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 https://aestheticsofglobalasia.wordpress.com/. 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
Nadine Chan and Cheryl Naruse