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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tate travel grants

Dislocations: Remapping Art Histories
Tate Modern, London
3-4 December 2015
A conference organised by Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific
Tate invites emerging scholars and curators specialising in the field of modern and contemporary Asia-Pacific art to apply for funding to attend the conference Dislocations: Remapping Art Histories at Tate Modern, LondonSuccessful applicants will receive funds sufficient to cover their travel costs and two nights’ accommodation in London.
Attending this conference will provide an exciting occasion for early career scholars and curators to hear from prominent voices in the field of Asia-Pacific art and to meet with a broader network of researchers and specialists.
DAY 1KeynoteDo Ho Suh
DAY 2Session 1Performance: An Expanded Field
ConvenorsJoan Kee and Sook-Kyung Lee
SpeakersIgnacio Adriasola, Lee Ambrozy and Tina Le
Session 2Where Asias Meet: Decolonizing Centres
ConvenorsMing Tiampo and Sook-Kyung Lee
SpeakersPamela Nguyen Corey, Sonal Khullar and Ming Tiampo
Session 3Contemporary Art and the Social
ConvenorsZheng Bo and Marko Daniel
SpeakersLu Peiyi, Su Wei and Zheng Bo
Please apply by sending a CV and short covering letter (400 words) outlining why you would like to attend the conference by email to trc.asiapacific@tate.org.uk by 28 September.
Successful applicants will be notified by 12 October 2015
The Asia-Pacific Research Centre has been established with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It acts as a point for focus to encourage and support study, discussion and publication on modern and contemporary art from the Asia-Pacific region, both within Tate and in partnership with scholars and institutions nationally and internationally.

Monday, August 17, 2015

The 3rd Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics-March 12 and 13, 2016

The 3rd Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-3) will take place on March 12 and 13, 2016, at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. The conference focuses on new advances in Cantonese Linguistics, including innovations in methodologies, tools, and/or computing software. New approaches and research on language variation within the Cantonese (or “Yue”) subgroup of the Chinese language family, language contact phenomena, and new subfields and their interfaces are especially welcome. This is the third of the WICL series that is held biennially in North America.
Keynote speakers:
  • Professor Stephen Matthews
    Department of Linguistics, University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR)
  • Professor Valter Ciocca
    School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
Please see our call-for-papers page (http://u.osu.edu/wicl/wicl-3/cfp/) for information on abstract submission.
Abstract deadline: By November 1, 2015, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time
The conference organizing committee is considering a teleconferencing presentation session. Hence, scholars with difficulties in travelling to the conference are encouraged to submit an abstract.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kitan-Language Crash Course, to be held at Yale University in May 11-19, 2016

The Council of East Asian Studies, Yale University, will host a nine-day workshop on the Kitan language to be held in New Haven, May 11-19, 2016. Depending on the number of those attending, the Council will provide some financial support to cover travel to the conference or room and board in New Haven. Preference will be given first to advanced PhD students planning to write about the Liao in their dissertations, then to recent PhDs whose dissertations concerned the Liao or who have already published on the Liao dynasty, and finally to more senior scholars.
Kitan was the language of the Liao dynasty (907-1125), who ruled northern China and much of the grasslands extending across Asia. Most of the scholarship about the Liao, including the Yale-Bard conference volume published as volume 43 of the Journal of Song Yuan Studies, depends on Chinese-language sources and archeological findings. A growing corpus of Kitan-language materials survives, comprising some thirty different epitaphs and mourning songs for deceased emperors (aici 哀辭). The materials are difficult but crucial to understanding the Kitan view of themselves.
Professor Daniel Kane, one of the few Western scholars who has a specialist knowledge of the current state of Kitan philological studies, has recently retired from Macquarie University in Sydney (see his biography on the web: http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/faculties_and_departments/faculty_of_arts/department_of_international_studies/staff/staff_chinese_studies/professor_daniel_kane/.) He will teach a nine-day workshop for beginners. The workshop will begin on a Wednesday morning, run for four days, take Sunday May 15th off, and have a second four days of class.

Prof Kane suggests:

The way people run summer schools in Ancient languages in Australia is to have one unit (lasting a week) on basic information about the language as such, as another unit based on reading (deciphering) one or two ancient texts. I would suggest some variant of this, squeezing the two units into the time allocated. It would also add one or preferably two more fully annotated texts to the series started by Juha Janhunen, New Materials on the Khitan Small Script (2010). 

As for reading what is in them, well, they have to be "deciphered" first, and we are still quite some way from that. Getting the gist of what they are about is more possible, because there are usually Chinese glosses on the published versions, but many of these are sketchy and often not correct (the characters are sometimes misread or mistranscribed, especially if the stele are eroded or damaged). (email dated 12/12/14).

            The workshop should give scholars with strong linguistic foundations the tools to read inscriptions on their own; those with weaker language backgrounds will benefit from the chance to learn what is in the epitaphs. Contact Valerie Hansen (valerie.hansen@yale.edu) and François Louis (louis@bgc.bard.edu) if you would like to attend this workshop.