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Name: Kristine Harris
Academic Rank: Associate Professor
Department: History

Expertise Keywords: arts, Asia, Asian, China, Chinese, Cinema, cultural history, Culture, current affairs in Asia, East Asia, film, film history, gender, literature, media, modern China, visual culture, women's history, women's studies

Available For: interviews, essays, speaking

Expertise: My expertise is in the cultural history of modern China. I speak and read Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and French.

Currrent Research: My research explores film culture in China and its intersections with literature, visual culture, and other media from the 1890s to the present, with an emphasis on the period prior to 1949. For this research I work with original sources in Chinese and Japanese, located in archives in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan, as well as in Europe and the U.S.

Contact Information

E-mail Address: harrisk@newpaltz.edu

Other Information

Positions held at New Paltz prior to current position:
Director, Asian Studies Program, 1999-2012

Assistant Professor, 1996-2003

Positions held prior to joining SUNY New Paltz:
Positions held during periods of leave from SUNY New Paltz:

Visiting Scholar, The University of Chicago, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, 2014

Visiting Associate Professor, The University of Chicago, Cinema and Media Studies, Spring 2007 & 2009

Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies, Spring 1999

Visiting Scholar, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, History Research Institute / International Exchange, Fall 1998

Education

Colleges/
Universities
Attended
Dates
Attended
Degree
Conferred
Year
Conferred
Major
Subject
Columbia University 1986-1997 M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D 1997 East Asian Languages & Cultures
Beijing Foreign Languages Institute 1984 Certificate 1984 Advanced Mandarin
Wellesley College 1982-1986 B.A. 1986 Chinese, English literature

Awards/Grants/Honors

Research Project Award, State University of New York, New Paltz – recipient, for archival research in China, 2012-2013

Excellence in Service Award, State University of New York, New Paltz, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – recipient, December 2012

SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines, The International New Woman in Photography and Film – project collaborator, 2011

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad, U.S. Department of Education – recipient, for curriculum development in India, 2009-2010

Research Project Award, State University of New York, New Paltz – recipient, for archival research in China, 2004-2005

Research Affiliation, ACLS Committee for Scholarly Communication with China – affiliation for archival research in China, Fall 2004

Korea Society Fall Fellowship – recipient, for study seminars in Korea, Fall 2004

Professional Development Award, United University Professions (UUP) – recipient, 2003

Drescher Award, State of New York / United University Professions – recipient, for junior faculty leave, Spring 1999

Research Project Award, State University of New York, New Paltz – recipient, for archival research in China, 1998-99

ACLS - NEH National Program for Advanced Study and Research in China Award – recipient, for archival research in China, 1998

Pacific Cultural Foundation Dissertation Grant – recipient, 1994-95

V.K. Wellington Koo Fellowship, Columbia University East Asian Institute – recipient, 1993-94

American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Research in China Fellowship – recipient, 1993

Fulbright Full Grant, U.S. Department of State Fulbright Program – recipient, for dissertation research in Taiwan and China, 1992-93

Columbia University East Asian Languages and Cultures Department Scholarships – recipient, 1989-94

President's Fellowships, Columbia University – recipient, 1989-91

Wellesley College Graduate Fellowship in History – recipient, 1989-90

Foreign Languages and Area Studies Scholarship – recipient, 1988-89

Other professional activities

PRESENTATIONS, LECTURES, PANELS

"Two Stars: Opera and Film in China during the Early Sound Era" – paper presentation at The University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, October 10, 2012

"Out of the Past: Women of the Middle Period Re-imagined in Chinese Film and Visual Culture" – Third annual Mary Martin McLaughlin Memorial Lecture at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, October 4, 2012

"Modernization and Visual Culture in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century China" – illustrated guest lecture in Prof. Parks Coble’s course Modern East Asia (HIST 282), at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, October 4, 2012

Chair and discussant for panel on gender and culture in Chinese and Hollywood cinema, The New York Conference on Asian Studies 2012, held at the State University of New York, New Paltz, September 29, 2012

Discussant for panel on modern Chinese history, The New York Conference on Asian Studies 2012, held at the State University of New York, New Paltz, September 29, 2012

