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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.

See 2023-2024 Lecture Schedule of Events

2023-2024 Events

Asian Studies Program/Middle East Initiative- Movie Night

Wind Carpet.

Wind Carpet movie poster 

Date: March 29th
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Place: Diversity Center, 240 Student Union

Come join us for a relaxing night of food and film.

"The Wind Carpet" will be presented. A Japanese woman designs a carpet she wants to show at the Nakayama Carnival. After ordering weavers in Isfahan to begin the weave, her death leaves the carpet unfinished. Thus, her husband and daughter go to Iran to complete the work. Afterward, they become the guests of a family in Isfahan.

2024 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia: South Asia in Story

Katas Raj, Pakistan (Photo credit: Walt Hakala).

Katas Raj, Pakistan (Photo credit: Walt Hakala)

April 5 and April 6, 2024
University at Buffalo, SUNY

The University at Buffalo, SUNY, is proud to hold its sixth annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia. We invite papers on the theme “South Asia in Story,” which may be interpreted broadly in its social and artistic senses. By focusing on South Asian narratives, the organizers hope that participants can offer new perspectives on both global and local issues. 

The 2024 Rustgi conference will feature a keynote lecture by Javaid Tariq, the co-founder of the National Taxi Workers’ Alliance. The National Taxi Workers’ Alliance is an organization that promotes justice for taxi drivers in New York City. In his student years, Javaid Tariq was actively involved in anti-war protests and campaigns. 

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

  • Depictions of South Asia in Story
  • Origin Myths
  • Diaspora in Art and Media
  • Expressions of Religious Identity
  • Gender Expressions
  • Fashion 
  • Narratives of Health, Illness, and Disability 
  • Political Expression 
  • Names and Identity
  • Burdens of Representation 
  • Propaganda
  • Appropriation
  • Intersectionality 

This list of suggestions is by no means exhaustive. We encourage papers that explore sociopolitical issues, communities, or theories stemming from underrepresented 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. 

Proposal Submission


The conference will be held on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2024. Student 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 Sunday, January 22, 2024.

Funding and Accommodations

We are able to provide a limited number of presenters with a travel subvention of up to US$300. Accepted participants who attend in person will also be provided with individual 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 sixth 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 Office of International Education

Reading the China Dream in the Xi Jinping Era

This event is sponsored by UB Asia Research Institute, cosponsored by the UB Asian Studies Program and Department of History.

David Owenby.

Date: February 6, 2024
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Place: Buffalo Room, Capen 10

Based on ten years of reading, translating, and curating the works of contemporary Chinese intellectuals, David Ownby explores how reform and opening changed intellectual life in China, creating a de facto pluralism in the early 20th century, and how intellectuals have fared under Xi Jinping, who has sought to replace pluralism with ideological discipline.

David Ownby recently retired from the History Department of the Université of Montréal and is currently a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. His most recent work focuses on intellectual life in contemporary China and he is the founder of the Reading the China Dream website.

An AsiaTalks lecture of the UB Asia Research Institute, cosponsored by the UB Asian Studies Program and Department of History.

End of Semester Game Night

Come celebrate the end of the semester with Asian Studies Program and a Movie Night!

Date: Monday December 4th
Time: 6:00-8:30 PM
Place: O’Brian 210

We’ll be screening Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers (2003). Pizza and refreshments will be provided! Please RSVP by November 30th!

Contact Prof. Mimi Okabe ( for any questions or concerns. 

Prof. Mimi Okabe Book Launch Event

Manga, Murder, and Mystery.

Date: November 3, 2023
Time: 2:30-3:00
Place: Park 532

Come out and celebrate the publication of Prof. Mimi Okabe's first book, Manga, Murder, and Mystery: The Boy Detectives of Japan's Lost Generation!

Prof. Okabe will be present to speak about her book and answer questions. Light refreshments will be provided.

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