Announcement: Lingnan Prism Symposium Series

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I am pleased to announce the launch of the Lingnan Prism Symposium Series in conjunction with Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature. Prism is a Duke University Press journal hosted by the Centre for Humanities Research and the Chinese Department of Lingnan University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with the Forum on Chinese Poetic Culture, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Prism actively promotes scholarly research on modern Chinese literature from interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives and encourages integration of theoretical inquiry with empirical research. Apart from the inclusion of the Sinophone works in the purview of modern Chinese literature, Prism seeks to further broaden the horizons of Chinese literary studies by initiating in-depth dialogues in the broad framework of critical theory. 

The symposium series strives to promote innovative research on modern literary production, dissemination, and reception in as well as outside China. Most papers based on symposium presentations will be peer reviewed for possible publication in Prism (either as a themed cluster in a regular issue or as a special themed issue) or in a collective volume in the Brill book series Chinese Texts in the World.

All symposiums related to Chinese poetics will be cross-listed with the Chinese Poetics Symposium Series, co-hosted by the Joint Research Centre for the Studies of Chinese Poetics led by Capital Normal University and Lingnan University.

Our inaugural symposium “Chinese Literature across the Borderlands,” organized by Professor David Der-wei Wang (Harvard University), Dr. Kyle Shernuk (Yale University), and Dr. Miya Qiong Xie (Darmouth College), was held via Zoom on November 13, 2020. It explored the shifting definitions of the borderland as a territorial gateway, a geopolitical space, a contact zone, a liminal terrain, and an imaginary portal.

Our second symposium, “Between Mobility and Place-making: The Worlds of Southeast Asia in Modern Chinese Literature,” convened by Dr. Chan Cheow Thia (National University of Singapore) and Professor Carlos Rojas (Duke University), is held via Zoom on 28 January 2021, 29 January 2021, 4 February 2021, 5 February 2021 (Register).

In the years to come, the Centre will vigorously pursue in-depth collaboration with scholars and institutions throughout the world, aiming to showcase cutting-edge scholarship on theory and Chinese literature in a timely fashion.

Zong-qi Cai
The Centre for Humanities Research
Lingnan University