This used to be Gestapo and SS headquarters. By the entrance side is a long walkway with exhibits of the history of Nazi’s rise to power en route to the indoor museum, its glass walls lined with old sepia pictures of victims and perpetrators, rescued files of death sentences and official communiques, short propaganda clips, videos of Munich trials, etc. There is a hall beside the museum’s cafe with exhibits of artists rendering of what Walter Benjamin says of fascism aestheticizing politics: prints of uniform vector lines, posterized black-and-white bird’s eye view of rows and rows of people in Nazi salute, inverted gradient maps of SS marches and small abstract installations of stairs and steel bar buildings. (more…)
Research Postgraduate Seminar
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2016
Time: 5:00 – 6: 30 pm
Venue: Room 436, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Respondent: Mr. Jasper van Holsteijn, PhD candidate, Department of Comparative Literature
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Postgraduate Workshop organized by the University of Amsterdam, the International Institute for Asian Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, and the Institute for Culture and Society – University of Western Sydney
Date: March 23, 2013
Venue: Room DLB 721, Shaw Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University
Speakers/Moderators: Prof. Chu Stephen Yiu Wai, Prof. Ien Ang, Prof. John Erni, Prof. Kim So Young, Prof. Melani Budianta, Dr. Chow Yiu Fai, Dr. Vivian Lee, Dr. Yiu Fai Chow, Dr. Martina van den Haak, Prof. Jeroen de Kloet and Dr. Sonja van Wichelen.
How to feel at home in a world that seems so much in flux? Where is our home now that a financial crisis is haunting the world?Confronted with the limits of neoliberalism, can we imagine a different home, a different sense of belonging? And given the shifting geopolitical ordering of the world, what role can and does Asia play in such re-imaginations of home? And what does “home” mean when it is constantly under the threat of demolition, as is the case in today’s China? What constitutes a home when you are forced to migrate in search for a better life? These are the questions this workshop engages with.
The “rise of Asia” in the changing global context of the 21st century engendered real and imagined shifts in geopolitical power relations. While scholars have attended to the consequences of such shifts in economic and political terms, less attention has been given to the role of social and cultural processes in the “making of Asia” or to the ways in which such world-making constructions affect our sense of place and belonging: How does Asianization affect conceptions and practices of place, belonging and citizenship? A question that may well be formulated in a more banal way: How does Asianization affect our sense of home? (more…)