- 7:30 pm
- Harris Theater
- (All day)
The revolutionary prospect of socialism inspired homosexual emancipation and the growth of toleration toward same-sex relations in the first quarter of the twentieth century in many countries, including the UK, US, Hungary, and USSR. However, the development of LGBTQ+ rights within socialism was never linear and even.
The conference seeks to address those discrepancies and the reasoning behind them. It aims to discuss the LGBTQ+ experience and its political, social, and cultural implications under state socialism from a global perspective. What was the place of queerness under socialism? Was socialist ideology generally more responsive to queer people’s agenda and empathic towards them? How did legislation relate to same-sex activity change over time in socialist countries? How did the Cold War and geopolitical tensions between socialist and capitalist counties influence and inform sexual politics toward queer people and their perception? Why did some socialist countries, such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, and the GDR decriminalize homosexuality as early as the 1960s and the Polish People’s Republic never criminalize it? What strategies of networking and concealment did sexual and gender non-conformists adopt in the socialist countries where homosexuality was still illegal, such as Soviet Republics, China, and Cuba? What was the attitude towards gender and sexual dissidents among the left-leaning movements in capitalist countries? Why decriminalization of homosexuality and homosexual emancipation that followed it was subsequently cut off in some post-socialist countries such as Russia?
The main goal of the symposium is to reflect on the broad spectrum of topics related to the conjunction of queer and socialist ideology from a global and comparative perspective. The symposium aims at the broader public, including students, scholars, and activists.
- 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
- online via Zoom
Organized under the auspices of The Journal of Asian Studies to help increase the range, breadth and quality of journal article manuscripts, the theme for this workshop is "Boundary Pushing." Significant new work in Asian Studies often runs counter to or across traditional categories of scholarly conversation. For this reason, work that pushes boundaries is often difficult to frame effectively for publication. The workshop is designed and conducted by the editors of JAS to help early career scholars prepare manuscripts for successful peer review. This roundtable session, open to the public, will include editors of the Journal of Asian Studies and editors from other well-established journals in related fields for a vibrant discussion on boundary-pushing writing and scholarship in Asian Studies. To register please click here.
- English PhD student Sophia Pan at the University of Florida
- 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
- 4217 Posvar Hall
In the fourth installment of the Global Issues Through Literature Series (GILS), educators will convene to discuss George Takei's They Called Us Enemy, a full-graphic novel about Japanese individuals in relocation centers after President Roosevelt's 1942 order. They Called Us Enemy is Takei's firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the terrors and small joys of childhood in the shadow of legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s tested faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.
GILS is a reading group for K-16 educators to literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and participants brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. This year’s theme is Graphic Novels in Global Context: Social Justice Through Illustration and Text. See registration for more information!
- Dr. Banu Subramaniam
- 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm
- 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
In her poem, Perhaps the World Ends Here, Joy Harjo uses the “kitchen table” as a central metaphor of life and living. The world ends here or begins here because many a history of colonialism, and botany has been told through spices and the spice trade. If spices are central to the history of colonialism, what does that mean for projects on decolonizing botany? How do we understand the history of botany through the colonial, postcolonial, settler colonial and decolonial that centers spices as pivotal points of encounter? What emerges is no easy story, but a complex set of entanglements with a set of diverse actors. Using the case of India, Dr. Subramaniam contrast two cases, the Hortus Malabaricus in the 17th century and the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) in the 21st century – as book ends to examine the politics of race and caste in the legacies of colonial and postcolonial botany. Dr. Subramaniam explores the enduring and shifting means of transnational regimes of power, of colonial administration and postcolonial governance through a melange of spices and spicy embranglements.
Bio: Professor Subramaniam received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Madras, India, and her Ph.D. in Zoology and Genetics from Duke University. Originally trained as an evolutionary biologist and plant scientist, Subramaniam’s pioneering research in Feminist Science Studies has made her a leader in the field. Her work explores the philosophy, history, and culture of the natural sciences and medicine as they relate to gender, race, ethnicity, and caste. Her latest research rethinks the field and practice of botany in relation to histories of colonialism and xenophobia and explores the wide travels of scientific theories, ideas, and concepts as they relate to migration and invasive species.
