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Call for Papers: Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities

Colloquium: March 28–29, 2014

Completion of edited volume: December 2014

Many scholars in the humanities have found fieldwork an indispensable tool, as we have, and have found that it transformed the practice and goals of our scholarship. Yet there exists in the humanities no public discourse on fieldwork, nor any formal training in how to conduct fieldwork. Far from fieldwork's being an institutionalized or at least institutionally recognized part of our work, we often have to fashion and improvise our own rough tools with which to conduct it. And we do this largely in isolation. This colloquium launches a conversation amongst humanities scholars doing fieldwork on the global south. It seeks to articulate, share, and develop our practices and understanding of fieldwork in the humanities.

To that end, on March 28-29, 2014, we will bring together a number of scholars from a range of humanities disciplines (including literature, cultural studies, ethnomusicology, media studies, theatre, and art history) and several areas in the global south: Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Participants will be asked to write working papers that reflect upon some of the guiding questions below through the lens of their own fieldwork-based scholarship. The working papers will be revised into essays of 8-10,000 words for publication in the peer-reviewed volume Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities, which we plan will go to press at the end of 2014 and appear in 2015.

Guiding Questions:
• How do the histories and orientations of different disciplines in the humanities inflect their visions of fieldwork?
• How might fieldwork contribute to the goals of the humanities?
• How might it expand the topics and scope of humanities inquiry?
• What does current fieldwork in the humanities look like?
• What made you turn to fieldwork?
• How did it extend, shift, or transform your scholarship?
• In what ways did you break with traditional practices of your discipline?
• In what ways were the questions you asked enabled by, informed by, or grounded in your discipline?
• What have you found to be some of the most powerful examples of humanities-based fieldwork, to which you turned to help you?
• What are the gains and methods of fieldwork if the topic of investigation is not contemporary?
• How do you understand the relationship of your fieldwork to the practices and questions of social-science fieldwork? What are the similarities and differences?
• What forms of interdisciplinarity did you practice? What kinds of conversations between social science and the humanities were necessary or enabled by your project?
• What kinds of ethical dilemmas and protocols arose for you in the course of fieldwork?
• What forms of accountability might fieldwork facilitate that we might ordinarily not develop in the humanities?
• How can fieldwork contribute to the project and methodologies of a humanities-based comparative Area Studies?

Deadline for Bio and Abstract of up to 1,000 words: December 1, 2013

Deadline for working papers: March 1, 2014

Deadline for revised papers: October 1, 2014

For additional information please contact organizers Shalini Puri, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh (spuri@pitt.edu) and Debra Castillo, Professor of Comparative Literature, Cornell University (dac9@cornell.edu)


 

Alternative Encounters: The 'Second World' and the 'Global South', 1945-1990s
Location: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena

March 28–29, 2014

A collaboration between the Imre Kertész Kolleg, University of Jena; the Centre for Area Studies, University of Leipzig; and the Centre of Imperial & Global History, University of Exeter.

In the post-war period, as decolonization accelerated, new linkages opened up, and existing ties were remade, between the so-called 'Second World' (from the Soviet Union to the GDR) and the 'Global South' (from Latin America to Africa to Asia). Contacts multiplied through, for instance, the development of political linkages; economic development and aid; health and cultural and academic projects; as well as military interventions. Yet these important encounters, and their impacts on national, regional and global histories, have hitherto only played a marginal role in accounts of late 20th century globalization, which have mainly focused on links between the West and former colonies, or between the countries of the 'Global South'. There is still little study of the interaction between these areas, where commonly shared – and contested – beliefs in the power of socialist modernization and anti-imperial culture opened up possibilities of meaningful transfers during the Cold War and its aftermath. This conference seeks to address this lacuna, by bringing together specialists working on different regions (such as Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, Africa, Latin America, Asia) and on forms of exchange, intervention and subjugation. In doing so, it seeks to provide new insights into the global circulation of ideas during the Cold War, and explore 'the socialist world' as well as 'the Global South' as a dynamic hub of global interactions during the second half of the twentieth century.

Papers are welcomed on the following themes:

  1. 'DISCOVERY': How did these regions – East and South – or countries within them, 'discover' each other in the postwar period? How did countries or regions re-imagine the world, and their place in it? What groups and institutions were involved in facilitating these connections, and what impact did they have? How did concepts such as 'Second' and 'Third World', the 'world socialist system', 'national democracy' or 'non-capitalist paths of development' emerge, and how did the political imagination that underpinned these conceptions shape interactions? How were power relationships between these regions imagined, and how did these have an impact on forms of exchange, submission or domination?
  2. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: How did political ideology, economic development, aid or medical assistance bring these regions into contact? What encounters did this enable, and how did these impact on national, regional or global debates about e.g. economic development, state formation, citizenship or rights?
  3. CULTURAL AND ACADEMIC EXCHANGE: How did cultural and academic exchange develop in areas such as music, theatre, cinema, mass media, schools and universities? What cultural encounters were facilitated, and how did these influence both sides?
  4. 'THE OTHER' BACK HOME: How was the culture and politics of the so-called 'Global South' appropriated in the 'Second World', and vice versa? How did these 'appropriations' shape local culture or politics (e.g. through solidarity movements or cultural projects)?
  5. COMPETITION AND EXCHANGE: How did competition for influence in the global South – whether from China, Cuba or the US – shape exchange between these regions? How did being in competition, or the object/ arena of competition, shape local, national or regional culture or politics?
  6. DECLINE AND AFTERLIVES: What role did exchanges between these worlds play in the evolution and decline of state socialism or statist modernization? What have been the legacies of this interaction in the post-Cold War world?

Papers addressing these issues on different scales – from regional interactions, to nation-nation interactions, and to case studies of groups that facilitated exchange – are welcome. We also invite whole panel proposals. A proposal and short CV should be sent to James Mark (j.a.mark@ex.ac.uk) by October 31st 2013. Financial assistance may be available for speakers. This conference is the second in a series: the first 'Post-war Decolonization and Its Impact in Europe' will be held at the University of Exeter on 2-3 December 2013.


