Transcending Migration and Displacement in Asian Cultural Production
We are looking for panelists to join our proposed in-person 2023 AAS panel that will be held March 16-19, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.
This panel seeks to explore cross-border migration and/or multiple displacement in the realm of Asian literature, film, and popular culture that intersect with the Global South, transpacific, archipelago, Oceanic studies, and/or critical refugee studies.
The promise and failure of nationalism and globalization has prompted people to be constantly on the move. Sometimes they are displaced not even once, but twice and multiple times. National boundaries seem to break down and the world system is drastically altered. Archipelagic and oceanic approaches, along with concepts like the Global South and the transpacfic thus are helpful to unlearn and remake a world that focuses on global relations instead of nation-states, interrogating the incompetency of globalization while redirecting the attention to the mutual entanglements of overlapping tensions and collaborations.
Possible questions we would like to explore:
How do migrant and displaced cultural producers in modern Asia represent their transborder experience in their literary and/or cinematic works and how do these cultural products in turn influence the life and migration journeys of their producers?
How do cultural producers situate themselves and connect with "the world's subalters" - the underrepresented, the minority, and the indigenous communities (Lopez) to reimagine global relations in their work?
How does cultural production reviogrates the energy, friction, collaboration, and complexities that are engendered in the state of migration and displacement in order to point toward a new world making system?
How does cultural production reveal the intellectual formation of the fields (area studies, the Global South, transpacific, archipelago, Oceanic studies, and/or critical refugee studies) and how do they move to actual practices such that script-writing, publication, circulation, and dissemination is not solely nation-bounded but possibly decolonial?
This panel hopes to address the many ways in which migration and displacement have been transcended beyond national contexts. We welcome proposals that examine any aspect of cross-border migration and displacement produced in Asia in any medium, including but not limited to literature, film, popular culture, transmedia work, arts, performance, and a range of cultural practice with the implications of reimagining global relations.
If you are interested in joining the panel proposal, please send a 250-word abstract, including a working title of your paper, to Lillian Ngan (email@example.com) and Chenfeng Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 31. Junior scholars and senior faculty members are especially welcome to join us.
Queer(ing) Transmedial Adaptations and the Nation in East Asia
Hello everyone! We are looking for panelists to join our proposed in-person panel for AAS 2023.
In this era of globalization and digitization, adaptation is becoming increasingly rapid, diversified, and prevalent. It no longer suffices to conceptualize adaptation as a single product, but a divergent and ongoing progress that involves multiple actants situated in various socio-cultural contexts. Then, as stated by Pamela Demory in the recent edited volume Queer/Adaptation, adaptations abound with queer possibilities, or the capacity to resist "heteronormative conventions of culture, narrative, time and space, not to mention normative ideas about sexuality" (2019). Of particular interest to this panel is adaptation's potential to disrupt dominant perceptions of the nation. Previous scholarship on East Asia acknowledges the critical role of gender (Chungmoo Choi & Elaine H. Kim, 1997) in the formation of the nation, yet sexuality remains otherwise unexamined. By foregrounding queerness in adaptation studies, we hope to generate new and exciting directions for discourse on sovereignty, ethnicity, nation building, and so on.
This panel explores transmedial (and transnational) adaptations and their connections to sexuality, with a specific focus on how an emphasis on or erasure of queerness in adaptation challenges ruling discourses revolving the nation. We seek contributions that examine adaptations of not only the story or the theme of a precursory material, but also its "story world" (Linda Hutcheon, 2012) or its energies and intensities (Robert Stam, 2005). We welcome proposals that examine any aspect of adaptation, queerness, and the nation in East Asia. Possible objects of study include novel to film, webtoon to television, online game to theme park, poem to song, and more. Queerness may be treated as a subject material or an analytical approach.
Possible topics of discussion include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Are adaptations queer?
- How is the queer figure represented in the source material as compared to the adaptation?
- How do socio-political pressures influence adaptations?
