Cold War Politicization Conference hosted by UT Austin

Conference: “TransPacific China in the Cold War”
Dates: April 18-19, 2013
Location:  University of Texas at Austin, AT&T Conference Center
Address: 1900 University Ave. Austin, TX 78705
Cost: Free and open to public (see below for Registration details)
Website: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/tccw/about.php

This conference explores the Cold War politicization of overseas communities extending from Hong Kong to Taiwan, the U.S., and Southeast Asia through cultural, refugee, and exchange programs intended to divide them into either the communist or “free” world in terms of allegiance but also mobility. Bringing together literary, cultural studies, and historical scholars from the US, Canada, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, this conference tracks the reconfiguration of Chinese diaspora across the Cold War’s bifurcated politicization of mobility, cultural flows, and the politics of options for resettlement that produced new formations of ethnic and national identity, community, and transnational activity so characteristic of the twenty-first century world.

In addition to the academic conference, there will be a screening of the documentary “Art and Community” (藝術在我家) on Friday, April 19th, at 7:00pm. For many of Taiwan’s rural citizens, ‘art’ is a distant concept that has little to do with reality. They live far away from the urban areas where exhibitions and performances are held, and taking part in cultural activities simply does not seem feasible. In this light, the Chiayi County Cultural Affairs Department launched an initiative to bring art to the countryside. It invited artists to live in rural communities and collaborate with locals on artistic projects. This film documents what the artists learned about the people and their communities, as well as their achievements with the program.

For more information on the program and presenters, please visit http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/tccw/program.php

Registration: RSVP to Courtney Meador ([email protected]) with the following information:
– Your full name as it should appear on your badge
– Your professional title
– Your institutional affiliation
– Your email address

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, contact [email protected]. Hope you can make it!

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