ENEMY ALIEN at Rutgers University
Third Symposium on Asians in the Americas
1-3 p.m. FEATURED SESSION I
Encounters: Co-locating Historical Narratives of People of Asian Descent in the Americas—West Asia/East Asia
Roshni Rustomji-Kerns Writer and Professor Emerita, Sonoma State University) with Konrad Aderer
Konrad Aderer’s Enemy Alien (2011) is a prize winning Asian United Statesian documentary presented in the format of multi-interviews about the fight to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a Palestinian-born human rights activist detained in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants. Transferred from jail to jail, beaten and interrogated but never charged with a crime, Farouk organizes other immigration detainees in a hunger strike. Resistance brings consequences as Farouk is transferred into solitary confinement and Aderer’s documentary itself is obstructed and investigated by counterterrorism officials. Told mainly through the eyes and words of Konrad Aderer, the grandson of Japanese Americans interned during World War II, the two stories take the take the form of what Roshni Rustomji-Kerns calls an important “geo-historical co-location”. She will introduce and discuss the documentary film in the context of questions and ideas generated during the last two Symposiums on Asians in the Americas.
The Third Symposium on Asians in the Americas builds on conversations and cutting-edge work presented in previous symposiums at Southeast Missouri State University in 2012 and Pepperdine University in 2013. Paper presentations will focus on Asians in the Americas from multidisciplinary perspectives such as history, anthropology, sociology, religion, art, education, literature, film, music, and popular culture. To date, scholarship in Asian American Studies has focused on East Asians—more so than South, Southeast, Central, and Western Asians—in North America. We especially encourage work-in-progress, new perspectives, and comparative and connective approaches that can bring research on Asians in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean into dialogue. While topics may focus on a specific group, country, or region, they will provide a general context to the hemisphere as a whole.
The events, free and open to the public, will take place at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick over three days: a film screening/discussion on Wednesday, October 1 from 6-8 p.m. (Livingston Student Center) and the academic symposium on Thursday, October 2 and Friday, October 3 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Alexander Library Teleconference/Lecture Hall).
Presented by the Departments of American Studies and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies
Asian American Cultural Center
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