Third Space Lab BrownBag Lunch Research Talks | Approaches to Second Language Writing Across Contexts: Problems and Implications

Third Space lab (TSL) invites you to attend the upcoming Brown Bag Lunch Research Talk by Dr. Tyler Carter (Language and Culture Center) on Approaches to Second Language Writing Across Contexts: Problems and Implications at noon on Friday April 16th, 2021 (China Standard Time).

Abstract: Second Language Writing (SLW) instruction includes a wide range of approaches, some complimentary, some at odds. From Process-genre to Academic Literacies, to EAP, to WAC/WID, when used widely across varied national and institutional contexts these approaches may take on lives of their own, accelerating subdisciplinarization and knowledge compartmentalization. This work-in-progress presentation considers Sino-joint venture universities and the wider context of Writing and Language Studies in a discussion of how these approaches relate to one another and the implication of these relationships for teachers and scholars.

Please RSVP by 5 pm China Standard Time Thursday April 15th :

Location: CC 1095. Zoom link will be sent to remote participant. Bring your own lunch and enjoy the inspiring conversation! Snacks and bubble tea provided—please be sure to RSVP.


The TSL brown bag lunch research talk is open to all members of the DKU community who are interested in engaging in a conversation about research projects, either a published work or a work-in-progress, broadly related to languages, cultures and intercultural communication.

If you are interested in participating either as a speaker or as audience, please fill out this survey with your availability and the potential topic/work you’d be interested in discussing: Student speakers are welcome but are encouraged to consult the TSL co-directors first. We will arrange in-person and hybrid sessions. Contact or Dr. Zhang Xin ( for inquires.

Spring into Literature Reading Series Presents: Jennifer S. Cheng

Date and Time: Thursday April 14, 11am China

Location: AB 2107

Zoom: 614 954 2152

Jennifer S. Cheng’s work includes poetry, lyric essay, and image-text forms. Her book MOON: LETTERS, MAPS, POEMS was named a “Best Book of 2018” by Publishers Weekly. She is also the author of HOUSE A, which won the Omnidawn Poetry Prize, and INVOCATION: AN ESSAY, an image-text chapbook. Her awards and fellowships include a 2019-20 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a U.S. Fulbright fellowship, among others. She teaches at the University of San Francisco and was a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Having grown up in Texas and Hong Kong, she lives in San Francisco.

At Wednesday’s event, Jennifer will read selections from her latest book, which Publisher’s Weekly calls “visionary” and “an alt-epic for the 21st century,” as well as selections from older and newer work. She will discuss the visual aspects of her work, her creative process, and themes of dislocation and immigration/emigration.

The Thursday Night Tea Research Group Event Report | LOVE with Claire Nioche-Sibony

By Anisha Joshi

Class of 2022

How do we love, why do we love, and why do we love the people we love? For the third installment of the series on intimacy organized by the Thursday Night Tea Research Group, Claire Nioche-Sibony walked us through some classical psychoanalytical ideas about love, from Lacan to Freud, and examined love from her perspective as a psychoanalyst who has been practicing for ten years. Currently an assistant professor at the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, Nioche-Sibony’s research concerns issues of singularity, nomadism, madness and writing, and has drawn on the theoretical works of Derrida, Deleuze, Freud and Lacan, among others.

‘We may know very well that we are addicted to someone. What is happening then?’ Nioche-Sibony began the talk by explaining how although common imaginations about addiction surround drugs, food, gambling or even sex, we often do not realize the far more pervasive type of addiction- emotional addiction. Harder to recognize, it shapes how we understand the world and respond to it. And why is it that when it comes to love, we keep repeating the same pattern of giddy excitement followed by disillusionment? Continue reading “The Thursday Night Tea Research Group Event Report | LOVE with Claire Nioche-Sibony”

Spring into Literature Reading Series Presents: Alice Xin Liu

Date and Time: Thursday April 8, 12pm China

Location: IB 1047

Zoom: 721 869 9461

Guest Speaker’s Bio: Freelance writer and translator Alice Xin Liu has translated books by Shen Congwen and Han Han, subtitled movies for Feng Xiaogang, worked as an editor, journalist, and podcaster, and published writing in n+1, Granta, the Guardian, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a novel. Raised partly in China and partly in Britain, she lives in Beijing, where she continues to bridge the worlds of English and Chinese letters.

*Lunch provided!

Media and Arts Speaker Series | Capturing Reality

The Media & Arts Speaker Series at Duke Kunshan University is a bi-weekly event that invites leading practitioners in media and arts to speak about their work and practice and engage with our DKU community.

The fourth miniseries of talks looks at the concept of the lab, both as a philosophy and a methodology to see how these innovative approaches have impacted and transformed the production of culture, art and society.

The lecture scheduled on Friday April 9th, 2021 at 6pm China Central time features artist, photojournalist and co-founder of Sensorium Matthew Niederhauser. He will share with us his insights in the emerging area of XR technology and its creative potential and introduce some of his works in this area. This series is organized and hosted by Prof. Benjamin Bacon and Prof. Vivian and supported by Arts and Humanities and the Humanities Research Center at Duke Kunshan University. This event is open to the public.

Location: Duke Kunshan Innovation Building 1042

Zoom: 262-835-7204

Capturing Reality

Matthew Niederhauser will introduce and break down emerging creative possibilities of emerging XR technologies and how they shaped projects from Sensorium, an experiential studio he cofounded in New York. Matthew’s artistic practice draws from a diverse range of influences, including journalism, cinema, theater, and game design, all of which pushed his expanded sense of experimentation and how he integrates concepts across both digital and physical spaces. He believes that such an interdisciplinary focus is now needed to take immersive storytelling to new imaginative and communicative potentials. Continue reading “Media and Arts Speaker Series | Capturing Reality”