Workshop on Memory and Text

Workshop: “Memory and Text in Premodern East Asia: Concepts, Theories, and Methods” 

Dates: October 1-3, 2015

Venue: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

This workshop offers unique opportunities for scholars from the premodern China, Japan, and Korea fields to exchange, compare, and explore different modes of research surrounding “memory and text.”

It is organized into a three-day program with ten seminars, two roundtables and two keynote speeches. The two roundtables are designed for general discussion about the current state and future directions of memory and textual studies in the three fields; the ten seminars, by contrast, will each focus on a specific topic, including autobiographical memory, generational memory, trauma and memory, public memory and ancestral memory, ritual and memory, orality and memorization, historical memory, social memory, cultural memory through time, and cultural memory through space. Each seminar will be presided over by a lead discussant, who will assign a primary text and a secondary reading in advance; a few of the seminars will be followed by a discussion from a “responder.” The workshop features sixteen presenters from different institutions; it promises to bring intense and exciting discussion of the interaction between memory and text.
For the program, list of presenters, and other information, visit:
Open to all interested parties, space permitting; contact Meow Hui Goh, the organizer, at about attending the workshop; graduate students are welcome to attend and should contact Jia Shi ( or Zeyuan Wu ( about arrangement for free accommodation.

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