Trans-Pacific Imaginaries Symposium

In conjunction with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Dartmouth College will be hosting a two-panel Asian American studies symposium on Wednesday, May 17 and Friday, May 19, 2017.

"Trans-Pacific Imaginaries: Entanglements and Embodiments of Diaspora in Asian American Studies"

This symposium interrogates Asian/American studies to conceptualize immigration beyond a literal migration of bodies across borders. The panelists analyze how labor markets, cultural productions, family, memory, and trauma traverse oceanic borders in a transnational imaginary. In doing so, these presentations (re)imagine how legacies of imperialism, militarism, and settler colonialism have had lingering effects on both human and non-human subjects within subjugated territories. These events coincide with Dartmouth’s celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, dedicated to the interrogation of Asian diaspora within the Americas.

Panel 1. Aesthetics, the Body, and the Everyday: Contesting Imaginaries of Empire (May 17, 4-6p at Silsby 028)

- Introduction by Keva X. Bui '17

- Betsy Huang, Associate Professor of English – Clark University

- Timothy K. August, Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature – SUNY Stony Brook

- Elena Shih, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies – Brown University 

- Sony Coranez Bolton, Mellon C3 Postdoctoral Fellow in Spanish - Middlebury College


Panel 2. Transpacific Movements and Articulations: Alternative Productions of Migration  (May 19, 4-6p at Haldeman 041)

- Introduction by Yvonne Kwan, Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellow – Dartmouth College

- Pawan Dhingra, Professor and Chair of Sociology – Tufts University

- Jason Oliver Chang, Assistant Professor of History and Asian American Studies – University of Connecticut

- Denise Khor, Assistant Professor of American Studies – UMass Boston

- Stephen Suh, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's and Ethnic Studies – University of Colorado, Colorado Springs


- Organized by Yvonne Kwan, Keva Bui '17, and Aimee Bahng

- Sponsored by the Society of Fellows, the Office of the Provost, and the Deans' Offices


Please see the flyer for more information.