China Trip, Fall 2011

For the next two weeks, Joe and I will be touring and speaking in China, with stops in Guangzhou, Xiangyang City, and Wuhan, as well as a special birthday celebration.

We are looking forward to the trip and are grateful to our hosts Li Zhimin and Zhang Guangkui; Li Dingqing, Dean of School of Literature at Xiangfang University; and Nie Zhenzhao, professor of Central China Normal University.

Our tour includes the following lectures:


  • Monday 9/19: “The Madness of the Unexpected: Duchamp’s Readymades and the Survival of ‘High’ Art,” Guangdong University of Business Studies
  • Tuesday 9/20: “Becoming a Critic,” Sun-Yat-Sen University
  • Thursday 9/22: “The Audacity Of Hope: The Two Futurisms,” Xiangfan University
  • Monday 9/26: “The Audacity Of Hope: The Two Futurisms,” Jianghan University
  • Tuesday 9/27: “The Madness of the Unexpected: Duchamp’s Readymades and the Survival of ‘High’ Art,” Huazhong University of Science & Technology
  • Wednesday 9/28: “A Lost Batallion of Platonic Conversationalists”: “Howl” and the Language of Modernism, Central China Normal University.


  • Thursday 9/22: “Hematologic Disorders in Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease,” Wuhan General Hospital.
  • Tuesday 9/27: “The Bicuspid Aortic Valve,” Wuhan General Hospital
Guangzhou Canton Tower,, Flickr

While in Wuhan, I will be taking part in the 1st Convention of the Chinese/American Association for Poetry and Poetics, which includes lectures by an array of Chinese and American scholars and some good friends. For more information about CAAP, see the CAAP page at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Marjorie Perloff & Nie Zhenzhao at CAAP 2008

Here is the complete conference agenda:

Dialog on Poetry and Poetics:
The 1st Convention of the Chinese/American Association for Poetry and Poetics

Sept 28, 2011

Guiyuan Hotel, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China
(Phone: 86-27-6786 3418)

Sept 29, 2011

8:10-8:50 Opening Ceremony
Nie Zhenzhao, Prof. of Central CCNU, Vice President of CAAP
Ma Min, President of Central China Normal University (CCNU)
Marjorie Perloff, Prof of Stanford Univ, President of CAAP
Charles Bernstein, Prof of Univ of Pennsylvania, Vice President of CAAP
Chen Zhongyi, Director of Institute for Foreign Literature, CASS
Hu Yamin, Prof and Dean of School of Humanities, CCNU

9:00-9:10 Group Photo

9:20-11:50 Plenary Sessions 1-2
9:20-10:20 Plenary Session 1

Chair: Ou Hong (Prof of Sun Yat-sen University)
Keynote Speaker: Marjorie Perloff (Prof of Stanford Univ, President of CAAP)
Title: Becoming a Critic: An Academic Memoir

10:20-11:50 Plenary Session 2
Chairs: Yang Jincai (Prof of Nanjing University)
Kenneth Goldsmith (American Poet)
Keynote Speakers:
10:20—10:50 Jed Rasula(Distinguished Prof of University of Georgia, USA)
Title: The Condition of Poetry When Everybody Is a Poet
10:50—11:20 Chung Ling (Prof and Dean, Hong Kong Baptist University)
Title: Jane Hirshfield’s Poetry and Zen Buddhism
11:20—11:50 Luo Lianggong (Prof of Central China Normal University)
Title: A Poetic Dialog between Langston Hughes and T. S. Eliot

12:00-13:30 Welcoming Banquet
(in honor of Prof Marjorie Perloff’s 80th Birthday)
Place: Guiyuan Hotel, CCNU
Chair: Nie Zhenzhao (Prof of CCNU, Vice President of CAAP)

14:00-17:40 Panel Sessions
Place: School of Foreign Languages Building
14:00-15:40 Panel Session 1
15:40-16:00 Tea Break
16:00-17:40 Panel Session 2

18:00-19:00 Dinner

19:30-21:00 Concert (Place: Concert Hall, CCNU)
Chairs & Speakers: Zang Yibing (Prof and Dean of School of Music, CCNU)
Su Hui (Prof and Vice Dean, School of Humanities, CCNU)

September 30, 2011

8:00-11:40 Panel Sessions
Place: School of Foreign Languages Building
8:00-9:40 Panel Session 3
9:40-10:00 Tea Break
10:00-11:40 Panel Session 4

12:00-13:30 Banquet (Place: Guiyuan Hotel, CCNU)
Chair: Zhang Weiyou (Prof and Dean of School of Foreign Languages, CCNU)

14:00-17:40 Plenary Sessions 3-5
Place: Concert Hall, CCNU

14:00—15:30 Plenary Session 3
Chairs: Tomiyama Hidetoshi (Prof of Meiji Gakuin University, Japan)
Chen Hong (Prof of School of Foreign Languages, CCNU)
Keynote Speakers:
14:00—14:30 Charles Bernstein (Prof of Univ of Pennsylvania, Vice President of CAAP)
Title: Attack of the Difficult Poems: Towards a More Perfect Invention
14:30—15:00 He Huibin (Prof of Zhejiang University, China)
Title: The Language Poetry: A Utopia Made of Signifiers
15:00—15:30 Terry Gifford(Prof, Bath Spa Univ, UK; Prof, University of Alicante, Spain)
Title: The Challenge of Ecopoetry: The Case of Ted Hughes

15:30—15:45 Tea Break

15:45—17:15 Plenary Session 4
Chairs: John Zheng (Prof of Valley State University, USA)
Young Suck Rhee (Hanyang University, Korea)
Keynote Speakers:
15:45-16:15 Jerry Ward (Distiguished Prof of Dillard University, USA)
Title: The Tonal Drawings of Asili Ya Nadhiri: Temporality and Musicality
16:15-16:45 Steven Tracy (Prof of University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Title: The Blues Terrain of “J. Alfred Prufrock”
16:45-17:15 Youngmin Kim (Prof of Dongguk Univ, Korea)
Title: Transnationalism and Cultural Translation: Language, Poetry, and Poetics

17:15-17:50 Plenary Session 5—Open-Mic Speeches
Chairs: Ning Yizhong (Prof of Beijing Language and Culture University)
Peter Huang (Associate Prof of Taiwan Tamkang University)

18:00-19:00 Dinner (Place: Guiyuan Hotel, CCNU)

19:30—21:00 Poem-Reading Party
Chairs: Charles Bernstein (Prof of Univ of Pennsylvania, USA)
Li Zhimin (Prof of Sun Yat-sen University, China)
Wang Zhuo (Shandong Jinan University, China)

21:00-21:10 Closing Ceremony
Place: Concert Hall, CCNU
Chair: Luo Lianggong (Prof of CCNU; Executive Director of CAAP)
Marjorie Perloff (President of CAAP)
Charles Bernstein (Vice President of CAAP)
Nie Zhenzhao (Vice President of CAAP)