"Yinhan shuangxing: Zhongguo zaoqi yousheng dianying shidai de xiqu yu dianying"《银汉双星》:中国早期有声电影时代的戏曲与电影 [Two Stars: Opera and film in China during the early sound era] – paper presentation, for panel "Xizhongxi, yingzhongxi" 戏中戏,影中戏 [Opera within cinema] in the conference Chinese Opera Film: At the Intersection of Theater, Cinema, and Politics, sponsored by The University of Chicago and The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, and held at The University of Chicago Beijing Center, China, June 16, 2012 (in Chinese)

"New Women: The Lives and Deaths of Ruan Lingyu" – illustrated guest lecture in the course China through the Lens: History, Cinema, and Critical Discourse (EAST 1270), at Brown University, September 22, 2011

"Shanghai Cinema behind the Scenes" – paper presentation for the series Year of China, at Brown University, September 21, 2011

"Replaying the Deaths of Ruan Lingyu" – paper presentation and chair for panel "Creating National Images through Film" in The New York Conference on Asian Studies 2011, held at the State University of New York at Buffalo, September 17, 2011

"Modern Mulans: From Woman Warrior to New Woman" – paper presentation for panel "Transmitting New Woman Icons," in the conference The International New Woman in Photography and Film, sponsored by SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines, at the State University of New York at Buffalo, September 16, 2011

"1930s Chinese Cinema: The Case of Love and Duty" – paper presentation for panel on film history in the conference Chinese Cinemas: Reframing the Field, at Duke University, April 15, 2011

"Modern Mulans: Re-imagining the Mulan Legend in Chinese Film" – paper presentation for panel event The New Woman International, at the Center for Research on Women, Barnard College, March 28, 2011

Moderator for panel "Migrant Lives: Documentary and Discussion," in the India-China Institute conference Prosperity and Inequality: India and China in Global Perspective, at The New School, March 2010

"Re-makes/Re-models: The Red Detachment of Women between Stage and Screen" – paper presentation for Symposium on Chinese Opera Films after 1949: Music, Performance, and Cinematic Arts, at The University of Chicago, April 2009

"Electric Shadows" – lecture, film screening, and discussion for PanAsia Spring Festival, at The University of Chicago, April 2009

"Still Life" – lecture, film screening, and discussion for India China Institute, The New School, October 2008

"Modern Mulans" – paper presentation for panel "The Multifarious Modern Girl," Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Atlanta, April 2008

"‘Home’ in Chinese Film" – lecture and film screening for NEH Institute Living and Being ‘Chinese’: Geographic and Ethnic Diversity in China, China Institute & Columbia University, New York, July 2007

"Film-within-Film" – paper presentation for research workshop History in Images, History through Images: Entertainment, Media & Public Space, sponsored by University of California, Berkeley Center for Chinese Studies and l’Institut d’Asie Orientale, and held in Lyon, France, June 2007

"The Metropolis in the Cinematic Imagination of Republican China" – paper presentation at the Chicago Film Seminar, held at the Art Institute of Chicago, May 2007

Discussant for paper on realism and Ruan Lingyu, Mass Culture Workshop, University of Chicago, April 2007

"Mediums for Revolution: 75 Years of The Red Detachment of Women" – paper presentation for lecture series Between Stage & Screen: Modern Chinese Cinema & Drama, University of California, Berkeley Center for Chinese Studies, May 2006

Discussant for paper on the Chinese women’s question in late Qing, University of California, Berkeley Center for Chinese Studies, May 2006

"The Goddess" – lecture and screening of 1930s Chinese film, Bard College, March 2006

“1930年代的上海及城市交响曲影片 City Symphony Films in 1930s Shanghai” – paper presentation for the International Forum for the Centennial Anniversary of Chinese Cinema, sponsored by the China Film Archive, China Film Bureau, and CCTV6, held in Beijing, December 2005 (bilingual conference)

“民国时期银幕上的大都会形象 The Metropolis in the Cinematic Imagination of Republican China ”– paper presentation for the International Symposium on Popular Culture and Social Change in Modern China, sponsored by the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences and the Huadong University Department of History and Urban Studies, held in Shanghai, December 2005 (bilingual conference)

