CFP: Feminist Sinologies_October 5-7, 2012_University of Michigan

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Feminist Sinologies_University of Michigan-Ann Arbor_Center for Chinese Studies
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This conference invites papers that think about the production of knowledge made possible by the synergies between feminist theory and sinology. It is our aim to bring together theoretically rich and well- historicized papers across many disciplines in the humanities that develop meaningful linkages between theories in feminism today (such as intersectionality, recessive action theory, female masculinity, ecofeminism, reflexivity/positionality, queer theory, queer assemblage queer temporality, disability studies, postcolonialism, lyric theory, Marxist historicism, and affect theory, just to name a few) and oft-explored topics in sinological studies (such as Chinese modernism/modernity, translingual and translation praxis, (Neo)Confucianism, (Neo)Buddhism and the West, nationalism and visual culture, Chinese-Jesuit print culture, Chinese diaspora and coolie culture, human rights discourse, performative Chineseness, socialism and democracy, positivism and international law, financescapes, ecoscapes, and the global economy—-also just to compile a short list.

We seek papers working with all historical periods. Papers might situate the conjunction of feminism and sinology in the context of contemporary geopolitical issues; compare and contrast a "feminism-studies" approach and a sinological studies approach to a certain text or work of art; or close-read a particular event that (it will be argued) can no longer be understood without a feminist-sinological framework.

We also welcome panel proposals. Panels can be formed around a historical period (eg. "Feminist Interventions in C18 Chinese Material Culture") or person (eg. "New Approaches to Eileen Chang") or theme ("Translation Theory and Feminist Sinologies").

An interdisciplinary committee will be formed to select the papers and panels. Announcements for the selection will be posted June 31, 2012 by email. Participants must be prepared to submit un-committed work.

Those interested are invited to send a 250-word proposal describing the nature of the project and its relevance to the central concept of "Feminist Sinologies." Or, if you are interested in submitting a panel proposal, please send in a document with a list of the speakers (plan for 15-20min papers) and a description of the aims and the content of the papers that is no longer than 1000 words. Please send all information as a pdf document to Nan Z. Da ( by June 1, 2012. We will announce our decisions via email on June 30, 2012.