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25 September 2018

Thanushka Yakupitiyage / Ushka, Artist-in-Residence Launch Event 

UPDATE: This event is sold out and has reached full capacity. If additional tickets become available, they will be released on Eventbrite.  The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU is thrilled to welcome multidisciplinary artist, DJ, culture producer, media maker, and activist/organizer Thanushka (Thanu) Yakupitiyage as its 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence. As a DJ, she performs as Ushka and is known for her genre-blending style across electronic club and bass music that deliberately traverses borders, creating soundscapes that reflect the immigrant experience in global…

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27 September 2018

Meena Alexander: Atmospheric Embroidery

Co-sponsored by the Postcolonial, Race, and Diaspora Studies Colloquium at NYU, South Asia at NYU, and Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Award-winning author and scholar Meena Alexander reads from Atmospheric Embroidery, a haunting collection of poems that “travels through zones of violence to reach the crystalline depth of words” (Northwestern University Press, 2018), and discusses Name Me a Word: Indian Writers Reflect on Writing (Yale University Press, 2018), an anthology which brings together the voices of twentieth- and twenty-first century writers from India and the diaspora.…

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03 October 2018

Virtual Asian American Art Museum Chicago Launch Party and Panel

Co-presented by the DePaul Art Museum and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by Art, Media, & Design; Critical Ethnic Studies; and Global Asian Studies at DePaul University.  The Virtual Asian American Art Museum (VAAAM), launching in Fall 2018, is a large-scale digital humanities project developed by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU for new collaborative scholarship on Asian American art history. As part of Art Design Chicago, VAAAM is working with leading scholars and curators in the field to create new…

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03 October 2018

Queer Migrations & Diasporic Intimacies

Presented by Asian Film and Media Initiative of NYU Cinema Studies. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU; Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU; Center for Media, Culture and History; Center for Religion and Media; Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies; NYU Student Affairs; NYU Global Programs; Center for Disability Studies. This film series foregrounds intimate queer worlds that often get eclipsed in narratives of migration and diaspora. Reaching from experimental shorts, to personal stories,…

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04 October 2018

Priya Sen: Yeh Freedom Life

Presented by The Kitchen. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, Contemporary Aesthetics Research Collaborative, and Asia Art Archive. In conjunction with Chitra Ganesh‘s exhibition, Her garden, a mirror, The Kitchen is pleased to present the recently completed, documentary film Yeh Freedom Life / This Freedom Life by Priya Sen. Filmed over the course of a year in Ambedkar Nagar, a dense, largely working class area in South Delhi, Yeh Freedom Life moves between the two very different worlds…

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11 October 2018

Sexual Politics in a Transnational Frame: A Roundtable

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the A/P/A Institute at NYU. This panel places in conversation feminist and queer scholars working on sexual politics, nationalism, and identity in India, Turkey, and Lebanon, to consider the ways in which the consolidation of political power in each of these locations depends on particular sexual and gender ideologies. Featuring Jyoti Puri (Simmons College), Evren Savci (Yale University), and Sara Mourad (Global Visiting Scholar at CSGS,…

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19 October 2018

Leitis in Waiting

A Margaret Mead Film Festival Screening. Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The Margaret Mead Film Festival hosts the New York premiere of Leitis in Waiting (72 min.), a feature documentary by Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, and Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu. The film is set in the Kingdom of Tonga, where transgender women—known locally as leitis—have long been part of the cultural landscape. Some enjoy an honored role as attendants to the royal family. And they have played a significant role in…

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24 October 2018

The Assault on the Right to Boycott

Sponsored by the American Studies Program, Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, NYU Sanctuary, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Democratic Socialists of America, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Black Student Union, NYU Dream Team, Asian American Political Activism Coalition, and NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Featuring: J. Kehaulani Kauanui (Wesleyan University), Maria LaHood (Center for Constitutional Rights), Jasbir Puar (Rutgers University), Radihika Sainath (Palestine Legal), Lisa Duggan (NYU), and moderator Andrew Ross (NYU). The right…

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25 October 2018

Out of State: Screening and Discussion

Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Native Studies Forum. Co-sponsored by the NYU Native American & Indigenous Students Group, NYU Prison Education Program, and Nā ʻŌiwi NYC. The award-winning documentary Out of State (79 min.) explores the intersections between the US imperial project and prison industrial complex, through the stories of David and Hale—two Native Hawaiian men incarcerated in a private prison in the Arizona desert, thousands of miles away from home. “The themes that this powerful, poetic film…

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29 October 2018

I Even Regret Night: Verses from Indenture

UPDATE: Please note the new location. This program will now take place at the NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center located at 53 Washington Square South. Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, South Asian American Digital Archive, Rajkumari Cultural Center, Jahajee Sisters, Guyana Modern.com, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop. While conducting research for her book Coolie Woman, Gaiutra Bahadur (Visiting Scholar, A/P/A Institute at NYU) came across…

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08 November 2018

Artists in New York: The Virtual Asian American Art Museum

To mark the launch of the Virtual Asian American Art Museum, we present “Artists in New York,” a two-panel symposium, highlighting Asian American artists who lived and worked in New York during the twentieth century. The panels, “An Asian American Modern in New York” and “Postwar Asian Diasporic Artists in New York,” will explore how New York served as an important local and transnational hub for artists like Fluxus, Yayoi Kusama, Zarina Hashmi, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Roger Shimomura, Martin Wong, Tseng…

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15 November 2018

Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Lisa Lowe (Tufts University), Tavia Nyong’o (Yale University), Licia Fiol-Matta (NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese), and Manijeh Moradian (Barnard College) discuss Gayatri Gopinath’s (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis) Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2018), which brings queer studies to bear on studies of diaspora and visuality, tracing the interrelation of affect, archive,…

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16 November 2018

Insular Possessions: Imperial Legacies of 1898 with a special screening of Call Her Ganda

Co-sponsored by the NYU Native Studies Forum, the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. The year 1898 has conventionally been regarded as the American “imperial moment,” when the United States acquired and occupied a number of island nations, both in the Pacific and the Caribbean. One hundred twenty years after the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Spanish-American War, as well as the alleged annexation of…

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05 December 2018

Unsustainable Empire: Alternative Histories of Hawai‘i Statehood

Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Native Studies Forum. In his new book Unsustainable Empire: Alternative Histories of Hawai‘i Statehood (Duke University Press, 2018), Dean Itsuji Saranillio (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis) offers a bold challenge to the narrative that the 1959 admission of Hawai‘i, a largely non-white territory, as a US state was a civil rights victory. Rather, Saranillio argues that the expansion of US empire into the Pacific was imperative to the sustainability…

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