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Asia@Noon Lecture Series

Asia@Noon talks are held many Fridays throughout the academic year held in various rooms across North Campus. The presenter usually speaks for about 45 minutes, with time for discussion at the end of each talk. Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and people from the Buffalo community are invited and encouraged to attend. If you are a scholar of Asia-related research, we invite you to contact us about speaking at Asia@Noon.


After being unable to host any events in our longstanding colloquium series this past Spring, we are happy to announce the resumption of invited talks for faculty, graduate students, and others at UB or in western NY to present and discuss recent research and creative activity related to Asian Studies. These lectures will resume with in-person presentations following all COVID safety guidlines. 

2021 -2022 Events

Asia @ Noon Event
April29th, 2022 at 12:00pm 
Professor Medha Bhattacharyya, PhD, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Bridgewater State University, MA
"Rethinking Bollywood Women in the Twenty-first Century.” 

Organized by the University at Buffalo Asian Studies Program

More information to come!



Asia @ Noon Event
March 4th, 2022 at 12:00pm in  Baldy 200G
Professor Berin Golonu, of Department of Art, UB presents:
Taming the pastoral: Late Ottoman public gardens established in the “new style"

Organized by the University at Buffalo Asian Studies Program

In 1867, the Ottoman Sultan and the Viceroy of Egypt visited Paris to attend the opening festivities of the Exposition Universelle. These statesmen marveled at Paris’ urban renewal under Baron Haussmann, and endeavored to replicate some of the symbols of its urban reform in Istanbul and Cairo. Within three years, the first private and public gardens inspired by the design of the Parisian promenades had been created Istanbul. This presentation illustrates cross-currents of aesthetic and cultural influence between the Ottoman Empire and Europe by tracing the aesthetics of the picturesque, from the Orientalist travel narrative, to the English estate gardens of the eighteenth-century, through the landscaping of the Parisian promenades and Istanbul’s first public gardens.  

This event will be avilable through Zoom with a prior registration required:

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Asia@Noon Event
December 3rd, 2021 at 12:40
Professor Kevin Cai will present:
How Do We Understand China’s Foreign Policy and External Behaviors?

Organized by the University at Buffalo Asain Studies Program

Beijing’s foreign policy and external behaviors are influenced and shaped by a set of important factors. While some of these factors are relevant to other major powers in their foreign policy, the others are unique to China. The major factors that influence and shape China’s foreign policy and external behaviors include the nation’s geographical and geopolitical environment, power (physical, economic and military), philosophical traditions, historical experience, communist ideology, national interests and the personality traits and leadership styles of individual communist leaders. While some of these factors function as conditioning factors, the others serve as determining factors. China’s foreign policy and external behaviors can be well understood by referring to these factors in play.

This event will be held in person and available through Zoom:

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Meeting ID: 966 5516 8691

Passcode: 637307

Asia@Noon Event
October 8th, 2021 at 12:40pm in Park 532
Professor Michael Poulin, of the Department Psychology, UB presents:
"Mindful of What? Culture, Mindfulness, and Morality" 

Organized by the University at Buffalo Asian Studies Program

Mindfulness practices developed in Asian societies, and in the context of Buddhist traditions, but they are increasingly practiced in purely secular, utilitarian ways by people in Western countries. How does this change the meaning of mindfulness and its effects on society? These are the themes Dr. Michael Poulin will explore in this talk. Dr. Poulin is the director of the Stress, Coping, and Prosocial Engagement (SCoPE) Lab in the Department of Psychology. He received his B.A. in Religion from Carleton College, and his Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests focus on understanding the resources that people use to adjust to adversity, as well as what motivates people to respond to the adversity of others.

