Fri, April 9, 2010 • Omni Austin Hotel Downtown :: 700 San Jacinto at 8th Street
UT Austin, Texas April 7-11, 2010
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown @ 700 San Jacinto St.
Welcome to Austin! the live music capital of the world, home to the Austin City Limits and South-by-Southwest music festivals, Willie Nelson, Lance Armstrong, and the Whole Foods flagship store. Our conference convenes at the Omni Downtown Austin, a few blocks from the bar and music venues of Sixth Street and the Lady Bird Johnson Hike & Bike trail rimming Lake Travis. Join us for great food, vibrant music, and the latest conversations about Asian American studies.
*More information to Come. Check AAAS Website for updated information and registration information.*
Emergent Cartographies: Asian American Studies in the Twenty-first Century
The 2010 conference site is lodged squarely between the east and west coasts and abutting Mexico. To the surprise of most, Texas now holds the third highest population of Asian Americans, surpassing even Hawaii, Illinois, and New Jersey. Journeying away from the traditional AAS strongholds on the coasts and Hawaii suggests the urgency of regional perspectives reflecting newer, post 1965 populations and communities that may fragment the field between its oldest and newest parts. We argue that a process of dismantling is necessary so that a twenty-first century vision of Asian American Studies might be reassembled from its many messy and morphing parts.
From its origins in the civil rights era, Asian American Studies has been an emergent project intellectually and institutionally. It tracks the growth and evolution of a highly heterogeneous population constantly shifting in location, arrival narratives, socioeconomic class, cultural formations, political identifications, and demography. UT Austin presents opportunities to highlight these transformations, as well as continuities, in student activism and program building, intersections with gender and sexuality studies, hemispheric conceptions of migration, transnational and diasporic practices, transformative communications technologies, rediscovered migration trajectories, economic crises, new sites of labor and employment, communities emerging from war and refugee flight, and teaching for non-Asian populations.
Conference Co-chairs: Madeline Hsu (UT Austin) & Cathy Schlund-Vials (UConn Storrs)