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Early Career Workshop on “Mobilities, Itineraries, Circulations: Rethinking Asian Connections”


Center for Asian Studies 
University of Georgia 

April 26, 2024 

The Center for Asian Studies of the University of Georgia invites early-career scholars (including advanced graduate students) to participate in an in-person one-day interdisciplinary workshop on the theme of “Mobilities, Itineraries, Circulations: Rethinking Asian Connections.” In recent years, there has been a wealth of scholarship from and about Asia on the movement of people, ideas, commodities, and objects through time and space; the politics, technologies, and infrastructures that allow or restrict these movements; and their representation in art, literature and film. This workshop seeks to bring together early-career scholars working on these topics to revisit and engage with the state-of-the-discipline(s), discuss their own contributions, share ideas and references, and receive feedback on works-in-progress in a small-group setting.

Participants will read pre-circulated papers in advance (20-30 pages), and the workshop time will be devoted to providing constructive feedback.  


Board Room, Administrative Building, North Campus, UGA


Coffee and Pastries: 8:15-8:45am 

1st Panel: 8:45-10:15am: Performativity, Subjectivity, and Identity

Abinash Dash Choudury (UGA) "Can Poetry be Autobiography? The Problems of Self in Jagannatha Dasa's Oriva Bhagabata"

Hongyi Yu (Columbia), "Performing Propaganda on the Road: Internecine Contention and Itinerant Propagandists During the Second Sino-Japanese War, 1937–1941"

Ali Ahsan (UGA), "From the Pali turn to The Buddha and His Dhamma: Reformulating the “Sacred” in Navayāna Buddhism"

Keung Yoon Bae (Georgia Tech), "The Astrology and MBTI of K-pop"

Moderator: Mi-Ryong Shim (UGA)

Break: 10:15-10:45am

2nd Panel: 10:45-12:15pm: Materiality, Consumption, and Circulation

William Bamber (Toronto), "Visuality, Consumption and early Anti-Imperialist Internationalism in 1870-80s Asia"

Dan Du (UNC-Charlotte), "From Canton to the Coast: The Pivotal U.S.-China Tea Trade, 1842-1865"

Yushu Geng (NYU-Shanghai), "Undesirable Books: Colonial Print Censorship and Chinese Nationalism in British Malaya, c. 1930s"

Dodom Kim (Rice), "Paper Commodity: Political Economy of Legal Papers in Contemporary Urban China" 

Moderator: Ari Levine (UGA)

Lunch: 12:15-1:15pm

3rd Panel: 1:15-2:45pm: Legality, Illegality, and Mobility

Luther Cenci (Stanford), "Family Matters: Marriage, Divorce, and Female Chastity in Diasporic Chinese Legal Culture, 1780-1840"

Victor Fong (Yale), "Rethinking Openness and Globalism in the Medieval World: Travel Ban s in Tang China"

James Gerien-chen (Florida), "Between Empire and Nation: Taiwan Sekimin and Mobility, 1895–1912"

Weiwei Luo (Florida State), "Property and The Polity: State and Resources in the Global Nineteenth Century"

Moderator: Kalyani Ramnath (UGA)

Break: 2:45-3:15pm

4th Panel: 3:15-4:45pm: Diaspora, Networks, and Liminality

Anu Antony (Harvard), "Habits, Airplanes and Anxieties: Understanding the Transnational Migration of Keralan Catholic Nuns"

Victoria Do (UGA), "Before Exodus: Vietnamese Helicopter Pilots and Vietnamization in Savannah Georgia, 1965-1990"

Tadashi Ishikawa (Central Florida), "Bordering Masculinities: Sex Tourism, Gender, and Japan in Asia from the Mid-1960s to the Late 1970s"

Bill Kelson (UGA), "Two Opium Diasporas in China’s Integration into the World Economy, 1866-1883"

Moderator: Timothy Yang (UGA)

Dinner: 6-8pm


Ari Levine, Horace Montgomery Professor of History
Kalyani Ramnath, Assistant Professor of History
Mi-Ryong Shim, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Intercultural Studies
Timothy Yang, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Asian Studies


The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the Department of History, and the Horace Montgomery Chair in History


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