Critical Mixed-Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of Cultures
January 2013 ~ June 2014

Faculty Member Organizers:
Duncan Williams, School of Religion 
Brian Bernards, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Velina Hasu Houston, School of Dramatic Arts

Presented by:
USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture

As an interdisciplinary collaboration, “Critical Mixed-Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach” undertakes two overarching scholarly imperatives: first, to trace the history and historiography of mixed race in academic, popular, and legal discourses of various countries of the Pacific Rim (North and Latin America, the Pacific Islands, and East, Southeast, and South Asia), with a primary focus on the United States and East Asia; and second, to identify and measure the impact of transpacific migration, settlement, and sociocultural encounter and interaction on these mixed-race histories and historiographies. The project involves a series of ten regular seminars, conferences, and lectures designed to encourage broad, interdisciplinary debate connecting different historical periods and seemingly disparate or far-flung regions of the world, such as comparative racial ideology in Europe and Japan, comparative antimiscegenation laws in the American South and Pacific Coast, and comparative plantation culture in Hawai‘i, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.

 


 

Spring 2013 Seminar Schedule

Friday, January 18
Inaugural Sawyer Seminar
THE EVOLUTION OF MIXED-RACE HISTORIOGRAPHY AND THEORY

Friday, February 8
Sawyer Seminar II
THE TRANSPACIFIC SHIFT IN MIXED-RACE STUDIES

Friday, April 5
Sawyer Seminar III - Capstone Conference
SPOTLIGHT ON GLOBAL MIXED-RACE STUDIES: HAPA JAPAN - PART 1

Saturday, April 6
Sawyer Seminar III - Capstone Conference
SPOTLIGHT ON GLOBAL MIXED-RACE STUDIES: HAPA JAPAN - PART 2

 


 

Fall 2013 Seminar Schedule

Friday, September 27
Sawyer Seminar IV
CHINESE MIXED RACE IN TRANSNATIONAL COMPARISON

Saturday, October 12
Sawyer Seminar V
MIXED “RACE” IN SOUTHEAST ASIA?: RACIAL THEORIES IN COMPETING EMPIRES

Tuesday, November 5
Sawyer Seminar VI
MIXING RACE, RISK AND REWARD IN THE DIGITAL AGE

 


 

Spring 2014 Seminar Schedule

Thursday, February 6
Sawyer Seminar VII - Part I
FILM SCREENING OF "THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE" (DIRECTOR, AARON WOOLFOLK, 2009)

Friday, February 7
Sawyer Seminar VII - Part II
AFRICAN-AMERICAN/ASIAN/ASIAN-AMERICAN CONNECTIONS: CROSSING BORDERS AND BOUNDARIES

Friday, February 28**
Sawyer Seminar VIII
HAWAI'I'S INTERRACIAL HISTORY, CULTURE, AND TRADITION: CONSTRUCTION AND DECONSTRUCTION 

Sunday, April 6
Sawyer Seminar IX
TRANSPACIFIC MIXED-RACE LITERATURES: A READING AND DIALOGUE

Saturday, April 26
Sawyer Seminar X
HAPA JAPAN REMIX

**date change as of 01/01/14 (original date was March 7)