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The Convention of the International Society for Ethical Literary Criticism held at GDUFS

Time:November 11, 2022  Author:Wu Qiqi  Editor:Kyle Muntz, Wang Mengyu  Source:From the GDUFS news website   Photo:From the GDUFS news website

Baiyun Mountain Campus, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, November 11, 2022: The 11th Convention of the International Society for Ethical Literary Criticism was held at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. The conference aims to explore important issues in Ethical Literary Criticism and Interdisciplinary Studies, providing new viewpoints and new approaches for Ethical Literary Criticism in the new era. Shi Youqi, the Secretary of the Communist Party Committee and President of GDUFS, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. The conference was carried out both online and offline. About 380 specialists and scholars from nearly 260 universities around the world attended the conference, while more than 4,000 people participated online.


Shi Youqi delivered a speech

Shi Youqi said that it’s a shared academic goal for scholars from all over the world to carry out international academic exchanges and construct academic communities no matter how international issues evolve. Still, he expected that Ethnical Literary Criticism could make contributions to the fields of Philosophy and Social Sciences System in this new era of Chinese features, Chinese styles and a Chinese ethos.


Nie delivered a speech

Nie Zhenzhao, President of the International Society for Literary Ethical Criticism, works as a foreign academician of the European Academy and a professor of the Faculty of English Language and Culture at GDUFS. He said that the rapid development of science and technology has boosted the scientific transformation and the veer of humanistic research. In the foreseeable future,traditional humanistic research will inevitably shift to scientific research, and the study of literature will certainly do the same. Before a new scientific literary theory can be constructed, ethical literary criticism continues to offer great promise for the study of literature.


Wang Songling (below) read out the oration of Claude Rawson above

Wang Songling, Deputy Secretary-General of the International Society for Ethical Literary Criticism and a professor of Ningbo University, read out an oration delivered by Professor Claude Rawson of Yale University, honorary president of the International Society for Ethical Literary Criticism. Professor Rawson mentioned that ethical criticism is both a requirement for the times and a severe challenge to be met. And the responsibility and ethical concern for literary critics is to return to the literary text itself.


GalinTihanov delivered a speech

GalinTihanov, Vice President of the International Society for Ethical Literary Criticism and Professor at Queen Mary University of London, explained in his speech the important ideas of ethical literary criticism and its international influence. Zhang Xin, Dean of the Faculty of English Language and Culture at GDUFS, reviewed the history of ethical literary criticism over the past 20 years. She looked forward to the developmental prospects of ethical literary criticism in the New Era, and expressed her wishes to construct a theoretical system and discourse system with Chinese characteristics in the field of ethical literary criticism.

The convention was jointly sponsored by the International Society for Ethical Literary Criticism, the Faculty of English Language and Culture of GDUFS, the Interdisciplinary Center for World Literature of Zhejiang University, as well as the editorial department of Foreign Literature Studies of Central China Normal University. The specialists and scholars who attended the 53 sub forums will conduct academic discussions and exchanges in many fields such as the construction and practice of academic discourse in the fields of ethical literary criticism, ethical literary criticism and literary classics rereading.

Sixteen leading experts, professors and scholars gave their keynote speeches in the opening ceremony which was presided over by Liu Humin, Vice Dean of the Faculty of English Language and Culture.


At the meeting