|The Body as a Means for Political Mobilization: Portrait Photo between Journalism and Propaganda, Minli Pao ''''s covering of the assassination of Song Jiaoren as Case |
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Bunche Hall 10383, UCLA
Talk by Gu Zheng, Fudan University
Song Jiaoren (Sung Chiao-jen,1882-1913) was a revolutionist and the founder of the Kuomintang (KMT).He was assassinated in March of 1913 in Shanghai after his leading KMT to victory in China’s first democratic election.
This talk will investigate how the members of KMT who owned Minli Pao(民立报)published in Shanghai as both mouthpiece of the revolutionary party and mass media produce and use the images of Song’s corpse for the purpose of mibilizing the mass to.protest the assassination.This talk will try to explore portrait photo’s function and practice between propaganda and journalism and its usage as a means of visual mobilization from three aspects of production, distribution and consumption in the Republican Shanghai.
Language as an instrument of social reform in Modern China since the late 19th century
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
ALC Dept Lounge, UCLA
Talk by Ping Chen, University of Queensland
As well as being a medium of cognitive and conceptual development, and the most important means of communication, language may also serve as a powerful instrument of social reform. This utilitarian role has been brought into full play in Modern China since the late 19th century at a scale hardly paralleled elsewhere. One of the major goals of the social and linguistic reform from the outset was unification of speech and writing (言文合一). This lecture will explore the gamut of historical, social, political and linguistic factors underlying major proposals and practice toward that goal, and discuss their implications on Chinese language education in general and teaching Chinese as a second language in particular.
Indigenous Knowledge, Taiwan: Comparative and Relational Perspectives
Friday, May 11 - Saturday, May 12
314 Royce Hall, UCLA
UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Studies Initiative Conference
This conference aims to engender transnational conversations about indigenous knowledge, with Taiwan as its comparative pivot and relational node. Setting discussions on indigenous knowledge and settler colonialism in Taiwan in dialogue with those in the United States, Okinawa, and the Philippines, this conference explores some initial and necessarily broad questions: What is indigenous knowledge and how is it defined in different places? How is indigenous knowledge relevant to such taxonomies as philosophy, epistemology, ontology, or cosmology? How has it been suppressed and/or erased, and how has it transformed and grown over time? What is being preserved, lost, and strengthened, and what might be the politics and poetics of preservation, loss, transformation, and growth? How have settler colonizers perceived, represented, and usurped indigenous knowledge? What imaginary of the future does indigenous knowledge present? How is indigenous knowledge a resource for all?
In Taiwan, the indigenous Austronesian peoples have been subjected to settler colonialism by waves of Han people from China for over three centuries, during which other colonial regimes came and went, including the Dutch Formosa in southern Taiwan (1642-1662), the Spanish Formosa in northern Taiwan (1646-1662), and Japanese colonial rule (1895-1945). For Austronesians, as is the case for all indigenous peoples living …