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AAS 2018 Annual Conference
March 22-25 * Washington, D.C.
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

 The Call for Proposals closed on August 8, 2017.  

I.          Message from Program Chair


III.        Proposal Selection Criteria

IV.          Creative Session Formats

V.           Workshop Sessions

VI.          Inter-area/Border-Crossing Sessions

VII.        Directions in Social Sciences

VIII.       Conroy Prize

IX.         Scheduling

X.          Session Sponsorship

XI.         Organizers seeking Participants/Paper Authors seeking Panels

XII.        Pre-registration Requirements for Participants

XIII.      Travel Assistance

XIV.       Audio Visual Equipment (for presentations)

XV.        Proposals/Panels Types - Submit Proposals

XVI.      Program Committee

XVII.     Important Deadlines

I.   Message from Program Chair

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the Program Committee for the Association for Asian Studies, I am pleased to issue the Call for Proposals for the AAS Annual Conference to be held March 22-25, 2018 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

We are pleased to invite colleagues in Asian studies to submit proposals for Organized Panels, Roundtables, and Workshop sessions, in addition to Individual Papers.  The committee seeks sessions that will engage panelists and audiences in the consideration of ideas, information, and interpretations that will advance knowledge about Asian regions and, by extension, will enrich teaching about Asia at all levels. AAS Membership is not a requirement for the submission of a proposal.  

The deadline for submission of all proposals and LDC travel grant requests is Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 5pm Eastern Time.  All proposals must be submitted electronically via the AAS electronic submission application. We will not accept proposal submitted via email. This proposal submission application will be available for submissions from Monday, June 26 through Tuesday, August 8, 2017.  After the submission deadline your proposal will be forwarded to the appropriate program committee members for review.  You will find detailed instructions for submissions below. 

If you have any questions regarding panel participation that are not answered in this Call for Proposals or the FAQ's, please contact the AAS secretariat at

We look forward to an exciting and intellectually stimulating conference in Washington, D.C. that reflects the dynamism of Asian studies and the AAS.


Michael Pettid
AAS Program Committee Chair


The AAS has established submission guidelines that apply to all participants and proposal submission types. We urge you to pay close attention to some long-established principles upon submitting your proposal:


No Individual is to be on the formal program in more than one session.  This rule applies to ALL SESSION PARTICIPANTS including Chairs, Paper Presenters and Discussants and all session types (Organized Panels, Roundtables and Workshops. The One Appearance Rule also applies to Individual Paper Abstract Proposal submitters . If an individual has accepted an invitation to participate as a chair, paper presenter or discussant on one session, he/she should not also accept additional invitations to appear on additional proposals/sessions.   However, please note that an individual may serve multiple roles WITHIN ONE SESSION. For example, an individual may serve as both chair and discussant or as paper presenter and chair on the SAME SESSION.  Organizers must confirm that the proposed panelists are listed on their proposal only. The name of a single individual on more than one proposal could threaten the chance of acceptance of every proposal involved.  Note:  Individuals may ORGANIZE more than one session.


A proposal should be a commitment in the sense that its original configuration (the original proposal submission) should match its final appearance in the printed program, and its presentation at the conference. Replacement participants are allowed but additional participants and co-authors are not allowed after the proposal has been accepted.


The Program Committee will expect strict compliance with the December 1 deadline for participant registration, which assures inclusion in the printed program, and will expect the in-person participation of all those named in successful proposals.


Habits of collegiality and professional courtesy are both the pattern and the continued expectation at the AAS conference. Most fundamental are the honoring of commitments to present papers and the provision of papers to discussants in a timely fashion. The Program Committee assumes and celebrates an interactive style and effective communication in the evolution and delivery of a well-coordinated session. Individual paper sessions also benefit from the best observation of professional practices. 


The program committee has noted a growing number of "no-shows" among session participants.  It is disrespectful toward fellow panelists and audiences, and unfair to those applicants who were not selected for inclusion on the program. Therefore, sessions will be closely monitored at the conference to note all no-shows. Participants who fail to notify the AAS secretariat in advance that they will not be able to attend the conference and participate in their session will not be allowed to submit a proposal for the following year's conference. 

III.  Proposal Selection Criteria

The Program Committee considers the annual conference program to be primarily a collection of Organized Sessions (i.e. paper sessions, roundtables or workshops).  For this reason, we accept a far higher percentage of session proposals (approximately 68%) than individual paper submissions (approximately 10%). The Committee will look favorably on imaginative sessions that address issues of interest to a wide constituency, incorporate comparative perspectives, or cross disciplinary boundaries.

