June 16-17, 2007
Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature,
National Sun Yat-sen University and Ministry of Education on Taiwan
The symposium will explore the intersection of ethnic studies with diaspora studies and how they connect and how they diverge in the trans-Pacific context. At the intersection of ethnic studies with Asian diaspora, Native American diaspora, African diaspora, Irish diaspora, and Queer diaspora lie not only profound tensions but also creative possibilities. The symposium will examine diaspora/ethnic texts and reassess current theoretical and methodological issues in the field.
Exploring a wide range of visual, literary and artist forms by diasporic and ethnic authors, this symposium will seek to transnationalize Diaspora Studies and encourage dialogues among those dedicated to this field. Bringing together scholars from the U.S., Japan, Korea and Taiwan, it will provide a forum for globally/locally diverse approaches. Contextualizing these approaches in different historical and cultural backgrounds, the symposium will thus investigate a variety of diasporic and ethnic literary and cultural issues, both thematically and methodologically. Continue reading