America's Asia, Asia's America
Date : 13 Aug 2018 - 14 Aug 2018
Venue : Asia Research Institute, Seminar Room
AS8 Level 4, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
National University of Singapore @ KRC
This conference is co-sponsored by the US Embassy in Singapore, Wan Boo Sow Chinese Culture Research Centre, and the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore. 

Marked by the Trump Administration's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the Paris Climate Accord and the Chinese State's initiative on "One Belt, One Road," the geopolitics of the transpacific has undergone some subtle changes. Are we moving to what critics call the “post-American world”? How will these changes reconfigure the fields of Asian studies and American studies, which were the products of the Cold War? Is the transnational turn in literary studies in fact an Asian turn? Are global Asian studies and transpacific American studies responses to the geopolitics of the transpacific? These questions not only require us to consider the relationship between the United States and the Asian Pacific geopolitically but also compel us to develop new models to investigate religion, literature, and culture in transnational spaces and temporalities.

This conference will bring together leading scholars in Asian studies, Asian American studies, and American studies and initiate a critical conversation on geopolitics, representation, and transpacific Asian/American studies. Hailing from North America, Oceania, East and Southeast Asia, these scholars will share their unique critical and historical perspectives on geopolitics and histories on the one hand and explore the US encounter with the Asian Pacific in different religious, literary, and cultural forms on the other hand. How are transnational flows of religion, literature, and culture creating alternative networks across these regions? As a hub between East and West, between East and Southeast Asia, Singapore is positioned as a unique site for engaging critical exchanges and conversations on these topics.


Professor Kenneth Dean
Religion and Globalization Research Cluster Leader, Asia Research Institute
Head, Department of Chinese Studies
National University of Singapore
A/P Yuan Shu
Associate Professor, Department of English,
Director of Asian Studies Program 
Texas Tech University, USA
Contact Person(s)
Valerie YEO