The Program Committee focuses on the following criteria when reviewing and scoring proposals:

     1.      Intellectual quality of the research (originality of material or interpretations, soundness of methodology, knowledge of the field, etc.).
     2.      Quality of the written abstracts, the overall panel abstract being of greatest importance (clear, jargon-free prose is especially valued).
     3.      Coherence of the papers to the overall panel topic and quality of paper abstracts.
     4.       Diversity in Gender, ethnicity, and institutional balance with a combination of junior and senior scholars.
     5.       Indication of a commitment to stimulating active discussion at panel sessions.

     6.      Attention to AAS guidelines (deadline, prohibition on more than one appearance, limits on number of presenters, etc.). 

The committee will attempt to include sessions on a wide variety of subjects and approaches, including scholarly, pedagogical, and professional subjects; consciously support the inclusion of panels focused on topics of concern in all geographic areas of Asia; encourage the presentation of new scholarship in social science disciplines under-represented at AAS conferences; strive to balance its selections between topics of continuing interest and new topics to which little or no attention has been paid; and try to span different time periods and subject matters in sessions constructed from individual papers. 

The committee makes every effort to assure diverse representation through the inclusion of minorities, women, graduate students, and international colleagues, and will seek to reflect the regional and disciplinary diversity of the association's membership and Asian studies community.

IV.       Innovative Session Formats

The Program Committee supports innovative formats that will encourage bold thinking, lively dialogue, and audience involvement. We urge session organizers to explore ways in which ideas can be communicated most effectively and ways in which the audience can contribute to the liveliness of the dialogue.  We encourage a variety of presentation formats.  The following list of potential formats for the panel illustrates a range of styles, but is not meant to confine your options:

  • Formats that highlight through their structure a clash of perspectives, interpretations, or methodologies.
  • Formats that involve a number of mini-presentations (5-10 minutes) around a single theme (organizers of such panels should choose the roundtable format; the application allows a maximum five presenters to be listed in the program though more participants could be included).
  • Formats involving the discussion of primary sources.
  • Formats in which commentators begin by summarizing and commenting on the papers and the paper-givers then respond.
  • Panels in which participants present one another’s work rather than their own.
  • Workshop-style sessions on works-in-progress.
  • Formats that allow sharply focused commentary from the audience at an early point in the panel.
  • Formats in which a single, major paper, film, or book is the subject of attention. The commentary and other papers would focus on the work in question.
  • Roundtables that examine teaching in the field or that explore innovative approaches to teaching a particular subject.
  • Formats involving a performance, presentation, or reading of a creative work followed by a discussion.
  • Formats that involve pre-circulating papers available to all attendees. In these panels members of the audience would be expected to have read the papers in advance and presenters would give only brief introductory remarks (for example, five minutes) before comments and discussion.

Session organizers suggesting innovative formats should check the appropriate box on the application form and make a case for the innovative character of the panel’s format in their proposals.   If you are submitting an Innovative Format that includes paper presentations, select Organized Panel Proposal Type.  If your Innovative Format does not include papers, select either the Roundtable or Workshop Proposal Type ; be sure to indicate what makes your roundtable or workshop innovative in your proposal (that is, indicate why these panels go beyond the usual expectations of a roundtable or a workshop). Organized Panels proposing the use of pre-circulating papers should clearly indicate this format in the proposal (please use the words “pre-circulating papers” at some point).

Organizers of sessions with innovative formats need to keep in regular communication with participants about the special expectations of their panels (in terms of time limits, papers circulated among participants well in advance, presentation form, etc.).


*Panels involving pre-circulated papers are based on the expectation that papers will be completed well in advance and will be made available on the AAS website.  Papers should be sent to the Association of Asian Studies at between Feb. 1st and Feb. 20th, 2018.  They will then be posted on the AAS website and will be available to AAS members, who will need to log in with their AAS passwords in order to gain access to them. The papers will be taken down from the website shortly after the conference. Authors will thus have some protection against their papers being read by outsiders to the conference. Panel organizers will be responsible for informing panelists that they need to submit their papers to the AAS by Feb. 20 th at the latest and they need to limit any remarks on their papers in the panel session to a few minutes so that discussion time is maximized. The conference program will identify the panel as one in which the papers are available to attendees in advance.  

