Intimate Connections: Everyday Experiences of Inter-Asia Ties

Intimate Connections: Everyday Experiences of Inter-Asia Ties

Keynote speakers

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi, Monash University Associate Professor Thang Leng Leng, National University of Singapore Dr Chika Watanabe, University of Manchester Dr Dredge Byung'chu Kang, University of California San Diego


In recent years Asia has experienced an unprecedented flow of people, media representations, and capital as many countries have undergone vast economic and political transformations. In considering these tectonic shifts, analysts have often focused on macroeconomic and political questions, studying shifting market forces or politics at a national level. Such questions have tended to promote top-down research focusing on one nation or one sub-region at a time. In contrast, there is an emerging field of research on inter-Asian connections which views contemporary Asian nations as interlinked and interrelated at the most intimate of levels. Building on this approach, this workshop offers a space for rigorous discussion on how shifting political-economic realities are fostering new intimate connections among people throughout the region.

Specifically, the workshop will examine the effects of inter-Asian connections in the realm of the intimate. It will highlight how the intimate lives of those moving within Asia — for marriage, work, care, development, activism, education and so on — are shaped by and in turn influence these broader changes. We thus invite scholars interested in asking how people’s intimate lives are transformed in the context of economic and political shifts throughout Asia. How do economies of desire travel from one nation to another? How are people’s relationships with others created and transformed in such journeys? And what do people’s affective attachments, in turn, reveal about emergent transformations underway within the Asian region?

By linking economic and political transformations to the everyday concerns of intimacy on the ground, this workshop will offer innovative approaches to comprehending the dynamics driving the region. The workshop is comprised of keynote addresses, panels and master classes. It will bring together distinguished international scholars, early career academics and postgraduate students to develop innovative methodological approaches and new theoretical/conceptual possibilities which transcend nation-states and cultural boundaries. The workshop will also be a networking opportunity for scholars employing empirical approaches to the study of intimacy in inter-Asia contexts. The organizers will aim to publish select papers from the workshop in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

Please check the Workshop flyer for the full program.

The deadline for applications for the masterclass is 31 July 2016. Please email Benjamin Hegarty to register for catering purposes.

If you will attend the keynote lectures only there is no need to register.

To register for the masterclasses on Saturday 13 August please contact Benjamin Hegarty for details


Date & time

Thursday 11 August 2016 to Saturday 13 August 2016



Multiple Speakers


Benjamin Hegarty

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