Presidential Roundtable: “Urban History, Asian Studies, and the Possible Future(s) of the Asian City”

Saturday, September 30, 2023, 12 – 1:45 pm
Chancellor Ballroom | I Hotel and Illinois Conference Center

Boxed lunch provided.

The Asian city has been the subject of much debate, both in historical and contemporary disciplines. In this roundtable discussion, we will consider both old and new scholarship on urban Asia, and how scholars from a variety of disciplines can contribute not only to our understanding of urban history of Asia, but also the urban futures of cities across the region. Starting with a discussion of scholarship focusing on cities China, Japan, Central Asia and Southeast Asia, this roundtable aims to encourage a broad discussion about how Asianists in our respective institutions and disciplines might be able to help address the challenges facing Asia’s cities, both today and in the future.

Taylor Easum

President, MCAA
Assistant Professor, History, Indiana State University

Gardner Bovingdon

Associate Professor, Central Eurasian Studies and International Studies, Indiana University Bloomington

Pär Cassel

Associate Professor, History, University of Michigan

Tarryn Chun

Assistant Professor, Film, Television & Theatre and East Asian Languages & Cultures, University of Notre Dame

Roderick Ike Wilson

Associate Professor, History and East Asian Languages & Cultures, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign