1 November - Public Lecture: From Counterculture to Subculture The Study of Social Movement in Japan after the 3.11 Disaster (Melbourne)
This presentation discusses from a cultural perspective how young activists deconstruct conventional forms of organization and collective identity to construct alternative type of activism in contemporary Japan. Previous studies have regarded social movement as an organizational behavior based on collective political identity. However, the situation has drastically shifted after the 3.11 nuclear disaster. Some research shows that Japanese youth protesters no longer have definitive political membership and organizational principle in their activism.
1-6 November - The Kampot Readers & Writers Festival (Kampot)
The Kampot Writers & Readers Festival brings the community together. Featuring discussions, conversations, poetry readings, music concerts, cooking classes, gourmet lunches, children’s events, architecture, salt & pepper tours, art exhibitions, book launches, book swaps, guided tours, workshops, literature.
3-12 November - Singapore Writers Festival (Singapore)
Featuring Abby Oliveira, Adeline Foo, Aidli 'Alin' Mosbit, Alecia Neo, Alex Tan Tiong Hee, Azizah Zakaria, Annaliza Bakri, Pip Harry, Phillip Holden, Madeleine Lee, Marc Nair, MD Sharif, Mindy Pang, Mimi Mashud, Muzakkir Samat, Deni Apriyani, Dipika Mukherjee, Dokked, Farah Wardani, Fleur Vella-Chang, Firwan Johan and many more.
4 November - Black Lives Matter: A Conversation (Melbourne)
In Australia to collect the Sydney Peace Prize, three of Black Lives Matter’s founders and leaders – Cullors and Garza, and Toronto BLM Chapter co-founder Rodney Diverlus – will talk with Jack Latimore about the achievements and broader goals of #blacklivesmatter … and how we can translate the lessons of the movement to face and fight entrenched inequality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.
4-12 November - The 18th Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival (Hong Kong)
Launched in 1999, Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival (HKJFF) was the first ever festival of its kind in Asia. This year the theme celebrates the 18th Anniversary of the festival. Asia Society Hong Kong Center continues to co-present with HKJFF to our members and audience a selection of world-class films with a diverse range of topics and Asian premieres.
6 November - Translation Studies: Global Practices in Interpretation and Representation (Assam)
The Workshop, with Professor David Johnston, Queens University, Belfast, is aimed at exploring the major translation practices in vogue globally. It intends to acquaint the participants with the theoretical and practical paradigms of translation.
8 November - 'Nine Continents' - A Conversation with Memoirist Xiaolu Guo (New York)
As a young child, Xiaolu Guo visited a Taoist monk who pronounced her a "peasant warrior." "She will cross the sea and travel to the Nine Continents," the monk predicted. After many years away from China, Guo has become "a nomad in both body and mind," not quite Chinese anymore and yet never totally at ease in London. Her latest book, Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China, explores how Chinese families coped with the Cultural Revolution, China's rapid economic growth, and a globalized world.
10-12 November - Lucknow Literary Festival (Lucknow)
The Lucknow Literary Festival has been adorned with sundry of well-known names and faces that not only grace the event with their presence but also share their experiences, their insights with young and old alike. Featuring Abhisar Sharma, Shatrughan Sinha, Divya Dutta, Asaduddin Owaisi, Manish Sisodia and many more.
14 November - Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture: Bruce Pascoe (Melbourne)
Join award-winning writer, editor and anthologist Bruce Pascoe, as he delivers the 2017 Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture. Bruce Pascoe, of Bunurong, Yuin and Tasmanian heritage, was awarded the New South Wales Premier’s Book of the Year in 2016 for his book Dark Emu, which argues for a reconsideration of the 'hunter-gatherer' tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians, and attempts to rebut the colonial myths that have worked to justify dispossession.
16-17 - Representations of Home - Conflict and/or (Be)longing: Thinking with Stories and Images (Lisbon)
This conference focuses on representations of home in literature and the visual arts as the site where dynamics of conflict and/or (be)longing are played out. Home, particularly the imagined home, is a quintessential space of refuge from an external, unknown and potentially threatening, but also enticing, world. In Classical as in religious texts, home is both a place of departure and of quest and arrival, and throughout history the longing for home has persisted in the midst of the recurring challenges of belonging.
