Non-AAS Asian Studies Conferences and Workshops

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Manchu in Global History: A Research Language for Qing Historians (International Workshop)

September 19-22, 2017

Department for East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen

Organisers: Julia C. Schneider (Department for East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen) and Katja Pessl (Centre for Modern East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen)

Keynote Lecturer: Prof. Mark Elliott (Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Department of History, Harvard University)

To the international workshop “Manchu in Global History: A Research Language for Qing Historians” we invite paper proposals from prospective speakers who offer specific case studies as well as broader studies on Qing and Manchu history. In line with recent discussions about global history, we especially welcome papers that explore issues of Manchu Qing history wherein transregional connections come into focus, with ‘transregional’ being understood in terms of connections between different peoples, regions, and cultures not only on trans-state level, but also within one state or empire. We are particularly, but not exclusively, looking for papers that use Manchu sources to uncover otherwise hidden aspects of East Asian history, thereby emphasising the importance of Manchu as a research language and moreover questioning narratives excluding or marginalising such sources.

Part 1: Reading Manchu Sources

During the first three days, we will focus on the intensive study and analysis of documents and manuscripts in Manchu language. The Göttingen State and University Library holds a large number of such documents in facsimile.

The reading workshop will be guided by Edward Liang (Tübingen University), who has studied Manchu for several years and taught Manchu courses at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Part 2: Symposium and Keynote Lecture

The second part of the workshop will start with the keynote lecture by Professor Mark Elliot (Harvard University) on the afternoon of the third day.
The symposium takes place on the fourth day. Up to twelve post-graduate scholars present and discuss their Manchu related research. We aim at bringing together the skills of studying and analysing Manchu documents with up-to-date projects and historical research pertaining to the Qing Dynasty and its role in the early modern world. Each thematic panel will include three to four paper presentations of max. 20 minutes, followed by a 40 minutes discussion.

Prospective participants are invited to submit abstracts of approximately 300 words. Submissions should include name, affiliation, and contact details. Please also state the level of your Manchu skills – advanced beginner, intermediate, advanced - and the type of sources you are interested in.

The deadline for submissions is April 4, 2017, full papers need to be provided by August 18, 2017.

For more information about the workshop, please email the organisers at: and

To submit an abstract, please email the organising committee at: cemeas@cemeas.uni‐

We are applying for funding to finance travel and accommodation costs for workshop participants. For further information, please contact Katja Pessl at:

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after the closing date.

Movement: Southeast Asia
1st Postgraduate Conference on Southeast Asia
SOAS, University of London
September 22, 2017


With evolving political, social, and cultural currents in Southeast Asia, movement is an important discursive lens to understand the dynamism of the region. Reflecting on movements, and change—from prehistory to the contemporary period—can improve our understanding of Southeast Asia, in terms of its constituent nation-states, peoples, and cultures, and as a region as well as an area of study.
For this first postgraduate conference on Southeast Asia at SOAS, we invite papers that consider “movement.” For example, how can we critically investigate migration? Conflict and displacement? Diaspora and transnationalism? Trade? The movement of objects in and out of the region? Political movements? Social movements? Artistic movements? The movement of bodies in performance? Exchanges of ideas? Musical, visual, or filmic influences? Translation? Changes in the natural or architectural landscape? Climate change, resources, and resilience? Or indeed rethinking the delimitations of Southeast Asia as a region—and as an object of “area studies”?

The conference is open to Masters and PhD students and recent graduates, and aims to provide a collegiate setting for early researchers to discuss their work. Presenters are encouraged to seek their own financial support for travel expenses, although we may be able to provide limited funding for those who can demonstrate need. We will also welcome tele-conference presentations for speakers who are not able to travel to London.

Please send your title, abstract (250 words), and short biography (100 words) to by 28 July 2017. Selected abstracts will be notified by 7 August 2017.

This conference is organized by postgraduate students with the generous support from the SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies and the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics. For more information, visit

Call for Papers: The Art & Archaeology of the Silk Road

October 12, 2017

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon and

We invite papers that explore the portable arts and built environment of the Silk Road from its beginnings through the period of its fragmentation under the Mongol Empire. Papers may investigate case studies in specific visual and material culture topics, archeological sites, or take a broader, comparative approach. We are particularly interested in having a geographic range of topics represented in the material shared at the conference in order to explore possible themes such as diplomacy in art, hybridity, exoticism, regionalism, and globalization looking at both the land and maritime Silk Road routes.

Call for Papers: Deadline January 15, 2017.

The language of the conference presentations will be English, and the presentations will be 20-minute papers grouped around themes for discussion panels following each set of talks. Please submit an approximately 300-word abstract and curriculum vitae to Professors Junghee Lee ( and Anne McClanan ( We also welcome proposals for panels, and for the proposed sessions please include an abstract and c.v. for each participant.

Key Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: January 15, 2017
  • Acceptance Notification: March 1, 2017
  • Early Registration Deadline: August 15, 2017
  • Registration Deadline: September 29, 2017
  • Conference Date: October 12, 2017

Call for Papers: Creative China: 2nd International Symposium on Comparative Sinology
International Center for Comparative Sinology
China University of Mining and Technology
Symposium to be held October 18-21, 2017 in Xuzhou, China

This symposium will bring together scholars from around the world to discuss China in a comparative and interdisciplinary way, with particular attention to the fusion of Chinese and other cultures with regards to various art forms: theater, dance, visual arts, writing, poetry, and also architecture, fashion, or even mathematics, philosophy, science, medicine, martial arts, horticulture….  China’s influence on art and various forms of expression will be examined in light of how China has participated in shaping the world beyond, as well as hybrid traditions within China.

Some guiding questions include: How adaptable are Chinese forms of expression, and what is the meaning behind them? How has China shaped and been shaped by other cultures? How do paradigms of Chinese thought act upon the world, notably through aesthetics? What is the specificity of Chinese expression and how does it blend (or not) in its own ways? What is China’s place in the global melting pot of artistic and cultural expression? Diaspora communities and marginal movements outside of China, famine literatures from around the world, women’s and youth literatures and popular culture are among additional topics of interest. The broader questions of the influence of artistic and literary forms on real life, culture, society, and individuals can also be explored, in addition to any topic outside of the main areas of inquiry which involves the study of China, preferably from the angle of another culture. The goal is to bring together original, dynamic, thought-provoking work of high quality, representing a wide range of voices. Contributions can be of original artistic creations and/or scholarly works. Kindly send proposals for work that has not been and will not be published elsewhere; all participants should be interested in publishing in our collective books and willing to do the necessary work in revising according to ours and the publisher’s comments.

Kindly send an abstract or summary of your contribution, as well as a brief biographical note (total 1-3 pages) to AND to

Deadline: April 10, 2017.

Venue: China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China.

Organizers: Kate Rose, PhD China University of Mining and Technology and Banwo Adetoro Olaniyi, PhD Xiamen University.

Call for Papers: 59th Annual Conference of the American Association for Chinese Studies

Institutional Host and Conference Venue: Walker Institute, University of South Carolina

October 20-22, 2017

The American Association for Chinese Studies (AACS) annual conference program committee invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and papers concerning China, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora for the 59th Annual Conference, hosted by the Walker Institute, University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, from October 20-22, 2017. The theme of the conference is “China and Taiwan in a Changing World.” The AACS seeks to construct a balanced program, including panels representing the humanities, social sciences, communication studies, education, business, and other related disciplines.

The AACS is an interdisciplinary association devoted to the study of China, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora ( Submissions from all disciplines are welcome. Membership in AACS is required for participation in the annual conference, and non-members are welcome to submit proposals, join the Association and participate in the annual conference. We encourage submissions from graduate students, junior and senior scholars, and overseas participants.

The program committee prefers proposals for complete panels (a chair, 2-3 papers, and a discussant) and roundtables (a chair and 3-4 other participants). The committee also welcomes proposals for individual papers and will attempt to place them on appropriate panels. Panels and roundtables concerning special events or topics of broad significance are welcome.

The program committee consists of June Teufel Dreyer (University of Miami), Fang-long Shih (London School of Economics and Political Science), and John Hsieh (University of South Carolina). Proposals should include the names and roles of panel/roundtable participants, contact information, paper topics and short abstracts (not to exceed 250 words). Please send your proposal by e-mail to the program chair, John Hsieh, at Include complete contact information (address, telephone number, and e-mail) for all participants. The deadline for panel and individual proposals is March 1, 2017. Scholars submitting proposals by the deadline will be notified of their inclusion in the program by May 30, 2017.

The AACS views panelist registration and attendance as a serious professional obligation. Panelists must register for the AACS 2017 conference before September 20, 2017 or be excluded from the printed program.

