The East Asian Media Studies Conference


Saturday, May 6, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, May 7, 2017 (All day)


CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Supported by the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Fairbank Center of Chinese Studies, Harvard-Yenching Institute, and Korea Institute
EAMS Conference
Keynote Speakers:
Rey Chow, Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University
Thomas Lamarre, James McGill Professor in East Asian Studies and Associate in Communications Studies, McGill University

How do media connect and form extensive ecosystems? What tensions emerge between newer media practices and older media infrastructure and content? How does the combination of “media studies” and “East Asia” change our approach to both of these formations? We invite you to join us at the East Asian Media Studies conference on May 6 & 7 to discuss these and other issues. The conference aims to foster interdisciplinary, intermedial, transnational, and transhistorical conversations. We hope to address the potential of East Asian Media Studies through three broad questions:

  • What kind of work is being done in what we might call East Asian media studies, using what types of theories, methods, sources, and frameworks?
  • How do we understand the many challenges and potentials of such a field of inquiry?
  • Can the coupling of “media studies” and “East Asia” generate new strategies to work against existing disciplinary frameworks, including those drawn along national boundaries, historical periodization, and medium-specific approach to aesthetic/cultural objects?

Organized by Jie Li, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Tomiko Yoda, Takashima Professor of Japanese Humanities, and Alexander Zahlten, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

* The conference is free and open to the public, pre-registration is only required to attend the keynote sessions and receive pre-circulated readings. Early registration is recommended for the keynote sessions, which can only accommodate a limited number of attendees. For more details on the conference schedule, location, and the pre-registration process see the conference website at: For inquiries, please write to: