Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Texas Asia Conference 2017: The New Normal

Sat, September 23, 2017 | Glickman Conference Center (CLA 1.302B), UT Campus

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Texas Asia Conference 2017: The New Normal

The Texas Asia Conference (TAC) is a biennial and international graduate student conference organized on the initiative of the graduate students of The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Asian Studies. The conference provides a space to present and engage with graduate research work centered on Asia as a regional focus from various disciplinary perspectives. With this year’s conference theme, The new normal, panels will confront and explore various definitions of and approaches to the term “normal” and “normativity” in the study of Asia through different disciplinary approaches. These disciplines include but are not limited to: anthropology, art history, linguistics, dance performance, ethnomusicology, film studies, history, literature, philology, political science, religious studies, sociology and women’s studies.

Friday, September 22

9:00 am - Breakfast and Registration Open


Inauguration by Dr. Martha Selby: 9:45 – 10:00 am 

Professor and Chair, Department of Asian Studies, UT Austin


10:00 – 11:00 am - Representations of Women, Youth and Parenting


11:00 – 11:30 am - Break


11:30 am – 12:30 pm - The Nation and Culture


12:30 – 1:30 pm - Lunch

Dr. Jeffrey Roy 1:30-2:45 PM
Postdoctoral Fellow with "Project Autoritas" at Le Centre d’Etudes de I’Inde et de I’Asie du Sud, Paris
Jeff Roy earned a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and has taught for the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge. His work centers on transgender and hījŗā performance through the lens of documen- tary lmmaking and has been supported by Fulbright-mtvU, Fulbright-Hays, the American Institute for Indian Studies, the Society for Asian Music, and Film Independent. Roy has directed several award-winning documentary lms - Rites of Passage/Mohammed to Maya (2012), Music in Liminal Spaces (2012-13), and Dancing Queens (2016) - and produced a narrative short entitled Relapse (2014) as a fellow with Film Independent’s diversity initiative call Project Involve.

3:00 – 4:00 pm - Gender over the Long Twentieth Century


4:15 – 5:15 pm - Spaces and (Im)mobilities

Dr. Alexander Diener 5:30-6:45 PM
Associate Professor in The Department of Geography & Director for CREES at University of Kansas
"New Silk Roads & the Emergent Socio-Economic Geographies of Mongolia & Kazakhstan"

Saturday, September 23

9:00 am - Breakfast and Registration Open


9:30 – 10:30 am - Reconfiguring Sri Lanka


10:45 am – 12:00 noon - Challenging Norms in Literature



Sponsored by: South Asia Institute, Dept. of Asian Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, and the Department of History

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