Call for Papers: Mobile Bodies: A Long View of the Peoples and Communities of Maritime Asia
November 10-11, 2017 

Binghamton University Downtown Center

Recent global upheavals have turned world attention to the plight of refugees, such as Syrians and the Rohingya of Myanmar who have chosen dangerous sea voyages to escape conflict and persecution. These dramatic images raise larger questions about the control over mobile bodies in the broader context of maritime Asia, pointing to phenomena that are by no means limited to our contemporary moment. For centuries, people have moved in and across the maritime world that stretches from the Indian Ocean to the western Pacific as refugees, slaves, and under other involuntary circumstances, as well as in the pursuit of trade, war, and religion. But this mobility has always been historically controlled, driven and regulated by larger forces. Religion, ecology, state power, and social hierarchies constrain and inform individual choices.

With a keynote lecture delivered by Amitav Ghosh, this interdisciplinary conference will explore the mobility of individuals across maritime Asia with an interest in disaggregating different types of bodies and different types of travel. What sorts of bodies endeavored to cross the water between and along the coasts of Asia in the past and more recently? What does a 20th century Somali pirate have in common with a 16th century Javanese pilgrim heading to Mecca, or the Chinese residents of Dutch Batavia with the Filipino domestic workers in Dubai? What is the role of cooperation, violence and control in historical and contemporary Asian maritime travel? How has biopolitical control over travel been effected in the past and through modern technocratic interventions? How are the material findings of nautical archaeology changing our understanding of the movements of goods and people in maritime Asia? The goal of this conference is to pair contemporary and historical experiences of travel and mobility to understand continuities and changes experienced and brought about by traveling bodies in and across maritime Asia.

We welcome papers that address a broad range of themes, with particular interest in the following topics:
*Labor flows and recruitment
*Voluntary and involuntary movement, including slave and refugee communities
*Cultural meanings and representations of maritime travel and pilgrimage
*How travelers have mobilized nautical technologies and knowledge transfer across oceans
*Uses of force across maritime Asia
*Uncertainties and vagaries of sea travel
*Shifting contours of of trade diasporas
*Identity and community formation among seafaring groups
*Geopolitics of the ocean and its frontiers

Proposals are sought from both junior and senior scholars, including graduate students, from all fields. We will consider individual paper proposals as well as panel proposals that include at least three papers on a selected theme. We may be able to provide some financial support for graduate students, as well as scholars that are based in the region of maritime Asia.

Click HERE to submit a 150-word abstract by May 1, 2017

Click HERE [PDF] for the CfP. 

Questions may be sent to

Call for Proposals for the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, 2018

Proposals/bios due: November 16, 2017 (5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)

To apply, submit a single-spaced 300-word paper proposal and short bio at: dept/ CEAS/Berkistan2018application.fb

Currently enrolled graduate students are invited to submit paper proposals for the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, to be held April 13-14, 2018 at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Conference registration is free. Presenters will be provided with shared lodging, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch. Partial travel assistance may be available.

The conference will bring together a keynote speaker and approximately twelve graduate students to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production, from early modern to contemporary, in any humanistic discipline. We encourage interdisciplinary scholarship within and between literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, film and media studies, musicology and sound studies, as well as the interpretative social sciences.

The 2018 keynote speaker is Lisa Rofel, Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz. Click here for more information about the 2018 conference.

General information about the conference is here:

Call for Paper Proposals

JAPAN POP GOES GLOBAL: Japanese Pop Culture on Aesthetics and Creativity

Aoyama Gakuin University

Tokyo, Japan

November 25, 2017

Japan has increasingly become a source of inspiration in many creative fields: from manga illustrations, street fashion, and contemporary art; to storytelling devices such as the ‘Rashomon effect’ in Hollywood movies, decluttering lifestyle techniques inspired by Japanese minimalist aesthetics, and even food such as kyaraben. According to Dolores Martinez, “underlying various processes of adaptation and transformation lies a common desire to somehow make art one’s one, sparked by an engagement with the ideas contained in the Japanese source products.” Japanese aesthetics, such as kawaii, are shaping the worlds’ influencers in art, design, fashion, gaming, and movies. Contemporary artmaking has progressed through many forms, and the current fascination of many young artists is a hybrid combination of the globalizing influences of East and West, technology, and collective and personal memories. This symposium aims to consider the growing influence of Japanese popular culture on contemporary visual arts, trace the process of how it has crossed cultural boundaries, and provide an insight into the dynamics of how culture, memory, and technology can affect the way we view and construct things in the present and future.