V.  Workshop Sessions

We are continuing Workshop sessions dedicated to teaching and professional development. This session category should be particularly appropriate for workshops dealing with language pedagogy, the use of instructional technology in the classroom, new tools for research, tips on publishing a first book, etc. We encourage affiliated groups and committees that have previously conducted workshops or seminar-type presentations as "Meetings-in-Conjunction" to instead submit formal proposals within the Workshop category.

VI.   "Inter-Area/Border-Crossing" Sessions

To encourage wide and innovative intellectual exchange, the Program Committee invites applications for sessions that include papers that engage with two or more areas within Asia (as defined by the four Councils) or across geographic borders. Inter-area/Border-Crossing panels should be coherent in theme and expansive in their mix of geographical areas and fields of study. Session organizers should use the Organized Panel or Roundtable application forms and must in the panel abstract include a paragraph describing how the topics and papers satisfy the goals of the Inter-area/Border-Crossing category. Proposals must also include individual abstracts from all paper-givers.

VII.    "Directions in the Social Sciences"

To encourage the presentation of new scholarship in social science disciplines under-represented at AAS conferences (e.g., Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Psychology, Law, Public Health, and Social Work), the Board of Directors has created an initiative "Directions in the Social Sciences." Under this initiative, a select number of panels in the social sciences will be highlighted in the conference program. The Board welcomes innovative submissions that include younger scholars and interdisciplinary approaches.   This initiative is meant to expand social science representation at AAS annual conferences.

If your proposal falls within one or more of these categories, please CHECK THE RELEVANT BOX on the online Organized Panel, Roundtable or Workshop application form (individual papers are not eligible). Checking the box will not affect the regular competitive review of your proposal—it will simply assists the Committee in selecting the highlighted sessions and in keeping track of the number of proposals in the social sciences.

VIII.    Conroy Prize

The prize honors Prof. F. Hilary Conroy, outstanding scholar of Japan, Northeast Asia and Asian American history at the University of Pennsylvania from 1951 to 1990. From his original study of Japanese immigrants in nineteenth century Hawaii, Prof. Conroy has written, taught, and lectured widely on political and cultural relations in East Asia and across the Pacific.  Prof. Conroy has also been active in the practical work of building mutual understanding and reconciliation in Northeast Asia through his long time involvement with the American Friends Service Committee and other organizations. 

The prize is intended to encourage proposals to the Association for Asian Studies that advance Prof. Conroy’s transnational pursuits  i.e.,  topics that are grounded in Northeast Asia but that are genuinely transnational, that is, that extend beyond one nation and, perhaps, beyond the region.  

The F. Hilary Conroy Prize will be awarded to an outstanding session on a transnational topic that highlights developments across national boundaries and offers coverage of at least one East Asian nation (China, Japan, Taiwan and/or Korea). The proposed panel should include at least one non-US, non-Canadian citizen working outside of North America. The Prize, in honor of the distinguished scholar of East Asian history, F. Hilary Conroy, carries a $1,000 award, which will be given directly to the panel organizer to help defray the cost of the foreign scholar.  Members of each year’s annual AAS conference program committee will decide upon the award recipient.   

The selected panel of the Conroy Prize will be highlighted in the final conference program and recognized at the 2018 Awards Ceremony held in Washington, D.C..   There is no separate application needed to be considered for this prize.  All “border crossing” sessions that meet these criteria will be considered by the Program Committee for the Conroy Prize. The program committee will review all incoming proposals submissions to determine the session selected to receive the Conroy Prize.

IX.       Scheduling   

Panel sessions for the 2018 conference are tentatively scheduled to begin on Thursday evening, (March 22) and end on Sunday afternoon (March 25).  We reserve the right to alter the schedule as needed to accommodate more sessions.

With approximately 30-40 sessions generally scheduled in a given time slot, it is impossible not to have some overlap in sessions on similar topics.  In response to participants feedback, the AAS program committee has complied a category and keywords lists. You can help the program committee try its best to avoid such scheduling issues by doing the following in the proposal:

  • Time Periods and Keywords: The categories are used for scheduling purposes only.  Your selection of a time period and keyword(s) have no bearing on whether or not a proposal is accepted. Select a category that best fits your proposal.

Additionally,  Organizers/Proposers should indicate any potential scheduling conflicts—along with a specific reason—on the proposal. You may indicate work, travel, personal religious conflicts, etc. on the proposal application.  

If you agree to participate in the AAS Annual Conference, you are agreeing to be scheduled during any of the time slots. The committee will attempt to accommodate conflicts, but cannot guarantee a particular time slot.  The AAS DOES NOT allow any scheduling changes once the schedule has been determined. 

