What is CLEA?

The Colloquium on Literacies across East Asia (CLEA) is a collaborative workshop sponsored by Princeton & Columbia University, focused on exploring the diversity in structure, style, vocabulary, as well as social, intellectual, and political context of Literary Chinese composition across East Asia and over time. We employ an intimate and participatory workshop format, where featured scholars lead attendees through a close reading of a Literary Chinese text as a source for comparative analysis. Our goal is to understand the relationship between the consistency of Literary Chinese across geography and history versus its potential for local expedients and hybridization.