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UPDATE: New Old Worlds: The Changing Faces of Asia (Thailand) (2/28/07; 3/31/07-4/1/07)
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I ANNUAL ASIAN CULTURAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION (ACSA) CONFERENCE
NEW OLD WORLDS: THE CHANGING FACES OF ASIA
The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 28th February 2007. Please contact the organisers at kancuta_at_au.edu or sadako_at_op.pl .
Conference dates: SATURDAY-SUNDAY 31.03.2007-01.04.2007
CALL FOR PAPERS
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’s 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’ export-driven economy at the same time.
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’ contributions reflecting on the changes in reading and representing Asian literatures, cultures and societies.
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.
Suggested conference panels might (depending on interest) include the following:
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.
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.