Re-Worlding Chinese Transnationalisms Symposium

Online, August 26 – August 27 2021

In the final decade of the twentieth century, along with intensifying cross-border movements of capital, people, and media attendant on the rise of the Asia-Pacific regional economy, Chinese transnationalism became a focus of study across a range of disciplines. Researchers addressed evolving phenomena including the geographies and politics of Chinese migration and diasporas; the transnationalization of Chinese families, religions, business, and education; the rise of Chinese Internet worlds; the histories of transnational Chinese cinema and transnational imaginaries in contemporary Chinese-language media; and the characteristics of a transnational Sinophone cultural sphere that was understood as both peripheral to and divergent from the type of Chinese identity promoted by the PRC state.

Twenty-five years after the emergence of the conceptual rubric of Chinese transnationalism, the human and cultural mobilities that inspired it have both intensified and transformed as the economic, political, and military “rise of China” decisively reshapes global geopolitics. The time is ripe to revisit the cultural politics of Chinese transnationalisms. What forms do transnational movements of Chinese media, people and culture take in today’s world? How are these mobilities transformed by the growing global power of the PRC? What does it mean to think, live, feel, and imagine Chinese transnationalisms in the context of President Xi’s promotion of the “Chinese dream,” economists’ recognition of the present time as the “Chinese century,” and unease about “Chinese influence” on the part of western governments, security agencies, and media? Re-Worlding Chinese Transnationalisms will address these questions.

The Re-Worlding Chinese Transnationalisms Symposium will run online over two full days, 26th August – 27th August. It will take the form of a small, focussed, highly interactive research workshop rather than a conventional conference, with discussants assigned and papers pre-circulated to attendants.

In attendance will be two of the world’s leading figures in the study of Chinese transnationalism: Pun Ngai, Professor at Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong, and Pál Nyíri, Professor of Global History from an Anthropological Perspective, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Professors Pun and Nyíri will present keynote lectures open to the public (please note that registration is essential).

Download the full Symposium Program here

Please register to attend the online symposium via the following Eventbrite pages, as places are limited:
Public Keynote from Professor Pál Nyíri
Public Keynote from Professor Pun Ngai
Re-Worlding Chinese Transnationalism Symposium

Convened by A/Prof Fran Martin (Cultural Studies, University of Melbourne)
Project officer: Dr Nonie May (University of Melbourne)

For any queries please contact Dr Nonie May:

Instructions for presenters:

Presenters will need to submit full papers (5,000––7,000 words) for pre-circulation to attendants by July 30, 2021.

Presenters will also need to pre-record a video discussion/ presentation of their paper (15-20 minutes), which we will upload and circulate online in the lead up to the event. We will need to receive the videos by that same July 30 deadline.

The panels will then be followed by the two keynote presentations from Professor Pál Nyíri and Professor Ngai Pun. Each keynote will be delivered online, and will be open to the public.

For any queries please contact Nonie May:

This event is supported by funding from the Australian Research Council and the University of Melbourne.

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