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2023 AAP Conference Schedule



Association for Asian Performance Annual Conference 2023 JW Marriott, Austin, TX August 2, 2023


8:00am Registration Desk Open

8:00-8:40am Breakfast and Coffee Available (Lonestar A) 8:15-9:10am AAP Board Meeting (Lonestar B) 9:15am Welcome Remarks (Lonestar A)

Xing Fan, AAP President

9:30-10:45am Session 1

Panel 1 (Lonestar A) Moderator: Alex Rogals

  • Fanchen Kong, “Thick Description for Scripts and Ideographic Body Movement in Kunqu Performance”

  • Eason Lu, “Performing the Women’s Script: The Archive and Repertoire of Nüshu

  • Menghang Wu, “Performing Nuclear Waste in Eiko Otake’s A Body in Fukushima”

Panel 2 (Lonestar B)

Moderator: David Jortner

  • Zhen Cheng, “Not the Other Avant-Garde: Zhang Guangtian’s Avantgarde Theaters

  • Man He, “The Voice of ‘Communist Bandits’: Theatre Professionals’ Migration across the Taiwan Straight in Early Cold War

  • Hansel Tan, “Staging Singlish: How Singapore’s English Language Theatre found its Voice”

11:00-12:15pm Session 2 Panel 3 (Lonestar A) Moderator: Radhica Ganapathy

  • Amanda Culp, “Scripting History “For the Record””

  • Sakriti Sinha, “The Indigenous Binaries of resistance in postcolonial India”

  • Akhila Vimal, “Forbidden Culture: Understanding Ritual Space and Challenge to Normativity in Kodungallur Bharani”

Panel 4 (Lonestar B) Moderator: Tara Rodman

  • Yujie Chen, “Applying a Gaudy filter for Chinese Contemporary Dance: ErGao’s Dance Film Kongxi Facai N+”

  • Alissa Elegant, “Nurturing Spaces of Workers Art: The Role of Labor Unions in Developing Julebu (Workers Clubs 工人俱乐部) and Wenhuagong (Cultural Palaces 文化 宫) in the Early People’s Republic of China”

  • Yao Xu, “As if Zhao Feiyan was incarnated in Zhang Qi”—Mediating the Modern “New Woman” through the Plum Blossom Girls’ Song and Dance Troupe’s “Dance on Hands”


12:15-1:15pm Lunch and Mentoring Session (JW Austin Marriott Lobby Bar)


1:30-2:30pm Session 3

Panel 5 (Lonestar A) Moderator: Amanda Culp

  • Radhica Ganapathy, “Decolonize this: Examining the immaterial and the material in performance”

  • David Jortner, “Bewildering ‘Cabuques’: A Historiography of Early Anglophone Scholarship on Japanese Theatre”

2:45-4:00pm Session 4: AAP Membership Meeting (Lonestar A)


4:15-5:30 pm Session 5: Anti-Racism Workshop: Call to Action (Lonestar A)

Moderators: Jyana Browne, Amanda Culp, Xing Fan, Alex Rogals (on behalf of the AAP Anti-Racism Committee)


5:45-7:00pm Session 6: Emerging Scholars Panel (Lonestar A)

Moderator: Siyuan Liu

  • Hanyang Jiang, “A Babel of Nature: The English-Language Sources of Zheng Junli’s “Tan biaoyan” (On Acting, 1936)”

  • Yihui Sheng, “The Performers’ Brush: A Case Study of Scene Twelve “Composing the Score” (“Zhipu”) in a Mid-Qing Stage Script of Palace of Everlasting Life (Changsheng dian)”

  • Menghang Wu, “Beyond Orientalism: Tracing the Nonhuman Aesthetics in Shen Wei’s Folding and Near the Terrace”

7:30-9:00pm Schmoozefest


9:00-10:30pm Happy Hour (Hosted by AAP Grad Student Reps)


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Plus, don't miss all of the AAP-sponsored panels and events at ATHE!


August 3:

1:00pm – 2:30 pm “The Problem of Pronunciation,” Lonestar F


5:00pm - 6:30 pm “AAP Meet and Greet,” Meeting Room 311


5:00pm – 6:30pm “Collaborating Against Colonialism,” Meeting Room 302


August 4:


10:30pm - 12:30pm “Mixed-Asian Voices in Acting Pedagogy,” Meeting Room 307


1:30pm – 3:00pm “Publication Pipeline,” Meeting Room 306


4:00pm – 5:30pm “Cover Letter and CV Workshop”

**Special Event for Grad Students!** Conference registration not required; AAP membership is. This event is virtual.


August 5:


8:30am – 10:00 am “After Theory,” Meeting Room 301


1:00pm – 2:30 pm “Asian Theatre Journal Lecture,” Lonestar H

**Invited Speaker: Siyuan Liu, “Writing for the Historically Marginalized Voices”


August 6:


11:15am – 12:45pm “Performing Social Protest,” Lonestar C

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