CALL FOR PROPOSALS
From the Association of Asian American Studies list
Asian American/Asian Research Institute
CUNY CONFERENCE ON ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN
Celebrating Successes, Meeting Challenges
Friday, May 16, 2008
CUNY Graduate Center – Elebash Recital Hall
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York
Established in 2001 by the City University of New York Board of Trustees, the Asian American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI) is a university-wide scholarly research and resource center that focuses on policies and issues affecting Asians and Asian Americans.
AAARI’s objectives include: bringing together scholars in order to develop and sustain an intellectual and cultural center that addresses the needs of New York’s diverse ethnic subgroups of Asian origin; stimulating the study of Asian people, languages, cultures, and countries, as well as Asian immigrants and their descendants who live in the United States; identifying and researching relevant issues that affect the Asian and Asian American communities; disseminating research results and educating the public about Asian and Asian American issues.
The City University of New York (CUNY), with twenty-three institutions city-wide, is rich in faculty who have expertise in Asian and Asian American studies. Each year CUNY enrolls over 31,000 Asian American students, who will soon emerge as a vital segment of New York City’s workforce and leadership. AAARI serves a pivotal role for the diverse CUNY community – faculty, staff, and students alike–and seeks to ensure that public discussion regarding Asian and Asian American issues remains dynamic and relevant.
2008 AAARI CUNY CONFERENCE
Asian American Women: Celebrating Successes, Meeting Challenges
The Asian American/Asian Research Institute will host a one-day conference on May 16, 2008 titled Asian American Women: Celebrating Successes, Meeting Challenges, a forum where we will examine past, present, and future challenges and objectives for Asian American women.
Asian American women’s experiences and concerns illustrate the heterogeneous and complex histories and interests of this important segment of the U.S. population. This year’s AAARI conference will investigate the landscape of Asian American women’s historical and contemporary experiences, examining and evaluating past accomplishments while maintaining a critical and pragmatic eye to future goals. The conference seeks to explore the manifold realms of Asian American women’s lives from the diverse vantage points of scholars, researchers, business professionals, educators, activists, artists, legislators, writers, and students. During the conference, we will ask ourselves what we have learned from Asian American women’s histories, and how we can apply this knowledge to present and future challenges for our communities.
Asian American community advocates are spearheading work to garner visibility and recognition of Asian American women’s issues. These issues include domestic violence, literacy, labor organizing, the low-wage economy, bias crimes, housing, and immigration legislation. How do individuals and organizations at the forefront of these issues forge and sustain relationships with dynamic Asian American communities? What obstacles do they face as liaisons between Asian America, the media, private industry, and government agencies?
BUSINESS, LEADERSHIP, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Focusing on the resources and strategies that support and encourage Asian American women as they seek to become better leaders in both local and global economies, the session will examine gender, ethnicity, and cultural norms in the workplace, while highlighting the differences between small business and large corporations and issues of executive management in political, public service, educational, and non-profit fields.
BALANCING CAREER AND FAMILY
Women, in general, have to negotiate familial responsibilities while also focusing on their careers. Have Asian American women been successful in balancing career and family? What roles do immediate and extended families play in helping Asian American women juggle career and family? This session will explore how Asian American women address issues such as child- care, professional commitments, day-to-day domestic chores, and elderly parents. Related topics include stress- and time-management as well as financial resources.
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND GOVERNMENT
Historically, Asian American women have been underrepresented in positions of authority in public administration and government. What are the personal and professional obstacles for women in reaching their career goals in these areas? Do the voices of Asian American women have an impact on policy and decision making? What does the future hold for other Asian American women who want a meaningful role in public administration or to serve in public office?
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Science and engineering have traditionally been dominated by men. Although the number of women working in these fields is increasing, we still hear of cases where teachers, faculty, and advisors actively discourage female students from studying science and/or engineering. With many women actively contributing as scientists and engineers, it is time to ask how Asian American women have negotiated and become successful in these traditionally male-dominated fields, and to examine the challenges and obstacles Asian American women face in their academic and professional careers.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Asian American women face distinct social, cultural, and political barriers to physical and mental health and wellness. The purpose of this session is to explore occupational, genetic, environmental, and cultural factors in disease or health risks for this population. We will also examine how cultural beliefs, traditional practices, and linguistic deficiency impact health care delivery, wellness education, government policy, and disease prevention for Asian American women.
MEDIA, VISUAL, AND PERFORMING ARTS
Representations of Asian American women are changing, and examinations of racial stereotypes are insufficient in representing the complex position of Asian American women in the U.S. How are Asian American cultural producers seeking to examine and complicate the intricate relationships between popular culture, artistic production, and identity? What roles do historical depictions of this community play in expanding our artistic understandings of Asian American women in the present and the future?
No longer relegated to the back door of autobiography, Asian American women writers are charting new literary maps through formal and thematic innovations that reflect complex intersections between gender, race, class, sexuality, religion, and language. This session seeks to examine how the arc of Asian American literary production informs these writers, and what lies ahead for emerging authors.
The landscape of Asian America is continuously changing: How do we understand these shifts in our examinations of new immigrants, mixed-race identities, and the dynamic diasporic communities that emerge as migratory paradigms evolve? As local communities are shaped by the changing demographics, what is the response of mainstream culture and public policymakers? To what extent do transnational businesses and global capital influence Asian American communities? How do these developments impact the daily lives of Asian American women and define their identities?
PEDAGOGY, EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND CURRICULAR ISSUES
What changes have we seen in college and university curricula since the introduction of courses in Asian American studies? How has the incorporation of Asian America, along with other ethnic and gender studies borne out of civil rights struggles, shifted the U.S. academic landscape? This panel will explore pedagogical and curricular dimensions of the field, including a focused examination of the varied programs inside Asian America, a discussion of how geopolitical differences affect development and funding of Asian American programs east of California, as well as the alliances and/or boundaries between Asian American studies and other ethnic and gender studies programs.
DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2008
EMAIL PROPOSALS AND QUESTIONS TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
WE WELCOME PROPOSALS FOR THE FOLLOWING:
- Individual papers
- Artistic presentations: performance, literary readings, film screenings (max. 10-12 minutes in length, with technical specifications provided)
PROPOSALS MUST INCLUDE:
- Working title
- Description of presentation (individual paper, artistic presentation, workshop, etc.) – Brief double-spaced abstract (one to two pages, 11 or 12pt font, one-inch margins) – Presenter’s name, address, phone number, email address, title, and institutional affiliation
This invitation to submit a proposal to the 2008 AAARI Conference on Asian American Women does not constitute an offer to pay travel or accommodation costs associated with the conference. No speakers’ fee or travel expenses are paid to successful applicants. Conference presentations may be taped (audio and video) and transcribed for possible future publication.