Global Asia in a Multipolar World 2021 Lecture Series

As part of ASU's commitment to global engagement, sustainability, and future-oriented knowledge and research, the Center for Asian Research has organized a series of virtual lectures for the 2021-2022 academic year on the theme of "Global Asia in a Multipolar World." This virtual lecture series highlights research from prominent scholars in an array of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and beyond, broadly centered on Inter-Asian networks and flows of ideas, peoples, and texts across national and linguistic borders. 

Date & Time: See below for the full schedule

Location: Durham Hall 240 & Online

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You only have to register once for the whole series. All the times indicated below are in Arizona Time. 

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Full Schedule & Abstracts

Death and Life on the Yangtze: Extinction, Conservation, and Environmental Change in Modern China

David Pietz, UNESCO Chair & Professor of Chinese History (University of Arizona)

Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 am


Reimagining the History of Slavery in Pre-Colonial Burma and Southeast Asia

Bryce Beemer, Assistant Professor of History (Duke Kunshan University)

Friday, December 2, 2021, at 4:30 pm


Soy Division: Imperial Japan and Improvement Agriculture in the Mongol Lands

Sakura Christmas, Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies (Bowdoin College)

Friday, January 21, 2022, at 10:00 am

 Becoming Visible: Recognition, Framing, and Surveillance of Pakistan's "Non-Muslims"

Jürgen Schaflechner, Research Group Leader, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Freie University Berlin)

Friday, February 11, 2022


Sinophone Meets Siamophone: Covert Migration, Pirated Ethnicity, and Audiovisual Intersubjectivity in Midi Z's Thailand Films

Brian Bernards, Associate Professor of East Asian Literature (University of Southern California)

Friday, March 4, 2022


Revolutionary Communication and Global Emancipation in Colonial Indonesia

Rianne Subijanto, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Baruch College-CUNY)

Friday, April 1, 2022


Politicization of Racism & Casteism: Towards a Theory Global Caste Slavery

Suraj Yende, Senior Fellow (Harvard Kennedy School)

Friday, April 8, 2022

When Species Travel: The Promise of Biodiversity History for the Study of Global Asia

Anthony Medrano, Presidential Young Professor of Environmental Studies (Yale-NUS College)  

Friday, April 22, 2022


Vernacularizing Nature: Plasticities of the "Eco" in India's Public Parks

Kajri Jain, Professor of Visual Culture & Contemporary Art (University of Toronto)

Friday, April 29, 2022