 

Call for Papers: Chinese Students Abroad: Reflections, Strategies and Impacts of a Global Generation

Workshop at Aarhus University, Denmark,
27-28 March 2014

Higher education enrolment in the People's Republic has quadrupled since the turn of the century. In the same period, educational migration has undergone a rapid increase and Chinese nationals today make up the largest group of international students globally. This traffic of talent is institutionally encouraged by the internationalisation of higher education abroad and by Chinese policies that are no longer driven by the fear of 'brain drain'. It is also encouraged by socio-historical ideas and trends specific to contemporary China. State welfare has largely been dismantled and the Maoist critique of individualism has become a thing of the past. In its place we today find a widespread assumption that the individual is personally responsible for his or her academic and financial success.

It has therefore become a crucial aspect of the generational destiny of young Chinese today that they are simultaneously facing seemingly limitless options for upwards mobility and an increasingly intense competition from gradually better educated peers. The generation of Chinese coming of age today is expected to be more 'global' than any of their precursors, and the vast majority of Chinese students abroad study in countries that they consider to be, on-the-whole, more 'developed' than China. But what are the consequences of this vast population movement for the individuals, families, local communities and countries involved?

In this workshop, we aim to bring together scholars working within and across the three phases of studies abroad: before, during and after. This will allow us to explore the reflections, strategies and institutional arrangements that propel the decision to study abroad; the importance of the cultural encounters that take place in the foreign setting; as well as the overall impact of student migration on Chinese society.

WE INVITE PAPERS EXPLORING

- how studying abroad becomes a viable choice for young Chinese
- the role played in this respect by China's state policies, educational market, educational ideals, and family expectations and strategies
- Chinese students' adaption to foreign learning cultures, labour markets, youth cultures and ways of life
- the impact of intercultural experience upon the worldviews of Chinese students
- the life and career trajectories of Chinese students after their studies abroad
- how returnees are reintegrated into Chinese society
- how the intercultural experience, networks and ideas of these students impact upon the future of Chinese society

Abstracts of approximately 500 words should be sent to csa@hum.au.dk by 1 November 2013. Upon acceptance, applicants will be asked to submit a conference fee of 70€. Final papers should be handed in by 3 March 2014.
The workshop is organised by professor Stig Thøgersen and postdoctoral fellow Anders Sybrandt Hansen, Asian Studies, Aarhus University. The organizers plan to publish selected papers as an edited book or a special issue of a journal.

Workshop webpage: http://cas.au.dk/aktuel/arrangement/artikel/workshop-chinese-students-abroad/


 

Conference on the Socio-Economic Transition of China: Opportunities and Threats

Olomouc, Czech Republic, April 3–6, 2014

Palacký University, Olomouc and Australian National University, Canberra invite scholars from a variety of backgrounds (sinology, economics, political science, demography, geography, sociology, anthropology etc.) to propose sessions and papers for the Conference on the Socio-Economic Transition of China: Opportunities and Threats.

The deadline for the Call for Sessions and Paper Abstracts is January 31, 2014.

We are seeking research presentations (20–30 minutes' duration) or session proposals, which relate to these broad themes. These could include, but are not confined to, the following areas:

  • China and Asia, the world and supranational activities
  • China's economy, its plans and reality
  • Social and economic processes within China
  • Labour and people transiting China (micro and macro perspectives)
  • Chinese abroad and the economic and social impacts on both China and the world
  • Legitimacy and the legal system
  • Negotiating growth and development – different approaches to the social and economic transition in China and the world (comparative studies, theories on development issues etc.)
  • The ecology of transitioning China

Further information can be also found on the conference web page: http://chinet.cz/conferences/conference-on-the-socio-economic-transition-of-china/


 

Internationalization of U.S. Education in the 21st Century: The Future of International and Foreign Language Studies
A Research Conference on National Needs and Policy Implications

April 11-13, 2014
Williamsburg Lodge
310 S England St, Williamsburg, VA 23187

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Governor Jon Huntsman, American politician, businessman, and diplomat who served as the 16th Governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009, and as United States Ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993, and China from 2009 to 2011. He has served in the administrations of four U.S. Presidents and was a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
  • The Honorable David Obey, United States Representative for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District from 1969 to 2011, former Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and Senior Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS).
  • Kurt Kuehn, UPS's Chief Financial Officer, who has been on the front lines of UPS's transformation from a private U.S.-focused small package delivery company to one of the world's largest publicly-traded logistics companies with more than 397,000 employees.
  • Mark Rosenberg, President, Florida International University. Dr. Rosenberg has served as the fifth president of FIU since August 2009. A political scientist specializing in Latin America, Dr. Rosenberg is the first FIU faculty member to ascend to the university's presidency.

Additional keynotes by: Thomas Fingar, Distinguished Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, and former Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis and Chairman of the National Intelligence Council; Anthony Jackson, Vice President, Asia Society; Robert Keohane, Professor of International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, Helena Kolenda, Program Director for Asia, Henry Luce Foundation.

The United States faces an urgent education issue that will directly affect our nation's wellbeing for generations to come: the global competence of Americans. Global competence includes deep expertise in the languages and cultures of other nations and regions, to basic understanding of the rest of the world and the United States' role today. It ensures our national security, economic competitiveness, and foreign policy leadership. In short, global competence enables Americans to understand and cooperate with others to meet global challenges at home and abroad in the 21st century. Yet international and foreign language education—the essential means to building global competence—is in jeopardy due to shifts in institutional priorities and shrinking public and private investment.

Join leaders in academia, K-12 education, business, government, and the NGO sectors for timely research and discussion of national human resource needs and strategies for enabling U.S. educational institutions to address the broad national policy goals to:

  • Ensure a globally competent citizenry and workforce
  • Strengthen the U.S. ability to solve global problems
  • Produce international experts and knowledge for national needs

For further information, visit http://www.wm.edu/offices/revescenter/internationalization/description%20/index.php


 

Call for Paper Proposals: Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities:

Stanford University, April 12, 2014

A joint organizing committee of Stanford and UC Berkeley faculty announces the inaugural Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities, to be held April 12, 2014, at the Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University. We plan this as a regional and national annual meeting of graduate students specializing in premodern Chinese studies, alternating sites in future years between Stanford and Berkeley. The conference aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to present and discuss innovative research on China.

