Asian Futures

Asian Futures

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The Asian Futures initiative aims to develop a forward-looking framework for Asian Studies at OSU, one commensurate with the realities of the 21st century.  Hosting speakers, colloquia and workshops, Asian Futures brings together colleagues and constituencies to explore emerging topics, organizing themes and long-term developments that outrun traditional geopolitics.  Environmental imaginings, religious movements, ethnic and regional revitalizations, popular cultures, transnational inflections of sexuality and civility: all these loosen the epistemic grip of nation-state-centered analyses and call for more supple and dialogical inquiries.  Asian Futures also seeks to create opportunities for the discussion and design (or re-design) of courses from an inter-Asian perspective, especially in the context of the new General Education curriculum’s emphasis on Citizenship for a Diverse and Just World.

The Humanities Institute will serve as an incubator for Asian Futures, supporting the working group as it builds capacity on campus and explores organizational alternatives. Our project addresses the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme (GAHDT) themes of Im/Mobility and Community and connects with work in Livability and Methods and Practices as well.


Principal Investigator: Max Woodworth (Geography)
Co-PI: Rick Livingston (Humanities Collaboratory/Comparative Studies)


Asian Futures Working Group: Mark Bender (East Asian), Madhumita Dutta (Geography)
Pranav Jani (SASI/English), Namiko Kunimoto (History of Art), Scott Levi (History), Morgan Liu
(NELC/Anthropology), Ila Nagar (NELC), Mytheli Sreenivas (History/WGSS), Hugh Urban
(Comparative Studies), Yvette Shen (Design), Max Woodworth (Geography), Gil Latz (Office of
International Affairs, ex officio), Rick Livingston (Humanities Institute/Comparative Studies)


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