University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Critical Conversation Symposium: Asia and Bios. Sept 20, 2013

A symposium to envision and implement a new kind of Asian studies that can more productively and critically interact with scholarly and public discourses on biology, medicine, and environmental issues. Free and open to the public.

1:00-3:00 Panel 1: New Boundaries of Bios

Introduction by Hiromi Mizuno, and David Biggs – Terraforming Asia: The Politics, History and Travels of Celebrity Plants and Plant Celebrities

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Lawrence Cohen – De-Duplication, or the New Immateriality of Governance

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Christine Marran – Environmental Dispossession and Medical Documentaries

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Q&A with David Biggs, Lawrence Cohen, and Christine Marran

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3:15-4:30 Panel 2: Asian Studies and Science Studies

Vincanne Adams – Technologies of Misrecognition: Post-Enlightenment Science and Tibet

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Kavita Philip – Forward to the Past? Counting Indians in the 19th and 20th Centuries

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Q&A with Vincanne Adams and Kavita Philip

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4:45-5:45 Roundtable Discussion

Roundtable Discussion: New Directions for the Studies of Asias

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5:45-6:45 Reception

Vincanne Adams, Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine, University of California San Francisco
David Biggs, History, University of California, Riverside
Lawrence Cohen, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
Christine Marran, Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
Kavita Philip, History, University of California, Irvine

Organized by the IAS collaborative Critical Asian Studies, an interdisciplinary collaborative of faculty and graduate students, launched to develop a new model for Asian Studies for our current epoch often referred to as “the Asian century.” The collaborative was established to envision what a new Asian Studies would look like, exploring new theoretical developments in Asian Studies, going beyond nation-based studies and beyond the regional division of East, South, and Southeast Asia, and paying attention to intra-Asian dynamics that have been understudied.


Co-sponsored by the Critical Science Studies IAS Collaborative and Global Spotlight.

This conference took place Friday, September 20, 2013, from 1:00 to 6:45 pm in Nolte 125.

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