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6th WAGNet Graduate Workshop: Women and Gender in Chinese Studies

September 9-11 2015 at the Confucius Institute for Scotland, Abden House, University of Edinburgh

The Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network (WAGNet) graduate workshop is for PhD candidates who are at an advanced stage of their research and are working on any aspect of 'women and gender in Chinese studies'. Participants will be expected to present a paper that treats issues of 'women' and 'gender' as central and significant categories of analysis.

Students will get the opportunity to present their projects to other graduate students, and to junior and senior scholars working in the field of China-related women and gender studies. All too rarely do Ph.D. candidates have an opportunity for critical exposure of their thesis research prior to submission and defence. The workshop is therefore designed to facilitate in-depth discussions and each presentation will be commented on by a junior/senior academic discussant.

The workshop, accommodation and meals during the workshop are free of charge. Some travel bursaries are also available.

Following the two day workshop, there will be a public one-day symposium on Women and Gender in Chinese Studies at the Confucius Institute for Scotland on 11 September 2015, which participants in the Graduate workshop are encouraged to attend.

Students wishing to participate should submit a current CV and an outline of their project (750 words), including information on the state of their research, by e-mail to Dr. Sophia Woodman at 6th.wagnet.workshop@gmail.com. A letter of support for the application from the candidate's supervisor or someone familiar with their PhD project is also required, and should state what stage of the PhD the student is at. This letter should be sent from the supervisor directly to Dr. Woodman via e-mail.

Deadline for submission: 24 May 2015.

The organisers will discuss the applications, and make a selection based on the merit of the outline and the stage of the research. Applications from students in the early stages of their PhD research will not normally be considered.

This is the sixth in a series of successful WAGNet graduate workshops. Previous workshops were held in Leiden, Oxford, Prague, Bristol and London. For more information on WAGNet, see: http://www.wagnet.ox.ac.uk/


Call for Papers: The 28th Annual Conference of Japanese Association for South Asian Studies

September 26-27, 2015 at the University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus

See http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/campusmap/map02_02_e.html for access map.

Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2015

The Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JASAS, http://jasas.info/en/) invites paper and panel proposals for its 28th Annual Conference. The proposals from abroad are open to non-members of JASAS. No registration fee is required. Fee for reception (optional) is 4,000 yen (2,000 yen for students). Unfortunately, JASAS is not able to offer any financial support or accommodation to the participants.

Please send proposals by e-mail to Katsuo Nawa, JASAS Annual Conference Office (jasas28tokyo@gmail.com) with the following information.

1) Individual paper proposals:
Name of the applicant
Affiliation and designation
Title of the paper
Summary of the paper (around 300 words)
Email address and postal address

2) Panel proposals (the duration of a session is between 2 to 3 hours):
Name of the panel organizer
Affiliation and designation of the organizer
List of panel speakers with names, affiliations and designations
Title of the panel
Summary of the panel (around 300 words)
Email address and postal address of the organizer

Please send your proposals by 31 March 2015. We will send you acknowledgement of the receipt of the proposal within one week. Acceptance letter will be sent out by 8 June 2015. If you receive no acknowledgement letter or acceptance letter, please contact JASAS Annual Conference Office (jasas28tokyo@gmail.com).

For questions, please contact Katsuo Nawa, JASAS Annual Conference Office (jasas28tokyo@gmail.com).


China Goes Global: 9th Annual Conference

Georgia Tech, October 1-3, 2015

We are happy to announce the 9th annual conference of China Goes Global (a trademark of the Chinese Globalization Association), which will be held in Georgia Tech, Scheller College of Business, Atlanta, GA, October 1-3, 2015. As the premier conference on the topic, we seek contemporary contributions from the various business disciplines and the broader social sciences on the globalization of China.