"The Metropolis in the Cinematic Imagination of Republican China -- New and Old Shanghai" – paper presentation and organizer for panel "The Transnational City in Early Twentieth Century China," The New York Conference on Asian Studies 2005, held at the State University of New York, New Paltz, October 2005

"Designs for Filming: Deco Style and Chinese Cinema" – paper presentation for the symposium Looking Modern: East Asian Visual Culture from the Treaty Ports to World War II, sponsored by the Department of Art History and Center for East Asian Studies, The University of Chicago, April 2004

"Red Stars over China: Film Workers as Popular Icons in the 1950s"– paper presentation for panel "Creating New China's Cinema: Continuity and Change, 1949-1957" (featuring Sun Daolin), The Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, held at Arizona State University, Phoenix, October 2005

Moderator for panel "Brecht in the Chinese Tradition," with the Shanghai Theater Academy, International Theater Symposium, Bard College, October 2003

"Reflecting on 'Double Films' in China" – paper presentation for research workshop Visual Culture in Modern China, University of Washington-Seattle, May 2003

"Mirror Images & Cinematic Spectacle in Republican China" – paper presentation for research workshop Urban Spectacle and the Rise of Mass Culture in Late Qing and Republican China, Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies, Harvard University, May 2003

"Shanghai Cinema and Modern Chinese Cultural History" – paper presentation for Honors Center Lecture Series, State University of New York, New Paltz, November 2002

Guest commentator for TV broadcast of film screening of Fenghuang qin 鳳凰琴 [Phoenix Zither, a.k.a. Country Teacher], on City Cinematheque - Celebration of Chinese Cinema, City University of New York TV, June 2002

"A Double Life in Chinese Cinema" – paper presentation for UT Asia Lecture Series, University of Texas, Austin, March 2002

"The Fallen Women in Shanghai Cinema" -- lecture, film screening, and simultaneous translation of 1930s Chinese film, Bard College, November 2001

"Metamorphoses from Stage to Screen in Prewar Chinese Cinema" – paper presentation and organizer for panel "Cinema and the Politics of Culture in Early Twentieth-Century China," Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Chicago, March 2001

"Questions of Authenticity" – panel discussion member at the symposium Who Owns Culture? held in conjunction with the Chen Shizheng staging of the Ming kunqu opera The Peony Pavilion, sponsored by The New School University and held at Lincoln Center, New York, July 1999

"A Spray of Plum Blossoms 一剪梅 : Gender Roles in a 1931 Chinese Film Adaptation of Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona" – paper presentation for panel event Women in Asian Cinema, Humanities Institute, SUNY Stony Brook, November 1998

"A World Elsewhere: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism in Shanghai Cinema of the Early 1930s" – paper presentation, organizer, & moderator for panel "Chinese Cinema in the Early Twentieth Century," The New York Conference on Asian Studies 1998, held at the State University of New York, New Paltz, October 1998

"Shanghai Cinema Looks South" – paper presentation for symposium Maritime China: Culture, Commerce, Society, University of California, Berkeley Center for Chinese Studies, March 1998

Discussant for panel "Celebrating Fifty Years of Chinese Cinema," with PRC film delegation, Columbia University, February 1998

Discussant for panel "Staging Gender through Media in Taiwan, " for research conference History and Culture of Taiwan, Columbia University, August 1997

"The Past and Future of Hong Kong Cinema" – panel discussion member, Contemporary Hong Kong Film Festival, Yale University, April 1996

"Film Actresses and the Media in 1930s Shanghai" – paper presentation for panel "Mainland Chinese Films: Construction of Subjectivity," Conference on Asian Cinema: Poetics and Politics, Ohio University, November 1994

"Image and Subject: The New Woman and Ruan Lingyu" – paper presentation for panel "Representations and History of 1930s Chinese Cinema," Conference on Cross-Cultural Analysis & Chinese Cinema Studies, University of Pittsburgh, September 1994

