Asia in Context: The Human and Physical Environment

Asian Studies confereceAsian History/Asian Studies Conference
Asia in Context
Saturday, November 7 | 9 a.m.
ITE building, Lecture Hall 8  

This conference brings together scholars doing exciting work in “reading” Asia beyond textual sources, exploring bodies, objects, and environments to build a more nuanced understanding of the Asian past and present. In the process, it also presents new approaches and methodologies for the study of Asian history and society.


Registration and Breakfast 8:30-9:00

Opening Remarks: 9:00-9:15

Morning Session 1: 9:15-10:45

Presenter: Robert P. Stolz (Department of History, University of Virginia), “Disaster and Everyday Life in Modern Japan from Ashio to Fukushima”

Discussant: Richard Reitan (Department of History, Franklin & Marshall College)

Break: 10:45-11:00

Morning Session 2: 11:00-12:30

Presenter: Preminda Jacob (Department of Visual Arts, UMBC), “The Painted Walls of Chennai. Street Semiotics in an Indian City”

Discussant: Rebecca M. Brown (Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University).

Lunch (12:30-1:30)

Afternoon Session: 1:30-3:00

Presenter: Tobie Meyer-Fong (Department of History, Johns Hopkins University), “An Island Childhood:  Zhoushan, 1943-1956.”

Discussant: R. Keith Schoppa (Department of History, Loyola University Maryland)

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