ASCA Trans-Asia Cultural Studies Reading Group

21Sept2017 15:30


The ASCA Trans-Asia cultural studies reading group aims to bring scholars in The Netherlands together who are working on issues related to "Asia," to read and discuss key texts as well as each other’s work. Organized by Arjen Nauta and Jeroen de Kloet.

The hitherto absence of such a reading group is particularly remarkable when many of us who study Asia have been drawing on work from cultural studies scholars. The research interest of this reading group is broad: not only work that focuses on cultural practices in Asia, but also related studies on the presence of Asia in Europe or elsewhere is included. This reading group operates deliberately on the interstices of humanities and social sciences, and aims at an inclusive and critical approach that refuses to privilege any particular academic paradigm. It aspires to bring together students from research masters, PhD candidates as well as faculty members from different departments at different universities.

In the new academic year Transasia continues to be the only platform in the Netherlands for Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. During the first semester we will convene on the following dates from 15:30 to 17:00
September 21
October 19
December 7
January 18

On September 21, Arjen Nauta presents his work on Hunan Television and Lin Jian on independent Chinese cinema production. We aim to move beyond China rapidly afterwards, if you have something to present and discuss, please contact the new convenor of the Transasia list Arjen Nauta at

Looking forward to see you soon,
with kind regards

Arjen and Jeroen

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