21st SPAS Graduate Student Conference Scheduled for March 10–12, 2010

Graduate Student Conference logoThe 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 year’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, “Towards an Ecopo­et­ics of Ocea­nia: Think­ing With, and Beyond, Epeli Hau’ofa’s Asian Pacif­ic Imaginary,” 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 Mānoa. 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 “The Kan­rin­maru Arrives at San Fran­cis­co; A Cru­cial Turn­ing Point in the 150-Year His­to­ry of Japan-U.S. Relations,” 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 gradconf@hawaii.edu.