Department of Chinese Studies 中文系

Print Culture and Popular Culture

Introduction

The research group “Print Culture and Popular Culture” aims at stimulating discussion and research on the popular and material dimensions of culture, broadly perceived, in the Chinese-speaking world, from late imperial times to the contemporary era.

Inspired by both theoretical discussions and a growing international research output over the past two decades, interest in the intellectual trajectory of the Sinophone world has gradually shifted to include print culture, cinema, modern and traditional popular forms, visual and audio culture, pulp fiction, and everyday culture. This conceptual opening has led to an explosion of source materials considered legitimate and relevant for research, as well as to a profusion of methodologies and approaches of inquiry. With its deliberately broad theme, the research group “Print Culture and Popular Culture” takes into account these developments: stressing inclusiveness, it defines itself as cross-disciplinary, cross- regional, and crossing traditional periodizations. Cutting across boundaries in space, time, and discipline, the group welcomes scholars and students from the fields of history, literature, theatre, cinema studies, art history, and other related disciplines, working on the Chinese speaking areas from the far Northeast (one-time Manchuria) to South-East Asia, from Beijing and Shanghai to Hong Kong and Taipei; we embrace work covering late imperial, modern and contemporary times, thus consciously trying to overcome the bifurcation between the modern and pre-modern eras.

Research Areas

The research group “Print Culture and Popular Culture” focuses on a number of core themes, including:

  • Printing, press, and public sphere;
  • Cinema, visual and audio culture;
  • Education and dissemination of culture;
  • Cultural production and cultural consumption;
  • Travel and voyages of cultural products and ideas.

What is the significance of printing and the press for the cultural trajectory of the Sinophone world? How do elite culture and popular cultural forms intersect in the audio- visual fields, and what are the implications of such a perspective for our understanding of the concept of culture itself? How can textbooks, assigned reading, and teaching patterns affect the formation and transmission of cultural values? What is the role of producers – writers, editors, directors, printers, booksellers, distribution companies – on the one hand, and audiences – readers, viewers, buyers, netizens – on the other, in the development of cultural expressions at different times in different places? How does the increasing physical mobility of both creative artists and their audiences, and their sometimes long sojourns in alien places, affect the nature of the cultural products themselves?

The research group “Print Culture and Popular Culture” tries to stimulate research on these and other questions that may arise in the course of our discussions. While we do not want to come up with definite conclusions on any of the above topics, we hope to raise awareness of these and other problems, and thus to encourage thinking in broader categories and more sophisticated research efforts.

People

conveners:

Name 姓名
A/P XU Lan Jun 徐兰君副教授 Modern Chinese Literature / Film; Chinese Youth and Children; Urban Culture
A/P YUNG Sai-Shing 容世诚副教授 Premodern and Modern Chinese Print Culture; Film; Audio Culture; Drama

Staff members:

Name 姓名
A/P WONG Sin Kiong 黄贤强副教授 Nanyang Chinese in Modern Chinese History; Political Culture in Modern China
A/P YUNG Sai-Shing 容世诚副教授 Premodern and Modern Chinese Print Culture; Film; Audio Culture; Drama
A/P LAM Lap 林立副教授 Popular Culture Theory and Popular Culture in Late Imperial China
A/P ONG Chang Woei 王昌伟副教授 Intellectual History; Chinese Local History; Women in Chinese History
A/P KOH Khee Heong 许齐雄副教授 Ming-Qing Intellectual History; State-Society Relations in Late Imperial China
A/P XU Lan Jun 徐兰君副教授 Modern Chinese Literature / Film; Chinese Youth and Children; Urban Culture
SIM Chuin Peng 沈俊平 Ming History; Print Culture and Publishing
CHIN Hsuen Wei 陈雪薇 Modern Chinese Literature; Popular Culture; Southeast Asian Chinese