Papers, book presentations, and panel proposals are especially encouraged in the following areas:

• Explanations of Chinese flows of people, goods, ideas and money
• Testing the limits of Western-centric theories in the context of China's globalization
• Development of new Chinese-centric and indigenous theories
• The rise of the emerging markets multinationals
• Managing and organizing Chinese companies/subsidiaries abroad
• Comparison of China with other emerging markets
• Chinese engagement in India, Asia, America, Australia, Latin America, and other regions
• Impact of Chinese foreign direct investment
• The role of government in shaping the "going out" policy and its impact of internationalization
• Chinese state capitalism and alternative economic systems
• Sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR) of Chinese multinationals
• Global supply chain/logistics and global value chain
• Culture, trust, reputation of Chinese multinationals
• Innovation, techno-entrepreneurship, e-commerce, online development in and out of China

In recent years, we have seen a dramatic shift in China's transition in the global economy including:

(1) In 2012, China became one of the largest global investors, according to the joint statistic report by the Ministry of Commerce, the National Bureau of Statistics, and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange in China. Outward FDI amounted to USD 87.8 billion.

(2) On October 7, 2014, the International Monetary Fund announced that China had surpassed the United States as the world's largest economy, a distinction held by the US since 1873 when it overtook Great Britain. This global phenomenon is not well understood and is fraught with opportunities and challenges.

Since 2006, China Goes Global pulls together a unique set of contributions on the globalization of the Chinese business environment, economy, and society. The conference is unique in several ways. First, the conference is developmental in nature and we invite competitive papers, recently published book authors, focused panels and work-in-progress for submission. The conference provides an ideal opportunity for scholars and practitioners, as well as Ph.D. students to share and discuss their most recent high-quality work with other experts in this research field. Best papers are also given the chance to be published in the International Journal of Emerging Markets, a scopus ranked journal by Emerald. Second, we have fun, international and inter-disciplinary. In addition to insightful ideas, the conference also includes a reception, a performance, and great people and scholars with whom you can network. For the review of CGA 2014 conference, including photo gallery, please see: http://www.chinagoesglobal.org/past-conferences/photos-from-past-conferences/. Finally, the conference is always accented with world re-known keynoters from the academe and business. For a list of previous keynoters, please see: http://www.chinagoesglobal.org/past-conferences/previous-key-noters/

Please submit your paper through our online submission system no later than April 15, 2015. Papers should follow the author style and referencing guide provided on the conference website. By submitting a paper, all authors also agree to review up to 3 papers.

Submissions must be made online: http://www.chinagoesglobal.org/conference/paper-submission/

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: April 15, 2015
Paper acceptance/rejection: May 30, 2015
Revised paper submission: June 30, 2015

Registration Fees

Please note that all presenters and participants must register to attend the conference.
Student rate: $249 early bird ($299 regular)
Early bird registration due on June 30, 2015: $499
Regular registration due on August 15, 2015: $649
The registration fee includes one-year CGA membership, reception, and conference dinner. Conference registration does not include accommodation or travel costs.

*The Chinese Globalization Association (CGA is a not-for-profit corporation with the aim to promote research on Chinese Globalization. The China Goes Global conference participants' from 2014 are automatically members of the CGA until October 2016). For more information, visit:


Call for Papers: 57th Annual Conference of the American Association for Chinese Studies

October 9-11, 2015

Institutional Host: University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX (www.stthom.edu)
Conference Venue: Crowne Plaza Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas

The American Association for Chinese Studies (AACS) annual conference program committee invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and papers concerning China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora for the 57th Annual Conference, hosted by the University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Houston, TX on October 9-11, 2015. The AACS seeks to construct a balanced program, including panels representing the humanities, social sciences, communication studies, education, and business-related disciplines.

The AACS is an interdisciplinary association devoted to the study of China broadly defined (http://aacs.ccny.cuny.edu/homepage.htm). 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 Hans Stockton (University of St. Thomas), Chiung-Fang Chang (Lamar University), and June Teufel Dreyer (University of Miami). 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, Hans Stockton, at stockton@stthom.edu. Include complete contact information (address, telephone number, and e-mail) for all participants. The deadline for panel proposals is April 1, 2014, and the deadline for paper proposals is May 1, 2014. Scholars submitting proposals by the deadline will be notified of their inclusion in the program by May 30, 2014.

The AACS views panelist registration and attendance as a serious professional obligation. Panelists must register for the AACS 2015 conference before September 21, 2015 or be excluded from the printed program.

If you have any questions about the AACS, please send them to us at aacs@mail.com.


CALL FOR PAPERS: The Hong Kong Political Science Association Annual Conference, October 17, 2015

The Hong Kong Political Science Association will hold its annual conference at the Hong Kong Institute of Education on October 17 (Saturday), 2015. The theme of this conference will be "The Politics of Nationalism." As nationalism has re-emerged as a powerful force shaping the politics of many societies, it is timely for political scientists to explore the origins, evolution and impacts of the recent resurgence of nationalism globally, regionally and locally. Topics stemming from the politics of nationalism are diverse, including identity politics, ethnic and sub-ethnic politics, the politics of race, the international politics of nationalism and nationalisms' impact on international relations, political parties and nationalist sentiments, political movement and nationalism, and populist nationalism. Other topics directly and indirectly related to nationalism are welcome. We also encourage postgraduate students to present their papers on nationalism from disciplinary and multidisciplinary as well as interdisciplinary perspectives.

For those interested in presenting their papers and forming a panel, please send your paper abstract(s) and proposed panel to Wang Yu, wangyu@cuhk.edu.hk and/or Sonny Lo, sonny@ied.edu.hk.

The deadline of submitting your abstracts and panel proposal is July 31, 2015.


International conference: Film and History: The Korean Example

November 5–6, 2015, SOAS, University of London and the Korean Cultural Centre UK

The conference aims to explore the changing modes, impacts and functions of screen images dealing with history with the case study of Korean cinema. As with all national film industries, observing North and South Korean film histories, Korean cinema functions as a mass medium of inventing national identity, national history and also establishing their legitimacy – both in forgetting the past and remembering history. Korean films also play a part in forging cultural national memory. Korea as a colonized and divided nation clearly adopted different approaches to the filmic depiction of history compared to colonial powers such as Western or Japanese cinema. The Korean War (1950-53) draws particular attention as this has been a major topic shaping the narrative of nation in North and South Korean films.

Why does film need history, and history film? Why has film become an important medium to interpret history, correct or even invent it? In what way are independent single author films different from recent blockbuster historical dramas? Which historical figures, battles and events became filmic myths? In which way, and with what kind of film- and genre aesthetics (compared to other media), have the characters of the mythic figures, for example General Yi Sun Shin, continued or changed? Why are they popular? With which theoretical tools can we describe the historical re-enactment in each film in the appropriate way?

This interdisciplinary conference will examine the relationship between film and history and the links between historical research and filmic presentations of history with special reference to North and South Korean cinema. The above questions will be explored. Papers on other aspects of Film and History will also be considered.

Call for Papers

Proposals for individual papers (presentations will be limited to 20 Minutes) and/or 90-minute panel sessions should include an abstract of 300 words and the name, institutional affiliation, a 100 word biography of the author, and the title of the paper.

Please send proposals in a WORD file by Monday, 3 August 2015 to the Academic Organiser of this conference Dr. Hyunseon Lee, hs53@soas.ac.uk.

Full details: www.soas.ac.uk/koreanstudies/events/


21st New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASIA) International Conference
29 Nov - 1 Dec 2015
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 August 2015

Conference Theme - Asian Intersections: Identities and Linkages

Asia has long been a crossroads, where civilizations, large and small, and their arts, and cultures, have intersected, interacted and evolved. This has led to complex patterns of social, artistic, political and economic interactions, which have shaped and reshaped identities over the years, in some places peacefully and syncretically, in some places resulting in long lasting conflict or disorder. While these exchanges are subject to power relations and cultural hegemony, they have nevertheless resulted in the emergence of networks that bring together disparate communities, at local, national and even international levels. These networks can promote a congruence of identities that intersect cultures and histories, contributing towards a sense of community that transcends spatial and social contexts. From political communities, such as ASEAN, to economic communities, such as APEC, to NGO communities, such as ANGOC, and even to informal communities organized through social media, interactions have accelerated dramatically in recent years. What trends can be identified? What will be the long term impact of the expanding interactions?

We welcome panel and paper proposals on any topic related to Asia, broadly defined, from all disciplines, and particularly encourage panels/papers that address some aspect of the conference theme.

Conveners: James Ockey & Rachel Payne

See our website for more information - www.arts.canterbury.ac.nz/nzasia.

Contact email: nzasia2015@canterbury.ac.nz.


