South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Spring 2011

TAC posterThe Texas Asia Conference at the University of Texas at Austin invites students working on original research projects across disciplines and across traditional academic divisions of Asia to present their work. The conference will provide graduate students with a dynamic forum inwhich to present their research and benefit from a scholarly exchange of ideas. We welcome applications from graduate students in all academic disciplines engaged in research on South, Southeast, Central, and East Asia, and their communities in the diaspora. All areas of study are invited: anthropology, art history, communication, ethnomusicology, history, literature, philology, political science, religion, sociology, women’s studies, and other related fields. Work which crosses disciplinary, spatial, and temporal boundaries is encouraged.

In addition to an exciting range of panel presentations and a lecture from two keynote speakers, a more casual program of receptions will provide ample time for less structured discussion and exchange, something essential to bringing together the wider community of students and professors. In the past, selected papers delivered at the conference were published in the South Asia Graduate Research Journal (SAGAR). We aim to publish selected papers again this year.

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Texas Asia Conference Schedule (Subject to Change)
All conference events are in UTC 4.124 unless otherwise noted.

Friday, February 11th
8:30 to 9:30 AM – Welcome Breakfast and Registration (Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118)
9:45 to 10:00 AM – Welcome Address: Dr. Kathryn Hansen
10:00 to 11:15 AM: Panel I: Urban Change and Development, Part 1
11:15 to 11:45 AM: Coffee/Tea Break
11:45 AM to 1:15 PM: Panel II: Close Readings: Literacy, Orality, and Aesthetics
1:15 to 2:15 PM: Lunch (UTC 3.110)
2:15 to 3:15 PM: Panel III: Empire and Nationalism
3:30 to 4:45 PM: Panel IV: Representations of Women in Film, Literature, and Popular Culture
5:00 to 6:00 PM: Dr. Lisa Mitchell – ‘Not Your Great‐Grandparents’ Philology’: Method and Interdisciplinarity in the 21st Century

Saturday, February 12th
8:45 to 9:45 AM – Breakfast (Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118)
10:00 to 11:15 AM: Panel V: New Readings of Women in South Asian Literature
11:15 to 11:45 AM: Coffee/Tea Break
11:45 AM to 1:00 PM: Panel VI: In the Shadow of Classical Vedanta & The Death of the Dative in IndoIranian
1:00 to 2:00 PM: Lunch (UTC 4.132)
2:00 to 3:00 PM: Panel VII: Urban Change and Development (Part 2)
3:15 to 4:30 PM: Panel VIII: Modernity, Nationalism, and Visual Culture
4:45 to 5:45 PM: Dr. Ping‐hui Liao – ‘Temple of Boom’: Electro‐Spiritual Communities in Taiwan
5:45 to 6:00 PM: Closing Remarks
* Please contact Emilia Bachrach at, Amy Hyne, or Kayden Althen with any questions.

Sponsored by: Asian Studies Graduate Conference