2008 East of California Conference:
A Movement to Look Back To:
October 31, 2008 – November 1, 2008
The University of Connecticut
In 1993, the East of California Conference was hosted by the recently formed Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. Fifteen years later, the EOC conference returns to UConn. As the Asian American Studies Institute celebrates its fifteenth anniversary, the field of Asian American Studies also celebrates a significant moment in 2008. The title for this year’s conference, “A Movement to Look Back To,” signals the fortieth anniversary of the San Francisco State strike, which facilitated the emergence of Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies on the higher education landscape. The nature and tenor of Asian American Studies has altered dramatically, and the field is increasingly marked by multidisciplinary methodologies and interdisciplinary collaborations between Ethnic Studies programs and departments.
Mindful that Asian American Studies emerged out of an atmosphere of social justice and founded on both theory and practice, the conference organizers encourage individual papers, panel submissions and roundtable proposals that acknowledge the extent to which the field continues to grow and expand, both within and outside the institution of the academy and particularly East of California. Concomitantly, given the variegated nature of Asian American Studies, the conference organizers welcome proposals that actively engage contemporary considerations of Asian American cultural production, identity formation, aesthetics, and politics. The conference will be hosted by the Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and will take place October 31 – November 1, 2008.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Transnationalism & Cosmopolitanism
Cross-ethnic/racial collaborations and coalitions
Multi-disciplinary/inter-disciplinary collaborations and coalitions
Scholar-activist work, within and outside the academy
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, before and after 9/11
Teaching in the 21st century
The state of “Asian America”
Asian American methodologies and epistemologies
Asian American visual cultures
The Asian American archive: what is it and where is it?
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