Monthly Archives: May 2011

Studies in Chinese Cinema – July 2011

Join us on Saturday 2nd July 2011, Rainy Hall, New College, the Mound, Edinburgh, to consider aspects of Chinese Cinema in the company of four renowned experts in the field.

Our speakers come from the USA and the UK and all four are contributors to The CHINESE CINEMA BOOK published earlier this month which was edited by our two UK experts.

Dr Song Hwee Lim, co-editor of The Chinese Cinema Book, is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Exeter. He is the author of Celluloid Comrades: Representations of Male Homosexuality in Contemporary Chinese Cinemas (University of Hawaii Press, 2006), co-editor of Remapping World Cinema: Identity, Culture and Politics in Film (Wallflower Press, 2006), and founding editor of the Journal of Chinese Cinemas. He recently completed a book manu entitled Tsai Ming-liang and a Cinema of Slowness. He is Chief Editor of the Journal of Chinese Cinemas.

Dr Julian Ward, co-editor of The Chinese Cinema Book, is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Research interests include travel writing, particularly in the travel diaries of Xu Xiake. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Chinese Cinemas.

Wendy Larson is Professor of Chinese Language and Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Oregon. Her research includes Women and Writing in Modern China (Stanford, 1998), and the co-edited Gender in Motion: Divisions of Labor and Cultural Change in late Imperial and Modern China (Rowman and Littlefield 2005)

Jason McGrath is Associate Professor of Chinese film and literature at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He is the author of Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market Age (Stanford UP, 2008), and his essays on Chinese film have appeared in journals such as Modern Chinese Literature and Culture as well anthologies including Chinese Films in Focus II, and The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century. His current projects include an anthology of Chinese critical writings on film and a book entitled Inscribing the Real.

The event will run from 2pm-6pm followed by a reception. The topics on which our speakers will focus are:

2.30pm Wendy Larson `Chinese Culture on the Global Stage: Zhang Yimou and the Fifth Generation Filmmakers`
3.15pm Jason McGrath `Realism and Chinese Independent Cinema
4.15pm Julian Ward `The history of the August First Film Studio: from Socialist Realism to Main Melodies` 5pm Song Hwee Lim `Tsai Ming-Liang and the Cinema of Slowness`

This event is free but to ensure your place please register by email to

If you have any questions please call us on 0131 662 2180.

John Chinnery – Tribute Talk at AGM

The Confucius Institute for Scotland is the venue for this year`s Scotland China Association AGM held on the morning of Sat 11 June.

Following the AGM which will start at 11am there will be a special talk given by Frances Wood, Head of the Chinese Department at the British Library. Her talk is entitled `John Chinnery, A Seriously Witty Sinologist`

As well as being SCA`s Honorary President, John Chinnery became the the first head of the department of Chinese in the University of Edinburgh in 1965. His early work laid the foundations for the vibrant relationship the University has today with China.

Attendance at the AGM and talk is free but to help us manage numbers please email to your attendance. There is also an option to attend a buffet lunch at the Institute. Bookings and payment are required in advance by Wed 1st June. The cost is £10 per person inclusive of a glass of wine or a soft drink.

For further information or to book either for the AGM/Talk or AGM/Talk and Buffet Lunch please contact

SCA is a non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian organisation for people who have an interest in all aspects of Chinese life and civilisation. Please visit their website for more information.

Scholarships to China – deadline 26 May

The Confucius Institute Scholarships for 2011 have just been announced and this year there are three types of scholarship on offer.

Type A
Scholarships for four weeks to be taken between July-Aug 2011 or Sept 2011-Jan 2012

Type B
Scholarships of one academic year focusing on Chinese language & culture, education or Chinese history as a major.

Type C
Master in International Education of Chinese Language scholarship

The deadline for submission is Thursday 26 May 2011. Please download the PDF guidelines below. Please note online application to the global database via and written application to the Confucius Institute are both required

Please read through the information provided in the PDF below and on the Hanban website shown above. Should you have any questions please contact us on 0131 662 2180 or email

As you will see applicants should have or be awaiting results of the new HSK exam. For those who do not hold HSK at present a special HSK exam will take place on 21 May. Please register by 19 May. Full details on the HSK and the registration form can be found at

Good luck!

Application Procedures for the Confucius Institute Scholarship | 孔子学院奖学金申请办法 (2011)