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23rd Annual ASIANetwork Conference
Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri
April 10-12, 2015
ASIA: BODY AND SPIRIT
Hosted by Webster University
The 2015 ASIANetwork Conference theme is ASIA: BODY AND SPIRIT. As Asianists, we study vastly different aspects of life in Asia: the languages, arts, histories, literatures, philosophies, religions, social structures, political systems, economies, and environments. But all of these aspects have something in common, which is the emphasis on the peoples of Asia. As scholars and teachers, we devote our intellectual attention to the understanding of human experiences in Asia. They are always embodied, and spiritual life is often a significant part.
At this year’s conference, we honor the embodied nature of Asian societies as well as their spiritual lives. Furthermore, we hope to find ways to explore how the spiritual is mediated through the body, and how the embodied nature of society affects the production of cultures, politics, economics, and the environment. These are issues that we encounter in our historical studies of Asia, and they are also essential to our understanding of Asian societies today.
P. J. Ivanhoe, Chair Professor of East Asian Comparative Philosophy & Religion,
City University of Hong Kong, author of many books including Confucian Reflections: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times
Qiu Xiaolong, author of the award-winning Inspector Chen series of mystery novels and translator of two books of classical Chinese
Laura Miller, Professor of Japanese Studies & Anthropology, University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Co-editor of Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan, currently working on Japanese Girl Stuff.