Public Symposium: New Directions in Transpacific Cultural Research

Simon Fraser University (SFU) will be hosting a public symposium on “New Directions in Transpacific Research” from February 9-10, 2017, at SFU’s Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver. The symposium will feature keynote lectures from Chua Beng Huat (National University of Singapore) and Lisa Yoneyama (University of Toronto), as well as plenary sessions on “The Postcolonial Pacific & Minor Transnationalisms” and “Transpacific Affect and Intimate Geographies,” bringing together an exciting group of international scholars as presenters and discussants. This event marks the launch of SFU’s Institute for Transpacific Cultural Research (ITCR), a multidisciplinary research unit focused on transpacific issues and methodologies in new cultural research and critical analysis.

Asian Canadian Critique Beyond the Nation. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 227.In Canadian Literature’s recent issue on Asian Canadian Critique Beyond the Nation, scholars productively explored the field of Asian Canadian literature through transpacific and transnational frames of analysis, following the question posed by guest editors Christine Kim and Christopher Lee in their editorial: “How would Asian Canadian critique look if we focused instead on transnational flows of labour, capital, and cultures as well as the logics of empire and processes of settler colonialisms?” The upcoming ITCR Symposium promises two days of stimulating discussion that intersects and expands upon such concerns within the wider interdisciplinary field of transpacific cultural production and criticism.

The symposium is free and open to the public. You can register (required) and view the full program of events, presentations, and speakers at the ITCR website.