The Critical China Studies group aims at fostering intellectual conversations and exchange among the growing interdisciplinary community of China specialists both at the University of Toronto and the greater Toronto area. Our group draws faculty members and graduate students in departments and programs such as history, East Asian studies, art history, anthropology, media studies, comparative literature, geography, religion, sociology, drama, theatre, performance studies, and women and gender studies, among other. Our working group meetings are normally two-hour long, and papers and reading materials are usually pre-circulated to enable maximal preparation and fruitful discussion. In the coming year, our goals will be to strive to nurture more dynamic graduate student participation by encouraging their presentation of research, conference papers, thesis proposals and chapters, and by facilitating in-depth communication on their presentations so that they receive feedback from peer students and faculty members; to expand our academic interests and disciplinary approaches by presenting scholarship focusing on cross-regional, inter-cultural, and transnational aspects of China studies; to complement our current strengths in the study of modern and contemporary China with research interests in pre-modern Chinese society and culture; to invite China scholars at institutions in neighbouring regions, such as McGill, Queen’s, McMaster, Western, Brock, and SUNY Buffalo, with the purpose of strengthening scholarly ties with these institutions; and, finally, to experiment with collaborations with other JHI working groups.
Leads Yiching Wu, FAS East Asian Studies Sida Liu, UTM Sociology Faculty, University of Toronto Ruoyun Bai, UTSC Arts, Culture & Media Alana Boland, FAS Geography & Planning Antje Budde, FAS Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies Li Chen, UTSC Historical & Cultural Studies Xing Fan, FAS Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies Linda Feng, FAS East Asian Studies Anup Grewal, UTSC Historical & Cultural Studies Yi Gu, UTSC Arts, Culture & Media Ping-Chun Hsiung, UTSC Sociology Tong Lam, UTM Historical Studies Lynette Ong, FAS Political Science Jennifer Purtle, FAS Art Hamish Stewart, Faculty of Law Weng-Ching Sung, FAS History & Philosophy of Science & Technology Shauna Ye, UTSC Historical & Cultural Studies Meng Yue, FAS East Asian Studies Yvon Wang, FAS History Jun Zhang, FAS Geography & Planning Weiguo Zhang, UTM Sociology Yurou Zhong, FAS East Asian Studies
Faculty Members Outside University of Toronto Joshua Fogel, History, York University Yunxiang Gao, History, Ryerson University Joan Judge, History, York University Jessica Li, Humanities, York University
Graduate Students, University of Toronto Joseph Chan, History Xi Chen, East Asian Studies Jonathan Doughty, History Shengping Guo, East Asian Studies Monica Guu, Art Yanfei Li, East Asian Studies Zixian Liu, History Yan Lu, Comparative Literature Mark Lush, East Asian Studies Meaghan Marian, History Mark McConaghy, East Asian Studies Edward Michielsen, East Asian Studies Wang Nan, East Asian Studies Gang Pan, East Asian Studies James Poborsa, East Asian Studies and Art History Molly Qiu, East Asian Studies Yu Wang, History Zyler Wang, Geography Catherine Xiaowu Xu, East Asian Studies Mengran Xu, East Asian Studies Yvonne Jia-Raye Yo, East Asian Studies Tony Zhang, Sociology Yuanfang Zhang, East Asian Studies
Graduate Students, Other Universities Doris Ha-Lin Sung, Humanities, York University Noa Nahimas, History, York University Jingsheng Zhao, Anthropology, York University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Outside University of Toronto Elizabeth Parke, Art & Media Studies, McGill University