Professor, Department of Art History and Visual Culture, University of Victoria, in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Astri Wright is Professor of Southeast Asian Art History in the Department of History in Art at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, the only such position in Canada. A researcher of modern and contemporary Indonesian art since the mid-1980s, Wright contributed to the opening up of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art as a field of academic and curatorial inquiry. Teaching the subject in both undergraduate and graduate courses since 1991, she has also contributed to expanding the academic curriculum. Her 1994 book, Soul, Spirit and Mountain: Preoccupations of Contemporary Indonesian Painters (Oxford University Press), offered the first full-length analytical discussion of the topic in English since Claire Holt's pioneering Art in Indonesia: Continuities and Change (1967). Wright’s book was based on case-studies selected from within modern and contemporary streams of Indonesian art, ranging from painting to installation art. Since the publication of this comprehensive book, Wright has focused on contemporary women artists, socially engaged artists, and the first generation of modern artists in Indonesia. She writes from a post-colonial perspective, locating the artists’ agency in their conversations with other art practices, ranging from local-indigenous and historical to foreign, trans-regional and cosmopolitan (which can include but is not limited to western art). Dr. Wright is dedicated to reaching many audiences: besides numerous academic and general-public articles in English, she has also published bi-lingually, Bahasa and English as well as in Norwegian. Wright has also curated extensively since the early 1990s, most often focusing on artists of various Asian backgrounds living in Canada, with exhibitions such as “Roots, Remakes, Reflections: Global/Canadian Kaleidoscopes” and “Seeker, Sentry, Sage: Shades of Islam in Contemporary Art,” and three large annual exhibitions of women’s art for International Women’s Day.
Dr. Kuan-Hsing Chen
Professor, Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Kuan-Hsing Chen 陳光興 is Professor in the Graduate Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, and a Executive Director of the Inter-Asia School Action Office,. He taught in Tsing Hua University (1990-2008) and has held visiting professorships at universities in the US, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Uganda, and Ethiopia, Japan, Macau U, Thailand. His recent publication Asia as Method—Towards De-imperialization (Duke University, 2010) has Chinese, Korean ,Japanese and Thai editions. He has edited volumes in English, including Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies (1996) and Trajectories: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (1998), Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Reader (2007), Decolonizing the World: A Mahmood Mamdani Reader (2017). In recent years, he has been involved in the West Heavens Project (2010-), the Modern Asian Thought project, “Indian-China Social Thought Forum” (2010), “Asian Circle of Thought Shanghai Summit” (2012), “Inter-Asia Biennale Forum” (since 2014) and “Bandung/Third World 60 Years Series” (2015), “Third World Action Project” (2016). “Bandung School” (2017-). A core member of the Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies, he is a co-editor of the journal, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies: Movements (2000-) and Renjian Thought Review (mandarin Chinese; 2010-). Full Academic Biography