EALC Celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2016











Go here and click the video to see Prof. Judith Zeitlin and others interviewed about the University's new Francis and Rose Yuen Center in Hong Kong.

Tableau, the magazine of the University of Chicago Division of the Humanities, features Judith Zeitlin, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor.  Go here to read the article.

Haun Saussy, University Professor, Comparative Literature, the Committee on Social Thought, and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, is participating in an ongoing project titled, “A Comparative History of East Asian Literatures," sponsored by the International Comparative Literature Association.  

Through the Neubauer Collegium, and in collaboration with Judith Farquhar, Max Palevsky Prof. Emerita in the Department of Anthropology, Professor Saussy is on the third year of their project,“History, Philology and the Nation in the Chinese Humanities.”  For more information click here.

Associate Professor Hoyt Long is a 2016 recipient of New Directions Fellowship through the Mellon Foundation.

With sadness the Department announces the passing on Sunday, 29 May 2016, of David Tod Roy, Professor Emeritus of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Born in Nanjing in 1933 to American missionary parents, David Roy lived in China for much of his childhood and youth, returning to the US for college and graduate school at Harvard. He taught at Harvard and Princeton before coming to UChicago in 1967. He retired in 1999, but remained active as a scholar, researcher, and teacher.

David Roy’s life’s work has been the publication of the complete and annotated edition of the Chin P’ing Mei in five volumes, published by Princeton University Press from 1994 to 2013. The sixteenth century sprawling novel is one of the most important novels of world literature. In articles in Tableau ( and the NYTimes (, Professor Roy discussed his life, the novel, and and his work as a scholar.  An Appreciation of Prof. Roy by Harold L. Kahn can be found here

Professor Paul Copp is part of a new research initiative that was recently selected as one of the winning projects for the Neubauer Collegium Competition. The project, titled "Imperial Interstices: Agents of Eurasian Interaction in Late Antiquity," will foster the collaborative work needed to produce an integrated history of a Eurasian late antiquity.


Graduate Students

Emily Yoon has been selected as the 2017 Offen Poetry Prize winner. Take a look at the University News article about her work:

Han Zhang's paper titled, "Localized Classic and Performed Local--The Practice of Wu Dialect in The Peony Pavilion in Late Imperial China," has been accepted for inclusion in the AAP 2016 Emerging Scholar Award Panel.

David Lebovitz has been awarded a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship for 2016-17.  He will spend the coming year at Tsinghua University in Beijing where he will use his award to support working with scholars reconstructing unearthed manuscripts from the Warring States period.  David's research will focus on the use of rhymed verse in thesee manuscripts.

Nicholas Lambrecht is currently spending the 2015-16 year in Kyoto on a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship conducting research for his dissertation. In April he presented his research on The Bandung Declaration from the Perspective of Repatriation Literature: The Case of Abe Kobo in Japanese at the Nichibunken Research Series on Rethinking Postwar Japanese Culture in Kyoto. He also presented Reading Tsujihara Noboru: On the Scope of ‘Repatriation Literature’ and Possibilities for Its Expansion in Japanese at Doshisha University last November, and in July, he'll give a talk on Returnee Postmemory: The Emergence of Second-Generation Japanese Repatriation Literature at the Asian Studies Conference Japan in Tokyo.

The forthcoming book Fukushima and the Arts: Negotiating Nuclear Disaster, which will be published this August, will include a chapter by Scott Aalgaard titled Summertime Blues: Musical Critique in the Aftermaths of Japan’s ‘Dark Spring.’

Boqun Zhou was invited to give a presentation for Field Museum docents as part of their training for the Terracotta Warriors exhibition.

Han Zhang recently attended the Annual Conference of American Comparative Literature Association at Harvard, where she presented a paper titled The Philological Jiangnan in Sinitic Texts.

EALC was well-represented at the 2016 Association of Asian Studies conference in Seattle. Han Zhang presented a paper titled Vernacular Chronotope: The Journey of a Local Language from Early Modern China to Global Present, Scott Aalgaard presented a paper titled Playing Off the Beat: Critique, Untimeliness, and Musical Events in Contemporary Japan, and Joshua Solomon organized a panel titled Rethinking Regionalism in Japan: Performance, Literature, and Music where he presented his paper titled Mass Twang / Folk Twang: A Critical Approach to the Aesthetics of Tsugaru-jamisen. Katherine Alexander delievered a paper titled Embodying Guanyin, Embodying yaojing: Devotional Deviance in Liu Xiang baojuan. This coming July, she will attend the Association of Asian Studies conference in Kyoto, where she will present Tactical deployment of vernacular literature in wartime Jiangnan (1853-1864).

On October 10, 2015, the 24th Annual Conference of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies saw many contributions from EALC members.  Postdoctoral Fellow Nobuko Toyosawa presented her paper, “A Sense of Place, A Sense of History, Kaibara Ekiken (1614-1730) and his 1706 Guidebook of the Capital, Keijō shōran (The Excellent Views of the Capital).”  Grad student Alex Murphy presented a paper titled, "Regarding Recitation: Poetry, Technology, and the Politics of the Voice in Japan, 1929-1934."  Grad student Junko Yamazaki gave a presentation titled,  “The Calico-World in Rainbow Color: Queer Aesthetics of 1950s Toei Jidaigeki.”  And grad student Joshua Solomon gave a paper titled, "Smelling Music: The 'Unheard' Sounds of Takahashi Chikuzan."

David Krolikoski has received a Fulbright-Hays grant to conduct field research in South Korea on 1920s lyrical poetry.