International Conference on Narrating Love and Care in Global China of Our Time: Mobility, Materiality and Multiplicity

Department of Humanities, Language and Translation Conferences International Conference on Narrating Love and Care in Global China of Our Time: Mobility, Materiality and Multiplicity

Date: 11-13 October 2024, Friday–Sunday

Convenor: Professor Eva Kit Wah MAN, Chair Professor

Co-Convenor: Professor Amy Wai-sum LEE

Venue: Mok Yu Yan Conference Hall (F1202, 12/F, HKMU Jockey Club Institute of Health Care)

At a crucial historical present, when technologies such as AI and ChatGPT have emerged and with controversies in political landscape, growing concerns have been raised on the cultural imperatives of human beings' emotions and feelings, in particular love and care. To shed critical light on the social environment of our time, this three-day international conference will bring together humanities scholars and interdisciplinary experts to explore how love and care are being narrated among Global Chinese, with a focus on mobility, materiality, and multiplicity.

The conference will enable scholars from HKMU to meet with international scholars and researchers across the globe. Invited scholars will present research papers at the conference panels. Presentation papers will be edited in academic volume and Special Issues in academic journals. The conference aims to be an academic platform linking international scholars and HKMU researchers. 

Chair: Professor Eva Kit Wah Man

Keynote Speaker: Professor Gregory LEE, School of Modern Languages, St. Andrews University, United Kingdom.

Topic TBC:  Perspectives: Identity, Home and Writing Elsewhere in Contemporary Chinese Diaspora Literature

URL: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/modern-languages/people/chinese/gbl1/

This panel proposes to review various forms of narration among Chinese diaspora in different areas of the world that are articulating subjectivities. Speakers will discuss new identity formation and cultural variations the Chinese diaspora groups have formed and developed. The panelists will review biographical writing, curatorial narration in public displays, song compositions in Chinese languages, visual arts and moving images reflecting on their living in diaspora. The panel will look at 1) how the representations of diaspora are constituted by the sensual and performative media through which diasporans enact their felt autonomy, and a “space” they claim to own; 2) how the narratives mediated are subjectified through circulation in the networks of Chinese diaspora to create new forms of aesthetics, disseminating care and support for social existence.

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Chair: Dr Penn Tsz Ting IP

Keynote Speaker: Professor Jie YANG, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, Canada.  

Topic: Indigenizing aesthetics and mental health care in China: Gender, xin/the heart, and affective and aesthetic attunement

URL: https://www.sfu.ca/sociology-anthropology/people/faculty/jie-yang.html

Mobilizing affect theory, this panel will explore how gender has been constantly and intensely shaped and reshaped in the wake of decolonization in 21st-century global China. How can indigenous mental health issues reflect the political economy of our time? How do rural women experience and imagine their affective lives when staying in the villages in China? What kind of challenges will rural women endure when they opt for migrant work in the cities? Lastly, how can migration create agencies and potentiality of change, especially for the gender minorities and the queer communities? Focusing on gender across various social classes and stratifications, this panel discuss topics related to indigenous psychology, queer mobility, rural women, and rural-to-urban migrant women workers in tandem with the affective experiences and encounters of love and care.

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Chair: Dr Xuying YU and Dr Kaby Wing Sze KUNG

Keynote Speaker: Professor Kin-Yuen WONG, Author and Independent scholar, UK. 

Topic: The Posthuman and Organological Ontology in Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction

URL: https://ra.lib.hksyu.edu.hk/jspui/browse?type=author&authority=rp00817&authority_lang=en_US

How does science fiction challenge and redefine the boundaries between human and non-human, real and virtual, in the context of posthumanism? How do concepts such as AI consciousness, uploaded consciousness, and bioengineered identities contribute to the reimagining of individual subjectivity? With the blossoming of Chinese science fiction in the global context, especially within the scope of global Asia, this panel seeks to examine the depiction of the posthuman condition in Chinese science fiction. The panel will primarily focus on future notions of relationships, love, and care, particularly as human interactions may extend to cyborgs, clones, and other non-human entities.

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Chair: Dr. Timmy Chih-Ting Chen

Keynote Speaker: Professor Jean Ma, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong.

Topic: Cinema in Community: New Histories of Chinese and World Cinephilia

URL: https://complit.hku.hk/index.php/faculty/trzcacak-rs-side-profile-png-244905-2/

Film spectatorship and filmmaking are simultaneously solitary and collective. This panel proposes to revisit specific instances of collective Chinese cinephilia in Hong Kong, mainland China, and the global Chinese diaspora from the 1950s until present. Speakers will discuss the practice of film spectatorship and filmmaking as community building in relation to a Hong Kong Cantonese left-wing film classic; experimental film clubs in Hong Kong; a Chinese artists' collective's global tour across university campuses; and the New Wave film movement in the Chaoshan region of Guangdong, where a collective of emerging filmmakers, researchers, and other cultural workers spearhead self-organized filmmaking, exhibition, and research activities.

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Chair: Professor Amy Wai-sum LEE

Keynote Speaker: Professor Amanda CALEB, Department of Medical Education, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, US.

Topic: Narrative Medicine and the Development of Narrative Humility for the Care of Self and Others.

URL: http://www.geisinger.edu/acaleb

While personal experiences have been given the due respect of being something privately owned by the individuals, their potential therapeutic value for the individuals, in some cases for a community, is increasingly appreciated. Writing and art therapy have been well established mechanisms for reflecting on personal stories and leading to better self-understanding and acceptance. In the context of the stressful life situations in global societies, much intensified during the pandemic, this panel explores the possibility of deploying personal stories in various formats to create therapeutic experiences and cultivate resilience in contemporary life. The transcendence of the personal to achieve possibly a collective or communal care is especially pertinent in the Global Chinese context.

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Contact information

Email: ashlt@hkmu.edu.hk         Tel.: 2768 5710