The School of Cultural and Creative Studies at Aoyama Gakuin University in collaboration with Mutual Images Association invites individual and group submissions of abstracts that engages in substantial scholarly examinations of the visual arts that have been influenced by Japanese popular culture including, but not limited to comic books, manga, graphic novels, fan art, anime, contemporary art, film, television, fashion, advertising, creative industries, technology, gaming, and storytelling.

Presentation proposals (250 words) should be sent to by September 15, 2017 with “AGU-MI submission” in the subject field. Acceptance notifications will be sent by September 30. This workshop is open to PhD students and academics at any stage of their career. All papers presented may be subsequently published in the peer-reviewed journal Mutual Images.

The keynote presentation at this event will be made by Northrop Davis, an Associate Professor of Media Arts, teaching Manga/Anime Studies and Screenwriting, at the University of South Carolina, USA and professional screenwriter. Davis is the author of “Manga & Anime Go to Hollywood: The Amazing Rapidly Evolving Relationship between Hollywood and Japanese Animation, Manga, Television, and Film” published in 2016 by Bloomsbury.

This event is supported by KAKENHI Grant Number 16K13173

Call for Paper and Panel Proposals
International and Interdisciplinary Conference
Kolkata, India
Dates:  January 7-9, 2018
Topic: Person,Culture and Identity
Venue: Derozio Memorial College, Kolkata, India
Please submit abstract (150 words) by e-mail.

Directed and organized by the Institute of Cross Cultural Studies and Academic Exchange, Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion Elon, NC, USA in collaboration with Derozio Memorial College, Kolkata,India
Acceptance of proposal will be mailed within 2 weeks or earlier to participants
Email your abstract:
Copy to:
Subtopics:  Concept of Person and Personal Identity,  Society and Media, Society and Women Empowerment, Language and Cultural Identity, E-Culture, Sociology of Culture, Semiotics of Culture, Cultural Relativism, Culture and Ethnology, Cultural Diplomacy, Folk Culture, Material Culture, Culture of War, Transfer of Culture, Morality: Nature or Culture, Culture and Morals, Culture and Global Ethics, Theology of Culture, Globalization of Culture, etc.

Web pages:*. .

Advisory Board:Yolanda Espina(Portugal),Tommi Lehtonen(Finland),Debkumar Mukhopadhyya(India),Deven Patel(USA),Nina Petek(Slovenia), Rizwan Rahman( India)Ming Shao(China),Dibyendu Talapatra(India), Richard Vulich(USA)Su Chen Wu(Taiwan),Yanling Xu(China)

Scholars from different corners of the world join our conferences. The Cambridge Scholars Press has published seven books co-edited by members of our advisory board from selected papers from our last conferences. We also publish papers in our Journal of Indian Philosophy & Religion if the theme of the paper is in the area of publication of the Journal.

Scholars can bring their students to join the undergraduate competition and “Encounter India program”.
Undergraduates can submit papers for international competition. Best 2 papers selected will be awarded a discounted short trip inside India along with free tickets to cultural programs.

Jayanti Hill conference (January 10-12,2018)
International and Interdisciplinary Conference
Topic:  Environmentalism, Globalism and Morality
January 10-12,2018 Jayanti Hills ,India.
Please  submit abstract (150words) by August 2nd, 2017 by email.
Sponsored and organized by the Institute of Cross Cultural Studies and Academic Exchange, Elon, NC, USA in Collaboration with Maynaguri College, India
Acceptance of proposal will be mailed within 2 weeks or earlier to participants
Email your abstract: and copy to: by August 2nd, 2017

Environment and Economic Justice, Ecosystem and Sustainability, Environmental Ethics, Global warming,Climate Change and Biodiversity,Environmental Ethics,Green Ideology,Environmentalism,Feminism and Multiculturalism, Vegetarianism, Environmentalism and Animal Advocacy, Gender, Race and Sexuality: Environmentalism in American Popular Culture,Environmental and Social Responsibility,Global Capitalism, Justice Globalism, Economic Globalism, Environmental Globalism and Social Globalism, Democratic Roots of Globalism,Nationalism VS Globalism, Culture and Global Ethics, Global Village, Ethics,Morality and Society, Morality and Moral Controversies, Faith,Morality and Environment Subtopics are suggestive only. Conference organizers are open to other relevant topics addressing the theme.

Hate Speech in Korea, Japan, and France: A Comparative Approach
January 17-18, 2018
Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Asia Center, Seoul National University, Korea
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7), France
Institute of International Language and Culture Studies, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

In recent years, hatred or instigation of discrimination has increased against foreigners, immigrants or various religious, ethnic and sexual minorities in different developed societies. How should democratic societies respond to such persistent problem as well as to the broader forms of “othering” that motivate hate speech? It seems to us that neither the cause of nor cure for this pernicious phenomenon is well appreciated in the context of today’s globalized world. Societies in Europe and East Asia present ample occasions for examining the various dimensions of hate speech phenomenon. Many of the cases show that hate speech involves a complex web of historical injustices, economic inequalities, religious tensions, socio-political ideologies and emerging democratic challenges, as well as divergent legal constructions.

This project seeks to illuminate the national, regional and global dynamics of hate speech from diverse viewpoints that include the political, legal, historical, ideological and religio-cultural perspectives. To this end, it focuses on the cases of hate speech in the three countries of Korea, Japan and France. We will examine the contours of hate speech in the Korean, Japanese and French contexts; explore the historical, ideological or religio-cultural background of hate speech production and dissemination in each society; and evaluate the cases and provide policy proposals from a human rights perspective. The comparative nature of this collaborative research will help fill in blind spots and lead to better informed and more sophisticated and practical recommendations for the prevention of hate speech in many Eastern and Western societies.

We invite paper proposals from different approaches such as communication, media studies, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, legal studies, religious studies that examine, but not restricted to, the following questions:

● What are the current contours of hate speech in Korea, Japan and France?
● How can we best respond to the challenges presented by hate speech in ways that promote a just and peaceful society?
● What are alternative strategies for managing the public sphere against hate speech?
● How is hate speech defined and delimited in law and public policy in the three societies?
● What are the differences and similarities in the phenomenon of hate speech between Europe and East Asia?
● What are the legal and discursive characteristics of Korea, Japan and France in dealing with hate speech?
● How is mass media, especially the Internet, employed in expressing hatred against different minorities?
● In what forms do ethnic, sexual or religious differences play a role in provoking hatespeech in the three societies?
● Why do ethnicity, sexuality or religion act as flashpoints in hate speech?

We are pleased to provide presenters with partial subsidies for accommodation and travel expenses depending on funding availability and on a case-by-case basis. We intend to publish selected papers from the workshop as a journal special issue and/or an edited volume with a reputable academic press. We also plan to hold the second workshop at Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7) in the second half of 2018.


1. Deadline: Please submit your proposal with a title, an abstract of not more than 500 words and a list of references, together with your name, position, institutional affiliation and email address by June 30, 2017.
2. Submission method: Send in MS Word via email to
3. Final papers: Paper presenters are requested to submit full papers by December 31, 2017.

“Interrogating Buddhism and Nationalism in Myanmar” workshop
University of Oxford
27-28 January, 2018

Organisers: Matthew J Walton, Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi, Aye Thein, Saw Aung Than Wai (from the ESRC-funded research project “Understanding ‘Buddhist Nationalism’ in Myanmar”)

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, along with the Programme on Modern Burmese Studies at St Antony’s College, invites proposals for this 2018 workshop entitled “Interrogating Buddhism and Nationalism.”

The term “Buddhist nationalism” appears frequently today in academic, political and popular writing. In some cases, it has been deployed alongside even more provocative labels, such as Buddhist militarism, Buddhist extremism or Buddhist terrorism. Recent interest in Buddhist nationalism appears to respond to the growing visibility of exclusionary and sometimes violent Buddhist-led anti-Muslim groups in parts of the Theravāda Buddhist world, particularly Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand. But the apparent intersection of Buddhist and nationalist sentiments has been present in the Mahayana, Vajrayana and Zen schools as well, at present and in the past.

This workshop invites scholarly papers that seek to explore, explain, complicate or challenge the perceived relationship between “Buddhism” and “nationalism,” not only in these contemporary movements, but in other times, in other locations and in other schools of Buddhism. Rather than simply assume a naturalized intertwining of these two elements, we aim to investigate the events, texts, movements, ideologies, practices, belief systems and historical processes that have led many people to posit a close connection between the two. We recognize that there are a host of different “Buddhisms” present in the world, expressed through belief, practice or identity. National identities are also regularly contested and interpreted in various ways by those inside or outside of different national or sub-national communities. We expect that participants will not simply take these categories or framings for granted, but will instead question and contextualize them through textual study, ethnography, archival research and other research methods.

