TIME: 9AM - 6PM
LOCATION: RUTGERS STATE UNI. OF NEW JERSEY, Alexander Library, Teleconference Lecture Hall, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
Asian American Studies emerged out of the radical changes taking place in US universities in the 1960s amid the Civil Rights movements. Since then, the field has continued to explore the racialization and history of Asian-descent peoples, both within the United States and beyond by examining the various ways disparate groups have entered the coalitional term within and without national, racial, gender, sexual, and cultural borders.
For the first time, this conference brings leaders in Asian American Studies in conversation with Rutgers faculty to highlight three current developments in the field: Connective and Comparative Race Histories, Visual and Performative Cultures, and Trans-regionalism. These three developments mark the cutting-edge approaches of this forty-year old field. Along with the three panels, the final roundtable invites two senior founding directors of institutes at NYU and Brown University to discuss with faculty from Rutgers-New Brunswick and Rutgers-Newark the research imperatives for Asian American Studies unique to our region.
In recent years, the endeavors of the undergraduate-led Asian American Leadership Cabinet and the Asian American Cultural Center have dovetailed with the work of the Collective for Asian American Scholarship, made up of faculty and graduate students across disciplines-- American Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, English, History, Music, and Women’s and Gender Studies-- in growing a unique transnational and connective Asian American Studies at Rutgers. With this conference we forge these linkages with interventions from key senior scholars from across the United States.
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