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WORLD ART IN ITS LANGUAGES at Art Institute of Chicago

WORLD ART IN ITS LANGUAGES at Art Institute of Chicago

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 5-8PM

Japanese Gallery Talk (#108) 5:30-6:00PM

Admission is free for DePaul students, faculty, staff, retirees, and their guests with DePaul ID. 

Please arrive at the Modern Wing Entrance, 159E Monroe Street.


Gallery Talks: World Art in Its Languages


5:30-6:00PM Japanese (Gallery 108)

Prof. Miyamoto and Prof. Chikamatsu will meet you in front of Katsushika Hokusai’s print, New Year’s Day at Ogi-ya Brothel. Let’s look closely and discover what was happing there 200+ years ago in Edo/Tokyo.​


Asia//Technics April 13,2019

CFP: Asia//Technics Symposium
Deadline: March 10, 2019

The Asia//Technics symposium will seek to re-imagine notions of nation, labour, and culture as they are transformed by the flows of techno-capital in a multiplicity of Asias. What is produced when information societies and tradition meet? What alternatives can a regional technics in Asia provide against the the prevalence of market-driven enframing of Western technology? How does ‘culture’ reimagine itself in an age of computation so pervasive and seamless it transforms the conditions of cultural (and economic) production itself? What does ‘Digital Asia’ look like and who are its citizens? We cast Asian futurity into relief against AI-assisted technologies that entertain and monitor, special economic zones that bring prosperity and displacement, and other sites responsible for creating Asia’s polymorphous technical cultures.

​Looking for panel participants and moderators for this symposium taking place on April 13, 2019  112 S Michigan MacLean Ballroom.
Panelists will be asked to give a 10-15 minute presentation before a moderated discussion and Q&A.
Panels and topics encompassed are (but not limited to):
1. Nationalism and the Control Society - Topics could include but are not limited to: social media surveillance, social credit systems and biometrics databases, ‘troll armies’ around elections, smart cities, the folding of bank/credit functions into social media, and how this conditions art in these places.
2. Culture/Technology/Labour - Topics could include but are not limited to: worker movements and automation in technology industries, the integration of artisan communities into special economic zones, the cultural effects of increased internet infrastructure, ‘art factories’, making/faking as it relates to contemporary notions of intellectual property and authenticity.
3. Asian Futurity - representing the future as technological. Topics could include but are not limited to: cultural studies-style interrogation of ‘future’ in Asian popular media (past and present), discourse analysis, the speculative mode in art-making, the future as a site of othering through neo-orientalism and nationalism.
Panelists, please submit to by March 10, 2019 :
A 300-word abstract or summary of your presentation (including which panel, if applicable)
A 100-word brief bio
Moderators, please submit a 100-word brief bio and which panel you’d be interested in moderating to by March 10, 2019


Abenomics in 2019

A great Event Coming Up!!! This event is hosted by Japan America Society of Chicago , with the Consulate-General of Japan,  for Motoshige Itoh, former member of the advisory panel to the Japanese Prime Minister. 

Abenomics in 2019

Political Economies of Transpacific Supply Chains

A discussion entitled "Political Economies of Transpacific Supply Chains" by Dr. Charmaine Chua hold on February 19th. 

Political Economies of Transpacific Supply Chains

Hindu, Muslim & Jain "Cookbooks" of Pre-Colonial India and their Legacies

The event is from Center for Religion, Culture & Community (working through DePaul University to provide fun and interesting talks/events/presentations to students, faculty, staff and external community members).


This event will be host by Prof. David Gitomer with a very special guest lecturer and Chicagoan author Colleen Sen. To fully immerse the audience in her experience with Hindu, Muslim and Jain Indian food we will have snack tastings at the event with drinks as well (free of charge of course).


This event will take place on Feb. 5th at 6pm-8pm in the Student Center RM. 314B.

Yoga coping with academic and work stress

On April 12, 2017 Global Asian Studies held a special event at the Ray Meyer Fitness & Recreation Center. After the event, our guest, Ms. Kuniko Nakamura, shared her experience with yoga.
• What motivated you to start practicing yoga, and teaching the meditation for  veterans techniques? 
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I started yoga to try to tame a chronic inflammatory skin condition for which stress is a trigger, but I was a longtime dabbling beginner until I came to Chicago. Here, I enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training course accredited by the Yoga Alliance to deepen my practice by learning about the physiology and philosophy of yoga. Initially, I had no plans to teach, but my teacher/studio owner was kind to set up a class for me in exchange with my taking classes with them. I dubbed that class “Zen Vinyasa” and taught every Sunday for some time. With my Iyengar/Hatha influence combined with the mindfulness and Yin Yoga teacher training, I added the Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery Yoga Teacher Training by the Veterans Yoga Project to my repertoire. My husband is a purple heart veteran, and I was looking for ways to unwind him and other veterans and help them adjust back into civilian life. The Veterans Yoga Project specifically taught us how to create an inviting space void of trauma triggers. I applied that knowledge at the yoga session hosted by the Global Asian Studies, and I hope it worked for the attendees.  I would welcome opportunities to lead a session again, including one for the student veterans at DePaul. I want to thank Prof. Ibata-Arens for inviting me to lead a session and to Qiqi Gao for making it happen. 
How do you think yoga has influenced your life? 
Yoga has influenced me in profound ways, by giving me different paths to better myself and to be very intentional about my actions. Some might achieve that through faith, but I am quite secular, aside from the inherent Shinto-Buddhist values of being Japanese. On a practical level, Yoga and the mindfulness practice make me a little less reactive during stressful moments. As a diplomat and public servant, my day-to-day job is to advance our national interest, but I also try to consciously improve the situation around me in ways I can. I will give you a Zen concept that touched me - 趙州洗鉢 - which I interpret as “to be in the moment, to do what you have to do (without aiming  too high) -  Wash your bowl if you have eaten your breakfast.” 
• Do you have any tips for beginners? 
As a longtime beginner myself, I would recommend searching for classes that resonate with you - convenience and vicinity help.  It is okay if you don’t attend regularly, even though a regular practice certainly makes a difference. But every class you attend, start with an intention, be it to ease your back pain, to calm your anxiety, or to be able to concentrate when writing a paper.  Then, immerse yourself in the class, setting aside all judgement and inviting the pose into your body with your breath. I hope you embrace the joy of being a beginner and keep dabbling.​
Photo: Gregory Dixon, DePaul University​​