December 2004 News


Alain J.-J. Cohen
"Semiotics of /Virtual Reality/ Films." Visio. The Journal of the International Association for Visual Semiotics. Special issue «Plasticity, Semiotics, and New Technologies» 9, 1-2 (2004): 271-281.

Wai-lim Yip
"Double Displacements: The Poetry of the 1950's and 1960's in Taiwan." [article] The Epoch Poetry Quarterly [Taipei] (October 2004): 140-141.

"Reunion" [poem] China Times [Taipei] (October 28, 2004): Literary Page.

Yingjin Zhang published two new articles in Chinese:
“The Mobilized Virtual Gaze: A Study of Visual Culture and Urban Consumption.” Contemporary Writers Review  5 [Shenyang] (2004).

“Film Theory, Academic Institution, and Cross-disciplinary Studies: On Visual Culture.” World Cinema 5 [Beijing] (2004).


Page duBois gave the keynote address, "The Coarsest Demand: Utopia and the Fear of Slaves," at the 29th annual meeting of the Groupement International de Recherches sur l'Esclavage Antique, at the University of Crete's Center for Mediterranean Studies, in Rethymnon, Crete, on November 7.

Yi-li Kao, who has been working part-time at the San Diego Museum of Art while finishing her dissertation, curated an exhibition that opened November 6. "Tastes in Asian Art" shows tastes for art developed by different social groups in Asia, including the imperial court, the scholars, the warriors, and the common people. The exhibition features the highlights of the museum's collection and provides a unique perspective on Asian art. "Tastes in Asian Art" will be on display until May 1, 2005.

Myochin Morisuke, Suit of Armor, Japan, Momoyama period, 1578.
Iron lames with silk tapes, brocade and other material. © San Diego Museum of Art.
Museum purchase with Asian Arts Committee Funds, 1991:82.a.

Masao Miyoshi gave a lecture "The University and the Universe" at the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University on October 25; in the English Department and the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Guelph on October 26; and in the Comparative Literature Department at the University of Toronto on Oct. 28. He also gave a talk on "Afterlives of Area Studies" in the East Asian Studies Department, the University of Toronto, on Oct. 28. Miyoshi gave the keynote speech at the conference on "Re-Readings: Revisions: In [Im] memoriam Bill Readings (1960-1994)"  in the Comparative Literature Department, the University of Montreal on October 29.

Miyoshi also gave a keynote speech in the Department of English Studies at the University of Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus) on November 20 at the conference on "Comparative Cultural Studies and Globalization."



PhD Defense

Haein Park - November 23, 2004
"Rome in America: Protestant Literary Responses to Catholicism, 1865-1940."


Upcoming Lectures – Look for details in future newsletters:

March 1, 2005 – Binder Lecture: Klaus Scherpe
March 8, 2005 – Walton Look Lai
April 6, 2005 – Binder Lecture: Tzvetan Todorov
April 28, 2005 – Elliott Lecture: Amy Kaplan
May 5, 2005 – Emory Elliott


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 Modern Language Association, December 27-30, 2004 – Philadelphia
 (Registration closes December 1, 2004.)

UCHRI Summer Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory, "Present Tense Empires, Race, Bio-Politics,"  August 16-25, 2005. Applications are open to faculty, graduate students, other scholars, professionals, and public intellectuals. Up to 10 scholarships available for full-time registered students. Instructors:  Ien Ang, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lisa Lowe, Achille Mbembe.


The Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prizes and Poet Laureate Contest

The UCSD Department of Literature is now accepting campus submissions for The Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prizes and Poet Laureate Contest.

The Ina Coolbrith competition was established by friends of the late Ina Donna Coolbrith, former Poet Laureate of California.  Awards totaling $500 are made for the best unpublished poems or groups of poems (maximum of three poems per group) by undergraduate students at the UC campuses, University of the Pacific, Mills College, Stanford University, the University of Santa Clara, or St. Mary’s College.

The Poet Laureate contest was established by the Ina Coolbrith Circle in memory of Ina Coolbrith. Four prizes ($1500; $1000; $750; $250) are awarded for the best unpublished poem or group of poems (maximum of three per group) from graduate or undergraduate students at any of the UC campuses.

Manuscripts must be typewritten or clearly printed, with the last four digits of the entrant’s student identification number and the name of the contest indicated at the top of each page (no other identifying information, please). A cover sheet should be attached with the following information:  name, local address, permanent address, telephone number, e-mail address, last four digits of the social security number, contest name (either Coolbrith or Poet Laureate), and title of the entry (or the first four words). Undergraduate students may enter both contests, but not with the same poems.  

Contestants should retain original copies of the entries. Manuscripts will not be returned. 

Participating campuses will each select three finalists for each contest. A faculty judge from the Department of Literature will make the UCSD selections, which will be forwarded to the panel of final judges. 

 UCSD entries must be submitted to the Literature Undergraduate Office, Room 110 Literature Building, by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2004.

The Allegheny Review ;
annually awards prizes to undergraduates for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork.

The Dylan Thomas Prize is a major new international award that rewards writing in English by authors under the age of 30. For details, see .



The UCSD Center for the Humanities has announced a call for program proposals for the 2005/2006 academic year. For more information, please call 858-534-0999.

The next deadline for UCSD Academic Senate research support and travel grants is January 14, 2005.