CFP: New Old Worlds: The Changing Faces of Asia (Thailand) (1/7/07; 3/31/07-4/1/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Katarzyna Ancuta
contact email: 
sadako@op.pl

Call for Papers
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I ANNUAL ASIAN CULTURAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION (ACSA) CONFERENCE
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NEW OLD WORLDS: THE CHANGING FACES OF ASIA
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Assumption University

592 Ramkhamhaeng 24, Hua Mak

10240 Bangkok, Thailand

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Conference dates: SATURDAY-SUNDAY 31.03.2007-01.04.2007

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CFP deadline for submissions: 07.01.2007

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NEW OLD WORLDS: THE CHANGING FACES OF ASIA
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Whether admiring the pleasure dome of the mighty Khubla Khan, sharing =
illicit thrills of the opium dens with Dorian Gray, or journeying =
through the Indian landscape in Kim=92s footsteps, Western audiences =
have long been captivated in their desire to unravel the mysteries of =
the Orient. Sensuous and dangerous, tempting and exotic, the =
construction and reconstruction of the images of the Oriental otherness =
have filled many a volume of literary and critical works. Today still, =
it seems, in the Western eyes, the Asian continent remains a space of =
possibilities and paradoxes, a cradle of philosophies and ideologies, a =
juxtaposition of space-age technologies and dark-age superstitions, and =
a home to the Third World poverty and Asian Tigers=92 export-driven =
economy at the same time.=20

But is this everything that can be said about Asia? This conference =
seeks to explore new ways of understanding Asia, inviting both =
international and Asian scholars=92 contributions reflecting on the =
changes in reading and representing Asian literatures, cultures and =
societies.

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We invite papers and presentations on Asia-related aspects in
literature, language, literary criticism, film & media, theatre & =
performing arts, art & design, architecture, new media, cultures & =
societies, gender, race & ethnicity, popular culture, martial arts, =
religion, philosophy, ideology, semiotics, critical theory and any other =
forms of cultural expression. All critical approaches are welcome.=20

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Please submit your 200-word abstracts to Katarzyna Ancuta at =
kancuta_at_au.edu or sadako_at_op.pl by 07.01.2007, including your University =
affiliation, and whether or not you will require any visual aid =
equipment for your presentation.=20

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Suggested conference panels might (depending on interest) include the =
following:

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Orientalism Revisited: Asia in Theoretical Perspective.

Asian Dialectics: Diversity and Otherness.

Asian Megalopolis: Urban Spaces of Excess.

Disassembling the Empire: Asia in Postcolonial Theory.

Must Have: The Rise of Asian Consumerism.=20

Orient Express: Technologies of Change.

Tradition and Transgression: Asian Popular Culture.

The Identity in the Making: The Sense of Self in Modern Asia.

Bodies that Still Matter: Asia and Gender.

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