Call for Papers: Asia and Education Conference

University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 11-13 December 2015

The past three decades have seen profound changes to education in parts of Asia and to patterns of educational mobility within, from and to the Asia region. Internationally, many countries compete to attract Asian international students, while top Asian universities also attract students and scholars from across Asia and the rest of the world. Asian countries and cities were at the top of the OECD's 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings in mathematics, reading and science, leading to intense global interest in Asian school systems. At the same time, some parts of Asia remain marked by striking educational inequalities and lack of access to formal education at all levels. New Zealand's educational connections with countries in the Asia region are well established but have changed over time, from an initial focus on education as a form of foreign aid to the annual recruitment and enrolment of thousands of international students. At the same time, New Zealand schools are increasingly promoting Asian languages, particularly Chinese, and schools and tertiary education institutions alike are endeavouring to promote strengthened exchange relationships with Asian educational institutions.

This conference is open to anyone conducting research with relevance to Asia and education broadly defined. Hosted by the University of Otago's Asian Migrations Research Theme, the conference aims to build a network of researchers with an interest in this field and to further scholarly discourse relating to Asia and education. We welcome paper proposals from researchers in any discipline conducting work relating to education and Asia, Asian peoples or countries within the Asia region. We also welcome papers that consider educational links between Asia and New Zealand. We conceptualise 'education' broadly as including primary, secondary and tertiary education, community education and informal education.

Possible themes include:

· Educational mobilities from, to and within Asia
· Asian education systems, policies and practices
· Theoretical, comparative, historical and contemporary perspectives
· Educational issues in the Asia region
· Asia-New Zealand educational connections
· Education and development
· Education and inequality
· Gender and education
· Intersections between health and education
· Student perspectives

Postgraduate students and early-career researchers are especially encouraged to submit a paper proposal. We invite proposals that report on work in progress as well as completed work. All sessions will run as 20-minute presentations with 10 minutes for discussion. It is anticipated that a quality-assured publication will result from this symposium, and speakers will be invited to submit full-length papers for consideration.

Keynote speaker: Dr Keita Takayama (University of New England, Australia)

Important dates:

Abstracts due - Friday 31 July. Please send a 250-word abstract and a 100-word biography to: asian.migrations@otago.ac.nz

Notification of acceptance – Friday 14 August

Last day for registration – Friday 30 October

Registration fee: NZ$200 (students NZ$160)

Conference website: http://www.otago.ac.nz/asianmigrations/about/otago109305.html



February 29-March 1, 2016, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

In recent years there has been growing academic and public interest in the global "resurgence" of religion around the world. This has in turn stimulated scholarly debates concerning "secularism" and its conceptual imbrication with notions such as modernity, the public sphere, multiculturalism, governance, citizenship and global civil society. Some have even envisioned the desecularization of the world or the coming of the "post-secular" era. Against this backdrop this conference will focus on the complex interactions between politics of secularism and changing religious expressions across contemporary Asia, especially how the "secular" and "religious" have mutually defined and shaped each other in diverse social, cultural and political settings. Inter-disciplinary studies on "the secular" have contributed to better scholarly understanding of not only the rise of the category of religion, but also the different transformations of the religious sphere in modern times. However, a dominant thread in existing scholarship tends to focus on how the majority of contemporary societies in Asia have reacted and responded to Western versions of secularism through colonial encounters.

This workshop seeks to go beyond this action-reaction model, and to examine the ways in which societies in Asia have been active contributors to the global engagement with, and formulation of, different expressions of secularism and the "religious". Whether through accepting, appropriating or resisting secularism as a result of colonial experiences, or through elaborating and promoting their own versions of secularism, societies in Asia have diversely defined their various traditions as "religion", "civilization", "spirit" or "magic/cult/superstition" in their respective colonial and postcolonial contexts. In this conference, we will particularly examine how the interactions between forms of secularism and religious discourses and traditions have in Asian societies contributed to the rise of nation-states, transformed the religious terrains and reformulated the modern functional systems such as legal, financial and educational institutions.

We invite paper proposals from different approaches such as sociology, anthropology, philosophy, religious studies, international relations, law, history, geography, political science, media studies and cultural studies that examine, but not restricted to, the following questions:

In what ways have societies and cultures in Asia contributed to the discourses and conceptualizations of secularism, the post-secular and the religious in the context of regional and global encounters?