The one-day conference will feature up to eight graduate student presentations of original research on any aspect of premodern 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 or cross disciplinary boundaries.

The conference will cover expenses for lodging and round-trip transportation (within North America) for the conference presenters. 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 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
https://ceas.stanford.edu/resources/premodern_chinese_humanities.php

Deadlines: paper proposal and brief bio due December 10, 2013. Notification of acceptance by January 15, 2014. Full paper due March 20, 2014.

For inquiries, contact the Stanford organizers: Ronald Egan (ronegan@stanford.edu) and Yiqun Zhou (yzhou1@stanford.edu).


 

Call for Papers: Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Stanford University, April 18–19, 2014

http://ieas.berkeley.edu/ccs

The joint organizing committee of the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference Modern Chinese Humanities invites currently enrolled graduate students to submit paper proposals for its meeting on April 18-19, 2014 at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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.

Conference registration is free; lodging in Berkeley will be provided by the Berkeley-Stanford organizing committee for all conference presenters.

Deadlines: Proposals/bios due November 15, 2013. Notification of acceptance by: December 10, 2013. Full papers due: March 31, 2014.


 

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS: 12TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THAI STUDIES

Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

University of Sydney, Australia

April 22–24, 2014

This is a reminder to people who are thinking of presenting an individual paper at ICTS12 to put together an abstract by September 1. Please do propose your individual paper and submit an abstract online by September 1, 2013 at http://sydney.edu.au/southeast-asia-centre/thai-studies-2014/submission-guidelines-form.php.

When we acknowledged receipt of papers already offered, we told the potential presenters that their offers of papers will be considered in the early part of September. We appreciate their patience in waiting for a response from the Convener of the Academic program. As planned, the Organising Committee has been dealing with panels in the lead-up to September 1.

We are pleased that there was an enthusiastic response to the call for panels. You can see the list of panels proposed elsewhere on the conference website.

It is worth repeating what was said in the first call for papers of the several themes suggested for papers and panels at that time. This was as follows (and note the last sentence):

Presentations to the conference will cover a wide range of areas of study: the humanities; the social sciences including economic, social and political disciplines; developments in medicine, science and technology; the fine arts, design and architecture; education; environment. This is not an exhaustive list.

The overall theme of the conference is Thailand in the World. The conference organisers particularly encourage the offer of contributions on various sub-themes:

  • the global spread of Thai culture: pan- Tai-ism
  • the Thai diaspora especially in Europe, North America and Australasia
  • the world in Thailand: the expatriate impact on Thailand; institutional change from outside
  • Thailand in the coming Southeast Asian economic, social, strategic and cultural communities
  • Thailand's geo-political setting, with special reference to Myanmar, China and the Greater Mekong Sub-region
  • Thailand within international communities of education, medicine and scientific and technological research.

Intending participants should not feel bound by this list of possible sub-themes, however, and should feel free to suggest other possibilities and to outline their corresponding offers.


 

Call for Papers: Green Asia Conference: Climate Governance and Competitiveness of New Energy Industries in Asia

The Asia Research Centre, Copenhagen Business School, is pleased to announce the first Green Asia Conference, to be held in Copenhagen, May 14–15, 2014.

Home to the world's biggest emitters and fastest growing economies including new energy companies, Asia poses both challenges and opportunities to itself and to the world. The Asia Research Centre of Copenhagen Business School is therefore excited to announce the first Green Asia Conference, to be held in Copenhagen on 15-16 May 2014. There are two major themes: climate governance and competitiveness of new energy industries. The first theme, climate governance in Asia, concerns how the issues of climate change, pollution and environmental protection are governed at national, regional, international and local levels. Governance can be approached through institutional, ideational, social, economic and political angles. The second theme, competitiveness of new energy industries in Asia, looks at how Asian companies and countries are developing and competing with Western ones in wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal, biofuel, hydrogen and other alternative energy sectors as well as non-fossil fuelled vehicles and facilities.

Abstracts of maximum 250 words should be sent to Associate Professor Yang Jiang (email: yj.int@cbs.dk) by 15 October 2013. There is no registration fee. Conference participants are encouraged to send in a full paper, and selected papers will be published as two special issues of peer-reviewed international journals. For more information: http://info.cbs.dk/gac


 

PAKISTAN BEYOND TREMORS AND TERROR:
Critical Engagements With Political, Economic And Cultural Change

www.pakistanconference.org

Conference Date: Thursday, May 29th 2014 – Friday, May 30th 2014
Location: University of Toronto, Ryerson University and York University in Toronto, Canada

Deadline for Submissions: Feb 16, 2014.

Graduate students and professors at the University of Toronto, York University and Ryerson University are organizing an academic conference on Pakistan, titled, "Pakistan Beyond Tremors and Terror: Critical Engagements with Political, Economic and Cultural Change." The goal of the conference is to move beyond the dominant narratives of Pakistan in the mainstream media and in recent academic (and policy) knowledge production, which has often reproduced crude and overly-narrow analyses of the country and its people—analyses which seems to be more committed to promoting US foreign policy objectives than to stimulating any serious academic inquiry. This conference will bring together scholars and students whose research moves beyond these prevailing views for a more complex understanding of Pakistan and its people. We seek to critically interrogate the 'War on Terror' and religious violence and other topics scarcely covered in the mainstream. A full Call for Papers can be found at http://pakistanconference.org.

The conference will feature three prominent keynote speakers: Saadia Toor, associate professor of sociology at City University New York (CUNY); Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, assistant professor of Pakistan Studies at Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad; and Madiha Tahir, PhD student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and director of Wounds of Waziristan.

Please send your submissions to: submit@pakistanconference.org

Panel submissions: Please submit a working title and 250-word abstract for the panel, along with individual paper titles and their respective 250-word abstracts. Please also include the names, email addresses, and affiliated institutions or organizations of all panelists.>

Individual paper submissions: Please submit a 250-word abstract that includes your name, email address,and affiliated institution or organization.

Deadline for submissions is 12:00 am, Feb 16, 2014. Accepted presenters will receive notification by email by March 1, 2014.


