About Our Workshop

Arts and Politics of East Asia (APEA) is an interdisciplinary workshop that brings together graduate students, faculty members, and sometimes guest speakers to discuss their current work on the interaction of aesthetics, political economy and textual, visual and physical media of pre-modern, modern and contemporary East Asia. The workshop serves as a space for graduate students and invited presenters from varied disciplines to share their work in progress, discuss major cross-regional themes, and engage together the work of noted scholars in the field in a rigorous yet collegial atmosphere. 

If you have any questions, or are interested in presenting at the Art and Politics of East Asia workshop, please contact the student coordinators.

Autumn 2022 Schedule

October 6th, Thursday (in-person), 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Hae Uk Ko, the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences
“Looking at Mirror Images: The Korean Plight to Find its Place in a New World”
Discussant: Graeme Reynolds, Instructor in History
Location: Social Science Research Building Franklin Room
★Co-Sponsored by East Asia: Transregional Histories (EATRH) workshop★

November 11th, Friday (in-person), 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Yanqing Shen, the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities
“The Death of a Chinese Poet: Lyricism, Voice, and Sociality in Yu Dafu’s ‘Sinking’”
Discussant: Paola Iovene, Associate Professor in Chinese Literature, EALC
Location: Center for East Asian Studies 319 (1155 E. 60th St.)

November 18th, Friday (online), 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Anthony Stott, Ph.D. Candidate, EALC & Comparative Literature
“Context after the West Shinjuku Exit Plaza Incident: Toward an Archipelagic Reimagining of Monumental Urban Space in the Theory and Design of Isozaki Arata”
Discussant: Zhiyan Yang, Ph.D. Candidate, Art History
★Co-Sponsored by Visual and Material Perspectives on East Asia (VMPEA) workshop★

December 2nd, Friday (in-person), 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Paola Iovene, Associate Professor in Chinese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
“Reading Beyond Books: Airing Lu Yao”
Discussant: Siting Jiang, Ph.D. Candidate, EALC and Neil Verma, Assistant Professor of Sound Studies, Radio/TV/Film, Northwestern University
Location: Center for East Asian Studies 319 (1155 E. 60th St.)
★Co-Sponsored by Sound and Society workshop★

December 9th, Friday (in-person), 2:30–4:30 p.m.
Elvin Meng, Ph.D. Student, EALC & Comparative Literature
“From the History of the Book to the History of Reading (Multilingually): An Appreciation of Traces”
Discussant: Nan Z. Da, Associate Professor, English & East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Notre Dame
Location: The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center Classroom


2022–2023 Faculty Sponsors: Professor Michael Bourdaghs, Professor Paola Iovene.

2022–2023 Student Coordinators: Yuwei Zhou (ywzhou@uchicago.edu) and Elvin Meng (emeng@uchicago.edu). 

Time: Fridays, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

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