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Workshop: Cultural Mobilities and their Transnational Entanglements in East Asia

Sep 24, 2018

The workshop aims to compare the contemporary and historical modalities of cultural mobilities in East Asia, and their transnational entanglements. What particular cultural models, frameworks, institutions, and products diffuse and reach across borders? What specific transnational features of education, popular culture, artistic practices, and religious organization make such mobilities possible?

Provisional Program

09:30 – 10:00 Introduction

10:00 – 10:45 Joy Zhang (University of Kent)

The social negotiation of Good Food in contemporary China


10:45 – 11:30 Yasemin Soysal (University of Essex) 

Transnational aspirations and life outlooks: Chinese higher education students on the move


11:30 – 11:45 Coffee


11:45 – 12:30 Yoshiko Ashawi (Hitotsubashi University)

Buddhist revival movement in China: State, society, and transnational engagements

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 14:45 Sophia Woodman (University of Edinburgh) 

A China angle on transnational circulations in the emergence of modern citizenship


14:45 – 15:00 Coffee


15:00 – 15:45 Nissim Otmazgin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Transnational dialogue in East Asia through popular culture


15:45 – 16:30 Adrian Favell (University of Leeds)

East Asian cities as sites of transnational engagements: symbolic economy and alternate cultures


16:30 – 17:15 David Wank (Sophia University)

Provincial culinary politics and transnational trajectory of provincial Chinese food


17:15 – 18:00 Future directions

The workshop is organized by Yasemin Soysal (University of Essex), and Verena Blechinger-Talcott (GEAS). Prof. Soysal is visiting GEAS as FU Research Alumni in September 2018.

Yasemin Soysal is Professor of Sociology, and member of the Center for Migration Studies and the Center for Human Rights, University of Essex. She has previously been visiting professor at Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo), the Chinese University of Hong Kong, New York University and the Niklas Luhmann distinguished visiting chair at Bielefeld University, amongst others. Her research interests encompass Citizenship and Nation-state, National and Transnational, Transnationalization of Higher Education, International Migrations, Human Rights and Regional Integration (Europe and East Asia). Soysal's most recent publications include "Transnational Trajectories in East Asia: Nation, Citizenship, and Region" and "Why study abroad? Sorting of Chinese students across British universities."

Time & Location

Sep 24, 2018

Room 2.2051 (Holzlaube, second floor)
Freie Universität Berlin
Fabeckstr. 23-25
14195 Berlin

Further Information

Please register in advance with events@geas.fu-berlin.de