 

Call for Papers: The Fourth Asian Conference on Asian Studies

May 29–June 1, 2014

The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Fourth Asian Conference on Asian Studies, to be held from May 29-June 1, at the Rihga Royal Hotel and the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center.

Conference Theme: Borderlands of Becoming, Belonging and Sharing

Local, national and global cultures have been transformed by an intensification of human migration, mobility and multi-culture with multiple and complex claims of home, identity and belonging. Gloria Anzaldua's idea of the borderland has become a critical conceptual rubric used by cultural researchers as a way of understanding, explaining and articulating the in-determined, vague, ambiguous nature of everyday life and the cultural politics of border-knowledge, border crossings, transgression, living in-between and multiple belongings. Borderlands is also about a social space where people of diverse backgrounds and identities meet and share a space in which the politics of co-presence and co-existence are experienced and enacted in mundane ways. This conference, which focuses on the borderlands of becoming, belonging and sharing, is therefore about examining how the culture of everyday life is regulated and contested across diverse political, economic and social contexts, and whether and how it creates spaces of belonging with others.

The aim of this conference theme is to open up discussion, critical reflection and analysis about emerging social, political and cultural identities that are formed at the intersection of multiple and multi-sited belongings and their expression and about the possibility of making them shared across differences. We welcome papers that focus on (but not limited to):

* Trans-cultural displacement/belonging
* Belonging and the intersections of gender, race, religion, sexuality
* Seeking refuge, unruly belonging(s) and border politics
* Trauma and joy of becoming and belonging
* Communication, new technologies and belonging
* Cultural narratives of belonging/not belonging
* Cultural politics of survival/transgression
* New imaginings/formations of home
* Citizenship beyond borders
* Multicultural exhaustion/renewal
* Belonging in the Anthropocene
* Multiple and complex belongings
* Re-locating culture across borders
* Convivial cultures and the imagined communities
* Creation of shared space(s) of multiple belongings

Submission Procedure General Information

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by February 1 2014. All abstracts will be blind reviewed by a voluntary team, and authors will usually be notified of the decision of the reviewers within two weeks of submission. Those who submit near the February deadline will receive confirmation of acceptance or rejection by February 15 2014.

All accepted authors may have their full paper published in the online conference proceedings. Full text submission is due by July 1 2014.

The deadline for full conference payment for all presenters is May 1 2014.

For the detail, please visit: http://acas.iafor.org/index.html

We hope that the 2014 conference theme will encourage academic and personal encounters and exchanges across national, religious, cultural and disciplinary divides. We look forward to seeing you (again) in Osaka!

Professor Baden Offord: Professor of Cultural Studies & Human Rights, Southern Cross University, Australia ACCS/ACAS 2014 Conference Chair

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi: Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, Monash University, Australia Director of the Monash University Asia Institute ACCS/ACAS 2014 Conference Co-Chair


 

Chinese History in a Global World: An International Conference on New Approaches to Chinese Historical Studies

June 6-8, 2014, Shanghai

Sponsored by Eastern China Normal University and the Chinese Historians in the United States

The study of Chinese history across the globe has matured significantly in the last few decades, as evidenced by the boom in scholarly publications in both Chinese and Western languages. Collectively, this body of historical scholarship has manifested important transformations in the intellectual paradigms that until the late 1980s dictated the research agenda in the field. Scholars of late have fruitfully applied novel methodologies and approaches in examining Chinese history, unearthed vast amount of new sources and asked many new questions that have never been explored before. Past misunderstandings have been laid to rest even as new ones are born. Dates and periodization schemes have undergone thorough reexamination. Technological developments have facilitated numerous digitization projects. Demographic shifts mark the emergence of new generations of Chinese historians trained in China, the US, and elsewhere. Meanwhile, ideological shifts and uncertainties have imbued the work of historians with even greater currency in the present. The time is certainly ripe for a "state of the field" review to both reflect on the path we have travelled and to develop a sense of future directions for students of Chinese history. For this purpose, the Chinese Historians in the U.S. and Eastern China Normal University will jointly organize a conference that focuses on the recent trends and developments in Chinese and Western historiography on China. The purpose of this conference is to bring together different generations of China historians, from various sub-fields and time periods, and working in various locations across the globe in order to critically examine the themes that dominate our field. Interested scholars are invited to submit proposals that discuss the following topics:

- What are some of the most notable trends in the historical scholarship on China in the last few decades?

- In what ways has the availability of hitherto inaccessible research materials and newly declassified archival sources challenged and revised conventional wisdom on key issues in Chinese history?

- Conversely, how have new research methodologies and theoretical perspectives brought scholars' attention to sources neglected in the historiography of the past?

- Are there fundamental differences between the ways in which historians inside and outside China approach the country's past? How have national identities and boundaries receded or gained in influence?

- What are the divergences and convergences between the Chinese and Western language scholarship? What are the best possibilities for more dialogue and collaboration?

CHUS is working with ECNU to ensure that members who participate in the conference as paper presenter, panel chair or discussant will have their room and board covered during the period of the conference.

Please send proposals for panels and individual paper presentation of no more than 500 words to Dr. LI Danke (DLi@fairfield.edu) before December 15, 2013. The conference program committee will make its selection by late January 2014.


 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Ecologies of Urbanism in Asia II: Cities, Towns, and the Places of Nature

June 9-12, 2014, Hong Kong

Anne Rademacher and K. Sivaramakrishnan

We invite paper submissions for a conference to investigate urbanism, nature, and ecological sustainability in Asian cities and towns. We will explore the ways that urban social processes intersect with assessments of urban environmental order and disorder in specific cities by asking, how are relationships between urban environments and urban societies made, and made meaningful? How do biophysical properties, rules, and histories of nature matter in the city? How is the urban environment used to construct social identities and demarcate political spaces?

The papers will engage cases grounded in the cities and towns of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and south China. We seek submissions in the following thematic areas: the political ecology of the city, urban environmentalism, nodes and networks, and the social lives of infrastructure.

Paper proposals, of no more than 300 words (1 double spaced page), and a two-page author's CV showing current institutional affiliation with postal and email addresses, should be sent via email attachment as pdf documents. Applications must be sent in by July 15, 2013, and invitations to participate will be sent by August 15, 2013. Applicants should send their material to Sahana Ghosh (sahana.ghosh@yale.edu).

