Due to the continuing uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including city and state-wide restrictions on large gatherings, international and institution travel restrictions, the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference will be taking place in a virtual capacity.

The following are University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies affiliated faculty, student, and staff participants of this year's conference:

Sandra H. Park – Graduate Student – Organizer and Paper Presenter
Governing Bloods: Science, Religion, and Race in Making Cold War South Korea
1: Suffering Flesh, Blood of Christ(ians): The Religious-Political Conversation of North Korean POWs in the Korean War
Monday, March 22
9 am - 10:30 am CDT

Wei-cheng Lin – Faculty – Chair and Discussant
New Approaches to the Historiography of East Asian Art in the Twentieth Century
Monday, March 22
9 am - 10:30 am CDT

Keyao Pan – Graduate Student – Organizer and Paper Presenter
Pacifism, Human Rights, Popular Movement, and “History Activism”: The “Postwar” as a Transnational Space
1: Beyond Postwar, Beyond Nation: “Human Rights” and the “History Problem” in Postwar Japan
Monday, March 22
9 am - 10:30 am CDT

Alexander Murphy – Graduate Student – Paper Presenter
Emergent Means: Media, Performance, and Actuality in Interwar Japan
2: Voices Newly Heard: Poetry, Sound Recording, and the Acoustic Imagination in Interwar Japan
Monday, March 22
11:30 am - 1 pm CDT

Paola Iovene – Faculty – Paper Presenter
Rethinking Things and “Thingness” in Modern Chinese Culture
3: Is “Wenti” a Thing? Revisiting the 1980s Debate on the Style of Fiction
Monday, March 22
11:30 am - 1 pm CDT

Panpan Yang – Teaching Fellow – Paper Presenter
Technologized Vision in Modern China
1: Ghost in the Machine, or the “Trick” Beginning of Chinese Animation History
Monday, March 22
11:30 am - 1 pm CDT

Eilin R. Perez – Graduate Student – Organizer and Paper Presenter
Transpacific Currents: Critical Approaches to Understanding Links Between Northeast Asia and Latin America
3: A Neighbor’s Embrace?: The Divided Korean Peninsula, Chile, and Trajectories of Détente, 1970-1973
Monday, March 22
11:30 am - 1 pm CDT

Ayako Yoshimura – UChicago Librarian – Organizer and Discussant
Ask a Librarian!: A Discussion of Alternative Careers in Japanese Studies
Monday, March 22
2 pm - 3:30 pm CDT

H.S. Sum Cheuk Shing – Graduate Student – Organizer and Paper Presenter
Materializing Religion as Medicine in Premodern China
1: Eliminating Hunger and Thirst with Medicine: Buddhist and Daoist Recipes from Medieval China
Monday, March 22
2 pm - 3:30 pm CDT

Yiren Zheng – Graduate Student – Organizer and Paper Presenter
Non-Human Voices in Chinese Literature
2: When Birds Speak
Tuesday, March 23
7:30 am - 9 am CDT

Paride Stortini – Graduate Student – Organizer, Chair, and Paper Presenter
Materializing Memories in Contemporary Japanese Religions
3: Materializing Buddhist Memories: Heritage and the Construction of Community in Post-WWII Japan
Tuesday, March 23
11 am - 12:30 pm CDT

Dali Yang – Faculty – Paper Presenter
COVID-19: Inequality and States of Exception in Global Asia
1: The Chinese State, Central-Provincial Relations, and Coronavirus Crises
Tuesday, March 23
2 pm - 3:30 pm CDT

Emily J. Yoon – Graduate Student – Paper Presenter
Transnational Korea Literature from China, Japan, and the US
3: Diasporic Solidarity in the Korean American Poetic Imagination: The Poems of Cathy Park Hong and Franny Choi
Wednesday, March 24
7:30 am - 9 am CDT

Michael Bourdaghs – Faculty – Chair and Discussant
Unchained Bodies: “Women’s Liberation” in Postwar Japanese Culture
Wednesday, March 24
7:30 am - 9 am CDT

Boyoung Chang – Postdoctoral Fellow – Paper Presenter
Empathy Seen in Korean Visual Art in the Time of Crisis
2: Faraway, so Close: Mediated Experience of North Korea in Contemporary South Korean Photography
Wednesday, March 24
11 am - 12:30 pm CDT

Yasser A. Nasser – Graduate Student – Organizer and Paper Presenter
Revisiting Imperialism in Asia: New Perspectives and Approaches
1: “A New Asia, A Resurgent Asia”: Making Friends in China and India, 1949-1955
Wednesday, March 24
2 pm - 3:30 pm CDT

Mark Bradley – Faculty – Chair
Revisiting Imperialism in Asia: New Perspectives and Approaches
Wednesday, March 24
2 pm - 3:30 pm CDT

Susan L. Burns – CEAS Director and Faculty – Chair and Discussant
Nourishing Life to National Nutrition: Diet and Health in Japanese History
Thursday, March 25
7:30 am - 9 am CDT

Judith Zeitlin – Faculty – Chair and Discussant
Performing Connoisseurship in Early Modern Chinese Drama
Thursday, March 25
7:30 am - 9 am CDT

Chao Wang – Teaching Fellow – Organizer and Paper Presenter
Reading From Below: Alternative Literacies, Citizenship, and Community in Modern China
1: Reading By Hand and Heart: Literacy Ideologies for the Blind in Twentieth-century China
Thursday, March 25
7:30 am - 9 am CDT

Yukun Zeng – Graduate Student – Paper Presenter
Reading From Below: Alternative Literacies, Citizenship, and Community in Modern China
4: Unimagined Community: The Alternative Authority of Dujing (Reading Classics) in Contemporary Chinese Societies
Thursday, March 25
7:30 am - 9 am CDT

Hannah Park – Graduate Student – Paper Presenter
Conflict and Identity in Asia: Studies Within and Across Borders
4: “Home” and “Hope” for a Family in Exile: Practicing Everyday Life through Jesse’s Diary
Thursday, March 25
11 am - 12:30 pm CDT

Jiayi Chen – Graduate Student – Organizer and Paper Presenter
Virtuality as Potentiality in Early Modern East Asia
2: On Virtual Theatricality: Guessing Games and Reading the Journey to the West
Thursday, March 25
11 am - 12:30 pm CDT

Thomas Lamarre – Faculty – Paper Presenter
Nonhuman Histories in a Time of Contagion
1: Masks: Empire, Social Distance, Contagion
Thursday, March 25
2 pm - 3:30 pm CDT

Jeffrey Tharsen – UChicago Staff – Organizer, Chair, and Presenter
Natural Language Processing and Digital Philological Analysis for Asian Languages
Friday, March 26
7:30 am - 9 am CDT

Carl E. Kubler – Graduate Student – Organizer and Paper Presenter
Reconceptualizing Chinese Diaspora: Evolving Discourses and Practices of Migration and Governance, 1800-1940
1: From China Trade to Coolie Trade: Western Experiments with Chinese Migration and Indentured Labor during the Napoleonic Wars
Friday, March 26
11 am - 12:30 pm CDT

Erin Newton – Graduate Student – Paper Presenter
Sickness, State, and Subjectivity in Modern Japan
4: Mediators of Care: School Nurses and Health Education in Interwar Japan
Friday, March 26
11 am - 12:30 pm CDT

Jongyoon Baik – Graduate Student – Individual Paper Presenter
Controlling Public Dissent Through Media Coverage on Administrative Lawsuits in China
On-Demand

Brian White – Graduate Student – Individual Paper Presenter
Japanese Science Fiction’s Force Fields: Discourse, Media, and the Formation of Genre
On-Demand

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