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Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

62nd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies

Hosted by Program Chair and SEC-AAS Vice-President Gengsong Gao, associate professor of Chinese Studies, and Local Arrangements Chair Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science.

January 20-22, 2023 at the Jepson Alumni Center

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Celebrating Our 2020 Graduates!

African Film Weekend

The African Film Weekend screens new and original African films each fall to celebrate African culture on the continent and the Diaspora through cinema. The 2019 African Film Weekend, presented September 20-22, will be themed "Where is Home After Migrating?" Visit the event's website for a listing of films and accompanying lectures.

Feature Stories

Matt DiCintio, '00When Matt DiCintio, ’00, began researching early American tavern performances, he expected to find advertisements for short plays. Instead, he found a strongwoman. And then a lion. Similar characters and animals kept appearing. That’s when DiCintio, a history buff with “a taste for the bizarre and offbeat,” knew he’d found the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Read More

Faculty Highlights

  • Gao Published

    Gengsong Gao, associate professor of Chinese studies, published an article in The China Quarterly titled, "Chinese Celebrities? Political Signaling on Sina Weibo," with co-author Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science.

  • Radi Published

    Lidia Radi, associate professor of French and Italian studies, published the chapter, “Albania mon amour: Tales of Female Love and Duty in the Italian Writings of Dones, Ibrahimi and Vorpsi" in Contemporary Italian Diversity in Critical and Fictional Narratives.

  • Gao Published

    Gengsong Gao, associate professor of Chinese studies, published the article, "Chinese Centrist Liberal Critics of Trump: A Reconsideration of Contemporary Chinese Liberalism" in the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs.

  • Ravaux-Kirkpatrick Awarded International Honor for Contributions to the Arts

    Françoise Ravaux-Kirkpatrick, professor of French and film studies, has been awarded the rank of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture for her contributions in the artistic and literary field. Learn more.

  • Gao Published

    Gengsong Gao, associate professor of Chinese studies, published the book A Novel Approach to China What China Debaters Can Learn from Contemporary Chinese Novelists.

  • Gao Published

    Gengsong Gao, associate professor of Chinese studies, published "Post-Tiananmen Chinese Liberal Intellectuals' Political Uses of Confucian Tradition and Chinese History" in the Journal of Contemporary China.

  • Gao Published

    Gengsong Gao, assistant professor of Chinese studies, and Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science, published an article titled "The transgressive rhetoric of standup comedy in China" in Critical Discourse Studies.

  • Weist Awarded

    Caroline Weist, Assistant Professor of German Studies, was named one of four ASTR Research Fellowship winners this year for her book project, "Refiguring Volkskörper: Disability and Critical Corporeality on the Twentieth-Century German Stage."

  • Jessica Chan Publishes First Book

    Dr. Jessica Chan has published Chinese Revolutionary Cinema: Propaganda, Aesthetics, and Internationalism, 1949–1966 (London: I.B.Tauris, 2019) and has a forthcoming article “Literature of the Oppressed: Lu Xun and Nikolai Gogol,” in Frontiers of Literary Studies in China.


  • Bohon Trains Teachers Leslie Bohon, the Interim Director of ESL, was one of only two U.S. professors to be asked to train Ukrainian English teachers and administrators in language teaching methods and school leadership at a national forum that was sponsored by the U.S. State Department and Peace Corps.

Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from LLC faculty are being read around the globe.

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