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The Founders Rooms of the U-M Alumni Center
200 Fletcher Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Friday, October 25

9:00 - 9:30        Opening remarks
9:30 - 11:30      Panel One: On and Off the Silver Screen

Lingzhen Wang (Brown University): Women's Cinema in Socialist China: Institutional Practice, Feminist Culture, and Contingent Authorship

Jason McGrath (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities): Creating a Socialist Cinema: The Address of the Audience in Mao-Era Films

Paul Clark (University of Auckland, New Zealand): Projecting the New: Film Careers in Socialist China

Discussion led by Wang Zheng (University of Michigan)

11:30 - 1:00       Lunch break    
1:00 - 2:30         Panel Two: New Subjects, New Realities

Li Yang (Peking University): The Aura of Yan’an: New Cultural Forms, Historical Consciousness, and New Peasants

Xueping Zhong (Tufts University): On the Socialist Cultural Imaginary: Challenges and Revelations

Discussion led by Xiaobing Tang (University of Michigan)

2:30 - 3:00         Coffee break
3:00 - 4:30         Panel Three: In Search of Modern Dance

Eva S. Chou (CUNY, Baruch College):  Ballet in the Socialist Era: Swan Lake and New Year’s Sacrifice

Emily Wilcox (University of Michigan): Creating a National Dance: Socialist Performance Culture in the 1950s

Discussion led by Clare Croft (University of Michigan)

Saturday, October 26   

10:00 - 12:00     Panel Four: Artistic Visions and Practices

Juliane Noth (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany): The Conception of Socialist Landscape Painting in the Work of Shi Lu, 1958–1962

Christine Ho (Stanford University): Art of the Collective, Collectivity as Art

Xiaobing Tang (University of Michigan): How Was Socialist Visual Culture Created

Discussion led by Alexander Potts (University of Michigan)

12:00 - 1:30      Lunch break   
1:30 - 3:00        Panel Five: To a World Cinema
                          and Literature

Krista Van Fleit Hang (University of South Carolina): An Indian Outcast in China: Global Socialism and National Forms in 1950s Asian Cinema

Paola Iovene (University of Chicago): Translation

 Zones: World Literature in the Chinese Literary Economy

Discussion led by Ban Wang (Stanford University)    

3:00 - 3:30         Coffee break     
3:30 - 5:00         Panel Six: Film as Communal Experience    

Tina Mai Chen (University of Manitoba, Canada): Village Projections: Rural Film Practices and Socialist Subjectivity

Nicole Huang (University of Wisconsin - Madison): Vocal Passing: Radio and Communal Film Culture in the 1970s

Discussion led by Paul Clark (University of Auckland, New Zealand)   

5:00                  Concluding remarks      
Images: Shi Lu (1919–1982), On the Road to Nanniwan, 1960, hanging scroll, ink and color on paper, 67 x 67 cm, National Art Museum of China, Beijing. Image courtesy of the artist’s family.
Cover of World Literature, January 1960.  Cover art by Romanian printmaker Gheorghe Ivancenco (1914-1979).