EVENTS: Taiwan Forum: Taiwan’s Election, Cross-Strait Relations, and Taiwan’s Role in East Asia (12/01/2014-12/02/2014)
Sponsored by the BU Center for the Study of Asia and Pardee...
A contingent of six Boston University faculty travelled on January 10-11, 2014 to Heidelberg (Germany) to participate in the third and final conference of the Leisure Project , a multi-year research collaborative between Asian Studies faculty at BU and the University of Heidelberg. Professors Sarah Frederick and Catherine Yeh (BU Modern Languages and Comparative Literatures), Christopher Lehrich (BU Religion), Eugenio Menegon (BU History), Nancy Smith-Hefner and Robert Weller (BU Anthropology) presented on various facets of leisure and social change in China, Indonesia, and Japan between the early modern and contemporary periods. Above is a group portrait of the conference presenters in front of the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies, seat of the proceedings.
Previous conferences, held at Boston University in 2010 and 2012, were supported by the BU Center for the Humanities and BUCSA. This conclusive gathering in Germany was coordinated and logistically supported by Professor Rudolf Wagner and his team at the Institute of Chinese Studies and Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” in Heidelberg, and generously funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.
Entitled “Leisure and Social Change: The Dynamics of the Transcultural Flow of Concepts, Institutions and Practices of Leisure across Asia,” this meeting brought together some of the participants to earlier conferences and new speakers. The program included the following presentations (for detailed schedule and paper abstracts, click here):
Session 1: Leisure and Money
Session 2: Leisure and Gender
Session 3: Leisure and the State