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Conference: World Studies: Approaches, Paradigms, and Debates
Date: 23-25 June 2016 
School of Modern Languages and Cultures HKU has the pleasure of inviting you to the conference:

World Studies: Approaches, Paradigms, and Debates

Date: June 23-25, 2016
Venue: Room 4.36, 4/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

Early 21st century globalization has brought the humanities into a wider and multilingual world where the world is no longer defined in the Eurocentric binary of the West and the Rest, or people with history and people without. The rise of China, as a major world historical event in our contemporary moment, is significantly reshuffling erstwhile configurations of core and peripheral spaces, and pressuring humanities disciplines to rethink what constitutes the “world” and how we might understand this world anew. In such fields as world history, world literature, and world art, scholars have already made concerted efforts to present an inclusive vision of the world, with attendant proposals for new concepts, approaches, and paradigms, but these have largely been parallel efforts without sufficient interdisciplinary engagements.
This conference will make a full use of the strategic position of Hong Kong, as the pass-port to and out of China and where the effect of China’s rise (the “China effect,” for short) is most acutely felt, to offer a platform for scholars to take stock of this new world studies. Going beyond current conversations along discreet disciplinary lines, the conference proposes a conceptualization of this new world studies as a shared formation that requires timely as well as necessary interdisciplinary dialogues and debates across such fields as art, cinema, history, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy and political economy. Invited speakers, who are key figures in the current conversation in world studies, are requested to present position papers on how they conceptualize the world in their respective fields, with one eye towards interdisciplinary dialogues and debates and another eye towards how the China effect factors in their conceptualization.

For details & registration, please visit:

Shu-mei Shih (Department of Comparative Literature, UCLA /
School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong)
Stephen Yiu-wai Chu (School of Modern Languages and Cultures, HKU)
Sponsored by
The "China-West Studies" Strategic Research Theme, HKU 
Hon-yin and Suet-Fong Chan Professorship in Chinese
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