The CAS theme for the 2018-19 academic year will be Asian Connectivities.  With the idea of “connectivity” we highlight not simply the fact that a dynamic web of connections exists (and has long existed) across Asia, but that those connections depend upon specific material infrastructures, media networks, institutions, technologies, policies, and translations in order to occur.  Connectivity, then, draws our attention beyond connection as an already-established given, to the ability to connect.  Engseng Ho recently wrote in The Journal of Asian Studies, that the study of Asia can “shed light on the social shape of societies that are mobile, spatially expansive, and interactive with one another.”  Connectivity establishes the basis for such an approach.  With Asian Connectivities we seek to explore the historical, cultural, and social contexts in which connections are made possible.

Asian Connectivities

Activities and Events

China Made: Asian Infrastructures and the ‘China Model’ of Development



Last Days of the Mighty Mekong 2019.04.17

CAS Event Wednesday, April 17 at 4:30pm CASE room E422 above Euclid Car Park Last Days of the Mighty Mekong Brian Eyler Celebrated for its natural beauty and its abundance of wildlife, the Mekong river runs thousands of miles through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Its basin is home to more than 70 million people and has for centuries been one of the world's richest agricultural areas and...

The Cosmo-logics of K-pop: Media Intimacies and Populist Soft Power 2019.04.18

CAS Event Thursday, April 18 at 5pm HUMN 135 A Talk with Michelle Cho Discussant: Erin Espelie Much of the rising transnational popularity of K-pop today has been correlated to the growth of its digital distribution and consumption. Over and above its status as a genre of music, K-pop is a media phenomenon that pairs transmedia delivery with the cultivation of visible fan communities whose engagements can be registered on...