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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Yulia Frumer, Associate Professor, Department of History of Science and Technology, Johns Hopkins University

Professor Yulia Frumer is a Professor of History of Science and Technology at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in the development of science and technology in Japan. She received her MA from the Cohn Institute for the History of Sciences and Ideas at Tel Aviv University and her Ph.D. from the History of Science Program at Princeton University. Thematically, she is interested in the relationship between technologies and abstract concepts such as “time” and “humanity.” Her first book, Making Time: Astronomical Time Measurement in Tokugawa Japan (University of Chicago Press, 2018), examined the history of Japanese astronomical timekeeping. She is currently working on a project that explores the development of humanoid robotics in Japan, with a focus on how ideas of humanity (or human-ness) affect technological design.



Graduate Presenters

Panel 1: Inbetween Spaces and Instruments of Change  

Sirui Chen, University of Pennsylvania
My name is Sirui Chen, currently a third year Master of Architecture student at School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. I grew up in Beijing but stayed in Hong Kong between 2012 and 2016 for a bachelor’s degree at Hong Kong Baptist University, Film and Media Arts major. I developed a strong interest in urbanism during my study and travel in different places.


Shoko Yamada, Yale University

Shoko Yamada is a PhD Student in the combined program in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. Her current project focuses on the social, political, and environmental remaking of postindustrial cityscapes under the Japanese state’s ongoing urban sustainability project in the context of Japan’s economic and demographic precarity. Her broad interests include political ecology, anthropology of the state, multispecies anthropology, urban studies, secularism, and science and technology studies.


Vanessa Baker, University of California, Irvine

I received a BA in East Asian Studies from Bard College and received an MA in Modern Japanese Literature from Columbia University. I will return from a research fellowship with the Academy of Korean Studies in mid-March and commence my fifth year as a PhD candidate in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Irvine. My dissertation project, tentatively entitled Entangled Ecologies takes Marx’s concept of primitive accumulation as a lens for reading rural proletarian literature of Korea and Japan. I look at how the everyday lived interrelations of gender, labor, and nature are depicted in the proto-industrial sectors of sericulture, forestry, mining, and fisheries.


Dijia Chen, University of Pennsylvania

Dijia Chen is a second-year doctoral Student in the Constructed Environment program at the School of Architecture, The University of Virginia. Her research work lands at the intersection of curatorial studies, transnational cultural studies and contemporary Chinese architecture, and examines architectural production as a mediated cultural phenomenon in the context of global exchange under asymmetrical power relations. The early stage of her research was funded by Dumas Melone Graduate Research Fellowship, Ellen Bayard Weedon Travel Grant and UVA Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation Grant.


Panel 2: Visualities Across and Beyond East Asia  

Ina Choi, University of Pennsylvania

Ina Choi is a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research centers on 20th century East Asian art in global culture. Topics of interest include visual cultures of migration, intersection between post-colonial studies, critical race and gender studies, and global contemporary art. She previously earned an MA in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and also an MA in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania. She has also worked in numerous art institutions as a curator and exhibition coordinator both in Seoul and New York, and is currently working at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as an exhibition assistant for the upcoming Korean Contemporary Art Exhibition in 2021.


Philippe Depairon, Universite de Montreal

Philippe Depairon is currently a graduate student at the Université de Montréal, where he focuses on Japanese photography and its mnemonic role in the context of trauma. His research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Ryerson Image Center, among others.


Yoonbin Cho, University of Pennsylvania

Yoonbin Cho is a Ph.D. candidate in the Comparative Literature & Literary Theory program at University of Pennsylvania. She studies the reinforcement and complication of national identities in narrative films, and contemplates East-West relations as they are manifested in transnational adaptations, remakes and translations. Her fields of interest are cinema studies, globalization and postcolonial studies, and transpacific studies, with a focus on modern and contemporary Korea. She received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Culture at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.


Panel 3: Mediating and Queering Representation 

Neha Cariappa, University of San Francisco

Neha Cariappa is currently pursuing her MA in Asia Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco. Her primary focus is South Korea and her research interests include sexism, gender, media and the role of internet in Korea. An Indian by ethnicity, Neha is also passionate about the Korean language and is fascinated by the modern adaptation of foreign words in the Korean language. Through her research, Neha aims to examine the role of Korean pop culture and the internet on the lives of fans worldwide.


Matthias Kramer, University of Oregon

Originally from North Carolina, Matthias Kramer received his undergraduate degrees from Appalachian State University in English Literary Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Creative Writing. He has obtained a further certificate of Asian Studies from Kansai Gaidai university in Osaka, Japan. He is now a doctoral student of Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon. His work deals with borders and transgression in all their many shapes and styles, and he works with the literature writ large of Japan, the United States, and Latin America, organizing his project around the circulatory zone of the Pacific Ocean.


Kristina Horn, University of California, Irvine

Kristina Horn is currently a PhD student in the University of California, Irvine’s East Asian Studies department. She received her B.A. in History from the University of Delaware, and her M.A. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research addresses the formation and transformation of Korean identity after the Korean War, by focusing on representations of the ‘Other’ in South Korean cultural media— including fiction, film, and television.


Caitlin Adkins, University of Pennsylvania

Caitlin is a Ph.D. student interested in topics of gender, labor, and media in contemporary Japan. Prior to joining the EALC Department at Penn, she earned her M.A. at the University of Michigan’s Center for Japanese Studies and then lived in Tokyo for many years. There she worked in startup communities as well as in the Tokyo Office of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), a nonprofit organization that fosters innovative research. She also spent a year with the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies as a research student. Caitlin’s prior research focused on visual media and representations of women in 20th century Japan. Her experiences in Tokyo have expanded her interests, and she is now examining how technology and social media affect the ways we live, work, and form career identities. She maintains broad interests in gender and sexuality, contemporary Japanese fiction, feminist discourse, media and changing labor markets, and the role of scholarship in social activism.

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