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The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies is coming up next week, March 26-29 at the University of Chicago. There will be 12 CU-Boulder faculty and graduate students participating on numerous panels throughout the conference.

On Friday at 8:30 a.m., Emiily Yeh, Geography, will serve as the discussant for "Urbanization and Resettlement on the Tibetan Plateau: Adapting to New Spaces." This panel, chaired by Kenneth Bauer of Dartmouth College, will include papers by Nancy E. Levine of the University of California Los Angeles, Mark Stevenson of Victoria University, and Andrew Grant of the University of California Los Angeles.

Then at 10:45, Keller Kimbrough, Asian Languages and Civilizations, will participate in the roundtable discussion he organized, "Book Studies: Materiality and Method in Asian Studies." The roundtable is chaired by Ann Sherif of Oberlin College, and other discussants include Julie Nelson David of the University of Pennsylvania, Kevin Mulholland of the University of Michigan, and Linda Chance of the University of Pennsylvania.

On Saturday, CAS Director and Professor of Geography Tim Oakes will give a paper entitled "Dance Machine: Urban Modernity from the Bottom-Up in Guizhou," as part of the 8:30 a.m. panel chaired by Jodi Weinstein of the College of New Jersey, "Guizhou as Crossroads: Mobilities, Localities, and Connectedness in China's Past and Present." Also presenting on the panel are John E. Herman of the Virginia Commonwealth University, Yu Luo of Yale University, and Guo Wu of Allegheny College.

Also at 8:30, Andrew Stuckey, Asian Languages and Civilizations will present his paper, "Authority, Authenticity, and Authorship in 'In the Heat of the Sun,'" on the panel he also will chair, "True Lies: Fictionalization of the Real in Modern Chinese Literature and Film. Joining him on the panel are Makiko Mori of Auburn University, and Jing Jiang of Reed College.

At 10:45, another round of panels will begin, and Kwangmin Kim, History, will give his paper, "The Indigenous Christianity Movement in the Sino-Korean Borderlands during the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries," as part of the panel chaired by Bradley Cam Davis of Eastern Connecticut State University, "Chinese Borderlands: Violence, Ethnicity, and Religion at the Edges of the Qing Empire." Elif Akcetin of the University of Illinois will also present a paper on the panel.

Jon Zeljo of the Program for Teaching East Asia will also present at 10:45. He will serve as a discussant for a roundtable sponsored by the Committee for Teaching about Asia, "The Intersection of Technology and Human Interaction: Challenges and Rewards in Teaching About Asia Online." Brenda Jordan of the University of Pittsburgh will chair the roundtable, and joining them will be Mahua Bhattacharya of Elizabethtown College, Karen Kane of Columbia University, and Jeffrey D. Long of Elizabethtown College.

Panels will begin again at 2:45, and David Atherton, Asian Languages and Civilizations, will give his paper, "Making Money Talk: Economic and Literary Form in the Fiction of Ihara Saikaku," on the panel he is also chairing, "Following the Money in Early Modern Japanese Literature and Drama," sponsored by the Early Modern Japan Network. Also on the panel are Shiho Takai of Vassar College, Nan Ma Hartmann of Earlham College, and Bettina Gramlich-Oka of Sophia University.

Miriam Kingsberg, History, will also present at 10:45. She will give her paper, "After Nanyo: The Postwar Deployment of Imperial Japanese Anthropology of the Southwest Pacific," on the panel "Empire and Beyond: Papers in Honor of Mark Peattie." Also on the panel are Louise Young of the University of Wisconsin, J. Charles Schencking of the University of Hong Kong, Daqing Yang of George Washington University, and Frederick R. Dickinson of the University of Pennsylvania.

Faye Yuan Kleeman, Asian Languages and Civilizations, will participate at 5:00 in the last round of panels for Saturday as a discussant for "Encountering East Asian Coloniality: Sketching Colonial Boundaries through Literature, 1900s-1940s." This panel, chaired by Ayako Kano of the University of Pennsylvania, will also include Yoon Sun Yang of Boston University, Peichen Wu of National Chengchi University, and Huangwen Lai of the University of Pennsylvania.

Finally, on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., two graduate students from the Department of Geography, Galen Murton and Yang Yang, will participate in "Making the Minority Major: The Intersection of Cultural Identity and Infrastructure Development in Western China," which is sponsored by AAS Chin and Inner Asia Council. Murton will chair the panel and will also give his paper, "Constructing the New Tibet: Representations of Culture and Power in Tibet's Modern Infrastructure." Yang will also give a paper written with Yujie Zhu of Australian National University, "Kazakh Muslims Claiming Roots in Xi'an China: Memory, Identity, and Urban Space." Yang and Murton will also be joined by Max D. Woodworth of Ohio State University, and Chas McKhann of Whitman College.

For more information about this year's AAS Annual Conference, please visit https://www.asian-studies.org/conference/.