Subramaniam’s newest book, Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism (University of Washington Press, 2019) won the 2020 Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize from the Society for Literature, Science & the Arts.
- Dr. Patrick Galbraith
- 6:00 pm
- 5201 W.W. Posvar Hall
Want to learn about fan cultures of East Asia? Interested in the online culture of k-pop fans? What is Otaku and how does it help define Japanese fandom? This semester's lecture series will explore the fan cultures of East Asia and their influence on contemporary fan cultures across the world. In this lecture, Dr. Patrick Galbraith of Senshu University, Tokyo, will discuss Otaku fandoms.
- 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
- Gold Room, University Club
This program is subject to change.
All papers will be pre-circulated and there will be no presentations. Audience members are strongly urged to read the papers by the members of the panel that they plan on attending in advance. To request access to papers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your affiliation and the panel(s) that you are planning to attend. For more information, please click here.
The material history of state authority, of corporate capitalism, or of any other modern institution begins in the office. Without paperwork there is no government. But with paperwork, there also come the paper, pens, brushes, screens, drives, keyboards, and other instruments for inscribing, copying, transmitting, storing, and consuming texts. This conference seeks to trace the material history of inscription in bureaucratic cultures. In scope it covers the globe and in time, although it takes our current historical moment as a point of departure, it starts with the assumption that the very first office technology may well have been writing itself.
Methodologically, this conference brings together three roughly defined fields that have often existed in isolation: media studies, the history of writing systems, and the study of bureaucratic cultures. Fueled by the rise of electronic literature, literary theorists have joined media theorists in thinking about how transformations in the medium of writing is recasting our relationship to the text. Scholars of writing systems are also concerned with the material mediation of writing but focus on the invention and development of scripts and on the consequences of changes in their material bases. Scholars of bureaucratic cultures study the material mediation of writing in the context of institutional structures, whether corporations or government bureaucracies or otherwise, that are ubiquitous in everyday life. This conference seeks to cross-pollinate these three approaches. It asks not only how instruments of inscription from brushes to typewriters to computers have changed over time, but how their transformation relates to how power is constructed, distributed, and exerted, within the office and beyond.
We ask two central questions. First, how do instruments of inscription mediate bureaucratic practice? Does it matter if a text is written with a brush, a pen, or a typewriter? Historians have traditionally focused on the semantic contents of texts while art historians have been concerned with the formal properties of images. Can a material history of writing provide us with a vantage point from which to think about the relationship between semantic meaning and material form? This is all the more of a concern today, when we are unsure about the future of the text. As writing is de-territorialized, produced anywhere in the world, including by non-human bots, the separation of the body of the writer from the text that began with scribes and typewriters has, with fake news, brought us to the edge of a crisis of credibility. What is the future of writing? This moment, when it also seems that the written text is being supplanted by images and video, is a good time to rethink the visual, aesthetic, and material nature of writing.
The second question concerns how writing mediates our relationship to the archive. How does it matter if we see an office document in its original, as a facsimile, or as a printed reproduction? Bureaucratic documents such as laws and treaties often take multiple forms. Japanese laws from the nineteenth century to today, for example, are simultaneously printed in an official gazette and available as a unique copy with the vermillion seal of the emperor, the wet signature of the cabinet ministers, and the date and summary of the law written with a brush. Does it matter which version of the law legal scholars, historians, or anyone else uses? And what methods do we use for “reading” the materiality of a document? At a time when digital methods are allowing for the large-scale distant reading of thousands or millions of texts, can we use such methods without forsaking the materiality of the text?
Co-organized by Raja Adal (University of Pittsburgh) and David Lurie (Columbia University).