16-18 November - Dhaka Literary Festival (Dhaka)
Featuring Ananya Kabir, Anjali Joseph, Anisul Hoque, Jyoti Malhotra, Karan Mahajan, Mousumi Banerjee, Nausheen Eusuf, Nanbaneeta Dev Sen, Ritu Menon, Sudeep Chakravarti, Victor Mallet, William Dalrymple, Valentine Cunningham, Tilda Swinton and many more.
16-18 November - The Creativity Workshop (Singapore)
The Creativity Workshop is an experiential course of doing and experimenting. Our exercises and instructors’ talks focus on helping you learn practical techniques to stimulate your imagination and innovative thinking. Singapore is home to several different cultures, making this the perfect spot to excite your imagination, as creativity flourishes in places where different traditions and histories converge.
17-18 November - National Conference in English Literature: Re-working, Re-imagining, Re-inventing: The Changing Faces of Adaptation Studies (Mumbai)
Adaptation studies was originally established with the intent to study the manner in which cinematic texts altered their literary sources. However, this concept has since expanded to engage with broader ideas of how adaptation functions and the manner in which it has come to interface with not only specific genres of literature, film, theatre, media, and the digital, but also the narratives that underlie these in a broader social, political, and historical sense.
24-26 November - George Town Literary Festival (George Town)
The George Town Literary Festival is the largest international literary festival in Malaysia which is supported and funded by the State Government of Penang. Held annually in the World UNESCO Heritage site of George Town, the GTLF is one of the last bastions of free speech in Malaysia and has a specific focus on world literature. The festival invites local and international writers, poets and performers to engage in topics and themes that are crucial to the world we live in. The GTLF believes in the power of free speech and expression, and is committed to being one of the most urgent, vital and provocative literary festivals in the region.
25 November - Book Writing Workshop (Mumbai)
Combining neuroscience, psychology, and sociology with the art of writing, this workshop will help you clear and rebuild the foundation of your creative works and then equip you with advanced tools to write joyfully in new energizing ways.
30 November - Looking Back, Informing the Future: A Multidisciplinary Research Project on the 1947 Partition of British India (New York)
2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Partition of British India, as well as the launch of Harvard’s South Asia Institute’s major research on Partition. Panelists Rahul Mehrotra (Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard University), Tarun Khanna (Director, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School), Karim R. Lakhani (Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School) and Jennifer Leaning (François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University) discuss the complexities of large-scale human migration and resettlements.
3 December - Image-in-Focus: Valerie Zinner (New York)
Cap off your weekend at Japan Society Gallery with these energetic, 30-minute conversations with emerging scholars and other specialists. Drop by to hear their unique perspectives on select highlights from Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise. Valerie Zinner is a Ph.D. candidate in Japanese Art History of Columbia University. Her research focuses on early modern illustrated narratives (particularly those of the Sumiyoshi School) and their relationship to the way in which the Edo Period engaged with class and history.
6 December - Authors & Asia: Reza Aslan on 'God: A Human History' (Gallen)
Brazos Bookstore and Asia Society Texas Center present Reza Aslan, reading from his book God: A Human History. Aslan is an internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions. His books, including his #1 New York Times bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, have been translated into dozens of languages around the world. He is also a recipient of the prestigious James Joyce Award. His most recent title explores humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine and sounds a call to embrace a deeper, more expansive understanding of God.
21-22 December - The INTESDA Asian Conference on the Arts, Humanities and Sustainability (Hiroshima)
The objective of ACAHS 2017 is to move away from the notion that sustainability only is an environmental issue. Actually, it is important to take a holistic perspective that embraces the critical relationship between ecological sciences and humanities. This is evident as human communities as well as their diverse biological and cultural heritage are increasingly threatened by mounting environmental and societal problems from climate change and exploitation of finite resources to the inequities and human costs of unsustainable practices and technologies.
11 January - The Asia Society Book Club (Gallen)
At our second Asia Society Book Club, we will discuss The Accusation: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea published in 2017 by Bandi, a North Korean dissident writer. In 1989, under this pseudonym, Bandi began to write a series of stories about the life under Kim Il Sung’s totalitarian regime. Later these stories were smuggled out of North Korea by a close relative and set for publication in 2017 for the world to read.