Archive for the ‘Academic Resources’ Category

Chinese Research Studies Group at University of San Francisco

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

A message from the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim:

Please join us on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, for the first meeting of the
Chinese Studies Research Group at the University of San Francisco (USF).
As the organizer of the group, the USF Center for the Pacific Rim welcomes
all faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars doing research in
Chinese Studies (Chinese language and literature, culture, society,
history, religion, art history, etc.) in the SF Bay Area to meet to share
and discuss their research and to network with other interested scholars.


Academic Openings: San Francisco State, University of South Florida

Monday, October 8th, 2012

San Francisco State University
Assistant Professorship in Chinese

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at San Francisco State
University invites applications for an approved tenure-track assistant
professorship in Chinese with specialization in second language
acquisition and pedagogy, to begin Fall 2013, subject to financial
ability. (more…)

Academic Openings: Cornell, St. Mary’s College, Oregon, UC San Diego, Wooster

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012


The Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University announces a tenure-track assistant professor position for a scholar and teacher of modern Chinese literature
specializing in any area of 20th – 21st century literary production,
including film and media, and able to teach a general education
“Introduction to China” class as well as more advanced undergraduate
courses and graduate seminars. Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2013, and
publishing record or strong potential for publishing are important. Submit
by November 5, 2012, a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing
sample, statement of teaching experience, and three letters of
recommendation electronically at

For further information contact:


Academic Openings: Penn State, Reed, Montclair, CUHK

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Chinese
Penn State

The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an Assistant
Professor position (tenure-track) in Comparative Literature and Chinese.
Home department Comparative Literature; joint appointment with Asian
Studies. Areas of specialization are open and may include, but are not
limited to, comparative approaches to any field in Chinese literature,
premodern or modern; film and new media studies; comparative novel or
comparative poetics; East-West, intra-Asian or global literary
comparisons, including Sinophone studies; postcolonial studies, gender
studies, or queer theory. Quality and originality of comparative research
are more important than field. Teaching responsibilities include
introductory, advanced, and graduate courses on literature and culture in
both Comparative Literature and Chinese; 2/2 load. Starting date: August
2013 preferred. Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Chinese, or related
field required. Native or near-native ability in Chinese and appropriate
teaching experience required. Relevant research achievements or evidence
of relevant research promise required.


Grant Alert: Henry Luce Foundation/ ACLS Program in China Studies

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Applications for the new Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies
are now available online.

To start your application for a Pre-dissertation grant or a Postdoctoral
Fellowship register at or click the
Online Fellowship Application tab on the program’s
The deadline for applications for the Pre-dissertation grants and the
Postdoctoral Fellowships is November 15, 2012.


Documentary Recommendations by China Film Experts, including dGenerate President Karin Chien

Friday, August 31st, 2012

On the website ChinaFile, six esteemed experts of Chinese cinema give their personal recommendations of China’s best independent documentaries. Nine films from the dGenerate catalog are mentioned; Searching for Lin Zhao’s Soul earned three mentions, followed by Meishi Street and Disorder with two.

The lists of each Chinese film expert can be found after the break. Their accompanying comments can be found on ChinaFile. ChinaFile is a website project operated by the Asia Society Center on US-China Relations.


Chinese academic openings announced at Harvard, Macalester, Connecticut, Virginia

Monday, August 13th, 2012

The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard
University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in MODERN
CHINESE HUMANITIES, expected to begin on July 1, 2013. We are particularly
interested in scholars who combine strengths in film and/or media studies
with interdisciplinary range. We would also welcome applicants whose
research encompasses other areas of modern Chinese humanities, including
cultural and literary studies, Sinophone studies, and thought. All
applicants should possess a high level of proficiency in Chinese.


Call for Papers: Chinese Women Filmmakers Conference at University of South Carolina

Friday, August 3rd, 2012


Chinese Women Filmmakers

University of South Carolina,
Columbia, SC
October 19-20, 2012

Registration can be downloaded here:
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute, the Moving Image Research
Collections, and the Film and Media Studies Program at the University of
South Carolina in collaboration with the China Film Archive, Peking
University, Beijing Film Academy, and the Chinese Film Market journal; and
supported by the Confucius Institute Headquarters; the third conference on
Chinese cinema, “Chinese Women Filmmakers” will be held in Columbia, SC,
Oct 19-20, 2012. The discussions with be divided into two independent yet
interrelated categories:


Interview with dGenerate Programmer Kevin Lee at

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012


dGenerate Programmer Kevin Lee, a new and robust Chinese-language website for film, recently translated an interview with Kevin Lee, dGenerate VP of Programming and Education, originally published in English at 3 Dots Water, a Chinese arts and culture site run by Michele Vicat.

If you haven’t already heard of or 3 Dots Water, be sure to bookmark them now. The former is full of news, reviews, interviews, festival coverage and articles translated from other languages into Chinese. The latter has in-depth articles on some of the most interesting developments in contemporary Chinese arts and culture. Both are essential resources for those interested in Chinese film, art and culture.


Populists or Shamans? Ethical Issues in Chinese Documentaries

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Xu Tong filming "Fortune Teller"

In China Heritage Quarterly, scholar Ying Qian writes in depth about the debate that erupted over the ethical practices of Chinese documentary filmmaking at last year’s China Independent Film Festival in Nanjing. The debate centered on the relationship between documentary filmmakers and the subjects of their films who are characterized as “subaltern,” or of the marginalized classes in China. Such subjects have formed the majority of independent documentary practice in China over the past decade.

Among the first major controversies involved the documentary Wheat Harvest by Xu Tong, concerning under what terms the film’s subject, a prostitute, consented to be filmed. In contrast, Xu Tong’s subsequent films Fortune Teller and Shattered feature a sex worker, Tang Xiaoyan, who fully consents to being filmed. In fact, she received the Nanjing festival’s inaugural Reel Character Award, intended as a way to prioritize the subject’s role presenting documentary reality to audiences and promote mutually productive collaborations between documentary filmmakers and their subjects.