welcome to the first full day of the aas 2018 annual conference! here’s everything you need to know about friday’s schedule:
• registration and badge pickup counters, located on the lobby level of the marriott wardman park, are open from 8:30am until 6:30pm today. graduate student stipends can also be picked up by eligible students during those hours; that counter is located across from the registration desks.
• begin your morning with a stop at the coffee break between 8:30 and 9:00am. complimentary coffee and pastries will be set up in two places—outside the entrance to the exhibit hall (which is open 8:30am-5:30pm) and in row 500 inside the hall.
• at 9:00am, please join us in marriott ballroom, salon 3 (lobby level) for the awards ceremony honoring winners of the 2018 aas book awards, followed by the presidential address by katherine bowie, who will speak on “palimpsests of the past: oral history and the art of pointillism.”
• film expo screenings start at 8:30am in the taft room (mezzanine level) and continue through the day. many screenings will be followed by a q&a with the director. can’t make it to a scheduled screening? talk with the film expo staff and arrange a time in our on-demand screening room.
• concurrent panel sessions begin at 10:30am and will run until 7:15pm.
• today will feature three #asianow roundtables, focused on current events and professionalization issues. during the 10:30am-12:30pm panel slot, there will be a discussion of “what the west needs to hear from asia”; at 12:45, scholars and journalists will explore “the rohingya question.” students and recent graduates will find a 3:00-5:00pm panel, “beyond the academy: public policy careers for asianists,” of special interest.
• visit exhibit hall b (adjacent to the book exhibit) between 9:00am and 5:00pm to view three art exhibits we are pleased to present this year:
“from kabul to kolkata: of belonging, memories, and identity”—photographs by moska najib and nazes afroz
photographs by burmese photojournalist minzayar oo
“man and mirror,” a sculpture assembled on-site by cambodian artist sareth svay
• bring the drink ticket that was included with your badge to the aas member reception in marriott ballroom, salon 1 between 7:30 and 9:00pm tonight. grab a beverage and some appetizers, mingle, and make new friends in the asian studies community.
• many universities and other groups will hold receptions and business meetings tonight; please check the online program for the most up-to-date list.
• anyone in search of a distraction-free space to work or relax is invited to the quiet room in park tower 8209. please do not use cell phoness or conduct meetings in the quiet room.
• a nursing mothers’ room is located in park tower 8229 for the convenience of conference attendees.
if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to approach a member of the aas staff, or tweet @aasasianstudies with the #aas2018 hashtag.