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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. 

Fall 2021 Asia@Noon Events

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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.


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.


Asia @ Noon Event
Date to be determined
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

This paper looks at textual and visual documentation of some of the first public gardens built in key Ottoman cities in 1870. These formally landscaped spaces were modeled after the urban parks of European cities. It contrasts their landscaping and new modes of recreation to more longstanding Ottoman public leisure sites to discuss how these spaces functioned as a symptom and cause of late Ottoman modernization. 

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2021 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia

Isolation and its Discontents
February 26th and 27th, 2021
University at Buffalo, SUNY

We present the third annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia by reflecting upon the rich history of South Asia and its connection to present-day conditions. We invite papers on the theme of “Isolation,” where isolation may be interpreted broadly, whether in its social, political, or environmental sense. To a lot of us today, isolation on a global scale would seem like a novel phenomenon. But both in its metaphorical and literal manifestations, isolation has throughout history been a marker of something tempestuous and has provoked resistance. The conference will feature a keynote lecture from Aniruddha Dutta, Associate Professor in the departments of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Iowa.

Undergraduate participants from all disciplines, working on any topic relating to the region, are welcome to submit proposals. Possible topics of discussion include: 

  • Socio-political forms of isolation, including separation and seclusion
  • Physical isolation
  • Surveillance
  • Efforts to isolate certain “master categories” (caste, race, gender, nationality) out of the messy reality of humanity
  • Myths of environmental isolation 
  • Atavistic claims, be they nationalist, religious, linguistic, or otherwise
  • Isolation and diaspora

While this list of suggestions is by no means exhaustive, we encourage papers that address less commonly researched sociopolitical issues, communities, or theories. We hope to organize panels around presentations addressing similar issues that draw from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including the social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, management, humanities, fine arts, and others. 

Please click to submit proposals.

The conference will be held online on Friday, February 26th, and Saturday, February 27th, 2021. Students presenters should plan for 15-minute presentations. Each panel will include 30 minutes for discussion.

Proposals, including 250-word abstracts and the contact information of a faculty supervisor, must be submitted via the online submissions portal ( by January 1st, 2021.

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.

Please contact for more information about the conference.

To view past conference programs, please visit or

The third annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Vinod Rustgi and his family.

Cosponsored Events

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2021-2022 Asian Studies Events

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Other Exciting Asian Studies Events

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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