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Recent Event in the Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities (RIDCH)

Seminar on 'How does the E-book redefine the reading experience?'

On 17 October 2016, Mr Chase Ma, Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, held a seminar on how the evolution of the e-book is challenging the traditional publishing industry and also transforming the reading experience. In the seminar, Mr Ma illustrated the development of electronic books, and the advantages and potential concerns of reading on electronic devices.

Ibsen between cultures: China – seminar, lecture, and book launch

On 24 October 2016, RIDCH and the OUHK Tin Ka Ping Centre of Chinese Culture co-organized a one-day academic event entitled ‘Ibsen between cultures: China – seminar, lecture, and book launch’, which featured the launch of the book Ibsen Between Cultures. Dr William Dunstone, former Head of the English and Theatre Department in the University of Western Australia, gave a talk on reflections on Ibsen in China and, more widely, in Asia. Other editors and contributors to the book — including Prof. Tam Kwok-kan, the Dean of the OUHK School of Arts and Social Sciences — also participated in a sharing session.

As another highlight of the event, Prof. Julie Holledge, Professor Emerita of Theatre and Cultural Studies in Flinders University, gave a presentation on the use of visual searching in comparative analysis of A Doll’s House. The lecture highlighted the potential of visual searching (as opposed to text searching) for quantitative analyses of stage choreography and actors’ gestures.

Five seminar presentations and a discussion session on the future directions in Ibsen research in China were also held during the event. The speakers included:

Prof. Sun Jian, Director of the Nordic Centre in Fudan University
Prof. He Chengzhou, Associate Director of the Centre for Advanced Study in Nanjing University
Prof. Frode Helland, Director of the Centre for Ibsen Studies in the University of Oslo
Dr Xia Liyang from the Centre for Ibsen Studies in the University of Oslo
Prof. Tam Kwok-kan, Director of the OUHK’s RIDCH

Seminar on 'Teaching english literature and culture in China'

On 25 October 2016, Prof. Sun Jian, Director of the Nordic Centre in Fudan University, gave a seminar on the reformation of the curriculum and teaching methodologies in English studies in Chinese universities. In the seminar, Prof. Sun examined the measures taken by Fudan University and Qinghua University in response to the reformation, and discussed its advantages and prospects for studying English literature and culture.

Seminar on 'The development of digital ink'

On 9 November 2016, Dr Nelson Chu gave a seminar on the development of digital ink. As a visual artist and a software engineer, Dr Chu has been striving to bring the distinct charm of Chinese ink painting into the digital art scene. The seminar covered the advances he has brought to Chinese ink painting and digital painting technology.

Lecture on 'Nationalism or patriotism and globalization: Looking into their interfaces'

On 14 November 2016, Prof. Kosaku Yoshino, Professor of Sociology in Sophia University, gave a lecture on the interfaces between nationalism and globalization. Drawing on the experiences of Japan and other Asian countries, Prof. Yoshino made a sociological enquiry into arenas where nationalism and patriotism are produced and reproduced in ways that have not been studied in depth.

Lecture on 'The new Chinese dream: Everyone is creative!'

On 16 November 2016, Prof. Michael Keane, Professor of Chinese Media and Cultural Studies at Curtin University, conducted a lecture on creativity discourses and digital transformation in China. Prof. Keane began by discussing how creativity discourses have been evolving in China. He then examined the concept of ‘digital China’ and argued that while culture, once digitized, becomes increasingly accessible, it has led to a new era of control by government and corporations.

Lecture on 'Multifaceted images: China and the Chinese in European comics and cartoons'

On 16 November 2016, Prof. Michael Lackner, Professor and Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies in University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, gave a presentation on Western perceptions of China and the Chinese. In the lecture, Prof. Lackner discussed how European cartoons and comics from the late 20th and early 21st centuries depict China and the Chinese, reflecting a surprising variety of Western perceptions of a ‘curious land'.

Seminar on 'Digital humanities in Germany'

On 17 November 2016, Dr Monika Gänßbauer, Associate Professor in the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, conducted a seminar on the recent developments in digital humanities in Germany. The topic of digital humanities has provoked varying views in German-speaking countries. For example, the German Academic Exchange Service once demanded that German universities should adopt digitalization in teaching, or they would lag behind. However, some scholars are concerned about whether the digital humanities have an intellectual agenda or only constitute an infrastructure.

Seminar on 'Digital literacy practices in a social network – Educational space'

On 28 November 2016, Mr Dennis Chau, Lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, gave a seminar on the younger generation’s literacy practices in online environments. In the seminar, Mr Chau drew on a case study of a Facebook group for an undergraduate course, and discussed the students’ discursive resources and practices. Sociolinguistic concepts were also discussed in the context of computer-mediated communication.

    

 

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