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Chinese Ecologies – An International Symposium on the Environment and Indigeneity

April 6, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - April 7, 2018 @ 2:30 pm

April 6
Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street

13:00-13:10                Welcome Remarks

13:10-14:25               Panel 1: Articulating the Polemics of the Anthropocene
Chair:  Karen Thornber (Harvard University)
Haiyan Lee (Stanford University): Through Thick and Thin: The Romance of the Species in the Anthropocene
Christopher Coggins (Bard College at Simon’s Rock): Rethinking “Environment” and “Indigenous:” the Persistence of Imperial Indigeneity
Qilin Long (Guangzhou University): Ecological Disaster and the Writing Style of Chinese Contemporary Literature in the New Century

14:40-15:40                Keynote – Chen Qiufan
Introductions, David Wang with Mingwei Song

16:00-18:00                Screening of “Knife in the Clear Water” (清水裡的刀子; 2016), Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

April 7
Belfer Case Study Room, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street

9:30-10:30                  Keynote – Wu Mingyi (National Dong Hwa University)
Introductions, David Wang

10:45-12:00                Panel 2 – Environment and Indigeneity in Taiwan
Chair: Robin Visser (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Yu-lin Lee  (National Chung-hsing University): The Symbiosis between Ecology and Indigeneity: Wu Ming-yi and the Fabulation of an Island
Dingru Huang (Harvard University): Liberating “Nature” from Nature Writing: Knowledge, Fiction, and “the Ecology without Nature” in The Stolen Bicycle
Chia-rong Wu (Rhodes College): Beyond Mountain and Sea: The Reconstruction of Indigeneity in Literary Taiwan

12:00-13:00                Lunch Break

13:00-14:15                Panel 3 – Indigenous Practices from within the Sinosphere
Chair: Yu-lin Lee
(National Chung-hsing University)
Robin Visser (UNC Chapel Hill) :Indigenous Knowledge of Local Ecosystems in Fiction of Inner Mongolia
Kyle Shernuk (Harvard University) The Sinophone Connection: Discursive Ethnic Mobility in Dadelavan Ibau’s Farewell, Eagle
Peng Hai (Harvard University): Producing Indigeneity: Impoverished Media and the Natural Fertility of Organic Sounds in Knife in the Clear Water

14:30-15:45                Panel 4 – Geopolitics and the Environment
Chair: Max Bohnenkamp (Harvard University)
Jessica Tan (Harvard University): From Indigenous Women to Indigenous Literature: Reading Liu Yichang’s Malayan Fiction
Chengpang Lee (National University of Singapore) Swallow, Elephant, and the Rhizomatic Chinese Communities in Sumatra
Jannis Chen (Harvard University): The Language of Love and Violence: Towards Sinophone Ecocriticism

16:00-17:15                Panel 5 – Ethnic Articulations of Tradition in Modernity
Chair: Ling Zhang
(Boston College)
Corey Byrnes (Northwestern University): Tradition Redux
Suyon Lee (National Taiwan University): Lanyu, A System of Sacrifice: Geopolitics, Environment and Indigeneity in Syaman Rapongan’s The death of Ngalumirem
Mark Bender (The Ohio State University): The Genealogy of the Sky and Earth: Environmental and Indigenous Themes in Oral Traditional and Contemporary Nuosu Yi Poetries

17:15-17:30                Closing remarks


April 6, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
April 7, 2018 @ 2:30 pm


CGIS South
CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Department of East Asian Language and Civilizations
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