"Oceanic Asia" AAS Round Table Pre-Circulated Papers/Sat. Mar. 23 9-10:45AM

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In order to speed discussion and deepen engagement, panelists for our AAS Border Crossing Round Table, "Oceanic Asia: Maritime History and the Edges of Area Studies" (Sat. 9AM-10:45AM, Plaza Court 1, Plaza Building, Concourse Level) have kindly agreed to pre-circulate *draft* papers and paper summaries.

Papers can be found here: Oceanic Asia Website (https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/oceanicasia; click on "Papers"). Please join us for what promises to be an exciting and lively discussion.

Panelists include:

Prasenjit Duara (Duke University), Alexis Dudden (University of Connecticut), Stefan Hūbner (National University of Singapore), Satsuki Takahashi (Hōsei University), and Brett L. Walker (Montana State University).

Panel Description:

Asia’s oceans demand our attention. Violent and fecund, they define life in the region: pushing the shore under the rush of tsunami; charging typhoon circulation and seasonal monsoons; feeding billions. And yet, Asian Studies remains largely beholden to a terrestrial view of the world that is at odds with the importance of the sea across all eras of the region’s history. Our “Oceanic Asia” round table convenes a diverse, multi-national, multi-disciplinary group to expand the scope of Asian Studies, drawing from a broader turn to the sea—the “new thalassology”—developing within our fields and in adjacent areas such as Pacific History and Indian Ocean Studies. Seeing the ocean as more than merely empty space between entrepots or nations elicits questions: How does thinking with and about and against the sea require us to change our practice as humanists and social scientists? Does an oceanic perspective change how we understand the trans- of “trans-national,” “trans-regional” or other scalar frames? What interests are unsettled by a maritime approach, especially within the ambit of Asian Studies?

In addition to standard Q&A, we will use a simple website--www.slido.com--to field questions and comments. An event code will be provided at the start of the panel. Asking questions will be as simple as visiting slido.com via any web-enabled device, entering the event code, and typing your question. Organizers will moderate online queries, looking for patterns and shared questions to augment the natural back-and-forth of the conversation.

Please note that these papers are *draft* essays. Papers may be neither cited nor circulated further without express written permission from each author. Citations in papers may be incomplete and conclusions--in the best traditions of round table discourse--are often intended as prompts to further inquiry.

Hope to see you at 9AM Saturday.

Ian Miller