CFP: (Re)constructions: Researching and Rethinking Asia

When 26 Apr 2013 - 27 Apr 2013
Where York University
York University, Glendon Campus,
Toronto M4N 3M6

April 26 – 27 2013

Call for Papers

York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) Graduate Student Conference

York University, Glendon Campus, Toronto, Canada

Keynote Speaker: Vinay Gidwani, Department of Geography and Institute of
Global Studies, University of Minnesota

How does scholarship of or about “Asia” contribute to dispelling
geographies of ignorance?* How can our own work better contribute to
understanding, and pointing out the misunderstandings, of the
categories, spaces and frameworks constructed as part of Asian Studies
within and beyond the territorial limits of “Asia”?

The question of reconstructing the conceptual frameworks for research in
Asia and Asian Diaspora has been actively debated in the last few
decades, reflecting dynamic changes in both scholars’ and broader
society’s notions of “Asia.” These discussions pay critical attention to
the modern politics of constructing Asian spaces and identities, and of
disseminating knowledge of the area throughout the world. The
disciplinary divides traditionally associated with Area Studies are also
being contested, and more interdisciplinary approaches are being
demanded for researching Asia.

Taking up this challenge, the conference seeks graduate student research
that can speak to ways of rethinking the epistemologies and
methodologies of researching Asia, and reconstructing conventional
categories and frameworks from a broad range of disciplines. The theme
for this conference seeks to build upon the successful YCAR Graduate
Student Conference in 2008.

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