Mitsukoshi, cover design, 21.3 (Showa 6: 1931). Courtesy Harvard-Yenching Library collection.

JOSAH Vol. 52: “What’s in A Name? After Orientalism“.

Guest-edited by Olivier Krischer and Meaghan Morris

Marking the sixtieth anniversary of Australia’s oldest journal in Asian Studies, this special issue was inspired by a 2018 symposium on the legacy of Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978), as well as by the centenary of Asian Studies at the University of Sydney.

This historical orientation encouraged us not only to consider the influence of Said’s work over a forty year period but more widely to reflect on the worldly processes that have created and changed “Asian Studies” over the decades, renaming areas, redistributing resources and reshaping disciplinary clusters.

Much debate about Orientalism in English has been academically West-centric, invoking a smooth space of “post-colonialism” or confined to specialist silos. For this issue, we invited essays that engage with naming in relation to specific histories and locations of scholarship, ranging from the University of Sydney in the Australian context (Adrian Vickers) to Islamic Central Asia and the Russian-Soviet Orient (Adeeb Khalid), to the “contemporary Asia” constructed in art exhibitions (C.J. Wee Wan-ling), and to Maritime Southeast Asia (Imran bin Tajudeen).

This broadening of geographic frames of reference is extended by a “Roundtable” of eleven short, personal reflections by scholars working from a range of diverse disciplines, worldly situations, and individual practices as they look back to and beyond Said’s Orientalism.

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Remembrance Note: Vale Rosita Holenbergh (1937–2020)
Jocelyn Chey
Olivier Krischer And Meaghan Morris
From Oriental Studies to Inter-Asia Referencing: The 2019 A.R. Davis Memorial Lecture
Adrian Vickers
Islamic Central Asia and the Russian-Soviet Orient
Adeeb Khalid
Coordinating Contemporary Asia in Art Exhibitions
C.J.W.-L. Wee
Nusantara, Bilad Al-Jawa, The Malay World: Cultural-Geographical Constructions of Maritime Southeast Asia and Endogenous Terms as Palimpsests
Imran Bin Tajudeen
Three Ways of Relating To Orientalism
Chih-Ming Wang

After Orientalism
John Frow

Orientalism Between the Desire to Harm and the Desire For Knowledge
Ghassan Hage

Oriental Philology after Orientalism
Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan

De-Imagining Tibet: Beyond Orientalism, Reverse Orientalism and Other Traps in the Study of Himalayan Histories
Jim Rheingans

‘Orientalism’ and After: Impacting Feminist Theory in India
Tejaswini Niranjana

Orientalisms in China
Huaiyu Chen

Designing Japan’s Orient: Department Stores and the Modern Experience
Nozomi Naoi

Saidean Time: Orientalism at the Fulcrum of Global Histories Of Art
Mary Roberts

Scholarship at the Edge: Reflections about Teaching History of the Arab World And Islam in Australia after Orientalism
Lucia Sorbera

Endemic Orientalism
Tessa Morris-Suzuki
On the Sources of Lu Xun’s Treatise on Mara Poetry: Some Issues and a Few Answers
Jon Eugene Von Kowallis
Texts and Transformation: Essays in Honor of the 75th Birthday of Victor H. Mair, ed. Haun Saussy
Chiew Hui Ho

Australianama: The South Asian Odyssey in Australia, by Samia Khatun
Anna Guttman

Myanmar Media in Transition: Legacies, Challenges and Change, ed. Lisa Brooten, Jane Madlyn McElhone and Gayathry Venkiteswaran
Roger Lee Huang
Sowing the Seeds of Sinology in Australian Gardens: The Life and Career of Harry Simon, Foundation Professor of Chinese at the University of Melbourne
Jon Eugene von Kowallis