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Coordinated by Jeroen de Kloet, Tommy Tse, and Pengnan Hu.

Transasia meetings will be back in October. We will convene in room 0.03 at BG1, Turfdraagsterpad 9, on the following days:

  • Thursday, October 26, 15:30-17:00, Room 0.03
  • Thursday, November 23, 15:30-17:00, Room 0.03
  • Thursday, December 21, 15:30-17:00, Room 0.03 

In addition to the regular meetings, we have two special events happening this semester: 

  • Thursday, September 21, 16:30-17:30: We will host a book launch event for Adiel Portugali’s new book, "Jazz in Contemporary China: Shifting Sounds, Rising Scenes," in Room D306, Bushuis, Kloveniersburgwal 48.
  • Thursday, November 30, We will organize a workshop on "Caring for Chinese Cinemas." Details will be announced later.

Due to limited space, we encourage PhD students and those carrying out independent research to participate. Please contact Pengnan ( if you would like to discuss your paper. If you have any news that you would like to disseminate, please forward it to us.

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. 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.

We prefer to discuss work in progress, either one or two papers per session of 1.5 hours, but alternative proposals (screenings, walks, exhibitions) are always welcome.

We will convene in room 0.03 at BG1, Turfdraagsterpad 9, on the following Wednesdays from 15:30-17:00:

24 November 2021
15 December 2021
19 January 2021
23 February 2022
23 March 2022

Dates after March are pending on COVID-19 policies in China.

As for the meetings, we expect participants to be vaccinated. 

Please contact Jori ( if you would like to discuss your paper in November. If you have any news that you would like to disseminate, please do forward this to us.

The Transasia sessions will initially be held online, but we hope that safety and regulations allow for a transition to offline sessions later this academic year. 
The sessions are always on Thursdays from 15:30-17:00. Below are this year’s dates:
October 22nd
November 19th
December 10th
January 21st
February 18th
March 11th
April 15th
May 20th
June 17th