Asian Research in the Fog of Pandemic

Poster of Asian Research in the Fog of Pandemic

Mar 5, 2021 02:00 PM

In recent years, researchers have highlighted the importance of using “Asia” as a site to develop new research tools and methods to rethink the global world. The outbreak of Covid-19, in many ways, has only heightened this call. Beyond the Asian stories of “failures” and “successes” in dealing with the ongoing public health crisis, the pandemic has exacerbated the existing geopolitical tensions, dispossession, as well as state violence against minorities and political dissidents, all against the backdrop of a series of ever-growing planetary crises.

With the pandemic still evolving, how should specialists of Asia begin to examine their “field” when the field itself is mutating, and when there is no clear sense of how to go about documenting and knowing the unknown? In this conversation, distinguished Asia scholars working from a variety of interdisciplinary contexts, including anthropology, cultural studies, history, and media studies, will reflect on the challenges of conducting research into the unknown in a politicized, racialized, sensationalized, and emotion-laden environment.  Register here. 

- Michael Berry, Professor, Department of Asian Languages & Cultures; Director, Center for Chinese Studies, UCLA
- Bishnupriya Ghosh, Professor, Department of English and Global Studies, UC Santa Barbara
- Ralph Litzinger, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

Tong Lam, Associate Professor, Department of History; Acting Director, Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, University of Toronto