All selected participants will be provided a round-trip economy airfare to Hong Kong, and up to six nights accommodation, as well as invitations to the conference dinner and associated field trips. Only those able to stay for the whole conference and field trips should apply; this would mean arriving Sunday, June 8, 2014, and staying through Friday, June 13, 2014.

This conference follows Urban Ecologies in Asia, which convened in Hong Kong in 2010 with the support of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. A detailed conference description and program from Urban Ecologies in Asia are posted here: http://www.ihss.hku.hk/conference/index.html.

The resulting book may be found at:http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-988-8139-76-7/ecologies-of-urbanism-in-india


 

Call for Papers: Global Economy, Local Issues? Context, Politics and Policies in the Global South

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 12-14 June 2014

The Asia Research Initiative and the Department of International Relations and European Studies at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) are pleased to announce the conference 'Global Economy, Local Issues? Context, Politics and Policies in the Global South'. The event is hosted by Central European University (CEU) in Budapest and will take place on 12-14 June 2014.

Possible thematic areas to be covered during the conference include:
- Contextualizing the Global South: Unity in Diversity?
- Development Assistance and South-South Cooperation;
- From Political to Economic Democratization;
- The Welfare State in Comparative Perspective;
- State-society relations and political change;
- Security issues in the Global South;

Submission of Proposals

Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to koreaconf@gmail.com (as an attachment in MS Word, RTF or PDF format). Please include:
1) Name; 2) Institutional affiliation; 3) Title/position; 4) E-mail address; 5) A one-page CV; 6) Title of Paper (maximum 20 words); 7) Abstract of Paper (maximum 250 words).

The working language of the conference is English.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15th March 2014. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by the end of March.

Full details of the program, conference fee, registration and accommodation arrangements will be available by early May.

For all enquiries please contact Dr. Youngmi Kim (Department of International Relations and European Studies, CEU) or Ms. Anna Pasztor at pasztora@ceu.hu.


 

Call for Paper Proposals: Young Scholars' Forum in Chinese Studies
Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, June 19-20, 2014

The Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) in The Chinese University of Hong Kong announces the 2014 Young Scholars' Forum in Chinese Studies, to be held June 19-20, 2014, at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The forum aims to nurture young scholars in Chinese Studies and strengthen the network among young scholars in the field.

ICS plans to invite 20-25 Ph.D. students (after completing qualifying examination) or young scholars with less than 5 years' working experiences from local and overseas for presentation of their recent research output on any aspect of Chinese studies, 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 archival materials and recent developments in digital technology, or reconfigure or cross disciplinary boundaries.

The conference will cover expenses for lodging and round-trip transportation for the participants (maximum subsidies: 1000 USD). 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.
For application, please submit a 400-word paper proposal and short biography via our online submission system at: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/ics/general/forum/submission.html

Deadlines: paper proposal and brief biography due March 30, 2014. Notification of acceptance announced on April 15, 2014. Full paper due May 30, 2014.

For inquiries, contact the ICS organizers: Prof. Lai Chi Tim (laichitim@cuhk.edu.hk) and Dr. Xu Yanlian (yanlianxu@cuhk.edu.hk).


 

CALL FOR WORKSHOP PAPERS: KNOWING YOUR ENEMIES
Intention Assessment and the Prospect of East Asian Security
Erlangen, Germany
June 23–24, 2014

Will history repeat the great conflicts of the twentieth century? Can mankind overcome the circularity of the anarchical international system? In the foundation of the science of interna-tional politics lies this utmost fear that civilizations will be fated to face a future of mass war and destruction. It is this dreadful version of the future that drives the commitment of Interna-tional Relations to grasping the coming trends in world politics in a meticulous search for the systematic features of the past. Uncertainty has played a central role in the prophesies foretold by International Relations theories. Much of the debate between Realism and Liberalism concerns the chance that states can reduce their uncertainty about the intentions of Others to a level that no longer prevents widespread international cooperation. Constructivists have fur-thered this conversation by questioning the materialistic nature of international anarchy, the source of uncertainty from which positivists derive the picture of world politics as a recurrent, zero-sum game. These perspectives entail quite different perceptions of the collective fate of nations, and evoke contrasting senses of freedom with which national leaders could maneuver in the face of external constraints.

Despite the strong emphasis on structure among mainstream IR theories, little attention has been paid to agent-based theorization of uncertainty, particularly how states assess one another's intentions. The aim of this workshop is to advance scholarly understanding of in-tention assessment — the central component of how states cope with uncertainty and the future. In addition, under the general mission of the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities (IKGF), our project is also committed to fostering a constructive exchange between Social Science and Humanities with respect to research strategies towards the ultimate question of coping with the future in high politics. In terms of theoretical contribution, this workshop will examine and compare different perspectives on conceptualizing and measuring intention assessment in foreign policy opinion and decision-making. Empirically, the workshop will focus on East Asia, particularly the dynamics between China and the other great power players in the region since the early twentieth century. Given that the rise of China in recent years has already displayed certain destabilizing effect on the regional order, this workshop will contribute to the scholarly as well as policy discussions concerning diplomatic communication, strategic deterrence, and order maintenance in East Asia.

The scope of the workshop includes

  • Theoretical approaches to intention assessment in international politics (rational choice theory, constructivism, psychology, etc.)
  • The methodology of using and analyzing various data associated with the judgment of intentions by political elites and experts.
  • Historical cases of how states, particularly China and other Asia-Pacific players, assess each another's strategic intention. The project is open to all periods of analysis since the early twentieth century. However, preference may be given to studies falling within one of the following periods or themes: the inter-War years, the Cold War, Sino-Japanese relations around the First World War, the Sino-Soviet alliance and split, the Sino-US rapprochement, and the great power relations in the Asia-Pacific region after the Cold War.

SUBMISSION

Proposals from applicants with a background of international relations or diplomatic history are particularly encouraged.

Submissions in the form of a 350-word (max.) abstract (in English) should be sent to Mingde Wang at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg: mingde.wang@fau.de. For any queries or for further information, please send an email to the same address.

