W061
East Asian imaginings: (trans)national scenarios and global crisis

Convenors:
Blai Guarné (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Paul Hansen (Hokkaido University)
Discussant:
Joy Hendry (Oxford Brookes University)
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
Arts Classhall B
Start time:
25 August, 2010 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Through ethnographic analysis of East Asian societies, this panel explores changing notions of crisis (eg., social, political, ecological, and economic) as 'global imaginings' that must be socially, politically, and historically situated in (trans)national scenarios.

Long abstract:

In recent years the notion of crisis (e.g., social, political, ecological and financial) has become a well established discursive framework; one that has come to be utilized to further our understanding of changing realities in a globalized world. We have accepted that the world is undergoing a series of global 'shake ups'; and that this shuffling objectively affects our shared everyday realities - articulated in both personal and collective narratives from the micro to the macro level. The world we are left with in the context of 'crisis' has reshaped our ideas of wealth and health, hope and happiness, through different practices of safety, trust and confidence. However, while there is a common denominator underpinning these ideas in terms of crisis, such demarcations are signified through specific spaces and realities of threats, challenges and changes. This has lead us to understand that these notions of crisis are 'global imaginings' reconfigured in (trans)national scenarios. That is to say, such imaginings are not universal but must be socially, politically and historically situated. This workshop invites researchers to widely explore these 'imaginings' in the context of East Asia, through the ethnographic analysis of initiatives, formulations, discourses and practices that emerge as possible or indeed, even as improbable, strategies to deal with the changing contexts of global crisis.