1:00 - 3:30 pm
Classroom visits by presenters
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Dinner with campus team, administrators and others
Anna Shields, Princeton University
"Teaching Chinese Literature: Texts, Contexts,
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Presenter Bios and Abstracts:
Shana BROWN focuses on 19th- and 20th-century China, in particular intellectual and cultural history. A Fulbright scholar, she has degrees from Amherst College and the University of California, Berkeley, and was a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Dr. Brown researches Chinese politics and visual culture, collecting practices, and gender. Publications include Pastimes: From Art and Antiquarianism to Modern Chinese Historiography (University of Hawaii, 2011); “Chinese Women as Collectors and Bibliophiles at the Turn-of-the-Century,” in Material Women: Consuming Desires and Collecting Objects, 1770-1950, (Ashgate, 2009); and “Sha Fei, the Jin-Cha-Ji Pictorial, and the Ideology of Chinese Wartime Photojournalism,” in Visual Culture in Wartime China (Institute of East Asian Studies, 2012).
Women Intellectuals in China, from Empire to Nation by Shana Brown
Female scholars in China participated in some of the most important intellectual and political debates of the modern era, overlapping with the country’s transition from an imperial system to a modern republic. How were women’s contributions understood in that era, and what lasting significance do their voices have today in understanding China’s modern history?
Anna M. SHIELDS is Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. She received her A.M. (1990) from Harvard University and her Ph.D. (1998) from Indiana University, and specializes in classical Chinese literature of the Tang, Five Dynasties, and Northern Song eras. Her particular interests include literary history and the emergence of new literary genres and styles in late medieval China; the sociology of literature; and the role of emotions in classical literature. Her first book, Crafting a Collection: The Cultural Contexts and Poetic Practice of the Collection from among the Flowers (Huajian ji), examined the emergence of the song lyric in a path-breaking anthology. Her recent book, One Who Knows Me: Friendship and Literary Culture in Mid-Tang China, explores the literary performance of friendship in ninth-century China through a wide range of literary genres. Prior to coming to Princeton, she taught at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she served both as Director of the Honors College (2007-2011) and as associate professor in the Dept. of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communications (2007-2015), and at the University of Arizona (1999-2006). Her current book project traces the shaping of the Tang dynasty literary legacy during the Five Dynasties and Northern Song.