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Authenticities East and West
March 30 - April 1, 2001

What do the terms "East" and "West" mean within the multifarious overlapping structures of political, economic, and cultural power and exchange that have defined the course of modernity? Is it meaningful to compare aesthetic phenomena and philosophical systems from Western and East Asian cultures in the absence of a direct element of allusion or reference and do such gestures risk replicating, at the level of theory, the very forms of imperialist dominion that they seek to undermine? Are scholars of East Asia doomed to be "specialists" in an academic landscape where general theoretical applicability and interdisciplinary relevance are rewarded above all else? These are the questions that the Society for Intercultural Comparative Studies will be asking in its upcoming conference.

We hope not for final and definitive answers to these questions a task which, even were it desirable, would be well beyond the capabilities of any one generation of scholars but for a heightened awareness of their importance (as much political and ethical as methodological and epistemic) for all academic work in the nascent century.

Conference Location. Information about and directions to the conference site, are now available through the website for Frist Campus Center. Most events will take place on the third floor of Frist, near the Gest Oriental Library. All rooms are equipped for multimedia presentation, and Internet access is available in the building.

Friday, March 30, 2001

4:00 - 4:30 Opening Remarks by Organizers (Frist 302)
4:30 - 5:50 Workshop I Karatani Kôjin (Columbia), "Transcritique: Kant and Marx"
6:30 Reception (Welcome remarks from Sandra Bermann, Princeton Comp. Lit. Chair)

Saturday, March 31, 2001

8:30 Breakfast
9:00 - 10:40 SESSION I

Panel 1: Authenticities From the Edge: Diaspora and the Margins (Frist 308)


Panel 2: Writing Lives: True and False (Frist 309)

11:00 - 12:20 Workshop II Robert Wardy (Cambridge), "Inauthenticity: Some Examples"
12:20 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 3:40 SESSION II

Panel 3: The Latest Classic: I to Hecuba (Frist 308)

Panel 4: Wounded Canons and Textual Illness (Frist 309)

3:40 - 4:30 Coffee Break
4:30 - 5:50 Workshop III Rey Chow (Brown), "Asymmetry, Appropriation, Authenticity: Persistent Problematics in East-West Comparative Studies"
7:00 Dinner by invitation only.
MacLean House, the site of conference reception.

Sunday, April 1, 2001

8:30 Breakfast
9:00 - 10:40 SESSION III

Panel 5: Cultivated Authenticities: Nation-States, Perspectives, and Comparison (Frist 309)

Panel 6: The Uses of Philosophy: The Sagacious Fool and the Foolish Sage (Frist 308)

11:00 - 12:00 Roundtable Discussion. Karatani, Chow, Wardy. Chair: Richard Okada (Princeton) (Frist 302)
12:00 - 12:20 Closing Remarks. Earl Miner (Princeton) (Frist 302)

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