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The 1st Station of Forums in Motion of the 4th Guangzhou Triennial

The 1st Station of Forums in Motion

of the 4th Guangzhou Triennial

Conference Hall of GDMoA 23-24/09/2011



Session 1 (part 1):

“The End of Art”—The Aesthetic Possibilities of Global Capitalism


Zhang Xudong

(Professor and Chair of East Asian Studies, Professor of Comparative Literature, Director, ICCT, New York University)

Welcome Address: Mr. Luo Yiping, Director of Guangdong Museum of Art


Preliminary Mapping: Zhang Xudong


Keynote Speech: Pan Gongkai (Professor, Director, China Central Academy of Arts; Vice Chair, China Artists Association)


Keynote Speech: Yasuo Koboyashi (Professor and Director, Center of Philosophy, University of Tokyo)


Keynote Speech: David Carrier (Professor of Art History and Art, Case Western Reserve University


Interlocutors Shu Qun (artist) Pi Daojian (Professor of Art, South China Normal University) Jiang Hui (Associate Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Peking University; Director Assistant, ICCT, Peking University)


Lunch and Break

P.M. Session 1 (part 2): “The End of Art”---Art Production in the Age of Commodification

Moderator: Luo Yiping (Director, Guangdong Museum of Art)


Preliminary Mapping: Luo Yiping


Keynote Speech: Mikhail Iampolski (Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University)


Keynote Speech: Eugene Yuejin Wang (Professor of Art History, Harvard University)



Li Gongming (Professor, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts) Yu Ding (Professor, China Central Academy of Fine Arts) Jiang Jiehong (Professor, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design; Curator)

16.00-16.10 Tea time

P.M. Session 2: “Contemporaneity and History”—On the Avant-garde and Experimentalism of Tradition

Moderator: Pan Gongkai (Professor, Director, China Central Academy of Fine Arts; Vice Chair, China Artists Association)

Preliminary Mapping: Pan Gongkai 16.20-17.0 Keynote speech: Boris Groys (Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature, New York University

17.00-17.4) Keynote speech: Tadashi Uchino (Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Tokyo)


Interlocutors Wang Yudong (Professor, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts) Lu Hong (Artistic Critic, Chief Inspector, Shenzhen Art Museum) Song Xiaoxia (Professor of Art History, China Central Academy of Fine Arts) Chen Tong (Artist) 18.30 Dinner


A.M. Session 3: “The City of History”

Moderator: Gan Yang (Dean, Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities, Sun Yat-Sen University)

9.00-9.10 Preliminary Mapping: Gan Yang (Dean, Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities, Sun Yat-Sen University) 9/10-9/5) Keynote Speech: Zhao Chen (President, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Nanjing University)

9.50-10.30 Keynote Speech: Zhu Tao (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong)

10.30-12.00 (Peter Noever) Interlocutors Wang Weiren (Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong) Wang Mingxian (Deputy Director, Architectural Research, China Art Research Institute) Feng Yuan (Professor, Sun Yat-sen University) Peter Noever (Designer, Curator) 12.00-14.00

Lunch and Break

Session 4: “Documenting Contemporary Asia”

Moderator: Yin Jinan (Professor of Art History, Central Academy of Fine Arts)

14.00-14.10 Preliminary Mapping: Yin Jinan

14.10-14.50 Keynote speech: Chang Chaowei (CNEX Chief Producer; Board Member)

14.50-15.30 Keynote speech: Ashish Rajadhyaksha (film critic and planner; member of the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, India)


Interlocutors Dai Jinhua (Professor, Institute for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Peking University) Lü Xinyu (Professor, Fudan Journalism School) Dong Bingfeng (Curator, Deputy Director of Iberia Center for Contemporary Art) Zhou Hao (Artist) Avijit Kishore (independent film director) Johnson Chang Tsong-zung (Curator, co-founder of the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong, Guest Professor of China Academy of Art) 17.00-17.20策划人甘阳总结陈词 Conclusion Speech: Gan Yang

17.20-17.30 Closing Speech: Luo Yiping

18.00 Dinner

A Brief Report of Prof. Frank Upham’s Visit to Peking University


Urban Studies and the China Experience
Summer Seminar for International Doctoral Students
June 15-26, 2010
Note: The deadline has being extended for graduate students from NYU

The Research Center for Shanghai History, ECNU
The Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, HKU
Harvard-Yenching Institute
The International Center for Advanced Studies, NYU

Goals and Summary
Currently, "Urban Studies" has become one of the most vital fields of knowledge and thought production in the international academic circle. After the outbreak of the global financial crisis, the "China Experience," constituted by China's thirty years of rapid development and its parallel urbanization, has become an important issue generally concerned by the international community as well as a "hot topic" in the international academic circle. Against this backdrop, how to effectively integrate a sense of questioning the present in both "Urban Studies" and "China Experience" might become the critical factor in determining whether Chinese Urban Studies can expand its development. It is especially important that scholars of the younger generation are able to formulate a productive conversation between theoretical thinking and urban experiences since it would affect the academic prospect of this particular field. Therefore, we plan to co-host a "Urban Studies and the China Experience" Summer Seminar for international doctoral students as a way to provide an open platform for the two fields and thereby promote the exchange and cooperation among China urban scholars in various countries and regions, with the particular goals to discover, train and gather a body of young research talents around the globe.

