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U MN Conference on Concepts of Space

May 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Concepts of Space for East Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference 2019


May 11, 2019, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, 112 Folwell Hall


May 12, 2019, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 113 Folwell Hall

2019 marks the 30th year after urban theorist Edward Soja’s proposal of the “spatial turn” that has since inspired critical examinations of space among scholars of the social sciences and humanities alike. Beyond the notion of a fixed territory, space comes to denote a series of cultural and political relationships informed and enframed by human interactions with architecture, physical surroundings, local and national boundaries, eco-systems, geographical configurations, etc. Space provides an important conceptual framework through which we understand, feel, and navigate ourselves in the world we inhabit. From the notorious “Co- Prosperity Sphere” to the experience of displacement caused by colonial wars; from the “discovery of landscape” to the construction of a theater hall; from literary writing to cinematic technology; the imagination and representation of space constitute a crucial part of the modern discursive history of East Asia. This conference invites critical approaches to space and spatial relationships in the realm of modern and contemporary East Asian studies.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  •     Space and identity
  •     Space and media technology
  •     The politics and poetics of space
  •     Space and capital
  •     Space and body
  •     Spatial aesthetics

Commentators: Christine Marran, Professor, University of Minnesota; Travis Workman, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota

Click here to view the conference program and list of presenters.

For additional information, contact Yan Chang, chan1374@umn.edu or visit our website.


The conference is free and open to everyone. 


This conference is presented by the Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media Graduate Program in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota.



May 11, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm