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Saturday Happenings at AAS 2017

AAS Executive Director Michael Paschal and the AAS officers at Friday’s Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony. Seated, L-R: Laurel Kendall (President), Tim Brook (Past President), Katherine Bowie (Vice President), and Mrinalini Sinha (Past Past President). Toronto’s weather forecast calls for snow today—AAS snowball fight, anyone?  If there aren’t any takers for that, here are the highlights of today’s conference schedule, all of which are happening inside where it’s warm and dry: Panel sessions and the AAS Film Expo both begin at 8:30am.  The Exhibit Hall will be open from 9:00am through 6:00pm. Between 2:30 and 3:00pm, we’ll have a coffee break in the Vide lobby outside the Exhibit Hall on the Lower Concourse, so grab a cup to sip while you browse the many offerings of our exhibitors. Two editors of AAS publications will be available at the AAS booth (#201) in the Exhibit Hall beginning at 9:00am to meet prospective authors. Those interested i ...

AAS 2017: Friday Highlights

Dr. Zhang Longxi delivering the opening keynote address for AAS 2017 on Thursday, March 16. Good morning, and welcome to the first full day of AAS 2017 in Toronto! A few of the notable happenings in the hours to come: Our Exhibit Hall will be open on the Lower Concourse level (today’s hours: 8:30am-5:00pm).  Screenings at the AAS Film Expo continue between 8:30am and 8:00pm. Between 8:30 and 9:00am, join us for a coffee break in the Vide lobby on the Lower Concourse level, take a spin through the Exhibit Hall, and then make your way to the Grand Ballroom Centre by 9:00 for the Awards Ceremony and Presidential Address. AAS President Laurel Kendall will give a talk titled “Things Fall Apart: Material Religion and the Problem of Decay with examples from Korea, Vietnam, and Myanmar.” See the list of AAS Book Prize winners here. Panel sessions begin at 10:30am and run until 7:15pm. Special panels on today’s schedule include an Asia Beyond the Headlines discussion on “Parti ...

Welcome to AAS 2017!

We’re ready to kick off AAS 2017 in Toronto and hope that everyone traveling today has a smooth journey! Have you downloaded the conference app yet? Don’t forget to check out our list of 10 cool features the app offers! Highlights of Thursday’s program: The registration counters will open at 12:00 noon on the Concourse level of the Sheraton. Film Expo screenings begin at 12:30pm in Maple West (Mezzanine Level). Please note that this is a change of location from what is listed in the printed program book. At 6:00pm, Dr. Zhang Longxi of City University of Hong Kong will deliver the keynote address, “Asian Studies, Interdisciplinarity, and Comparative Work,” in the Grand Ballroom on the Lower Concourse. Panels will start at 7:30pm. Tonight’s program includes a special roundtable for graduate students, “Beyond the Academy: Careers for Asianists,” in City Hall (2nd floor). The graduate student reception will run from 9:30 to 11:00pm in Dominion Ballroo ...

Ten Useful Features in the AAS 2017 Conference App

We first introduced an AAS conference app at the Chicago meeting in 2015 and have been working hard to improve it each year since. Thanks to everyone who has provided feedback on previous versions of the app—hearing from conference attendees is how we learn what about the app is useful and what we can make better in the future.   This year’s app, built using the Guidebook platform, is bursting with features that will enhance your conference experience. We’ve put a huge amount of information—about panels, exhibitors, meetings-in-conjunction, films, the weather, restaurants, and more—in the palm of your hand. The AAS app should be a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know while attending this year’s conference. Are we missing a feature? Let us know and we’ll see if we can add it to the 2018 app.   The AAS app is available in both desktop and mobile versions. While the desktop version has all the important menu items, the mobile app offers a couple of ...

Introducing the Gender Equality in Asian Studies Group

By Denise Ho, Margaret Mih Tillman, Brigid Vance, and Shellen Wu One woman nearly broke down in tears as she described her travails attending a previous Association for Asian Studies conference as a new mother. At the time, AAS provided no nursing facilities during the annual conference. She could not find a place to pump in the conference space and in desperation had to track down and borrow a friend’s hotel room. Others had stories of their experiences doing research in Asia (where they were frequently asked, “Who is taking care of your husband!?”) and the difficulties women in particular encounter in doing fieldwork. Someone else mentioned the frustrations and lack of mentorship that come with working in departments of mostly older men. The outpouring of stories was a wake-up call and made us realize the real need for an advocacy group and network for women in Asian Studies. We hope to not only provide a forum to share our experiences and advice, but also to create a platform to push for ...

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