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SOAS conference: Visualising Asia

An upcoming conference organised by the SOAS Japan Research Centre and Centre of Korean Studies:

Visualising Asia: Deciphering ‘Otherness’ in Visual and Material Cultures

Thursday 20 September 2018 12:45 pm – Friday 21 September 2018 7:00 pm
SOAS Brunei Gallery room B202 (10 Thornhaugh Street | Russell Square | London WC1H 0XG)
Register free via Eventbrite

Visualising Asia conference

Historically, Asia has been a contended space of exploration and domination, where both Asian and non-Asian agents sought to define themselves against others. Within this broad historical and geographical context, this international and interdisciplinary conference brings together various forms of visuals, such as films, cartoons, and objects, in their interaction with discourses of ‘other’. The platforms of visualising Asia were assimilated into daily life and practices, feeding into narratives that transcend any single medium. Due to their visual impact, they became lasting repositories of imagined identities and thus have critical implications for those representing and those being represented. This conference invites discussions on the differing ways ‘otherness’ has been used in both Asian and non-Asian societies through visuals. The aim is to bring together an array of visualities from across various disciplines in order to reflect on the importance of visuals in knowledge production and circulation within and across cultures and societies.

Wider themes include: empire, multiculturalism, identity, nation, ethnic and cultural minorities, integration, ‘othering’, inclusion, exclusion, power dynamics, representation.

Confirmed Keynote: Dr Anne Witchard

Organisers: Amy Matthewson (SOAS) and Dr Irene González-López (Kingston University)


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