The 21st Annual School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) Graduate Student Conference will be held March 10 – 12, 2010, at the Center for Korean Studies. This yearâ€™s conference, titled Crosscurrents: New Directions in Pacific and Asian Studies, will showcase the original research of thirty-five graduate students from universities throughout the United States and the Asia-Pacific region.
The conference keynote speech, â€œTowards an Ecopoetics of Oceania: Thinking With, and Beyond, Epeli Hauâ€™ofaâ€™s Asian Pacific Imaginary,â€ will be given by Rob Wilson, professor of transnational/postcolonial literatures at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and former professor of English at the University of Hawai’i at MÄnoa. Wilson will speak at 10:45 a.m. March 10.
The conference will also feature a special guest lecture by Naoyuki Agawa, vice-president in charge of international affairs at Keio University (Tokyo), titled â€œThe Kanrinmaru Arrives at San Francisco; A Crucial Turning Point in the 150-Year History of Japan-U.S. Relations,â€ and a presentation by Htwe Htwe Win, visiting scholar from Yangon University, Myanmar. Agawa will lecture at 1:30 p.m. March 12.
For more information about guest speakers, graduate student presentations, and panel times and locations, see http://www.hawaii.edu/shaps/gradconf/2010/index.html. Contact conference organizers by e-mail at email@example.com.