Professor of Anthropology, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Professor Brownell is an internationally recognized expert on Chinese sports. She has done fieldwork in China, primarily in Beijing. Her research interests are sports and body culture. She is the author of Training the Body for China: Sports in the Moral Order of the People's Republic (University of Chicago Press, 1995). This is the first book on Chinese sports based on fieldwork in China by a Westerner. She is also the author of Beijing’s Games: What the Olympics Mean to China (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008). Her reading is "The Global Body Cannot Ignore Asia" from The Body in Asia (Berghahn Books, 2009), edited by Bryan S. Turner and Zheng Yangwen.
Lecturer in Japanese Language & Literature, Washington University
Gergana Ivanova is a PhD candidate in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, specializing in premodern Japanese literature. Her dissertation project, “Knowing Women: Sei Shōnagon’s Pillow Book in Early Modern Japan,” examines the construction of Heian (794-1185) women writers and court literature in the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries with regard to women’s education, sexuality, and canon formation. Her principal focus is Sei Shōnagon’s Makura no sōshi (The Pillow Book, early eleventh century) and its reception within Edo period (1603-1868) scholarship and popular culture, specifically commentaries, parodies, and educational texts for women. Ivanova has received numerous awards, among them the Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 2010-2011.