Third Space Lab at SIETAR USA 2020 Conference

Recently, the three co-directors of the Third Space Lab presented at SIETAR USA to discuss the adaptations of their lab (its research agenda, workshops, training of research assistants, etc.) to the online context, in a session entitled Fostering Perspective Transformation in Third Spaces in Virtual Settings.

International education took an undeniable hit with Covid-19 and its consequences on mobility. While many institutions contemplate the possibility of offering in-person courses, others are reflecting on hybrid models or fully online programs to welcome their students this fall. A consequence of the situation is that pre-departure programs for study abroad sojourns and orientation for international freshmen, when not simply canceled, saw themselves reduced to the bare minimum. Rooted in the interventionist paradigm, which challenges the “immersion myth” that simply being abroad leads to positive intercultural growth and other deep changes, this Ned Talk addresses the virtual adaptations to interventions developed by a humanities research lab, the Third Space Lab(TSL) at a Sino-American higher education institution.

In light of uncertainty regarding study abroad semester for Chinese and international juniors to go to the US, as well as the arrival of incoming freshmen on campus in China, the Third Space Lab moved online to optimize students’ intercultural experiences by offering a series of online workshops, a series of online guest lectures, cultural events, and other resources for various cohorts of students. The virtual workshops address a series of topics including (1) learning about the host culture by creating their own research projects abroad, (2) learning how to reflect, (3) learning strategies for meaningful intercultural encounters, and (4) learning strategies for managing conflict experienced in their intercultural encounters. Guest lectures and cultural events showcase translingual and multicultural Third Spaces stories and encourage students to reflect on their own international education experience in cultural hybridity.

Showcasing TSL’s various virtual events, this Ned Talk addressed the conceptual and practical applications of Transformative Learning via intercultural sensitivity and Third Space personae development principles, as well as via conflict resolution.

For more information about these adaptations, you can watch the recording here:

Hum/Animal: Humanities Fall Conference Program

Hum/Animal is the theme of the Humanities Research Center’s fall conference and student film festival, which takes place from September 18-20 on the campus of Duke Kunshan University, and via Zoom.

The conference comprises five elements:

  • Keynote speeches by leading experts on the relationship between humans and other animals, from a range of perspectives, including bioart, philosophy, sociology and cultural studies
  • Parallel sessions featuring the research of new and returning DKU faculty in the humanities and social sciences
  • Parallel sessions featuring the research of undergraduate students from DKU and other universities, chosen via highly selective peer review process
  • Parallel sessions featuring the work of DKU’s Humanities Research Labs
  • A student film festival curated by Kaley Clements

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Undergraduate Conference 2020 Relaunches in September

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the undergraduate humanities research conference was postponed. Today we are happy to announce that the Humanities Research Center has decided to hold the conference from September 18 – 20, 2020.

The conference will be combined with our annual Fall conference, featuring keynote speeches, faculty panels, as well as student panels. Undergraduate students from universities in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are welcome to present papers on all topics broadly within the humanities and interpretive social sciences; the papers need not relate to the conference theme.


By April 30: Submit your application online. Applications must be written in English, and will require a paper title and an abstract (max 300 words). Each student may make only one application.

Abstract Writing Workshop
Monday April 27
9PM China Time / 9AM EST
Zoom Meeting ID: 695 290 0771

Note: If you have already submitted an abstract, there is no need to resubmit unless you want to revise what you previously submitted. For those who submit multiple abstracts, only the most recent one will be considered.
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Hum/Animal: Undergraduate Humanities Research Conference Call for Papers

Please note that due to the uncertain health situation in China, the undergraduate humanities research conference has been postponed. We hope to hold the conference once the situation returns to normal.

Duke Kunshan University is pleased to announce its second Undergraduate Humanities Research Conference from March 13-15, 2020. Distinguished keynote speakers will speak on the conference theme of hum/animal.

Students may present papers on all topics broadly within the humanities and interpretive social sciences; they need not relate to the conference theme.

Panels will be formed around themes based on the applications. Continue reading “Hum/Animal: Undergraduate Humanities Research Conference Call for Papers”

Report: Josephine Ho on Sexual Politics in the Age of Globalization

By Sinan Farooqui

The first keynote lecture for the Duke Kunshan University Fall Conference 2019: The Future of the Humanities: The Gender/Sex Turn was led by Professor Josephine Ho, the chair of the English department of National Central University, Taiwan, and coordinator of its Center For the Study of Sexualities, who spoke on the topic of Gender as Governance: Sexual Politics in the Age of Globalization. Continue reading “Report: Josephine Ho on Sexual Politics in the Age of Globalization”

Yingying Huang on Changing Sexualities in Mainland China since the 1980s

The second keynote address held at the DKU Fall Conference: Future of the Humanities: The Gender/Sex Turn 人文学的未来:性/别转向” was given by Yingying Huang on the topic of Changing Sexualities in Mainland China since the 1980s. Professor Huang is Associate Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Institute of Sexuality and Gender at Renmin University of China. Her work focuses on female sex workers, women’s body and sexualities, social aspects of HIV/AIDS, and qualitative methodology. Continue reading “Yingying Huang on Changing Sexualities in Mainland China since the 1980s”


作者:于明鑫 & 朱润洲 

何春蕤教授是台湾国立中央大学的讲席教授(Chair Professor)和荣誉教授(Professor Emeritus),是远东最前卫的性别研究学者之一。她广泛而又立场鲜明地研究很多焦点问题,从1990年开始,她便在她所处的地区倡导有关女性性行为、性别与性教育、酷儿研究、性工作者研究、跨性研究的积极观点。她创建并继续领导着以其持久并卓有成效的智囊作用和社会实干主义而闻名的国立中央大学性/别研究室。她最近的研究集中于记录与分析在不断加强的良性、文明的全球治理体系下,不断增长的非传统性行为法制化趋势。 Continue reading “听何春蕤教授讲性别政治”


作者:朱伦稷 & Eldar Wang



第二个原因是,从她的语气与词措里,我能感觉到她的“试探”。这里的学生对性学的接受度到底如何?说到哪个程度,才是又能被理解又不失原意的?黄盈盈教授的词措越是小心,我越感受到她这些年在中国做性学会议汇报与田野调查的不容易,越对她感到钦佩。 Continue reading “直面上世纪八十年代以来“性”的流变-在中国做性学研究”


作者:赖効祺 &朱润洲

9月20-21日我校人文研究中心筹办的“人文学的未来:性/别转向”主题活动邀请到了著名学者何春蕤教授、黄盈盈教授、甯应斌教授与《琥珀》作者闻⼈人悦阅作专题讲座。讲座主题涉及“Gender as Governance”、“Changing Sexualities”、“Sex Work and Modernity”、“Commonsense Morality in History”等。我有幸参加了整个活动,而印象尤为深刻的,是甯应斌教授的主题演讲。 Continue reading “探讨性工作与现代性–记甯应斌教授9月21日主题演讲”



作家闻人悦阅的交流会在九月二十一日举行,分为上午和下午两场,分别在研讨室和礼堂举行。上午签过到之后,每位与会同学都得到了一套《琥珀》新书。沉甸甸的重量,暗示这本书和宏大历史有关。书籍封面被两个巨大的竖直排版的“琥珀”占据,字体以一张斑驳的牛皮纸地图为底色,地图上路线交错,像极了琥珀里细细的裂纹,仿佛历史太多太重,要将这枚琥珀撑破。在作者娓娓道来之中,我们随她走入这枚尘封百年的琥珀,探索书写大河历史的各种可能。 Continue reading “历史百年激荡,人物仍留余温—作家闻人悦阅《琥珀》分享会”