Wang Renmei, “the wildcat of Shanghai”

Thursday, November 6, 4:30-6:30PM in CEAS 319 (1155 E 60th St)
Richard J. Meyer (President Emeritus, San Francisco Silent Film Festival)
“Politics in the Shanghai Film Industry in Republican China: The Case of Wang Renmei”

On Thursday, November 6, please join us for a presentation by Richard Meyer, author of Ruan Ling-yu: The Goddess of Shanghai and Jin Yan: The Rudolph Valentino of Shanghai. Meyer’s recent work on Wang Renmei “explores her artistic achievements amid the prevalent anti-feminist and feudal society in China prior to the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949,” and shows that “[her] life is emblematic of the experiences of many left-wing and Communist Party members from the Shanghai film community who were viewed with suspicion and enmity by the Yan’an clique headed by Mao and later the Gang of Four” (Columbia University Press).

Please note the special day and time of this presentation. Light refreshments will be served at the workshop.

European map of Asia, 1730

Crossing Borders in East Asia Workshops
(APEA roundtable series #2, a sequel to last year’s discussion on area studies)
Friday, October 24, 3:00-5:00PM in Harris/CEAS 319 (1155 E 60th St)

In the previous Art and Politics roundtable, we examined the tenuousness of our position amid the crises that plague area studies and the ongoing march toward globalization both inside and outside academia. This time, we turn to a more immediate issue: how we can overcome national and linguistic divisions within “Asian studies” to help support one another as graduate students and scholars? What is it that we look for in presentations that focus on topics outside of our regional/national/linguistic specialties, and how can we cater to those needs as presenters? To foster discussion, we’ll look at a few articles on approaches to the transnational/transregional and attempts to carry out such studies in East Asia. Please feel free to come with questions and issues you’d like to discuss! The pieces we’ll focus on are:

Sarah J. Mahler – “Theoretical and Empirical Contributions Toward a Research Agenda for Transnationalism” (from Transnationalism from Below, Smith and Guarnizo, eds.)

Karen Laura Thornber – “Rethinking the World in World Literature: East Asia and Literary Contact Nebulae” (from World Literature in Theory, David Damrosch, ed.)

Both graduate students and faculty are welcome at the roundtable, and light refreshments will be served. We’ll look forward to seeing you there.


Harris School/Center for East Asian Studies, 1155 E 60th St

Orientation meeting and upcoming schedule

Welcome back to campus! Art and Politics will hold its first meeting of the year on Friday, October 10, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM in Room 319 of the Harris School building, 1155 E 60th St. Please come to say hello, enjoy refreshments, and relax after a long week of studying. We will go over the fall quarter workshop schedule, briefly discuss news and our goals for the upcoming year, and have a chance to get acquainted with our new meeting space in Room 319, the media room of the Center for East Asian Studies.

After our meeting, those who’d like to catch a presentation have several options. A VMPEA workshop will be held in Cochrane-Woods beginning at 4:00, where Ken Tadashi Oshima (Architecture, University of Washington) will be speaking on “Nihon no toshi kūkan: Approaches to the City Invisible.” At 4:30, Steven Heine (Religion/History, Florida International University) will be giving a lecture entitled “There Goes Rhymin’ Dōgen (1200-1253): A Medieval Japanese Monk Well-Versed in Chinese Chan Poetics” at the Divinity School.

This year’s Art and Politics schedule is filling rapidly. If you are interested in presenting at the workshop, please contact Nicholas Lambrecht (lambrecht at as soon as possible to express your interest. Suggestions for outside speakers are also welcome.

The upcoming schedule for Art and Politics is as follows:

October 10 (F), 2:30-3:30, Orientation and discussion

October 24 (F), 3:00-5:00, Roundtable: Crossing Borders in East Asia Workshops

November 6 (Th), 4:30-6:30, Richard Meyer (President Emeritus, San Francisco Silent Film Festival), “Politics in the Shanghai Film Industry in Republican China: The Case of Wang Renmei”

November 21 (F), 3:00-5:00, Daniel Johnson (Cinema and Media Studies/East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago), “Convergence Anxiety, I&II” [Note: POSTPONED]

December 1 (M), 4:30-6:00, Yan Haiping (Crosscultural Studies, Shanghai Jiaotong University); cosponsored with the Theatre and Performance Studies workshop, this meeting will take place in Seminar Terrace Room 801 of the Logan Center, 915 E 60th St

December 5 (F), 3:00-5:00, Katherine Alexander (East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)