2015 Asia Theories International Symposium

Waiting: Time/Theory/Action in Global Aisas

Dates: October 2-5, 2015
Location: Humanities Building, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, TAIWAN

Organized by
  • Taiwan Humanities Society
  • University of California Humanities Research Institute, USA
  • MOST Project, “Thinking East Asia, Overcoming the Global, and Imaging the World”
  • Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature and Transnational Cultural Studies at National Chung Hsing University, TAIWAN
Sponsored by
  • Ministry of Science and Technology, TAIWAN
  • Ministry of Education, TAIWAN
  • National Chung Hsing University, TAIWAN
  • University of California Humanities Research Institute, USA

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Co-organized by the Taiwan Humanities Society and the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the 2015 Asia Theories International Symposium will be hosted by the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature and Transnational Cultural Studies, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, TAIWAN. The theme of the symposium is “Waiting: Time/Theory/Action in Global Asias.”

Waiting is aporetic, and self-surpassing upon being completed. It can be conceptualized as an act that exists in an out-of-joint or liminal time, in which hope, possibility and end are simultaneously suspended, presupposed and anticipated. Further intimated in this act is a sabbatical gesture that aims to cancel its own time and condition in order to fulfill its goal predicated on some faith that points toward another time and world. But what becomes of waiting when these constitutive factors—fidelity and temporal multiplicity—verge on disappearance in our contemporary world? And what possibilities about waiting remain to be envisaged and theorized?

The bio-capitalist apparatus of global governing processes people in chronic waiting in all sorts of milieu and circumstance. We struggle with term periods and expiration dates; we find ourselves intermittently placed in lines, on hold or on waiting lists, for the first sale of the ever-coming newest smartphone models, for train and flight transits, or for medication, hospitalization or death. Entrapped in our becoming-data and becoming-processed, we have little sovereignty regarding time and are susceptible to losing sense of timeliness. We are unable to bring waiting to an end in the administrative informational network. But paradoxically, we appear to be no longer capable of waiting, so we crave for on-command, instantaneous satisfaction by means of the real-time technologies of convenience. And neoliberal regimes often wield the pretext of efficiency to reject waiting, casting us into a manic-depressive frenzy of development and production, which affects academics as well. In either scenario, time seems to be disappearing, dissolving into the speed of calculation, management and control. Time, in short, is becoming thin.

On the other hand, time is becoming thick, intense and critical. Across Asia, all-pervasive tensions and crises emerge along with the end of the Cold War, the cataclysmic rise of China, its threats to neighboring societies and its crackdowns on opposition, the 1997 Hong Kong handover, the territorial conflicts in this region, the unpredictable risks of North Korea, the ecological disasters and political polemics in Southeast Asia and Japan, the tensions in Pakistan and with India, to name just a few. All these factors are simultaneously in very complicated relation with the sweeping large-scale changes in geopolitics and capitalism in the age of globalization. Asian societies are implicated in a vertigo of fluctuations coupled with utter uncertainties.

Many people in these societies wait, in hope that nothing eventful, or disastrous, will ever come. Manifest symptoms can be detected everywhere. But an increasing number of people are agitated, mobilizing themselves against the emerging ecological, economic, political, cultural and existential threats and exploitations. As a result, protests, riots and social movements have proliferated in response to hopeless waiting in nonchalance or acquiescence.

Here waiting should matter, because the piece of liminal time won in these struggles concerns the ability to slow down and measure the determining apparatus, in order to act beyond all speeds defined by it. In these cases, we seem to see a peculiar mode of waiting distinguished by the ability of waiting in action or acting in waiting, an ability required for the age of total mobilization.

For the humanities and intellectual societies, also being agitated and mobilized for action and engagement, this singular mode of waiting requires conceptualization. New theoretical paradigms, it follows, are waiting. Furthermore and reflexively, this bears on theory itself. If “slowing down” is decisive for action, theory may also need to wait to immobilize the epistemological apparatus in order to act beyond all speeds defined by it at any given time, including the real time of global exchange of ideas and theories. This concerns theory per se because its efficacy lies in its ability to stop and capture not just material but ideational territorialized movements. Theory, that is, acts in and by waiting. There should be a definitive, if not singular, mode of waiting pertaining to theory, which points to its nature and potentiality as well as to its time, a liminal piece won by thinking. This perspective calls for experimental epistemological practices that might be able to meet the pragmatic as well as theoretical exigencies, especially in regard to the non-West, and to Asias locally and globally manifested, experienced and expressed.