"1930s Shanghai Film Culture and The New Woman"– paper presentation for panel "Media and Modernity in Shanghai, 1895-1945," Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Boston, March 1994

"Revolution and Exile in Late Qing Fiction: Luo Pu's Novel Dong’ou nhaojie 東歐女豪杰 [Heroines of Eastern Europe]" – paper presentation, Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, Columbia University, February 1992

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FILM SERIES, EXHIBITIONS, AND OTHER WRITING

"Shanghai Cinema behind the Scenes" – guest curator of 3-film series for the Year of China at Brown University, September 2011

"Chinese Calendar Posters 1900-1949" – curated and installed exhibit for The New York Conference on Asian Studies 2005, Sojourner Truth Library, State University of New York, New Paltz, Fall 2005

"The Temptation of Saint Anthony" (Jan Mandyn, Netherlands, ca. 1500-1560) – exhibition catalog entry for Reading Objects, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, Spring 2004

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PAST / RECENT SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

Twentieth-Century China, journal of modern Chinese history and culture, External Reviewer

New York Conference on Asian Studies 2012 (NYCAS, regional conference, Association for Asian Studies), Program Committee Member, 2011-2012

Journal of Chinese Cinemas, External Reviewer

Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, journal, External Reviewer

Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP, administered by University of California, Berkeley and located at Tsinghua University, Beijing), Admissions Committee Member

Journal of Women's Studies, External Reviewer

New York Conference on Asian Studies 2005 (NYCAS), Program Committee Member, 2004-2005

Chinese Historical Review, journal, External Reviewer

American Council of Learned Societies, CSCC fellows meeting with NEH reviewers, 2004

Longman, history textbook publisher, External Reviewer

Positions, journal of East Asia cultures critique, External Reviewer

New York Conference on Asian Studies 1998 (NYCAS), Program Committee Member, 1997-1998

Giornate del Cinema Muto-Griffithiana Special Focus on Early Chinese Cinema, Pordenone, Italy, Translation, 1997

Yale University Council on East Asian Studies Chinese Film Festival, New Haven, CT, Films selection, 1996

Republic of China National Film Year Project, Taipei, Taiwan, Translation, 1993

China Film Archive Sixty Years of Left-wing Cinema Project, Beijing, P.R.C., Translation, 1993

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Organizational Memberships

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP

Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

Columbia University Modern China Seminar

Modern Language Association (MLA)

New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS)

Renwen Society of China Institute 華美人文學會

Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)

Historic Preservation Commission, Village of New Paltz, 2006-2011

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Publications

"Ombres Chinoises: The Parallel Lives of Love and Duty." In The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas. Edited by Carlos Rojas and Eileen Cheng-yin Chow, 39-61. Oxford University Press, 2013.

"Two Stars on the Silver Screen: The Metafilm as Chinese Modern." In History in Images: Pictures and Public Space in Modern China. Edited by Christian Henriot and Wen-hsin Yeh, 191-244. Berkeley, CA: University of California, Berkeley, IEAS Monographs, 2012.

"Xiang Cheng Jihua zhijing 向程季华致敬 [A Tribute to Cheng Jihua]." In Chongxie dianyingshi: xiang qianbei zhijing -- Jinian Zhongguo dianying fazhanshi chuban 50 zhounian xueshu yantaohui lunwenji 重写电影史:向前辈致敬-纪念《中国电影发展史》出版50周年学术研讨会 [Writing Film History Again: Paying Tribute to the Previous Generation -- An academic symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of The History of the Development of Chinese Cinema], 152. Beijing: Shanghai University School of Film and Television Art Technology, Chinese National Academy of Arts Film and Television Institute, and Contemporary Film Magazine 上海大学影视技术学院,中国艺术研究院影视所,当代电影杂志社, 2012.09.22.

"Xixiang ji yu 20 shiji 20 niandai shanghai de guzhuangju"《西厢记》与 20 世纪 20 年代上海的古装剧 [The Romance of the Western Chamber and the Classical Subject Film in 1920s Shanghai]. In Minguo shiqi de Shanghai dianying yu chengshi wenhua 民国时期的上海电影与城市文化 [Film and culture in Republican China]. Edited by Zhang Yingjin 张英进编, 57-82. Beijing: Peking University Press 北京大学出版社 2011. (translation of Stanford University Press volume). Chapter 3.

