Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI)

Seminar Series


Grand challenges today in politics, economics, social justice, immigration, armed conflicts, and environment are creating an overlapping effect between the Asian and the global, making it necessary that the existing framework for Asia Studies be re-crafted. Intensifying flows of people, goods, ideas, and cultures within Asia and between Asia and the rest of the world are calling for a new approach to Asia from a transnational and transhistorical perspective. The Chao Center’s new research initiative, the Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) brings together scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines and methodologies as postdoctoral fellows to address this complexity. Throughout the academic year, each fellow will host a seminar to share their unique research and perspective. All seminars are free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.


2016 - 2017 Seminar Series


October 14, 2016: Bhavani Arabandi, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies

"Karma and the Myth of the New Indian Super Woman"


November 4, 2016: Brianne Donaldson, Bhagwaan Mahavir/Chao Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Jain Studies

"(im)Practical Ethics?: Remembering Plants, Animals, and Microscopic Life in Jain Rituals of Nonharm"


Spring 2017: Han Sang Kim,  Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies


Spring 2017: Sandeep Ray, Henry Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies


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