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Friday-Saturday, April 11-12, 2014: Discussions on Asia: Graduate Student Conference

Discussions on Asia: Graduate Student Conference

Friday, April 11, 9:00am – 2:30pm
Northrop — Best Buy Theater

Saturday, April 12, 9:00am – 2:30pm
Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room

What is Asia, and how should it be studied, constructed, and narrated? This graduate student conference aims to put interdisciplinary researchers into discussion about Asia around the theme of contact. Coming into contact with someone or something is vital to human relationships. Beyond this everyday dimension of contact, narratives and representations of contact have also been foundational for knowledge production in the humanities and social sciences. Disciplines such as anthropology and area studies have been framed through stories and images of contact with foreign people, places, and objects. In this regard, “Asia” itself was constructed as an object of knowledge through stories, images, and concepts of contact. This conference will focus on contact as it pertains to the study and construction of Asia.

Schedule for Friday, April 11

Panel 1: Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Western Philosophy

9:00: Jason Morgan, University of Wisconsin—Madison. “Suehiro Izutarō, Hozumi Shigeto, and the Case Law Revolution in Japan: Domesticating Taishō Democracy.”

9:15: Seungyop Shin, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Traversing the Pacific, Traveling the Modern:The Chosŏn Pobingsa in the United States in 1883-1884.”

9:30: Chao Ren, Tufts University. “Another Journey to the West: A Preliminary Exploration of the Connection between Germany and Twentieth-Century Chinese Indology.”

9:45: Daniel Idziak, Indiana University-Bloomington. “Attitudes of Chinese Students Towards Democracy.”

10:00-10:15: Discussant: Chris Isett. 10:15-10:25: Open Question and Answers.

Panel 2: War, Identity, and Representation

10:30: Chris Born, Washington University in St. Louis. “Searchlights, Steamships and Gun Smoke: Russo-Japanese War Naval Battle Prints and the Popular Imagination.”

10:45: Christopher Slaby, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “From Ido to Hagi: Contact, Appropriation, and Identity in Korean-Style Japanese Teabowls.”

11:00: Jade Powers, Indiana University-Bloomington. “Finding a National Identity through Religious Imagery: Depictions by Raja Ravi Varma.”

11:15: Rachel Turner, University of Florida. “Beyond Pictorial Imagery: Incised Bronze Vessels and Syncretism in the Transformation of Eastern Zhou Material Culture.”

11:30-11:45: Discussant: Minku Kim. 11:45-11:55: Open Questions and Answers.

Panel 3: Writers, Directors, People in Contact

13:00: Nicolette Lee, University of Southern California. “Throwing the Shoe Solves the Problem? A Closer Examination of the Divorce Institution in Early Modern Japan.”

13:15: Mina Ahn, University of Minnesota. “Broken Motherhood: National Allegories and Mother’s Hysterical Suicide in Korean and Japanese Melodrama during and after U.S Occupation.”

13:30: Xing Zhao, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. “Kaigai Shinwa: Mineto Fuko’s Proposal of Joi in Popular Yomihon.”

13:45-14:00: Discussant: Travis Workman. 14:00-14:25: Open Questions and Answers on Panel 3, followed by all panel Q&A.


15:00: Keynote Address by Carol Gluck, Columbia University.

16:15: Reception. 18:00: Dinner

Schedule for Saturday, April 12

Panel 1: The City in Contact

9:00: David Kendall, Indiana University-Bloomington. “Giraffes, Roller Coasters, and Royal Re-enactments: Hits and Misses in the Reinvention of a Joseon Palace.”

9:15: Tim Gitzen, University of Minnesota. “Specters of Seoul: The Militarization of Visibility.”

9:30: Kan Li, University of Minnesota. “Contact of International and Local Strategies in Semi-colonial Tianjin: The Incident of Icebreakers in 1916.”

9:45: Bai Xue, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “A Desire for Love in a Floating City: Contacts and Alienations in Wong Kar-wai’s Films.”

10:00-10:15: Discussant: Christine Marran. 10:15-10:25: Open Question and Answers.

Panel 2: Narratives and States of Contact

10:30: Tiphani Dixon, Indiana University. “Foreignority: A Discussion on Blackness in Contemporary Japan.”

10:45: Evan Wells, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Manchuria’s Modern Bean: Narratives of Soybeans and Japanese Imperialism.”

11:00: Carol Chan, University of Pittsburgh. “Negotiating “Development” Narratives Through Inter-Asian Labor Migration and Contact.”

11:15: Paul Capobianco, University of Iowa. “Japan’s Internationalization of Higher Education and its Implications and Challenges for Foreign Students.”

11:30-11:45: Discussant: Yuichiro Onishi. 11:45-11:55: Open Questions and Answers.

Panel 3: Genre

13:00: Wakako Suzuki, University of California-Los Angeles. “The Gendering of Children’s Magazines: Visualizing Girls’ Love, Romance, and Desire.”

13:15: Saena Dozier, University of Minnesota. “The Infinite Possibilities of the Past: The Consummation of History and Fiction, and The Renaissance of Korean Sagŭk.”

13:30: Soo Hyun Lee, University of Minnesota. “Being Modern or Being Grotesque: Women on Top in Korean Comedy Films.”

13:45: Michael Crandol, University of Minnesota. “From “Kaiki” to “Horā:” Naming the Japanese Horror Movie.”

14:00-14:15: Discussant: Jason McGrath. 14:15-14:25: Open Question and Answers.


14:30: Conference Closing.

gluckAsia 2.0: A Long History

Friday, April 11, 3:00pm
Northrop — Best Buy Theater

Keynote address by Carol Gluck, Columbia University.

Cosponsored by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, the Deptartment of Asian Languages and Literatures, and the Department of History.

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