Graduate Student Conference: Critical Asian Humanities Workshop

Duke University logoDuke Uni­ver­si­ty will host a select grad­u­ate stu­dent con­fer­ence in con­junc­tion with its sec­ond annu­al Crit­i­cal Asian Human­i­ties work­shop, April 8–9, 2016. Crit­i­cal Asian Human­i­ties is an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary field that empha­sizes human­is­tic inquiry while crit­i­cal­ly inter­ro­gat­ing many of the assump­tions on which the human­i­ties have tra­di­tion­al­ly relied.

The workshop’s keynote speak­ers will be: David Der-wei Wang of Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty (“World­ing Lit­er­ary Chi­na: His­to­ry, Lit­er­a­ture and Chi­nese Moder­ni­ty”); John Treat of Yale Uni­ver­si­ty (“Arendt in Asia: Judg­ment and Respon­si­bil­i­ty in Nan­jing and Hiroshi­ma”); and Colleen Lye of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia Berke­ley (“Asian Amer­i­can Six­ties”).

The grad­u­ate stu­dent con­fer­ence com­po­nent of the work­shop on April 8 will fea­ture papers by four to six grad­u­ate stu­dents, to be select­ed by a pan­el of Duke fac­ul­ty and grad­u­ate stu­dents. Duke will cov­er the domes­tic trav­el and three days of room/board for the grad­u­ate stu­dents who are invit­ed to speak.

Although the work­shop does not have a for­mal theme, pref­er­ence will be giv­en to grad­u­ate stu­dent papers that com­ple­ment the keynote speak­ers’ focus on tran­sre­gion­al­ism and transna­tion­al­ism. Stu­dents work­ing on Asia in any dis­ci­pline in the human­i­ties or inter­pre­tive social sci­ences are wel­come to apply.

Send a 500-word abstract and brief bio­graph­i­cal state­ment to Car­los Rojas ( by Decem­ber 1, 2015.