Intercalary Conference on Late Imperial China


 Intercalary conference flyer

Hosted by the Late Imperial China Scholars of Southeast USA, this inaugural meeting features research centering on Ming (1368-1644) and the preceding and succeeding dynasties.  With presentations ranging from transnational studies to religious practice, drama, music, and art and antiquities, the conference initiates a regular conference series organized to provide a regional forum for rich and substantive, field-specific discussions that critically engage pre-modern Chinese studies.  The keynote address, given by noted Ming historian Sarah Schneewind, U.C. San Diego, will open the conference. 

For information contact:

Maria Franca Sibau:


There is no fee for this conference, but we require all attendees to register to ensure we have adequate
refreshments and seating.







Conference Schedule

All panels will be held in Modern Languages 201. The keynote address will be held in White Hall 112.

Friday, February 28, 2020

2:30 pm. Welcome and Registration - Modern Languages 201

2:45 – 4:45 pm.

Panel 1: Qing Transnational Encounters - Modern Languages 201

                Chaired by Maria Franca Siabu, Emory University

  • Robert Batchelor, Georgia Southern University, “The Guangdong Sheet Map (ca. 1739) and the Emergence of Cantonese Identity”
  • Lane Harris, Furman University, “Southseas Crossings: ‘Overseas Agents’ and the Formation of an Early Migrant Remittance Network, 1750-1870”
  • Tonio Andrade, Emory, “A Walk into Winter: The 1795 Dutch Mission to China and the Historiography of Sino-European Relations”
  • Juanjuan Peng, Georgia Southern University, “Three Late-Qing Overseas Students: Early Lives of Soong Sisters at Macon, Georgia”

5:00 – 6:00 pm. "Thinking through Shrines to Living Men."

Keynote Address, Professor Sarah Schneewind, University of California San Diego

White Hall 112

7:30 pm. Dinner - Hai Authentic Chinese Cuisine

                 2641 North Decatur Rd., Decatur, GA 30033 | Tel. 470-225-7172

 Saturday, February 29, 2020

8:00 – 8:30. Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Panel II: Sight, Sound, and Norm in Yuan and Ming Drama

                Chaired by Ihor Pidhainy, University of West Georgia

  • Li-Ling Hsiao, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Music Knowing or Not Knowing: Zither Playing Scenes in Xixiang jiand Fan Xixiang.”
  • Maria Franca Sibau, Emory, “If the Blind Man Killed a Man: Exemplarity and Discontent in A Village Joke (Qidong juedao)
  • Karin Myhre, University of Georgia, “Dramatic Impostures in Yuan Songs: Sui Jingchen’s Gaozu Returns to His Hometown

10:00 – 11:30

Panel III: Women Poets, Corpses, and Painters in Ming and Qing Literature and Art

                Chaired by Karin Myhre, University of Gerogia

  • Guojun Wang, Vanderbilt University, “Scenes of Corpses: Forensic Examinations in Early Modern Chinese Literature"
  • Yuanfei Wang, University of Georgia, “The Emaciated Soul: Four Women's Self-Inscriptions on thier Portraits in Late Imperial China."
  • Yanfei Zhu, University of North Georgia, “Ming Loyalist Painting or Seventeenth Century Individualist Art?”

12:00-1:30 Lunch & Business Meeting - Modern Languages 201

1:30 - 3:00

Panel IV: Knowledge, Connoisseurship, and Place, from Song to Qing

                 Chaired by Guojun Wang, Vanderbilt University

  • Ari Levine, University of Georgia, “Imaginative Visions and Mental Visualizations in Eleventh-century Chinese Painters' Biographies"
  • Jing Zhang, New College of Florida, "Inscribing the Unreal on the Real: Lü Dongbin and Yueyang Pavilion in the Yuan and Ming Plays"
  • Shellen Xiao Wu, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, “New Knowledge in Old Forms”

3:00 – 3:15 Coffee Break

3:15 – 5:15

Panel V: Exploring Lives in the Ming

                Chaired by Jing Zhang, New College of Florida

  • Ihor Pidhainy, University of West Georgia, “On a Shift in Biographical Approach in the Study of a Ming figure”
  • Larry Israel, Middle Georgia State University, “Wang Yangming and his School: An Update on Research East and West”
  • Richard G. Wang, University of Florida, “Lineages Embedded in Temple Networks: Daoism and Local Society in Ming China”
  • Nicole Richardson, University of South Carolina Upstate, “The Mirror and the Brush: Negotiating Power in a Late Ming Séance”

 7:00 pm. Dinner - Bo Bo Garden

                  5181 Buford Highway NE, Doralville, GA 30340 | Tel. 678-547-1881