IMPORTANT DATES

Abstract submission deadline: January 20
Notification of acceptance: February 7
The paper submission deadline will be announced after notification.
Note: Successful applicants will receive full funding for travel costs.

For more information, please see our website: http://ikgf.uni-erlangen.de/events/upcoming-events/call-for-papers-knowing-your-enemies-intention-assessment-and-the-prospect-of-east-asian-security.shtml


 

European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS)

August 27-30, 2014: Ljubljana, Slovenia

The 14th EAJS International Conference which will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, August 27-30 2014.

The official website of the conference is http://aas.ff.uni-lj.si/eajs

Our Call for Papers invites a wide range of possible paper or panel proposals and we would be delighted if we could gain your interest in participating or attending our conference.

Please find all CfPs on the EAJS website: http://www.eajs.eu/index.php?id=654

The deadline for submission is November 30, 2013.

In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the EAJS Office at office@eajs.eu.


 

Association of South-East Asian Studies in the UK: ASEASUK 28th Annual Conference 2014

FINAL CALL FOR PANELS

ASEASUK is pleased to announce that its 28th Annual Conference will take place at the University of Brighton, UK from 12th to 14th September 2014. The conference provides a first class opportunity to share research and network with established and early career scholars of South East Asia from across a wide range of academic disciplines in a convivial and friendly setting.

Conference highlights
• Conference dinner at Brighton's famous and iconic Royal Pavilion – an extravagant Orientalist pleasure palace built in the 18th century for the Prince Regent.
• Film shows and performances featuring performers from Southeast Asia.
• Round table on the changing landscape of higher education links between Southeast Asia and the UK.
• Panels spanning the breadth of Southeast Asian Studies, including museology, tourism studies, new media, history, politics, geography, performance studies and research methodologies
• Panels for emerging and early career scholars
• ASEASUK Annual General Meeting – get involved in fostering Southeast Asian Studies in the UK.

NOTE: There is still time to register a panel for the 2014 ASEASUK Conference: the deadline for panel proposals is 31 January 2014. Abstracts should be submitted by 31 March 2014.

Themed panels accepted so far include:

• Framing South East Asia: the role of the museum [convenor: Helen Mears, Keeper of World Art, Royal Pavilion & Museums helen.mears@brighton-hove.gov.uk]
• Resilience and responsibility in tourism [convenor: Dr Janet Cochrane, Leeds Metropolitan University, j.cochrane@leedsmet.ac.uk]
• Digital/Ritual: Southeast Asia and new global media [convenors: Deirdre McKay, Keele University (d.c.mckay@keele.ac.uk) and Jonathan Corpus Ong, University of Leicester (jco10@leicester.ac.uk)]
• Southeast Asian Performing Arts: Tradition in Modernity [convenors: Dr Margaret Coldiron (University of Essex mcoldi@essex.ac.uk) and Professor Matthew Isaac Cohen (Royal Holloway, University of London matthew.cohen@rhul.ac.uk]
• Malay/Indonesian Manuscript Studies. [convenor: Dr Mulaika Hijjas, Department of South East Asia, SOAS mh86@soas.ac.uk]
• Illiberal Pluralism in Southeast Asia's Economic Reform Experience [convenor: Thomas Jandl, Ph.D., School of International Service, American University, 202-363-6810 thjandl@yahoo.com]
• Rethinking Gender and Development in Southeast Asia: methodological entanglements [convenor: Prof Ragnhild Lund, NTNU, Norway and Dr Becky Elmhirst r.j.elmhirst@brighton.ac.uk ]
• Political ecology, resilience and environmental justice in a changing Southeast Asia [convenor: Dr Becky Elmhirst, University of Brighton r.j.elmhirst@brighton.ac.uk]

Registration

Online registration will open from 31 March 2014 and an 'early bird' rate will apply until 30 June 2014. A number of registration packages will be available, to include options on accommodation, attendance at the conference dinner at the Royal Pavilion and with concessions for existing members of ASEASUK. Bursaries are available for postgraduate students who will be presenting papers at the conference.

The registration fee covers access to all academic panels, roundtables, workshops, performances and the publisher's display; lunch and refreshments, and a delegate pack including the conference programme. The fee also entitles delegates to a one year membership of ASEASUK.

Registration will be via the conference website: http://www.aseasuk.org.uk/

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the University of Brighton's Falmer Campus, located a short distance from Brighton city centre on the edge of the South Downs. All conference rooms are fitted with built-in audio-visual equipment including PCs, microphones and data projectors.

Accommodation is on campus in single en-suite bedrooms which are a convenient walk from conference meeting rooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday night will be in the refectory on campus. Falmer has its own train station. It is an eight-minute journey from Brighton train station on the Brighton/Lewes/Hastings line. Falmer station is approximately 10 minutes' walk from the campus. Buses run regularly to and from Brighton city centre. Free car parking is also available on site.

With the generous support of the Henry Green Foundation, part of the conference, including dinner on Saturday night, will be held at the Royal Pavilion in the centre of Brighton.

Deadlines

For panel proposals: 31 January 2014 [to be submitted to R.J.Elmhirst@brighton.ac.uk]. Once you have received confirmation from the conference committee, you will be sent further details to include in your panel advert.

For paper abstracts: 31 March 2014 [to be submitted to panel convenors listed above]. Papers without a panel should be submitted to R.J.Elmhirst@brighton.ac.uk

Conference registration opens 31 March 2014 and early bird rates apply until 30 June. The full conference fee is payable from 1st July. All paper presenters must register in advance. For attendees without papers, registration is possible on the day.


