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2022 Situations International Conference for Graduate Students

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2022 Situations International Conference for Graduate Students

Antagonism in Asia: 

The Fault-lines of Conflict in an Interdependent World

Date: Feb. 18-19, 2022 

Venue: Online Zoom

It has been commonly thought that bringing the peoples of the world together through free trade and communications technology would create the prosperity that would in turn reduce conflicts between nations and between ethnic and racial groups. Instead, war and uprisings have plunged much of the Middle East into Chaos, while geopolitical rivalry has intensified between the two superpowers, the US and China. Furious and impassioned protests against China over an extradition law erupted in Hong Kong in 2019. Taiwan has sought to strengthen its ties to the US out of mounting fears of a military invasion from the mainland. Ethnic and religious conflicts have come to the forefront in Myanmar, where the crisis over the Rohingya people was a factor in both the country’s decision to ally with China and the coup that toppled its democratically-elected government.

We are looking for papers dealing with literary and cinematic representations of conflict — ideological, ethnic, racial, religious, or even sexual — in Asia. How have fiction writers and filmmakers dealt with this emerging landscape of conflict? What do efforts to grapple with the historical legacies of violence and atrocity, such as the Sino-Japanese War, the Pacific War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the massacres in Indonesia under Suharto, reveal about contemporary global and regional predicaments?

Some possible topics:

• The rise of China as a world power

• The meaning of communism in an age of global markets

• The legacies of the Cold War

• Migrant labor in Asia

• A Pan-Asian future: utopian or realistic?

• Inter-ethnic tensions in Southeast Asia

• The war on terror in Asia

• The Chinese Cultural Revolution and the West

• Views of Imperial Japan across Asia

• The Vietnam War reconsidered

• Feminism, gay rights, and geopolitics

• Religious persecution in Asia

Invited Speakers: 

Dr. Seth Jacobowitz (Columbia University, Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies)

“Japan Won the War—Conspiracy Theory and Revanchism in Modern Political Culture”

Dr. Rey Chow (Duke University) 

Workshop: “From the Confessing Animal to the Smartself”

(Based on Dr. Chow’s 2021 book A Face Drawn in Sand [Columbia UP])

Early inquires with 200 word abstracts are appreciated. We invite you to submit 4,000 word essays with abstracts by Feb. 7, 2022. All correspondence should be sent to bk21eng-edit@yonsei.ac.kr.

Submissions should follow the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.), using only endnotes. For further details about the citation protocols, refer to our journal website: 


CFP Categories: Asia, war, terror, feminism, (De-)Cold War, persecution, empire

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