Ph.D. Students

Name Thesis Topic Supervisor
潘婉明
Phoon Yuen Ming
森林的日常生活—马共女性的社会史
Everyday Life in the Jungle:
A Social History of Female Communists
黄贤强副教授
A/P Wong Sin Kiong
杨丽君博士
Dr Yang Lijun
彭念莹
Pang Nian Yin
蔡文玄研究(新加坡电邮和文学)
Research of Chua Boon Hean
(Singapore Film & Literature)
苏瑞隆副教授
A/P Su Jui-lung
容世诚副教授
A/P Yung Sai Shing
傅朗博士
Dr Nicolai Volland
李恒俊
Li Hengjun
民国城市卫生运动中的社会动员与
国家重建—以宁泸两地为中心的考察(1927-1937)
Social Mobilisation and National Reconstruction:
The Hygiene Movement in Republican China, 1928-1937
黄贤强副教授
A/P Wong Sin Kiong
王昌伟副教授
A/P Ong Chang Woei
傅朗博士
Dr Nicolai Volland
范瑞
Fan Rui
绘制医药关系的地图:
中西医冲突下的区域政治(1895-1937)
Mapping the Regional Medical Systems:
the Politics of Provincialism in the
Making of Chinese Modern Medicine (1895-1937)
黄贤强副教授
A/P Wong Sin Kiong
王昌伟副教授
A/P Ong Chang Woei
范雪
Fan Xue
抗战前期“到延安去”运动研究
Research on the “Go to Yan’an” Movement
in the earlier era of Second Sino-Japanese War
徐兰君博士
Dr Xu Lanjun
傅朗博士
Dr Volland, Nicolai Martin
A/P Chua Beng Huat
李气虹
Lee Chih Horng
从“中国人”到“台湾人”:
1995年至2008年台湾人国家认同之转型
From "Chinese" to "Taiwanese":
The Transition of National Identity
in Taiwan 1995-2008
傅朗博士
Dr Nicolai Volland
郑永年教授
Prof Zheng Yongnian
陈雪薇
Chin Hsuen Wei
华语系文化生产——20世纪新加坡华文书局
及其与华文文学关系之研究
Sinophone Cultural Production:
A Study on Chinese Bookstores in Singapore
during the 20th Century and their Connection
to Chinese Literature
容世诚副教授
A/P Yung Sai Shing

