[EDLING:77] CFP: International Symposium on Diaspora and Ethnic Studies
Francis M Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Wed May 2 20:44:20 UTC 2007
> The 2007 International Symposium on Diaspora and Ethnic Studies
> June 16-17, 2007
> Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature,
> National Sun Yat-sen University and Ministry of Education on Taiwan
> The symposium will explore the intersection of ethnic studies with diaspora
> studies¡Xhow they connect and how they diverge in the trans-Pacific context.
> At the intersection of ethnic studies with Asian diaspora, Native American
> diaspora, African diaspora, Irish diaspora, and Queer diaspora lie not only
> profound tensions but also creative possibilities. The symposium will
> examine diaspora/ethnic texts and reassess current theoretical and
> methodological issues in the field.
> Exploring a wide range of visual, literary and artist forms by diasporic and
> ethnic authors, this symposium will seek to transnationalize Diaspora
> Studies and encourage dialogues among those dedicated to this field.
> Bringing together scholars from the U.S., Japan, Korea and Taiwan, it will
> provide a forum for globally/locally diverse approaches. Contextualizing
> these approaches in different historical and cultural backgrounds, the
> symposium will thus investigate a variety of diasporic and ethnic literary
> and cultural issues, both thematically and methodologically.
> The symposium will specifically examine the ways in which contemporary
> ethnic visual, literary, and performing arts address the formation of
> cultural identity/ies within shifting geographical, political, cultural,
> artistic, disciplinary frameworks. Questions that the speakers' approaches
> will address include, but are not limited to, the following: As one moves
> across national boundaries, does one become less a ¡§national¡¨ than an
> ¡§ethnic¡¨? Where does one draw the line? Is it possible, or, feasible,
> for us to draw the line between the ¡§national,¡¨ the ¡§diasporic,¡¨ the
> ¡§ethnic¡¨ or the ¡§cosmopolitan¡¨? On the other hand, the migrancy of
> identities and desires also initiates a crisis in cultural transmission and
> transcultural communicability. How should, that is to say, the two
> generations, within the diasporic generations, address and comprehend each
> other? How does the diaspora negotiate with the melancholia of ethnicity,
> in what political stance and with what narrative strategies?
> ¡§Diaspora and Ethnic Studies¡¨ will allow students and scholars to
> exchange views on the above questions, plus a whole range of theoretical,
> critical, and pedagogical issues that are pertinent to the studies of
> ethnic/diasporic literature as an emergent academic field.
> This two-day symposium will include invited speeches given by
> acclaimed scholars, Dr. Yu-cheng Lee, Philip Deloria, David Eng, Joni
> Adamson, Kun Jong Lee, and Shin Yamamoto, among others, and roundtable
> discussions participated by leading scholars both at home and abroad.
> For further details, please contact
> Fu-jen Chen,
> Associate Professor
> Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
> National Sun Yat-sen University
> Kaohsiung, Taiwan
> fujen at mail.nsysu.edu.tw
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