InterAsian Connections VI: Hanoi (2018)

Beyond the New Media: Deep Time of Networks and Infrastructural Memory in Asia

WORKSHOP DIRECTORS: Xiao LiuAssistant Professor, East Asian Studies, McGill Universityauroliu@gmail.com Shuang ShenAssociate Professor, Comparative Literature Department & Asian Studies Department, Pennsylvania State Universitysxs1075@psu.edu CALL FOR WORKSHOP PAPERS: It is said that we are now living in a “network society,” in which digital social media such as Twitter and Wechat, or information and communication technologies from smart mobile phones to portable minicomputers, form nodes and edges that knit everyone into interconnected networks. While digital and information technologies have indeed transformed the ways in which people interact with each other, the fetish of the “new” media and information technologies in this understanding …

China’s OBOR Initiative and Its Impacts for Asian Countries

WORKSHOP DIRECTORS: Anh Nguyen Dang Vice-President, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences danganhphat1609@gmail.com Wenfei Winnie Wang Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Bristol w.wang@bristol.ac.uk CALL FOR WORKSHOP PAPERS: In 2013, Chinese premier Xi Jinping announced a pair of new development and trade initiatives for China and the surrounding region: the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “Twenty-First- Century Maritime Silk Road,” together known as “One Belt, One Road“ (OBOR). Along with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the OBOR policies represent an ambitious spatial expansion of Chinese state capitalism, driven by an excess of industrial production capacity, as well as …

Divine/Transcendent Rulers of Imagined Communities: The Rise and Fall of Royal Nationhood in Asia

Workshop Directors Wasana Wongsurawat Assistant Professor, History, Chulalongkorn University wwongsurawat@hotmail.com Michael K. Connors Associate Professor, School of Politics History and International Relations, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus michael.connors@nottingham.edu.my Call for Workshop Papers The myth of the divine or virtuous ruler—the son of heaven, the Buddha reincarnated, the avatar of Vishnu, the descendant of the sun goddess, etc.—is just about as visceral and grounded in lived existence as the imagined community that is the modern nation-state, a form which has become dominant in the postcolonial era. And they largely shared the same technologies of propagation. Yet, these two imaginaries that have …

Eurasia’s Islamic Socialist Ecumene

Workshop Directors Eren Tasar Assistant Professor, History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill etasar@email.unc.edu Mustafa Tuna Associate Professor, Slavic & Eurasian Studies, Duke University mustafa.tuna@duke.edu Call for Workshop Papers For much of the twentieth century, Muslim intellectuals in virtually all the countries of Eurasia engaged with socialism as a utopian vision of progress and liberation for Muslim peoples. A vast constellation of figures promoted some form of socialism as a vehicle for national liberation and decolonization, from members of the ‘ulama sympathetic to socialism’s egalitarian tenets; to secular intellectuals educated in Westernized universities; to atheist communists who retained some …

Sacred Forests and Political Ecology: Cosmological Properties and Environmentality

Workshop Directors Bixia Chen Assistant Professor, Agricultural Science, University of the Ryukyus chenbx@agr.u-ryukyu.ac.jp Christopher Coggins Professor, Geography/Asian Studies, Bard College at Simon’s Rock ccoggins@simons-rock.edu Call for Workshop Papers This workshop analyzes the political ecology of sacred forests in East, South, and Southeast Asia, convening scholars engaged in field and archival research on the relationship between forests and the production of sacred space. Working within the theme of environmental humanities in Asia, we examine the vast geographic range of sacred groves in these regions in light of the diversity of cosmologies, ecologies, traditional local resource management practices, and environmental governance systems …

Sport Mega-Events as Hubs for InterAsian Interactions

Workshop Directors Susan Brownell Professor, Anthropology & Archaeology, University of Missouri-St. Louis sbrownell@umsl.edu Gwang Ok Professor, Physical Education, Chungbuk National University, Republic of Korea gwangok47@gmail.com Call for Workshop Papers Between 2018 and 2022, three consecutive Olympics will take place in East Asia: the PyeongChang Winter Olympics (2018), Tokyo Summer Olympics (2020), and Beijing-Zhangjiakou Winter Olympics (2022). In the 122-year history of the Olympic Games, this will be the first time that multiple installments will be held consecutively in one world region outside the cultural West. Further, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar, only the second hosting …

States of Fortification: Connecting Asia through Technologies of Food and Health

Workshop Directors Melissa L. Caldwell Professor, Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz lissa@ucsc.edu Izumi Nakayama Research Officer & Honorary Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong nakayama@hku.hk Call for Workshop Papers This workshop will focus on how technological interventions in food and health have informed projects of modernity, sovereignty, empire building, and subjectivity across Asia, with particular attention to the temporal and geopolitical modalities that have shaped and been shaped by these phenomena. Central to the workshop will be considering how “Asia” and its regions might be retheorized and remapped – …

The Netware of the New Asian Economy under the Industrial Revolution 4.0

Workshop Directors Salvatore Babones Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Sydney sbabones@sydney.edu.au Vinh Duc Nguyen Vice-Director, Institute of Sociology, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences nguyenducvinh@ios.org.vn Call for Workshop Papers Social networks, the sharing economy, and the internet of things are all forms of netware: networks in which value is generated by bringing people and things together (consumers, providers, cars, bicycles, payment systems, etc.). These digital networks are driving forward a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” or “Industrial Revolution 4.0.” The fourth industrial revolution builds on the electronics revolution (IR3.0) to connect people and things in digital networks. The electronics and computer hardware value …

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