Echanges culturels Europe-Asie du Sud-Est, Université de Seattle

Appel à contribution, conférence sur les échanges cuturels entre l’Europe et l’Asie à l’Université de Seattle, 27 mai

Two-day symposium on cultural exchange between Europe and Southeast Asia
Saturday May 26 and Sunday May 27, 2012
Location: Seattle University in Seattle, WA, USA.
Proposal deadline: March 15, 2012


Each presentation will be about 15 minutes.

This symposium will focus on patterns and networks of cultural
interaction, exchange, mutual curiosity and overlap between Europe and
the region today called “Southeast Asia” as well as Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
from approximately 1800 to 1940. Papers on themes that are often
overlooked or obscured when focusing on the frameworks of empires and
nation-states, or ones that complicate such frameworks, are
particularly encouraged. For example, studies in material culture and
consumer culture can focus on the circulation of the motifs and
patterns of tiles, textiles or prints through commercial and cultural
networks. In architecture, “hybrid” styles of architecture such as the
“Sino-Portuguese” architecture or “Sino-colonial” architecture found
in Phuket, Thailand and similar styles found in Malaysia and
Singapore—many examples of which are shophouses built by ethnic
Chinese groups— show patterns of both local cultural exchange as well
as broader interaction between Europe and Southeast Asia. Topics on
contemporary heritage issues in both Europe and Southeast Asia are
also welcome.

Topics include:

Material culture

Consumer culture

World fairs or Universal Expositions, colonial exhibitions and similar
settings in Europe and Southeast Asia

Architecture

Contemporary issues of cultural heritage

Theoretical issues regarding cultural exchange, heritage and agency

The airfares of all participants will be covered by Seattle
University, and in some cases, lodging as well.

No registration fee is required.

A one-page proposal for a paper should be sent by e-mail to Hazel Hahn at:
hahnh@seattleu.edu

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