The purpose of this critical inquiry is not to separate “Buddhism” from “nationalism” for normative reasons, but to develop a better understanding of how the identities, symbols, rhetorics and logics related to the two have become connected, either in fact or perception. We accept that, whatever ideals might be expressed through Buddhist teachings, there have always been relationships of different types between political authorities and Buddhist religious authorities.

Submissions can consider historical or contemporary phenomena, any school or practice of Buddhism, any geographic area, and can come from any relevant discipline. Potential topics of inquiry include (but are not limited to):

  • Religious framing of nationalist movements
  • The role of monastics in nationalist movements or organizations
  • State-sangha relations and monastic roles in shaping national identity
  • Gender dynamics in the production of religious or national identities
  • Buddhist attitudes towards religious or political Others
  • Development and transmission of religio-political ideas
  • Religious challenges to political authority, legitimacy or national identity
  • Pre-modern or pre-colonial religio-political complexes

We expect participants to pre-circulate their papers and, after the workshop, to revise them for an edited volume or special journal issue by 30 June 2018.

Paper abstract (500 words max) and a brief bio should be sent to no later than 15 September 2017. Applicants will be informed by 22 September if their paper has been accepted.

The conference organizers will cover travel, accommodation and visa costs for accepted speakers.

History from Below: Ordinary lives in Historical and Comparative Perspective
Asia Pacific Economic and Business History (APEBH) 2018 Conference
Hobart, February 15-17, 2018

Papers and proposals for sessions are invited for the Asia Pacific Economic and Business History (APEBH) 2018 conference. The organisers welcome proposals for contributions on any topic in economic, social, and business history, including proposals for complete sessions on particular themes. A particular interest is in contributions to the main conference theme: “History from Below”.

Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are warmly welcomed. Early career researchers are encouraged to participate. The conference organisers are also particularly interested in attracting papers that examine topics in the context of the Asia-Pacific region and papers that provide an international comparative perspective, especially in relation to pre-contact and settler-economies such as Australia, New Zealand and the wider Pacific.

The conference keynote, the Noel Butlin lecture, will be given by Sumner La Croix from the University of Hawaii.

The digital revolution has resulted in unprecedented access to archival records. Much of this newly digitised information describes everyday events. To provide a by no means exhaustive list—notices placed in newspapers, birth, death and marriage registrations, the contents of wills, military enlistment papers, hospital and prison admission records and passenger lists—can now all be readily accessed without stepping across the threshold of an archive. Perhaps not surprisingly the increasing availability of digitised data has been accompanied by a renewed interest in what might be termed “history from below”. This includes work that explores the impact of events on life course and intergenerational outcomes, as well as other studies of geographical and social mobility. Increasing availability of data has also been used to examine adaptation to change through worker organisation or changes in consumption patterns. The digital revolution has also presented challenges. A lot of information does not necessarily equate to good data. New techniques for dealing with messy or fuzzy information or mining digital archives have also played a role in shaping the disciple.

Our theme could be approached from a number of perspectives, including those of the cliometrician, the economic historian, the economic theorist, the business and accounting historian, the applied economist, as well as the social historian, historical demographer, archaeologist, anthropologist and family historian. There is ample scope for new interpretations, new findings, as well as syntheses of existing work.

All abstracts, proposals for sessions, or papers for refereeing should be emailed to by November 17, 2017.

Papers received before the deadline will be reviewed earlier.

Conference  Website:

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: 48th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association
April 4-7, 2018 | Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel | Toronto, CN
Abstract/Session Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2017

Shaping Justice and Sustainability Within and Beyond the City’s Edge:  Contestation and Collaboration in Urbanizing Regions

In an era of globalizing forces, the region has become an important arena for collaboration and contestation, as metropolitan areas work to craft their individual identities. As they do so, questions of equity, inclusion, and sustainability remain. What is the role of diversity, difference and singularity of social actors and communities when it comes to forging visions of urban development that are collective in process, cohesive in vision and sustainable in implementation? Furthermore, as global financial systems exert greater control over national, regional, and local economies, what is the role of innovative and/or insurgent social practices in an urbanizing region? What are the most effective strategies to create environmentally and economically sustainable communities in a regional context? How will different factions of regional actors evolve given conventional relationships, increased social and cultural diversity, and the contradictions of competitiveness and solidarity?

