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Colonialism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Performativity of Music Performance: Chinese Musicians’ Endeavours in Interwar Shanghai

This paper investigates Western music performances by Chinese musicians Ding Shande, Wu Leyi, Lang Yuxiu, and Gao Zhilan, who were students of the National Conservatory of Music in Shanghai and became leading musical figures of the PRC after 1949. Drawing on archival sources such as concert programs, newspaper clippings, and musicians’ memoirs, this study traces the early concerts of Chinese musicians and their reception.

Speaker: Professor Hon-Lun Helan Yang, Hong Kong Baptist University
March 26, 2018
Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower

Fantasies of the Self: Chinese Lyricism and Modern Photography

This talk investigates the visual configurations, rhetorical conventions, and fundamental concepts underlying China’s portrait photography in the early twentieth century. By surveying pictorial magazines, photo albums of courtesans, and poems written about new visual experiences, it examines of how portrait photography was understood and practiced in the flourishing urban culture, and how traditional aesthetics and visual tropes were involved in adopting and indigenizing the new visual media.

Speaker: Dr Shengqing Wu, HKUST

Monday, March 12, 5-6:30 PM

Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

Japan, Britain, and the Crisis of Empire in World War II: Wilsonian Empires at War?

One striking feature of the Pacific War was the extent to which Wilsonian ideals informed the war aims of both sides. By 1943, the Atlantic Charter and Japan’s Pacific Charter (Greater East Asia Joint Declaration) outlined remarkably similar visions for the postwar order. This comparative study of the histories surrounding both charters highlights remarkable similarities between the foreign policies of Great Britain and Imperial Japan.

Speaker: Dr Jeremy Yellen, Chinese University of Hong Kong

5-6:30pm, Feb 26, 2018

Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower

The State of the Book in Humanities - Roundtable

The Society of Fellows is inviting both representatives from academic presses and academics with experience publishing books with both academic and commercial presses. By bringing together these different perspectives, we seek to come to a better understanding of the value of the book in the humanities, the challenges it is facing as a format, and what its future may be.

Participants:

Judith Audin (CEFC, CUHK) - Chief Editor of China Perspectives
Frank Dikötter (HKU) - Chair Professor of Humanities. Latest book: The Cultural Revolution, Bloomsbury, 2016
Eric S.K. Mok - HKU Press, Acquisitions Editor

Monday, February 5. 5-6:30 PM
Room 4.36
Run Run Shaw Tower
Centennial Campus

Society of Fellows 2018 Spring Semester Events and Lecture Series

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February 5: Roundtable, "The State of the Book in the Humanities", 5-6:30 PM, Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower

February 26: Jeremy A. Yellen, CUHK: "Japan, Britain, and the Crisis of Empire in World War II: Wilsonian Empires at War?", 5-6:30 PM, Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower

March 12: Sheng-qing Wu, HKUST: "Fantasies of the Self: Chinese Lyricism and Modern Photography", 5-6:30 PM, Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower

March 26: Helan Yang, HKBU: "Colonialism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Performativity of Music Performance: Chinese Musicians’ Endeavours in Interwar Shanghai", 5-6:30 PM, Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower

April 9: Grant Hamilton, CUHK: "Object-Oriented Philosophy and the Art of Literary Criticism", 5-6:30 PM, Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower

April 16: Rebecca Karl, NYU/CUHK: "The Magic of Concepts: Repetition and History in China's Global Twentieth Century", 5-6:30 PM, Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower

May 9-10: "International Conference: Contacts, Collisions, Conjunctions"

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Book Launch & Christmas Party

Dr Robert Kramm
Post-doctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Faculty of Arts

Date 7 December 2017 (Thursday)
Time & Venue for Book Launch

5PM. Room 4.36, 4/F Run Run Shaw Tower. No registration required.

Time & Venue for Christmas Party

7PM. G/F, Run Run Shaw Heritage House

Please register at https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?ueid=53414

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Lecture Series Fall 2017-18
Redefining Fieldwork in Contemporary China: 
Migrant Workers' Cultural Practices in Post-Mao China: Exploring Struggles around the Politics of Recognition and "Regimes of Appearance"

Professor Eric Florence
CEFC (French Centre for Research on Contemporary China), University of Liege

Date 23 November 2017 (Thursday)
Time 5-6:30 PM
Venue

Seminar Room 1101, 11/F Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

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Lecture Series Fall 2017-18
Redefining Fieldwork in Contemporary China: 
Abandoned Theme Parks as Traces of Material Culture, Vestiges of Desire, and Ephemeral Spectacles

Dr. Judith Audin
CEFC (French Centre for Research on Contemporary China), CUHK

Date 9 November 2017 (Thursday)
Time 5-6:30 PM
Venue

Seminar Room 1101, 11/F Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

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Lecture Series Fall 2017-18

Redefining Fieldwork in Contemporary China

Dates Title Time Venue
Oct 26 From Dakou to D.I.Y. The Punk-rock Movement in Contemporary China 5-6:30PM Seminar Room 1101, 11/F Run Run Shaw Tower
Nov 09 Abandoned Theme Parks as Traces of Material Culture, Vestiges of Desire, and Ephemeral Spectacles 5-6:30PM Seminar Room 1101, 11/F Run Run Shaw Tower
Nov 23 Cultural Politics and Representation of Labour in Contemporary China 5-6:30PM Seminar Room 1101, 11/F Run Run Shaw Tower

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Lecture Series Fall 2017-18
Redefining Fieldwork in Contemporary China: 
From Dakou to D.I.Y.: The Punk-rock Movement in Contemporary China

Dr. Nathanel Amar 

Date 26 October 2017 (Thursday)
Time 5-6:30 PM
Venue

Seminar Room 1101, 11/F Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

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