 

International Conference on Fourth World Literature and Culture

September 12-13, 2014

www.litsight.com/conference.aspx

Venue: Govt of Maharashtra's Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, India

Concept Abstract: International Conference on Fourth World Literature & Culture is organised by Higher Education and Research Society, a Navi Mumbai based Government Registered Educational Society. The conference renders a humble platform for deliberation upon the state policies and human endeavours to bridge the digital divide between the Fourth World and rest of the globe. It also problematizes the son-of-the-soil dynamics as one third of the ethnic civil wars could be labelled son-of-the-soil conflicts. The conference could rationalize reality of the ongoing marginalization of the Fourth World Nations by the imperial power under the banner of 'modernization', 'progress' and 'development'. It intends to initiate the investigation that accounts for both the process of integration on global scale and the process of self-identification on the local indigenous level. The distinct literary representation of the indigenous people is quite rare. Rather, it becomes their appropriation in the fold of mainstream culture eliminating their uniqueness. The conference not only encourages but makes a strong plea for voicing the silenced ethnic marginal. The Mainstream writers' literary representation of these ethnic minority groups often tends to be a romanticization, objectification or mere stereotyping. Hence there is an urgent need of a separate niche of the Fourth World Literature to be carved on the Literary Canon.

The CONFERENCE BROCHURE, REGISTRATION FORM and SUBMISSION GUIDELINES may be downloaded from www.litsight.com/conference.aspx

For any inquiries, contact Dr Sudhir Nikam (Organising secretary) on sudhirnikam@gmail.com


 

Call for Papers: The 27th Annual Conference of Japanese Association for South Asian Studies

September 27–28, 2014, Daito Bunka University, Higashimatsuyama Campus, Saitama-ken, Japan

See http://www.daito.ac.jp/english/access/index.html#A17314 for access map.

Deadline for proposals: March 31, 2014

The Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JASAS, http://jasas.info/index-e.html) invites paper and panel proposals for its 27th 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).

Please send proposals by e-mail to Takako Inoue, JASAS Annual Conference Office (jasas27@ic.daito.ac.jp) 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 2014. We will send you the acknowledgement of the receipt of the proposal within one week. Acceptance letter will be sent out by 7 June 2014. If you receive no acknowledgement letter or acceptance letter, please contact JASAS Annual Conference Office (jasas27@ic.daito.ac.jp).

For questions, please contact Takako Inoue, JASAS Annual Conference Office (jasas27@ic.daito.ac.jp).


 

CALL FOR PAPERS: ASSOCIATION FOR JAPANESE LITERARY STUDIES: 23rd ANNUAL MEETING

"Religion and Spirituality in Japanese Literature"

October 10-11, 2014. Western Washington University

The theme of the 2014 conference is "Religion and Spirituality in Japanese Literature." The goal of the conference is to explore the intersections between the spiritual and artistic domains in a wide range of literary texts against the backdrop of age-specific cultural and epistemological settings. We hope to attract a diverse group of scholars of modern, pre-modern and classical literature interested in the dialectic of literature and religion, the negotiations between creativity and spiritual formation, and the artistic representation of faith, the sacred and the divine. We are generally interested in papers that examine how religious practices may shape and inform the process of literary signification and how, in turn, the act of writing, in its various forms and manifestations, can address the quintessential question of mankind's place in the universe and its relationship to the divine and the supernatural.

Possible topics include examinations of how literature may reinforce or challenge religious beliefs and eschatological views on the questions of salvation, redemption or rebirth; how literature can contribute to shifting the boundaries of what is perceived as sin, profane, and impure; or how it can authenticate, for example, a personal process of spiritual conversion or separation.

We also welcome papers that explore how religious topoi are employed in a broad spectrum of genres and we welcome interdisciplinary approaches that address how such dichotomies as purity versus pollution, the sacred versus the profane, or the body versus mind contribute to the construction of literary texts.

This conference will provide a forum for discussions on how spiritual and religious experience have engendered literature across time and how negotiations between the spiritual and literary domains may have led to forms of coherent discourse on the divine, the universe, and the after life.

"Proposals may come either from individuals or from panels. Presentations may be delivered in either English or Japanese. The deadline for panel, roundtable, and individual paper proposals is May 26, 2014.

Please complete and submit your individual proposal (including an abstract of 250 words) at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AJLS2014

For panels and roundtables, please submit your proposal at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AJLS2014Panel

Please address any queries to Massimiliano.Tomasi@wwu.edu. The conference website is www.wwu.edu/AJLS and will be available by mid-April.


 

Call for Papers: 56th Annual Conference of the American Association for Chinese Studies

The George Washington University, Washington, DC

October 10-12, 2014

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 56th Annual Conference, hosted by The George Washington University in Washington, DC, on October 10-12, 2014. 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. For example, as 2014 marks the 35th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), panels related to the TRA's creation, impact, and legacy are welcome.

The program committee consists of Steven Phillips (Towson University), 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 Professor Phillips at AACS2014conference@gmail.com. Include complete contact information (address, telephone number, and e-mail) for all participants. The deadline for panel proposals is MARCH 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.


 

Council on Thai Studies Annual Meeting

October 17-19, 2014

Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Council on Thai Studies (COTS), established in 1972, is a consortium of universities with a particular interest in Thai Studies.

In 2014, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hosting COTS' annual meeting, which is designed to provide scholars and students with opportunities to present both preliminary and more developed research findings, mainly in the social sciences and humanities, related to Thai Studies, broadly defined.

This year the conference will lead off, at noon on October 17, with a presentation by Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphutti, often described as an "activist-intellectual", and the director of the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. In the early afternoon of October 17 films related to Thailand will be shown. The first panel presentations will begin early on that same evening. Most of the presentations will be made throughout the day on Saturday, October 18, and on the morning of Sunday, October 19, all participants are invited to an informal brunch hosted by Professor Katherine Bowie. More details regarding the program will become available closer to time of the conference.

One of the wonderful things about COTS is that registration is free for everyone, including presenters and others who simply want to observe. This makes it accessible for everyone, and we do encourage everyone to attend. Please join us!

Call for Papers and Organized Panels

The COTS 2014 organizers urge individuals and small groups to submit both individual presentation abstracts (not more than 250 words in length), and proposals for organized panels involving more than one presenter and possibly a discussant. Proposers of organized panels should submit 1) a panel abstract explaining the broad objective of the panel (not more than 250 words in length) and 2) the abstracts for each of the individual presentations included within the panel. Discussants may also be proposed for particular panels.

Presenters will be provided with between 15-20 minutes to present their papers, depending on the number of submissions and available time. Discussants should speak for no more than 10 minutes.

The deadline for individual abstracts and panel proposals is July 31, 2014. All submissions should be sent to Dr. Ian Baird, ibaird@wisc.edu (Chair, COTS 2014).

