New Directions in Transpacific Cultural Research

A Public Symposium

Feb 9-10, 2017
Harbour Centre 1400, Segal Centre Room
SFU Vancouver, 515 West Hastings



Thursday, Feb 9, 2017    5-7:30 pm  
Opening Keynote Lecture

Welcome Reception
Blessing Ceremony with Elder Jim

Opening Keynote Lecture
Chua Beng Huat, Provost's Chair Professor, National University of Singapore
“Reflections on Institutionalizing a Transnational Cultural Studies”

Discussants: Catherine Murray (SFU), Chris Lee (UBC)

Friday, Feb 10, 2017    9:30 am-3:30pm  Plenary Sessions

9:30 am     Breakfast

10 am-12 pm    Plenary Session 1  The Postcolonial Pacific & Minor Transnationalisms

Chair: Maureen Maloney (SFU)

John Nguyet Erni, Chair Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University
“Law and Transgender Rights in the Postcolony: Reflections from Hong Kong”

Audrey Yue, Professor, University of Melbourne
“The Junior Partnerships of Australia Singapore Screen Co-productions: Towards a New Model for Transpacific Cultural Research” 

Discussants: Adel Iskandar (SFU), Davina Bhandar (SFU)

12-1:30pm       Lunch 

1:30-3:30 pm      Plenary Session 2  Transpacific Affect and Intimate Geographies

Chair: Lara Campbell (SFU)

Andy Chih-Ming Wang, Associate Research Fellow, Academia Sinica
“Transpacific Asymmetries: The Parallel Universes in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being"

Nadine Attewell, Associate Professor, McMaster University
“Intimate Geographies, Transpacific Worldings, and the Pulse of the Archive”

Discussants: David Chariandy (SFU), Phanuel Antwi (UBC)

Friday, Feb 10, 2017    5-7 pm  Closing Keynote Lecture

Lisa Yoneyama, Professor, University of Toronto
“Genealogy of the Transpacific”

Discussants: John Price (University of Victoria)

7-8:30 pm   Buffet Dinner Reception

This event marks the official launch of the Institute for Transpacific Cultural Research. It is funded by a SSHRC Connection Grant and generously supported by:

Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Science
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology
The David Lam Centre for International Communication
School of Communication
Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies

Organizing committee: Christine Kim, Helen Leung, Kirsten McAllister
Graduate RA: Rob Bittner, Novia Chen, Ayaka Yoshimizu

Event photography by Novia Chen
Event videography by Pictures Up Media Inc, with additional post-production by Novia Chen


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