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Floating City : International Conference on Xi Xi

Date: December 10 (Thu) and 12 (Sat), 2020

Conference mode: The conference will be held virtually via Zoom.

The Department of Literature and Cultural Studies of The Education University of Hong Kong is organising “Floating City : International Conference on Xi Xi”, which will be held on December 10-12, 2020 at The Education University of Hong Kong. Xi Xi is one of the most important, and most representative writers in the history of Hong Kong Literature. Her works not only express deep sympathy and wide solicitude as they describe various circumstances in the city, but also explore the frontier of Chinese contemporary literature. The achievements and influence of Xi Xi deserve and are receiving worldwide recognition. Last year, she became the first Hong Kong writer awarded the Newman Prize for Chinese Literature. The conference aims to provide a platform for academic exchange centered on Xi Xi’s literary influence and to advance study and research related to Hong Kong literary scene.


The Conference will be conducted in Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and English.

Call For Papers

Abstracts Acceptance Results

The selection process of abstract has been completed and notification regarding abstract acceptance has been sent out on 15 June 2020. The list of the accepted abstracts is as follows:


  1. 西西詩中的「童心」研究︰從西西的《不是文字》談起。

  2. 美麗的新世界:由《我的喬治亞》談西西的「烏托邦」書寫

  3. 服飾、細節與熊趣:西西《縫熊誌》中的古代服飾史

  4. 基於篇章銜接與連貫理論的西西小說閱讀教學

  5. 多向度的視野: 從西西一九六零年代中後期的影話寫作看香港晚期現代主義的生產

  6. Thread by Thread: Games of Storytelling in Xi Xi’s “Flying Carpet”

  7. A Terrible Beauty is Born – Re-imagining Nezha’s Oedipal Revolt - A comparison of Xi Xi’s “Chentang House Affairs” (1987) and Shanghai Animation Film Studio’s “Nezha Conquers the Dragon King” (1979)

  8. Living Things and Playful Beings: Xi Xi’s Tales of Animals, Toys, and the Self-care Healer

Authors of the accepted abstracts are invited to submit a full paper by 30 September 2020 and to present their paper at the conference. The time allowed for the presentation is 20 minutes. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference handbook. Please confirm your acceptance of participating in the conference by replying to the notification email no later than 29 June 2020.

Important Dates

       Acceptance Notification:                         15th June, 2020

       Confirmation of Acceptance:                  by 29th June, 2020

       Paper Submission:                                    by 30th September, 2020


All submissions must be original and should be related to the following topics:

  • Study on Xi Xi's works

  • Translation of Xi Xi's works

  • Adaptation of Xi Xi's works

  • Xi Xi's works and other arts

  • Xi Xi and Hong Kong Literature

  • Xi Xi and World Literature

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  1. Language requirement: Chinese or English

  2. Word limit: Chinese - no more than 600 words; English – no more than 800 words; please include 4 to 5 keywords

  3. Submission method: abstract submissions should be made through EasyChair.
    (please click here for guidelines of using EasyChair).

  4. Please submit as a single MS Word file with authors’ name, affiliation, position and email address that is editable for Secretariat’s format check. (please follow the following TEMPLATES for your abstract submission: Template (Eng)Template (Chi)

  5. Maximum number of submissions: each presenter is limited to one individual paper

  6. Abstract submission deadline: 25 May 2020

  7. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Review Committee. Applicants will be notified by 15 June 2020 at latest via email

Submission Link

Keynote Speakers

Professor Huang Ziping

Keynote Title and Abstract:


(Please refer to Chinese version for the abstract)


Dr. Tammy Lai-Ming Ho

Keynote Title:

“Xi Xi: The Hand, the Lens, and the Pen”


Honorable Speakers

Mr. Ho Fuk Yan

Speech Title and Abstract:


Mr Yeh Yun-Ping 



Programme Schedule

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Conference Programme (Updated on 10 Dec)

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Organising Committee

Department of Literature and Cultural Studies of The Education University of Hong Kong




Bus No. 74K (Tai Po Market Station < - > Sam Mun Tsai)
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New Territories Green Minibus No. 26 (EdUHK < - > Bayshore Towers, Ma On Shan)
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Cost approximately $50 from Tai Po Market MTR Station or Tai Wo MTR Station to the campus.


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Contact Us

Should you have any enquiries, please contact us through the following means.


Tel:           (+852) 2948 7136

Address:  Department of Literature and Cultural Studies,

                  35B, 1/F, Block B3, The Education University of Hong Kong, 10 Lo Ping Road,

                  Tai Po, N.T., Hong Kong

Prof. Huang is Chair Professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature of Sun Yat-sen University (Zhuhai Campus) and Honorary Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. He obtained his BA and MA in Chinese from Peking University in 1981. Prof. Huang, together with Prof. Chen Pingyuan and Prof. Qian Liqun from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University proposed the motif of “20th-century Chinese literature” in 1985, which has far-reaching influence on the study of modern Chinese Literature. Apart from teaching in Hong Kong Baptist University for many years, Prof. Huang has been appointed as a visiting scholar in the East Asian Library at the Columbia University, the Center for East Asian Studies at the University 

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of Chicago and the Institute of Oriental Culture at the University of Tokyo. In recent years, he served as Chair Professor at Renmin University of China. His representative works include Revolution, History, Novel and Literature of Lucky Survivors.

Dr. Ho is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature of Hong Kong Baptist University, the founding co-editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, the English Editor of Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine, the President of PEN Hong Kong, a Junior Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities, an Advisor to the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing, and an editor of the academic journal Hong Kong Studies. Dr. Ho nominated Xi Xi for the 2019 Newman Prize for Chinese Literature, which Xi Xi was awarded. Dr. Ho’s literary translations have appeared in, among other places, World Literature Today, Chinese Literature Today, Pathlight: New Chinese Writing, Drunken 

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Boat, and been published by the Chinese University Press. Her first poetry collection was Hula Hooping (Chameleon Press, 2015), for which she won the Young Artist Award in Literary Arts from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Her other publications include Too Too Too Too (Math Paper Press, 2018), Her Name Upon the Strand (Delere Press, 2018) and Neo-Victorian Cannibalism (Palgrave, 2019). She is currently co-editing several volumes of essays on topics pertaining to Hong Kong, online creative writing, and translation.


Mr. Ho Fuk Yan is a well-known critic, writer and poet in Hong Kong. He is one of the founders and editors-in-chief of many important literary publications in the history of Hong Kong literature, which includes Su Yeh Literature (《素葉文學》), Thumb Weekly (《大拇指周報》) and the poetry magazine Compass (《羅盤詩刊》).

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Mr Yeh Yun-Ping is a veteran music critic and the current chief editor of Hung-Fan Bookstore

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