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The 2007 International Symposium on Diaspora and Ethnic Studies
June 16-17, 2007
Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature,
National Sun Yat-sen University and Ministry of Education on Taiwan
The symposium will explore the intersection of ethnic studies with diaspora
studies¡Xhow they connect and how they diverge in the trans-Pacific context.
At the intersection of ethnic studies with Asian diaspora, Native American
diaspora, African diaspora, Irish diaspora, and Queer diaspora lie not only
profound tensions but also creative possibilities. The symposium will
examine diaspora/ethnic texts and reassess current theoretical and
methodological issues in the field.
Exploring a wide range of visual, literary and artist forms by diasporic and
ethnic authors, this symposium will seek to transnationalize Diaspora
Studies and encourage dialogues among those dedicated to this field.
Bringing together scholars from the U.S., Japan, Korea and Taiwan, it will
provide a forum for globally/locally diverse approaches. Contextualizing
these approaches in different historical and cultural backgrounds, the
symposium will thus investigate a variety of diasporic and ethnic literary
and cultural issues, both thematically and methodologically.
The symposium will specifically examine the ways in which contemporary
ethnic visual, literary, and performing arts address the formation of
cultural identity/ies within shifting geographical, political, cultural,
artistic, disciplinary frameworks. Questions that the speakers' approaches
will address include, but are not limited to, the following: As one moves
across national boundaries, does one become less a ¡§national¡¨ than an
¡§ethnic¡¨? Where does one draw the line? Is it possible, or, feasible,
for us to draw the line between the ¡§national,¡¨ the ¡§diasporic,¡¨ the
¡§ethnic¡¨ or the ¡§cosmopolitan¡¨? On the other hand, the migrancy of
identities and desires also initiates a crisis in cultural transmission and
transcultural communicability. How should, that is to say, the two
generations, within the diasporic generations, address and comprehend each
other? How does the diaspora negotiate with the melancholia of ethnicity,
in what political stance and with what narrative strategies?
¡§Diaspora and Ethnic Studies¡¨ will allow students and scholars to
exchange views on the above questions, plus a whole range of theoretical,
critical, and pedagogical issues that are pertinent to the studies of
ethnic/diasporic literature as an emergent academic field.
This two-day symposium will include invited speeches given by
acclaimed scholars, Dr. Yu-cheng Lee, Philip Deloria, David Eng, Joni
Adamson, Kun Jong Lee, and Shin Yamamoto, among others, and roundtable
discussions participated by leading scholars both at home and abroad.
For further details, please contact
Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
National Sun Yat-sen University
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Received on Fri May 11 2007 - 17:16:20 EDT