UPDATE: [Ethnic] Southeast Asians in the Diaspora

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Fiona Ngo
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Southeast Asians in the Diaspora Conference

Call for Proposals

Location: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,
Date: 15-16 April 2008
Submission Deadline: Postmarked or Emailed by 16 November 2007.

Confirmed Keynotes: Linda Vo (UC Irvine) and Khatharya Um (UC Berkeley)
Confirmed Roundtable Participants: Viet Le (USC), Louisa Schein (Rutgers), Dia Cha (St. Cloud
University), and Shirley Tang (UMASS Boston)

This two-day conference examines the emerging field of Southeast Asian/American studies,
which because of specific histories of colonialism and imperialism, has produced subjects and
objects of analysis that confound categories of diaspora, citizenship, and affiliation. Studies of
the Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese diasporas investigate and trouble the structuring
effects of Cold War geopolitics; while studies of Hmong, Mien, Cham, and other stateless
ethnicities necessarily reconsider the bases for global and local practices of identification as well
as strategic claims to rights and resources.

Given this, the field foregrounds important epistemological and methodological shifts that
productively disrupt the analytic conventions of area studies, American studies, ethnic studies,
and Asian American studies. Thinking across these fields, Southeast Asian/American studies
fulfills the intellectual and political promise of what Kandice Chuh imagines as “studies in
comparative racialization and intersectional projects that deliberately unravel seemingly stable
distinctions among identificatory categories and disciplinary divisions.” Complicating the
examination of nationalisms and transnationalisms, Southeast Asian/American studies questions
the circulation of, the negotiation with, or challenges to the knowledge regimes of U.S. nation
and empire.

In order to explore the dissolution of disciplinary distinctions and the complexities of
intersectional analyses, we are soliciting papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, films, videos,
readings, and performances. Submissions are open to scholars, artists, and community
members. This is an interdisciplinary event welcoming individual and panel proposals from a
wide variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, queer studies, literature, history,
sociology, art history, visual cultures, political science, ethnic studies, women’s and gender
studies, performance studies, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, Asian studies and area
studies, the performing arts, film or video making, writing, and community activism and
leadership. Participants will be informed of acceptance in December 2007.

The conference is being held to coincide with the Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS)
conference in Chicago, 16-20 April 2008. As a note, AAAS does have limited funding for which
graduate students may apply.

Panel or Roundtable Proposal

1. A one-page description of your panel or roundtable
2. One-page abstracts of each paper or presenter
3. One-page CV from each presenter, the panel chair, and/or
     the discussant or facilitator
4. AV needs
5. Contact information for each participant

Individual Paper Proposal

1. A one-page abstract of your paper
2. One-page CV
3. AV needs
4. Contact information

Performance, Reading, Video or Film Proposal

1. A one-page description of your project
2. A one-page artist resume
3. If a film, video, or performance, send a sample video or
     DVD, if available (this can be returned to you upon request)
4. AV needs
5. Contact information

Please mail all materials to

Fiona I. B. Ngô, Asian American Studies Program
ngo_at_uiuc.edu or 1208 W. Nevada St., MC-142
                                        Urbana, IL 61801


Fiona I.B. Ngô Mimi Nguyen
ngo_at_uiuc.edu or mimin_at_uiuc.edu
(217) 265-6240

Updates and more: www.aasp.uiuc.edu/SEAsianDiaspora

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