Keynote, Performances, and Roundtables

Keynote Talk:

“The Question of the Unarchived and the Rewriting of History”

Gyanendra Pandey

Gyanendra Pandey, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, and Director, Interdisciplinary Workshop on Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Emory University

Gyanendra Pandey, a founding member and leading theorist of the Subaltern Studies project, has focused his research on South Asia and the USA. Among the best known of his single-authored works are A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste and Difference in India and the United States (2013); Routine Violence: Nations, Fragments, Histories (2006); The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India (rev. ed. 2006); and Remembering Partition: Violence, Nationalism and History in India (2001).

He has organized international, interdisciplinary workshops around questions of marginality, subalternity and difference, unarchived histories, and the practice of democracy. Publications following from the workshops include a specially edited guest issue of the postcolonial studies journal, Interventions (2008); and three major edited anthologies, Subaltern Citizens and their Histories: Investigations from India and the USA (2010), Subalternity and Difference: Investigations from the North and the South (2011), and Un-archived Histories: the “Mad” and the “Trifling” (2014). Pandey’s latest book, Fragments of Family: Men at Home in Colonial and Postcolonial India, is due to appear in 2024.

Dance Performance

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Willow Dance Group

The troupe, based in the Atlanta area under the leadership of Fnu Jisi, will perform the following dances:

-"The Story of Ming Lan," performed by Fnu Jisi, Raran Ma, Huimin Sun, Linda Tang, Jean Zhang, and Chrissie Deng. Chinese traditional dance.
-"Auspicious Mongolian Plateau," performed by Fnu Jisi, Raran Ma, Huimin Sun, Chrissie Deng, and Linda Tang. Inner Mongolian folk dance.

Student Networking Dinner

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"What's Next? Careers Involving Asia"

Come join classmates and peers from other colleges and universities at the ASIANetwork conference, Saturday, April 13 at 6 pm!
Panel discussion and Q&A, participants include:
-Melvin Barnes, Ohio Humanities and the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University
-Alexander Barron, Wesley International Academy
-Hailey Brett (Agnes Scott College ’16), Japan-America Society of Georgia
-Jay Joshi, Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and IBM (Mr. Joshi's statements are his own and do not represent his employer.)
-Randall Nadeau, Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Taipei) and Fulbright programs in Asia Moderated by Chirasree Mukherjee, Knox College Followed by a light dinner, ongoing conversation, networking, and your evening social plans.

Film Screening

转 [Zhuan]: Turning, Spinning, Circling.

This observational film juxtaposes five sequences filmed in southwest China's Mosuo, or Na, villages in 2023. Visual anthropologist Jiaxin Wang followed anthropologist Tami Blumenfield into homes of old friends and their children to produce a mesmerizing window into their lives. As people sit around a hearth, join together to coil thread, walk slowly around a village, work together to transform steaming rice into small cakes, and dance around a bonfire, they honor the legacies of their ancestors while also creating new ways of living. Shot in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains in an area where Tibetan Buddhism permeates people's lives, the film shows the cycles and circles of generations of women and their families.


Please note the following roundtable discussions:

- Decolonizing Asian Studies, contact: K. Christine Pae (Denison University)
- Blackness in Asian Studies, contact: Vince Gaddis (Elgin Community College)
- Climate Justice in Asia, contact: Laura Elder (Independent Scholar)
- Project Himalayan Art, organized by the Rubin Museum of Art (New York)
- Building Capacity in Asian Studies, organized by Brian Cwiek of the U.S. Department of Education
- and more!