Vassar College is hosting the 2015 New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) on October 16 and 17. This year’s theme is “Global Asia: Social, Cultural, and Political Spaces,” and conference events are free and open to the public.
“The goal of this conference is to expand and deepen our understanding of the changing relationships among societies and cultures across national boundaries in Asia and between Asia and the rest of the world,” says conference co-chair Hiromi Dollase, associate professor of Chinese and Japanese. “Scholars from colleges and organizations throughout the world will be in attendance.”
NYCAS 2015 will feature more than two hundred presentations on topics such as colonial and post-colonial discourses, environmental changes and sustainability, political technology and social movements, nationalism and collective memories, religious ideology and practices, economic transformation, globalization and local identities, popular culture and entertainment, gender and sexuality. A full list of events can be found on the conference website.
The keynote speeches will be delivered by Dr. Laurel Kendall, vice president of the Association for Asian Studies, and chair of the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and Liu Jianqiang, editor of China Dialogue, China's earliest and most influential bilingual website on environmental issues. Details about these lectures are below.
The conference has also been the inspiration for two campus art exhibitions. Palate of Asia: Food Culture from Across the Ocean, will be on view in the Palmer Gallery of Main Building, October 16-28. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center has Asian art highlights from the permanent collection on view as well, including a recently-acquired ink painting by Soga Shohaku. “Asian highlights” will be on view through December 20.
The conference is sponsored by Vassar’s Asian Studies Program with co-sponsorship from the Association for Asian Studies, the Council on Conferences of the Association for Asian Studies, the Ford Foundation, the New York Conference on Asian Studies, and the following Vassar offices and groups: the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Office of the Dean of the College, and the Asian Students’ Alliance.
NYCAS 2015 Keynote Speeches
Friday, October 16, 4:00-5:45pm, Taylor Hall, room 102
Dr. Laurel Kendall
Title: “What Global Asia meant to Anthropology c. 1900”
Dr. Kendall is vice president of the Association for Asian Studies, and chair of the division of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York
Saturday, October 17, 12:50-1:45pm, Taylor Hall, room 102
Title: “Journalists' Role in China's Environmental Movement”
Jianqiang is the editor of China Dialogue, China's earliest and most influential bilingual website on environmental issues.
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