The Centre for Humanities Research and the Department of Chinese, Lingnan University (Hong Kong) plan to hold an international conference “Western Literary Theory and Chinese Literary Scholarship” on Lingnan University campus, 23-24 May 2019.


The conference invites proposals for individual papers or panels that initiate in-depth dialogues between Western and Chinese literary theories. The dialogues should illuminate the unique features of each as well as their shared insights into issues of universal interest from comparative perspectives. We welcome papers that evaluate the application of Western critical theories to the studies of modern and premodern Chinese literature. We will also consider original essays introducing latest Western critical theories that may throw new light on intrinsic and/or extrinsic aspects of Chinese poetry, fiction, drama and other genres.


A good number of papers will be selected and peer reviewed for possible publication in Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature, a Duke University Press journal (to be launched in 2019), either as themed clusters in a regular issue or as a special issue, in the fall of2020.  If written in Chinese, selected papers will be peer-reviewed for possible publication in the Lingnan Journal of Chinese Studies嶺南學報.


Please e-mail individual paper abstract (300 words) or panel proposal including abstracts of all individual papers (1,200 words), accompanied by biographical notes, to by 30 October 2018. The result of acceptance will be communicated on 31 November 2018. Full papers are expected to be submitted by 31 March 2019.


No registration fee is required. Food and refreshment are provided for all participants. Accommodation and meals are provided for participants from outside Hong Kong.


Languages: English and Chinese.


Organizer: The Centre for Humanities Research and the Department of Chinese, Lingnan University, Hong Kong