Yeats & Asia

On behalf of the International Yeats Society the East Asian Studies & Research Centre (CERAO) of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is organising the symposium

in Barcelona, at Casa Convalescència, from 15-17 December 2016.

In preparation for the Symposium the CERAO is co-financing a documentary film of the Sligo-based Blue Raincoat Theatre Company's production of The Cat and the Moon, a play by the Irish Nobel Prize winner, W.B. Yeats, inspired by a manuscript translation by Ernest Fenollosa of of a traditional Japanese kyogen-style play.

The documentary will be premiered in Barcelona at the Symposium by the play's director, Niall Henry.

Commemorating the anonymous. British imperialist discourse in China and its backlash among the Irish

Sean Golden gave a talk on "Commemorating the anonymous. British imperialist discourse in China and its backlash among the Irish" at the  First Annual Conference of the  Irish Association for Asian Studies (IAAS) at Dublin City University (Ireland), 17-18/06/2016.


John Mitchel on his way to exile conversed with naval officers responsible for British conquests in China. In his translation of the 三字經 Sanzijing, Sir Herbert Giles, an English diplomat in China, glossed jiā as ‘a pig beneath a roof’, and remarked to his intended British readership that ‘our’ Irish neighbours would certainly understand this. His discourse demonstrates the effects of attempting to master the colonised ‘abroad’ on his attitudes toward the colonised ‘at home’. Anonymous Irish soldiers and police helped colonise the British Empire. Some later turned against colonisation and fought to liberate Ireland and other colonies. The major source of information about the Taiping movement in Nanjing in the mid-nineteenth century was an anonymous Irishman who became a mercenary. Roger Casement went from being an agent of imperialism to an agent of the Easter Rising; his reports on colonisation in Africa and in Latin America inspired Joseph Conrad to write Heart of Darkness and Nostromo. W.G. Sebald, starting from the connection between Casement and Conrad, portrayed in The Rings of Saturn the decadence that British imperialism produced at home. Postcolonial studies tend to concentrate on the experience of the colonised, but not on the impact of imperialism on the colonisers themselves, or on the underclasses created in the metropole by colonialism. Commemoration of the anonymous agents and victims of British imperialism in Asia and its backlash among the Irish is a challenge for Asian Studies in Ireland.

Keywords: postcolonialism, discourse analysis, Chinese Studies, Irish Studies

La crisis i la reconfiguración de la geopolítica mundial

Sean Golden participó en el Curso de Verano La crisis i la reconfiguración de la geopolítica mundial organizado por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid en San Lorenzo de El Escorial los días 11-15 de julio en colaboración con la Fundación de Investigaciones Marxistas y el partido político Izquierda Europea con patrocinio del Banco Santander.

Impartió la ponencia China en el mundo: ¿el ascenso de una hegemonía? y participó en la mesa redonda El desafío de las periferias.

EastAsiaNet 10th Anniversary Research Workshop

Sean Golden recently spoke twice at the EastAsiaNet 10th Anniversary Research Workshop that was held at the University of Coimbra in Portuigal from 26-28 May 2016, dedicated to the New Silk Road in the Context of East Asian Relations and Wider International Implications.

Re-Imagining 'Asia' and 'Europe' along the New Silk Road

Brussels continues to look more toward Boston than Beijing. As Frederick John Teggart demonstrated in 1939 in his book Rome and China: A Study of Correlations in Historical Events, major developments in the history of the Roman Empire were preceded and provoked by major developments in the history of the Chinese Empire. As China repelled wave after wave of Central Asian tribes attacking the East, these tribes turned West and successively displaced still more tribes closer and closer to Europe. The Xiongnu lead to the Huns. Yet “European” history still ignores the implications of Teggart’s study and continues to take Europe to be the country in the middle of it all. This Eurocentrism affects countries that span Eurasia, like Russia, and countries that clearly belong to Central or even South Asia, like Iran. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the One Belt, One Road initiative will eventually have as great an impact on Europe’s future as developments in the Chinese Empire had on Europe’s past. What obsolete paradigms prevent analysts and planners from detecting or recognising the consequences of China’s mid-to-long term Eurasian development strategy? And what new paradigms might open their minds? What tools do we need to assess the New Silk Road strategy?

EAN, A Decade of Networking: reflecting on the past, prospects for the future

Pushing Hands with Martha Cheung

Sean Golden has recently published  "Pushing Hands with Martha Cheung: The Genealogy of a Translation Metaphor" in the collection The Pushing-Hands of Translation and its Theory. In memoriam Martha Cheung, 1953-2013 edited by Douglas Robinson and published by Routledge (2016, pp. 34-59).

Las Relaciones Exteriores de China: Nuevos retos e inestabilidad financiera

El CEI International Affairs en colaboración con el Instituto Confucio de Barcelona y la Obra Social "la Caixa", organizaron el 3 de diciembre de 2015 la Jornada “Las relaciones exteriores de China: Nuevos retos e inestabilidad financiera"

Es un hecho aceptado universalmente que la inserción de China en la economía planetaria, ocurrida en los últimos treinta años está influyendo en los cambiantes vuelcos que acontecen en las relaciones económicas internacionales.
A la vez, todo sugiere que, al entrar el país en la sociedad globalizada, con éxitos evidentes está enfrentando los desafíos de absorber el acervo técnico-cultural-institucional mundial, sin perder la ancestral fisonomía de su muy especial cultura.
Un examen de la estrategia diplomática y de las relaciones internacionales de China reclama, antes de nada, una aclaración básica de la situación del país respondiendo a preguntas como ¿qué tipo de país es China ahora y cómo será en el futuro? o ¿cuál es la fortaleza económica, militar y política de China? La estrategia diplomática de China y su política exterior están basadas en las realidades del país.
Los miembros del grup de investigación Inter-Asia Artur Colom y Sean Golden hablaron sobre "La presencia de China en América Latina y África".