Our events are usually free, open to the public, and benefit from a wide participation – please email us for more information, watch our website and Facebook page, or join our program email list to receive event notices and the eNewsletters!

Asia@Noon Lecture Series

Asia@Noon talks are held many Fridays throughout the academic year in 280 Park Hall at 12pm. 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. Obviously, these presentations will have to be conducted through Zoom, and in order to adjust to the new class schedule, the talks will start at 12:40 instead of noon and end promptly at 1:30. 

Cosponsored Events

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

Asian Studies Faculty Symposium

The Asian Studies Faculty Symposium is held every year in September, and is organized around a critical transdisciplinary debate in Asian Studies. 


Unfortunately due to COVID-19, the Asian Studies Faculty Symposium has been cancelled for 2020. We hope to reestablish the symposium in the Fall of 2021. 

2020-2021 Asian Studies Events

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Other Exciting Asian Studies Events

The Translation Zone, a Humanities Institute Research Workshop, will hold its first meeting of the academic year. The idea is simply to come together and translate poetry, short and long fiction, and non-fiction prose from South and Southeast Asian languages into English. Going by a slightly more expansive definition, this would include languages from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Tibet, and Maldives. The Translation Zone is being coordinated by Shantam Goyal and Walter Hakala, both of the Department of English.  
Please feel free to attend even if you’re not sure you can be a regular part of the workshop, but if you are interested in the idea of translating stuff from South Asian languages into English. The meeting will give us an opportunity to discuss the scope of the workshop, as well as to see a schedule which works best for most people. 

This year’s New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) at SUNY Brockport was postponed until next year, but a scaled-down, virtual conference has been scheduled under the title: “The Impact of COVID-19 on Asian Communities: From the Local to the Global.” Registration is free. For a list of presentations and panels, see their website here.

  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, 2020
    • 1–4:30 pm EDT 
    • Zoom conference link will be shared upon registration
    • Register Here!

Prof. Yige Dong, who is joining the Dept. of Sociology and the Dept. of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies this fall, will be one of two presenters in the online discussion series “China and the Left: Critical Analysis & Grassroots Activism.” The title of this third discussion in the series is: “Feminism and Queer Activism in China.” Registration is free.