Introductory Meeting for 2011-2012 Academic Session

Greetings fellow work-shoppers,

We are going to try something different for our inaugural meeting of the 2011-2012 academic session: rather than having a formal paper presentation or lecture as normal we will instead have a round-table discussion on the themes, goals, and future of the Art and Politics in East Asia workshop. Over the past few years there has been growing interest in recalibrating the theoretical and methodological focus of the workshop (as well as a clarification of its stated goals) and this meeting will serve as an opportunity for students and faculty to contribute to the beginning of that process. We will also try to set the tone of discourse for the coming year.

Students and faculty are therefore invited to bring questions and ideas about the future of the workshop. Topics can range on anything from theoretical and/or methodological concerns about how East Asian or Area studies are envisioned at the university to organizational and administrative questions or suggestions about the workshop itself. We are particularly interested in having beginning graduate students attend and participate, as you will be the ones making the most of the workshop in the coming years.

The meeting will be held in room 313 of Judd Hall, 3 PM to 5 PM.

This workshop is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Council on Advanced Studies in the Humanities. Persons who believe they may need assistance to participate fully, please contact the coordinator (Daniel Johnson) in advance at: djohn @ uchicago dot edu

Schedule of Presenters for Fall Quarter 2011

Below is the planned schedule of meetings for the fall term.


Oct 7th – Introductory session and roundtable discussion

Oct 20th – Matthew Johnson (Assistant Professor, History, Grinnell College) Co-sponsored with Transregional Histories Workshop

*note that this sessions will be held on a Thursday, and will meet in a different room and time (likely Social Sciences 224 from 4PM to 6PM)

Nov 4th – William Feeney (PhD Candidate, Linguistic Anthropology, University of Chicago)

Nov 11th – Andrew Kipnis (Senior Fellow, Anthropology, Australian National University)

Nov 18th – Yuki Takinami (PhD candidate, Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago)

Dec 2nd – Kathryn Tanaka (PhD candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)


The workshop meets Fridays between 3PM and 5PM in room 313 of Judd Hall unless otherwise noted.