Get ready for Crossroads 2018


The pre-conference is for current Masters or PhD students, or those who are recent graduates of Masters and PhD programs, and involves a full day-long program on August 11th.

The pre-conference aims to provide a stage for young participants in the filed to exchange views on practical and theoretical issues. Under the main topic of “Youth and Cultural Studies”, panels and papers that focusing on (a) political/cultural consciousness of the youth, (b) alternative practice of the educated youth, (c) the feminine youth in contemporary society and (d) the “communicative turn” of youth culture will be preferred.

See more suggested topics here.

We accept both pre-organized panel proposals and individual paper proposals, yet the former has the priority.

Submission guidelines and forms can be accessed here.

Keynote Speaker for Pre-conference——Kuan-hsing, CHEN

We are greatly honored to invite Kuan-hsing Chen to be the keynote speaker for the Crossroads 2018 pre-conference. In addition to being an outstanding scholar, Dr. Chen is a true friend and mentor to young people.

A self-claimed Bandungist, writer, editor, reporter, cultural organizer, karaoke singer, iPhone photographer,Kuan-Hsing Chen works in the Center for Asia-Pacific Cultural Studies, Hsinchu. Founding Chair of the board of trustee for the Inter-Asia School (an international NPO). He taught in Chiao Tung University (2008-2017), Tsing Hua University (1990-2008) and has held (and is still having long term affiliation with) visiting professorships at universities in the US (UC Berkeley), Japan (Tokyo U), Korea (Yonsei U), China (Shanghai U, Nanjing U's School of Marxism and Xiamen U), Hong Kong (Lingnan U), Singapore (NUS), Uganda (Makerere U), and Ethiopia (U of Addis Ababa), Toshisha U and Ritsumenken U (Kyoto). His recent publication includes Chen Yingzhen's Third World: Leftists' Life and Afterlife (2015), and Asia as Method—Towards De-imperialization (Duke University, 2010) which has Chinese, Korean Japanese, and Thai editions. He has edited volumes in English, including Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies (Routeldge 1996) and Trajectories: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Routeldge 1998), Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Reader (Routeldge 2007), and in Chinese: Decolonizing the World: A Mahmood Mamdani Reader (2016), Cultural Studies in Taiwan (2000) and The Partha Chatterjee Seminar--Locating Political Society (2000), Chinese Revolution Reconsidered: Mizoguchi's Mode of Thought (2010), Paik Naik-chung: Division System and National Literature (2010), Chen Yingzhen: Thought and Literature (2011). Founding chair of Taiwan's Cultural Studies Association, founding member of the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society (and its Consortium). In recent years, he has been involved in the West Heavens Project (2010-) and in establishing the Inter-Asia School (2012-) to launch the Modern Asian Thought project; with these involvements, he and other members of the Inter-Asia School have organized “Indian-China Social Thought Forum” (2010), “Asian Circle of Thought Shanghai Summit” (2012), “Inter-Asia Biennale Forum” (since 2014) and “Bandung/Third World 60 Years Series” (2015), “Third World Action” (2016-). At this moment, he participates in “Decolonizing the Earth—for a grounded global intellectual movement” Project, including preparation for launching the Bandung School and “Bandungism—Chen Yigzhen's (Another) Third World Action”. A core member of the Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies, he has been a co-editor of the journal, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies: Movements (2000-) and Renjian Thought Review (mandarin Chinese; 2010-).

We are excited for all participants' contributions to and enrichment of discussions at the pre-conference.

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