Asia in Focus Speaker Series

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Fall 2014 Spring Speakers

Thursday, Oct. 23rd, 1:00-2:00pm, Ekstrom Library W104

Dr. Alice Ba, University of Delaware
"The Politics of Regime Building in the Malacca Strait"

The Malacca Strait is one of the busiest straits in the world; however, its geography also makes it among those most vulnerable to piracy and terrorist attacks.  The imperatives of cooperation would seem obvious, yet it was not until the mid-2000s that we see the emergence of more regularized cooperation aimed specifically at improving the security and safety of the Malacca Strait.  The emergence of this nascent security regime raises a number of questions about the politics and conditions of security regime building in Southeast Asia.  In particular, what conditions made the emergence of such cooperation possible in the mid-2000s and not earlier?  What kinds of actors prove instrumental and how?  

Thursday, Nov. 13th, 1:00-2:00pm, Ekstrom Library, W104

Dr. Todd Munson, Randolph-Macon College
"Collecting the Orient:  Images of Japan in Cigarette Cards, 1880s-1910s"

Cigarette cards –  small, colorful collectibles that first appeared in cigarette packs in the late nineteenth century – are virtually unknown in academic circles.     This talk will discuss images of Japan in this medium from 1880s-1910s, and connect them to the larger historical context.   By virtue of their collectability, audience demographic, and encyclopedic reach into virtually every area of human knowledge, these cards are a most useful vehicle for understanding turn-of-the-century depictions of race and otherness in the West.


See the list of our past speakers here.