  • How do secular state and religious tradition shape the spaces of civil society? What are their implications for the formulation and practice of citizenship?
  • How is ethnic or identity politics related to the interplay of religion and secularism?
  • What forms of relationship do religion and the secular state have across Asia?
  • How do religions interpret and response to the building of secular nation-states across Asia?
  • How do different forms of secularism influence the growth or decline of religious institutions or engage with other forms of religious change or innovation across Asia?
  • How do secularisms and religious traditions affect the geopolitics and international relations of a globalized Asia?

We are pleased to provide meals and accommodation for presenters during the conference period. Partial subsidies for travel expenses might be available depending on funding availability and on a case-by-case basis. We intend to publish selected papers from the conference as a journal special issue and/or as an edited volume with a reputable academic press.


1. Deadline: Please submit your proposal with title and an abstract of not more than 350 words, together with your name, title, institutional affiliation and e-mail address by JULY 13, 2015.

2. Submission method: Send in MS Word via email to hssglobalasia@ntu.edu.sg.

3. Final papers: Paper presenters are requested to submit full papers by February 8, 2016.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at hssglobalasia@ntu.edu.sg with any questions. Convenors: Associate Professor Francis Lim and Dr Kyuhoon Cho.


Third Annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities

March 4-5, 2016, Stanford University

Proposals Deadline: NOVEMBER 20, 2015

A joint organizing committee of Stanford University and UC Berkeley faculty announces the Third Annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities, to be held on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Stanford. This national meeting of graduate students specializing in premodern Chinese studies aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to present and discuss innovative research on China.

The conference will feature up to sixteen student presentations of original research on any aspect of premodern (technically, beginnings to 1911) Chinese humanistic culture, drawing on but not limited to the traditional disciplines of history, literature, religion, art, social sciences, and thought. We encourage proposals that explore new methodologies, utilize recent developments in digital technology, or reconfigure cross-disciplinary boundaries.

The conference will cover lodging expenses for the conference presenters, who are encouraged to seek the coverage of transportation costs from their home institutions or other sources. Confirmed presenters who demonstrate that no such funding is available may apply for a travel subsidy. Other interested students, at Stanford, Berkeley and beyond, are encouraged to attend. Conference registration is free.

Papers will be selected by a joint faculty-student committee of China specialists at the two institutions. Local faculty will serve as discussants for the selected papers. Applicants are strongly encouraged to present papers associated with ongoing or projected dissertation research.

To apply, submit a single-spaced 300-word paper proposal and short bio via our online submission system at http://ceas.stanford.edu/resources/premodern_chinese_humanities.php

Deadlines: paper proposal and brief bio due November 20, 2015.

Notification of acceptance by December 11, 2015.

Full paper due February 19, 2016.

For inquiries, contact Ronald Egan (ronegan@stanford.edu) or Yiqun Zhou (yzhou1@stanford.edu)


Urbanism, Exclusion and Change in South Asia

March 4-6, 2016, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

The city has long been a key site of inquiry for social scientists across disciplines. Much of the research produced in the field of urban studies has been centered on Europe and North America and has viewed urbanisation within the wider context of modernisation. However, a dramatic transformation is taking place within regions across the Global South and in South Asia in particular where, despite the presence of several of the world's mega-cities, the process of urbanisation is in many ways just beginning to be explored. Not only are older cities expanding and evolving; there is also a rapid increase in small and medium-sized cities along with the development of new urban forms such as 'urban corridors' along with attempts to adopt the 'world class' and 'smart' city as models of development.

The expansion of neoliberal forms of accumulation and the growing flows of goods, ideas, and human beings between and within global networks is having profound effects on the urban experience in South Asia, creating new possibilities as well as challenges, particularly for marginalised citizens. While power-holders struggle to create 'world-class' and 'smart' cities in order to attract capital, the vast majority of urban inhabitants experience multiple forms of insecurity. For those surviving on the margins, the city is both a site of promise as well as precarity. There is an urgent need for scholars of South Asia to reflect on the impacts of these profound changes on the lives of citizens and on our understanding of processes of urbanisation in general.

