AAS Digital Dialogues

AAS Digital Dialogues are online webinars on issues related to professional development and the field of Asian Studies. All AAS Members enjoy free registration for live Digital Dialogue sessions, which include the opportunity to ask questions of speakers. Non-members may view webinar recordings, which are posted at the AAS website and added to the association’s Vimeo channel following the event.

We welcome your Digital Dialogue proposals! See proposal guidelines and submission instructions here.


Upcoming AAS Digital Dialogues

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Past AAS Digital Dialogues

Striving for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Asian Studies: Humanities Grants for Asian Studies Scholars

November 10, 2021, 4:00pm Eastern Time

Have questions? Need answers? Join us on Wednesday, November 10th at 4:00 PM ET for a conversational, interactive discussion with Hilary Finchum-Sung, AAS Executive Director, and Molly DeDona, AAS Grants Coordinator, to personally guide you on the application process and offer best practices. WATCH EVENT VIDEO

Japan on American TV

October 27, 2021, 7:00pm Eastern Time

Japan on American TV explores political, economic, and cultural issues underlying depictions of Japan on US television comedies and the programs they inspired. This session will feature panelists Alisa Freedman (Author, Japan on American TV), Anne Allison, Jan Bardsley, and Bill Tsutsui. WATCH EVENT VIDEO

The Exclusionary Violence of the Modern Nation-State: Stories from South and Southeast Asia

September 30, 2021, 11:00am Eastern Time

Our second Digital Dialogue held in conjunction with “Re-envisioning Asia: Contestations and Struggles in the Visual Arts” Film Festival engages with films that depict the ongoing violence in places like Indian Kashmir, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar in recent years. Session panelists include Greg Butanski, Iftikhar Dadi, Iffat Fatima, Jeanne Marie Hallacy, Nant, and Udan Fernando with session chair Kamran Asdar Ali. LEARN MORE

Unruly Subjects, Disruptive Mobilities: On Telling Stories of Everyday Struggles for Justice

September 24, 2021, 11:00am Eastern Time

Our first Digital Dialogue held in conjunction with “Re-envisioning Asia: Contestations and Struggles in the Visual Arts” Film Festival engages with a set of rich, multi-layered films and shorts from Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, and India. Session panelists include Sopheap Chea, Rubaiyat Hossain, Sarvnik Kaur, Rany Phok, and Elizabeth Sim with moderator Dina Siddiqi. LEARN MORE

Critical Muslim Studies (Part VI)

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The sixth and final webinar in the mini-series “Critical Muslim Studies”. This session will feature panelists Suriyah Bi, Najwa Mayer, Saugher Nojan, and Shaista Patel with moderator Jean Beaman. LEARN MORE

Critical Muslim Studies (Part V)

August 27, 2021, 3:00pm Eastern Time

The fifth installment of an ongoing series of conversations on “Critical Muslim Studies” with panelists Nafeesa Andrabi, Samah Choudhury, Mariam Durrani, and Bilal Nasir with moderator Evelyn Alsultany. WATCH EVENT VIDEO

Critical Muslim Studies (Part IV)

Friday, May 7, 2021, 3:00pm Eastern Time

The forth installment of an ongoing series of conversations on “Critical Muslim Studies” with panelists Ahmed Afzal, Mujahid Osman, and Hadeth Rassol with moderator Neda Maghbouleh. WATCH EVENT VIDEO

Critical Muslim Studies (Part III)

Friday, April 16, 2021, 3:00pm Eastern Time

The third installment of an ongoing series of conversations on “Critical Muslim Studies” will focus on the topic of “Writing, Educating, and Conceptualizing Muslims across Asia and Asian America” with panelists Nadeen Kharputly, Maheen Haider, and Haleema Welji with moderator Stan Thangaraj. WATCH EVENT VIDEO

Critical Muslim Studies (Part II)

February 26, 2021, 3:00pm Eastern Time

This is the second of several conversations on “Critical Muslim Studies” with panelists Thomas Simsarian Dolan, Atiya Husain, Inaash Islam, and moderator Amira Jarmakani. WATCH EVENT VIDEO

Queering Our Worlds: A Tribute to Mark McLelland

February 25, 2021, 7:00pm Eastern Time

A memorial roundtable celebrating the life and work of scholar Mark McLelland (1966-2020). WATCH EVENT VIDEO

Black China Trailblazers

February 8, 2021, 7:00pm Eastern Time

This Digital Dialogue is a Black History Month event jointly hosted by the Association for Asian Studies and Black China Caucus. This moment of collective reflection and analysis will engage with the contributions of Black individuals to the China space. LEARN MORE

Critical Muslim Studies (Part I)

January 29, 2021, 4:00pm Eastern Time

This is the first of several conversations on “Critical Muslim Studies” that center engaging with “Muslim” as an object and subject of knowledge in these times of increased ethno-nationalist populism, neo-colonial governmentality, and rising Islamophobia. WATCH EVENT VIDEO

Meet Your Council: Council of Conferences Open House

January 26, 2021, 7:00pm Eastern Time

The Council of Conferences (COC) invites all AAS members to join us for an open house informational meeting to learn about what the council does, how your region might secure funding for outreach and conference activity, and ways to get involved in the COC. LEARN MORE

Teaching About Asia in a Time of Pandemic

Monday, December 14, 2020, 3:00 PM Eastern Time

How did the pandemic compel creative, new approaches by faculty teaching Asian Studies courses in 2020? In what ways did these experiences expose fissures in the discourse and framing of Asia-centric pedagogy in the U.S? This panel addresses these questions in the shadow of global pandemic. WATCH EVENT VIDEO

Rediscovering Historical China: A Reflection on the Work and Mentorship of Professor Daniel H. Bays (1942-2019)

Friday, December 4, 2020, 4:00-5:15 PM Eastern Time

On May 9, 2019, Professor Daniel H. Bays (1942-2019), B.A. Stanford 1964, M.A. 1967 Michigan, and Ph.D. 1971 Michigan, passed away. The fields of modern Chinese history, Christianity in China, and the history of U.S.-China relations lost a wonderful thinker, leader and helper. WATCH EVENT VIDEO

Making Hong Kong China: The Rollback of Human Rights and the Rule of Law

November 17, 2020, 7:00pm Eastern Time

How can one of the world’s most free-wheeling cities transition from a vibrant global center of culture and finance into a subject of authoritarian control? Law scholar Michael C. Davis takes up this question in his new book, Making Hong Kong China: The Rollback of Human Rights and the Rule of Law. Davis will be joined by Mary Hui (journalist at Quartz), Maggie Lewis (Seton Hall University), and Shui-yin Sharon Yam (University of Kentucky) to discuss recent events in Hong Kong. WATCH EVENT VIDEO

Meet Your Council: South Asia Council Open House

November 13, 2020, 7:00pm Eastern Time

The South Asia Council invites its members to join us for an open house informational meeting to discuss what the council does, the structure of AAS governance, and how the SAC can support you. LEARN MORE

Promoting Gender Equity and Fair Practices in Asian Studies

October 14, 2020, 5:00pm Eastern Time

AAS Executive Director Hilary Finchum-Sung will moderate this roundtable with scholars Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez, Laura Lee Junker, Colleen Laird, and Enhua Zhang, about possible shifts in practices and methods to address systemic gender inequalities in our field and at our institutions.  We will focus on ways in which we can work together to promote equitable and fair practices in professional development and mentoring in Asian Studies. LEARN MORE

AAS Governance and You

August 25, 2020, 3:00pm Eastern Time

Presented by AAS Executive Director Hilary Finchum-Sung and Digital Media Manager Maura Cunningham, this webinar aims to enhance member understanding of the overall processes and procedures underscoring the day-to-day operations of the Association as well as provides fundamental information essential to understanding the function of our annual elections. WATCH EVENT VIDEO

Preparing Your Book Proposal

August 5, 2020, 7:00pm Eastern Time

Allison Alexy, a cultural anthropologist focused on Japan; Stephanie Chun, an acquisitions editor at the University of Hawai’i Press; and Sungyun Lim, a historian of Korea, will discuss how to craft a book proposal for an academic press. WATCH EVENT VIDEO

Meet Your Council: CIAC Open House

July 31, 2020, 6:00pm Eastern Time

Join members of the China & Inner Asia Council for an informational meeting about what the council does, the structure of AAS governance, and how members might get involved in CIAC. LEARN MORE

Asian Studies and Black Lives Matter

July 22, 2020, 7:00pm Eastern Time

AAS President Christine Yano moderates a discussion among scholars William H. Bridges IV, Keisha A. Brown, Yasmine Krings, and Marvin D. Sterling about how we can address concerns regarding diversity in Asian Studies programs and research. WATCH EVENT VIDEO

Preparing Your #AAS2021 Proposal

June 24, 2020, 3:00pm Eastern Time

AAS 2021 Program Committee Chair Brian Hatcher, past Program Committee Member Miriam Kingsberg Kadia, and Conference Manager Robyn Jones review the Call for Proposals process and explain how the Program Committee carries out its work. WATCH EVENT VIDEO

AAS Digital Dialogues are made possible with generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation.