About the Summer School
The 3rd Biannual Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society (IACSS) Summer School, in collaboration with the Modern Asian Thought project initiated by Inter-Asia School, will be held in Hsinchu, Taiwan in July 1-15, 2014. It brings together faculty and students from different background to engage with in-depth learning and discussion on key issues in “Modern Asian Thought.”
For the past two decades or so, the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies movement has produced a body of work concerned more immediately with the contemporary problematics. As the project moves along, we have begun to strongly feel that the most difficult part of the present conditions of knowledge on a deeper level is really a result of the entire modern history; and without reference to the works of earlier generations of intellectuals who responded to different moments of crisis, we have not only lost the sense of historical configurations but also failed to realize that some of the problematics opened up by them in different conjunctures are still with us today. We will therefore need to go back to earlier sources of thought to shed light on the present.
The main part of the course is composed of four units: “national cultures” mediates through Tagore and Lu Xun to analyze the conditions of the colonized nation in the early context of colonialism and imperialism; “Gandhism and Maoism” looks at the two political leaders’ truncated relation with popular thought before and after national independence; “Asia as Method” pinpoints the shifting concerns of the mode of knowledge from Takeuchi Yoshimi to Mizoguchi Yuzo; and “Division and its overcoming” questions the shaping and the lingering of the Cold War division system in the postcolonial configuration of the Asia region, as formulated in the work of Paik Nak-chung and Chen Yingzhen.
The purpose of the course design is to track these selected sets of issues addressed by thinkers who have either shaped our present mode of thought or set the agenda with which diverse intellectual works have been in dialogues throughout 20th Century, even until today. Moreover, the problematics formulated at specific moments resonate with others across national spaces and across generations. We believe these are important sources of thought for students of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies to continuously grapple with, to connect and reconnect with diverse lines of thought developed in Asia, in order to reground ourselves.
In light of the main course and as an integral part of the design, a workshop on the contemporary debate on “corruption” and “neo-liberalism and globalization” will also be organized. The course will end with the 2014 Annual Lecture of the Modern Asian Thought Project to be delivered by Prof. Ashis Nandy.
第三屆亞際文化研究學會（Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society）暑期班，將與亞際書院所推動的「亞洲現代思想計畫」合作，於2014年的7月1-15日在台灣新竹舉行。這次暑期班讓來自不同背景的教員與學生齊聚一堂，針對「亞洲現代思想」的關鍵議題進行深度研習與討論。