Culture and Identity 1
February 9, 2017, 3:30-5:00 PM, Auditorium

Rapid development of information technology and urbanization, the proliferation of transnational capital exchange, the broadening reach of mass media, labor subcontracting, large-scale consumption, and mass migration have opened up new pathways for the critical analysis of culture and (national) identity formation. These developments are sometimes heralded as promising avenues of unbridled progress, which serve as resources for the emergence of new modes of knowledge, identity and cultural expression. But these developments also tend to conceal the reality of uneven development, which prompts us to question contemporary identity formation and construction, and its implications in everyday life, especially in so-called Third World countries. Understanding transformations of identity and culture also calls for a reexamination of conventional discourses of gender, ethnicity, and nationhood.

Nicole Cu-Unjieng
Naoki Fujiwara
Adelaida Lucero
Cynthia Neri Zayas

Culture and Identity 2
February 10, 2017, 2:45-4:15 PM, China Hall

This panel seeks to examine the dynamics in socio-cultural relationships among colonizers and colonial subjects, indigenous and minority groups toward the critical analysis of culture and identity formation in the Third World. These relationships are the nexus of power, they serve as sites of contestations, co-optation, and collaboration in the (re)production of bodies and subjectivities. In attempting to surface the ceaseless encounters between practices of struggle and domination in society and in the mundane, what can contemporary scholarship in the social sciences offer against the trite notions of agency?

Justin Jackson
Thomas Mical
Natsuko Shiraishi
Patrick Flores