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Conference: “Sinophonic Detours: Nonlinear Movement and Shifting Forms in Sinophone Literature and Culture”

Friday, May 19, 2017

10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Gerlinger Lounge

Sinophone cultural texts often reflect the condition of movement, whether it is migration, exile, diaspora, or the flow of capital. As generations of speakers of Chinese languages have crisscrossed virtually all corners of the globe, so have their cultural texts given voice to this fact of perpetual movement. Keeping the Sinophone’s transnational routes in mind, how may we conceptualize and theorize forms of movement that are not unidirectional, but open ended or circuitous? This symposium looks at cultural texts, be they literary, visual, or sonic, which privilege such nonlinear movements as spectral returns, serendipitous wanderings, and aleatory adventures, among others. In addition to guest speakers, a roundtable of UO graduate students will make brief presentations about their research.