X.    Session Sponsorship

Session organizers may request to have an academic institution, research center/archive, learned society, or official AAS affiliate or committee listed in the printed program book as the sponsor of the accepted panel session.  Sponsorships are defined into two categories:

Sponsored Sessions  - Session proposals may be sponsored by various organized groups such as committees and affiliates.  Sponsorship may or may not entail financial support, but primarily indicates a level of pre-vetting and assurance of the session’s quality and importance by the sponsoring group or institution, which is taken into consideration by the AAS Program Committee during the review process.  Please note, sponsored sessions are not guaranteed acceptance and must undergo normal competitive review.

Financial support can take different forms (for example: the institution has provided funding for the research being presented, is subsidizing the participation of presenters, has requested and peer reviewed the submitted proposals, etc.).  The listing of a sponsor for the submitted proposal is taken into consideration by the Program Committee during the review process, but is not a guarantee of acceptance. 

Designated Sessions - Designated session proposals have guaranteed acceptance onto the formal program.  Only a limited number of board-authorized specific groups such as the AAS councils (CIAC, NEAC, SAC, SEAC, COC) and a few AAS committees (primarily language and teaching groups) are accorded the privilege of organizing designated sessions.

Note: Designated sessions must have a confirmation letter from the current council chair indicating the panel title and organizer name of the designated session. Please email your confirming letter to the AAS Secretariat to

If submitting a proposal that is sponsored, organizer's will be required to include the name of the sponsoring group, the group's contact and the contact's email address.  The AAS reserved the right to independently verify any sponsorships listed on submitted proposals. 

XI.    Organizers Seeking Participants/Paper Authors seeking Sessions.

Session organizers seeking participants to join their proposed panel, roundtable, or workshop may list their proposed session topics on the AAS website, along with their contact information. Those interested in joining one of the sessions may contact the organizer directly to further inquire about joining their panel proposal.  Additionally, Individual Paper authors seeking to join a panel proposal may list their proposed topic and contact information. Those interested in organizing a session around one of the individual paper topics may contact the author.  For more information, go to Organizers Seeking Participants/Paper Authors seeking Panels.  The page includes instructions on how to submit a proposed topic and contact a session organizer/paper author.

XII.      Preregistration Requirements

PRE-REGISTRATION is required of ALL PARTICIPANTS on accepted sessions, including those composed of individual papers. 

The names of participants accepted to appear on the formal program WILL NOT appear in the Printed Program unless participants are pre-registered by the December 1, 2017 participant registration deadline.  The AAS does not require participants to join the AAS to participate on a formal panel session and offers non-member rates.  However pre-registration is required by the December 1 st deadline to secure your name is printed in the printed program.

No refunds will be given for participants withdrawing after December 1, 2017.  We suggest all participants in need of financial assistance from their institutions or other sources and/or those participants needing to complete a visa application begin the process immediately after notice of acceptance.  The AAS cannot make exceptions for refund requests; including those submitted on the basis of denied funding and/or visa applications. Pre-registration information will be sent to all participants at the time they are notified of their acceptance to the program.


XIII.      Travel Assistance

(1) Late Developing Countries (LDC) Travel Grant Program

We are pleased to continue the availability of travel grants for scholars who are citizens of and work in the less economically advanced nations of Asia. This support is limited to those scholars who are active participants (discussant, chair or paper presenter) on regular panels, roundtables, or workshops that have been accepted to the formal program.  Individual paper proposal submitters are not eligible for support through this program.

Applications for scholars from the following countries will NOT be accepted: Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of China (Taiwan), Republic of Korea (South Korea), and Singapore. Scholars who normally work in an eligible country but will be residing in an ineligible country at the time of the conference may be considered on a case-by-case basis, but requests from scholars traveling from LDC countries in Asia will be given priority. All applicants must indicate the city/country they will be traveling FROM to attend the conference.

Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient funds to cover all the related costs of attending the conference. Individuals awarded the LDC Travel Grant will be limited to applying the grant to international round-trip discounted airfare, up to three night's hotel accommodations at the conference rate, and/or conference registration.   The LDC Travel Grant may not be applied to AAS membership fees.  The maximum amount available is $2,000 but due to the anticipated large number of applications, individual grants will likely be lower. Therefore panel organizers or applicants should seek outside funding to supplement LDC grants. Grant funds may be wired in advance either directly to the scholar or to his/her travel agency, but proof of actual airline ticket purchase price will be required. Otherwise, awarded grants should be picked up on-site at the AAS Conference registration area once original travel receipts are provided.  Individual scholars or their respective panel organizers are responsible for arranging purchase of tickets, hotel accommodations, registration, etc.

