Harvard-Lingnan Symposium (2):
“The Avant-Garde X Hong Kong and the New South”
December 4-5, 2023
Location: 13/F of M+ Tower (38 Museum Drive, Kowloon)
Sponsored by Advanced Institute for Global Chinese Studies,
Lingnan University of Hong Kong
We are delighted to announce that the second Harvard-Lingnan Symposium： “The Avant-Garde X Hong Kong and the New South” is going to be held on 4 and 5 December 2023, Hong Kong time, at the M+ Building, Hong Kong. The symposium is co-hosted by Professor David Der-wei Wang of Harvard University and Professor Zong-qi Cai, Director of The Advanced Institute for Global Chinese Studies at Lingnan University of Hong Kong.
We are honored to have invited eighteen distinguished scholars from renowned universities worldwide and three prominent Sinophone writers to explore the following themes:
Traced back to its etymological root, the avant-garde denotes the most advanced corps of an army; they are the ones at the very forefront who pioneer the march into unknown territories of a future that has yet to come. As its use was extended to the cultural realm, the avant-garde came to represent nothing but the most indefatigable confrontations of aesthetic productions with their times. Taking Hong Kong as its physical nexus and symbolic vantage point, the symposium aims to unearth the theoretical prospect of the avant-garde to bear upon the emerging discursive site of the “New South,” a derivative of the concept of “New South Writing” in recent Chinese literary studies. The “New” brings to the fore a revisionist perception of cultural productions taking place in land and oceanic spaces along and beyond China’s Southern corridors. But the “New” also implies a cultural subjectivity in formation – one that is in alignment with the convolutionality, mercuriality, and heterogeneity imbedded in the topology of the “South.” The unceasing fluctuation and unfolding of the “New South” heralds renewed undertakings of the avant-garde, who are time and again called upon to embrace and manifest ingenious interventions in response to their times.
Please refer to the table in the email for the list of speakers and the symposium agenda. The symposium will be held in hybrid mode and live-streamed. We welcome all to participate in person or online. Please scan the corresponding QR code on the poster. Your continued support for AIGCS is much appreciated!