- Can adaptation work to decolonize queerness and the nation?
- How does an adaptation negotiate its rootedness in the nation and its inherent transnational nature?
- What new affinities emerge across time and space through making, distributing, exhibiting and consuming adaptations?
- Is queerness adaptation?
Negotiating Nation in the age of Japanese imperialism
I am seeking panelists to form a panel for AAS 2023. The following is a rough draft of the abstract:East Asia has been under the sway of Japanese imperialism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In many colonized area (Korea, Manchuria, the occupied mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, etc), Japanese colonial agents chose to consolidate its rule and shape colonial subjectivity by assimilating and adapting the culture of the colonized under the banner of Pan-Asianism that further undermined national consciousness. However, the resistance to the cultural imperialism of Japan did not necessarily entail the consolidation of national consciousness or the triumph of nationalism. This panel seeks to analyze the notion of nation/nationalism amid the social crisis of the colonized area in the Japanese empire between the late nineteenth century and 1945. Particularly, the panel would like to ask how the sophisticated interplay of different factors, including gender, class, ethnicity, etc, had complicated the formation of the notion of the putative nation/nationalism.
Possible questions this panel might explore include:
1 How did political or cultural elites in colonies illuminate the notion of nation in resisting campaigns (including: revolutions, reforms, and other forms of struggle that took place in major occupied cities, etc?
2 How did different social factors negotiate with the formation of a national solidarity? Particularly, how was the national consensus forged, blurred, or contested among the marginalized people whom the mainstream resisting forces were reluctant to absorb?
3 What political and economic mechanisms did Japanese colonizers employ to contest the national consciousness of the colony?
This panel hopes to address different ways in which political, cultural, and social dynamics worked in synergy to challenge the grand narrative on nation. If anyone is interested or already has a panel that this idea would fit in, please get in contact and we can work on putting together a strong panel abstract. Thank you!
Assistant Professor, Huron College affiliated with Western University
Religious and spiritual forms of emotional care during the COVID-19 pandemic in East Asia
We are looking for panellists to join our proposed in-person 2023 AAS panel that will be held March 16-19, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.
This panel seeks to explore the experiences of individuals in East Asia and how they have used religiosity and spirituality as emotional coping strategies for the COVID-19 pandemic-induced emotional distress.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having and will have important consequences, not only to the physical health but also to the mental health of the population around the world. While the mechanisms underlying the association between spirituality, religiosity and emotional health outcomes are not yet completely understood, spirituality and religiosity have already been positively correlated with individuals' capacity to adapt and cope with the difficulties and stressors of the pandemic. As such, spirituality and religiosity are identified as sources of emotional resilience in that they enable individuals to enact strategies to improve subjective well-being and quality of life. Against this backdrop, we would like to address two key research questions: What prompts a search for religious and spiritual coping mechanisms against stress and emotional distress to gain some degree of subjective control and well-being? What religious or spiritual coping strategies and mechanisms have individuals in East Asia engaged, that assist them during the pandemic?
Possible topics we would like to explore:
If you are interested in joining the panel proposal, please send a 250-word abstract, including a working title of your paper, to Paola Cavaliere (email@example.com) by July 31. Junior scholars and senior faculty members are especially welcome to join us.
CFP: Crossroads: Mapping Travels in 20th Century East Asia (in-person conference)
We are seeking panelists to join our proposed panel for AAS 2023.
As Mary Louise Pratt has noted, European travel narratives claim implicit ownership over distant parts of the world and incorporate those unfamiliar lands into imperial hierarchies for their metropole audiences. As such, Orientalism and post-colonialism have proven important methods to study modern travel. However, when examining the variety of travel narratives produced in and about East Asia, these methods and the resultant focus on European travelers do not cover the range of experiences and perspectives offered by travelers in Asia.
