Non-AAS Asian Studies Conferences and Workshops

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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 (

SOAS South Asia Institute Graduate Conference 2017
Interrogating the ‘rural’ in South Asia: ruptures and continuities
June 12–13, 2017
London, UK

A wealth of literature documents the apparently profound transformations that rural contexts have undergone in the last three decades, suggesting that the validity of ‘the rural’ as an analytical category has diminished. On the other hand, the distinctive social, economic and political character of rural life has often been understood as backward and/or unchanging and distinctively removed from the constructed urban binary. Such contradictory tendencies have characterized the rural world over different historical periods across South Asia. This workshop explores the varied interpretations of ‘the rural’ as a simultaneous space of both rupture and continuity in terms of its social, political and economic dimensions. Through such discussion, the workshop seeks to question and re-imagine the continued relevance of ‘the rural’.

Abstracts are invited on, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Rural spaces as agents and recipients of change;
  • Social faultlines of caste, class, gender, ethnicity and religion;
  • Political change and movements at local, regional, national and transnational levels;
  • Cultural representations of ruralities;
  • Ecology and environment;
  • Historical transformations and production of the contemporary;
  • Infrastructure and technology;
  • Rural political economies;
  • Processes and contradictions across rural and urban binaries.

The conference will also include a special segment on ‘The social and ecological worlds of agriculture in South Asia’. Research on agriculture often foregrounds either the social or the ecological. This segment will focus on research that innovatively combines these two aspects in addressing questions of agriculture. If you wish to have your paper included in this segment, please indicate this in your proposal.

We welcome submissions from a wide variety of disciplines including geography, sociology, anthropology, politics, history, development studies, area studies, and literature. PhD students working in the humanities and social sciences whose work is at a sufficiently advanced stage for them to share it with their peers, and postdocs /early career researchers who were awarded their doctorate no more than three years before the date of the workshop, are invited to send titles and 300-word abstracts. Contributions may be either a draft thesis chapter or a paper written specially for the workshop. Selected contributors will be invited to come to SOAS to present their work in an engaging and supportive forum.

Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted by April 15th. Please indicate your current place of study/work and date of completion of PhD (if applicable) in the abstract. Successful applicants will then be asked to provide a full paper of 5,000-7,000 words by May 31st. Proposed abstracts to be submitted to:

Some travel and accommodation bursaries will be awarded, and prospective paper presenters will be notified of this by the organizers on the acceptance of abstracts.

“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

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.

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

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.