Sessions organizers should submit their request as part of the online panel proposal by the August 8rd deadline.  Only one (1) participant per panel will be considered for funding. Awards will be made by a special selection committee after the formal program has been decided by the Program Committee. Attempts will be made to maintain fairness across countries, specializations, disciplines, etc.

(2) Graduate Student Travel Stipends

The AAS routinely provides partial travel stipends to all graduate student members participating on the formal program, and this will continue for the 2018 conference.  There are no separate application procedures; graduate student travel stipends will be distributed to graduate student members on the formal program if the student meets the criteria as noted below.   Grant amounts vary each year and are dependent on the number of eligible students, but in recent years have averaged around $200.

Although no formal stipend request application is required, all graduate students must still meet the criteria as listed below in order to receive the travel stipend.  To be eligible to receive a graduate student stipends, students must:

1. Be accepted to present on a formal panel session;

2. Register in the student member category by the participant conference pre-registration deadline (December 1, 2017)*

3. Not live within 100 miles of the conference site.** 

4. Not have received funding from other AAS sources.

Individual award checks are prepared in advance and will be available for pick-up at the conference registration desk on-site in Washington, D.C.  

* The AAS does not offer non-member student conference registration rates.  Individuals with student status must have already joined the AAS in the student member category prior to the December 1st deadline, in order to meet the participant conference pre-registration deadline and qualify for the student member conference registration rate.  Valid student ID, an enrollment form or other proof of current student status is required with student membership application.

** Students living within a 100 mile radius of the conference site are considered "local" and are NOT eligible for the stipend.

 XIV.       Audio Visual (A/V) Equipment for Panel Presentations

The AAS will supply all session rooms with a Basic A/V package which includes LCD projector, Screen, Microphone and speakers. (Additional microphones will be added for roundtable discussions).

It is the responsibility of panel participants to bring their own LAPTOP COMPUTERS (and in the case of Macintosh laptops, a dongle to connect with the projector cord) and/or arrange and pay for additional equipment and services needed from the hotel. The AAS cannot assist in these preparations.

To maximize efficiency and minimize set-up costs, A/V equipment provided by the AAS is limited to LCD Projectors, screens and necessary cabling for laptop and sounds. T he AAS DOES NOT PROVIDE laptop computers, TV/DVD equipment, overhead projectors, slide projectors, or any other equipment or supplies required for presentations.


Below are detailed descriptions and requirements for each proposal type.  Please make sure to review the information and links below prior to officially submitting your proposal.

A.     Organized Panels

Organized Panels are proposed around a common subject or theme.  Organized Panel proposals are submitted as fully formed sessions where formal papers are presented, often followed by discussion. Organized Panels last two hours and must include ample time for audience participation.  Organizers should consider and be prepared to submit the following information with the Organized Panel proposal:

1.      Panel title and 250 word (maximum) panel abstract*;

2.      Paper titles and abstracts* (250-word maximum) for each paper on the panel.  

3.      Minimum of three (3) and a maximum of four (4) paper presentations per panel proposal.  

4.      An individual assigned to Chair the panel (required)

5.      An individual assigned as Discussant (preferred but not required if submitting an innovative panel format that includes discussion).  

6.      Contact information for ALL participants including full name, affiliation, email and mailing address.

 *The abstracts provided for each prospective paper presentation are very important, but the overall panel abstract is of greatest importance.  

Organized Panel Session Requirements
















*Depending if the panel format is designed in a manner that encourages discussion.

The exact configuration of paper presenters and discussants is left to your discretion. See the Innovative Format section for more information. It is the preference of the Program Committee to receive proposals that comply with posted participation limits and still allow a reasonable amount of time for discussion.

Organizers may submit “two-part” or "back-to-back" panel proposals on related themes or topics but each proposal will be reviewed on its own merits. The Program Committee cannot guarantee acceptance of a series of panels, nor can it guarantee specific scheduling requests for accepted “two-part” or “back-to-back” panels.

B.      Roundtables Sessions

A Roundtable is a session format at which no formal papers are presented. This format provides opportunities for participants with specific expertise to discuss with each other, and with members of the audience, issues or themes concerning a discipline or an Asian regional area. A roundtable lasts for two hours.  Organizers should consider and be prepared to enter the following information with the Roundtable panel proposal:

1.      A 350-word (maximum) abstract is required for the panel itself and should fully explain its purpose, its issue(s)/theme(s), and scope; including the role of each discussant during the roundtable discussion;

2.      An individual assigned to Chair the panel;

3.      A minimum of THREE (3) discussants and a maximum of FIVE (5) discussants.  Individuals may serve dual roles (Chair & Discussant) within the roundtable.  

