Non-AAS Asian Studies Conferences and Workshops

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Call for Submissions: Resonating Occupation
Friday, 11 May 2018
The Trent Building, University Park Campus, University of Nottingham, UK

“Resonating Occupation” will be the second workshop held under the ERC-funded Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia (COTCA) project at the University of Nottingham. You can find more information at:

This workshop will bring together scholars from multiple disciplines working at the nexus of sound, music, and foreign occupation—here defined broadly to include studies of colonialism, imperialism, conflict and war. While presenters are encouraged to discuss their current work in these fields, it is also expected that presentations will enable wider conceptual, methodological and theoretical discussions which will be of interest to participants working in different disciplinary and geographic contexts. Discussion at the workshop will revolve around the following questions:

1. How does the context of occupation give rise to distinctive auditory environments and music cultures? Or in other words, what does occupation sound like?
2. How are sound and music implicated in the disciplining of colonized subjects and aural spaces?
3. How do listeners of occupation create new forms of auditory expression?
4. What might comparative studies of auditory environments in different geographic and temporal contexts contribute to a better understanding of individual cases of occupation, and of occupation more generally?
5. What can studies of occupation contribute to developing new research methodologies and approaches to studying sound?

We are expecting to welcome a minimum of 10 external speakers to the workshop, but also to allot sufficient time for general discussion based on the papers presented and the principal questions listed above. Speakers will therefore be asked to present individual papers of 15-20 minutes each, allowing ample opportunity for open discussion at each session. While presentation at the workshop is by invitation only, the event will be open to students, researchers and the community.

Reimbursement for travel to and from Nottingham will be determined based on where individual presenters travel from. Accommodations will be provided for two nights at one of the 4-star hotels on the University of Nottingham campus, which will include a catered lunch and workshop dinner. Details about logistics, reimbursements will be made available once a final program is confirmed in early 2018.

All prospective participants should submit a working title and abstract (of no more than 300 words) for workshop presentations and a short bio. The deadline for submission of titles and abstracts is Friday, 23 February 2018 and can be emailed to

Call for Paper Proposals: 2018 Young Scholars’ Forum in Chinese Studies

Co-organized by The Chinese University of Hong Kong-Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation
Asia-Pacific Centre for Chinese Studies and Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
May 24-26, 2018

The Chinese University of Hong Kong-Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Asia-Pacific Centre for Chinese Studies and the Institute of Chinese Studies co-organize the Fifth Young Scholars’ Forum in Chinese Studies, to be held on May 24-26, 2018. The forum aims to nurture young scholars in Chinese Studies and strengthen the network among young scholars in the field.

The forum plans to invite Ph.D. students (after completing qualifying examination) or Ph.D. graduates with less than 5 years of work experience for presentation of their recent research output on any aspect of Chinese studies, drawing on but not limited to the disciplines of history, literature, religion, art and thought. Proposals related to the theme of Culture and Society of Middle Period China and Beyond are preferable. Participants are expected to be proficient in both English and Chinese.

The conference will only cover expenses for lodging and round-trip transportation (economy class) for the participants. The organizer will provide maximum subsidy of 1,000 USD (subject to approval). Conference registration is free.

Papers will be selected by a committee from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Local faculty will serve as discussants for the selected papers. Publication for selected papers will be considered after the forum.

For application, please submit a 400-word paper proposal and short biography via our online submission system at:

Deadlines: Online application due January 12, 2018. Notification of acceptance announced on January 24, 2018. Full paper due April 9, 2018.

For inquiries, please contact the ICS organizers: Professor Lai Chi Tim ( and Ms. Grace Leung (

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:

Distant Past(s), Latest News: Scholarly Insights on Burma/Myanmar
13th International Burma Studies Conference
under the auspices of the
Center for Burma Studies (Northern Illinois University, US)
August 3-5, 2018

Since Myanmar began its bumpy path to democratization, the global media discourse has been dominated by actors from the business, political, and civil society spheres. Yet it is a more crucial time than ever for academic and scholarly voices to share their insights and knowledge and play a role in the Myanmar’s development. With this purpose, the Board of Trustees of the Burma Studies Foundation, the Burma Studies Group, and the Center for Burma Studies cordially invite you to participate in the 13th International Burma Studies Conference in Bangkok from August 3-5, 2018.

