Theme: Asian Lives/Asian Studies in the Pandemic and Post Pandemic EraIdentity
Date: October 1 - 2, 2021
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2021
Website: Official 2021 NYCAS Website.
This conference is open to all topics on Asian Studies but with a central theme of examining life in the pandemic era and looking toward post-pandemic life. COVID is far from over, especially for communities in Asia. This conference will offer an opportunity for scholars to address serious issues concerning Asian communities and the field of Asian studies communities through scholarly examination of pandemic life - both subtle and profound, positive and negative. How does the pandemic impact Asian lives? In what ways did the pandemic change the trajectory of Asian lives and Asian Studies and how should we respond? What factors influenced the field in the past year and how will that affect behavior and research going forward?
All topics are welcome! Scholars may propose topics on the pandemic’s impact on Asian lives and the field of Asian Studies (pre, concurrent, or post) or focus on any range of significant and timely concernsThe critical concept of “identity” provides a myriad of perspectives and forms with which to explore Asia’s rich and varied cultures. Identity concerns a perceived set of characteristics performed and experienced either via social association, sanctified recognition, or personal assignation. Using identity as a lens allows scholars to explore a range of significant issues (e.g. contested terrains of belief systems: religion, spirituality, politics, economic, imperialism and colonialism, as well sustainability, climate, technology, and individual construction of self and self-worth). Who is identifying Asia? What is Asia identifying? How are national, personal, and social identities established, recognized and performed? Politically? Technologically? Artistically? Globally?
Topics range from the personal (reflexivity and equality; creativity and imagination; gender, ethnicity, sexuality and other diversities), to the impacts of larger social and global movements (colonial, pre-, post-, and de-colonization; displacements and disaster, discrimination, sustainability, environmental identity and eco-systems; the impact of technology and AI on self-identity).
All scholars, including independent scholars and graduate students, are encouraged to submit proposals for panels or an individual paper.
Send any questions to the chair at The College of Brockport, Professor Natalie Sarrazin: firstname.lastname@example.org