Colloquy on Asia in the Era of Globalization (CAEG)
A TWO-YEAR GENERATIVE PROGRAM FUNDED BY THE INSTITUTE FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Re-writing the Asian Canon: 2003-2004
Within the global frame, the study of Asia has been subjected to tensions of particularism versus universalism. In the American university structure, what do we perceive as "Asia"? How have the ideas of "world literature" and "world history" changed, and how have our programs adapted to the increasing recognition of Asia? How has the study of Japanese or Chinese, for example, shifted in the global paradigm? How has the availability of translated literatures in lesser-taught languages, or art by marginalized people, increased our understanding of geographically and otherwise ignored areas? How do we avoid having a few Asian (or Asian-heritage diasporic) artists or writers become canonized as representatives of their culture, to the exclusion of many others who may be equally significant? Our project will address recent shifts in Asian Studies, Asia's placement within globalization concepts, and related disciplines at the level of programs as well as at the level of curricula.
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