[CAS Speaker Series] 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?
In our 4th annual spring symposium, we will hold a day-long conference to continue to examine "Mediating Asia." We are pleased to invite Endy Bayuni, The Jakarta Post, and Melissa Chan, Al Jazeera America, to give the keynote addresses. There will also be four panels featuring scholars and journalists who will present their views on "Mediating Asia." Please join us for what promises to be an engaging and insightful conference.
Sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies; the Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities; the College of Media, Communication and Information; the Center for Environmental Journalism; and the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture.
10:00 Welcome and opening remarks
10:15 "Mediating Indonesia: The Slow Emergence of a Young Nation" - Endy Bayuni, The Jakarta Post
11:00 'Reporting from China: Media, Human Rights, and the Authoritarian State" - Melissa Chan, Al Jazeera America
1:00 Media and Environmental Politics in Asia
Isabel Hilton, China Dialogue
Tom Yulsman, CU-Boulder
1:45 Authoritarian States, Nationalism, and the Unruly Media
Rianne Subijanto, CU-Boulder
Timothy Weston, CU-Boulder
Michael Curtin, University of California Santa Barbara
3:00 Identity, Culture, and Branding
Hiromu Nagahara, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hun Shik Kim, CU-Boulder
Mark Bender, Ohio State University
4:00 Mediating Asia: Concluding Observations
Tim Oakes, CU-Boulder
Stewart Hoover, CU-Boulder
Nabil Echchaibi, CU-Boulder