Archive of Past Events
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
68 VocesReem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
A screening of a series of short films narrating stories of Mexican oral tradition from 68 different Indigenous languages, traditions, and hearts. The series seeks to represent the richness of Indigenous communities and to promote their languages.
Friday, May 6, 2022
BTTI Translation Symposium: Ends of TranslationReem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 9:00 am – 7:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Please join us for a full day of events all centered around translation—from student panels, to guest speakers, to the keynote address by Wyatt Mason, Seasons and Castles: Rimbaud Retranslated (5 pm, RKC 103).
All events will take place in RKC 103, 200, and 102.
Thursday, May 5, 2022
The Politics of Language and Translation: Reflections from the Arab-Israeli ConflictAhmad Ayyad (Al-Quds Bard College, Occupied Palestine)
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
This event is part of the BTTI Symposium.
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Orientalist Strategies and Modernist Design: The Design of the 1988 Seoul OlympicsSeungyeon Gabrielle Jung
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities,
This event is presented on Zoom.
11:50 am – 1:10 pm EDT/GMT-4
Olympic design needs to express the universal values that the Olympic Movement promotes, and it should be understood easily by a global audience; at the same time, it needs to set the host apart from other nations visually and highlight the uniqueness of its culture. This is a particularly difficult task for non-Western countries, whose national culture and identity can easily fall victim to Orientalism when presented on the world stage. This lecture examines the design style and strategies chosen for the 1988 Summer Olympics and how this design project, which is deemed successful by many, “spectacularly failed” to understand the concepts such as universalism, modernity, modernist design, and Orientalism.
Seungyeon Gabrielle Jung studies politics and aesthetics of modern design with a focus on South Korean and Silicon Valley design. She received her PhD in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University in 2020. Trained in graphic design, Gabrielle also writes on the issues of design and feminism. Her book project, Toward a Utopia Without Revolution: Globalization, Developmentalism, and Design, looks at political and aesthetic problems that modern design projects generated in South Korea, a country that has experienced not only rapid economic development but also immense political progress in less than a century, from the end of the World War II to the beginning of the new millennium. In Fall 2022, she will join the Department of Art History and PhD Program in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine as Assistant Professor of Korean Art History.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Korea’s Forever WarsE. Tammy Kim (New York Times)
Olin, Room 102 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
When the U.S. military finally withdrew from Afghanistan, an old tally reappeared in the news. Our “forever wars” were not only the live military operations we’d pursued in the Middle East since 9/11; they also encompassed some 500 U.S. bases and installations all over the world, stretching back to the early 20th century. Some call this “empire;” some call it “security,” even “altruism.” In East Asia, the long arm of U.S. power reaches intimately into people’s lives.
South Korea has hosted U.S. military personnel since World War II and remains a primary base of operations in the Asia Pacific. Some thirty thousand U.S. soldiers and marines are stationed there, on more than 70 installations. In 2018, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys opened in the city of Pyeongtaek, at a cost of $11 billion. Humphreys is now the largest overseas U.S. military base by size and the symbol of a new era in the U.S.-South Korea alliance. Meanwhile, South Korea has become the tenth-richest country in the world and has one of the largest militaries—thanks to universal male conscription and an extraordinary budget. The country’s arms industry is also world-class, known for its planes, submarines, and tanks.
This talk will draw on reporting and family history to explore the evolving U.S.-South Korea alliance. How do the martial investments of these historic “allies” affect the lives of ordinary South Koreans—and Korean Americans? And if the two Koreas are still technically at war, what kind of war is it?
E. Tammy Kim is a freelance magazine reporter and a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, covering labor issues, arts and culture, and the Koreas. She cohosts Time to Say Goodbye, a podcast on Asia and Asian America, and is a contributing editor at Lux, a new feminist socialist magazine. She holds fellowships from the Alicia Patterson Foundation and Type Media Center. In 2016, she and Yale ethnomusicologist Michael Veal published Punk Ethnography, a book about the aesthetics and politics of contemporary world music. Her first career was as a social justice lawyer in New York City.
This event is part of the Asian Diasporic Initiative Speaker Series.
For more information, please contact Nate Shockey: [email protected]
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Narrating Paranoia, Passing, and Precarity Between Japanese Colonial Texts and Zainichi Korean FictionAndre Haag, Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature at the University of Hawaii, Manoa
Online Event 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm EDT/GMT-4
The field of post/colonial East Asian cultural studies has recently rediscovered the transpacific potential of the theme of ethnic passing, a problematic that is deeply rooted in North American racial contexts but might serve to disrupt global fictions of race and power. Although tropes adjacent to ethnonational passing frequently appear in minority literatures produced in Japan, particularly Zainichi Korean fiction, the salience of the phenomenon was often obscured within the avowedly-integrative and assimilative cultural production of Japanese colonialism. This talk will challenge that aporia by demonstrating how the structural possibility of Korean passing left behind indelible traces of racialized paranoia in the writings of the Japanese colonial empire that have long outlived its fall. Introducing narratives and speech acts in Japanese from disparate genres, past and present, I argue that paranoia was as an effect of insecure imperial modes of containing the passing specters of Korea and Korean people uneasily absorbed within expanding Japan by colonial merger. I trace how disavowed anxieties of passing merge with fears of treachery, blurred borders, and the unreadability of ethnoracial difference in narrative scripts that traveled across space, from the colonial periphery to the Japanese metropole along with migrating bodies, between subjects, and through time. If imperial paranoia around passing took its most extreme expression in narratives of the murderous 1923 “Korean Panic,” popular Zainichi fiction today exposes not only the enduring structures of Japanese Koreaphobia (and Koreaphilia) but the persistence of shared anxieties and precarities binding former colonizer and colonized a century later.
This meeting will be on Zoom: https://bard.zoom.us/j/89025574917
Thursday, April 14, 2022
The Art of Whiteness: A Lecture and Discussion on Race and Power in Southeast and East Asian LiteratureJen Wei Ting
Olin, Room 201 11:50 am – 1:10 pm EDT/GMT-4
How and why do we come to think of certain paintings or books as “good” art? Through a critical examination of the works of 19th century Southeast Asian painters Raden Saleh and Juan Luna, and a review of recent translated works by Indonesian and Korean writers, we will discuss how race and power dynamics have come to influence and dictate perceptions of artistic merit. By sharing my journey writing and publishing fiction, I hope this can lead everyone to question their own cognitive biases about “good” or “bad” art, and to recognize both the art of whiteness, and the whiteness of art.
Jen Wei Ting is an essayist, novelist and critic whose work has been published in the Economist, Time Magazine, Electric Literature, Catapult, Room Magazine, and more. Born in Singapore and educated in the US and Japan, she lives and thinks in multiple languages including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and is a prize-winning Chinese screenwriter.
This event is part of the Asian Diasporic Initiative Speaker Series.
For more information: contact Nate Shockey at [email protected].