【Call for Papers】《The 2023 Wenshan International Conference》Department of English, National Chengchi University

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Alexa Alice Joubin, George Washington University

Professor Dennis Tenen, Columbia University


The domain of the page—or more contemporaneously, the screen—is a representational form of mental imagery. Indeed, textual surfaces are so ubiquitous in today’s culture that we sometimes forget that each arose from an internal inclination and proceeded into manifestation through a process culturally inscribed, but with one underlying, even fundamental, character at play: to preserve information outside the body so that it can be perceived either by ourselves or others at some later date. Yet so intricately instantiated is this association between our mental life and textual representation that we would be deceived to conflate the two or give one absolute precedence over the other. The question we seek to ask is this: what is the state of the image, or imaging, as mode, as practice, as ontology? Before the postmodern turn, the mind had primacy. But scholarship in the humanities has long-since changed, seeking to question the supposed seamlessness of degree between the mind and the external world of visual images. For when we look with adjusted eye, fissures emerge—and images, even those most dearly held, appear consigned to an empire of signs that we did not choose, though they are our own, and we seem to have no choice but to think and represent according to their dictation.


If these approaches have a unifying theme, it is the past, present, and future character of the image or imaging as technical and cultural practice across the centuries. We invite all papers that grapple in some manner with this theme and particularly encourage those that express an intercultural point of view. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Digital Humanities and the changing role of literature

  • Big Data, computation and literary study

  • The New Formalism as methodology and/or rival to historicism

  • Literature, social space, and intersubjectivity

  • Romantic reconsiderations of the image

  • Ancient signification

  • Alchemy and Early Modern science

  • Myth, magic, and signs

  • Self-reflexive textual practices, ancient and modern

  • History of the book

  • Imaging the Anthropocene

  • The role of imaging in the representation of gender, race, and class

  • The advent and future of the moving image

  • Shakespeare and Digital Humanities

  • Imaging in Shakespeare

  • Visualizing Shakespeare


We invite proposals for individual papers or collaborative panels from academics in the humanities and social sciences to present on these or any related topic. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, with title and five keywords, including short CVs (name, title, affiliations, selected publications, contacts) should be sent to the committee at 2023wsconf@gmail.com by January 15, 2023.


This conference is organized by the Department of English at National Chengchi University, in partnership with the Taiwan Shakespeare Association, the EARN (Enlightenment and Romanticism Network), and The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture, a special issue of which will feature selected papers delivered at the conference.

Conference Website: https://sites.google.com/view/2023wsconf 3


Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: January 15, 2023

Abstract acceptance notification: February 28, 2023

Conference date: November 18, 2023


Organizing Committee:

Hsiang-chun Chu (National Changhua University of Education)

John Michael Corrigan (National Chengchi University)

Estelle Jiang (National Chengchi University)

T.J. Sellari (National Chengchi University)

Yi-Chin Shih (National Changhua University of Education)



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