Anne McLaren

Anne McLaren is Professor of Chinese Studies at the Asian Institute, University of Melbourne. She researches significant areas in Chinese popular culture from the late imperial to the contemporary period, with a focus on the interaction between performance arts, popular fiction and print culture. She has authored or edited eight books and special journal issues as well as numerous other studies. She serves on the board of a number of international journals. A recent interest is the ethno-ecology of the lower Yangzi delta, especially the way that folk performance reflects human response to the transformation of the local environment. Her work has been funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) 2009-2012 DP0987640, as sole Chief Investigator, Ethnoecology and the State in Regional China, and by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Grant 2012-2015, as sole Chief Investigator, RG027-P-11 The Cultural Heritage of the Lower Yangzi Delta: the Wu Folk Epics. Forthcoming is a Special Issue of Asian Ethnology (Nanzan, Japan) “Interpreting the Sinitic Heritage: Ethnography and Identity in China and S.E. Asia”.

Recent scholarly presentations:

2016 “Where Sky Meets Water: Sense of Place in the Song-cycles of Coastal China” at the international symposium, “Place and Contemporary Music in and from East Asia, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, 29-30 March 2016.

2015 “Do the Han Chinese have Songs of Epic Length? The Politics of Folk Epics in the Lake Tai Region” at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Chicago, March 26-29, 2015, in the panel, “Negotiating Heritage: Contemporary Practices and Social Issues in Chinese Regional Folksong Traditions”.

2014  “Song-cycles of Lake Tai: the textual production of the song-cycle of Wu guniang”, International Symposium: Storysinging and storytelling in China, CHIME, European Foundation for Chinese Music Research. 15 -19 October 2014, Island of San Giorgio, Venice, Italy.

2014 “Song Lines along the Yangzi Delta: Dealing with a Stigmatized Vernacular”. ASAA Biennial Conference, University of Western Australia, 8-10 July 2014. Panel: Scripts and Oral Traditions in the Sinophone Sphere.

Community presentations

Melbourne Festival 2013, “The Future in Ruins: Wang Bing’s ‘New Documentary’, Invited speaker in recorded panel discussion, chaired by Louise Neri with speakers from the ANU, Chinese Museum, 21 October, 2013.

Light in Winter Festival: International Festival of Literature, Ideas and Translation, Federation Square, 15 June 2012, presenter, “Women’s Script Writing in China”.





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