Schedule at a Glance

2015 Conference Program, including Panels and Abstracts

Conference Highlights and Special Events

AAS/AEMS Film Expo

Meetings in Conjunction

 

 

Conference Highlights and Special Events

All events take place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

 

EXHIBIT HALL
Find more information here.

 

AAS/AEMS 2015 FILM EXPO
We have 28 films scheduled for viewing at the 2015 Film Expo located at the Sheraton on Level 2 in Mayfair. Find the complete schedule here.

 

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Thursday, March 26, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Sheraton Ballroom 5
Dr. Ma Thida, "Myanmar, still at the Fork in the Road"

Dr. Ma Thida is a writer, human rights activist, surgeon, and former political prisoner. She was elected President of PEN Myanmar. In Myanmar, Thida is best known as an intellectual and leader focused on freedom of the press and human rights. See the conference program for Dr. Thida's full biography.

This Keynote Address is financially supported in part by the Luce Foundation.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT RECEPTION
Thursday, March 26, 9:30pm – 10:30pm, Sheraton Ballroom 3

Open to graduate student conference attendees only. Mingle and bond with fellow graduate students attending the conference. Winners of the 2014 Graduate Student Paper Prizes will be recognized. Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

 

ASIA BEYOND THE HEADLINES SPECIAL PANEL
Protest and Dissent in Asia
Friday, March 27, 10:45am – 12:45pm, Michigan A

In 2014, some of the biggest international news stories coming out Asia, as well as out of other parts of the world, concerned popular acts of protest against state efforts to curtail dissent. This panel focuses on two of last year's most important stories of this kind, Beijing's efforts in June to stifle commemoration of the 25th anniversary of 1989's June 4th Massacre, and the upsurge of mass activism in Hong Kong. See program for full abstract and information.

This "Asia Beyond the Headlines" Panel is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Ford Foundation.

 

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS AND AWARDS CEREMONY
Friday, March 27, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Sheraton Ballroom 5
Mrinalini Sinha, AAS President, "Premonitions of the Past"

Join your colleagues in this evening recognition to honor distinguished contributions in Asian Studies and Book awards across all areas of study. AAS President Mrinalini Sinha will present her address on "Premonitions of the Past."


AAS MEMBER RECEPTION
Friday, March 27, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, Chicago Ballroom 6/7

Immediately following the Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony. Don't miss this opportunity to network with colleagues and fellow scholars while enjoying complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drinks and stimulating conversation. Don't forget your complimentary drienk ticket (included with registration). This reception is open to all conference attendees.

 

ASIA BEYOND THE HEADLINES SPECIAL PANEL
The New Asian Strongmen: Abe, Modi, Xi, and Others
Saturday, March 28, 10:45am – 12:45pm, Michigan A

As different from one another as the political histories and political systems of China, India, and Japan are, there are some curious similarities between their current leaders. This panel, which brings together academic specialists and journalists, will explore the convergences and divergences between the leadership styles of the three men. See program for full abstract and information.

This "Asia Beyond the Headlines" Panel is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Ford Foundation.

 

ASIAN ARCHAEOLOGY EAST, NORTH AND SOUTH: AT THE CRUX OF COLLABORATING ON HERITAGE
Sponsored by Henry Luce Foundation and the University of Illinois Chicago
Saturday, March 28, 7:15pm – 9:15pm, Chicago Ballroom 9

This is a special event, open to the public, that highlights the ways in which archaeologists working in Asia integrate the concerns of local stakeholders in their field studies, engage in productive discourse on cultural heritage issues, collaborate productively with their academic peers in Asia, and integrate multi-disciplinary perspectives in their research. To facilitate a continuation of more informal discussion, a reception with light refreshments will follow the panel presentation. See program book for additional details.

 

MEETINGS-IN-CONJUNCTION
For a full list of group & affiliate meetings-in-conjunction and receptions, see the link to PDF pages from the official conference program book.

The meetings and receptions listed include all groups that submitted meeting space request by the conference program print publication deadline. Meetings submitted after the deadline and on/before February 15th are listed in the addendum. Meetings scheduled independently and not through the AAS are not listed.



LOCAL UNIVERSITY EVENTS

The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University
Reception in Celebration of "Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies"
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University welcomes AAS Conference attendees to a complimentary reception in celebration of its current exhibition, Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies. This exhibition offers an original and innovative look at art from the region of Kashmir and the Western Himalayas, as well as how it has been "collected" over time. This reception is being hosted by Northwestern University's Block Museum and Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Free transportation provided from Convention Entrance beginning at 2:30pm. Learn more at tinyurl.com/AAS-Block. This is an independent event from the AAS conference. All inquiries should be directed to the the Block Museum via the link above.