Asia and the Pacific in German Culture

February 14, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Center for Korean Studies

Join us for a two day conference on Asia and the Pacific in German Culture.

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Friday, February 14

9.00 - 9.30 am - Welcome Remarks

Dean Robert Bley-Vroman – University of Hawai'i, College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature,

Prof. Niklaus Schweizer – University of Hawai’i, LLEA / German

9.30 - 10.30 am - Keynote Address

Introduction by Prof. Fata Simanu-Klutz - University of Hawai’i, IPLL / Samoan

Prof. James Bade, Auckland University, German

“The German Connection with the Pacific, 1843-1918: Samoa, New Zealand and Tonga.”

10.45 am - 12.15 pm - Panel 1: The Pacific

Anthropology, Travel and Art

“German Copra Traders in the Marshallese Imaginary, 1861-1885”, Monica LaBriola – Ph.D. University of Hawai’i, Dept of History

“Tattoos, Cannibalism and the Male Body: Encounters in Pre-Colonial Pacific Islands”, Verena Hutter – Visiting Assistant Professor, DePauw University, Dept of Modern Languages

“Imagining Palau: The Post-WWI Work of Max Pechstein and the Politics of Place”, Brett Van Hoesen – Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno, Art History

12.15 - 1.15 pm - Lunch

1.15 - 2.45 pm - Panel 2 - The Pacific – Travel and Politics

“Hawaii and the German Speaking Peoples”, Niklaus Schweizer – Professor, University of Hawai’i, Dept of LLEA / German

“Tonga and the Friendship Treaty with the German Empire”, Lorenz Gonschor – ABD, University of Hawai’i, Political Science

“Samoa and the German Presence”, Fata Simanu-Klutz – Assistant Professor, University of Hawai’i, Dept of IPLL / Samoan

3.15 - 3.30 pm - Panel 3 - The Pacific and Beyond

“Karl Haushofer's Views on Pacific Affairs”, Christian Spang – Assistant Professor, Daito Bunka University, Dept of Foreign Languages

3.30 - 4.30 pm - Roundtable Discussion

5.00-5.30 pm - Reception and Performances

Aaja Nachle Hawaii Indian Dances - German Club - Samoan Club

Saturday, February 15, 2014

8.00 - 9.00 am - Royal Hawaiian Band

9.30 - 10.30 am - Keynote Address

Introduction by Prof. Sai Bhatawadekar - University of Hawai'i, IPLL / Hindi

Professor Douglas McGetchin, Florida Atlantic University, Associate Professor of History

“The Specter Haunting German Orientalism: Edward Said’s Influence on the Study of Germans, India and the British Empire”

10.45 am - 12.15 pm - Panel 4: India – Philosophy

“Nāgārjuna and Gadamer on the Possibility of Disagreement", Benjamin Zenk – ABD, University of Hawai’i, Dept of Philosophy

“Self, Nature and Cultural Identity: 19th Century Western Explorations of Asian Thought”, Douglas Berger – Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University, Dept of Philosophy

1.30 - 3.00 pm - Panel 5: South East Asia and China

Race, Literature and Cinema

“The Involvement of the Rhenish Mission Society in the Toba Wars (1878)”, Uli Kozok – Professor, University of Hawai’i, IPLL

“Vicki Baum's Liebe und Tod auf Bali (1937): Post-Colonial Novel of Colonial Times?”, Agata Joanna Lagiewka – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Dept of English and German Philology

“Imag(in)ing the Other: Magical Realism in Ulrike Ottinger's Johanna d/Arc of Mongolia”, Nichole Neuman - University of Minnesota, Dept of German

3.00 - 3.30 pm - Break

3.30 - 4.00 pm - Endnote Address

Prof. Sai Bhatawadekar, IPLL / Hindi, University of Hawai’i

“The Present and Future of German Orientalism”

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Cosponsors: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA); Student Equity Excellence Diversity / Diversity Equity Initiative; the College of Arts and Humanities; the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature; International Cultural Studies; University of Hawaii Libraries; Center for Pacific Island Studies; Center for South Asian Studies; Center for Southeast Asian Studies; Departments of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures; Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas.

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