Raja Adal (University of Pittsburgh)
Stephen Chrisomalis (Wayne State University)
Andrew Glass (Microsoft Corporation)
Katherine Hayles (Duke University)
Matthew Hull (University of Michigan)
Hoyt Long (University of Chicago)
Bryan Lowy (Princeton University)
Christopher Lowy (Carnegie Mellon University)
David Lurie (Columbia University)
Brinkley Messick (Columbia University)
Mara Mills (New York University)
Lara Putnam (University of Pittsburgh)
Dennis Tenen (Columbia University)
Annette Vee (University of Pittsburgh)
Tyler Williams (University of Chicago)
Yurou Zhong (University of Toronto)
- 2:00 pm
- Basement, Cathedral of Learning
Do you like books? Do you like boba? Join the Asian American Futures Collective's Books and Boba Reading Group. We're reading "Afterparties" by Anthony Veasna So. Free books available in limited quantities. RSVP at bit.ly/booksandboba1 to reserve a copy of the book and be counted for a free boba drink during the event!
- 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
- 4130 Posvar Hall
The Undergraduate Asian Studies Research Conference will be an opportunity for undergraduates at any level to meet with other students interested in Asian Studies from around the northeast U.S. Students interested in presenting will participate in panels, with speaking times between 10-15 minutes. To register for the program, students only need to provide a subject for their paper/ title and the name and email of a faculty member who can vouch for them. Students who would like to attend the conference and hear the papers are also encouraged to register. To register please click here.
- Dr. Carla Nappi
- 2:00 pm
- 4130 Posvar Hall or via Zoom
Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Carla Nappi, Andrew W. Mellon Chair, Department of History, in which she discusses her book, "Translating Early Modern China: Illegible Cities". Nappi's book presents a significant new interpretation of the history of translation in China. If you wish to attend this lecture via Zoom, please register here.
- Dr. Jade Kim
- 6:00 pm
- 5201 W. W. Posvar Hall
Want to learn about fan cultures of East Asia? Interested in the online culture of k-pop fans? What is Otaku and how does it help define Japanese fandom? This semester's lecture series will explore the fan cultures of East Asia and their influence on contemporary fan cultures across the world. In this lecture, Dr. Jade Kim, Texas A&M International University, will discuss K-Pop online fan culture.
- Professor Christopher Chapple
- 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
- 5404 WW Posvar Hall
Jain faith and practice has flourished for more than 2800 years in the midst of a host of different faiths. Haribhadra Virahanka (6th century C.E.) provided a template for what in modern times is called interfaith understanding: acknowledge differences and find commonalities. In his text known as the Yogabindu, he identified karma, yoga, worship (puja), and mantra as practices common to all India's faiths. He also noted and explained religious differences, particularly in regard to notions of soul and self. In this presentation, Dr. Christopher Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and founding Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University, will explore how his method might inform the contemporary academic discipline of Religious Studies.
- Dr. Lu Chen
- 6:00 pm
Want to learn about fan cultures of East Asia? Interested in the online culture of k-pop fans? What is Otaku and how does it help define Japanese fandom? This semester's lecture series will explore the fan cultures of East Asia and their influence on contemporary fan cultures across the world. In this lecture, Dr. Lu Chen, Guangzhou University, will discuss traditional fandoms.
- Zachary L. Brodt, Archivist, Univ. of Pitt Library System; Leslie Hammond, Professor of History, Univ. of Pitt; Julia Hudson-Richards, Instructor of History, Univ. of Pitt; Ruth Mostern, Professor of History, Univ. of Pitt; Molly Warsh, Univ of Pitt
- (All day)
The Alliance for Learning in World History is accepting applications for a Workshop for Educators to be held during the World History Association’s Annual Conference at the University of Pittsburgh. The two-day professional development workshop is sponsored by the Alliance for Learning in World History (ALWH) and the World History Center at the University of Pittsburgh. The Alliance will cover the conference registration fee, the cost of joining the WHA, and apartment-style dorm housing on the University of Pittsburgh campus for two nights. Accepted participants will also receive a $250 stipend at the end of the conference. This stipend is intended to defray the costs of travel to Pittsburgh.
Applications are welcome from educators at all levels who would like to explore how to teach and talk about "energies" in their classroom. The theme of Energies is intended to include the widest range of topics and geographic locales, ranging from energy technologies (from muscle power to solar cells), to energy and globalization, to teaching in a time of climate change, and even to energy as a metaphor for charisma or other social dynamics.
Applications are due January 20! For more information, visit worldhistory.pitt.edu or contact email@example.com.