Previous Asia Colloquia

 2017–18 Colloquium Series

Title Presenter
“Vulnerability and Justice beyond the Human: An Interdisciplinary Approach from South Asia” Sayan Buattacharya (GWSS), Sreyashi Ray (ALL), and Elja Roy (Comm TC), University of Minnesota
"Animating the Posthuman Body: Biopolitics, Futurity, and the Zombie in Project Itoh" Baryon Posadas, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
"Gone with Rosho: What Female Gidayu Musicians in Modern Japan Could Have Brought to 'Literature'" Maki Isaka, Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
"Beyond the Land of Palestine: Deserts, Shores, Seas" Joseph Farag, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
Film Screening - "Demons in Paradise (2017)" Filmmaker Jud Ratnam and V.V. Ganeshananthan, Professor, Department of English, University of Minnesota
"Unsettling the Revolutionary Subject: the Feminist Implications of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011" Nadine Suleiman Naber, Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Snail Watchers’: Corpses, Creatures and Vulnerability in Xoru Dhemali, Bor Dhemali" Amit R. Baishya, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Oklahoma
 "Feminist Montage: The South Korean Feminist Online Community Megalian and its Fractured Mirroring of the New Woman Phenomenon" Soyi Kim, 2017 Rose Travel Fellowship Recipiant and PhD Student, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota
"De-Naturalizing the Anthropocene: Landscape, Animals, and Place in Post-3/11 Nuclear Disaster Documentaries" Hideaki Fujiki, Professor of Cinema Studies and Director of Japan-in-Asia Cultural Research Center, Nagoya University
"Hollywood Made in China" Aynne Kokas, fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and Assistant Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia
"Simplicities: A Colonial Archive (Al-Farabi, Aristotle, Benjamin, Paul)" Jeffrey Sacks, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Literature and Languages, University of California, Riverside
"Fear and Fiction: A Bilingual Reading with Fujino Kaori" Fujino Kaori, Fiction Author (w/ Prof. Kendra Strand and Prof. Kendall Heitzman, University of Iowa)
"Translating Contemporary Chinese Poetry: Readings and a Conversation with Christopher Lupke and Jennifer Feeley" Christpoher Lupke, Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta and Jennifer Feeley, Freelance Translator
"Allegiance Performed: Waṭanīya Poetry on the Stage of the Shāʻir al-Milyūn Competition" Dr. Katrien Vanpee, Director of Arabic Language Instruction, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota

2016–17 Colloquium Series

Title Presenter
“Modernity and Laughter: Transgressive Bodies in Comedy Films in 1950s and 60s South Korea” Soo Hyun Lee, PhD Candidate, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
"Literary Bilingualism: Writing Stories in the Language of the Other in a Sino-Anglophone Context, 1930s-1970s" Chen Wang, PhD Candidate, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
"Washington Irving's Mystical Orientalism" Dr. Mohammad Sharafuddin, Visiting Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
"World Market, Mobile Camera: The Industrial Rhetoric of the Chinese National Product Films" Hongwei Thorn Chen, PhD candidate, Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota
"A New Understanding of Saemaul Undong: Now Hear Our Voice" Dr. Youngmi Kim, Associate Professor, Department of Korean History, Kookmin University
"Cinema as Exception: Railroad, Tobacco, Coal-Mining and a Contingent History of Early Korean Cinema" Sejung Ahn, PhD Candidate, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
"Kimichi Battle:North Korea's Figth for Legitimacy in Our Fragrance" Dr. Immanuel Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Binghamton University, SUNY
"Perforated Images in Indonesia: A Case Study of the Tricks and Politics of Crosscultural Filmmaking, Art and Research" Dag Yngvesson, PhD candidate, Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota

2015–16 Colloquium Series

Title Presenter
"Magic Lantern Shows and Early Screenings in Colonial Taiwan" Laura Jo-Han Wen, PhD candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature. University of Wisconsin–Madison
“Genre Worlds”
Michelle Cho, Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies & World Cinemas, McGill University
"From Science to Literature and Adabi to Nechuri: Examining the Natural and Denaturalization in Ismat Chughtai" Emily Durham, PhD Candidate in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
“Spectral Cosmopolitics in Early Twentieth Century Bangla Horror Story”
Suvadip Sinha, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
“Desperately Seeking Nana Hsu: A Story with Three Beginnings”
Joseph R. Allen, Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
“Poetry, Vyavaharam, and the Language of Political Literature”
Sravanthi Kollu, PhD Candidate, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota

2014–15 Colloquium Series

Title Presenter
“Urban Love, Celluloid Illusion: An Analysis of Bombay Middle Cinema of 1970s” Suvadip Sinha, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
“Approaching Kigyo/Sangyo Eiga: Contextualizing Japanese Industrial Films”
Farah Frayeh Yazawa, PhD Candidate, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
“A Literature for Everybody?: Precursors to Telugu Marxist Discussions on Language”
Sravanthi Kollu, PhD Candidate, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
“Silencing the Dead: Kinoshita Keisuke's 'Yotsuya kaidan' and Occupation Censorship in Japanese Cinema”
Mike Crandol, PhD Candidate, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
“Shadows of The Student of Prague: Psychoanalysis and Visual Modernization in Japanese Doppelganger Fictions”
Baryon Posadas, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
“Colonial Sublime: Ethics, Aesthetics and Political Economy in Early Korean Film Culture, 1897-1948”
Sejung Ahn, PhD Candidate, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
"Imperial Imaginaries of Japanese Science Fiction: On Oshikawa Shunrō's Kaitei Gunkan" Baryon Posadas, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
"Nandan, Gender Plasticity, and the Dichotomization of 'Artistic' Femininity versus 'Natural' Masculinity from China's Republican Era to the Early PRC Years (1912-Early 1960's)"
Guanda Wu, PhD Candidate, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota
“The Infinite Possibilities of the Past: The Consummation of History and Fiction, and the Renaissance of Korean Sagŭk
Saena Dozier, PhD Candidate, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota