Organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University

Co-organized by Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) “A Japan-based Global Study of Racial Representations”)

Date: 24 May 2013 (Friday)

Venue: Building A, Ground floor, Clayfield/Dining Rooms (A1.34), Monash University Caulfield Campus
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Opening Session

Introductory address by Koichi Iwabuchi (Director, Monash Asia Institute)

Yasuko Takezawa (Kyoto University)On the project of “A Japan-based Global Study of Racial Representations”

Part I Conception/theorization of race/racism in Asia
Session 1

Yuko Kawai (Rikkyo University)
De-racialized Race, Obscured Racism: Toward a More Holistic Theorization of Race and Racism

Sharmani Patricia Gabriel (University of Malaya)
Rethinking Race and Racism in Malaysia: Colonial Inscriptions, Post-Colonial Contestations, and Post-Racial Trajectories

Discussant: Tessa Morris Suzuki (Australian National University)

Part II Analyzing racism in Japan
Session 2

Ayako Saito (Meiji Gakuin University)
The Difficulty of Differentiating Japanese Racial Difference: the Problem of Racialization and the Paradox of Visibility

Discussant: Olivia Khoo (Monash University)

Session 3

Ryuta Itagaki (Doshisha University)
Colonial and the Cold War Origins of Racism: Theorizing Korea-phobia in Contemporary Japan

Discussant: Ghassan Hage (University of Melbourne)

Part III Further discussion towards future collaboration