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.
The Marleigh Grayer Ryan Student Writing Prize will continue as usual this year. If you wrote a paper, or if you have a student who wrote a paper on any topic dealing with Asia, and you or your student is a resident of New York State, please consider submitting the paper to the prize committee. You have nothing to lose and a small stipend and CV line to gain! This year’s winners will have the opportunity to present their research at NYCAS 2021 along with next year’s winners. For more information on the Marleigh Grayer Ryan Student Writing Prize and eligibility information, visit the website here.
The 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: email@example.com