Harvard East Asia Society Conference 2020 “Life on the Edge: Borders and Boundaries in East Asia” (Feb. 8-9, 2020)

The Harvard East Asia Society is pleased to invite you to take part in its Conference 2020:

Life on the Edge: Borders and Boundaries in East Asia

Saturday, February 8 and Sunday February 9, 2020,

at CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The HEAS Graduate Student Conference is an annual event, an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to exchange ideas and discuss current research on topics related to East Asia. The conference allows young scholars to present their research to both their peers as well as renowned scholars of East Asian Studies. The conference will also allow participants to meet others conducting similar research in their field, and to forge new professional relationships. 

Provisional Schedule:

Saturday February 8, 2020

8 AM – 10:00 AM Registration and Reception (coffees and breakfast served) CGIS Concourse

10:00 – 11:30 AM Opening Remarks (Professor James Robson, RSEA Chair )

Keynote (Professor Mark Elliott , Harvard University ) Tsai Auditorium

11:30 AM – 1 PM Panels: A, B, C See “panels”

1 PM – 2 PM Lunch TBD

2 PM -3:30 PM Panels: D, E, F See “panels”

3:30 PM -3:45 PM Break

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Panels: G, H See “panels”

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Panels: I, J See “panels”

6:30 PM – 8 PM Refreshments and drinks CGIS Concourse

Sunday, February 9, 2020

8:00AM – 9:00AM Continental Breakfast CGIS Concourse

9:00AM – 10:30AM Panels: K, L See “Panels”

10:45-12:15 Keynote (Professor Karen Thornber, Harvard University )

Closing Remarks (Professor Alex Zahlten, RSEA Director of Studies ) S010 Tsai Auditorium


Panel Locations (CGIS South Building)

Panel A, D, I, K:   S001

Panel B, E, J, L:  S050

Panel C, F:  S003

Panels G:  S153

Panel H:  S250

Panel Information

Panel A: The Body and its Borders in East Asia

Discussant: Shigehisa Kuriyama, Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History, Harvard University

Location: CGIS South S001

Time: 11:30 AM – 1 PM, Saturday 8th February

Jalem Towler, Harvard University, ‘Proof of the Man and “Spectacularized Blackness”’.

Alice Baldock, University of Oxford, ‘(Un-)Bounded Bodies: Dancers in Post-War Japan’.

Guy Pinnington, University of Cambridge , ‘Between the Popular and the Political: Reading the zainichi Body in Yang Seok-Il’s Literature’.

Panel B: Religion and the State

Discussant: Helen Hardacre, Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society, Harvard University

Location: CGIS South S050

Time: 11:30 AM – 1 PM, Saturday 8th February

Elizabeth Lee, New York University, ‘Koryŏ Ceramics, Liao Techniques: Celadons as Sites of Artistic Negotiation’.

John Grisafi , Yale University, ‘City Boundaries and the Traces of the Kami: Borders, Urban Spaces, and theLegacy and Memory of Shinto Shrines in Seoul’.

Yusuke Tsuzuki , Harvard University, ‘Religion or Custom?- Drawing False Boundaries in Supreme Court Shinto Cases’.

Panel C: Crosstalk in 20th Century East Asian Literature

Discussant: Professor David Wang, Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese

Literature, Harvard University

Location: CGIS South S003

Time: 11:30 AM – 1 PM, Saturday 8th February

Hui Sheng, Nanjing University, ‘Lyricists on the Edge: A ‘Contextual Misplacement’ Between Wu Mi and Shen Congwen’.

Sai Ma , Stanford University, ‘Border-Crossing Through Letters: The Rhetoric of Confession’.

Xinran Wang, Duke University, ‘The Tram, the Train, and the Steamship Semi-colonial Mobility in Yu Dafu’s “Moving South”’.

Su Chen Yang, University of California – Los Angeles, ‘The Tram, the Train, and the Steamship: Semi-colonial Mobility in Yu Dafu’s “Moving South”’.

Dengyang Liao, Harvard University, ‘Beyond Civilizational Boundaries: An Analysis of the Debate between Du Yaquan and Chen Duxiu in the late 1910s’.

Panel D: Jump cuts: the edges of film

Discussant: Alex Zahlten, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Location: CGIS South S001

Time: 2 PM – 3:30 PM, Saturday February 8th

Hyejoo Lee , Harvard University, ‘“Desert and Movement: America and the Road in 1980s South Korean Foreign Location Films”’.

Yuchen Yan , Harvard University, ‘Sociality in Kawase Naomi’s Early Documentaries: Situated Learning and Multimedia Filmmaking in Professional Schools’.

Xiuhe Zhang , , ‘Sexual Borders, Moral Boundaries:Mediating Migrant Women Sex Workers in Post-Reform Rust Belt China’.

Wenxian Zhang , Duke University, ‘Temporal-Spatial Migration and Power Dynamics in Post-Socialist China:Zhou Hao’s Documentary The Chinese Mayor’.

Darshani Lakmali Jayasinghe , Stanford University, ‘A home beyond borders in Park Chan-wook’s Joint Security Area: Challenging traditional conceptions of home’.

Anisa Khalifa , Duke University, ‘Cinematic Postcolonial Imaginary:Visualizing the Fractured Nation in Lagaan and The Age of Shadows’.

Panel E: Empire defining identity in East Asia

Discussant: David Howell, Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Professor of Japanese History, Harvard University

Location: CGIS South S050

Time: 9:00AM – 10:30AM, Saturday February 8th

Christina Wang, University of California – Santa Cruz, ‘Displaying Colonial Korea: Borders Within and Without the Mingeikan’.

