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CAALS Virtual Conference 2022

Welcome to the CAALS 2022 Virtual Conference
Friday, June 10 – Saturday, June 11
(All Times EST)
Hosted by University of California, Santa Barbara 

Welcome Message By Conference Co-Chairs

Thank you for joining the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) for our second Virtual Conference, June 10-11, 2022! We welcome one and all to this now not-so-new platform. Please see our full schedule of events below.

CAALS is the only national and international scholarly society for the study of Asian American literature, culture, and arts. We strive to be a supportive community of warm professionalism for scholars, writers, teachers, and students. We also maintain a lively Facebook community of academics and non-academics who wish to discuss and learn about Asian American literature. Learn more at our website: caals.org.

The Virtual Conference includes 3 Scholarly Panels and 5 Book Conversations. Scholarly Panels each feature three original scholarly or creative presentations on a topic of interest in Asian American literary studies. All Scholarly Panels make original contributions to the field of literary studies and include time for audience discussion. Book Conversations are a new session format intended to highlight new books by CAALS community members and to provide mentorship to emerging scholars and creative writers on book publishing. Each Book Conversation features recent authors/editors and a respected moderator conversing informally and with plenty of time for audience discussion. 

Warmest thanks to our panel chairs/moderators, presenters, and featured authors for their brilliant contributions; and to our fellow Conference Organizing Committee members, for their generous labor. A special thank you to Swati Rana for hosting this year’s event, to Mary-Kim Arnold for help with the website, and to Joey Kim for promoting the event via twitter.

We look forward to the rich discussions this conference is sure to begin. If you’re new to CAALS, we hope you’ll join us for many more gatherings and conversations to come. 

Timothy K. August & Aline Lo
CAALS Co-Chairs

Day 1: Friday June 10, 2022

11:45 aM — CAALS Co-Chair Welcome

12:00 pM — Book Conversation

  • Gina Apostol, author of Bibliolepsy (Soho Press, 2022)
  • Discussant: Paul Nadal (Princeton University) and Alden Sajor Marte-Wood (Rice University)

This panel is co-sponsored by Princeton University’s Effron Center for the Study of America and Rice University’s Chao Center for Asian Studies

2:00 pM — Book Conversation 

4:00 pm — Scholarly Panel 

Environments, Experts and Frontiers

  • Julia Lee (University of California, Irvine), The Asian American Neo-frontier Narrative
  • Hyo Kyung Woo (Edwards Waters University), Creating an “Oriental Yankee”: Kang Younghil’s East Goes West and the Role of “Chinamen”
  • Julia Harvey (University of Indianapolis), “Not-one, Not-two. Not Same. Not Different”: Buddhist Philosophy and Rejection of an Anthropocentric Ecology in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being
  • Chair: Julia Lee (University of California, Irvine) 

6:00 pm — Book Conversation       

This panel is co-sponsored by the Department of Asian American Studies and the English Department’s American Cultures and Global Contexts Center (ACGCC) at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Day 2: Saturday, June 11, 2022

12:00 pm — Book Conversation

2:00 pm — Scholarly Panel

CAALS Emerging Scholars Panel   

  • Justine Trinh (Washington State University), Left Behind and Nowhere to Go: Runaways and Parental Disownment in Little Sister Left Behind and Miles from Nowhere
  • Katherine Xiong (Brown University), Plastic Humanity: Human/Asian Biomaterial and Plastic Commodity Circulation in “Peeling Off” by Lin Hsin-hui
  • Chair: Rei Magosaki (Chapman University)

4:00 pm — Book Conversation         

6:00 pm — Scholarly Panel

Embodiment and Beyond       

  • Nancy Carranza (University of California, Riverside), The Violent Inheritance of Empire: Narrating and Navigating Contested Psychic and Physical Spaces in Peter Bacho’s Entrys
  • Leah Milne (University of Indianapolis), Marginalized Motherhood in Asian American Literature
  • Maile Aihua Young (University of California, Santa Barbara), Machine, Cyborg, Virus: Poetics Beyond Embodiment
  • Chair: Timothy K. August (Stony Brook University)                                

7:30 pm — Closing Remarks