The following papers by faculty at Duke Kunshan University, New York University, Shanghai, and Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, Suzhou will be presented at the Fall Conference The Future of the Humanities at Duke Kunshan University, September 20-21, 2019. Continue reading “Future of the Humanities: Faculty Papers”
Duke Kunshan University Humanities Research Center is pleased to announce four outstanding keynote speakers at its conference, “Future of the Humanities: The Gender/Sex Turn 人文学的未来：性／别转向” on September 20-21, 2019.
Josephine HO 何春蕤, scholar-activist in gender/sexuality studies
Yingying HUANG 黄盈盈, China’s leading sociologist of sex work and HIV/AIDS
Yin-bin NING 甯应斌, Taiwan’s leading philosopher and theorist of modernity
Yueyue WENREN 闻人悦阅, award-winning author of Amber, a top-ten Chinese novel of 2018
On April 19-21, 2019 at Duke Kunshan University, DKU undergraduate students were joined by seniors from top Chinese universities for the very first DKU undergraduate humanities research conference. Envisaged by the humanities research center to provide an open platform for junior college students to learn how to do research when DKU just started its undergraduate program in 2018, the DKU undergraduate humanities research conference ended up bringing more than 40 students together for academic presentations and discussions. Continue reading “Undergraduate Humanities Research Conference”
Wan Ruihan, a freshman at Duke Kunshan University, describes the experience of participating in the launch of the Humanities Research Center. She writes that because of the strong pressure to study sciences in high school, “I feel that I was never able to express my love for the humanities. However, when I came to Duke Kunshan University, I was surprised to find such an emphasis on the humanities. Over two days, the university carried out a large scale official event focussed on the humanities, which would be unimaginable in a traditional [Chinese] university. All kinds of wisdom collided with each other, producing gorgeous sparks.”
An indefatigable feeling of enthusiasm pervaded the atmosphere of Duke Kunshan University over the weekend of September 15–16,as faculty and students alike geared for two days full of seminars and discussions exploring the future of humanities. The campus experienced a flurry of activity and intellectual stimulation as ideas and perspectives were exchanged among guest speakers, the faculty and the students.