Annual UBC Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference

2014 Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference

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With Keynote Speaker Daisuke Miyao (University of Oregon)

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
10:00 AM
Auditorium, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall (map)
Free and open to the public – registration required

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Conference! Registration is now closed. If you have any questions or concerns about the conference tomorrow please contact us at ubcasiagrad@gmail.com. Thank you!

Daisuke MiyaoDaisuke Miyao is an associate professor of Japanese film and the chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Oregon. His research and teaching interests include film history and film theory. He has published widely in the area of silent film, with his monograph Sessue Hayakawa : Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007) receiving the 2007 Book Award in History from the Association of Asian American Studies. In 2011 he authored the Japanese language reference text, Eiga wa neko dearu: Hajimete no cinema sutadizu [Cinema Is a Cat: Introduction to Cinema Studies] (Tokyo: Heibon sha, 2011). His most recent monograph The Aesthetics of Shadow: Lighting and Japanese Cinema (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013) explores the innovative lighting and cinematography of early twentieth century Japanese cinema, creating a new history of the art form in the process.

Photos taken by Sarah Wellington

Schedule

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There will also be a private dinner event in the evening for presenters and discussants.

Conference Speakers

 

Panel 1. Shaping the Modern Paradigm

Discussant: Donald Baker

Tanks N’ Roses: Towards a Holistic Understanding of 1989
Baris Yorumez, PhD, Department of History, The University of British Columbia

Developments in Labour Migration in Southeast Asia
Kilim Park, PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, The University of British Columbia

Panel 2. Memory, Gender and Trauma

Discussant: Sharalyn Orbaugh

Religiosity and Community Among Sikh Widows in Delhi’s “Widow Colony”
Kamal Arora, PhD, Department of Anthropology, The University of British Columbia

The Un-sung Heroines of the Partition of India : Social Workers in the Path of Service
Sheila Sengupta, PhD, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, The University of British Columbia

A Journey through Time: the Temporal Theme in Mu Xin’s Short Stories
Meng Wu, PhD, Department of Asian Studies, The University of British Columbia

The Impact of Globalization on Collective Memory: A Comparative Analysis of the South Korean “Comfort Women” and Vancouver Chinese Canadians
Carly Teng, MA, Asia Pacific Policy Studies Program, Institute of Asian Studies, The University of British Columbia

Panel 3. Perspectives on Religion

Discussant: Bruce Rusk

Taking Ritual Seriously: The Application of Ritual Theory to Early Chinese Political History
Clayton Ashton, PhD, Department of Asian Studies, The University of British Columbia

Rebels or Conformists: Chinese Eccentric Monks as Tricksters
Mengdie Zhao, MA, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University

Panel 4. Chinese Literature Past and Present

Discussant: Shuyu Kong

Seeing Hauntings Through Chinese Cinema: Critically Engaging Tai Chi Zero, The Last Supper, Period Costume Epics, and Transnational Memory Production in the Ethnic Chinese Diaspora
Nathan To, Phd, Department of Media and Communications, The University of London

“Mary Sue” Character in Chinese Web Fiction
Xin Chen, MA, Department of Asian Studies, The University of British Columbia

Border crossings: Transnational Flows in Contemporary Chinese Comics
Nick Stember, MA, Department of Asian Studies, The University of British Columbia

Panel 5. Art as Social Practice

Discussant: TBA

Punjabi Performances of the Komagata Maru: The Quest to retain Punjabi in Anglophone Canada
Ranbir Johal, PhD, Department of Asian Studies, The University of British Columbia

“Extinct?” – A Public Art Intervention at Delhi’s 48 Degrees Centigrade Public.Art.Ecology Exhibition
Russell Stephens, PhD, Department of Art History, The University of British Columbia

Panel 6. Pre-modern Literature and Material Culture in East Asia

Discussant: Joshua Mostow

The Samurai Class and the Japanese Tea Ceremony in Pre-modern Japan
Yue Jiao, MA, Department of Asian Studies and Asian American Studies, Binghamton University

Plants as Lovers: Kazashi No Himegimi and Sakuraume No Sōshi
Haley Blum, PhD, Department of Asian Studies, The University of British Columbia

An Observation of Korean Literati Painting’s Impacts on Japanese Hizen Ceramics Through the Envoys: Focuses on Nabeshima Ware and Kakiemon Ware
Hyun Mi Kim, MA, Department of Asian Studies, The University of British Columbia

 

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2013 Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference

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On March 9, 2013, Asian Studies MA and PhD students hosted the second annual UBC Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference included more than thirty graduate student presenters and faculty discussants whose papers encompassed the fields of anthropology, art history, drama, history, linguistics, literature, political science, and religious studies. This year the conference was opened up to graduate presenters throughout the world, resulting in a broad spectrum of presentations organized into concurrent panels.

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IMG_2551Dr. Rebecca Copeland (Washington University in St. Louis) drew from her experiences as a scholar, translator, and editor to offer advice in her keynote presentation, “Adventures in Academic Publishing: Voices from the Field.”

After a day of strong papers, constructive responses, and lively discussion, participants unwound over a multi-course dinner. Kudos to the organizing committee, led by Kimberly McNelly, for their efforts in realizing such a successful and stimulating event, supported through funding provided by the Department of Asian Studies and the Institute of Asian Research.

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