Taking an inclusive and multidisciplinary approach, the conference will examine all scholarly aspects of Burma/Myanmar studies in the aim of presenting a multi-faceted approach of the country at this turning point in its history. Recent political and economic events—including ongoing conflicts in Rakhine and Kachin State—will be given due, as well as development in the arts and the sciences. Therefore, research papers in fields such as anthropology, history, archaeology, art history, heritage studies, international relations, political sciences, economy, religious studies, environment and development studies, public health, linguistics and literature, and music are all welcome.

Submission details
We are accepting proposals for either individual papers or whole panels by April 15, 2018. Prospective participants must submit—via attached Word document (.doc .docx) or pasted in an email—a title and 150-250 word abstract for his or her paper, as well as the presenter’s name, affiliation, and contact information.

Panel organizers: please also submit a panel abstract in addition to individual abstracts for every participant on one continuous document. Send this information to

Accepted participants and panel organizers will be notified in mid-May 2018.

NOTE: To protect the academic freedom of the conference along the Chatham House Rule, we invite international and local media and press to contact us prior to registration.

Call for Papers
60th Annual Conference of the American Association for Chinese Studies
Hosted by the University of Maryland School of Law
October 5-7, 2018

The American Association for Chinese Studies (AACS) annual conference program committee invites proposals for panels and papers concerning China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese diaspora for the 60th Annual Conference, hosted by the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 5-7, 2018. The theme of the conference is “Social, Economic, and Political Change in China and Taiwan.” The AACS seeks to construct a balanced program, including panels representing the humanities, social sciences, communication studies, education, business, and other related disciplines. To mark the 60th anniversary of the AACS, the program committee welcomes, in particular, studies comparing developments in China and Taiwan over the past six decades.

The AACS is an interdisciplinary association devoted to the study of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, 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 international participants.

The program committee prefers proposals for complete panels (a chair, 3-4 papers, and 1-2 discussants) 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 as well.

The program committee consists of Joel S. Fetzer (Pepperdine University), John Hsieh (University of South Carolina), Pei-te Lien (University of California, Santa Barbara), Fang-long Shih (London School of Economics and Political Science), and Yenna Wu (University of California, Riverside). 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 Please include complete contact information (institutional affiliation, address, telephone number, and e-mail) for all participants. The deadline for panel and individual proposals is MARCH 1, 2018. Scholars submitting proposals by the deadline will be notified of their inclusion in the program by May 1, 2018.

The AACS views conference registration and attendance as a serious professional obligation. Panelists must register for the AACS 2018 conference before September 7, 2018 or be excluded from the printed program.

Militarization and Armed Conflict in Asia,
November 9-10, 2018

An international conference held at BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Sponsored by the Institute for Asian and Asian Diasporas

Militarization – the heightened role of organized aggression in society – has affected all walks of life in contemporary and historical societies across different regions in Asia.  This militarization has been Asian-centric in some contexts, but has also involved significant external intervention, most saliently from European colonialism, geopolitics of the Cold War, and American imperialism. While militarization has resulted in warfare and armed conflict across regions, between countries, or within borders, some manifestations are rendered invisible by relations of power, normalized as the status quo.  This conference will be a multi-layered examination of cultures of violence, and the structures in which they are embedded within the context of the Asian continent.

