Asia as Network: Future of the Past Presented by Prasenjit Duara ‘ENCOUNTER’ talk series welcomes Professor Prasenjit Duara, Director of Asia Research Institute; Director of Research in Humanities & Social Sciences, NUS, Singapore with a public lecture on Wednesday 26 February 2014. Historically this region known as Asia had no strict boundaries, it was densely interconnected by trade and religion, evidenced in cultural practice (their rituals, arts and crafts). These informal networks had profound implications on the relationship between culture and society across this region. Today, there is an emerging consensus that continuing our pursuit of existing modes of production, consumption and the political economic arrangements that underpin them will endanger planetary sustainability sooner than we realize. Professor Duara will demonstrate how the intersection of differing cultural ideas can provide an alternate framework to rethinking the future of this regions’ cultural cosmopolitanism. Wednesday, 26 February 2014 6.30-8.30pm Rm C.103 University of Social Sciences & Humanities 10-12 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, D.1, HCMc This event is free of charge; English and Vietnamese translation will be provided ‘Encounter’ is a 3-year cultural lecture series initiated by San Art and presented in partnership with the Tri Viet Centre for Social and Educational Research in Ho Chi Minh City. ‘Encounter’ forms part of a larger artistic program called ‘Conscious Realities’ that is sponsored by a Network Partnership between the Prince Claus Fund and San Art. ‘Encounter’ will showcase 8 internationally renowned creative thinkers, from interdisciplinary backgrounds, to speak on contemporary developments in art, cultural theory, geography, political and social science, history, architecture, literature, music, film, or new media. ‘Conscious Realities’ (2013-2016), seeks to stimulate creative activity in Vietnam, engaging different ideas of contemporary artistic process, consisting of lectures, closed-workshops and an artist-in-residency program. Focusing on the shared cultural histories of South East Asia, South Asia, Latin America and Africa, invited artists and intellectual expertise on and from this region, will engage the divergent reactions to these histories and the lessons to be learned in thinking laterally across these creative communities.