:20 to 14:30 Coffee Break
14:30 to 15:10

Roundtable 1

Moderator: David Wang

Participants: Chen Yinchi, Cheng Yu-yu, Cheng Zhangcan, Ji Jin, Jiang Yin, Kawai Kozo, Wang Yao, Zhang Hongsheng

15:10 to 15:50

Roundtable 2

Moderator: Wai-yee Li

Participants: Kang-i Sun Chang, Ronald Egan, Wilt Idema, Martin Kern, David R. Knechtges, Paul W. Kroll, Xiaofei Tian, Ellen Widmer

15:50 to 16:10 Closing Remarks
17:30 to 21:00 Reception and Dinner: Harvard Faculty Club