CFP: Chinese Popular Culture in Translation and Transmission

Chinese Popular Culture in Translation and Transmission

22 – 23 July 2021, University of Leicester[1]

Invited and Keynote Speakers: 

Hongwei Bao (University of Nottingham) Paul Bowman (Cardiff University) 
Natascha Bruce (Translator) Nicky Harman (Translator) 
Jack Hargreaves (Translator) Jiang Jiehong (Birmingham City University) 
Emily Jones (Translator) Kangqin Li (Literary Agent) 

Popular culture is elusive to define, yet through a multitude of forms and expressions, its influences across cultural boundaries are often effective, efficient and far-reaching. The conference will bring together academics, researchers and practitioners to exchange views and ideas about Chinese popular culture in the context of global circulation. It aims to outline scenes and trajectories of Chinese popular culture in translation and transmission from the 1990s, focusing on paradigms, trends, shifts and issues in the processes of production, dissemination and consumption. The conference also seeks to understand contemporary China in the global cultural flow, exchange and mediation, particularly through digital technologies, transnational markets and new media industries. 

We welcome proposals for 15-minute presentations, as well as submissions of panels of three speakers and a Chair, from scholars and practitioners. Possible topics and panels may include but are not limited to:

  • Cross-cultural production, circulation and consumption of Chinese popular culture, such as internet literature, TV drama series, films, entertainment shows, theatre and computer games; 
  • Approaches and practices in transmitting Chinese popular culture outside China; 
  • Global representations and reproductions of Chinese popular culture; 
  • Conceptualisations and methodologies relevant to the three topics above. 

Please send your abstract of 300 words and a short biography to leicesterCTIS@leicester.ac.uk

Submission of Abstracts:  15 January 2021

Acceptance of Abstracts:  1 February 2021

Conference registration fee[2]

Regular: £120

Student: £80

Conference Dinner: £30

Publication Opportunities:

East Asian Journal of Popular Culture will publish a special issue on the conference theme in Spring 2023.[3] Depending on the quality of papers, we also plan a proposal for an edited volume with one of the leading academic publishers. 

Conference Organisers: 

The Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies, University of Leicester, UK 

Dr Yan Ying   yyc12@leicester.ac.uk

School of English Studies, Shanghai International Studies University, China 

Prof Sun Huijun  sunhuijun@163.com


[1] Due to the uncertainties with Covid-19 and other related issues, we will review the situation by 31 March 2021 and keep you informed. 

[2] The registration fee is based on an in-person on-site conference. If the conference is held in another form, we will review the fee accordingly. 

[3] Regardless of the situation with the conference, we are committed to the publication of this special issue. 

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