Conference on Inter-Asian Connections IV: Istanbul (October 2-5, 2013)

Co-organized and co-sponsored by the Social Science Research Council, Yale University, the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at the University of Hong Kong, Göttingen University and Koç University – collectively the “Conference Organizing Committee.”

The Inter-Asian Connections Conference Organizing Committee is pleased to release the final agenda for the upcoming international conference, Inter-Asian Connections IV: Istanbul.

To be held in Istanbul and hosted by Koç University, the conference will host seven concurrent workshops led by two or three directors and showcasing innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines. Workshops will focus on themes of particular relevance to Asia, reconceptualized as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia and South Asia, to East Asia. Six workshops were chosen competitively from among 43 applications while one was organized by the host institution.

The conference structure and schedule have been designed to enable intensive ‘working group’ interactions on a specific research theme, as well as broader interactions on topics of mutual interest and concern. Accordingly, there will be a public keynote and plenary sessions in addition to closed workshop sessions. The concluding day of the conference will bring all the conference participants together for the public presentation and exchange of research agendas that have emerged over the course of the conference deliberations.


(click to see full descriptions and calls for the individual workshops)

"After Neoliberalism?" The Future of Postneoliberal State and Society in Asia
Workshop Directors: Emel Akçali (Department of International Relations and European Studies, Central European University), Ho-Fung Hung (Sociology, Johns Hopkins University) and Lerna Yanik (Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Kadir Has University)

Asian Early Modernities: Empires, Bureaucrats, Confessions, Borders, Merchants
Workshop Directors: Kaya Sahin (Department of History, Indiana University) and Hendrik Spruyt (Department of Political Science, Northwestern University)

Contemporary Art and the Inter-Asian Imaginary
Workshop Directors: Alice Jim (Department of Art History, Concordia University) and Henry Tsang (Faculty of Culture + Community, emily carr university of art + design)

Inequalities in Asian Societies: Bringing Back Class Analysis
Workshop Directors: Deniz Yükseker (Sociology, Koç University), Ching Kwan Lee (Sociology, UCLA) and Can Nacar (History, Koç University)

Porous Enclaves: Inter-Asian Residential Projects and the Popular Classes from Istanbul to Seoul
Workshop Directors: John Friedmann (School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia) and Erik Harms (Anthropology and Area & International Studies, Yale University)

Rescuing Taste from the Nation: Oceans, Borders and Culinary Flows
Workshop Directors: Krishnendu Ray (Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health, New York University) and Cecilia Leong-Salobir (University of Wollongong)

The Sounds and Scripts of Languages in Motion
Workshop Directors: Jing Tsu (East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University) and Ronit Ricci (School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia-Pacific, The Australian National University)


October 2, 2013 11:00-12:30

Ambiguous Locations/Shifting Vocations: Turkey in Asia
Deniz Kandiyoti, SOAS, University of London

October 3, 2013 16:30-18:30

"Istanbul Conversations -- The New Global Left and the Politics of Mediated Activism" Transregional Virtual Research Institute: Media Activism and the New Political

Chair: Srirupa Roy, Goettingen University
Moderators: Sune Haugbolle (Roskilde University), Aswin Punathambekar, University of Michigan, and Tarik Sabry, University of Westminster
Panelists: Murat Asker (Kadir Has University)
Harun Ercan (Koç University)
Bassam Haddad (George Mason University and co-founder, Jadaliyya e-zine)
Lawrence Liang (Alternative Law Forum and member, Kafila blog)
Jack Linchuan Qiu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Sherene Seikaly (The American University of Cairo and co-founder Jadaliyya e-zine).

October 4, 2013 15:00-16:30
Keynote Address

Recombining Asia, or Three Wars and a Conversion
Willem van Schendel, University of Amsterdam
Moderator: K. (Shivi) Sivaramakrishnan, Yale University

October 5, 2013
11:30-13:00: Workshop Findings (Part I)
Chair: Michael Feener, National University of Singapore

14:00-15:30: Workshop Findings (Part II)
Chair: Helen Siu, Yale University

All plenary sessions will take place at the Rumeli Feneri Campus, Koç University, Founders' Hall and are open to the public. Advance registration is not required.

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Related Content:

Inter-Asian Connections IV: Final Conference Program
Inter-Asian Connections Main Page
Inter-Asian Connections I: Dubai
Inter-Asian Connections II: Singapore Inter-Asian Connections III: Hong Kong


November - December 2012 – Workshop Directors selected

February 11, 2013 – Workshop paper proposals due

Late-February 2013 – Workshop participant selection

March 2013 -- Workshop participants announced

June 24, 2013 –Workshop papers due

July 22, 2013 - Workshop director comments due on all submitted papers

September 6, 2013 - Revised workshop papers due

October 2-5, 2013 - Inter-Asian Connections IV: Istanbul


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