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Title: IL/IN Summer Seminar: Interpreting Technology and Race in East Asia
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Start Time: Thursday May 14, 2009 09:00 AM
End Time: Thursday May 14, 2009 07:30 PM
Location: Indiana Memorial Union, Maple Room
Contact: East Asian Studies Center @ IUB
Url: http://www.iu.edu/~easc/programs/technology/index.shtml
Free/Busy: busy
Description: Sponsored by the Illinois/Indiana East Asia National Resource Center Consortium, the annual IL/IN Summer Seminar is designed to give graduate and advanced undergraduate students in the Midwest the opportunity to study intensively with some of IL/IN's leading scholars and to create continuing networks for collaboration and exchange.

Seminar Description
Historically, technology has had a national character, but with the growth of international and transnational exchanges, technological interactions have multiplied greatly in the recent past. This seminar will examine the ways technology, in its multiple manifestations, influences and is influenced by cultural identity and social interactions in East Asia. As studies of race and its technological inflections further our collective knowledge and understanding of the human condition, the seminar will use the lens of race to explore historical, contemporary, and emerging interpretations of the connections between technology and human existence.

The seminar will begin by examining the multiple articulations of techno-orientalism as a way to think through the rise of Asian technological innovation and Information Capitalism. Beginning with the Morley and Robins text Spaces of Identity, we will critically examine techno-orientalism and delve into the evolving relational tensions between representations of ?Orient? and ?Occident.? While studying race and technology in East Asia, it is critical to be mindful of the reductionist racial and technological generalizations that get woven into representative narratives, so this will be our next topic. The overall goal of the seminar is to establish an expansive enterprise, to add to already existing critical tools of technology studies those of racial, ethnic, global, and transnational studies, to produce more broadly textured analyses of the relationships between technology, society, and culture in East Asia.

For more information and to apply, see the Web site at: http://www.iu.edu/~easc/programs/technology/index.shtml.

Contact Email: easc@indiana.edu
More Contact Info: Margaret Key E-mail:mskey@indiana.edu
Cost: $30
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