Join us for a two day conference on Asia and the Pacific in German Culture.

Friday, February 14 9.00 – 9.30 am – Welcome Remarks

Dean Robert Bley-Vroman – University of Hawai’i

College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature

Prof. Niklaus Schweizer – University of Hawai’i, LLEA / German

9.30 – 10.30 am – Keynote Address

Introduction by Prof. Fata Simanu-Klutz – University of Hawai’i, IPLL / Samoan Prof.

James Bade, Auckland University, German

“The German Connection with the Pacific, 1843-1918: Samoa, New Zealand and Tonga.”

10.30 – 10.45 am – Break

10.45 am – 12.15 pm – Panel 1: The Pacific: Anthropology, Travel and Art

“German Copra Traders in the Marshallese Imaginary, 1861-1885”,

Monica LaBriola – Ph.D. University of Hawai’i, Dept of History

“Tattoos, Cannibalism and the Male Body: Encounters in Pre-Colonial Pacific Islands”,

Verena Hutter – Visiting Assistant Professor, DePauw University, Dept of Modern Languages

“Imagining Palau: The Post-WWI Work of Max Pechstein and the Politics of Place”,

Brett Van Hoesen – Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno, Art History

12.15 – 1.15 pm – Lunch 1.15 – 2.45 pm – Panel 2 – The Pacific – Travel and Politics “Hawaii and the German Speaking Peoples”,

Niklaus Schweizer – Professor, University of Hawai’i, Dept of LLEA / German

“Tonga and the Friendship Treaty with the German Empire”,

Lorenz Gonschor – ABD, University of Hawai’i, Political Science

“Samoa and the German Presence”,

Fata Simanu-Klutz – Assistant Professor, University of Hawai’i, Dept of IPLL / Samoan 2.45 –

3.15 pm – Break 3.15 – 4.45 pm – Panel 3 – The Pacific and Beyond

“Karl Haushofer’s Views on Pacific Affairs”,

Christian Spang – Assistant Professor, Daito Bunka University, Dept of Foreign Languages

5.00-5.30 pm – Reception and Performances

Aaja Nachle Hawaii Indian Dances – German Club – Samoan Club – South Asian Club 5.30 –

7.00 pm – Conference Dinner


Saturday, February 15, 2014

8.00 – 9.00 am – Royal Hawaiian Band

9.30 – 10.30 am – Keynote Address

Introduction by Prof. Sai Bhatawadekar – University of Hawai’i, IPLL / Hindi Professor

Douglas McGetchin, Florida Atlantic University, Associate Professor of History

“The Specter Haunting German Orientalism:

Edward Said’s Influence on the Study of Germans, India and the British Empire”

10.45 am – 12.15 pm – Panel 4: India – Philosophy

“Nāgārjuna and Gadamer on the Possibility of Disagreement”,

Benjamin Zenk – ABD, University of Hawai’i, Dept of Philosophy

“Self, Nature and Cultural Identity: 19th Century Western Explorations of Asian Thought”,

Douglas Berger – Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University, Dept of Philosophy

12.15 – 1.30 pm – Lunch 1.30 – 3.00 pm – Panel 5: South East Asia and China

“The Involvement of the Rhenish Mission Society in the Toba Wars (1878)”,

Uli Kozok – Professor, University of Hawai’i, IPLL

“Vicki Baum’s Liebe und Tod auf Bali (1937): Post-Colonial Novel of Colonial Times?”,

Agata Joanna Lagiewka – Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona, Dept of English + German Philology

“Imag(in)ing the Other: Magical Realism in Ulrike Ottinger’s Johanna d/Arc of Mongolia”,

Nichole Neuman – University of Minnesota, Dept of German

3.30 – 4.00 pm – Endnote Address

Prof. Sai Bhatawadekar, IPLL / Hindi, University of Hawai’i

“The Present and Future of German Orientalism”

Program and details also here:

Cosponsors: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA); Student Equity Excellence Diversity / Diversity Equity Initiative; the College of Arts and Humanities; the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature; International Cultural Studies; University of Hawaii Libraries; Center for Pacific Island Studies; Center for South Asian Studies; Center for Southeast Asian Studies; Departments of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures; Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas.


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