"Mediating Asia": 2015 CAS Annual Symposium
April 17, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.
Center for British and Irish Studies, 5th Floor, Norlin Library, CU-Boulder
This year, we have been exploring the idea of "Mediating Asia." A great deal of our current knowledge about Asia comes to us via traditional media channels (such as print & broadcast journalism, feature films, and documentaries) and, increasingly, via less formal online channels such as blogs and social media networking sites. While Asian scholars based outside of Asia have, for some time, been engaged in critical readings of these ‘mediated’ representations of Asia, the rapid rise of Asian media industries within Asia has resulted in more diffuse representations of Asia than ever before. With ‘Mediating Asia’, the Center for Asian Studies seeks to explore the implications of these increasingly diffuse, multi-mediated representations of Asia. We take a broad definition of media to include not only print, broadcast, film, and internet formats, but also arts and literature, insofar as they might also be viewed as representations of Asia. How does Asia represent itself through Asian media? How is the idea of ‘Asia’ as a coherent identity reimagined and represented through Asian media? What sorts of tensions, dialogues, contradictions, and collaborations exist between Asian and non-Asian media? In what ways do Asian media ‘respond’ to non-Asian representations of Asia? How are different Asian peoples, places, or histories imagined, marketed, consumed through new Asian media channels?
Join us for our fourth annual symposium entitled ‘Mediating Asia’ on April 17, 2015. The rapid rise of Asian-based media industries raises important The Jakarta Post, and Melissa Chan of Al Jazeera America, as well as panel discussions with more than 10 scholars and journalists from CU and beyond. Topics of discussion will include “media and environmental politics,” “authoritarian states, nationalism, and the unruly media,” and “identity, culture, and branding” in the Asian context.
For more information about the Spring 2015 "Mediating Asia" Symposium, including a full list of presentations, please visit

The China Model and China-U.S. Relations

[Non-CAS Event] Opening Reception and Dinner for the University of Denver's May 1 conference, "Has China Found a Unique Path of Modernization: The China Model Revisited." The Chinese Consul General in Chicago, Ambassador Zhao Weiping, will deliver the dinner presentation, "The China Model and China-U.S. Relations." The Reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the dinner will begin at 6:30.

Liberating Yaks: The Vegetarian Question in Tibet

[CAS Speaker Series] CU Boulder is pleased to host Khenpo Tsultrim Lodrö, a renowned Buddhist teacher from Larung Buddhist Academy in eastern Tibet at the end of April. This is the Khenpo's first visit to the US, and he is touring a handful of major universities, including Harvard, UVA, Columbia and UCSB.

There is one public event, a lecture on vegetarianism and the compassionate treatment of animals on Tuesday, April 28th, and one graduate colloquium, restricted to graduate students at CU Boulder and other Front Range institutions, on Wednesday, April 29th.

Cultural Challenges for Emerging Islamic Modernism

[Non-CAS Event] Cultural Challenges for Emerging Islamic Modernism. On Thursday, April 23, 2015, Dr. Shireen T. Hunter of Georgetown University, and Professor Nader Hashemi of the University of Denver will discuss cultural challenges raised by the Islamic world’s relationship with modernity.

Public Lectures: Thursday, April 23, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Where: Koelbel Building 300 (CU Business School)

The event is co-hosted by the University of Colorado and The Institute for Cultural Evolution (ICE).

Indian Foreign Policy: An Historical Perspective

[CAS Luncheon Series] In this talk Mithi Mukherjee will explore the nature and historical origins of India’s foreign policy in the postcolonial period (1947-1962). One of the unique features of India’s postcolonial history that has gone largely unnoticed is that its relations with countries in Asia, Africa, and the West have been mediated to a great extent by the idea and institution of the United Nations.