Reading Group on the 21st Century – Meeting #3


“The Twenty-First Century: The New Contemporary?”

Pre-symposium Reading Group



  • Online reading group meetings in preparation for an international symposium organized by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University to be held in May 2023. Discussion in English.
  • Theme: paradigm-shift significance of “the twenty-first century.”
  • Open to scholars and graduate students.
  • General inquiries: Yi-jo “Angel” Hsieh (謝伊柔) <>


**To participate in Meeting #3, register at the following link no later than Feb. 5. Confirmation and other details will be sent out by Feb. 7.


Registration link:





Taipei: Nov. 26, 2022 (Saturday), 9:00–11:30 am
Seoul/Tokyo: Nov. 26, 2022 (Saturday), 10:00 am–12:30 pm

Los Angeles: Nov. 25, 2022 (Friday), 5:00–7:30 pm

Reading Discussion Facilitator
Jed Esty. “Realism Wars.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 49.2 (2016): 316-342. Chun-yen Chen


Timothy Bewes. Free Indirect: The Novel in a Postfictional Age. Columbia University Press, 2022. (Selection: Chapters 6, 8, and Conclusion) Mark Seltzer &

Peter Paik

Dipesh Chakrabarty. “Anthropocene Time.” History and Theory 57.1 (2018): 5-32. Hannes Bergthaller




Taipei: Jan. 14, 2023 (Saturday), 9:00–11:50 am
Seoul/Tokyo: Jan. 14, 2023 (Saturday), 10:00 am–12:50 pm

Los Angeles: Jan. 13, 2023 (Friday), 5:00–7:50 pm

Reading Discussion Facilitator
John Rajchman. “The Contemporary: A New Idea.” In Aesthetics and Contemporary Art, edited by Armen Avanessian and Luke Skrebowski. Sternberg Press, 2011 (pp. 125-144). Pedro Rabelo Erber
Steven Shaviro. Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics. MIT Press, 2012.

(Selection: Chapter 2)

Julian Chih-Wei Yang


Hui Yuk. Art and Cosmotechnics. e-flux, 2021. (Selection: Introduction) Dean Brink
Bernard Stiegler, The Neganthropocene, translated by Daniel Ross. Open Humanities Press, 2018.

(Selection: Chapter 10)

Chun-yen Chen





Taipei: Mar. 4, 2023 (Saturday), 9:00–11:30 am
Seoul/Tokyo: Mar. 4, 2023 (Saturday), 10:00 am–12:30 pm

Los Angeles: Mar. 3, 2023 (Friday), 5:00–7:30 pm

Reading Discussion Facilitator
David Wellbery. “System.” In Critical Terms for Media Studies, edited by W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. N. Hansen. University of Chicago Press, 2010 (pp. 297-309). Mark Seltzer
Quentin Meillassoux. Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction, translated by Alyosha Edlebi. University of Minnesota Press, 2015. Shan-ni “Sunny” Tsai


Alain Badiou. The Immanence of Truths, translated by Susan Spitzer and Kenneth Reinhard. Bloomsbury, 2022. (Selection: Chapter 23, Sequel 23) Chingshun J. “C. J.” Sheu





Discussion Facilitators

Hannes Bergthaller, Professor, Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan)

Dean Brink, Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung Univeristy (Taiwan)

Chun-yen Chen, Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University (Taiwan)

Pedro Rabelo Erber, Professor and Associate Dean, School of International Liberal Arts, Waseda University (Japan)

Peter Paik, Professor, Department of English, Yonsei University (Korea)

Mark Seltzer, Evan Frankel Professor of Literature, Department of English, UCLA (USA)

Chingshun J. “C. J.” Sheu, Special Program Assistant Professor, Department of Applied English, Ming Chuan University (Taiwan)

Shan-ni “Sunny” Tsai, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University (Taiwan)

Julian Chih-Wei Yang, Assistant Professor, Center of General Education, National Taitung University (Taiwan)