Third Annual Critical Asian Humanities Workshop–cfp

Call for Papers: Third Annual Critical Asian Humanities Workshop
Duke University
March 30-April 1, 2017

Duke University will host a select graduate student conference in conjunction with its third annual Critical Asian Humanities workshop, which will run from March 30 to April 1, 2017. Integrating approaches and methodologies from cultural studies, critical theory, and area studies, we identify Critical Asian Humanities as an interdisciplinary field that emphasizes humanistic inquiry while critically interrogating many of the assumptions on which the humanities have traditionally relied.

The 2017 Workshop’s keynote speakers will be:

Andrew Jones (UC Berkeley)
“Tone-Color Revolution: Teresa Teng and the Cold War Sound System.”

Jin-kyung Lee (UC San Diego)
“Modernizing Governance: Narrating Liberalism and New Conceptions of Politics, Economics, and Aesthetics in Colonial Korea.”

Naoki Sakai (Cornell)
“Theory and Anthropological Difference—On the Future of Area Studies.”

The graduate student conference component of the workshop will feature papers by 6 graduate students, selected by a panel of Duke faculty and grad. students. Duke will cover the domestic travel and 3 days of room/board for the graduate students who are invited to speak.

Although the workshop does not have a formal theme, preference will be given to graduate student papers that complement the keynote speakers’ focus on work that goes beyond conventional disciplinary formations. Students working on Asia in any discipline in the humanities or interpretive social sciences are welcome to apply.

Please send a 500-word abstract and brief biographical blurb to Carlos Rojas ( by November 1, 2016.

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