February 2, 2008 – Uprooting Area Studies


Uprooting Area Studies

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Takashi Fujitani
Saturday, February 2 / 9 AM – 5:30 PM / Cowell Conference Room

Please join the Asia Pacific Americas Research Cluster (APARC) as it hosts its third annual graduate research conference considering the social, political, and epistemological implications of area studies in an increasingly interconnected world. Area studies is rooted in a particular historical moment; scholarship borne out of Cold War imaginings of bounded regions has shaped its fields of study and modes of analysis. This multidisciplinary conference explores these knowledge-making practices by questioning how regions are constructed and reproduced; re-imagining areas through alternative geographies and histories; and connecting area studies with contemporary transnational connections of technology, capital, and travel.

The conference will include a keynote address by Takashi Fujitani, Associate Professor of History at UC San Diego, entitled “Total War and Inclusionary Racism: Japanese as Americans and Koreans as Japanese in WWII,” and multidisciplinary paper presentations from graduate students across California. 

Takashi Fujitani is the author of Splendid Monarchy: Power and Pageantry in Modern Japan (California, 1996) and is co-editor of Perilous Memories: The Asia Pacific War(s) (Duke, 2001). His forthcoming book is Racism Under Fire: Japanese as Americans and Koreans as Japanese in WWII.

For more information please visit: http://www2.ucsc.edu/aparc/

Sponsored by the Asia Pacific Americas Research Cluster