Global Asia in a Multipolar World 2021 Lecture Series

As part of ASU's commitment to global engagement, sustainability, and future-oriented knowledge and research, the Center for Asian Research has organized a series of virtual lectures for the 2021-2022 academic year on the theme of "Global Asia in a Multipolar World." This virtual lecture series highlights research from prominent scholars in an array of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and beyond, broadly centered on Inter-Asian networks and flows of ideas, peoples, and texts across national and linguistic borders. 

Date & Time: See below for the full schedule

Location: Durham Hall 240 & Online

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You only have to register once for the whole series. All the times indicated below are in Arizona Time. 

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Full Schedule & Abstracts

Death and Life on the Yangtze: Extinction, Conservation, and Environmental Change in Modern China

David Pietz, UNESCO Chair & Professor of Chinese History (University of Arizona)

Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 AM


Reimagining the History of Slavery in Pre-Colonial Burma and Southeast Asia

Bryce Beemer, Assistant Professor of History (Duke Kunshan University)

Friday, December 2, 2021, at 4:30 PM


Soy Division: Imperial Japan and Improvement Agriculture in the Mongol Lands

Sakura Christmas, Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies (Bowdoin College)

Friday, January 21, 2022, at 10:00 AM

Becoming Visible: Recognition, Framing, and Surveillance of Pakistan's "Non-Muslims"

Jürgen Schaflechner, Research Group Leader, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Freie University Berlin)

Friday, February 11, 2022, 10:00 AM


Sinophone Meets Siamophone: Covert Migration, Pirated Ethnicity, and Audiovisual Intersubjectivity in Midi Z's Thailand Films

Brian Bernards, Associate Professor of East Asian Literature (University of Southern California)

Friday, March 4, 2022, at 10:00 AM


Revolutionary Communication and Global Emancipation in Colonial Indonesia

Rianne Subijanto, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Baruch College-CUNY)

Friday, April 1, 2022, at 10:00 AM


Politicization of Racism & Casteism: Towards a Theory of Global Caste Slavery

Suraj Yengde, Senior Fellow (Harvard Kennedy School)

Friday, April 8, 2022, at 10:00 AM

From What We Know to How We Know It: Expanding the Story of Southeast Asian Freshwater Biodiversity

Anthony Medrano, Presidential Young Professor of Environmental Studies (Yale-NUS College)  

Friday, April 22, 2022, at 10:00 AM


Vernacularizing Nature: Plasticities of the "Eco" in India's Public Parks

Kajri Jain, Professor of Visual Culture & Contemporary Art (University of Toronto)

Friday, April 29, 2022, at 11:00 AM