Non-AAS Asian Studies Conferences and Workshops

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Southeastern Association of Teachers of Japanese (SEATJ) Conference

February 4-5, 2017, Middle Tennessee State University

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 31st Annual Southeastern Association of Teachers of Japanese (SEATJ) Conference to be held at Middle Tennessee State University on February 4-5, 2017 (Sat & Sun).

Proposals are invited for 20-minute presentations on topics related to Japanese language and teaching (language pedagogy, instructional technology, integrating culture into the classroom, classroom activities, second language acquisition, Japanese linguistics, Japanese literature and film, heritage language learners, K-12 issues in teaching Japanese and other related topics). We welcome submissions from all levels of Japanese teachers. Presentations can be in either English or Japanese.

Please submit your proposal online at

The deadline for abstract submissions is Thursday, November 10, 2016. We will notify the applicants by November 18, 2016.

We welcome you to pass on this announcement to your colleagues and graduate students. We are looking forward to receiving your proposals.

Modern Living in Asia 1945-1990

April 10-11, 2017

City Campus, University of Brighton Hosted by the University of Brighton, UK

Supported by the University of Brighton Rising Stars Award, Internationalising Design History Research Cluster and College of Arts and Humanities.
Convenors: Dr. Yunah Lee and Dr. Megha Rajguru (University of Brighton).

Deadline for proposals extended to September 30, 2016.

This conference aims to develop the study of modern living in Asia between 1945 and 1990 from a transnational perspective. Scholarship on Modernism in architecture, interior design and ideas of modern living in Asian countries in post-civil war, postcolonial and pre-globalised years of 1945-1990 has been steadily rising. Most research, however, focuses on certain geographical pockets and within particular national boundaries such as China, India, Japan, and Korea, examining major architects and key architectural projects. In the midst of acutely debated theoretical positions of globalization, transnationalism and multiple modernisms, in works by Arjun Appadurai (1996), Homi Bhabha (1994), Shumei Shi (2013), Duanfang Lu (2011), we will explore cultural flows beyond borders (national, regional and political) that informed notions of modern living in Asian countries. We also aim to expand the discourse to include geographical areas or countries in Asia that have been under-explored or entirely ignored in scholarly debates.
Key themes that will be addressed in the conference include the introduction and adaptation of Euro-American ideas of Modernism in local contexts, the development of ‘critical regionalism’ (Kenneth Frampton, 1983) and inter-Asian exchanges of ideas of modernity and modern design in living spaces. The conference will also consider methodological approaches in examining the notion of the 'modern' within an Asian context, from postcolonial perspectives and within the context of the Cold War. It will develop theoretical understandings of modernity and modernism, whether the term 'modern' was employed within these culture-specific contexts and the variations in the 'modern' or modernisms across these.
We seek papers that will examine one or more of these areas. We also welcome other suggestions.
1. Adaptation of vernacular forms of architecture and interior spaces into modern models of living such as apartments.
2. Relation of culture-specific living practices to new forms of modern and modular lifestyles.
3. Interior design magazines and their consumption.
4. Women and modern lifestyles.
5. Standardisation in housing and interior design
6. Modernity, modernisation and Modernism: theoretical trajectories in relation to living space
7. Modern living and modernity in postcolonial contexts
8. Cold War and Modern living
9. Architecture and Interior Design professions 10.Exhibitions of modern living spaces and modern life
10. Art in the modern home
Please submit a 300-word abstract and a short 100-word biography to by September 30, 2016. All proposals will be peer-reviewed. Papers will be given in English. Please do contact us if you have any questions.

Call for Papers: Koret Workshop on Korea’s Migrants: From Homogeneity to Diversity

Stanford University, April 21, 2017

The Korea Program at Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center is soliciting papers for the Koret Workshop entitled “Korea’s Migrants: From Homogeneity to Diversity” held at Stanford University on April 21, 2017.

This ninth annual conference seeks to examine major issues related to recent migrants in Korea. Korea has long promoted a sense of ethnic unity but in recent years has seen an influx of ethnic and non-ethnic Koreans, making the country more diverse. The government has promoted multiculturalism to deal with such diversity; however, migrants, either permanent or temporary, continue to face discrimination. New approaches are needed to create better social cohesion.

We invite submissions of empirical papers on one of the following groups of migrants:

  • North Korean refugees
  • Chosonjok
  • Foreign brides
  • Migrant labor (skilled or unskilled)
  • Korean returnees

Issues that should be addressed include (in the case of your migrant group):

  • Contribution to Korean society and challenges as a migrant living in Korea
  • Discrimination and (un)changing Korean perceptions
  • Ethnic boundaries and barriers to social integration
  • Multicultural discourse and possible alternatives
  • Alleviating the demographic crisis and prospects for mass migration

To view the full list of questions being considered, please visit the Stanford webpage.

Upload papers in PDF (6,000-8,000 words) here. Inquiries can be made to Dr. Yong Suk Lee at The submission deadline is December 31, 2016.

The authors of the accepted papers will be invited to and asked to present their studies at the conference. After the workshop, selected papers will be published as a special issue at a top Asian studies journal and/or as an edited volume. Travel (domestic or international economy class) and accommodation costs for the presenters will be reimbursed.

