Nathaniel Isaacson is an associate professor of modern Chinese literature in the department of foreign languages and literature at North Carolina State University. His research interests include Chinese science fiction, Chinese cinema, cultural studies, and literary translation. Nathaniel has published articles in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures (2016) and in journals including Xiandai wenxue and Science Fiction Studies, as well as translations of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction in the translation journals Renditions, Pathlight, and Chinese Literature Today. His book, Celestial Empire: The Emergence of Chinese Science Fiction (2017), examines the emergence of science fiction in late Qing China and the relationship between science fiction and orientalism.
- Time: 6.00-8.00pm
- Location: Weetwood Hall
- Categories: Readings
Join us for readings and Q&As with authors Chen Qiufan and Xia Jia, as well as a presentation by Dr Nathaniel Isaacson.
Drinks and snacks provided.
The event is free but please reserve your place on our Eventbrite page by 26th September as space is limited!
Chen Qiufan is an award-winning science fiction writer. He grew up near Guiyu, China, home to the world’s largest e-waste recycling centre, an area the UN called an “environmental calamity.” His experiences there inspired his novel Waste Tide (translated into English by Ken Liu), and recently published by Head of Zeus in the UK. He currently lives in Shanghai and Beijing and works as the founder of Thema Mundi Studio.
Xia Jia (aka Wang Yao) is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University and has been publishing speculative fiction since college. She is a seven-time winner of the Galaxy Award, China’s most prestigious science fiction award and has published three science fiction collections in Chinese. She’s also engaged in other science fiction related works, including academic research, translation, screenwriting, and teaching creative writing. A collection of her stories will shortly be published by Clarkesworld Books.