Upcoming Meetings of the Regional Conferences

To learn more about the nine regional conferences, please visit our REGIONAL CONFERENCES page.

If you are the Program Chair for an upcoming conference and wish to have information posted here, please contact Maura Cunningham, mcunningham@asian-studies.org.


January 13-15, 2017. University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

For further information, including the Call for Papers, please visit http://www.uky.edu/Centers/Asia/SECAAS/

PROGRAM CHAIR: Joshua Howard, secaas2017@olemiss.edu

LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS CHAIR: Noell Wilson, nrwilson@olemiss.edu


June 9-11, 2017. Willamette University, Salem, OR

Reflecting (on) the Asia-Pacific:  Places, Relations, Systems


On behalf of the program committee for the 2017 Conference of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) at Willamette University, we invite college and university faculty, K-12 schoolteachers, independent scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in Asian or Asian diaspora studies to submit proposals for organized panels, roundtable discussions, individual papers or poster presentations on historical or contemporary topics in the humanities, arts, social sciences, education, health, law, business, environmental sciences or other allied disciplines related to East, South, or Southeast Asia and their diasporas.

Both our Association’s name and the Pacific Northwest’s image as a North American gateway to trans-Pacific interactions highlight the importance of concepts and discourses of “region-ness”, and the ways that the enterprise of Asian studies reflects and reproduces interactions that span geographies, cultures, and histories.  We invite papers on all topics, with the hope of stimulating discussions that help us to critically reflect upon, and even de- and re-center, the territorial and temporal frames by which we apprehend Asia.  How does our work situate the region in wider conceptual terrains of the study of “world” or trans-territorial history, culture, politics, economics, society, art, language and humanism?  How do our concepts of regional “relations,” “systems,” and “place” inform our work to understand Asia and Asian diaspora, and how might our diverse ideations be brought into dialogue?

When to Apply

Early submission and notification: The early application deadline is Friday, December 30, 2016. Early submission is intended mainly for international applicants who need a letter of invitation for visa purposes. For applications received by the early submission deadline, notification of acceptance will be sent by Tuesday, January 31, 2017. If you miss the early submission deadline and need a letter for visa purposes, we will provide you with it as soon as we can.

Regular submission and notification: For regular applicants, the application deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2017. For applications received by the regular submission deadline, notification of acceptance will be sent by Friday, March 31, 2017.

Extended submission and notification: For applicants who cannot meet the regular deadline, we will continue to accept submissions until Friday, March 31, 2017 and provide notification of acceptance as soon as possible thereafter.

How to Apply

Online submission forms for organized panels, roundtable discussions and individual papers can be found at: http://www.willamette.edu/centers/cas/aspac/CFP/index.html

Questions about applying can be directed to the organizers at aspac-2017@willamette.edu.

2017 ASPAC-Mori Prize for Graduate Students

Graduate students are encouraged to submit papers for the 2017 ASPAC-Mori Prize. The application deadline is May 15, 2017.


July 8-9, 2017. Rikkyo University, Tokyo

For further information about ASCJ, visit http://www.meijigakuin.ac.jp/~ascj/

Contact the ASCJ Executive Committee: ascj20xx@gmail.com.


The 2017 Joint SWCAS/WCAAS annual meeting will take place on November 17-18 (Friday-Saturday) on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

The Local Arrangements Chair and President of SWCAS this year is Hiroki Takeuchi, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia, Southern Methodist University.

For further information, please visit http://wcaas.org/


September 22-23, 2017. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY

The NYCAS 2017 program committee invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers on all aspects of Asian and Asian-American history, culture, and contemporary life, representing disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools. Interdisciplinary proposals are also welcome. Graduate students are especially encouraged to apply. The theme of the conference is “Consuming Asia.” Sessions that address this theme are especially welcome, but proposals on any topic relating to Asia will be considered.

The deadline for all paper, panel, and roundtable submissions is April 1, 2017.

Proposals should be submitted online by visiting https://nycas2017.wordpress.com/paper-submission-form/

Questions? Please contact the conference chair, Professor Darrin Magee at MAGEE@hws.edu.

Information on NYCAS and previous NYCAS conferences is available at http://asianstudies.buffalo.edu/nycas/


October 7–8, 2017. Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Contact: Rebecca Clothey, rac52@drexel.edu.


The 2017 Joint SWCAS/WCAAS annual meeting will take place on November 17-18 (Friday-Saturday) on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

The Local Arrangements Chair and President of SWCAS this year is Hiroki Takeuchi, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia, Southern Methodist University.

For further information, visit https://www.swcas.net.


September 15-17, 2017. Notre Dame University

For further information, visit http://asian.nd.edu/mcaa/


January 28-29, 2017. Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA


Boston College is pleased to host the annual meeting of the New England Association for Asian Studies on January 28-29, 2017, under the theme of “Asia: Past, Present, Future.”

The BC-NEAAS Conference Committee welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, or individual presentations that address histories, societies, cultures, languages, literatures, arts, political systems, and economic activities of Asia in regional and global contexts. Panels and roundtables that take an innovative approach to format (interdisciplinary, pedagogical, creative, mixed media) are welcome, as are traditionally organized academic panels. We highly encourage roundtables that address the state of various fields comprising Asian studies. We also welcome posters, new books, and other materials for exhibition. We offer a book-talk roundtable for authors to introduce their new books in Asian Studies published within two years prior to the conference. We also invite publishers in the New England region to address publication issues and exhibit their publications in Asian Studies. The conference warmly welcomes the participation of graduate students; the best student paper will receive an AAS-NEAC Atsuko Hirai Memorial Award.

All proposals are due on October 1, 2016. To follow the AAS format, a panel should consist of 3 or 4 paper presentations organized around a common topic or theme. Names of chairs and discussants are optional. Proposals should include a title and brief abstract of the panel (250 words or less), and a title and brief abstract (250 words or less) of each paper. Individual paper proposals should include the full title and a brief abstract of 250 words or less. The Conference Committee will organize individual papers into thematic panels. Roundtable proposals should include a title, content summary, and description of contribution of each roundtable participant in 250 words or less.   

For more information, see the conference website: www.bc.edu/bc-neaas.  The online submission of proposals will be available in August 2016.

Inquiries about the conference can be addressed by email to co-chair of the Conference Committee:
Prof. Ling Zhang
Email: ling.zhang.2@bc.edu
History Department
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3859