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Southeast Asian Arts in Transnational Perspective

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Southeast Asian Arts in Transnational Perspective

Convenors: Dr Matthew Isaac Cohen and Dr Laura Noszlopy

A panel at the
24th Association of South-East Asian Studies in the United Kingdom conference,
John Moores University, Liverpool, 20-22 June 2008

Studies of the performing arts and visual cultures of Southeast Asia have until recently emphasized local origins and significance over international links and cross-cultural flows. This academic focus is at odds with the region’s long history of intercultural exchange, and the interest of many Southeast Asian arts workers in situating their practice in relation to extra-local configurations. This panel examines the arts of Southeast Asia and their dynamics of movement and exchange across national boundaries, with an emphasis on the period of WWII to the present. Possible topics include: cultural diplomacy, intercultural collaboration, local artistic practice in relation to the global arts market, performance and art for tourism, diasporic arts, the international circulation of mediated performance (via the internet, VCD etc), ASEAN art projects and teaching Southeast Asian arts outside the region. Traditional academic presentations as well as video lectures, workshops and lo-tech solo performances are welcome.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Matthew.Cohen@rhul.ac.uk and Noszlopy@hotmail.com before 31 March 2008. For further information please see http://mercury.soas.ac.uk/aseasuk or contact the panel convenors.

UK-based postgraduate students presenting papers are eligible to apply for travel and accommodation subsidy.


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