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Transformations: Researching Asia



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

Keynote Speaker: Dr Rey Chow
Film as Heterolingual Address: Some Remarks about Studying Asia in Postwar North America
5 PM, 26 September 2008 at the Price Family Cinema, Accolade East Building, York University

Event Programme and panels

York Center for Asian Research hosts the first International Graduate Student Conference on Asian Studies. Students from 16 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.

This conference is sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Canada), Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation at York University, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Department of Film Norman Jewison Series, Division of Humanities, Graduate Program in Geography, Graduate Program in Women’s Studies, Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought, and the York Centre for Asian Research.

All are welcome to attend.

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