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Asian Studies conference looks at teaching as performance

Asian Studies conference looks at teaching as performance

(February 21, 2001)

A one-day conference Saturday, Feb. 24 will examine the art of teaching as a form of performance in Asian American studies with a focus on the arts, humanities, social sciences, and education. The conference is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 3400 Market St., Riverside.

The Center for Asian Pacific America and the Center for Ideas and Society at the University of California, Riverside sponsor the daylong gathering, titled "Pedagogy and Performance in Asian American Studies."

The conference features panels, workshops, and three keynote addresses that will examine the process of teaching as a form of cultural performance, a process through which teachers and students negotiate and produce meaning in the relationships of power and knowledge. Conference attendees will look at the process of teaching not just in terms of curriculum and classroom issues, but in terms of the contentious relationship between practice and theory.

Attendees will also address how to negotiate between various Asian-American ethnic groups, and how to trace historical threads without sacrificing specificity and differences. Conference leaders will treat the idea of performance in its broadest sense - as cultural practice - as well as in specific ways. They will examine how teaching in film, theater, dance, music, performance art, questions and transforms knowledge and power.

The conference will identify the common aspects of the various disciplines involved in Asian American studies and on the ideas that continue to shape the field, such as the belief that education is inherently political and therefore, not an absolute set of facts.

For more information or registration, visit the following web site, or call (909) 787-3987.

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