Towards Re-Envisioning Asia: Contested Urbanisms, Geographies and Choreographies (Panel 2/2)

Dr Manu Sobti1, Sushma Griffin2, Ayman Alanssary1, Maryam  Shafiei1, Peyman Akhgar1

1School Of Architecture, University Of Queensland, , Australia, 2Art History – School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland, , Australia

Chair: Dr Manu Sobti


These twin panels – titled as Towards Re-Envisioning Asia – Contested Urbanisms, Geographies and Choreographies – are specifically interested in how critical research frameworks employed in Doctoral Research at Schools of Architecture could serve as germinating points for a ‘new knowledge’ on past, current and future Asia – one over and beyond the simplified notions of place or culture, and towards employing ‘contestation and conflict’ as its operative methodologies. Within this purview, how would Asian research narratives be packaged and what would make their politics as especially relevant to the broader Asian condition? And to what extent would these narratives percolate to knowledge systems connected to and beyond the ‘built histories’ of greater Asia? The two panels envisage participants moving beyond the confines of their own ‘contained’ ongoing or completed research projects – towards describing frameworks, toolkits, methodologies and content that their research enables (or hopes to enable) in the future.


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

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