This conference aims to explore more closely the lived experience of urbanism, or what Simone (2010) refers to as 'cityness', in South Asia and its diaspora. It approaches the city as a site of multiple contestations and contradictions and aims to highlight struggles over space, resources, identities, and meaning taking place within South Asian cities. We welcome proposals from disciplines across the social sciences and humanities exploring narratives of the city both past and present across South Asia. Papers dealing with cities outside of South Asia or on South Asian diaspora communities are also welcome. Possible themes may include:

1. Resource politics and the city
2. Privatization, enclosures and the disappearance of the urban commons
3. The 'world class/smart city' and its exclusions
4. Migration/transnationalism and the city
5. Silenced/alternative urban histories
6. Insecurity/conflict/violence and the city
7. Gendered urban spaces
8. Right to the city movements
9. Cosmopolitanism and the city
10. Writing the South Asian city

Please send abstracts of up to 350 words by September 15, 2015 to nida.kirmani@lums.edu.pk. Presenters shall receive notification of acceptance by October 31, 2015. Journalists, graduate students, artists, and activists are strongly encouraged to participate.




***Special Track: Urban Issues in Asia and the Pacific Rim***

Conference Date: March 16-19, 2016
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel—San Diego, CA

Abstract/Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2015

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is North America's leading urban policy research association. In light of the growing importance of Asia and Pacific Rim and because of the conference location in San Diego, the 2016 UAA conference will include a special Track on Urban Issues in Asia and Pacific Rim. For complete information about this track, go to Urban Issues in Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Track Committee:
Cathy Yang Liu, Georgia State University, USA (Chair)
Bligh Grant, UTS Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government, Australia
Canfei He, Peking University - Lincoln Center for Urban Development and Land Policy, China
Richard T. LeGates, San Francisco State University, USA
Xuefei Ren, Michigan State University, USA
Lin Ye, Sun Yat-Sen University, China

For more information about the conference, go to UAA 46th Annual Conference.

Questions? Contact us at: conf@uaamail.org.


CALL FOR PAPERS: Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, April 2016

Currently enrolled graduate students are invited to submit paper proposals for the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, to be held April 15-16, 2016 at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Proposals/bios due: November 16, 2015 (5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)

To apply, submit a single-spaced 300-word paper proposal and short bio at:http://ceas.stanford.edu/resources/modern_chinese_humanities.php

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.

This year's keynote speaker is Carlos Rojas, Associate Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, and Arts of the Moving Image, and DGS at Duke University: http://asianmideast.duke.edu/people?subpage=profile&Gurl=/aas/AMES&Uil=cr113

Conference registration is free. Presenters will be provided with shared lodging, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch. Partial travel assistance may be available.


Diasporas of the Pacific:
Multilateral, Intergenerational and Transnational Contexts
22—25 April 2016, Fiji

Diasporas of the Pacific: Multilateral, Intergenerational and Transnational Contexts is an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of Fiji (www.unifiji.ac.fj) in conjunction with the Institute of Interdisciplinary Inquiry (I.I.I. NZ: www.iiinz.org).

Diasporas of the Pacific refers both to indigenous departures (including disenfranchisement and diasporic dispersals from traditional homelands under colonialism and/or within modern nations) in or bordering the Pacific and to girmit-driven arrivals like those begun in the Victorian era. The conference takes an interdisciplinary approach and aims to explore the multilateral, intergenerational and transnational contexts of diaspora in the Pacific. Diasporas of the Pacific invites papers that give attention both to broader contextualisations and to focused accounts of the issues and experiences relevant to the topic of diaspora in relation to the Pacific region. From the disruptive effects of diaspora to the resilience and vitality of connection at the other end of a narrative that spans trauma, dispersal, and memories of homeland, Diasporas of the Pacific offers scope for reflection on experiences that can be contextualised in terms of world-wide relevance: the Pacific provides both a geographical location to which and from which diasporants have come and gone, it offers. For example, a space in which the descendents of the first diasporants can contemplate their community as one that extends beyond the national borders of places like Fiji, and an imaginary space in which Pacific islanders might reconfigure their communities and identities after colonialism.

