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18 September 2018

Welcome Reception for Crystal Parikh, A/P/A Institute Director

Join us in welcoming Professor Crystal Parikh as director of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Professor Parikh specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture, with a focus on comparative race and ethnic studies, as well as ethical and political theory, and gender and sexuality, diaspora, and postcolonial studies. She writes, “It is deeply humbling and moving to be entrusted [to lead the A/P/A Institute at NYU] … and I am committed to continuing and expanding [its] efforts well into…

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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. This film series foregrounds intimate queer worlds that often get eclipsed in narratives of migration and diaspora. Reaching from experimental shorts, to personal stories, to activist documentaries from Asia and the Asian diasporas, “Queer Migrations & Diasporic Intimacies” features forms of world-making that while shaped by the forces of global capital and patriarchal nationalism, move beyond the latter’s limiting paradigms. Filmmakers present their…

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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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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 and NYU Prison Education Program. 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 explores are…

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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, Yasuhiro 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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