Call for Proposals: Humanities Labs at Duke Kunshan University

The Humanities Research Center (HRC) is soliciting proposals from faculty interested in hosting a humanities lab. Each lab will receive funding of up to $20,000 per year, to fund activities relevant to the lab’s theme. The labs will start in January 2020. Each lab will initially be funded for one year, with a possible renewal for a second or third year. Continue reading “Call for Proposals: Humanities Labs at Duke Kunshan University”

Poster Drawing Workshop with Edén Barrena

September 6-8, 2019 in DKU Water Pavilion

Edén Barrena is a Spanish visual artist based in Shanghai who has exhibited her work internationally. Join her in a drawing workshop aimed at integrating creative practice to your research profile. The workshop will include tips on accessing the archive, interpreting your research into a visual medium, and critique from an experienced artist.

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Humanities Career Forum Presents Andrew Sohn

The Humanities Research Center will host a Humanities Career Forum on Friday 20 September from 12-1pm in the Water Pavilion the campus of Duke Kunshan University. The guest of honor will be Mr. Andrew Sohn, who majored in English at Columbia University before embarking on a career in investment banking, and then founding his own company, Due West Education. Continue reading “Humanities Career Forum Presents Andrew Sohn”

Future of the Humanities: The Gender/Sex Turn

Duke Kunshan University Humanities Research Center is pleased to announce its fall conference Future of the Humanities: The Gender/Sex Turn 人文学的未来:性/别转向 on September 20-21, 2019.

Register to attend the conference here.

The conference features four outstanding keynote speakers.

  • 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

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Future of the Humanities: Draft Program

Humanities Research Center Fall Conference 2019: The Future of the Humanities: The Gender/Sex Turn

Draft Program 

Friday September 20

1000    Welcome Remarks & Introduction
1030    Josephine Ho: Gender as Governance: Sexual Politics in the Age of Globalization
1200    Lunch
1330    Parallel Sessions 1-3
1530    Break
1600    Yingying Huang: Changing Sexualities in Mainland China since the 1980s
1730    Close

Saturday September 21

0900    Student Seminars 1-4
1030    Yin-bin Ning: Sex Work and Modernity: a Recap and Reflection
1200    Lunch
1330    Parallel Sessions 4-6
1530    Break
1600    Yueyue Wenren: Commonsense Morality in History: Stories Sealed in Amber
1730    Close
1800    Banquet

Parallel Sessions 1-3 (Friday 1330-1500)

1.            Urban China

  • Nellie Chu, DKU: “Just in Time” Capitalism: Transnational Subcontracting, Urban Villages, and Fast Fashion in Guangzhou, China
  • Mengqi Wang, DKU: The Clash of Homely Imaginations: Marriage House in Post-Reform China
  • Liqi Ren, DKU: Meaning in Absence: The Case of Tampon Use among Chinese Women
  • Qian Zhu, DKU: Creating “New Men” in Everyday Life: “New Villages” in China and The Cultural Politics of Accumulation

2.            Media, Mediums and the Sacred

  • Titas Chakraborty, DKU: Saari Gaan: Situating Boatmen in the Cultural World of Eighteenth Century Bengal Mysticism
  • Dave Hare, DKU: VR Affordances Expand Chinese VR Policy Outcomes
  • Seth Henderson, DKU: Offerings, Architectures, and Curses: A Conversation With Seth
  • Penelope Scott, XJTLU: The Concept of the Sacred in Ælfric’s Lives of Saints

3.            Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Relations

  • Zach Fredman, DKU: Making Our Friends at Home: China’s Hostel Program for U.S. Armed Forces during World War II
  • Jesse Olsavsky, DKU: Runaway Slaves, Abolitionists, and the Origins of Prison Abolitionism
  • Selina Lai-Henderson, DKU: Color Around the Globe: Langston Hughes, Black Internationalism, and Translation in China
  • Bryce Beemer, DKU: Creole Islam in the Shadow of Ethnic Cleansing: Histories of Myanmar’s Kaman Muslim Communities

Parallel Sessions 4-6 (Saturday 1330-1500)

4.            Politics, Values and Philosophy

  • Daniel Lim, DKU: Philosophy Through Machine Learning
  • Alex Oprea, ANU: Litigators and Legislators: The Role of Courts in Education Policy
  • Philip Santoso, DKU: The Nature and Meaning of the Left-Right Metaphor in Politics
  • Daniel J. Stephens, DKU: Value Pluralism and Later Mohist Ethics

5.            Media and the (Im)material

  • Tabe Bergman, XJTLU: Trump in the Chinese Media: A Content Analysis
  • Xuenan Cao, DKU: Irretrievable Documents: Fictions of Absented Presence
  • Kaley Clements, DKU: Low Hanging Fruit
  • Anna Greenspan, NYU Shanghai: China and the Wireless Wave

6.            Absence, Invisibility and Fraud

  • Yitzhak Lewis, DKU: Invisible Differences, or: What is Literary Marginality?
  • Ben Van Overmeire, DKU: Carnival in the Zen Temple: A Bakhtinian Interpretation of Janwillem van de Wetering’s Afterzen
  • Yuexi Liu, XJTLU: Hearing Voices: The Extended Mind in Evelyn Waugh’s The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold
  • Leksa Lee, NYU Shanghai: The Number One Fake Museum Under Heaven and the Embodied Experience of Realness in China

Future of the Humanities: Keynote Speakers

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

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The Memory Project at Duke Kunshan University

By Anisha Joshi, DKU’22

The word ‘memory’ can refer to many different things. It can mean an individual’s remembrance of a past experience, or the collective recollection of an event that impacts a larger group of people. With the Memory Project, documentarian Wu Wenguang explores both these avenues by documenting and protecting the memories of people who lived through the cultural revolution and who live in China with the legacy of this past. Support from the Duke Kunshan University Humanities Research Center, enabled Wu Wenguang to bring the project to the campus during the Water Town Film Festival with two of his team members, Hu Sanshou and Zhang Mengqi from Beijing. Continue reading “The Memory Project at Duke Kunshan University”