Each presentation will be about 15 minutes.
This symposium will focus on patterns and networks of cultural interaction, exchange, and mutual curiosity between Europe and the region today called Southeast Asia as well as Sri Lanka (Ceylon) from approximately 1800 to 1940. Papers on themes that are often overlooked or obscured when focusing on the frameworks of empires and nation-states, or ones that complicate such frameworks, are particularly encouraged. For example, studies in material culture and consumer culture can focus on the circulation of the motifs and patterns of tiles, textiles or prints through commercial and cultural networks. In architecture, “hybrid” styles such as the “Sino-Portuguese” architecture or “Sino-colonial” architecture found in Thailand, and similar styles found in Malaysia, or Singapore (many examples of which are shophouses built by ethnic Chinese groups), show patterns of both local cultural exchange as well as broader interaction between Europe and Southeast Asia. Topics on contemporary heritage issues in both Europe and Southeast Asia are also welcome.
-World fairs or Universal Expositions, colonial exhibitions, and similar settings in Europe and Southeast Asia
-Contemporary issues of cultural heritage
-Theoretical issues regarding transnational cultural exchange, heritage and agency
The airfares of the participants can be covered by Seattle University. No registration fee is required.