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.

Spring 2022 Schedule

April 1st, Friday (online)
Susan Dan Su, PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
“Infrastructural Fairy Tales: State-led Development and the Third Generation’s Transmedial Interventions into China’s Cultural Heritage Regime”
Discussant: Heangjin Park, Teaching Fellow in the Department of Anthropology and the College

April 15th, Friday (online)
Jiayi Chen, PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
“Weaving Reverie: Reading Games and the Games of Reading”
Discussant: Elvin Meng, PhD Student, Comparative Literature & East Asian Languages and Civilizations

April 29th, Friday (online)
Anthony Stott, PhD candidate, EALC & Comparative Literature
“Spatial Repertoires of and against the Emperor System: The Cultural Anthropology of Yamaguchi Masao and Architectural Theory of Isozaki Arata”
Discussant: Jue Hou, PhD candidate, Comparative Literature & Social Thought

May 20th, Friday (online)
Jue Hou, PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature & Social Thought
“Takeuchi Yoshimi and the Ethics of Hermeneutics”
Discussant: Danlin Zhang, PhD Student, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

May 27th, Friday (in-person)
Hanna Pickwell, PhD Candidate, Anthropology
“Everyday Things and the Flavor of Human Feeling: Clutter, Commodities and a Collection in Old Beijing”
Discussant: Lilian Kong, PhD student, East Languages and Civilizations

June 3rd, Friday (online)
Yueling Ji, PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
“Can Style Be Described with Adjectives of Mood?”
Discussant: Celia Xu, PhD student, Comparative Literature

Faculty Sponsors: Professor Michael Bourdaghs, Professor Hoyt Long

Student Coordinators: Siting Jiang (sitingjiang@uchicago.edu) and Nick Ogonek (nogonek@uchicago.edu). 

Time: Fridays, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

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