This conference aims to develop the study of modern living in Asia between 1945 to 1990 from transnational perspectives. In the midst of acutely debated theoretical positions of globalisation, transnationalism and multiple modernisms, in works by Arjun Appadurai (1996), Homi Bhabha (1994), Shumei Shi (2013) and Duanfang Lu (2011), we will explore cultural flows beyond borders (national, regional and political) that informed notions of modern living in Asian countries. We also aim to expand the discourse to include geographical areas or countries in Asia that have been under-explored or entirely ignored in scholarly debates.
Convenors: Dr. Yunah Lee and Dr. Megha Rajguru (University of Brighton)
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Gyan Prakash (Princeton University)
Dr. Duanfang Lu (University of Sydney)
Professor Gyan Prakash's scholarship ranges from sub-altern and postcolonial studies, and colonial genealogies of modernity to urban history. He is author of Mumbai Fables, Noir Urbanisms: Dystopic Images of the Modern City and a co-edited volume, Utopia/Dystopia: Historical Conditions of Possibility (2010).
Duanfang Lu is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. She has published widely on the history and theory of modern architecture and urbanism, and her work has explored various interdisciplinary intersections. Her main publications include Remaking Chinese Urban Form (2006, 2011) and Third World Modernism (2010). Her edited book The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Architectural History will be published later this year.