25th Annual ASIANetwork Conference, April 7-9, 2017
Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, Oak Brook, Illinois
The 2017 ASIANetwork Conference theme focuses on the economic, social, political, and environmental changes that Asian societies are encountering. “Digital and Beyond” highlights the wide range of lenses employed to depict and understand these rapid changes and their impacts on Asian cultures. These lenses include the traditional academic disciplines as well as digital technologies, which allow for the preservation and sharing of data, texts and images, resulting in new ways of analyzing and constructing Asia.
Keynote Speakers, Film Screenings, and More
Keynote Speaker: Peter Bol
Title: “Specialization, Paradigms and Tools: Why the Digital is Changing Teaching and Research on Asia”
Abstract: Tools built for scholarship in a digital environment allow us to take more information into account, to share it more broadly and to analyze it with greater precision. But they also require mastering new skills and making conceptual leaps.
Peter K. Bol is the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. As Vice Provost, he is responsible for HarvardX, the Harvard Initiative in Learning and Teaching, and research that connects online and residential learning. His research is centered on the history of China’s cultural elites at the national and local levels from the 7th to the 17th century. He is the author of “This Culture of Ours”: Intellectual Transitions in T’ang and Sung China, Neo-Confucianism in History, coauthor of Sung Dynasty Uses of the I-ching, co-editor of Ways with Words. He led Harvard’s university-wide effort to establish support for geospatial analysis in teaching and research; in 2005 he was named the first director of the Center for Geographic Analysis. He also directs the China Historical Geographic Information Systems project, a collaboration between Harvard and Fudan University in Shanghai to create a GIS for 2000 years of Chinese history. In a collaboration between Harvard, Academia Sinica, and Peking University he directs the China Biographical Database project, an online relational database currently of 380,000 historical figures that is being expanded to include all biographical data in China’s historical record over the last 2000 years.
Keynote Speaker: Sumathi Ramaswami
Title: “The Unbearable Lightness of Image Travel”
Abstract: A discussion about the work of the image in our digital age, the challenges to traditional notions of bricks-and-mortar curatorship posed by digital humanities, and the digital proliferation of the image.
Sumathi Ramaswamy is Professor of History at Duke University. Prof. Ramaswamy is a cultural historian of South Asia and the British empire and her research over the last few years has been largely in the areas of visual studies, the history of cartography, and gender (see her recent book “The Goddess and the Nation: Mapping Mother India,” published in 2010 by Duke University Press, an edited volume from Routledge, also published in 2010, titled “Barefoot across the Nation: Maqbool Fida Husain and the Idea of India;” and an anthology co-edited with Martin Jay, “Empires of Vision” (Duke University Press, forthcoming in 2013.) Prof. Ramaswamy’s work in popular visual history has also led her to co-establish Tasveerghar: A Digital Network of South Asian Popular Visual Culture at http://www.tasveerghar.net/.
Film Screening: Waking The Green Tiger
Seen through the eyes of activists, farmers and journalists, Waking the Green Tiger follows an extraordinary campaign to stop a huge dam project on the Upper Yangtze river in southwestern China. Featuring astonishing archival footage never seen outside China, and interviews with a government insider and witnesses, the documentary also tells the history of Chairman Mao’s campaigns to conquer nature in the name of progress. An environmental movement takes root when a new environmental law is passed, and for the first time in China’s history, ordinary citizens have the democratic right to speak out and take part in government decisions. Activists test this new freedom and save a river. The movement they trigger has the potential to transform China. Liu Jianqiang, an investigative reporter and former Beijing editor for chinadialogue appears in both Searching for Sacred Mountain and Waking the Green Tiger. He has been writing about the environment in China for 13 years. Gary Marcuse is an independent journalist and filmmaker based in Vancouver, Canada. With background in environmental planning and fine arts, he has written and directed several films about the emergence of environmental movements around the world. He is a former programming executive for CBC Television in Vancouver (2004-2008) and the former chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada.
Performing Group: Korean drumming by Global Pungmul Institute
Global Pungmul Institute is a community-based cultural and educational organization dedicated to developing and promoting traditional Korean cultural and performing arts and to nurturing youth leadership through participation in these arts, especially in the Korean percussion art form known as pungmul.
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