Genealogies of Anti-Asian/Asia Violences Symposium, Thursday, March 24th and Friday March 25th

The Cornell-Syracuse South Asia Consortium presents a symposium interrogating the histories and trajectories of anti-Asian violences.

The recent surge of racially motivated attacks on Asians in the United States brought renewed attention to the issue of anti-Asian violence. It is necessary to situate this rising tide of violence in the broader histories that have produced it. By taking up “Asia” as a fraught geopolitical category that is formed through imperialist projects, this symposium attends to the underlying logics of violence that are crucial to rendering these histories legible. Building connections that are enabled by transnational, relational, and critical lenses not only will deepen insights into the discourse of anti-Asian violence, but also will allow a meaningful consideration of the implications of this moment for solidarity and movement building. This symposium will convene a cohort of scholars, students, and activists whose work can collectively help trace the genealogies and geographies of anti-Asian violence.

Thursday, March 24

4:00 –5:00 pm
220 Eggers Hall (Strasser Legacy Room)

Friday, March 25, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

220 Eggers Hall (Strasser Legacy Room)

9:30 am Opening Remarks by Symposium Organizers

Susan Thomas (Cultural Foundations of Education)
Antonio Tiongson (Department of English)

9:45 am Roundtable: Queering Solidarities: Race, Caste, and Gender

Chris Eng (Department of English, University of Washington in St. Louis)
Gaurav Pathania (Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University)
William Mosley (Program for Interdisciplinary Humanities, Wake Forest University)
Esther K. (Red Canary Song Collective)
Discussant: Viranjini Munasinghe (Department of Anthropology, Cornell University)

11:00 am Panel: Cripping Violence, Indigeneity and Pedagogy: Global Perspectives

Juliann Anesi (Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles)
Deepika Meena (Department of Anthropology, IIT Gandhinagar)
Edward Nadurata (Department of Global and International Studies, UC Irvine)
Discussant: Michael Gill (Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University)

2:30 pm Panel: Transnational Asia: Feminist & Decolonial Critiques

Juliana Hu Pegues (Literatures in English, Cornell)
Danika Medak-Saltzman (Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University)
Deepti Misri (Women and Gender Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder)
Discussant: Mona Bhan (Anthropology and Ford-Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies, Syracuse University)

3:30 pm Closing keynote
Speaker: Ikyo Day (Mount Holyoke College)
“Nuclear Antipolitics and the Queer Art of Logistical Failure”
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