Council of Conferences (COC)

The Council of Conferences (COC) was created in 1977 to serve as a liaison between the Association for Asian Studies and the regional Asian Studies conferences affiliated with it. For information on the regional conferences and a listing of upcoming regional conference dates, please visit the Regional Conferences and Upcoming Meetings page.

Once in a three-year rotation, the leadership of each regional conference nominates three of its members to serve as its representative to the COC. These nominees are listed on the annual AAS ballot. AAS members vote for representatives to the COC from their region. Each elected representative serves a three-year term. Each year, the COC chooses a chair who serves on the AAS Board.

Members of the COC consult with the AAS leadership about ways to strengthen the work of the AAS and the regional conferences. The COC awards Outreach Grants to increase understanding of Asia in K-12 schools and among the public. At AAS annual meetings, the COC sponsors a panel at which graduate students who have won paper prizes sponsored by the regional conferences present their research.

COUNCIL CHAIR

ASIAN STUDIES ON THE PACIFIC COAST (ASPAC)

  • Tsuneo Akaha, Monterey Institute of International Studies, takaha@miis.edu

WESTERN CONFERENCE (WCAAS)

NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE (NEC/AAS)

NEW YORK CONFERENCE ON ASIAN STUDIES (NYCAS)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE (SEC/AAS)

SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE ON ASIAN STUDIES (SWCAS)

ASIAN STUDIES CONFERENCE JAPAN (ASCJ)

MID-ATLANTIC REGION—ASSOCIATION FOR ASIAN STUDIES (MAR/AAS)

MIDWEST CONFERENCE ON ASIAN AFFAIRS (MCAA)