Call for Papers: (Re)-translating Theory in Asian Context. the ACLA 2012, Brown University, 03/29- to 04/1 (Deadline Nov 1)

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Meera Lee (Syracuse University) & Alex Taek-Gwang Lee (Kyung-hee University, Korea)
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(Re)translating Theory in Asian Context

This seminar seeks to explore the phenomenon of (western) theory emerging in the current intellectual and cultural contexts of Asia. A group of radical French philosophers, as François Cusset observes in French Theory, generated a sensational change on the landscape of intellectual culture in the late 1970s and 1980s in the North America both inside and outside an academic arena. Since this era, however, theory has been received passively in North American academics. By contrast, today, theory is entering another phase of its development in Asia under the coordinates of transnationalism and globalism. In this region, theory is playing a crucial role as a tool to produce knowledge in the domains of universities, as well as arts, architecture, cinema. However, its translation and practice are different from those of the Anglo-American paradigms and attitude. What are the ways in which such changes in theory emerge in various fields in Asia? How does theory translate differently in Asia than in the U.S. intuitions? Or, are there any problems in their importation of western theory into different political and cultural circumstances

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to:

· theory and the non-West
· comparative and/or geophilosophical studies of
· theory of translation
· difference and trauma
· colonial and anti-(post)colonial knowledge
· universities and structure of knowledge production
· relationship between Comparative Literature and
the study of Asia and intra-Asia
· theory in postcolonial studies and Asian studies
· comparative intellectual history

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