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Under Beijing's Shadow 2021.01.27

CAS Event Wednesday, January 27 at 4:30pm MST ZOOM Registration China’s rise and stepped-up involvement in Southeast Asia have prompted a blend of anticipation and unease among its smaller neighbors. The stunning growth of China has yanked up the region’s economies, but its militarization of the South China Sea and dam building on the Mekong River has nations wary about Beijing’s outsized ambitions. Southeast Asians long felt relatively secure, relying...

The CU Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Association (CUBASGA) 2021.01.30-31

CAS Event Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31 Zoom event registration The CU Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Association (CUBASGA) will hold its annual graduate student conference remotely via ZOOM care of University of Colorado, Boulder facilities on January 30th & 31st, 2021. Though our student organization has been prompted to adjust to current world events, we are still proud to host our yearly conference remotely, and trust that our...
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Spectral Voice and Operatic Atmosphere: Audiovisual Aesthetic in Spring in a Small Town (1948) 2021.02.03

CAS Event Wednesday, February 3 at 4:30pm MST Register here for ZOOM meeting Spectral Voice and Operatic Atmosphere: Audiovisual Aesthetic in Spring in a Small Town (1948) Part of the Sound and Noise in Asia Speaker Series. Building on critical reflections on voice-over and transmedial “national style” during wartime while attending specifically to gender and theater-cinema transference, this talk explores the first-person female voice-over and audiovisual aesthetic in Fei Mu’s...
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Seeing/Unseeing the ‘Chinese’: visuality, race, and contemporary art in Indonesia 2021.02.04

CAS Event Thursday, February 4 at 12pm MST ZOOM Meeting This paper examines recent work by contemporary Indonesian artists in order to think through the visual politics by which “Chineseness” has become both hypervisible and invisible in different ways and at different moments in Indonesian history. My aim is to trace a historically shifting “distribution of the visible” integral to the social process of racializing the ethnic Chinese minority in...
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China Made: the tecno-politics, materialities, and legacies of infrastructure development 2021.02.10

CAS Event Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:00 – 11:30 AM (US EST) 8am MST Online event registration The China Made project seeks to build an innovative research agenda for an infrastructural approach in the China Studies field. We approach infrastructure as both an empirically rich material object of research and an analytical strategy for framing research questions and approaches that help us explore more nuanced realms of techno-politics, everyday...
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The Ends of Kinship: Connecting Himalayan Lives between Nepal and New York 2021.02.18

CAS Event Thursday, February 18 at 4pm MST Zoom Registration Professor Sienna Craig Dr. Pasang Yangjee Sherpa Professor Carole McGranahan How does kinship and tradition matter to migration? In The Ends of Kinship: Connecting Himalayan Lives between Nepal and New York (University of Washington Press, 2020) anthropologist Sienna Craig (Dartmouth College) draws on over two decades of ethnographic research to ask how individuals, families, and communities care for each other...
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From Festival to Decibel: Contestations of Renao and Zaoyin in Taiwan’s Noise Control System 2021.03.03

CAS Event Wednesday, March 3 at 5:00pm MST Register for the ZOOM Meeting here Part of the Sound and Noise in Asia Speaker Series. Temple festivals are largely celebrated in Taiwan as a distinctive feature of Taiwanese music and culture, though this was not always the case. In this talk, I examine renao as a contested aesthetic in the creation of noise control regulations starting in the 1980s. The cultural...
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A Decade of Fukushima: socio-technical perspectives on surviving the nuclear age in Japan 2021.03.19

CAS Event Keynote address registration Thursday, March 18, 5pm - 6:30pm MDT Paper presentations and discussion registration Friday, March 19, 3pm - 6pm MDT A Decade of Fukushima: Socio-technical perspectives on surviving the nuclear age in Japan This will be the first of three workshops organized for the project “ A Tale of Two Asias: Living In and Beyond the Nuclear Age ,” hosted by the Center for Asian Studies...
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Global Counterhistories of Cambodian Cassette Culture 2021.04.07

CAS Event Wednesday, April 7 at 4:30pm MDT Register for the ZOOM Meeting here Part of the Sound and Noise in Asia Speaker Series. In this talk, I trace the contemporary circulation of “golden era” 1960s and 1970s Cambodian popular music recordings as a global media archeology. I seek to contextualize and historicize revivals of pre-Khmer Rouge “Cambodian Rock” through the mediated movements of cassette tapes among North American independent...
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Voices from Larung Gar: Shaping Tibetan Buddhism for the Twenty-First Century 2021.04.10

CAS Event Saturday, April 10 More information coming soon. Join us for the launch of Voices from Larung Gar: Shaping Tibetan Buddhism for the Twenty-First Century on Saturday, April 10th (virtual event, times TBA). The afternoon will feature Anam Thubten and David Germano in dialogue, followed by a panel made up of contributors to this ground-breaking anthology.
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Palm Oil Voices: Making Audible and Tactile Deforested Futures in Indonesia 2021.04.14

CAS Event Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 4pm MDT Register for the ZOOM Meeting here In her book Indigenous Species (2016), which takes form as a long poem, Indonesian writer Khairani Barokka writes from the perspective of a kidnapped woman on a boat in a river “drifting down open sores of forest” cleared for palm oil plantations in Kalimantan. She writes that this oil later coopts and transports “eons of...
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PocoDisco: On the Politics of Postcolonial Sonic Space Making 2021.05.05

CAS Event Wednesday, May 5 at 4:30pm MDT Register for the ZOOM Meeting here Part of the Sound and Noise in Asia Speaker Series. with Roshanak Kheshti