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​Bandung Humanisms: Towards a New Understanding of the Global South

Published on: 19-Jun-2017

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The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) cordially invites you to join an international workshop entitled "Bandung Humanisms: Towards a New Understanding of the Global South" on 19 June 2017.

In 1955, the first large-scale political congregation among the newly independent countries took place in Bandung, Indonesia. This conference aimed to oppose imperialism and colonialism, promote economic and cultural cooperation among African and Asian countries, and pave the path towards the Non-Aligned Movement. The Bandung Conference has been widely regarded as the starting point at which the previously voiceless Afro-Asian nations became vocal in their demand for autonomy during the Cold War.

Despite the abundance of existing research on the geopolitical significance of this event, the cultural legacy of Bandung remains understudied. In 2015, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University and the Seminar in Global Critical Humanities at the University of California at Los Angles (UCLA) jointly launched an interdisciplinary research project named "The Legacy of Bandung Humanisms," laying the foundation for the forthcoming workshop at the NTU.

Jointly organized by the NTU, Columbia University and UCLA, the Bandung Humanisms workshop scheduled in June 2019 investigates the progressive cultural and intellectual movements among the formerly colonized nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It intends to revisit the creative collaborations from Hanoi to Havana, from Beijing to Beirut in pursuit of self-determination and racial equality; it strives to examine these transnational linkages from the perspectives of both global political and social history and comparative literature and cultural studies. Sixteen scholars and PhD candidates from Singapore, China, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Lebanon, Poland, the Philippines, India, and Myanmar will share their research findings, covering the fields of international relations, sociology, literature criticism, cultural studies, history and sociology.

The workshop is open to the public. The time is 9am-6:30pm and the venue is HSS Conference Room (05-57), 14 Nanyang Drive, Singapore, 637332. If you are interested, please register at: For Enquires, please contact Ms. Wang Shujuan at 6790 6730 or



Bandung Humanisms: Towards a New Understanding of the Global South        


19-20 June 2017




HSS Conference Room, HSS-05-57, Nanyang Technological University




Title of Paper       

Hong Liu, Celia Lee and Tingyan Wang


Transnational Knowledge Transfer and Dynamic Governance in the Global South: Revisiting Bandung and Its Contemporary Significance Revisited

Tony Day


Polycentric Cosmopolitans: Writing World Literature in Indonesia and Vietnam, 1920s to 1950s and Beyond

Lydia H. Liu

(Colombia University)

After Tashkent: The Great Translation Movement of the Global South

Stathis Gourgouris

(Columbia University)

Humanism from the Standpoint of Decolonization

Zhiguang Yin

(University of Exeter)

​'Our Arab Brothers’: The Chinese Practice of Third World Solidarity and the Making of a New World Order in the 1950s and 60s

Wasana Wongsurawat

(Chulalongkorn University)

From Beijing to Bandung: Second Failure of the Thai Revolutionaries in the Superpowers Balancing Act

Asvi Adam

(Indonesian Academy of Science)

The Archives of Asian African Conference as Memory of the World

Sonja Mejcher-Atassi

(American Univ. Beirut)

Rafa Nasiri’s Book Art: Unfolding Narratives of Survival and Intimate Encounters between Baghdad and Beijing

Aamir Mufti


Backlash: Euro-American Fascisms in a Global Frame

Shigeru Akita

(Osaka University)

From Decolonization to Economic Development:  The Colombo Plan, the Bandung Conference and Japan’s Economic Cooperation

Taomo Zhou


To the Storm: Afro-Asian Journalists between Two “Revolutions

Geoffrey Rathgeb Aung

(Columbia University)

After Postcolonial Futurism: Notes on Decolonization and Cultural Politics in Burma/Myanmar

Espena Darlene Machell de Leon


Cinema and Politics: The Creation of Postcolonial Self/Other and the Shaping of Strategic Cultures in Southeast Asia, 1945-1967

Pieter Vanhove

(Columbia University)

The Afro-Asian Writers’ Bureau and the Reinvention of Universal Culture

Marek W. Rutkowski


Could Bandung Spirit Unify Vietnam? Nehru, Indochina and Nonalignment (1954-1957)

Sneha Anil Desai

(Columbia University)

Panchsheel: Bombay Art Scene and Nehru's Left-wing Internationalism


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