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Cultural Flows in Space and Time: Reimagining Asian Diaspora

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A Community College Faculty Workshop at Cornell University 

February 5, 2016, 9AM - 2:15 PM

ILR Conference Center 525, King-Shaw Hall, 140 Garden Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14853

Recently, the concept of diaspora has come under fire. Drawing attention to human movements across boundaries, diaspora has primarily developed as a spatial concept to challenge territorially bounded understandings of nation, culture and identity. This privileging of space has largely neglected attention to temporality and the cultural flows that accompany diaspora, which may take shape independently and often anachronistically. Coining the term "diaspora moments," Shelly Chan, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, argues that the idea of “diaspora” is not adequately captured by examining communities in space, but rather it should be thought of as a series of events that enable novel connections to be forged with a “homeland,” either real or imagined.

In this workshop scholar-presenters will examine cultural flows across Asia and their diasporic connections through space and time. Underlying questions the workshop aims to explore: How is diaspora tied more broadly to cultural flows? How is cultural identity understood, performed, and passed on from generation to generation? How does a diaspora interact with the ideas and spaces of “homeland”? What kinds of intersections and influences occur between and among people of a diaspora and the “new” land? We will focus particularly on instances in which movements of people, ideas, and culture have circulated in Asia, creating new identities and new connections that challenge a simplistic understanding of diaspora.

With a combination of presentations, discussions, and breakout sessions community college faculty will learn how to engage and incorporate ideas of diaspora and cultural flows into their teaching and research.



9:00 AM - 9:15AM - Coffee/registration

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM - Opening remarks/agenda by Eric Tagliacozzo, Professor of history

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM - Speaker 1: Kaja McGowan, Associate Professor, art history, archaeology, and Asian studies, Cornell University, and Director of the Cornell Southeast Asia Program: Asian Diasporas Revisited: Cultural Flows in Space and Time

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM - Break

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM - Speaker 2: Joanne Punzo Waghorne, Professor of Religion, Syracuse University: Hinduism in Singapore

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM - Break

11:30 AM -12:15 PM - Speaker 3: Chris Miller, Senior Lecturer, music, Cornell University: Cultural Flows and Music in Indonesia

12:15 PM-1:15 PM - Lunch

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM - Pedagogy Breakout sessions

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM - Wrap-up


For accommodation request (wheel chair accessibility and assisted listening device) contact in advance: 607-255-8493