Location and Accommodation

COTS 2014 will be held at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ingraham Hall rm. 206, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Tel: 1-608-263-1755.

For questions related to logistics, please contact Mary Jo Wilson at CSEAS, wilson6@wisc.edu.

A block of rooms have been reserved for out-of-town participants at the Lowell Center, which is university accommodation within walking distance from the COTS venue. The following is the information required to book rooms:

Council on Thai Studies (COTS) Conference Guest Room Block (Event #73007)
Quantity of rooms: 10 rooms on night of Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
20 rooms on nights of Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Cut-off date for block reservation: September 16, 2014, so please do not delay in making your reservation. Guests need to call Lowell Center toll-free 1-866-301-1753 or local 1-608-256-2621 to make reservations. When calling to make reservations please refer to group code: COTS

Or, for those who want to reserve online, please contact: http://bit.ly/cots16oct. Check-in Time: after 3:00 pm. Check-out Time: before 11:00 am. Lowell Center location: 610 Langdon Street, Madison, WI, USA, 53703. Room rates: Rates for 2014 have not yet been set. However, check http://conferencing.uwex.edu/rates.cfm for information as it becomes available.


 

Activated Borders: Re-openings, Ruptures and Relationships
Call for Papers - Deadline 1 February 2014

4th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network
December 8–10, 2014

Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong

All over Asia, international borders condition encounters between diverse ethnic, linguistic, economic, religious, and political groups. Recently, many formerly disregarded borders have been ?activated?. Some have become more permeable for people, goods and ideas. By contrast, elsewhere in Asia borders have actively hardened.
Such border dynamics (which have a history of centuries) shape cross-border linkages and are shaped by them. During the 4th Asian Borderlands Research Conference in Hong Kong, we invite submissions that address continuities and transformations along routes and borders in Asia, broadly related to the theme "Re-openings, Ruptures and Relationships."

  • Re-openings: Asia has witnessed many closed and then re-opened borders. What are the political, economic and cultural factors behind these dynamics? Who are the prime movers behind activated borders -- states, borderland communities, or others? What are the characteristics of the new connections, reunions and corridors that are being created in Asian borderlands - and how can we theorize them?
  • Ruptures: The closing of borders may lead to networks, communities and pathways being reimagined and restructured. What does closure mean in practice? How permeable are officially closed borders? And are they easier to cross for some than for others? Does it make sense to assert the idea of the borderland" throughout political and historical ruptures?
  • Relationships: Cycles of border activation impinge on the evolution of ethnic, family and gender relations; trade, investment and infrastructure; migration and tourism; the flow of information and technology; environmental issues; security concerns; and many more.
    The physical presence of the state may wax and wane as borders open up and close down. How does this affect the relationships between state agents, borderland communities and border-crossing individuals?

Since one of the main goals of this conference is to spur collaboration and conversation across diverse fields in the hope of building up a more nuanced picture of the intersections and relationships across Asian borderlands, submissions are invited from scholars, writers, policy studies researchers, artists, filmmakers, activists, the media, and others from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds. We invite conceptually innovative papers, based on new research, in order to develop new perspectives in the study of Asian Borderlands.

Only a small number of individual papers will be selected. We therefore encourage you to submit a full panel proposal. We will consider proposals for panels and roundtables that have a thematic focus, are of a comparative character, and involve scholars or practitioners affiliated with different institutions.

The deadline to send in panel, roundtable and paper proposals is 1 February 2014.

Further information about registration fees, the venue, and logistics will be provided on the ABRN website once the panels have been accepted.

Website: http://www.asianborderlands.net/activated-borders-re-openings-ruptures-and-relationships

For more information, please contact us at info@asianborderlands.net


The Awareness of the Past Among Khmer People and Their Neighbours: Linguistic, Historical and Ethnological Approaches

December 15–17, 2014 at the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Archaeology Department of the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, in collaboration with the Structure and Dynamics of Languages Research Unit (SeDyL - UMR 8202 - INALCO/IRD/CNRS) and the Exchanges and Training for Khmer Studies Society (Association d'Echanges et de Formation pour les Etudes Khmères), cordially invite you to submit a paper to the upcoming international conference on Khmer studies which will focus on representations of the past within the Khmer and, more broadly, the Indochinese, world.

This conference calls for an in-depth consideration of the experience of the past, based, as far as possible, on recent research outcomes, both Orientalist and Europeanist. Since representations of the past cannot be understood outside of their defining environments, special attention will be paid to the materiality of the Indochinese world within which the Khmer people live, be it sites constructed through narration (rivers and ponds; forests and trees; knolls and mounts; toponyms) or objects showing the "durability of the world" (temples, ritual objects, oral texts, etc.). These traces, which are often perceived as being those of deceased ancestors, link temporal perspectives to one another and thus become the medium for the successive development of representations of the past on the basis of present events and expectations of the future.

Guiding approaches

1- A linguistic approach: the linguistic units that can be used to construct the values of perfectiveness and the past in the Khmer language; the markers of repetition and anaphora; the lexical field of memory and forgetting in the Khmer language; the study of words as traces of an historical past.

2- An historical approach: representations of the past through textual sources and the realia of ancient and modern Cambodia (from the 6th to the 19th Century); the awareness and use of genealogical bonds in the struggle for power (circa 1863-1993).

3- An ethnological approach: the representation of the past through myths, rites and the remains of temples, which supply a host of religious bridges to ancient Cambodia.

4- A comparativist approach within the framework of the aforementioned three disciplines; the past of the Khmers as seen against that of the peoples of the Indochinese Peninsula (the perception of the Khmers' past by the peoples of the Indochinese Peninsula and vice versa; representations of the past among the peoples of the Indochinese Peninsula).

Proposals for papers

- Abstracts submission deadline: May 1, 2014
1 page including the title of the article, name and
surname, associated establishment, e-mail address along with a short
resume should be submitted to the following address: colloque2014@free.fr.
- Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2014
- Full papers submission deadline: November 30, 2014

The language of the conference is French, English and Khmer.

Please please visit the conference's website to access the complete call for papers:http://cambodge2014.free.fr