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AAS2021

AAS 2021 Annual Conference
Thursday, March 25, 5:30pm-7:30pm ET

SPECIAL PLENARY SESSION:

Race and Racisms in Asia/Asian Studies

Due to its imperialist origins, the field of Asian Studies both inherits and perpetuates racist hierarchies premised on white supremacy and Black abnegation. Scholars of Asia must therefore confront the uncomfortable fact that studying Asia is neither anti-racist nor apolitical. After all, “Asia” and “Asian” are not neutral categories. Historically and today, these terms have paired phenotype (“yellow” skin) with supposedly distinctive modes of governance (“Oriental despotism”) or ostensibly immutable ethical orientations (“Confucian values”). Anti-Black racism and ethnic, caste, and religious discrimination have also featured in Asian societies past and present, while essentialist notions of indigeneity and occupational purity have dictated who has a voice in both politics and academe. Although exclusionary thinking and hierarchies of difference are rife, a more inclusive and equitable Asian Studies is possible. This panel brings together scholars working on various regions and time periods to discuss how the straightforward profundity of saying that Black Lives Matter can fundamentally reorient Asian Studies teaching and research. Asian Studies may be intrinsically political, but our work can strive for justice rather than oppression.

Panelists:

Thomas                           Adeana McNicholl                      veronika
JOLYON THOMAS- Moderator           ADEANA MCNICOLL                  VERONIKA KUSUMARYATI
University of Pennsylvania                         Vanderbilt University                             Georgetown University
 Chinua                        rawat                       wyatt
CHINUA THELWELL                           RAMNARAYAN RAWAT                      DON J. WYATT
  William & Mary                                          University of Delaware                               Middlebury College

 

Space and Speech: Discursive Environments Across Non-Arab Islam

John E. Sawyer Seminar

7-9 September 2017

Vanderbilt University - Sarratt 216/220

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's John E. Sawyer Seminar (2017-2018) and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities


Networks and Religious Difference in Asian Buddhist Traditions

3-4 April 2015

Vanderbilt University, Divinity School 129

Sponsored by the Fant Fund, the College of Arts & Science Office of the Dean, the Department of Religious Studies, the  Department of History of Art, and the Asian Studies Program.

For more information, please visit the workshop homepage.


Transnational and Local Networks of Pilgrimage

19-21 March 2015

Vanderbilt University, Sarratt 216/220

Sponsored by The Fant Fund, the College of Arts & Science, and the Department of Religious Studies.

For more information, please visit the workshop homepage.


Muslims Negotiating Modernities:  Divergent Political and Legal Systems, Technology, Gender, Minorities, and Environment

18-20 September 2014

Vanderbilt University, Sarratt 216/220 

Sponsored by The Fant Fund, the College of Arts & Science,
and the Department of Religious Studies.

For more information, please visit the workshop homepage.


Religion and National Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

11-12 April 2014

Vanderbilt University, Garland 301F

Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies,
the Department of History, the College of Arts & Science, and the Fant Fund.

For more information, please visit the workshop homepage.


Genres of the Imaginaire: How Creativity Mediates Islam through Local Vernaculars

13-15 February 2014

Vanderbilt University, Sarratt 216/220 

Sponsored by The Fant Fund, the College of Arts & Science, 
and the Department of Religious Studies.

For more information, please visit the workshop homepage.


Reconsidering the Non-Muslin Other: Internal and External Religious Differentiation Prior to 1800

26-28 October 2013

Vanderbilt University, Sarratt 325/327

Sponsored by The Fant Fund, the College of Arts & Science, 
and the Department of Religious Studies.

For more information, please visit the workshop homepage.


Religious Negotiations at the Boundaries

22-23 February 2013

Vanderbilt University, Garland 301F

Sponsored by The Fant Fund, the College of Arts & Science,
and the Department of Religious Studies. 

For more information, please visit the workshop homepage.