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Friday Table – Global Asias Reading Group

February 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location:201D St. Patrick's Building
Key Contact:Victoria Nolte

Global Asias is conceptualized in recent scholarship as a framework and method that unsettles Western-centric epistemological structures in the social sciences and humanities, promoting a rethinking of Asia’s place “in and as the world” (Chen and Hayot 2015). One of the most important contributions made by Global Asias scholars is that ‘Asia’ is a heterogeneous cultural imaginary with a long and complex timeline of worldly engagements. It is not tied solely to capital or to current multinational systems, but rather extends time and place, challenging the typical narrative that recounts modernization and globalization in Asia (and the world) through waves of Western influence.

This Friday Table session marks the first meeting of the CTCA’s Global Asias reading group, which we hope will be a space in which students, faculty, artists, and other cultural practitioners, policy-makers, etc. working in fields related to the study of Global Asias can come together to critically examine its world-making implications as a conceptual framework, socio-political imaginary, and lived practice/experience. The meeting will operate as an informal workshop, beginning with a discussion of key introductory texts that will help us build a working definition of Global Asias. We will then brainstorm research outcomes and activities to undertake as a group, focusing on collaboration and the co-constitution of knowledge.

We invite all members of the CTCA community (and beyond) from any discipline whose research interests intersect with Global Asias. The assigned texts for our discussion are as follows:

  • Chan, Nadine and Cheryl Narumi Naruse, eds. Social Text Dossier on Global Asia, (2018).
  • Chen, Tina and Eric Hayot. “Introducing Verge: What Does It Mean to Study Global Asias?” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 1.1 (Spring 2015): vi-xv.
  • Henders, Susan J. and Lily Cho, eds. “Human Rights and the Arts in Global Asia: Conceptualizing Contexts.” In Human Rights and the Arts: Perspectives on Global Asia. New York: Lexington Books, 2014. 1-19.

PDFs for the texts are available via Dropbox.

This session is part of The Friday Table, a series of Friday afternoon events organized by the Graduate Steering Committee for the Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis (CTCA) and the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ICSLAC) at Carleton University. We aim to bolster the Centre’s mandate to bring together scholars and students working with transnational approaches to studies in the humanities through regular, informal workshops, roundtables, film screenings, and discussion groups. The Friday Table seeks to foster collegiality and promote student-led research. Events are free and open to all.