Roundtable Session

Special Roundtable 1: Forgotten Geographies: A Journal of Asian Studies Roundtable

Saturday, July 7
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Tamarind, New Building

Partner: The Journal of Asian Studies

The goal of this session will be to explore a range of issues associated with the imaginingos regions within Asia and the connections between them. In particular, the panelists in this conversational style roundtable, in which they will draw on their past work and bring in issues from their current projects, will think together about places or constellations of places that tend to get overlooked or forgotten in conventional discussions of the continent.

One thing that the panelists have in common is that they are the authors of past or forthcoming articles in the Journal of Asian Studies —a publication, along with carrying specialized research articles, that has often published think pieces and forums that engage with issues associated with the ways that regions within Asia are and Asia as a whole is imagined. The session will be moderated jointly by the outgoing and incoming editors of this flagship periodical of the Association for Asian Studies—with the outgoing editor (Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a specialist in modern Chinese history) doing so long distance via SKYPE and the incoming one (Vinayak Chaturvedi, a specialist in modern South Asian history) doing so in person.

The panelists are all, like the moderators, historians. They are, however, ones who vary widely when it comes to methodologies, regions and topics of focus, as well as academic generation, having begun their graduate studies as early as the 1980s and as recently as the early 2000s. Between them, they have written on issues ranging from South Asian visualizations of the globe, to the mapping of Taiwan, to the way that Muslim texts travel between South and Central Asia, to variations within and connections formed via the Chinese diaspora.

Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Journal of Asian Studies, United States

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Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Journal of Asian Studies, United States

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Vinayak Chaturvedi

University of California, Irvine/JAS

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Emma J. Teng

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

Emma J Teng is the T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations, and Head of Global Studies and Languages at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Earning her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, she specialized in Chinese studies and Asian American studies. A recipient of multiple awards, she has served as the Director of the MIT Program in Women's and Gender Studies, on the AAS Board of Directors,  Chair of the China and Inner Asia Council of AAS, as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Asian Studies, and on the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Harvard-Yenching Institute

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Rachel Leow

Cambrige University

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Rian Thum

Loyola University New Orleans

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Sumathi Ramaswamy

Duke University, United States

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