With this symposium, we seek to address the topic of waiting in relation to time, theory and action in our contemporary world. We seek for papers that expound the conditions, (im)possibilities, and creative practices of waiting in response to the phenomena and questions outlined here. We welcome theoretical papers on Asia, which may engage with Western as well as Asian theory, create theories from case studies or embark on theory experiments.

 

Organizing Committee

Yen-Bin CHIOU 邱彥彬 (Associate Professor, Department of English, National Chengchi University, TAIWAN)

Kuo-Wei CHEN 陳國偉 (Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature and Transnational Cultural Studies, National Chung Hsing University, TAIWAN)

Po-Shin CHIANG 蔣伯欣 (Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and MA Program in Art History and Art Criticism, Tainan National University of the Arts, TAIWAN)

David Theo GOLDBERG (Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine, USA)

Li-Chun HSIAO 蕭立君 (Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University, TAIWAN)

Yu-Lin LEE 李育霖 (Professor, Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature and Transnational Cultural Studies, National Chung Hsing University, TAIWAN)

Jiann-Guang LIN 林建光  (Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chung Hsing University, TAIWAN)

Hung-Chiung LI 李鴻瓊 (Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University, TAIWAN)

Ming-Hung Alex TU 涂銘宏 (Associate Professor, Department of English , Tamkang University, TAIWAN)

Workshops

Workshop I  Critical Theory Conference: On Waiting
Oct. 2-4, 9:10-10:50 a.m., Conference Room

Organizers
David Theo Goldberg (University of California Humanities Research Institute, USA)
Hung-chiung Li 李鴻瓊 (National Taiwan University, TAIWAN)

Speakers
Ackbar Abbas (University of California, Irvine, USA)
Azeen A. Khan (Brown University, USA)
Alex Taek-Gwang Lee (Kyung Hee University, SOUTH KOREA)
Kwai Cheung Lo 羅貴祥 (Hong Kong Baptist University, HONG KONG)
Jenna Ng 黃佩珣 (University of York, UK)
Nobutaka Otobe 乙部延剛 (Ibaraki University, JAPAN)
Jon Solomon (University of Lyon -Jean Moulin, FRANCE)
Chien-heng Wu 吳建亨 (National Kaohsiung Normal University, TAIWAN)

Workshop II  Native Theory
Oct. 2-4, 2:10 p.m.-3:40 p.m., Conference Room

Organizers
Shu-Mei SHIH 史書美 (The University of Hong Kong, HONG KONG)
Li-Chun HSIAO 蕭立君 (National Taiwan University, TAIWAN)

Speakers
Shu-Mei SHIH 史書美 (The University of Hong Kong, HONG KONG)
Chun-Mei CHUANG 張君玫 (Soochow University, TAIWAN)

Li-Chun HSIAO 蕭立君 (National Taiwan University, TAIWAN)
Vicente L. RAFAEL (University of Washington, USA)
Richard F. CALICHMAN (City College of New York, USA)
Mirana M. SZETO 司徒薇 (The University of Hong Kong, HONG KONG)
Tony SEE 薛承興 (National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE)
Mayumo Inoue 井上間從人 (Hitotsubashi University, Japan)
Chun-Mei CHUANG 張君玫 (Soochow University, TAIWAN)

Workshop III  Document and Limbo
Oct. 2-4, 4:00 p.m.-5:40 p.m., Conference Room

Organizers
Han-Yu HUANG 黃涵榆 (National Taiwan Normal University, TAIWAN)
Ming-Hung Alex TU 涂銘宏 (Tamkang University, TAIWAN)

Speakers
Masaya CHIBA 千葉雅也 ( Ritsumeikan University, JAPAN)
Tetsuya MIURA 三浦哲哉 (Aoyama Gakuin University, JAPAN)
Ming-Hung Alex TU 涂銘宏 (Tamkang University, TAIWAN)
Yu-Chuan SHAO 邵毓娟 (National Taiwan Normal University, TAIWAN)
Chih-Wei YANG 楊志偉 (National Taiwan University, TAIWAN)
Shan-Ni TSAI 蔡善妮 (National Taiwan University, TAIWAN)
Yi-Jen CHANG 張懿仁 (Fo Guang University, TAIWAN)
Po-Chou LIAO 廖柏州 (National Taiwan University, TAIWAN)

Cultural Exhibition

Oct. 4, 11:10 a.m.-12:40 p.m., Conference Room
Chair: Chi-Lin HSU許綺玲 (National Central University, TAIWAN)
Speaker: Chao-Liang SHEN沈昭良( Artist) 

About the Artist
沈昭良Shen Chao-Liang was born in Tainan, Taiwan, in 1968.  He obtained his master degree from the Graduate School of the Applied Media Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts.  He worked as a photojournalist and Vice Convenor for the Entertainment, Art and Literature News Center of the Liberty Times, the Artist in Residence at National Central University, Taiwan, and Chairman, Portfolio Review Committee, Young Art Taipei. Shen has been dedicated to feature photography since 1993. From his early works of Reflections of Nan-Fang-Ao (2001) to the latter series of YULAN Magnolia Flower (2008), Tsukiji Fish Market (2010) , STAGE (2011) and SINGERS & STAGES (2013), he has been recognized by his sophisticated style of image creation and commitment to documenting the evolution of Taiwan society.

Shen won the Golden Tripod Award of Best Photography (magazine category) of R.O.C(Taiwan) in 2000, 2002 and 2012, the Asia Award in Sagamihara, Japan (2004), the Dong-gang Photography Award, Korea (2006), the Artists Wanted: Photography Category Award, NY, USA (2011), and the IPA (International Photography Award) (PRO), Book of Documentary Category 1st Place, LA, USA (2012), respectively. In addition to being published in journals home and aboard, Shen’s works have been exhibited in the United States, Canada, France, UK, Spain, Nederland, Denmark, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Cambodia and PRC China. Currently he is a freelancer and photography critic, and teaches photography at National Chengchi University, Tamkang University and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

https://www.facebook.com/chaoliang.shen

http://www.shenchaoliang.com

STAGE-02_沈昭良攝

STAGE-02 Photo Credit: Shen Chao-Liang

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STAGE-21 Photo Credit: Shen Chao-Liang

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STAGE-04 Photo Credit: Shen Chao-Liang

Invited Scholars

Workshops

Ackbar ABBAS
Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine, USA
Richard F. CALICHMAN
Professor, Japanese Studies and Director of Asian Studies, City College of New York, USA
Chun-Mei CHUANG 張君玫
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Soochow University, TAIWAN
Yi-Jen CHANG 張懿仁
Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Fo Guang University, TAIWAN
Masaya CHIBA 千葉雅也
Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University, JAPAN
David Theo GOLDBERG
Director, University of California Humanities Research Institute
Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine, USA
Li-Chun HSIAO 蕭立君
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University, TAIWAN
Han-Yu HUANG 黃涵榆
Associate Professor, Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, TAIWAN
Mayumo INOUE 井上間從文
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Language and Society, Hitotsubashi Univerity, JAPAN
Azeen A. KHAN
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University, USA
Alex Taek-Gwang LEE
Associate Professor, Department of British and American Cultural Studies, Kyung Hee University, SOUTH KOREA
Po-Chou LIAO 廖柏州
M.A. Student, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University, TAIWAN
Kwai Cheung LO 羅貴祥
Professor, Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University, HONG KONG
Tetsuya MIURA 三浦哲哉
Associate Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University, JAPAN
Jenna Ng 黄佩珣
Anniversary Research Lecturer in Film and Interactive Media, Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York, UNITED KINGDOM
Nobutaka OTOBE 乙部延剛
Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Ibaraki University, JAPAN
Vicente L. RAFAEL
Professor, Department of History, University of Washington, USA
Tony SEE 薛承興
Lecturer, National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE
Yu-Chuan SHAO 邵毓娟
Associate Professor, Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, TAIWAN
Shu-Mei SHIH 史書美
Professor, School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong, HONG KONG
Jon SOLOMON 蘇哲安
Professor, Institute of Transtextual and Transcultural Research, University of Lyon (Jean Moulin), FRANCE
Mirana M. SZETO 司徒薇
Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong, HONG KONG
Shan-Ni TSAI 蔡善妮
M.A. Student, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University, TAIWAN
Ming-Hung Alex TU 涂銘宏
Associate Professor, Department of English , Tamkang University, TAIWAN
Pei-Ju WU 吳佩如
Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chung Hsing University, TAIWAN
Chien-Heng WU 吳建亨
Assistant Professor, Department of English, National Kaohsiung Normal University, TAIWAN
Chih-Wei YANG 楊志偉
Ph.D. Student, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University, TAIWAN

Panels

Daniel BROUDY
Professor, Okinawa Christian University, JAPAN
Catherine Ju-Yu CHENG 鄭如玉
Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, FoGuang University, TAIWAN
Yen-Bin CHIOU 邱彥彬
Associate Professor, Department of English, National Chengchi University, TAIWAN
Bregham DALGLIESH
Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Manpreet Kaur JANEJA
Assistant Professor, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, DENMARK
Meera LEE
Assistant Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Syracuse University, USA
Sun-Chieh LIANG 梁孫傑
Professor, Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, TAIWAN
Jiann-Guang LIN 林建光
Director, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chung Hsing University, TAIWAN
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chung Hsing University, TAIWAN
Min-Tser LIN 林明澤
Director, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Cheng Kung University, TAIWAN
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Cheng Kung University, TAIWAN
Yu-Yen LIU 劉于雁
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Huafan University, TAIWAN
Christopher D. MELLEY
ESL instructor, Okinawa Christian University, JAPAN
Stankomir NICIEJA 倪丹康
Assistant Professor, The Institute of English, University of Opole, Head of the Department of Anglophone Culture, POLAND
Christophe Thouny
Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Emily Shu-Hui TSAI 蔡淑惠
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chung Hsing University, TAIWAN
Chun-Yen WANG 汪俊彥
Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature and Transnational Cultural Studies, National Chung Hsing University, TAIWAN
Ryszard W. WOLNY
Professor, School of English and American Studies, University of Opole, POLAND

Cultural Exhibition

Chi-Lin HSU 許綺玲
Director, Department of French Language and Literature, National Central University, TAIWAN
Professor, Department of French Language and Literature, National Central University, TAIWAN
Chao-Liang SHEN 沈昭良
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Radio and Television, National Chengchi University, Department of Industrial and Commercial Design, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, College of Liberal Arts, TamKang University

Registration

The symposium is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. Please visit the website below to register for the ATIS 2015.
http://goo.gl/forms/MDhzakxbE2

Registered Participants

1. Fang-Tze Hsu (National University of Singapore)
2. 高嘉勵 (中興大學)
3. Darius Ho (台北教育大學)
4. Jou-juo Chu (National Chung cheng University)
5. Dominique Liao (Center for General Education, NCHU)
6. Kun Xian Shen (台大外文所)
7. CHUNG TENG IO (國立台灣大學)
8. Ellen (中央大學藝術學研究所)
9. Hsinlin Su NKNU (English Department Ph.D program)
10. Chuang, Shih-hung (National Taiwan Normal University)
11. Wei-ting Liou (Royal Holloway, University of London)
12. FAN NING (國立中興大學)
13. Ju-en Li (Fu Jen Catholic University)
14. Anthea Hsu (Providence Uinversity)
15. Hueichu Chu (Chung Hsing University)
16. Fiona zeng (National Changhua University of Educationa)
17. Man-Ling Shen沈曼菱 (NCHU)
18. Shu-ming Hung (National Quemoy University)
19. 阮秀莉Rose Hsiu-Li JUAN (國立中興大學外國語文學系)
20. Christine H. Chou (Fu Jen Catholic University)
21. Nic Testerman (UCLA)
22. Amelia Chen (National Taiwan University)
23. 陳炫丞 (中興大學)
24. Chen Tien-Chin (台中教育大學NTCU)
25. Ding-Liang Chen (National Chengchi University)
26. Chang Tien Te (National Chengchi University)
27. 林映君(Charlotte)(中興大學)
28. TingYu Pan (National Chung Hsing University)
29. 沈昆賢 (台大外文所)
30. Joy (中興大學)
31. Chia-ju Chang (Brooklyn College)
32. Tzu Liu (臺灣大學)
33. chien lo (tnnua)
34. 楊凱婷 (中興台文碩專生)
35. Dino Huang (中興大學)
36. Jianwei Wang (國立中興大學)
37. 柯嘉凌(JIA LING KE) (中興大學)
38. Lu-Yue (中興大學台灣文學與跨國文化研究所)
39. Yi Ju Liao (National Chung Hsing University)
40. 沈克諭 (中興大學台文所)