2017 Humanities Conference
Conference on Building a Global Community: The Past, the Present and the Future
Hefei World Foreign Language School, Hefei, China
13-14 May, 2017

The Annual Conference on Global community intends to bring together scholars from all over the world to share knowledge on the interconnectivity that is bridging nations together. The influences of modern technology through telecommunications have facilitated a transfer of information and data rapidly across the globe. Through this information sharing and connectivity we have witnessed a global social interaction on a monumental scale as cultural boundaries are being eroded and are being redefined. Furthermore, as resources of the world are sparsely and widely distributed the inherent need to engage through commercial activities have pre-empted a global community to interact with one another based on a set of shared values and traditions. These traditions have enshrined the alignment of nations and leaderships along the same political thoughts and philosophies. Topics of interests but not limited to: Technology, Culture, International Relations, International Management, Data Management and Sensitivity, Business Information Management, Anthropology, Communities and Communication, Ethics and Ethical Studies, Law and Justice, Human Rights, Social and Organizational Network, Sustainable Human and Social Development. The Conference welcomes all academicians, scholars, graduate students and policy makers to this brainstorming session. All papers submitted would be published in our Journals and there would be a Book Compilation. Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a current CV should be sent to by February 28, 2017. Kindly include presentation title, presenter's name, institutional affiliation, contact information, A/V requests, and any special needs required in the email. Abstracts should be sent as .doc or .rtf file attachments.

Call for Paper Proposals: 2017 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 25-27, 2017

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 Fourth Young Scholars’ Forum in Chinese Studies, to be held on May 25-27, 2017. 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 30 Ph.D. students (after completing qualifying examination) or Ph.D. graduates with less than 5 years’ working experiences 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 Cultural Exchange between China and Inter-Asia 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 1000 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 2, 2017. Notification of acceptance announced on January 25, 2017. Full paper due April 15, 2017.

For inquiries, please contact the ICS organizers: Prof. Lai Chi Tim ( and Dr. Xu Yanlian (

“Chinese Film Market and Asian Cinema”
A joint international conference organized by Nanyang Technological University and King’s College London
24-26 August 2017, Singapore

Keynote Speaker: Professor Chris Berry (King’s College London)

Nobody can deny how significant the Chinese film market is in the global film industries today. Without doubt, China has the fastest growing film markets in the world. Together with Chinese film market’s leapfrog development in the past decade, the Asia-Pacific annual box office gross is USD 14 billion (2015), the largest across all continents/regions. Moreover, adding to the market growth, the high-quality Asian local products, particularly powerful regional filmmaking forces like South Korea, India, and rapidly emerging industries in Southeast Asia, flowed outward to global film markets to connect with international audiences in commercial cinemas, art theatres, at major international film festivals and through digital platforms. Filmmakers and producers in this region have been increasingly looking to China as a co-production partner and for a much larger market with deep pockets and plenty of consumers. Chinese media conglomerates, on the other hand, have been recruiting regional talents, particularly technicians, performers, and creative personnel, and buying out film and media companies, theatres, and TV stations in the region and beyond. Asia’s film industry as a whole is indeed experiencing a time of great transformation, spearheaded by the rapid development of Chinese cinema.

Chinese Film Market and Asian Cinema, a Nanyang Technological University (NTU) – King’s College London (KCL) joint conference, begins from each cinema and media scholar’s perspectives, and it is hoped that this pioneering academic event will provide a deeper understanding of the transformations of the regional film industry practices (production, distribution, marketing, exhibition) and film reception juxtaposed against and in response to the Chinese film market’s quantum leap. Academic experts from Asia-Pacific, UK, and North America, as well as the core group of NTU and KCL participants, will present their new research findings and new development in methodological approach at the conference. In tandem with the academic presentations, a significant number of key industry professionals – filmmakers, producers, studio executives, and journalists in Asia and beyond will also be participating for making this conference more contemporaneous, impactful, and accessible for local industry specialists, film and media scholars, graduate students, cinephiles, and the general audience.

Chinese Film Market and Asian Cinema conference will include approximately 12-15 academic papers and 5-7 industry experts delivered over three days. Papers presented at the conference will be developed and then considered for publication in a special issue of a high ranking peer-reviewed journal. We invite proposals from graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, independent scholars, and early career scholars working on film industries in India, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. We are particularly interested in such related issues as regional coproduction practices (China and India, Japan, and Southeast Asia), China’s film industry and Bollywood, economic and cultural impact of China’s protective regulations and censorship, overseas Chinese and the Southeast Asian market, and Chinese film market and the Taiwan film industry.

Accommodations, all meals, and local transportations (in Singapore) will be covered for the conference participants. Please submit a 300-word abstract and a brief biographical note by January 30, 2017 to conference organizers Sangjoon LEE ( and Dr. Wing-fai LEUNG ( Participants will be notified of acceptance by mid-February 2017.

Dr. Sangjoon LEE: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dr. Wing-fai LEUNG: Department of Culture, Media, and Creative Industries (CMCI), King’s College London, UK

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 : 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.