ASAP/6 Shanghai: Modern and Postmodern Arts: China and the Persent

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ASAP: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
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ASAP/6: A Symposium of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, 27-29 June 2014

Modern and Postmodern Arts: China and the World

The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP) proudly announces its first symposium in Asia, to be held 27-29 June 2014. ASAP is an international, nonprofit association dedicated to discovering and articulating the aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and political identities of the contemporary arts.

Proposals are now being accepted for individual papers, panels, and roundtables. The deadline for submissions is November 5, 2013. Email submissions to

ASAP/6: Modern and Postmodern Arts: China and the World is hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in collaboration with ASAP. The host organizer is Professor Wang Ning of Tsinghua/Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities.

Keynote Speakers

WJT Mitchell, Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago. Editor of Critical Inquiry and author of What Do Pictures Want? (2005) among many other titles.

Liu Kang, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of China Research Center, Duke University, and Dean of the Institute of Arts and Humanities at Shanghai Jiaotong University. Author of eight books, including Marxism and Aesthetics (2000/2012).

How to Apply?

To be considered for the symposium, please submit a 300-word abstract for an individual paper. Submit a 700-word abstract for a panel of three participants or roundtable of four participants to Provide email addresses and brief CV statements for each speaker. For more information see

The deadline for submissions is November 5, 2013.

Conference Theme

In celebration of ASAP's first Asian event, our conference theme focuses on recent artistic relations between China and the world. Although we will happily accept outstanding proposals on any subject, you might particularly consider such topics as:

• Modernity, postmodernity, and contemporaneity from a global perspective
• Hybridity and multiplicity. What does this paradigm still have to teach us about artistic expression and production in Asia and elsewhere?
• From empire to globalization: the long history of transnational culture in China
• The Pacific Rim and the Asian diaspora; cross-cultural writers, artists, musicians, and "creative workers"
• The international circulation of national culture: literature, cinema, visual arts
• Architecture and urbanism, Asia and beyond: mega-cities, neighborhoods, ghettos, enclaves, suburbs, exurbs, edgelands.
• Public art and public spaces, Asia and beyond.
• New electronic genres: Postisms, Tweets (Weibo), cellphone novels, Flarf and more

The program committee will consider papers on these or any other topic relating to the contemporary arts. In keeping with our mission, we are especially interested in proposals with an international and inter-media focus. The program committee will give preference to panels and roundtables that feature papers by scholars and artists working in several disciplines.

Expenses & Travel

All participants must buy their own round-trip ticket to Shanghai. If you are accepted to speak at the symposium, Shanghai Jiao Tong University will issue a formal letter of invitation to facilitate your visa application; however, it is your responsibility to apply for a travel visa to China in time to attend the symposium. Speakers' housing and meals will, for the duration of the symposium, be generously provided for by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.