Xinyue Luan, University of California – Irvine, ‘The Politics of Floating: The G. Prat “Chine-Japon” Photographic Album 1878-1896’.

Lin Meng Walsh, Stanford University, ‘Kitamura Kenjirō, Manchuria, and “Grand Romanticism”’.

Panel F: Identity and Exchange in Pre-Modern East Asia

Discussant: Eugenio Menegon, Associate Professor of History, Boston University

Location: CGIS South S003

Time: 2 PM – 3:30 PM, Saturday February 8th

Di Wang, University of Pennsylvania, ‘Choosing to be a Chinese: Reading the Epitaphs of Sogdian Descendants in Tang China’.

Yanxiao He. University of Chicago, ‘Rome as Self and Rome as Other: The Image of Rome in Han and Post-Han Ethnography’.

Luke Stanek , Yale University, ‘Trade Routes and Knowledge Flows: Mapping “Oddities” in the Tang Miscellany Youyang zazu ’.

Liyao Chen, University of Washington,’Crossing Language Borders: The Adaptation of Chinese Writing and the Use of Sinograms in Non-Chinese Languages’.

Panel G: Identity in Japan: from empire to war

Discussant: Timothy Van Compernolle, Professor of Asian Languages and Civilisations, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Location: CGIS South S153

Time: 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM, Saturday February 8th

Francesco Cioffo, School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London, ‘The Indo-Japanese Entanglement During the Great War: How the Collaboration Between Lala Lajpat Rai And Ōkawa Shūmei Shaped India and Japan’s ‘Asia’.

Yi Feng, Yale University, ‘Whose Patriots?: The Japanese Issei Patriotism and the US Military Draft of the First World War in Hawaii’.

Adam Silverman, University of Southern California, ‘A National, Nationless Other: Cinematic Representations of the Ainu in Post-Occupation Japan’.

Panel H: People on the Periphery in China

Discussant: XXX

Location: CGIS South S250

Time: 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM, Saturday February 8th

Benjamin Landauer, Harvard University, ‘Liminal Space between Popular and Forbidden: Political Sentiments and Literary Connections in Chinese Rap Lyricism’

Wen-yao Lee, University of Kansas, Wuyutong Yao, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, ‘A Local History of Diexi Earthquake on Sino-Tibetan Borderland’.

Mengyun Ma, University of Pennsylvania Law School, ‘Riding over the Edge: Towards Ethnic Integration in Educational Equality Policies of Xinjiang’.

Cheng Cheng , University of Harvard, ‘The Indifferent Victim: Minority Ethnic Education in Xinjiang and Tibet’

Panel I: South-south or East-West?

Discussant: Bohao Wu, History Department PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Location: CGIS S001

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM, Saturday February 8th

James Gethyn Evans, Harvard University, ‘Global Revolution with a “Chinese Accent”? Maoism, African-American Activism, and Naxalism in the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)’.

Yike Zhang, University of California – Berkeley, ‘Mirroring the Late-Mao Transition through “the West”? Western Students, the Cold War International Order, and China in the Early 1970s’.

Hongyang Cai, McGill University, ‘Transpacific Poetic Imaginary: Pablo Neruda, Ai Qing and the Politics of a Friendship’.

Ernest Leung, Chinese University of Hong Kong, ‘Nishihara Kamezō and the Origins of Developmentalist East Asia: State Socialism, WWI, and the East Asian Economic League’.

Ria Roy, University of Cambridge,

Panel J: Tomorrow’s Problem? Futurism in East Asia

Discussant: Mingwei Song, Associate Professor of Chinese, Wellesley College

Location: CGIS South S050

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM, Saturday February 8th

Han-Yun Ten, National Taiwan University, ‘Ken Liu’s The Paper Menagerie and Renovation of Asian Literature Boundary’.

Xinyi Gu, Stanford University, ‘Between Humans and Machines: Control and Autonomy in Ex Machina and “The Fish of Lijiang”’.

Lin Zhang, University of Pennsylvania, ‘Reimagining the Border: A Critical Investigation of The Wandering Earth and Science Fiction Film’.

Panel K: Boundaries in Modern Korea

Discussant: Professor Ingu Hwang, Korea Foundation Visiting Assistant Professor, Boston College

Location: CGIS South S001

Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, Sunday February 9th

Zachary M. Adamz , University of Texas at Austin, ‘Didactic Lines, Mnemonic Spaces: Exploring Boundaries of Affect and Identity at the ‘Russian Korean History Museum’.

Yishu Ma, University of Pennsylvania, ‘Where Did the Korean Wind Blow: The Construction and Changes of Koryŏ-saram’s Identity of Diaspora through 1860-1940’.

Steve Literati, University of Southern California, ‘From Agnosticism to Rescuers – Examining how the Foreign community of Kwangju became involved in the Kwangju Uprising.’

Apolinario Schramm , University of Washington, ‘An Education Problem: Early Study Abroad in South Korea in Conservative Media’.

Panel L: Court Elites and State Boundaries in Imperial China

Discussant: Thomas P. Kelly, Assistant Professor in East Asian Languages and

Civilizations, Harvard University

Location: CGIS South S050

Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, Sunday February 9th

Tae Yeon Eom, The University of British Columbia, ‘Stories of Murder and Border: Supernational Jurisdiction and Transnational Legal Thought in Seventeenth-Century Sino-Korean Relations’.

Fan Wu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ‘Moral Autonomy at Stake: The Writing of Resurgence in Cao Xun’s Poetry’.

Casey Stephens, Harvard University, ‘Returning to the Capital: Wang Wei as Courtier’.