COVID-19: Critical/Creative Studies in Music, Image, and Text Seminar Series Update

In our ongoing virtual seminar series, we’re thinking with the visual arts, literature, sound, and beyond to begin a critical series of dialogues that ask how artistic, theoretical, activist, and pedagogical practices can help us to collectively assemble a more just, equitable, and sustainable future in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Each event takes the form of a seminar featuring a plenary dialogue leading to a participatory conversation with seminar audience members.

We are glad to acknowledge the support of the COVID-19: Ethics & Humanities Grant from the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

June 2, 2021, 4:00PM CST/21:00 UTC

Dialogue 10: Metaphysics

For our final seminar of the 2020-2021 Academic Year, we are pleased to be joined by Nan Z. Da and Stephen Roddy. Together, we’ll be engaged with problems of metaphysical disorder in the midst of the pandemic. Questions under consideration will include how our current moment and predicament accords with, challenges, and propagates cases from the history of Chinese literature, particularly in relation to shifts that might only be called world historical, and as they intersect with Chinese perspectives and Sinophobia, more broadly.


Nan Z. Da is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame, and concurrent faculty in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. She's the author of Intransitive Encounter: Sino-US Literatures and the Limits of Exchange (Columbia UP, 2018) and is completing a manuscript called The Tragedy of Disambiguation: Chinese Diaspora and Literary Criticism.

Stephen Roddy is Professor and Chair of Modern & Classical Languages at the University of San Francisco. His research has focused on intersections between institutional change and literary expression in late-pre-modern China and Japan. Recent publications include a translation (with Ying Wang) of a 1651 chuanqi drama on the theme of female same-sex love, Scented Soulmates (Lianxiangban), and studies of poetry and prose essays by Ji Yun (1724-1805), Gong Zizhen (1793-1841), and Yu Yue (1821-1906).

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Seminar sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

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