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Vortragsreihe (online): Other Epistemologies: Remapping the Literary Field in the Sinosphere (ab FS22)

In a transitional age, globalization, digitalization, and new ways of communication have led to a range of new genres, media, and fields of research in contemporary Chinese Studies. At the same time, mainstream political, cultural, and academic discourse continues to resist efforts to decenter its master narratives in favor of minor histories, discourses, and genres. For researchers in the field of Chinese Studies, the literary and visual articulations of underrepresented social groups and communities can serve as productive epistemic positions from where to uncover alternative subjectivities and world views, which can bring about new possibilities of social, political, and cultural formation.

This online lecture series will focus on alternative approaches to genre, media, cultural activism, and research methodologies, thereby probing into the hitherto hidden spaces of knowledge production. Topics shall include non-official agencies, histories, and discourses across the contemporary Sinosphere. Accordingly, the lectures shall not only cover research on literature, but also other media such as visual art, theater, and cinema. Our goals are 1) to bring together established and young scholars from different geographical locations, 2) to think beyond epistemic, geographical, and medial boundaries, and 3) to explore new theoretical and methodological approaches. In this way, the lecture series will shed light on the emergent cultural agencies, aesthetic genres, media, and theories in the field of Chinese Studies and related disciplines.

In the spring semester 2022, the focus is on “Other” Approaches to (Hi)stories: Literature and Historiography. The lectures in this part shall offer insights into the blurred lines between fact and fiction. The second part of the series in the upcoming autumn semester focuses on “Other” Forms of Worship: Religion and Popular Culture, (re)examining the entanglements of traditional and new forms of worship in the contemporary Sinosphere. We also plan a third part on “Other” Approaches to Gender and Genre: Literature and Women Studies taking place in the spring semester 2023.


  • Other Epistemologies Online Lecture Series 2.0: Butterflies and Resistance: Creative Activism against Persistent Colonial Gaze on East and Southeast Asian Women

    Dr. Wing-Fai Leung, King's College London, UK

  • Other Epistemologies Online Lecture Series 2.0: On Chineseness as a Theoretical Problem

    Prof. Dr. Rey Chow, Duke University, USA

  • Other Epistemologies Online Lecture Series 2.0: 世界网络文艺格局中的文学"奇观"一一中国网络文学的发展成就和海外传播

    Prof. Dr. Yanjun Shao, Peking University, China

  • Other Epistemologies Online Lecture Series 2.0: Gendering National Sacrifices: The Making of New Heroines in China’s Counter-COVID-19 TV Series

    Assoc. Prof. Zhou Yunyun, University of Oslo, Norway

  • Other Epistemologies Online Lecture Series 2.0: No Nature, No Culture: Ethnography of Some Chinese Buddhist Contributions to Environmentalism

    Dr. Mayfair Yang, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Bending, Reversing, and Switching: Narrating Gender Transgression in Late Imperial China

    Prof. Roland Altenburger (Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg)

  • Digital Masquerade: Feminist Rights and Queer Media in China

    Assoc. Prof. Jia Tan (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Uncovering Lesser-Known Regional Groups Pertaining to Traditional Chinese Theatre

    Dr. Caroline Chia (National University of Singapore)

  • The Insight-Image: Illuminating the Reality of Deleuze's Time-Image

    Dr. Victor Fan (King's College, London)

  • ⺠俗与南洋⼥性的⼼灵之旅:论李忆莙《遗梦之北》/ Folk Beliefs and the Journey of the Souls of Nanyang Women: Discussing Li Yijun’s Yimeng Zhi Bei

    Ass. Prof. Fan Pik Wah (University of Malaya)

  • 中國抒情傳統論與中國文學史 / Discourses on Chinese Lyrical Tradition and Literary Histography

    Professor Leonard K.K. Chan (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)

  • Between Translation and Disinformation: "Wuhan Diary" and the Anatomy of an Online Hate Campaign

    Prof. Dr. Michael Berry (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • Reading Lei Feng Reading: Propaganda and Intertextuality in "Lianhuanhua" Adaptations

    Dr. Lena Henningsen (Universität Freiburg)

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