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Texas Asia Conference: Tradition and Transition: November 1st - November 2nd

Sat, November 2, 2013 | University of Texas at Austin, Student Activity Center (SAC). Legislative Assembly Room (2.302)

Texas Asia Conference: Tradition and Transition: November 1st - November 2nd

Department of Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference

Friday, November 1st & Saturday, November 2nd 2013

The Texas Asia Conference (TAC) is a biennial and international graduate student conference organized on the initiative of the University of Texas at Austin Department of Asian Studies graduate students. The TAC provides a dynamic form to create trans-regional, trans-temporal, and interdisciplinary dialogues by bringing together scholars from across academic fields and regional divisions of Asian Studies. This year’s theme is Tradition and Transition. Presentations will explore various definitions of and approaches to the term “tradition” in the study of Asia as well as the ways in which change has been enacted and negotiated within and across traditions. Traditions encompass a broad scope of overlapping modes and contexts including socio-cultural, literary, religious, economic, artistic, and performative, as well as traditions in academic research investigating these areas. Our previous conference, held in 2011, drew over 100 participants and 30 academic panels, from both the United States and abroad. 

Keynote speakers will be:  

Prof. Patrick Olivelle, Professor Emeritus of Sanskrit and Indology at the University of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Asian Studies, and 

Prof. Daniel Stevenson, Professor of Chinese Buddhism at the University of Kansas, Dept. of Religious Studies.

In addition to the high quality of the panelists’ presentations, the success of the 2011 conference was due in large part to the numerous UT graduate students from several departments who helped to coordinate the event.The 2013 TAC Planning Committee now seeks graduate students to helpwith food/beverage pick-up, set-up, and clean-up; presenter airport pick-up; audio-visual support; photography; social media promotion, poster/program distribution, and particularly, volunteers to provide lodging to our presenters! If you can help, please contact the TAC Planning Committee Co-chairs (Kathleen, Hillary, and Vibha) at:


Sponsored by: Department of Asian Studies; The South Asia Institute; Center for East Asian Studies

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