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Art historian and curator Dr. Charles Merewether discusses the need for the creation of a public sphere for art in the regions of Asia and the Pacific, as part of a two-day graduate student symposium at Cornell, titled "Imag(in)ing Asia and the Pacific: Emerging Visualities and Art Perspectives."

Merewether, currently a research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, reflected on his experiences as an art historian on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Imag(in)ing Asia and the Pacific symposium, held Feb. 20-21, 2009 at Cornell's A.D. White House, explored emerging visualities in the light of the complex, and changing socio-political and economic issues that affect countries, peoples, institutions and practice in Asia and the Pacific. The event was sponsored by the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies.

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