Events and Activities

Date Event Speaker
3 Mar 2017 聆听史料:粤曲的“历史人类学”
(与东南亚华人与近代中国研究群联办)
程美宝教授,香港城市大学中文及历史系
14 Oct 2016 (1) 间谍生涯:双面人的内外世界
(2) 要命的身体:中国抗战电影女
性形象的意义与演变
谭景辉教授,香港理工大学中国文化学系
祖运辉教授,日本关西学院大学国际学部
30 May 2016 Literature Across Borders
in Cold War China
A/P Xiaojue Wang,
Rutgers University
王晓珏副教授,美国罗格斯大
学亚洲语言文化系
18 Mar 2016 打造马来亚——论马来亚制片组的冷战影像 许维贤博士,南洋理工大学中文系
19 Oct 2015 Situating Sound Studies in
Mao-era China
(Jointly organized with Island Society)
黄心村(Nicole Huang)教授,
美国威斯康星大学麦迪逊校区东
亚语言及文学系
28 Sept 2015 Between Hong Kong and
Southeast Asia: Youlian’s
Cultural Transnationalism
in the Cold War
沈双副教授,美国宾夕法尼亚州立大学
3 Sept 2015 座谈会:现代中国印刷文化及当
代网络文学方面的研究
贺麦晓教授(Professor MichelHockx)
伦敦大学亚非学院中国研究院院长
6 Aug 2015 (1)新加坡国立大学所藏“外江戏”
剧:内容与方向
The Study of Guangdong Han Opera
Scripts: Content and Research Interest
(2)《四郎探母》的本事来源及其 故事变迁
The Origin and Narratives of the
Story “Yang Silang Visits His Mother”
(与东南亚华人研究群联办
jointly organized with Print and
Popular Culture Research Group)
康保成教授、陈志勇教授、
陈燕芳博士(广州中山大学中文系)
Professor Kang Baocheng,
Professor Chen Zhiyong,
Dr. Chen Yanfang
(Sun Yat-sen University,
China, Department of Chinese Studies)
6 May 2015 香港电影资料馆和华语电影研究 王丽明女士,
香港电影资料馆节目策划主任
31 Oct 2014 台湾的自然书写与我的创作 吴明益教授,台湾国立东华大学华文系
12 Aug 2014 对“华语语系文学”的再思考
(1)侧文本、视差效果与
“马华作家”的另类自我定位:
韩素音与/于《餐风饮露》的启示
(2)坐上时光机、戴上翻译器:
华语语系文学版图的再思考
(与东南亚华人研究群联办
曾昭程先生,耶鲁大学博士候选人
周德成先生,剑桥大学博士候选人
30 May 2014 鲁迅之死与周作人的后半生 张业松教授,复旦大学中文系
7 Jan 2014 中国传统戏剧类“非遗”保护的现状及存在问题 康保成教授,中山大学中文系
13 Sept 2013 香港式栋笃笑:双语笑话的特色及历史意义 谭景辉博士,香港理工大学中国文化学系
13 Sept 2013 谈《攀龙附凤:北宋潞州上党李氏外戚将门研究》
的撰写及意义
何冠环博士,香港理工大学中国文化学系
21 March 2013 Nationalism, Moral Reform,
and the Poetics of Internationalism
in Liang Qichao’s The Future of New China
Professor Wang Ban,
Stanford University
13 March 2013 繁花盛景:当代台湾女性文学的发展 郝誉翔教授,台湾中正大
学台湾文学研究所兼知名作家
28 Nov 2012 Aesthetics and Governmentality
in Kung Fu Cinema
Professor Meaghan Morris,
University of Sydney, Australia
1 Nov 2012 跨文化的新加坡华文剧场
(与东南亚华人研究群联办)
Transcultural Singapore
Chinese Theatre
(Jointly organized with
Chinese in Southeast Asia
Research Group)
柯思仁副教授,
南洋理工大学中文系系主任
Professor Quah Sy Ren,
Head of Department of
Chinese Studies, NTU
25 Oct 2012 Sandcastle: On the
Performance of Memories
Lee Weiying, M.A. Student
24 Aug 2012 传记:危机与出路
(与东南亚华人研究群联办)
Biographical Writing:
Crisis and Future
(Jointly organized with
Chinese in Southeast Asia
Research Group)
杨正润教授, 上海交通大学人文学院
Professor Yang Zhengrun,
(Jiaotong University, Shanghai)
23 Aug 2012 一个杜甫,各自表述:
现代汉诗中‘诗圣’形象的变迁
张松建副教授
首都师范大学文学院
21 Aug 2012 新加坡电影工作坊:
重现新加坡
探讨新加坡电影《狮子城》
傅朗博士,国大中文系
李威颖,本系硕士生
30 Mar 2012 从舞台视角看小说人物——
孙爱玲谈小说
孙爱玲博士,南洋理工大学新
加坡国立教育学院亚洲语言
文化学部讲师
16 Mar 2012 不只是表演:表演研究与
方法的变奏与演绎
Beyond Performance:
The Development of
Performance Studies
and Its Methodologies
周慧玲教授,
台湾国立中央大学英文系主任
Professor Katherine
Hui-ling Chou, Head,
Department of English,
National Central University,
Taiwan
14 Mar 2012 谈谈新加坡电影《大世界》
About the Film It is A
Great, Great world
唐永健先生
Mr Kelvin Tong
24 Feb 2012 穿梭现实与虚构之间—
幕启幕落想什么?
Shuttle Between Reality
and Fiction-What To Think
When Curtain Rises and Falls?
林海燕,新加坡“海燕等人”
艺术总监兼编剧
Ms Lim Hai Yen,
Art Director of the
ETCeteras, Singapore