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Global Asia Lecture Series 2023-2024

As part of ASU's commitment to global engagement, sustainability, and future-oriented knowledge and research, the Asia Center at the Arizona State University is organizing a series of virtual lectures for the 2023-2024 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 & On Zoom


Doing Business in Today's China: Unpacking the Xi Jinping Era

Dr. Doug Guthrie, Executive Director of China Initiative and Professor of Global Leadership at Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University

Friday, September 8, 2023, at 2:00 PM


City Stories: Digital Placemaking and Public History in Singapore

Dr. Kristy Kang, Associate Professor of Urban Media Art and Design at the Shcool of Art, Media, and Engineering, Arizona State University

Friday, October 13, 2023


Restitution: on/in/to Southeast Asia

Dr. Ashley Thompson, Hiram W. Woodward Chair of Southeast Asian Art, SOAS, University of London

Friday, November 3, 2023, at 12:00 PM


"In Her Own Words": Prof Romila Thapar: The First American Screening

Panel Discussion by Dr. Richard Eaton (UofA), Dr. Sanjay Joshi (NAU), Dr. Nandita Punj (ASU), chaired by Dr. Itty Abraham (ASU, Film-Maker)

Friday, November 17, 2023, at 3:00 PM


Lessons from the Bandits: What The Water Margin Can (and Can't) Tell Us About REading 16th Century Printed Fiction

Dr. Scott W. Gregory, Associate Professor, East Asian Studies, Co-Director, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Arizona

Friday, February 2, 2024, at noon


On the Way to Mawlamyine. And Back: Translation of a Buddhist Girl Child, Young Woman, and Activist Nun into Burmese, Newar, Nepali, and English

Dr. Christoph Emmrich, Associate Professor, Department of Religion, University of Toronto

Friday, February 9, 2024, at 1:30 PM


The Problem, Promise, and Politics of Form in Early Modern Japanese Literature

Dr. David Atherton, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Friday, April 12, 2024, at noon