[Blueboard] [IIAS Call for papers] Where is Home? Place, Belonging and Citizenship in the Asian Century. Hong Kong, 1 November 2012

acas at admu.edu.ph acas at admu.edu.ph
Mon Oct 1 11:39:14 PHT 2012


Dear Colleagues, this is for all of us, including Ph students doing  
Asian studies:

What makes us feel at home in a specific locality? How
is the sense of home connected to the production of place? And how are
such constructions of home implicated in the authoritative discourses
of nationalism, capitalism and religion / philosophy? Can one
construct a sense of home that moves beyond these discourses? If you
are a PhD student and you like to think about this topic, then we
invite you to submit a paper for the following workshop.

**Where is Home? Place, Belonging and Citizenship

in the Asian Century**

A two-day workshop for PhD students examining the transformations of
place-making and cultural citizenship in the era of Asian influence

In March 2013, Hong Kong Baptist University, the University of
Amsterdam, the International Institute for Asian Studies and the
Institute for Culture and Society of the University of Western Sydney
will hold a two-day workshop examining the transformations of
place-making and cultural citizenship in the era of Asian influence.
During the first day, leading scholars in the field of cultural
studies from different localities in Asia, including Hong Kong, Japan,
Indonesia and South Korea, will explore the notion of place and
citizenship in the context of the geopolitical shifts that are taking
place today. In the second day of the workshop, PhD students are
invited to present and discuss their work with these scholars. This
call for papers is for PhD students to submit their abstract. The best
proposals will be selected; students from outside of Hong Kong will be
fully funded for their travel and accommodation expenses. There will
be no workshop fee.

Deadline

1 November 2012

Workshop dates

22 - 23 March 2013

Procedure for PhD students

Please send by 1 November 2012:

- a 400-word maximum abstract of your paper

- a one-page CV

- contact details of two referees to Dr. Yiu Fai Chow
(yfchow at hkbu.edu.hk <mailto:yfchow at hkbu.edu.hk>
)

The selection of candidates will be announced before 15 December
2012.

The speakers

Ien Ang, Melani Budianta, Chu Stephen Yiu-wai (tbc), Vivian P.Y. Lee,
Koichi Iwabuchi (tbc), Kim So-young, Walter Mignolo

The Workshop

How to feel at home in a world that seems so much in flux? Where is
our home now that a financial crisis is haunting the world? Confronted
with the limits of neoliberalism, can we imagine a different home, a
different sense of belonging? And given the shifting geopolitical
ordering of the world, what role can and does Asia play in such
re-imaginations of home? And what does "home" mean when it is
constantly under the threat of demolition, as is the case in today's
China? What constitutes a home when you are forced to migrate in
search for a better life? These are the questions this workshop
engages with.

The "rise of Asia" in the changing global context of the 21st century
engendered real and imagined shifts in geopolitical power relations.
While scholars have attended to the consequences of such shifts in
economic and political terms, less attention has been given to the
role of social and cultural processes in the "making of Asia" or to
the ways in which such world-making constructions affect our sense of
place and belonging: How does Asianization affect conceptions and
practices of place, belonging and citizenship? A question that may
well be formulated in a more banal way: How does Asianization affect
our sense of home?

Questions of place, belonging and citizenship have been high on the
intellectual agenda since the early 1990s, yet most of these studies
take "the West" as their focus point. The Asian turn may urge us to
rethink these notions. With the emergence of what may be termed a
Global Modernity, or better: Global Modernities, "Asia" and its
citizens are reconfigured in new ways. Although citizenship has always
been defined as a legal and political relationship between the subject
and the state, recent studies propose a broader concept of
citizenship. The dynamics underpinning the way in which globalization
affects place-making can be seen as articulating new definitions of
"cultural citizenship." What does it mean to be Asian today, how does
one feel at home, in for example, Hong Kong? What does belonging mean
in a place like Jakarta? And how can culture – be it art or popular
culture – help to foster alternative imaginations of place, home and
belonging, beyond the confines of the authoritative discourses of
nationalism, capitalism and religion?

We aim to address these questions through the notion of "home." What
makes us feel at home in a specific locality? How is the sense of home
connected to the production of place? And how are such constructions
of home implicated in the already mentioned authoritative discourses
of nationalism, capitalism and religion / philosophy (for example
Islam or Confucianism) – the three interlocking discourses that seem
to constitute the current rise of Asia? Can one construct a sense of
home that moves beyond these discourses, or that challenges them? Or
may a move towards homelessness, one that gestures towards a sense of
cosmopolitanism, be a possible tactic to resist Asianization?

The Organizers

Dr. Yiu Fai Chow (Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong
Kong Baptist University) yfchow at hkbu.edu.hk
<mailto:yfchow at hkbu.edu.hk>

Martina van den Haak (International Institute for Asian Studies)
m.c.van.den.haak at iias.nl <mailto:m.c.van.den.haak at iias.nl>

Prof. Jeroen de Kloet (Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies,
University of Amsterdam) b.j.dekloet at uva.nl
<mailto:b.j.dekloet at uva.nl>

Dr. Sonja van Wichelen (Institute for Culture and Society, University
of Western Sydney) s.vanwichelen at uws.edu.au
<mailto:s.vanwichelen at uws.edu.au>

More information

Dr. Yiu Fai Chow, yfchow at hkbu.edu.hk <mailto:yfchow at hkbu.edu.hk>





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Lydia N. Yu-Jose, Ph.D.
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