Join us to celebrate the publication of Who Is the Asianist? The Politics of Representation in Asian Studies, a new Asia Shorts volume edited by Will Bridges, Nitasha Tamar Sharma, and Marvin D. Sterling.
Who Is the Asianist? reconsiders the past, present, and future of Asian Studies through the lens of positionality, questions of authority, and an analysis of race with an emphasis on Blackness in Asia. From self-reflective essays on being a Black Asianist to the Black Lives Matter movement in Papua New Guinea, Japan, and Viet Nam, scholars grapple with the global significance of race and local articulations of difference. Other contributors call for a racial analysis of the figure of the Muslim as well as a greater transregional comparison of slavery and intra-Asian dynamics that can be better understood, for instance, from a Black feminist perspective or through the work of James Baldwin. As a whole, this diversified set of essays insists that the possibilities of change within Asian Studies occurs when, and only when, it reckons with the entirety of the scholars, geographies, and histories that it comprises.
Mechademia—an intellectual community built around a conference and a journal (University of Minnesota Press)—has stood at the forefront of youth-focused Asian popular culture scholarship since its inception in the early 2000s. With its emphasis upon manga, anime, video games, and other forms of East Asian popular culture and their fan bases, Mechademia has regularly brought together scholars, fans, and practitioners in seeking common dialogue, fresh approaches, and innovative insights.
This Digital Dialogues session seeks to probe the interconnections between Mechademia and Asian Studies. We begin with a brief history of Mechademia led by its founding organizers discussing the impetus for creating the conference and journal. The discussion subsequently broadens to address the following questions:
- What is the place of popular culture studies in the larger field of Asian Studies? What can popular culture studies contribute to Asian Studies (and vice versa)?
- How do fan cultures contribute to our understandings and interactions in Asian Studies?
- What roles do race, gender, class, nation, and other structuring properties play in the study of fan cultures, with a particular eye to Asian Studies?
- How might querying popular culture studies help queer Asian Studies?
Session 4 in the Summer 2022 “Meet the Editor” Series
This AAS Digital Dialogue session will offer attendees a chance to be better positioned for successful publication in the AAS pedagogical publications, Education About Asia (EAA) or Key Issues in Asian Studies (KIAS), both edited by Lucien Ellington. In order to make the Digital Dialogue session as effective as possible, potential EAA contributors are encouraged to visit the EAA homepage and review editorial guidelines and other relevant information. Participants who are not familiar, or have limited familiarity, with EAA are encouraged to attend this Digital Dialogue session but it is important that they also visit the EAA online archives and read sample articles, teaching resource essays, and reviews in order to gain a better sense of the publication.
Readers interested in publishing a KIAS volume should first visit the KIAS homepage to learn more about the publication. It is highly recommended before attending this Digital Dialogue session that interested participants visit the Asia Shorts homepage in order to understand how these two publications differ in their mission statements, intended audiences, structure, and length. Time will also be set aside to address questions you are invited to submit in advance (you may submit questions when registering for the session, or through the button below).
This AAS Digital Dialogue session will be an opportunity to meet with David Magier, the interim editor of the Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) so you can get more familiar with the single most indispensable multidisciplinary resource for studying, teaching and learning about Asia at all levels. Dr. Magier will begin the session with a brief overview of the 65-year history of the BAS and how it has evolved into its current form as vast online database. He will talk about the scope and coverage of the BAS and show what makes it unique among research resources for scholarship on Asia, and how it provides access to essential content that would otherwise remain unknown or inaccessible. Dr. Magier will also give a glimpse into how the BAS is compiled, the roles of the Editor, the staff of Asia regional Associate Editors, and the BAS Advisory Board, the engagement with the international Asian Studies community of librarians and scholars, and how prioritization and strategic direction for the BAS are formulated. Finally, he will outline new developments to expand the BAS and improve the functionality and efficiency of its operations and value to the field of Asian Studies. Some time will also be set aside to address questions.
Join us June 29 at 3:00 pm ET for an AAS Digital Dialogue session featuring David Kenley, editor of the Asia Shorts book series. Published by AAS in conjunction with Columbia University Press, Asia Shorts has a unique mission in our contemporary publishing environment. Kenley will introduce the series and, more importantly, discuss how potential authors can prepare a manuscript for submission. Participants can submit questions regarding Asia Shorts in particular or about the broader state of disseminating scholarship in a rapidly changing publishing industry. Open access, “pay to publish,” the explosion of social media, and the blurring of the boundary between trade texts and scholarly monographs—these are only some of the topics Kenley will address in this important Digital Dialogue session.
This AAS Digital Dialogue session will be an opportunity to meet with Joseph S. Alter, the editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, to learn about the preparation of manuscripts for submission and the peer review process. Alter will begin the session with a brief overview of points that are outlined in a short document entitled “Guidelines for Publishing in the Journal of Asian Studies,” which you may access below. The document is designed to address many common questions that relate to publishing and to highlight key points that are especially relevant as you consider submitting your work to the JAS.
Following this overview, the session will be structured around questions you are invited to submit in advance (you may submit questions when registering for the session, or through the button below). These may range from the practical and procedural to broader concerns about how the field of Asian Studies is changing, and how to conceptualize your work in relation to changes in academia more broadly.
Join AAS for a rebroadcast of the Member Meeting that took place on March 26 at the 2022 Annual Conference in Honolulu. Following the recorded event, there will be a live Q&A with Executive Director Hilary Finchum-Sung. We welcome all current and prospective members to this event to learn about the new AAS Strategic Plan, governance changes, and upcoming programs.
Register today—and on the registration form, please share any questions, comments, or topics you’d like Hilary Finchum-Sung to address during the live Q&A session.