2017 Graduate Student Conference

This day-long conference will be held on Saturday, March 11th, 2017, from 9:45am to 4:30pm, at the Asian Centre Auditorium on the University of British Columbia – Vancouver’s main campus.

Over the course of the day, participants in the conference will present original research; receive feedback on their papers or presentations; and hear other scholars present their own work.

For all inquiries, contact gradcon2017@gmail.com


To download a printable version of the program, click here.

Time Name Title
9:00-9:45am Check-in and light breakfast
9:45-10:00 Opening Remarks
10:00-10:30 Dr. Christina Yi Keynote Address: “What Does it Mean to ‘Abolish’ a Language?”


Panel #1: On the Social and the Artistic in Medieval Japan and Korea
Discussant: Dr. Bruce Rusk
10:35-10:55 Alexey Lushchenko Edo-period ‘Evaluative Commentary’ (hyōban) as a Genre: Creating a Guide to Wise Rule based on The Tale of the Heike (Heike monogatari)
10:55-11:15 Jeremy Kramer Clay Bodies of Becoming: Buncheong sagi and the Aesthetics of Wabicha
11:15-11:30 Q&A


Joint Presentation: Tandem Language Learning

Discussant: Dr. Ross King

11:35-12:00 Eugene Vakhnenko & Marie Shuman Does the Tandem Language Learning Model Work?
12:00-12:10 Q&A
12:10-1:00 Lunch


Panel #2: Issues of Identity Across Asia

Discussant: Dr. Christina Yi

1:05-1:25 Joshua Tan Collective Memories Among Returned Overseas Chinese in the People’s Republic of China
1:25-1:45 Lijie Dong Wandering between a Colonizer and the Colonized: Duanmu Hongliang as a Northeasterner and a Manchu Writer
1:45-2:00 Q&A
2:00-3:00 Panel #3: Transformations in (and of) Early Modern and Modern Narratives

Discussant: Dr. Jessica Main

2:05-2:25 Kiran Sunar Religion, Boundary-Crossing, and Disguise in Bhai Vir Singh’s Sundarī
2:25-2:45 Eugene Vakhnenko


Journey to the West in Early Modern Japan: Tamenaga Shunsui’s Fūzoku onna saiyūki
2:45-3:00 Q&A
3:00-4:25 Panel #4: Contemporary Issues of Gender and Posthumanism in East Asia

Discussant: Dr. Hyung-Gu Lynn

3:05-3:25 Atsumi Nakao Hero Replaced: Empty, Incoherent Woman Outside the Narrative and Its Role of Salvation
3:25-3:45 Azalea Lee “Unfit for Broadcast”: The Censorship of K-Pop Girl Groups
3:45-4:05 Akiko Hirao The Project Goes On: Project Itoh and His Legacy
4:05-4:25 Q&A
4:25-4:30 Closing Remarks
4:30 Conference End