The conference site, Toronto, has become an international model of alternative approaches to urban policies, particularly in the areas of housing, immigration/diversity, social equity, and environmental sustainability. The city anchors the largest metropolitan area in Canada, a region that has emerged as a global leader in innovation. But significant tensions underlie this impressive image. Rising socio-spatial inequality, escalating housing costs, racialized patterns of growth, and inadequate transportation infrastructure, all threaten the region’s future prospects. Furthermore, social, economic, environmental and political cleavages between municipalities comprising the Toronto region continue to emerge. Yet, there are also examples of collaboration in planning and policy at the local and regional levels that have created opportunities for community engagement, grassroots place-making and larger scale city-building. The conference provides an opportunity to both extend our understanding of the Toronto metropolitan experience, and importantly, to examine the broader topic of contestation and promise of collaboration in regions globally. Ultimately, the conference will allow us to examine a fundamentally critical question: how can policies and actions within a regional context promote the development of communities that are both just and sustainable?

Proposal Submission Formats and Policies
Individuals are limited to participation (as presenter, speaker or moderator) in one (1) session. There is no limit to the number of papers/posters for which you are a co-author. Persons in special panels can participate in one additional session.

Abstract/Proposal Deadline: UAA will not accept any proposals (of any kind) after October 1, 2017, 12 midnight Central Daylight Time (CDT) or 5:00am GMT. The online submission site will close at 12:01 am CDT.  Acceptance or rejection notices will be sent by November 30, 2017.

Questions? Visit the UAA website: (for info on proposal submissions, registration, hotel reservations, etc.), or contact us at or 1-414-229-3025.

Call for Papers/Conference Announcement
Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers
April 10-14, 2018
New Orleans, LA

Join the American Association of Geographers at the AAG Annual Meeting in New Orleans, April 10-14, 2018, for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The AAG Annual Meeting is an interdisciplinary forum open to anyone with an interest in geography and related disciplines. All scholars, researchers, and students are welcome. The five-day conference will host more than 7,000 geographers from around the world and feature over 5,000 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. Sessions will be organized around many subfields, special tracks, and featured themes. For more information, visit

Abstracts due October 25, 2017

The First Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Cultural Forum

Date: Early June, 2018

Theme: Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Rise of Contemporary Chinese Popular Culture

Location: Guangzhou, China
Organizer: School of Humanities, Guangzhou University
Co-organizers: The Center of Media and Social Change Studies, Shenzhen University; Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Department of History, University of Macao; Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Washington University in St. Louis

Reviewing the trend of evolution of popular culture on Mainland China from the late 1970s to the late 80s, the particular geographical location of coastal cities in the Greater Bay Area holds clear cultural significance. One might say a new era of popular culture on China’s mainland flowed first from Hong Kong to Guangdong, and then spread to other regions of the nation primarily through southeastern provinces such as Fujian and Zhejiang. At the same time, China’s post-Mao economic reform in the 1980s brought forth new conceptions and practices of publicness, for the most part culturally based on imported Greater Bay Area popular culture — pop songs, television and movies, fashion, cultural icons, and more. Therefore, the work of sorting out the history of Greater Bay Area’s popular culture of the last four decades; the work of exploring the internal relationships between contemporary Mainland Chinese culture and local cultures in Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan; the work of discussing the future of the Greater Bay Area’s cultural ecology — all of this work is to observe the area’s growth, it is to reflect on forty years of popular culture renewal during China’s reform era, and more than anything it is to look forward the future of cultural development in the region.
We invite submissions on any of the relevant topics, including but not limited to:

1. The rise of contemporary Chinese popular culture: periodization, routes of cultural dissemination and exchange, key events and personalities
2. The study of contemporary Chinese popular culture: theoretical frameworks, source materials, methodologies, and scholarly debates
3. Changes of the cultural polices at the levels of central and local government
4. The flow of people and goods in the Greater Bay Area and its cultural impact
5. Remaking of existing cultural resources, local cultural ecology, and regional cultural network
6. Impact on material culture and everyday life
7. New media technology and consumer electronics and their cultural impact
8. Cantonese and Fujianese dialects and the change of vocabulary and expressions of modern Chinese language
9. The (trans)formation of cultural identities and cultural imaginations of local, regional, and national “others”
10. Other related topics

We invite interested scholars to submit individual abstracts of their own research interests and topics. Please email the abstract of no more than 300 words by January 31, 2018 to Lyu Heying ( for scholars from Mainland China and to Melody Yunzi Li ( for scholars from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and overseas. Successful applicants will be notified before February 15, 2018 and will be asked to submit a draft of their papers (no less than 2,000 words) by May 15, 2018 for pre-circulation purposes. Local accommodations including food and lodging will be covered by the conference.


