[csaa-forum] CALL FOR PAPERS - Embodiments and Inhabitations (aka #AAI6)

Tseen Khoo tseenkhoo at gmail.com
Sat Apr 1 16:04:32 ACST 2017

*CALL FOR PAPERS - Embodiments and Inhabitations (aka #AAI6)*

*The 6th Asian Australian Identities (AAI6) conference of the Asian
Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN)*

*25-26 October 2017, Immigration Museum, Melbourne, Victoria*

*WEBSITE: https://aai6conference.wordpress.com

Closely linked to borders and bounds, boundaries are lines that mark the
limits of an area. Taking as our foundational assumption that all
boundaries involve processes and practices of embeddedness as well as
transgressions of socio-cultural and eco-political spheres, this conference
seeks to mark an inquiry into specific kinds of boundary-crossings that
involve embodiment and inhabitation for Asian-Australian

Theories of embodiment recognise the critical politics of emplacement
associated with the body as well as such situatednesses as sites of
performance. What happens when such locations shift due to boundary
crossings in terms of family, bloodlines, gender, race, class, caste,
nation, region, sexuality, religion, among others? How do embodiments that
cross boundaries inhabit their place and being, both in the Bourdieusian
sense of the habitus as well as that of phenomenologists like Merleau-Ponty?

The conference invites papers, presentations and performances on how
Asian-Australian embodiments are made meaningful in changing contexts of
communities and crossings, how inhabitations over space, time and history
challenge our ideas of being and body.

*Confirmed invited speakers:*

   - Julie Koh (Sydney)
   - Dr Helen Ngo (School of Humanities & Social Science, Deakin Uni)
   - Dr Jane Park (Department of Gender & Cultural Studies, Sydney Uni)
   - A/Prof Anoma Pieris (Melbourne School of Design, Uni Melb)
   - Dr Indigo Willing OAM (Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural
   Research, Griffith Uni).

*Sub-themes include:*

   - Adoptee cultures
   - Gender(ed) transformations
   - Body-modification and enhancement
   - Surrogacy and its embodied ethics
   - Hyphenations of the self in society
   - Appropriations and assimilations
   - Linguistic impersonations
   - Subaltern ventriloquisms
   - Images and representations
   - Entangled boundaries
   - Affective performances and practices of boundary crossing
   - Embodiments in and out of place
   - Mapping/feeling the boundaries of settler colonialism
   - Race and fan cultures

*Please send 250 word abstracts and a 100 word bio with a recent photo to
aai6conference at gmail.com <aai6conference at gmail.com> by 21 April 2017. *Proposed
theme panels or round-tables are welcome. Notification of abstract
acceptance by 21 May 2017.

Please note that attendees and presenters will be required to register and
pay a registration fee via the conference website. Early bird and
concession fees will be available.

*Conference convenors:*

   - Dr Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Monash Asia Institute, Monash University
   - Dr Jessica Walton, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and
   Globalisation, Deakin University

*This conference is generously supported by the Immigration Museum (Museums
Victoria), the Monash Asia Institute and the Alfred Deakin Institute for
Citizenship and Globalisation.*
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