Yang Mu, the penname of Ching-hsien Wang, is currently a Distinguished Chair Professor at National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan. Better known as a poet, prose writer, literary critic, poetry translator, and editor whose works span sixty years, he is widely regarded as an icon, a paradigm, and a game-changer in Sinophone literature. His creative writings have been translated into many languages and, increasingly, have become the subject of scholarly research not only in Taiwan but also in China, Europe, the United States, and Africa. It is time we recognized the importance of “Yang Mu Studies.”
In 2013, with the generous support of Tzu-hsien Tung, CEO of Pegatron Corporation, the School of Humanities and Social Science at National Dong Hwa University established the Yang Mu Literature Foundation. The Foundation offers the annual Yang Mu Literary Prize and “Reading Yang Mu in Spring”; it also invites internationally renowned scholars to deliver lecture series and engage in exchanges with the faculty and students at Dong Hwa.
To promote the understanding of Yang Mu’s oeuvre through research and translation, Chen-chen Tseng, Professor in the English Department at National Dong Hwa University; Michelle Yeh, Distinguished Professor and Chair of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Davis; and Hsiao-chen Hu, Director of the Institute of Literature and Philosophy at Academia Sinica, Taiwan, are organizing an international conference on Yang Mu in November of this year. The conference will be a first step toward establishing a Center for Yang Mu Studies and, more broadly, will contribute to the internalization of Taiwan Studies as a field.
The conference takes place on November 14-15, Saturday-Sunday, at National Dong Hwa University in Hualien. More than two dozens of scholars, poets, and translators from Taiwan, China, Europe, the United States, and Africa will take part in a variety of formats: keynote addresses, panels, forums on “Translating Yang Mu” and “Yang Mu and World Literature,” as well as “Reading Yang Mu’s Poetry.”
Fall is breathtakingly beautiful in Hualien, a city surrounded by mountains and the Pacific Ocean. You are cordially invited to join us at this stimulating conference and feast of poetry!
Date: November 14 & 15, 2015
Place: Conference Hall, Science and Engineering Building II
National Dong Hwa University
Registation: Registration ended
Organizers: College of Humanities and Social Science, National Dong Hwa University
Co-organizers: Dept. of East Asian Languages and Culture, University of California-Davis.
Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica.,
Executioners: National Dong Hua University: Yang Mu Literature Fund Executive Group
Dept. of English, Dept. of Sinophone Literatures
Dept. of Chinese Language and Literature
Sponsors: Yang Mu Literature Lecture Fund
(Chairman Tung Tzu-Hsien of Pegatron Co.)