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The Pandemic and Romantic Pedagogy in Asia (April 2023)

Updated: Feb 2, 2023

On Fri, 21 April 2023, 13:00 – 14:30 BST (already talking about next year!), I will be joining this online event as a speaker. Please check the details below.

In this roundtable, we aim to gather scholars who have experienced teaching British Romanticism in different parts of the world, particularly in Asia. We will address how British Romanticism is defined, taught and learned in high schools and colleges in Asia, and the impact of the pandemic on it. We aim to discuss how the pandemic reshapes our understanding of Romanticism. We want to focus on, for example, how course syllabuses / choices of textbooks / choices of authors about British Romanticism are (re)constructed and (re)structured in individual institutes. Also, we plan to reflect on the use of digital resources in researching / teaching / learning British Romanticism in Asia, particularly during / after the pandemic. Some previous/current students will express how British Romanticism is perceived and received by Asian students in a transcultural context. In the end, we will raise such questions for the audience as how British Romantic writers reflect upon the issue of education and learning, how they help us think about the issues of gender / class / race during and (or) after the pandemic, and how one can make British Romanticism more relevant to the contemporary life of students who perceive it as a foreign concept.

The event will be chaired by Li-hsin Hsu (National Chengchi Univeristy, Taiwan); the speakers will be Li Ou (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Ya-feng Wu (National Taiwan University), Chris Murray (Monash University, Australia), Alex Watson (Meiji University, Japan), Yu-hung Tien (University of Edinburgh, UK) and Carylon Wu (National Chengchi University, Taiwan).

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