The Center for Asian Studies supports research projects at the highest levels of scholarship in UGA. In the service of its mission to promote research and creativity, CAS also sponsors and participates in numerous public events on and off the University of Georgia campus throughout the academic year.


♣ Colloquium in Asian Studies

♣ Asian Films Series

♣ Newsletter

♣ Workshops and Conferences



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Colloquium in Asian Studies

“In Relationship with the Goddess: Women Interpreting Leadership Roles and Shaping Diasporic Identities”


Special Lecture by Dr. Nanette Spina

  ♣ Time: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 12:30 PM

  ♣ Place: 213 MLC, UGA

  ♣ Dr. Nanette Spina is an Assistant Professor of Religion at UGA.

    Her research interests include Hindu traditions in India, Sri Lanka and North America. 





Colloquium in Asian Studies

Java in Discord: Unofficial History, Vernacular Fiction, and the Discourse of Imperial Identity in Late Ming China


Special Lecture by Dr. Yuanfei Wang

  ♣ Time: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016, 12:30 PM

  ♣ Place: 350 MLC, UGA

  ♣ Dr. Yuanfei Wang is Assistant professor in Comparative Literature.

    Research Interests: in Chinese fiction, drama and transnational history

    of late imperial China.



Colloquium in Asian Studies

Issues of Spelling in Korean Education


Special Lecture by Dr. Jungnam Kim

 ♣ Time: Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016, 12:30 PM

 ♣ Place: 350 MLC, UGA

 ♣ Dr. Jungnam Kim is a professor in Korean Language at Kyung Hee University in Korea.

    Research Interests: Korean Literature and Korean Linguistics. 





Colloquium in Asian Studies

“The Lebanon War in Israeli Cinema”


Special Lecture by Dr. Ari Lieberman

♣ Time: Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, 12:30 PM

♣ Place: 350 MLC, UGA

♣ Dr. Ari Lieberman is Undergraduate Advisor in Comparative Literature.

His interests include Modern Hebrew literature; twentieth-century anglophone, hispanophone, and francophone literature; theories of humor and laughter; Holocaust literature and film; biblical themes in Western literature; Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, Miguel de Cervantes, Shmuel Yosef Agnon.



Asian Film Series

Train to Busan (2016, dir. Yeon Sangho)


CAS will host a special screening of the latest hit from Korea for Halloween.

♣ Time: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, 5:30 PM 

♣ Place: 248 MLC, UGA

♣ This event is free of charge.


Meditation with a Zen Nun

Event: Venerable Sungak of Buddhanara Temple will visit UGA and lead a Zen meditation session for the UGA community.
Date & Tme: 2:30-3:20 PM, Monday, October 10, 2016
Place: Founders Garden Lawn
*Q-&A will be followed.
This event is open to the public.


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Yuanfei Wang – Java in Discord: Unofficial History, Vernacular Fiction, and the Discourse of Imperial Identity in Late Ming China

♣ Time: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016, 12:30 PM

♣ Place: TBA, MLC, UGA

♣ COST: Free

♣ Dr. Yuanfei Wang is

Assistant professor, in Comparative Literature
Research Interests: She specializes in Chinese fiction, drama and transnational history of late imperial China.



Haun Saussy – “The Only Game in Town: Early Buddhist Translations Into Chinese”

WHEN: September 15, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
WHERE: Miller Learning Center, Room 248
COST: Free


Haun Saussy is University Professor at the University of Chicago, teaching in the departments of comparative literature and East Asian languages as well as the Committee on Social Thought. His work uses a comparative perspective to interrogate literary texts from premodern China, ancient Greece and Rome, and modern Europe, with a particular leaning toward poetry and poetics. His books include The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic (1993), Great Walls of Discourse (2001), The Ethnography of Rhythm (2016), and edited collections such asComparative Literature in an Age of Globalization (2006), The Chinese Written Character as a Medium of Poetry: A Critical Edition (2008), and the recent translation of writings by the sixteenth-century Chinese iconoclast Li Zhi, A Book to Burn and a Book to Keep (Hidden) (with Rivi Handler-Spitz and Pauline Lee, 2016). Other activities of his include participating in the design of public artworks with Mel Chin and co-editing the journals CLEAR and Critical Inquiry.

The talk examines the earliest translations of Buddhist doctrine into Chinese, apparently by teams of translators working with second-hand sources. These texts show attention to the contexts of reception— in other words the cultural situation into which Buddhist ideas would be integrated.

This event is co-sponsored by the Willson Center Distinguished Artist or Lecturer Program and the Department of Comparative Literature.



Colloquium in Asian Studies

Series of Colloquium in Asian Studies

The fifth Colloquium: Special Lecture by Dr. Masaki Mori


Descriptiop: What Makes the Samurai Special?

♣ Time: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 11:30 AM

♣ Place: 348 MLC, UGA

♣ Dr. Masaki Mori is

- Associate Professor in Comparative Literature 

- Japanese Program Director 

- Research interests: Modern Japanese literature, Asian-American literature, and epic traditions