The themes and issues to be explored in the conference and its publications include, but not limited to:

• Defining diaspora: exploring the breadth of approaches taken and the motivations driving determinations on what constitutes diaspora;
• Transnationality and diaspora; diasporic networks and communities evolving in transnational and local contexts;
• Ethnicity and cultural heritage in postmemory;
• Indigeneity and diaspora;
• National and international policies relevant to diaspora: responses to experiences of trauma, dispersal, and nostalgia in transnational and/or diasporic contexts;
• Postcolonialism and diaspora;
• Interdisciplinary approaches to the Pacific context;
• Cultural praxis in response to disenfranchisement, separation, social cohesion; memorialising diaspora—architectural and event-based responses; spatial justice and other responses to the social conditions potentially precipitating diaspora;
• Literature, journalism, the www and diaspora; the visual and plastic arts and diaspora; and other fields engaged in exploring representations of diasporas of the Pacific (Education, Political Science, Sociology, Geography, Philosophy, Architecture, etc.).

Submit abstracts of 300 words to: Dr Shona Hill (shona@iiinz.org) and Dr Victoria Reeve (VictoriaR@unifiji.ac.fj) by 31 October 2015.

All papers are to be published in an eBook with an ISBN; a selection of papers will be developed for inclusion in a proposed themed hard copy book. We are also approaching an academic journal of good standing to contribute a themed special issue.


InterAsian Connections V: Seoul (April 27–30, 2016)
Seoul National University Asia Center

Organizers: the Social Science Research Council's InterAsia Program, Göttingen University, the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at the University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore (NUS), Yale University, and Seoul National University Asia Center

InterAsian Connections V: Seoul is the fifth in a series of conferences showcasing innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines that explores themes that transform conventional understandings of Asia. Crossing traditional area studies boundaries and creating international and interdisciplinary networks of scholars working to theorize the intersection of the "global" and the "regional" in a variety of contexts, the conference reconceptualizes Asia as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from West Asia through Eurasia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, to East Asia.

The 2016 Seoul conference—comprising both closed, director-led thematic workshops and plenary sessions open across workshops and to the general public—will be structured to enable intensive working group interactions on specific research themes as well as broader interactions on topics of shared interest and concern. Each workshop will have two directors with different institutional affiliations, preferably representing different disciplines.

Joint proposals are invited from faculty members at accredited universities and colleges in any world region who are interested in co-organizing and codirecting a thematic workshop that addresses one of the following broadly conceived themes:

1.) State Sovereignty and the Reconfiguration of State-Society Relations in Asia
2.) Refugees in the Remaking of Asia
3.) Mobilizing Religious Identities in InterAsian Perspective
4.) Hubs, Mobilities, and the Asian Urban
5.) Disaster Governance
5.) Urban Ecology and Health
6.) Natural and Cultural Heritage in Asia
7.) Global 1970s
8.) Late Twentieth-Century Asian Modernities
9.) Asian Engagement with Modern Technology
10.) Area Studies in the Anthropocene

We encourage creative proposals that explore innovative connections, convergences, and comparisons across InterAsia.

Selected directors will be expected to:

  • help recruit and choose ten to twelve international workshop participants (senior and junior scholars, graduate students, and other researchers) competitively from across relevant disciplines in the social sciences and related fields;
  • provide feedback and comments to all selected participants in advance of the conference;
  • and run all workshop discussions over the course of the three-and-a-half-day event.

The conference organizers will cover all directors' costs of participation, including economy class airfare and accommodations. Workshop directors will each receive a $1,000 honorarium.

Workshop proposals must be submitted electronically and are due June 5, 2015.

The full text of the Request for Workshop Proposals, including detailed descriptions of the workshop themes, information on the application process, the application form, and eligibility guidelines, can be reviewed on the conference webpage: (http://www.ssrc.org/pages/interasian-connections-v-seoul-2016/)

Details of the previous conferences in the series—held in Dubai (2008), Singapore (2010), Hong Kong (2012), and Istanbul (2013)—including workshop descriptions, conference programs, and presentation videos, can be found through the InterAsian Connections Conference Series page: (http://www.ssrc.org/pages/interasian-connections-conference-series/)

For additional inquiries, please contact: interasia@ssrc.org