"Cold War After China," Shanghai, China 27-29 June 2014

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ASAP/6 Shanghai: Modern and Postmodern Arts: China and the Present
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I am soliciting proposals for a roundtable discussion on the broad topic of "Cold War After China."

The Cold War mandated that, from a Western perspective, China was "lost" in 1949 with the creation of the People's Republic of China. But this perspective depends on a bipolar global imaginary that views the world narrowly, as two opposed ideological camps. The "Cold War After China" roundtable seeks to complicate this view by exploring how the rise of China as a global power during the Cold War has shaped aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and political identities of the contemporary arts not only in China, but indeed around the world.

In keeping with the conference theme, paper proposals might touch on such things 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 history of transnational culture in China during the Cold War
• 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.

Please email a short (100-word) abstract and CV by Nov 1st. If we have enough participants for a roundtable, we will pre-circulate short position papers, then discuss these papers at the conference.

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.

For more information on ASAP and ASAP/6, see www.artsofthepresent.org

Steven Belletto
Associate Professor of English
Lafayette College