Invitation: Global Asia: Critical Aesthetics, Alternative Globalities (27-28th June 2016)

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June 27, 2016 to June 28, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Asian American History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to the "Global Asia: Critical Aesthetics, Alternative Globalities" Symposium, which will be held on 27-28 June, 2016, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

This international, interdisciplinary symposium interrogates “Global Asia”—a term used to center Asia as a driving force of cultural and economic globalization, emphasize the interconnectedness of Asia and the world, and recognize Asia as a heterogeneous cultural imaginary. We focus on a “critical aesthetics of globality”—defined as aesthetic practice that bears out critique of uneven power structures, transnational flows, empire, and so on—in Asian literature, film, media and art. How do these critical aesthetics espouse and/or critique the notion of “Global Asia,” and/or theorize alternatives?

Registration and full program available at We look forward to having you join us for what promises to be an intellectually stimulating few days.

27 June 2016

9.00-9.25am                Opening Remarks

9.30-11.00am              Re-imaging Spatializations of Globality

11.15am-12.45pm       Geopolitical Aesthetics

27 June 1.45-2.45pm  Keynote I: “The Critical Aesthetics of Global Asias: Plasticity, Impermanence and Structural Incoherence” by Tina Chen, Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies, The Pennsylvania State University; Editor of Verge: Studies in Global Asia (University of Minnesota Press).

3.00-4.55pm               Trans-Asian Cultures and Aesthetics

28 June 2016

9.15-10.45am              East/West and its Alternatives

11.00am-12.30pm       Shifting Globalities and the Imperial Event

28 June 1.45-2.45pm  Keynote II: “What was Global About Nanyang Orientalism?” by Brian Bernards, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California.

3.00-4.30pm                Converging Asian Aesthetics

4.45-5.15pm                Closing Discussion

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Nadine Chan ( and Dr. Cheryl Naruse (

Best regards,

Nadine Chan and Cheryl Naruse

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