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PhD Workshop: "Asian and North African Studies in a globalized and interconnected world"

06. Feb 2020 - 07. Feb 2020
Veranstalter: Ca' Foscari University of Venice | Professorship Cultural Economic History
La Sapienza, Rome

Asia and North Africa today are interconnected and clustered regions. This process of clustering and interconnection is increasing, fulfilling thereby Henri Lefebre’s famous prediction of an “urban revolution”. Ultimately, Lefebre’s general urban theory implies that “there” is also “right here”, and “right here” means “in the city”. He thereby made a very insightful observation. While the world is increasingly becoming more interconnected, the important of place would not vanish. It would become ever more important. Processes of globalization and interconnectivity are not rendering the world “flat”. On the contrary, it is becoming “clustered and spiky”. Asia and North Africa are spearheading many of these transformations. Increasingly often, the Asian and North African cities are the basic economic and social unit of contemporary society. This begs the question how regional studies will deal with this? We have, so much is already clear, an empirical problem at hand, in that most data and information we have on society, economy, culture or communication is presented for the nation-state, but its importance is waning. At the same time, many processes of globalization and Lefebrian-style urbanization run through the institutions of the nation-state. Shifting focus from the nation-state to the city is too simple a solution. The renaissance of cities in contemporary Asia and North Africa calls for a fundamental reconsideration of how to engage in “regional studies” today. More urgently than ever, we need transcultural approaches and spatial understandings of social relations, culture, beliefs and communication. New approaches such as the contact zone, worlding policies or assemblage need to become part of our analytic toolbox today. In this PhD workshop, we discuss concept papers by our PhD students on “Asian and North African Studies in a Globalized and Interconnected World”. Presentations and discussions aside, we will also provide every PhD student for a one-on-one tutorial, and we will organize three keynote lectures on the topic.   


Tentative schedule

Thursday, 6 February 2020

08:45-09:00   Arianna D’Ottone (Sapienza): Welcome

09:00-10:00   Christiane Brosius (Heidelberg): Relational urbanism: Studying cities as translocal assemblage

10:00-10:30   Jihye Bae (Heidelberg): Understanding diplomatic conflicts in Asia: Nationalism and history education in South Korea

10:30-11:00   Federica Cicci (Ca’Foscari / Heidelberg): Women at war: Beyond the national boundaries for a sustainable international peace

coffee break

11:15-11:45   Datong Qiu (Heidelberg): Life in a treaty port: The Chinese community in Hokkaido inthe late 19th century?

11:45-12:15   Elena Nora Jucyte (Sapienza): Il versante culturale e accademico delle relazioni traIndia e Unione Sovietica durante il premierato di Indira Gandhi / Cultural and academicrelations between India and the Soviet Union during the premiership of Indira Gandhi

12:15-12:45   Emanuele Mainetti (Ca’Foscari / Heidelberg): Globalized Beirut: From a neoliberalistdream to a neoliberal nightmare

12:45-13:15   Ismael Abder-rahman Gil (Ca’Foscari / Marburg): Amman trough the post-Arab springnovel in Jordan


14:30-15:00   Sae Endo-Buseki (Tohoku): Asia and Africa in Roman paintings

15:00-15:30   Emily Hyatt (Heidelberg): Palermo’s palimpsest: The painted ceilings of la CapellaPalatina as a transcultural and transtemporal contact zone

15:30-16:00   Hua Wang (Heidelberg): Pan Yuliang in Rome: Negotiating the Oriental femininity

16:00-16:30   Tayebe Naderabadi (Ca’Foscari / Heidelberg): The spatialities of the 1979 revolution

16:30-17:00   Andrea Belletatto (Ca’Foscari): Eurasian cultural interconnectedness in the IMillennium CE: The case of Timothy I

17:30-18:30   TUTORIALS: Jihye Bae <=> Antonetta L. Bruno / Andrea Belletatto <=> Harald Fuess / Federica Cicci <=> YukihiroKawaguchi / Datong Qiu <=> Enrico Fongaro / Elena Nora Jucyte <=> Patrick Heinrich / EmanueleMainetti <=> Laura Guazzone / Ismael Abder-rahman Gil <=> Ada Barbaro / Sae Endo-Buseki <=>Christiane Brosius / Emily Hyatt <=> Arianna D’Ottone / Hua Wang <=> Filippo Salviati / TayebeNaderabadi <=> Kaoru Adachi

Friday, 7 February 2020

09:00-10:00   Yukihiro Kawaguchi (Tohoku): The Great Wall in Africa: Chinese migrants in Nigeria

10:00-10:30   Ruxin Jia (Ca’Foscari / Heidelberg): Negotiating “class” representations: Commodified female elites in contemporary Chinese workplace TV dramas

10:30-11:00   Ai Yu (Tohoku): Living as Muslim women in Tohoku, Japan

coffee break

11:15-11:45   Paola Pizzi (Sapienza): Nonviolenza e Islam: lo sviluppo del concetto di jihad nel pensiero di Jawdat Said

11:45-12:15   Diletta Falqui (Sapienza): Per un metodo alternativo di datazione del Mahābhārata attraverso un approccio filologico sincronico al mahākāvya Buddhacarit

12:15-12:45   Yinying Xu (Ca’Foscari): The reception of Il Millione in China

12:45-13:15   Matteo Contrini (Ca’Foscari): Inclusive Tokyo: Visible and invisible barriers in the urban planning for the 2020 Games


14:30-15:00   Lorenzo Nespoli (Ca’Foscari): Rangaku: The gateway to the globalization of Japan

15:00-15:30   Dario Minguzzi (Sapienza): Sinitic poetry collections and banquet culture: Reconsidering the literary ecosystem of Early Heian Japan (ca 800-950)

15:30-16:00   Carmen Lepadat (Sapienza): Multiple marking of stance at the end of utterances: A pragmatic analysis of spoken Mandarin

16:00-16:30   Elisa Gugliotta (Sapienza): Realization of a parallel Tunisian Arabic-Arabish Corpus for Natural Language Processing

16:30-16:45   Patrick Heinrich (Ca’ Foscari): Concluding remarks

17:00-18:00   TUTORIALS: Ruxin Jia <=> Daniele Brombal / Ai Yu <=> Harald Fuess / Paola Pizzi <=> Francesca Tarocco / DilettaFalqui <=> Federcio Squarcini / Yinying Xu <=> Arianna D’Ottone / Matteo Contrini <=> Enrico Fongaro / Lorenzo Nespoli <=> Yukihiro Kawaguchi / Dario Minguzzi <=> Akihiro Ozaki / Carmen Lepadat <=> Patrick Heinrich / Elisa Gugliotta <=> Patrick Heinrich


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