The 11th International Conference on Hanzi Calligraphy Education
Beijing Normal University
July 6-9, 2018

The American Society of Shufa Calligraphy Education (ASSCE), in co-sponsorship with Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China, is pleased to announce the 11th International Conference on Hanzi Calligraphy Education to be held at Beijing Normal University, July 6-9, 2018.

Conference Theme

This conference aims to explore the various issues currently confronting the education of hanzi calligraphy and handwriting, address the global trend of keyboarding superseding handwriting, guide hanzi calligraphy and its education toward viable, multilevel development, introduce hanzi calligraphy education into the curriculums at the K-12 and college levels, and preserve the tradition of hanzi calligraphy as well as Traditional Chinese Learning (i.e., Guoxue). The major theme of the 11th conference is "preserving the tradition of hanzi calligraphy through its education in the digital age," including the following subthemes:

1.    Philosophy and pedagogy of hanzi calligraphy education;
2.    Hanzi calligraphy and its education in the digital age;
3.    Hanzi calligraphy education, General Education, and the education of Traditional Chinese Learning (i.e., Guoxue);
4.    History, status quo, and future of overseas hanzi calligraphy education;
5.    Studies of college-level hanzi calligraphy education;
6.    Challenges and strategies for hanzi calligraphy education at primary and secondary schools;
7.    Pedagogy of hanzi calligraphy education and children's/adolescents' learning modalities;
8.    Professor Qi Gong's philosophy of hanzi calligraphy education.

Conference Format

The main format of this conference is panel presentation. We welcome both panel or individual proposals on (but not limited to) the subthemes listed above. Panel proposals should include both the overarching topic and individual topics. Accepted individual proposals will be grouped into various panels (bearing overarching topics) by the conference Proposal Review Committee.

Accepted individual calligraphy works will be put on public display at the conference exhibition, and individual calligraphers may be invited to perform at the conference demonstration sessions. The transportation of original calligraphy works to the conference site is the participant's own responsibility.

Conference presentations will be selected for inclusion in the conference proceedings to be published after the conference. The conference program will be made available at the official conference website:

Submission Method and Deadline

Fill out the attached registration form, and submit it ELECTRONICALLY along with the proposal abstract or photocopy of calligraphy work to the following addresses:

1. Panel or individual proposal abstract (word limit: 250 words in English; in pdf file attachment): Dr. Wendan Li ( & Dr. Yu Li (

2. Calligraphy work (maximum 3 items per proposer; in pdf/jpg file attachment 8 mb maximum): Prof. Harrison Tu ( & Mr. Bertrand Mao (

Submission deadline: Postmarked by February 28, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 1, 2018.  

General inquiries from countries or regions outside China should be sent to Dr. Daan Pan at the following address:

Conference Registration

Conference is free of registration fees. Information about conference travel, lodging and meals will be made available at the conference website ( and also included in the acceptance letter. Conference participants without submitting proposals are also required to fill out the attached registration form and send it to Prof. Jasmine Tang at the following address:

Call for Session Proposals: Twelfth International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (due 7 September 2017)
“Situations, Times, and Places in Hunter-Gatherer Research”


23–27 July 2018, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang



Convenor: Lye Tuck-Po, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia



The Call for Sessions is now open! Submission by online form only: Closing date: September 7, 2017.

CHAGS conferences generate intellectual exchange, advance knowledge of the lives and times of hunter-gatherers in the past, present, and future, and have made significant contributions to anthropological theory. CHAGS X (Liverpool, 2013) and CHAGS XI (Vienna, 2015) attracted unprecedented numbers of first-timers and students interested in hunter-gatherer societies and the dynamics and conditions of their lives, and offered the promise of new disciplinary crossways, concerns, and approaches. The objective of CHAGS XII is to push this momentum forward and to expand the social spaces of knowledge sharing and production. We aim to cultivate not just diversity in concept-building but good practices of working with and relating to hunter-gatherers.
As with previous conferences, the scope of CHAGS XII is broadly global and its perspective is towards the long-term. We welcome proposals for sessions that seek ways to go beyond geographical and disciplinary specialisms, and that promote new pathways of knowledge production. We invite participants to reflect on “situations, times, and places” whether integratively (as a springboard for general theoretical reflections on their interconnections) or separately (as discrete themes and topics), and to examine the intersections of time and place with fieldwork and theorising across the many concerns of hunter-gatherer research. This last will include the time-space compressions of the digital age, which are changing everyday experiences everywhere.
For the full announcement and a downloadable pdf, please consult our website: All conference communications should be directed to: