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AAS-in-Asia Conference 2024 Theme

“Global Asias: Latent Histories, Manifest Impacts”

Throughout history, Asia has been a global crossroads of civilizations, politics, trade, migration, religions, arts, and material cultures. In the modern era, especially since the last century, Asia’s role as a key player in the global flow of ideas, people, and materials has become even more pronounced, from the impact of the Japanese auto industry to the explosion of K-pop, the globalization of Bollywood films, the political influence of the Southeast Asian region, and China’s New Silk Road Initiative. Asian diasporas in the Americas, Oceania, Africa, and Europe are also important conduits of global finance, art, food, and education. Diasporas from other continents are also migrating to Asia, creating a new dynamism. In discussions of these phenomena, “Asia” is sometimes talked about as a homogeneous entity; however, it has always been highly diverse, complex and fluid. In the twenty-first century, we face numerous challenges, such as the crisis of democracy, the impact of the global order of neoliberalism, the affirmative and problematic advances in digital technology, including AI, and the escalating environmental crisis. This particular historical juncture calls for innovative approaches that shed new light on Asia as an idea, a method, and a framework.

The theme of the conference is “Global Asias” as a new historical, conceptual, and methodological lens for exploring the multiplicity, complexity, and dynamics of Asia in its manifest and hidden connections within the region and with the rest of the world from antiquity to the present. With the AAS-in-Asia Conference 2024 being held in Indonesia, where pluralism lives in its history, constitution, culture, languages, religions, and physical geography, the city of Yogyakarta will be well suited for our intellectual and cultural exchange on Global Asias. We therefore welcome all disciplinary and thematic approaches to Global Asias: history, literature, religion, cinema, law, politics, labor, economics, gender, archaeology, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, media studies, social movements, public health (pandemic) and the environment.

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Keynote address

Revisiting Freedom vs Harmony Debate: From Asian Values to Decolonization

The debate of freedom versus harmony is decades-old and remains a contested issue in the literature on human rights in general, especially in relation to (individual) freedom of expression, assembly, thought, conscience, and religion. Aspiration for harmony, couched in the notions of peace, social cohesion, and public order, is understood to require certain limitations of freedom, and as such is bound to always be controversial.

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Special event

Workshop on Migration and Interconnectivity in the Global South

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS), with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), is pleased to invite applications from early career scholars and practitioners from Asia to participate in a workshop on “Migration in the Global South”. This workshop is convened by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and will be hosted by the Department of Anthropology, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on the 8th of July 2024.

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Timor Leste – Indonesia Workshop at the 2024 AAS-in-Asia

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) meets in July in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In previous years AAS conferences have had “pre-conference workshops” of one sort or another under the auspices of the AAS Timor-Leste Studies Association. The AAS and host of the AAS-in-Asia conference Gadjah Mada University have agreed to host a pre-conference workshop on Timor-Leste on July 8.

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Film Screening & Discussion

The film screening and discussion will be an opportunity to share and discuss perspectives on the theme of “Documenting Differences, Voicing Hopes.” By examining different narratives and experiences, we can gain a deeper understanding of the diverse realities that shape our world. We invite you to join us for this thought-provoking event, where we will explore the rich tapestry of Asian history, culture, and identity.

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Cathay Play Film Screening

The film screening and discussion, titled “Pioneering Voices: Women and Writers of Asian Heritage,” will provide a platform for sharing and discussing perspectives on the theme of women and writers of Asian heritage who have made significant contributions to literature and filmmaking. The event will likely highlight the achievements and experiences of these trailblazers, exploring their impact on the literary and cinematic landscape.

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Of Divine Eloquence: Intertwined conversations in the languages of Islamic, Chinese, Javanese and Korean Calligraphies

In traditional Muslim art, calligraphy is believed to embody divine beauty. It is a medium that harmonizes the self and the universe thereby creating a profound singular experience. Each character is imbued with distinctive personality, symbolic significance, mathematical weight, ecological reference, physiological attributes, and esoteric meanings. Drawing letters shapes the artist’s perceptions, emotions, thoughts, and subjectivity, making calligraphy a dialogical act where drawing and the crafting of the self happen simultaneously. 

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Special session

Tang Prize Lecture

China’s Great Tombs and the Treasures They Have Revealed

The Tang Prize, established by Dr. Samuel Yin in 2012, recognizes individuals with significant contributions to Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology, and the Rule of Law. Awarded every two years, each category receives a cash prize of NT$50 million (approx. US$1.7 million), with NT$10 million (approx. US$ 0.35 million) designated as a research grant. The laureates are chosen by independent selection committees of international experts and scholars, including Nobel laureates.

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Japan Foundation Special Panel

Join us at the Japan Foundation Special Panel at the AAS-in-Asia Conference 2024, where we’ll be exploring the vital role of networking in the career development of area researchers, particularly in the field of Japanese studies. “Associate or Perish: How Networking Builds Your Career as an Area Researcher – a Case of Japanese Studies” promises to be an engaging and informative session, offering valuable insights and practical strategies for researchers looking to enhance their professional prospects and make meaningful contributions to their field. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from experienced researchers and connect with like-minded professionals in a dynamic and supportive environment.

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Exhibition

There have been 360 panels scheduled (310 organized panel sessions and 50 roundtable sessions) comprising 1565 paper presentations in the AAS-in-Asia 2024. In addition to these presenters, the participants are estimated to be more than 1500. With the huge size of UGM community, the exhibitions will attract a big number of visitors from other parts of the campus. UGM is an open campus without wall to separate it from the surrounding communities. Therefore, the exhibition areas are also accessible to a wider audience.

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