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8:00-9:00 AM: Registration 


9:00-9:05 AM: Opening Remarks


9:05-10:30 AM: Panel 1: Representations of Pre-and Post-Colonial Korea 


  • Yohong Roh, Temple University. “The Construction of Patriarchal Lineage in the Korean Ch’ŏnt’ae order and Historical Controversy Concerning Ŭich’ŏn’s Ch’ŏnt’ae Buddhism.”
  • Suh Won Chang, University of Pennsylvania. “Un-Politicizing the Zainichi Koreans: Representations of a Diasporic Community.”
  • Da-In Choi, University of California Los Angeles. “Reform or Abolish Domestic Servitude: Gender, Labor, and Postwar Development of South Korea.”


Discussant: Dr. So-Rim Lee, Assistant Professor, Korean Studies, University of Pennsylvania


10:30-10:40 AM: Break


10:40-12:05 PM: Panel 2: Description/Depiction in Modern Asian Aesthetics


  • Maria Puzyreva, University of Pennsylvania. “Japanese Wartime Landscape: Collected Prints of Sacred, Historic and Scenic Places by Tokuriki Tomikichirō.”
  • Yidan Wang, Duke University. “The Reshaping of Modern Landscape: Aesthetic Ideas and Discursive Practice in Yu Dafu’s Travel Writing.”
  • Tiantian Cai, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Mediating as a Union: the relation between texts and images in Chinese Propaganda Posters around the Great Leap Forward.”


Discussant: Dr. Chenshu Zhou, Assistant Professor, Art History, University of Pennsylvania


12:05-12:55 PM: Lunch


1:00-2:00 PM: Keynote Speaker


  • J. Keith Vincent, Associate Professor, Japanese Literature, Boston University. “Shiki’s Databases: How Shiki Made it New.”


2:00-2:10 PM – Break 


2:10-3:50 PM – Panel 3: The Many Lives of Premodern China 


  • Stephen Garrett, University of Pennsylvania. “Solemn Oaths and Sacred Standards: A History of Two Rituals in Shamanic Contention.”
  • Vito Acosta, University of Pennsylvania. “From Seidenstrassen to The Silk Road.”
  • Xiaowan Cai, University of Pennsylvania. “Gaming mediates and nationalizes the past: Simulacra serialization and the distortions and difficulties inherent in modernizing history.”
  • Doris Tang, University of Pennsylvania. “Depicting Concubines in Inner Quarters: The Portrayal of Marginalized Womanhood in South Song China.”


Discussant: Dr. Hsiao-wen Cheng, Associate Professor, East Asian Religions, University of Pennsylvania


3:50-4:00 PM – Break


4:10-5:35 PM Panel 4: Japan and Japaneseness Across Time and Space 


  • Karen Yoshida Weldon, University of Michigan. “Japonic Fields: Cultivating National Identity in Small Town Japan.”
  • Rory Huang, University of California Los Angeles. “Searching for Homes: Burakumin Migrations in the 1920s-1930s.”
  • Alice Liu, University of Pennsylvania. “Aesthetics of Self-Censorship in Yoshiya Nobuko’s ‘Yellow Rose.’”


Discussant: Dr. Frederick Dickinson, Professor, Japanese History, University of Pennsylvania 


5:35-5:45 PM: Closing Remarks


5:45-7:30 PM: Dinner

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