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Transformations: Researching Asia

York Center for Asian Research hosts the first International Graduate Student Conference on Asian Studies.

September 26, 2008 12:00am to September 27, 2008 12:00am

York Centre for Asian Research Graduate Student Conference York University, Toronto, Canada. September 26-27, 2008

Keynote speaker: Dr. Rey Chow (Brown University) Film as Heterolingual Address: Some Remarks about Studying Asia in Postwar North America 5 PM, Friday, Sept. 26 at Price Family Cinema, Accolade East Building

Students from 13 universities in Canada, United States, Asia and Europe will present their on-going research projects in various fields such as politics of representations, gender and modernity, colonialism, globalization and regionalism, the arts of resistance, and education across Asia and the Asian Diasporas. Topics will be discussed in historical and theoretical contexts as a way of understanding the dynamics of social and cultural transformations in Asia and beyond. This multi-disciplinary conference will be a stimulating channel for scholars and academic communities from around the world to share knowledge and methodologies in researching Asia.

Dr. Rey Chow, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Brown University, will deliver the keynote speech entitled "Film as Heterolingual Address: Some Remarks about Studying Asia in Postwar North America." This talk will explore some of the possibilities of Asian Studies in a global context in which the United States has been occupying the status of super power. Among the issues it will discuss are the utopian notion of the heterolingual address, the legacy of war, mourning, and the ways of engaging with the specifics of film language.

All are welcome to attend.

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