"Xixiang ji yu 20 shiji 20 niandai shanghai de guzhuangju"《西厢记》与20世纪20年代上海的古装剧 [The Romance of the Western Chamber and the Classical Subject Film in 1920s Shanghai]. Abridged version. Translated by Su Tao 苏涛. Dangdai dianying 当代电影 [Contemporary Cinema], No. 9 (September 2011): 72-76. [a scholarly journal edited by the China Film Art Research Center 中国电影艺术研究中心 and Communication University of China 中国传媒大学].

"Modern Mulans: Re-imagining the Mulan Legend in Chinese Film, 1920s-60s." In The New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film from the 1870s through the 1960s. Edited by Elizabeth Otto and Vanessa Rocco, with a foreword by Linda Nochlin, pp. 309-330. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011.

"Re-makes/Re-models: The Red Detachment of Women between Stage and Screen." Opera Quarterly: Performance + Theory + History (Oxford Journals; Special Double Issue on Chinese Opera Film edited by Judith Zeitlin & Paola Iovene), vol. 26, no. 2-3 (Spring-Summer 2010), pp. 316-342.

"Hu Die," "Li Xianglan," "Ruan Lingyu." In The Encyclopedia of Modern China (4 vols.), edited by David Pong, with Julia Andrews, Jean-Philippe Beja, Flemming Christiansen, David Faure, and Antonia Finnane. Volume 2, pp. 254, 291-292, 466. Detroit, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2009.

"The Goddess: Fallen Woman of Shanghai." Reprinted in Chinese Films in Focus II, edited by Chris Berry, 128-136. London and NY: Palgrave / British Film Institute, 2008.

"The Metropolis in the Cinematic Imagination of Republican China and the City Symphony Film 民国時期銀幕上的大都会形象与城市交响曲影片." In Dushi wenhua zhong de xiandai zhongguo 都市文化中的现代中国 [Popular Culture of the Modern Metropolis], edited by Jiang Jin 姜进, 263-304. Shanghai: East China Normal University Press 华东师范大学出版社, 2007.

"1930 niandai de Shanghai ji 'chengshi jiaoxiang qu' yingpian" 1930年代的上海及 ‘ 城市交响曲 ’ 影片 / [City Symphony Films in 1930s Shanghai]. Translated by Dan Wanfeng 单万峰. In Huigu yu zhanwang: jinian zhongguo dianying yibainian guoji luntan 回顾与展望: 纪念中国电影一百周年国际论坛 [Retrospective and Outlook: International Forum for the Centennial Anniversary of Chinese Cinema Commemorative Volume], 187-195, 503-513. Beijing: China Film Archive 中国电影资料馆, 2005.

"The Goddess: Fallen Woman of Shanghai." In Chinese Films in Focus: 25 New Takes, edited by Chris Berry, 111-119. London: British Film Institute, 2003.

"The Romance of the Western Chamber and the Classical Subject Film in 1920s Shanghai." In Cinema and Urban Culture in Shanghai, 1922-1943, edited by Yingjin Zhang, 51-73. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999.

"The New Woman Incident: Cinema, Scandal, and Spectacle in 1935 Shanghai." In Transnational Chinese Cinemas, edited by Sheldon Hsiao-peng Lu, 277-302. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1997.
"A Symposium on Peony Pavilion" (co-author with Robert Polito). Threepenny Review XX, 2 (Summer 1999): 34.

"Peach Blossom Dreams: Silent Chinese Cinema Remembered." Griffithiana 60/61 (October 1997): 126-179. Translations of early Chinese documents on cinema, for dossier edited by Derek Elley.

"The New Woman: Image, Subject, and Dissent in 1930s Shanghai Film Culture." Republican China 20, 2 (April 1995): 55-79.

Review of Riben Tongshi 日本通史 [Comprehensive History of Japan], by Liu Jianmin. Sino-Japanese Studies 6, 2 (1994): 72.

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