With a keynote lecture delivered by AIJAZ AHMAD, this interdisciplinary conference will explore the range of militarization effects, armed conflict, and structural violence across the breadth of Asia from critical perspectives that highlight multiple narratives as well as the intersection of local, national, and global trajectories of these narratives.  What are the discourses, institutions, and historical scenarios that lead to regional armed conflict, warfare between countries, civil war, and militarization that painfully shape peoples’ lives without bursting into armed conflict? How can we challenge the persisting legacies of these various forms of militarization and articulate alternative visions of peace and peace-making that transcend the normative manner in which these are dealt with by the United Nations and international/transnational organizations? From war-torn present day West Asia (commonly branded the Middle East) to twentieth century genocides in South Asia, the Vietnam war and civil war in Sri Lanka to Japanese colonialism and European colonialism in South and South East Asia and US militarism in the Philippines plus the more popularized sites of North-South Korea tensions, the Talibanization of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the rising military presence of China, we welcome submissions that analyze the dynamics of these and similar situations. We particularly solicit proposals that focus on the ways in which militarization, conflict, and invisible forms of violence in Asia shape or produce privileges and oppressions through the intersectional workings of gender, race/ethnicity, religion, caste, sexuality or any other such mediating social structure.

PROPOSALS are sought from both junior and senior scholars, including graduate students, from all fields.  Individual and Panel proposals are welcome.  Financial support might be available to graduate students and scholars based in Asia.

Click HERE to submit a 150 work abstract by June 1, 2018. Click HERE for the conference website.  Questions maybe sent to

Call for Papers: Young Scholars International Conference
Margins and Connections
Organized by North East India Studies Programme
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Date: 7-8 February, 2019
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Margins are not mere physical outlying areas, or geographies at the edges of state, capital and socio-cultural worlds. They are products of various complex processes in colonial and postcolonial times and have been produced in various moments of contestations, fragmentations and negotiations. As such, margins are not inert spaces; they are active sites in which creative practices and connections have taken place. Such practices and connections include cultures, politics, histories, societies, and economies that inhabit either the border of a state or a “geo-body.” In this regard, various studies focusing on “margins” have enabled us to look at forms of state-making, subject formations, role of capital, circuits and networks, contestations and subversions, including various cultural and political practices across societies and boundaries.

Historically, “margins” such as North East India had connections with societies in the “margins” of neighboring areas such as Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, etc. As such, these geographical spaces throw up comparable and significant insights in studying the making of such complex spaces. For instance, these geographies are sites and spaces of various forms of material and non-material transactions and connectivities, including resources, rituals and commodities.

Such transactions and connectivities continue to mark these spaces even in the contemporary times. People continue to have wider social, cultural and (in) formal economic networks, marked by routes and infrastructures that support various forms of mobility. These “margins” have also been sites and spaces where forms of state/non-state violence, contestations, projects of nation building and developmental interventions of both state and global financial institutions simultaneously have coexisted. This has also included representing these “margins” as the “gateways” and “corridors” of capital, trade and services under the neoliberal economy. Nevertheless, these areas have also been marked by various forms of social and political movements, that resists and negotiates violence and developmental interventions.

Some of the broad concerns and issues that emerge from the above are, what are margins? In what context are margins produced and reproduced? How are margins connected to the wider processes of state, capital and cultural flows? What are the different ways through which societies respond to the shifting dynamics of margin making?

This two-day interdisciplinary international conference seeks to explore some of these issues and concerns, especially focusing on North East India and its neighboring areas such Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, etc. This conference focuses on the following themes, but are not limited to:

Making state, making margins
Circuits, networks and infrastructures
Capital, resource regimes and economy
Margins and everyday life
Violence, resistance and margins
Knowledge, power and practices
Margins and governance
Movement and mobility
Development, ecology and margins
Memory and narratives
Margins and gender
Material culture

Interested research scholars, post-doctoral scholars and early career academics are invited to submit an abstract of about 200-300 words, including a brief CV at

Participants from outside India are requested to seek funding from their institutions for travel costs. Partial funding to cover travel costs may be available for selected participants from within India based on availability of funds. Accommodation and local conveyance will be provided for selected participants.

Important dates:

Last date for abstract submission: 21 July, 2018

Intimation of abstract acceptance: 17 August, 2018

Submission of working papers from selected participants: 7 January, 2019

Organizing Team:

G. Amarjit Sharma
Bhumika R
Thingminao Horam
Tammoy Das
Robert Lunkhopao Haokip