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Cancelled: Writing/Borders A conference on East Asia, writing, and translation

Friday, April 17, 2020 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

A. D. White House
29 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Cancelled. Postponing to September due to COVID-19 situation.

Recent work in the humanities has reconsidered the role and nature of borders and bordering, whether as “method,” artistic practice, or as a fundamental aspect of language and politics. The figures of the transmedial circuit, the transgendered subject, the migrant, and the refugee, have become increasingly pivotal for critical discourse, while borders themselves are re-envisioned as heterogeneous and, above all, mobile. As borders multiply, the territorial border of the nation is being simultaneously eclipsed and reignited as a politically fraught site. Writing and translation, as processes of articulation that connect in disconnecting, are the topics of research across disciplines that examine their relation to both violent and generative aspects of border production.
This two-day conference convenes work written on, about, or against borders from various perspectives, including translation studies, media studies, gender and sexuality studies, critical race theory, comparative studies, mobility studies, and post-colonial studies. It will highlight research taking up “Japan,” not as a territorial entity or immutable national essence, but as site of multiple histories of displacement, struggle, and creativity. 

Friday sessions are:

  • Paper Panel: “Gender and Boundaries in Translation”
  • Roundtable: “Postcolonial Literature as Trans-Pacific Literature”
  • Roundtable: “Bordering, Translation, and Reframing Area Studies – dialogue with European Studies”
  • Roundtable: “Writing/Borders: Honoring the Work of Brett de Bary”

See Saturday 4/18 conference sessions.

Thursday 4/16 "An Evening with video performance artist Soni Kum" is also part of the Writing/Borders conference.

This conference is hosted by the Cornell East Asia Program and generously co-sponsored by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the Society for the Humanities, the Department of Asian Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Central New York Humanities Corridor from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Cornell Institute for European Studies.

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