Note:  The Organizer is not considered an active participant. An active participant is an individual actively participating (chairing, presenting, discussing) during the panel session.


Roundtable Session Requirements













C.       Workshops Sessions

Workshops are sessions relating to teaching and professional development, with a special emphasis on the learning or development of new skills. Workshops might concern language pedagogy, the use of instructional technology in the classroom, new tools for research, tips on publishing a first book, the exchange of syllabi, and the like. They may contain paper presentations or follow a more informal roundtable format, but in all cases should allow considerable time for discussion and exchange of ideas. Organizers should consider and be prepared to enter the following information with the Workshop proposal:

1.      A 250-word (maximum) abstract is required for the panel itself.

2.      Workshops should not exceed SIX (6) active participants, including the Chair. 

We particularly encourage affiliated groups and committees that have previously conducted workshops or seminar-type presentations as Meetings-in-Conjunction to instead submit formal proposals within the Workshop category.

Note:  The Organizer is not considered an active participant. An active participant is an individual actively participating (chairing, presenting, discussing) during the session.


Workshop Session Requirements













D.       Individual Papers

The committee considers the AAS annual conference to be primarily a session-based conference.  Therefore, the acceptance rate for individual paper abstract proposals is much lower (approximately 10% acceptance rate) than that for Organized Sessions (approx. 68%). The committee would like to remind junior scholars that AAS Regional Conferences are the ideal place to submit individual paper proposals and to meet like-minded scholars who might be interested in collaborating on organized panel proposals for the following year's national AAS meeting. For a list of AAS Regional Conferences, visit

The AAS DOES NOT post session topics in advance; Individual Papers authors may submit a paper topic on any subject matter. The AAS follows the following format in regards to Individual Paper review:

(1) Each individual paper proposal is reviewed and scored.

(2) Individual paper proposals receiving a high score are then further reviewed as a group to determine if there are enough papers centered around a specific topic (these may be cross-disciplinary or cross-cultural) to form a cohesive session. 

(3) If the committee is successful, these selected papers will be accepted to appear on the formal program.  

(4) The panel chair, typically a Program Committee member, will request copies of the papers to be presented in advance of the conference and will contact each Individual Paper presenter with the information regarding the panel format (i.e., presentation order, presentation time length, etc.).  Panel members will also be required to exchange papers ahead of time, so that they can read and develop linking comments or questions about each other's work.

There are only 10-13 Individual Paper sessions slots available and created for annual conference; each session will have 4-6 papers each.  The above process can result in a highly scored paper ultimately being rejected due to there not being additional highly scored papers with a similar subject to form a dynamic panel session.  We do not add Individual Papers to accepted Organized panels. 

Individual Paper Proposal participants are not eligible to apply to the LDC Grant program. 

Individuals should be prepared to enter the following information with the Individual Paper proposal:

1.      A 250-word (maximum) abstract of the paper is required when submitting an Individual Paper Proposal.  Please note: Completed full papers (uploads) are not accepted nor required at any time.

While any person may submit a proposal for an individual paper presentation, strong preference is given to those submitted by advanced graduate students or by people who have completed their PhDs in the last two or three years. The intellectual quality of the abstract is the prime selection criterion for proposals. Those who present an individual paper one year are not eligible in the subsequent year. Once assigned to a session, individual paper presenters may not change to another panel.


XVI.   2018 Program Committee

Panel organizers may contact members of the 2017 Program Committee for questions concerning, e.g., format, possible participants, or to which category a submission should be made.


  • Michael Pettid, PC Chair, SUNY Binghamton,
  • Anne Hansen, PC Vice Chair, University of Wisconsin, Madison,

China and Inner Asia



South/Southeast Asia


XVII.       Important Dates and Deadlines

June 26, 2017:             Proposal submission site opens

August 8, 2017:           Deadline for submission of conference proposals

September 28, 2017:   E-mail notification of conference proposal acceptance/rejection

December 1, 2017:      Deadline for pre-conference participation registration

                                  Deadline for submitting paper/panel title updates or revisions 

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August 8 - Proposal Submission deadline

September- Committee Decisions emailed week of September 25

December 1 - Participant Pre-registration deadline