Sponsored Working Group

Asian Studies Initiative

This working group brings together scholars across Rutgers in order to foster ongoing conversations aimed at building a University-wide endeavor to advance the study of Global Asia at Rutgers. This initiative recognizes that Asia is home to two-thirds of the world population and the center of twenty-first century challenges, ranging from trade wars to nuclear proliferation, refugee crises to environmental disasters. Solutions to these problems require a renewed, integrative focus on Asia’s place in the world – and the world’s place in Asia. While the growing policy and academic emphasis on global processes and transnational relations challenges a traditional area studies model of scholarship, recent trends show nationalism and regionalism to be on the rise, due in part to globalization itself. Because Rutgers is home to a wide diversity of scholars actively engaging in research on Asia, we are uniquely positioned to take a leading role in reshaping conversations on the region. Our goals are to transform Rutgers into a hub of expertise on Asia and its diasporic and hemispheric locales by leveraging existing, but scattered, faculty expertise, as well as existing academic programs across the University, to better respond to and engage the Asian and Asian American communities at Rutgers and beyond. We will work towards integrating existing faculty collaborations, programs, and student/alumni organizations focused on Asia and Asian America. We seek to move beyond traditional area studies models, which grew out of policies responding to a Cold War era world order. Instead, we will foster deeper examination of the fundamental intellectual underpinnings of area studies in a new era of globalization and workshop new ways of framing regional and transregional conversations. This working group grows out of several years of ongoing discussion, aimed at identifying and developing areas of research collaboration across schools and departments. Over the course of the past year, we identified two different sets of challenges. The first is the intellectual challenge of addressing the scope of area studies, of critically rethinking the status of “Asia” as a world region, and of redefining the methodological and theoretical frameworks that tie various faculty members’ interventions together. The second is in working out the institutional framework for bringing disciplines together, of finding a space in which we can convene regularly and coordinate lectures and activities, plan curricular directions, and organize seminars and speakers. Over overarching theme for this year is Im/Mobilities, which takes on a particularly pressing relevance given the current crisis surrounding migration, borders, and climate change, particular in light of our society's ongoing efforts to grapple with a global pandemic.

 

 

Organizers

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (American Studies) specializes in Asian American, comparative ethnic and postcolonial aspects of contemporary American literary and cultural studies. His book American Tropics: Articulating Filipino America (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) is the recipient of the Association for Asian American Studies Cultural Studies Book Award. In 2003-2004, he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at DeLaSalle University-Taft in Manila, Philippines. He received his BA from Williams College and his PhD in Comparative Literature from NYU. He teaches a broad range of courses in theory and literature, Asian American Studies, critical race theory, law and literature, and comparative race studies.

 

 

 

 

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Art History) focuses on the art and architectural history of South Asia, with a particular focus on the Indian subcontinent. Her first book, Worldly Gurus and Spiritual Kings: Architecture and Asceticism in Medieval India (Yale University Press, 2014), received the PROSE award in Architecture and Urban Planning. She is currently completing a second book that examines the relationships among architecture, environmental history, and travel on local, regional, and global scales. A third book project, on architectural revivalism and rhetorics of secularism in twentieth century temple architecture, is currently underway. Her essays have appeared in well over a dozen volumes and journals, including The Art Bulletin, Ars Orientalis, and Archives of Asian Art. Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from Fulbright, the J. Paul Getty Foundation, the National Humanities Center, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Clark Art Institute.