Keynote Speakers

18th New Zealand Asian Studies Society International Conference 2009

Victoria University of Wellington, 6-8 July, 2009
Downtown (Pipitea) Campus



Sugata Bose
Sugata Bose is Gardiner Professor of History at Harvard University. His field of specialization is modern South Asian and Indian Ocean history. His most recent book is A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006). He was a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997.

Professor Bose will deliver the NZASIA Nicholas Tarling Lecture.

Robert Buswell
Robert Buswell is Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies , and chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, at the University of California, Los Angeles. He founded UCLA's Center for Buddhist Studies in 2000, and was the initial faculty director of the Center for Korean Studies. His most recent books include Christianity in Korea, with Timothy S. Lee (University of Hawai'i Press 2007) and Cultivating Original Enlightenment: Wonhyo's Exposition of the Vajrasamadhi-Sutra (Kumgang Sammaegyong Non) (University of Hawai'i Press, 2007). He is the president of the Association of Asian Studies for 2008-2009.

Jeff Wasserstrom
Jeff Wasserstrom is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. He is a specialist in modern Chinese history. His most recent publications are China's Brave New World-And Other Tales for Global Times (Indiana University Press, 2007) and Global Shanghai, 1850-2010 (Routledge, 2008).