UC Berkeley graduate student conference in east Asian studies - call for papers

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Haas Junior Scholars Program for Doctoral Candidates

"Parameters of Identity: practice, place, and tradition in East Asia" -- a graduate student conference at the University of California at Berkeley, January 20-21, 2012

Graduate students in all fields of East Asian studies are hereby invited to submit proposals for a conference entitled "Parameters of Identity: practice, place, and tradition in East Asia," which will be held at the University of California at Berkeley, January 20-21, 2012.

Studies of East Asia rooted in nationalist historiographies have tended to view culture and identity as if they were at once atomistic and homogeneous. In fact, culture and identity are much more porous and fluid than such approaches would suggest. Prominent scholars in many fields thus challenged those earlier narratives of unity, continuity, and homogeneity. The result has been a more rigorously critical approach to political, cultural, intellectual, and artistic identities throughout East Asia.

Having rejected the idea of a static East Asian tradition, can we acknowledge that culture and identity are fluid and diverse and still talk about them in a meaningful way?

Proposals are encouraged to address this larger question, as well as related questions including, but not limited to: What roles have geography and place played in forging connections and identities? To what extent can identity be invented or reinvented, and what institutional or social mechanisms might affect these processes? When have cultures and identities been transmitted and carried on, and when has transmission failed? Why? How have material evidence of the past encouraged us to rethink the boundaries and periods of style, chronology, or culture attached to somewhat arbitrary delineations of space or regions?

Proposals should be no more than 300 words, and submitted electronically as attachments in .pdf or .doc format by August 15, 2011, to: proposals@parametersofidentity.org