>From: "jia-lin" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: The 2007 International Symposium
>on Diaspora and Ethnic Studies (Taiwan)
>The 2007 International Symposium on Diaspora and Ethnic Studies
>June 16-17, 2007
>Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature,
>National Sun Yat-sen University and Ministry of Education on Taiwan
>The symposium will explore the intersection of ethnic studies with diaspora
>studies░Xhow they connect and how they diverge in the trans-Pacific context.
>At the intersection of ethnic studies with Asian diaspora, Native American
>diaspora, African diaspora, Irish diaspora, and Queer diaspora lie not only
>profound tensions but also creative possibilities. The symposium will
>examine diaspora/ethnic texts and reassess current theoretical and
>methodological issues in the field.
>Exploring a wide range of visual, literary and artist forms by diasporic and
>ethnic authors, this symposium will seek to transnationalize Diaspora
>Studies and encourage dialogues among those dedicated to this field.
>Bringing together scholars from the U.S., Japan, Korea and Taiwan, it will
>provide a forum for globally/locally diverse approaches. Contextualizing
>these approaches in different historical and cultural backgrounds, the
>symposium will thus investigate a variety of diasporic and ethnic literary
>and cultural issues, both thematically and methodologically.
>The symposium will specifically examine the ways in which contemporary
>ethnic visual, literary, and performing arts address the formation of
>cultural identity/ies within shifting geographical, political, cultural,
>artistic, disciplinary frameworks. Questions that the speakers' approaches
>will address include, but are not limited to, the following: As one moves
>across national boundaries, does one become less a ░▀national░« than an
>░▀ethnic░«? Where does one draw the line? Is it possible, or, feasible,
>for us to draw the line between the ░▀national,░« the ░▀diasporic,░« the
>░▀ethnic░« or the ░▀cosmopolitan░«? On the other hand, the migrancy of
>identities and desires also initiates a crisis in cultural transmission and
>transcultural communicability. How should, that is to say, the two
>generations, within the diasporic generations, address and comprehend each
>other? How does the diaspora negotiate with the melancholia of ethnicity,
>in what political stance and with what narrative strategies?
> ░▀Diaspora and Ethnic Studies░« will allow students and scholars to
>exchange views on the above questions, plus a whole range of theoretical,
>critical, and pedagogical issues that are pertinent to the studies of
>ethnic/diasporic literature as an emergent academic field.
> This two-day symposium will include invited speeches given by
>acclaimed scholars, Dr. Yu-cheng Lee, Philip Deloria, David Eng, Joni
>Adamson, Kun Jong Lee, and Shin Yamamoto, among others, and roundtable
>discussions participated by leading scholars both at home and abroad.
>For further details, please contact
>Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
>National Sun Yat-sen University
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