CUBASGA - University of Colorado Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Association

Organized in 1998, the purpose of the CU Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Association conference is to provide a forum for graduate students to present their research from a variety of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences that pertains to East Asian studies. The conference is an excellent opportunity for graduate students of the Asian Languages and Civilizations department to meet and exchange with CU Boulder academics as well as professors and students visiting from other universities. Past keynote speakers have included: Stephen Bokenkamp (Indiana), Ted Fowler (UC-Irvine), Peter Hays Gries (CU-Boulder), Jane-Marie Law (Cornell), Michael Nylan (UC-Berkeley), and Marcia Yonemoto (CU-Boulder).


The University of Colorado Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Association will hold its 2015 Annual Graduate Student Conference on February 27-28, 2015 in Boulder, CO. We have invited graduate students to submit papers that consider Asian cultures, ancient and modern. We welcome papers in all fields of research on Asia, including literature, history, history of science, religious studies, philosophy, anthropology, political science, comparative literature, etc.


Keynote addresses this year will be given by both Professor Ding Xiang Warner of Cornell University and Professor Michael Emmerich of the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Warner will give her presentation on the topic “When Stone Speaks: Challenges and Opportunities for 21st-century Sinology” from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on Friday, February 27th and Professor Emmerich will present his topic "World Literature as The Tale of Genji" from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, February 28th. In addition to discussing topics on China and Japan, respectively, these two professors and the University of Colorado faculty will be on hand to provide feedback to presenters throughout the conference. Beyond exploring various topics in Asian Studies, our conferences have always focused on professional development for graduate students interested in presenting papers and becoming involved in academic networks with others in the field. During the two days of our conference on Friday afternoon and Saturday, we will provide refreshments, as well as a dinner on Friday night for student presenters and faculty. Any inquiries may be directed to We will be happy to help answer any questions you may have about the conference.