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2022 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia


April 29 and 30, 2022

University at Buffalo, SUNY

The University at Buffalo, SUNY, is proud to hold its fourth annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia. We invite papers on the theme of “(Mis)information,” which may be interpreted broadly in its social or political sense. The echoes of misinformation ring in all our ears today as we interact with information endlessly. Regardless of whether it is inadvertent or purposeful, the spread of misinformation has affected how we communicate and process “truths” in our world. The 2022 Rustgi conference will feature a keynote lecture from novelist, essayist, and journalist Dr. Michael Muhammad Knight, Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Central Florida. As a scholar, Knight has explored misinformation by contending with prominent descriptions of Islam in media, dissecting concepts of religious othering both within and outside of the Muslim community. His works include The Taqwacores, Why I Am a Five Percenter, and Magic in Islam.

We welcome undergraduate participants studying South Asia from all disciplines to submit proposals, preferably but not necessarily working on any topic relating to the theme. Possible topics of discussion include: 

  • Censorship (of journalism and activist voices)
  • Role of information in religious conflicts
  • Disinformation 
  • Digital literacy 
  • Institutions that diffuse information 
  • Determinants of beliefs arising from information 
  • Future of misinformation
  • Ethics of information dissemination

This list of suggestions is by no means exhaustive. We encourage papers that explore sociopolitical issues, communities, or theories stemming from under-represented perspectives. We shall organize panels around presentations addressing similar issues that draw from various disciplinary perspectives, including the social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, management, humanities, fine arts, and others. 

Please visit to submit proposals.


The conference will be held on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2022. Student presenters should plan for 15-minute presentations. Each panel will include 30 minutes for discussion. Though the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may require the conference organizers to shift the conference online, we have every hope of holding the event in person.  


Proposals, including 250-word abstracts and the contact information of a faculty supervisor, must be submitted via the online submissions portal ( by Sunday, February 20, 2022.

When submitting abstracts, applicants must affirm that they will be enrolled as undergraduate students at the time of the conference. Those in graduate programs or not currently enrolled in an undergraduate program will not be permitted to present. The organizers reserve the right to confirm student status with their advisor and home institution.

Funding and Accommodations

We are able to provide a limited number of presenters with a travel subvention of up to US$200. Accepted participants who attend in person will also be provided with shared hotel accommodations. The University at Buffalo cannot provide any additional assistance or guidance to international applicants seeking entry into the United States. 


Please contact for more information about the conference.

To view past conference programs, please visit 


The fourth annual Rustgi South Asian Undergraduate Research Conference is made possible by a generous gift from the families of Dr. Vinod Rustgi and Dr. Anil Rustgi as well as funding from the University at Buffalo Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, UB Community for Global Health Equity, UB Humanities Institute, and UB Office of International Education

Cosponsored Events

Our Asian Studies Program hosts, sponsors, and cosponsors scholarly, artistic, and student-oriented events across campus and beyond!

2021-2022 Asian Studies Events

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Other Exciting Asian Studies Events

characters to resist modernity .

The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute Research Workshop on Translation will host Dr. Jennifer Dubrow (University of Washington-Seattle) for an online public lecture, "Characters to Resist Modernity in the Short Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto." The event will take place on Zoom 2 - 3:30 pm EDT Monday, May 9, 2022. To register for this talk and download three brief English translations of short stories by Manto, please visit

This talk introduces the work of Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1955), whom Salman Rushdie called “the undisputed master of the modern Indian short story.” Now known for his radical stories of prostitutes and Partition, Manto penned indelible characters who refused South Asian modernity’s categories of Hindu/Muslim, pimp/prostitute, and man/woman. Through a reading of some of Manto’s most well-known and controversial stories, this talk reveals how Manto used a character-driven style to critique colonial modernity, and then fragmented this style to interrogate sexuality after Partition.

Jennifer Dubrow is Associate Professor of Urdu at the University of Washington-Seattle. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Dreams: The Making of Modern Urdu Literary Culture in Colonial South Asia, published by the University of Hawai’i Press in 2018 and Permanent Black in 2019. She is currently writing a book on Urdu modernism in South Asia from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Oct 15 .
global film series.
NYCAS 2021: SUNY Brockport

Theme: Asian Lives/Asian Studies in the Pandemic and Post Pandemic EraIdentity

Date: October 1 - 2, 2021

Format: Hybrid

Website: Official 2021 NYCAS Website.

To view the event program, please click here