Events: Conferences

APSI sponsors several conferences each year, drawing on the participation of scholars at home and abroad.


November 12-13, 2015 (Thursday and Friday)
Global Korean Literature at the Crossroads: Celebration of Continuity and Transformation
John Hope Franklin Center 240, Duke University



The conference, organized by Professor Nayoung Aimee Kwon in AMES, will bring together North American scholars working on a wide range of topics in Korean literature and culture, including performance, art, and film. The purpose of the gathering is to nurture emerging scholarship, especially at the graduate level, and create a venue for open exchange among scholars, writers, translators, and publishers. For more info, please click here.

Past Conferences and Workshops:

April 3-6, 2014
Remapping a Discipline: Modern Chinese Literatures
Organized by Carlos Rojas, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Cultural Studies, AMES, Duke University

October 4-5, 2013
Bordering the Borderless: Faces of Modern Buddhism in East Asia
The conference seeks to examine multiple aspects of modern East Asian Buddhism from a transnational perspective. It will also illuminate how local concerns were at the same time national, transnational, and global,and vice versa. This approach will complicate the historiographies of East Asian colonialism and modernity, which has tended to confine itself to the nationalistic paradigm. The goal of the conference is to bring to light the dynamics of the Buddhist traditions at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, and identity formation and transformation.

Sponsors: Duke's Asian Pacific Studies Institute (APSI) and Religion and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies departments; Research Institute for Korean Studies at Korea University (RIKS); The Anguk Seon Center Foundation; Young Do Cultural Center Foundation; Duke's Office of Global Strategy and Programs; Arts and Sciences; Triangle Center for Japanese Studies; Carolina Asia Center; Duke Korea Forum
Location: McClendon 5th floor Media Room
Conference Schedule
Conference Summary
Conference Poster

May 4, 2013
New Faces in China Studies Conference - Duke University (Mellon-funded Workshop)
Allen Building Board Room, Duke University
Sponsored by Tianjian Shi Memorial Fund, Mellon Foundation, Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Program for the Study of Democracy, Institutions, and Political Economy, and Program in Asian Security Studies
Conference Summary

May 3, 2013
China's Presence in Africa: A Multidisciplinary Symposium
Sanford Rhodes Conference Room, Duke University
Co-sponsored by Africa Initiative, Asian Pacific Studies Institute (APSI), Nicholas School-Miscellaneous Events, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI)
Conference Summary

April 5, 2013
Transnational North Korea and Northeast Asia: Migration and Urbanization Workshop
Breedlove Room, 204 Perkins Library, Duke University
Also sponsored by Korea Forum, Program in the Arts of the Moving Image and AMES, etc.

May 11-12, 2012
Development and Displacement

Organized by Carlos Rojas and Ralph Litzinger

March 12-13, 2012
Regions and Regionalism: (East) Asia in a Global World
Organized by Dominic Sachsenmaier

April 15-17, 2011
Chinese Cinemas: Reframing the Field
Organized by Carlos Rojas, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University

January 14, 2011
Chinese Film Theory Workshop, organized by Guo-Juin Hong, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University; and Jason McGrath, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

May 8-9, 2010
The 25th Annual Southeastern Association of Teachers of Japanese (SEATJ) Conference

Organized by Hitomi Endo, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University
Location: Duke University
2010 SEATJ

April, 2010
Taiwan and Korea in the Japanese Empire: Comparative Perspectives Organized by Leo Ching
, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University

March 21, 2010 (Sunday)
Viral Knowledge: Infection and Information in Twenty-first Century China
Organized by Carlos Rojas, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Cultural Studies, AMES, Duke University

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