Organized by Jie Li, Tomiko Yoda, and Alexander Zahlten. The East Asian Media Studies Conference is made possible with the generous support of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard Asia Center, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Harvard Yenching Institute, and the Korea Institute.
The East Asian Media Studies Conference will present a snapshot of a young and still-forming field of inquiry. It will provide a space for discussing the question of field formation and the interventions that such work allows for. In this respect, the conference is associated with the asia-theory-visuality conference held in Princeton in November 2015. We are hoping to create a space that breaks down the divide between presenters and the audience, and engages everyone in the process of actively reflecting on the evolution of the field. Texts associated with the keynote will be precirculated so that the keynote addresses can serve as an opportunity for dialogue and critique; panelists will be called on to explicitly reflect on how their work relates to broader developments within the field; and graduate students will moderate lunchtime discussions on future directions in East Asian media studies.