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Social Science and Public Policy

Genealogies of Anti-Asian/Asia Violences Symposium

March 25, 2022 at 9:00am5:00pm

Eggers Hall, 220

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The Cornell-Syracuse South Asia Consortium presents a symposium interrogating the histories and trajectories of anti-Asian violences.

The recent surge of racially motivated attacks on Asians in the United States brought renewed attention to the issue of anti-Asian violence. It is necessary to situate this rising tide of violence in the broader histories that have produced it. By taking up “Asia” as a fraught geopolitical category that is formed through imperialist projects, this symposium attends to the underlying logics of violence that are crucial to rendering these histories legible. Building connections that are enabled by transnational, relational, and critical lenses not only will deepen insights into the discourse of anti-Asian violence, but also will allow a meaningful consideration of the implications of this moment for solidarity and movement- building. This symposium will convene a cohort of scholars, students, and activists whose work can collectively help trace the genealogies and geographies of anti-Asian violence.



Roundtable: Queering Solidarities: Race, Caste, and Gender

Chris Eng (Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Washington in St. Louis)
Gaurav Pathania (Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University)
William Mosley  (Assistant Professor, Program for Interdisciplinary Humanities, Wake Forest University)
Esther K.  (Red Canary Song Collective)
Discussant: Viranjini Munasinghe  (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University) 

Panel: Cripping Violence, Indigeneity and Pedagogy: Global Perspectives

Juliann Anesi (Assistant Professor, Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles)
Deepika Meena (Department of Anthropology, IIT Gandhinagar)
Edward Nadurata  (Graduate Student, Department of Global and International Studies, UC Irvine)
Discussant: Michael Gill (Associate Professor, Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University)

Panel: Transnational Asia: Feminist & Decolonial Critiques

Juliana Hu Pegues (Associate Professor, Literatures in English, Cornell)
Danika Medak-Saltzman  (Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University)
Deepti Misri (Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder)
Discussant: Mona Bhan (Associate Professor, Anthropology and Ford-Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies, Syracuse University)

Closing Keynote

Iyko Day, Mount Holyoke College
“Nuclear Antipolitics and the Queer Art of Logistical Failure”


South Asia Program,
Cornell University, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell
University; Syracuse University Graduate School; SU Humanities
Center; Hendricks Chapel; Department of Cultural Foundations of
Education; Department of English; Department of
Religion; Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; East Asia
Program, Syracuse University; East Asia Program, Cornell
University; Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University; Asian/Asian
American Studies Program, Syracuse University; Asian American Studies
Program, Cornell University; Disability Studies; Disability Cultural
Center; Intergroup Dialogue; Democratizing Knowledge Collective

With funding from the Department of Education Title VI Program.


Susan Thomas, Cultural Foundations of Education

Antonio Tiongson, Department of English

This event was first published on March 1, 2022 and last updated on January 19, 2023.

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