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International Conference: Poetic Tightrope Walks. Time, Space, Bodies and Things in Contemporary Sinophone Poetry

Konferenz, Donnerstag, 29. September bis Samstag, 02. Oktober 2022

Recording of Prof. Maghiel van Crevel's Keynote Lecture


Venue / Registration

University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich

Room RAA E30: 29.09. / 01.10.2022

Room RAA G15: 30.09.2022


Poetry occupied a privileged position in China's cultural production throughout history. Late Qing intellectuals initiated the quest for lyrical voices that would adequately intonate Chinese modernity. Soon after, the so-called "new poetry" (xin shi) successfully challenged the premodern canon. While every phase of modernization had its particular poetic forms and lyrical articulation, the most recent stage resonates with entangled local and global concerns, such as intense environmental anxieties, massive socio-political transformations, and a hightened interest in the afterlife of ancient Chinese aesthetic forms. This conference brings together international experts on modern Sinophone poetry and will explore its trajectories by addressing its entanglements through the lens of five shared concerns: eco-aesthetics, multiple realities, formal crossovers, liquid boundaries and activism/re-imagined communities.

Keynote Lectures

Prof. Henrieke Stahl (University of Trier)

Prof. Maghiel van Crevel (University of Leiden)


  • September 30, 2022: 4 - 7 pm

Film Screening in the Presence of the Directors Dean Brink and Wong King Fai

  • October 2, 2022: 11 am - 1 pm

Matinée: Themen der Zeit. Chinesische Lyriker*innen lesen ausgewählte Werke


Dr. Justyna Jaguscik


Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies - Chinese Studies

University of Bern - Department of Linguistics