Intermediation and Sensibilities: New Media Poetics in Modern China

May 12, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Organized by Shengqing Wu (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; HYI Visiting Scholar, 2016-17)
Sponsored by the Harvard-Yenching Institute

9:00am Welcome

9:10am-10:30am Panel 1: Vision and Shadow
Chaired by David Der-wei Wang (Harvard University)

Roberta Wue (University of California, Irvine)
China in the World: On Photography, Montage, and the Magic Lantern

Weihong Bao (University of California, Berkeley)
Shadow, Picture, Play: Intermediating the Scene of Early Cinema in China

10:40am to 12pm Panel 2: Mediating the Real/Unreal 
Chaired by Ellen Widmer (Wellesley College)

Shengqing Wu (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Mediating “Interior Landscapes”: The Shadow of Poetry

Guangchen Chen (Harvard University)
The Un/Mediality of the Ideal Object: Wang Guowei versus Shen Congwen

1:00pm to 2:20pm Panel 3: Visual Aesthetics and Politics  
Chaired by Alexander Des Forges (University of Massachusetts, Boston)

John Crespi (Colgate University)
Mixed Messages: The Structural Aesthetics of the Wartime Arts Pictorial Resistance Sketch (Kangzhan manhua)

H. Tiffany Lee (Stanford University)
Curating National Identity Politics: The Shanghai International Photographic Art Exhibition, 1934-1937

2:40pm to 4pm Panel 4: Photographic Effect and Affect
Chaired by Eugene Wang (Harvard University)

Yanfei Zhu (University of North Georgia)
War of Representation: Photographing, Printing, Painting, and Rubbing Epigraphic Antiques in Modern China

Yi Gu (University of Toronto)
Uncles Would Fight For You: Socialist China, Korean War, and Photographic Affect

4:10pm to 5:30pm     Roundtable Discussion
David Wang, Eugene Wang, Ellen Widmer, Alexander Des Forges, and all participants