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EASC Newsletter

A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

November 2007

Upcoming Events

Science and Technology in the Pacific Century (STIP) Spring Semester Event

This spring the focus of the Science and Technology in the Pacific Century (STIP) project will be on conducting field studies in Asia, in preparation for the project team’s ethnographic research visits to laboratories in Japan and China this summer. The first STIP event of the semester will be a January 18 dialogue between Sharon Traweek (History, UCLA) and Joan Fujimura (Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison), both of whom have been important pioneers in this area. A panel of IU bench scientists with experience working in Asia will comment on their presentations, followed by a training session on January 19. The training session will be oriented in part toward Partnerships across the Pacific (PxP), the first collaborative project spawned by STIP, which uses ethnographic techniques to develop better information about and programs for U.S.-Asia university partnerships.

East Asian Film Series

The East Asian Film Series continues next semester with the theme of “Monsters and the Monstrous.” All films will take place Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in Woodburn Hall Room 101.

  • January 26: R-Point (Korea, 2004)
  • February 9: Rampo Noir (Japan, 2005)
  • February 23: Re-cycle (Hong Kong, 2006)
  • March 1: Epitaph (Korea, 2007)
  • March 22: Death Note (Japan, 2006)
  • April 12: Silk (Taiwan, 2006)
Midwest Japan Seminar in Bloomington

On February 23 the Midwest Japan Seminar will convene at IU Bloomington to discuss two papers. David Frost (History, Xavier University), a specialist on the history of sports celebrities in Japan and their impact on Japanese understandings of the human body, will present “‘Japan’s Number One’ Goes to War: Baseball, Militarization, and Memory.” Christopher D. Scott (Asian Languages and Cultures, Macalester College) will present a paper titled “Ghost Writing:  Kim Sok-pom and the Specter of Japanese Colonialism,” an excerpt from his current book project, “Invisible Men:  Race, Masculinity, and Zainichi Korean Subjectivity in Postwar Japan.” This event is co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation.

Founded in 1970, the Midwest Japan Seminar meets five times a year at different midwestern institutions to discuss two papers. This concentrated focus allows scholars to offer and receive more in-depth critique of their papers than they would receive at a larger meeting.

The seminar will be open to any interested individual and will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Faculty Room of the IMU University Club. More details will be available in January.

Monsters and the Monstrous in Modern Japanese History and Culture

EASC’s Monsters and the Monstrous in Modern Japanese History and Culture workshop will take place March 21-22 on the Bloomington campus. Directed by Michiko Suzuki (EALC) with funding from the Toshiba International Foundation, this is the second in a series of workshops that examines the cultural role played by monsters, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures in Japan. While the first workshop in March 2007 explored monsters and the monstrous in premodern Japanese history and culture, this workshop will focus on the modern period, beginning with the question of what becomes of premodern Japanese monsters during a time of fresh contact with Western-based ideas and then tracing discourses on monsters from the late nineteenth century through contemporary times. Participants will include historians and art historians, scholars of Japanese religions, and specialists in literature, folklore, anthropology, and cultural studies.

4th Annual Midwest Conference on East Asian Thought

IU will host the 4th Annual Midwest Conference on East Asian Thought April 26-27. Bringing together scholars and graduate students from around the nation, this conference enables participants and audience members to engage in conversation about the most recent scholarly developments in all aspects of East Asian thought.

his year, the keynote speaker is Edward Slingerland (Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition, University of British Columbia). He has written on numerous topics, including cognitive linguistics, comparative ethics, and the relationship between science and the humanities. The conference is co-sponsored by EASC and the Departments of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and EALC.