Politics and International Relations
Drawing on East Asian popular, religious, and official texts, this panel intends to discern how the postcolonial and the international are articulated in practices and thoughts in Japan, China, and Korea. In so doing, the panel is also to provide a reflexive appraisal of some key concepts in International Relations Studies and Asian Studies such as pluralism, worlding, self/other, gender, representation, ethics, etc. In this panel, Shimizu aims to critically examine the current literature of the non-Western with the Japanese Buddhist temporality. Kavalski draws on L.H.M. Ling's endeavours for broadening our thinking, doing, and being in Asian and world affairs, in order to outline the research avenues for the project of worlding International Relations studies with the help of Asian Studies. Hwang aims to interrogate the ways in which the Chinese IR School informed by its culture and history makes sense of the relationships between Self and Others. Seo intends to to re-evaluate the agency of conservative, right-wing South Korean women who thrived with strong performativity in the political dramas of patriarchy, cold-war and fascist societies.