The seminar will recruit a body of outstanding domestic and international scholars who work on urban histories or related issues to conduct the courses. Some scholars include Xu Jiling, Chen Yingfang, and Jiang Jin from ECNU, Elizabeth J.Perry and Lizabeth Cohen from Harvard, Helen Siu from Yale, Thoman Bender and Xudong Zhang from NYU, Ko-Wu Huang from Academia Sinica, Taiwan and Wang Di from Texas A&M University.

In terms of the seminar design, our curriculum includes four types of activities: keynote lectures, core courses, historical material analysis, and readings of classics. We will invite world-class scholars at home and broad to serve as our lecturers. Under their guidance, students will be able to concentrate on learning cutting-edge theory, study classics, analyze historical materials and thereby understand how to integrate the collection of historical materials and the studying of theory. Additionally, after each presentation or lecture, we will reserve some time for students and faculties to exchange ideas. At the same time, we will hold student paper presentation and discussion and invite experts to comment on students' projects. During the seminar, we also arrange tours guided by experts: through the systematically designed rout, students and some nonlocal professors can participate in walking tours to connect the class lectures with concrete actual experiences of Shanghai and to raise students' ability to combine theory and practice.

The working language for this seminar will be Mandarin and English.

1. 40 students will be recruited globally (with the focus on students from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the US). Targeted participants will be high school teachers, outstanding doctoral or master students who are interested in urban studies and/or China studies.

2. The organizers will not collect any fee from students: we provide lodging and would partially subsidize meals and transportation if needed.

3. Application starts today. The deadline is December 25th, 2009. Each applicant is required to submit a paper abstract by January 15th, 2010. Those who pass the first round of selection will be notified and must send the complete papers by March 25th, 2010. The committee will conduct the final-round selection based on the papers submitted. The acceptance letter will be sent out by May 31st.

4. After the Summer Seminar, each student will receive a certificate; outstanding graduates from the program will have the opportunity to study at Harvard-Yenching Institute for one or two years.

5. Harvard-Yenching Institute and New York University each recommend 4-6 American or European students; HKU recommend 5-8 students from Hong Kong and Taiwan; ECNU is responsible for recruiting 20-25 students from China and Japan and finalizing the list of accepted students.

Ruan Xinghua-Cell:
Tang Xiaobing, Cell: 13127911268

Address: No. 500 Dongshuan Rd. Shanghai, China (200241)
Department of History, HSNU

Advanced Studies in Humanities in the Age of Globalization:
NYU-PKU-U Tokyo Conference

    PKU-UT-NYU Trilateral Academic Exchange and Cooperation Conference at Peking University (link)
    On January 11th, humanities scholars from University of Tokyo, New York University and Peking University gathered at the Department of Chinese, Peking University to hold a trilateral academic exchange and cooperation conference titled "Reflections on Humanities in the Age of Globalization." This conversation was also the first activity working towards the establishment of the International Center for Critical Theory-PKU, ICCT. Each party engaged in extensive and in-depth exchange on the operational plan of ICCT as well as the concrete format of trilateral humanities cooperation.

Spring 2010
Time: January 11th, 9:00-17:15
Location: Department of Chinese, Peking University (Beijing, China)
715 Broadway, rm. 312
Organizers: International Center for Critical Theory-PKU, China House, and International Center for Critical Theory-NYU

Advanced Studies in Humanities in the Age of Globalization: 
NYU-PKU-Tokyo U Trilateral Academic Exchange and Cooperation Conference

Convener: Langlang Jinag, Nakajima Takahiro

Opening address followed by discussion: 
Jianhua Lin, Executive Vice President of Peking University (PKU)
Kobayashi Yasuo, Director of the University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy
Xudong Zhang, Director, NYU China House and Chair, East Asian Studies

10:30-10:45 Tea break

Kobayashi Yasuo, The Director of UTCP
"Possibility of Criticism between Speechlessness and Speech"

Discussant: Xudong Zhang

12:00-1:15 Lunch

I. First session 1:30-3:00 
Comparative Literature and Critical Theory
Convener: Jinshan Ju, Professor of Comparative Literature, PKU

Yamada Hiroaki, Professor of University of Tokyo
Literary Criticism (Paul Valéry, Carl Schmitt, Shiga Naoya)
Topic: Birth of Modern Criticism: Kobayashi Hideo and Paul Valéry

Shimizu Akiko, Associate Professor of UT
Gender Study, Literary Criticism
Topic: Queer Theory and Local Politics: Queer Time and Reproduction

II. Second session 3:15-5:15	
Modern Chinese Thought from the Perspective of Comparative Culture
Convener: Guimei He, Associate Professor of Chinese, PKU

Nakajima Takahiro, vice director of UTCP
Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy
Topic: Chinese Philosophy and Criticism in Japan

Ishii Tsuyoshi, Associate Professor of UT
Modern Chinese Philosophy
Topic: Critical Sinology and the Sinology of Criticism

Qiao Zhihang, PD researcher of UTCP
Chinese Modern Intellectual History (Wang Guowei)