Symposium on Chinese and North American Folklore

March 4, 2015
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:55am
Hagerty Hall 259
Symposium on Chinese and North American Folklore
The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and Center for Folklore Studies are co-sponsoring an interdisciplinary symposium on "Chinese and North American Folklore" on Saturday, March 7th, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m., at Hagerty Hall 259. This symposium will be a platform for interaction among scholars from different academic traditions and fields. This year is especially suitable for a symposium as DEALL has a number of visiting scholars and graduate students who not only specialize in Chinese folkloric studies but have also developed some interests in American regional cultures. This symposium will enhance mutual understanding through comparative dialogue.
 
Xiangzhen Li (Shandong University) will analyze the ritual of “catching the yellow ghost” in northwest China and renewed social meanings after its revival in 1980s. Cristina Benedetti (OSU) will look at some of the ways that the National Mall in Washington D.C. has become perhaps the U.S.'s most sacred public space. Yingying Zhang (Minzu University of China) will present three ethnic minority writing systems from southwest China: Hangui script, Hani script and Yi script. Martha Sims (OSU) will give a presentation focusing on the personal and public views of artist Mary Borkowski as seen in both her silk-thread paintings and her own "catalogue" descriptions of the works. Zhiguo Wang (Tianjin Polytechnic University) will talk about the issue of medium transformation in the history of translating the Tibetan epic, King Gesar.
 
Professor Mark Bender and Professor Katherine Borland will serve as discussants. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Wenyuan Shao at shao.192@osu.edu. No registration needed. All are welcomed to join us for discussion and food.
 
Sponsors: Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Center for Folklore Studies, Graduate Students of East Asian Languages and Literatures.
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