[Tagung] Anti-Asian Racism: History, Theory, Cultural Representations and Antiracist Movements – Int. Conference in Tübingen, July 07–08, 2023

International Conference
Anti-Asian Racism: History, Theory, Cultural Representations and Antiracist Movements

Venue: Fürstenzimmer of Schloss Hohentübingen, Burgsteige 11, 72070 Tübingen, Germany
Date: Friday, 07.07.2023 − Saturday, 08.07.2023
Conveners: Dr. Kien Nghi Ha and Prof. Dr. You Jae Lee

Registration required because of limited space via email to: koreanistik@uni-tuebingen.de
Participation: free of charge

Website: https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/219396
Conference Program: Download as PDF (with abs­tracts and short bio­gra­phies of the par­ti­ci­pants)


The inter­na­tional con­fe­rence, hosted by the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Tübingen, is divided into four sec­tions. It explores how anti-Asian racism is related to modern history, theory, cul­tural repre­sen­ta­tions and anti-racist move­ments. We cor­dially invite inte­rested scholars, cul­tural workers and com­munity acti­vists to join the dis­cus­sions of the first con­fe­rence on anti-Asian racism in German academia.

P r o g r a m

Friday, 07.07.2023

14:30 – 14:45 Arrival, regis­tration and coffee

14:45 – 15:00 Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Kien Nghi Ha and Prof. Dr. You Jae Lee

15:00 – 16:00 KEYNOTE: HISTORY
Making Asians Foreign: Methods of Exclusion and Contingent Belonging
Lok Siu, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California (Berkeley)

Chair: Bernd-Stefan Grewe, Professor of History, University of Tübingen

16:00 – 17:00 PANEL: HISTORY

Discrimination, Resistance, and Meritocracy. Korean Guest workers in Germany
You Jae Lee, Professor of Korean Studies, University of Tübingen

The Pogrom in Rostock-Lichtenhagen as Institutional Racism
Kien Nghi Ha, Postdoc Cultural Scientist, University of Tübingen

Chair: Jee-Un Kim, Managing Director of kori­en­tation. Network for Asian German Perspectives e.V.

17:30 – 18:30 KEYNOTE: THEORY

The Intersections between European Racial Constructions and Modern Colonialism: Theoretical Issues and the Place of Asia
Rotem Kowner, Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Haifa

Chair: Anthony Pattahu, Habilitation Candidate at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tübingen

18:30 – 19:30 PANEL: THEORY

Socialists and Anti-Asian Sentiment in the Era of Mass Migration (1880–1930)
Lucas Poy, Assistant Professor in Global Economic and Social History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Abolitionist Perspectives on Demands of Asian-German Formations
Cuso Ehrich, Graduate Student, Institute of Sociology, Justus Liebig University Gießen

Chair: Bani Gill, Junior Professor of Sociology, University of Tübingen

Saturday, 08.07.2023


Racialized Screen in Early German Cinema: What Asian German Studies Can Address
Qinna Shen, Associate Professor of German Studies, Bryn Mawr College

Chair: Fei Huang, Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Tübingen


Anti-Asian Racism and the Politics of Asian Self-Representation in Germany: the Asian Film Festival Berlin
Feng-Mei Heberer, Assistant Professor for Cinema Studies, New York University

Opportunity and Threat: Ambivalent Reporting on China in Der Spiegel, 1947–2023
Anno Dederichs, Postdoc Sociologist at China Center, University of Tübingen

Chair: Zach Ramon Fitzpatrick, Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (from fall 2023)


“Take Off Your Masks“: The Invisibility and Visibility of Anti-Asian Racism in Germany
Sara Djahim, Independent Researcher, Asian and International Development Studies,
Tae Jun Kim, Sociologist at German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM), Berlin

Yellow is the new Black? Emergence and Development of Asian Antiracist Activism in France
Ya-han Chuang, Postdoc Sociologist at the Institut national d’études démo­gra­phiques (Ined), Sciences Po Paris

Chair: Yewon Lee, Junior Professor of Korean Studies, University of Tübingen

12:30 – 13:00 Round Table: Challenging Anti-Asian Racism in Society and Academia
Panelists: Qinna Shen, Lok Siu, Rotem Kowner, You Jae Lee

Chair: Kien Nghi Ha

Supported by the Platform Global Encounters of the University of Tübingen.
Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Science Baden-Württemberg within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments.
Additional funding pro­vided by the Academy of Korean Studies.

Center for Korean Studies