This panel proposes to challenge the existing theoretical paradigms about encounters and travel in 20th-century Asia. We seek to interrogate travel as a medium and discursive engagement to understand self and other, authority and subordination, knowledge circulation and debates, as well as literary styles and contents in the modern East Asian context.
Papers that explore a broad spectrum of genres and disciplines will be welcome.
Potential topics and themes include (but are not limited to):
War and escape
Diaspora and exile
Identities and ethnicities
Travel memoriesPlease submit an abstract (250 words maximum) along with a short biography to Morgan Rocks (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jiaqi Yao (email@example.com) by August 3, 2022.
Representing Labor in Global AsiasWe are looking for panelists to join our proposed in-person panel at AAS 2023.Images of the Asian body at work constitute the visual culture of global capitalism-from the derogatory illustrations that depict Chinese immigrant laborers as "coolies" in the US in the 1800s, to the images of anonymous Asian women factory workers symbolizing global assembly line production in mainstream media today. These circulating images attest to the complicated history of labor in the Asian diaspora, and sustain the continued racialization of the Asian body as a productive worker. While imaginings of Asia as a site of production are used to shape discourses of economic and cultural power on the world's stage, it is in the particular representations of the Asian working body where logics of gender, race, and class are established and practiced. This panel seeks papers that explore how art and visual culture articulates and/or complicates the representation of labor in the context of Asia and the Asian diaspora. We welcome proposals on a variety of artistic media. Topics may address, but are not limited to, how representations of labor in Asia and the Asia diaspora relate to the questions of: domestic labor, household, and caretaking work; sex work; affective work; global capitalism and supply chains; artistic labor; labor and the productive body; sites and spaces of production; robotics, AI, and the digital body at work; visual culture, advertisements, and propaganda imagery; manual labor and class politics.If interested, please send a 250-word abstract, the working title of your paper, and your CV to Eunice Uhm (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Allie Mickle (email@example.com) by Friday, August 5.
We are seeking panelists to join our in-person panel "Gender and City" for AAS 2023. We currently have two paper abstracts submitted to the panel. One paper will present a Chinese female poet's imagined southern capital during the late Tang. The other paper will discuss how women's garden writing promoted the poetic imagination of a city of gardens in 17th-century China. We welcome contributions dealing with the issue concerning gender and city in premodern China, Japan, and Korea, especially from the field of literature, art history, history, and sociology.If you are interested, please submit a title of your paper and an abstract no more than 250 words to Yuefan Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Zheng Yiwen (email@example.com) by August 3.
Mobilization-as-Migration in Asia
Armed conflict has long precipitated important migratory flows across Asia, be it fleeing refugees seeking safety in neighboring states or internally displaced persons whose relocation affects regional demographics. Empire, too, is a well-recognized source of migration as both European and Asian empires facilitated the circulation-consensual and not-of colonial subjects within the empire, such as laborers, administrators, students, traders, and prostitutes. Yet these well-known forms migration tend to focus on civilian populations. This panel seeks to further develop the ways war, empire, decolonization, and post-colonial nation-building promoted diverse forms of population movements by underscoring how we should think of mobilizations-military and non-military alike-as an important, if unconventional, driver of migration in Asia.
Possible examples of mobilizations include the recruitment of Asian labor to the colonial metropole in wartime, the long-term deployment of non-Asian colonial soldiers within Asian imperial spaces, anticolonial movements that rallied support from cross-border populations, the participation of soldiers in neighboring conflicts (e.g. Thai soldiers in Vietnam, Vietnamese soldiers in Cambodia), and post-colonial land (re)settlement campaigns. Projects that take a trans-regional approach by connecting spaces beyond Asia to Asia itself are particularly welcome.
Selected panelists would be also be eligible to participate in a future workshop on the panel's theme hosted by Fulbright University Vietnam.
Please send a paper title, short abstract (250 words), to Andrew Bellisari at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Saturday, 6 August 2022.
Andrew H. Bellisari
Assistant Professor of History
Fulbright University Vietnam