Critical Asian Humanities: Disciplinary Reflections. Symposium with Carlos Rojas

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 3:00-6:00pm.  (Jones 202)  Asia Theory Visuality presents an afternoon symposium with Carlos Rojas on "Critical Asian Humanities," bringing together a range of issues on "Asian Humanities" as a disciplinary, methodological, historical, and theoretical formation. The symposium asks: How do we understand humanities scholarship in relationship to the study of "Asia"? And how do we understand "Asia" in relationship to the field of humanities scholarship? What disciplinary, taxonomical, and methodological paradigms are emerging at the intersection of these two fields of study, and how can we assess the legacy of earlier paradigms? What was and what will be the relationship between "Asian humanities" and the "university" as an educational and financial institution? How does "Asian humanities" respond to the changing economic and political relationships between "Asia" and the "West”? As founding director of the Critical Asian Humanities initiatives at Duke University, Rojas is aptly situated to facilitate and drive conversations around these questions.

Participants are invited to read: 1) Thomas Lamarre, "Platformativity: Media Studies, Area Studies, and 2) Kuan-Hsing Chen, ASIA as METHODToward Deimperialization (selections). The symposium will take a dialogue form. Participants are invited to contribute to the discussion. Readings are available to registered participants. Please RSVP, and email Erin Huang ( for the suggested readings.


Carlos Rojas is Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; and Arts of the Moving Image. His research focuses on issues of gender and visuality, corporeality and infection, and nationalism and diaspora studies, particularly as they relate to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the global Chinese diaspora. He works primarily in the early modern, modern, and contemporary periods. He is the author of three books: The Naked Gaze: Reflection on Chinese Modernity, The Great Wall: A Cultural History, and Homesickness: Culture, Contagion, and National Transformation. He is the co-editor of five books: Writing Taiwan: A New Literary History (with David Der-wei Wang), Rethinking Chinese Popular Culture: Cannibalizations of the Cannon (with Eileen Cheng-yin Chow), The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas (with Eileen Cheng-yin Chow), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature (with Andrea Bachner), and Ghost Protocol: Development and Displacement in Global China (with Ralph Litzinger). He is also the translator of five volumes of literary fiction, including Yu Hua's Brothers (translated with Eileen Cheng-yin Chow, and shortlisted for the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize), Yan Lianke's Lenin Kisses, The Four Books, The Explosion Chronicles, and Marrow (of which The Four Books shortlisted for both the 2016 Man Booker International Prize and the 2016 FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Award), and Malaysian Chinese author Ng Kim Chew's Slow Boat to China and Other Stories.