Situations Virtual Conference Invitation: “Between Asia and Europe: Whither Comparative Cultural Studies?”

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Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, European History / Studies, Film and Film History, World History / Studies

I am delighted to invite you to our upcoming virtual conference titled: “Between Asia and Europe: Whither Comparative Cultural Studies?”

The conference will take place online on Friday-Saturday, May 21-22 at 9 am (local time in Ljubljana, Slovenia).



Day 1 (May 21)

                                                                       Ljubljana Time

Welcoming Speech                                                                                                                                                                                                             9:00-9:20 a.m.

Monika Kalin Golob (Dean, University of Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences)           

Zlatko Šabič    (U of Ljubljana)

Terry Murphy   (Yonsei U)                                                 

Invited Speaker Session 1                                                                                                                                                                                                 9:20-10:20

Chuxiong George Wei (Hong Kong Shue Yan U) “The Converging of Nationalism and Anti-Nationalism into Pan-Asianism: The Common Philosophical Root of Rabindranath Tagore’s and Subhas Chandra Bose’s Political Ideas”

Subhasri Ghosh (U of Calcutta) “Of Them and Us: Ideating Home in Nineteenth Century Colonial India”

Andrés Perez Riobó (U of Doshisha) “The Decline of Western Civilization Seen through the Lens of the East: Vicente Risco’s Oriental World”


Keynote Speaker 1                                                                                                                                                                                                           10:30-11:00

Jana Rošker (U of Ljubljana) “Asian Values and the Legacy of European Enlightenment: Freedom and Social Responsibility in Times of Global Crises”

Keynote Speaker 2                                                                                                                                                                                                           11:00-11:30

Anindya Raychaudhuri (U of St Andrews) “Wanting Always to Be Earthy: Mulk Raj Anand and a Modernism of Squalor”

Recess (20 mins)

Invited Speaker Session 2                                                                                                                                                                                                11:50-12:30

Woojin Song (Yonsei U) “Construction of Asian Cinema within Western Universality”

Hojung Kim (Yonsei U) “‘Archive Drive’ of Unprivileged Memories: A Struggle toward an Actual ‘Archive’ in Ten Years”

Keynote Speaker 3                                                                                                                                                                                                           12:30-1:00

Alexander Des Forges (U of Massachusetts-Boston) “Involution as Style and Structure”



Day 2 (May 22)

Invited Speakers Session 3                                                                                                                                                                                             9:30-10:30 a.m.

Daniela Zaharia (U of Bucharest) “The Emergence of a Cultural Identity of China in Romanian Intellectual Milieus in the 20th Century”

Dina Magdy (Alexandria U) “Removed from the Annals of World History: Reading Global Poetry on the Great War”

Matthew Trew “‘Give Me Back My Alsace-Lorraine!’: Comparative History and Tourism in Contested Borderlands of Europe and Southeast Asia”


Keynote Speaker 4                                                                                                                                                                                                          10:40-11:10

Nissim Otmazgin (Hebrew U of Jerusalem) “Hallyu Across the Asian Continent: Building Silk Roads through Popular Culture”

Keynote Speaker 5                                                                                                                                                                                                          11:10-11:40

Aljoša Pužar (U of Ljubljana), “The Location of Aegyo

Recess (20 mins)

Invited Speaker Session 4                                                                                                                                                                                              12:00-1:00

Junghyun Hwang (Yonsei U) “Allegorical Reading of Burning?: A Comparative Approach”

Titus Techera “Kurosawa & Bong on The Crisis of Modernization in Asia”

Mojca Penca (U of Wisconsin-Madison) “City Hunter Travels West: ‘Ouestern’ Gaze and the Nostalgic Consumption of Japanese Anime in France”

Closing Speech

Aljoša Pužar (U of Ljubljana)


Cohosted by University of Ljubljana, East Asia Resource Library (EARL) and 

Yonsei University, Department of English Language and Literature and BK21 Project


Access is free but registration is required. To register for the conference, please visit: no later than May 18.

After registration is complete, you will receive a link for the Zoom session 2-3 days before the conference.


For more details about the conference, please view the website: