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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


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]


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.


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


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).



"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.


Confucianism and Education: An International Symposium

October 17-19, 2014

Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, Amherst, NY
Organized by the Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

The proposal submission deadline has been EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

The Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, invites paper proposals addressing the theme of "Confucianism and Education." Topics to be addressed include (but are not limited to):

  • Confucianism and functions of education
  • Confucianism and learning objectives
  • Confucianism and pedagogy
  • Confucianism and educational leadership and administration, and teacher education
  • Confucianism and educational assessment and evaluation

Confucianism and education in other Asian countries and regions (e.g., Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan)
As education reform in K-12 and higher education intensifies in Western countries, especially in the US, there has been a growing interest in Chinese education due to Chinese students' outstanding academic performance, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). However, the research literature on Chinese education remains limited and outdated, and few Chinese education scholars publish in English. Since Chinese education theories and practices are rooted in Confucianism, a systematic examination of its influence on Chinese education and its relevance to education in the US and other Western countries is important and timely. The International Conference on Confucianism and Education is dedicated to this purpose. The conference will advance our knowledge and understanding of Confucian thoughts on education, inform efforts to improve education in the US, and promote cross-cultural understanding between China and the Western world.

Only individual paper proposals (i.e., single papers with one author or multiple authors) will be accepted for review. Authors of accepted proposals will write full papers to be grouped by themes into concurrent sessions. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Proposal Submission Form.

Additional information about the conference and proposal submission instructions can be found at http://gse.buffalo.edu/confucius.

Sponsored by the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute.


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.


Call for Papers: China-in-Asia: Historical Connections and Contemporary Engagement

25-26 October 2014, University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA

Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2014

On July 20, 2009, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao explicitly highlighted China's global ambition, when he noted that "we should hasten the implementation of our 'going out' strategy and combine the utilization of foreign exchange reserves with the 'going out' of our enterprises." China's going-out strategies have fostered a China-driven transnational network of production and consumption, particularly with its Asian neighbors. Nevertheless, China's engagement with its Asian neighbors did not happen suddenly, but is built upon multiple layers of historical connections.

Following renowned anthropologist James Ferguson's conception of place-in-the-world, we use China-in-Asia to reveal China's geographic location in Asia and a rank in a system of sociocultural, economic, and political categories. The Department of Geography at the University of Oregon plans to organize a workshop on "China-In-Asia: Historical Connections and Contemporary Engagement," which will be held in Eugene, OR, in 25-26 October 2014. This workshop attempts to explore China's engagement with its neighbors, historically and contemporarily, and to establish a multidisciplinary platform for in-depth constructive dialogue among scholars from various social science disciplines who are interested in expanding discussions of the changing relation between China and its neighbors. Each attendant has 30 minutes to present research findings and another 10 minutes for further discussion with other attendants.

Abstracts of maximum 250 words should be sent to Associate Professor Xiaobo Su (email: xiaobo@uoregon.edu) by 15 July 2014. Please also include: 1) Name; 2) Institutional affiliation; 3) Title/position; 4) E-mail address. Accepted presenters will receive notification by email by 30 July 2014. There is no registration fee. Conference participants are encouraged to send in a full paper before the workshop, and selected papers will be published in an edited book.

For any queries or for further information, please send an email to xiaobo@uoregon.edu.

2nd Annual Academic Conference of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies' Specialty Committee for the Protection of Traditional Knowledge

November 15–16, 2014 Luoyang, China

The Second Annual Conference of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies' Specialty Committee for the Protection of Traditional Knowledge will be held in historic Luoyang, Henan Province, China on November 15–16, 2014. The aims of the conference are to support international exchange and cooperation related to the research and development of the "traditional knowledge" of medicine in China. Our mission is to promote the sustainable development and reasonable use of traditional medical knowledge. We invite our colleagues from around the world to join us to exchange ideas, research results, and plans for future projects and policy initiatives. Even if you are unable to attend the conference, we hope you will consider submitting a paper or a video-taped speech.

Conference Theme: Protecting the Traditional Knowledge and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Chinese Medicine

Sponsor: Specialty Committee of the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Research Center for the Protection of Traditional Knowledge of Chinese Medicine

Organizer: Luoyang Orthopedic-Traumatological Hospital, Henan Province

Venue: Luoyang, Henan Provonce, China

Call for Papers

Scholars, policy experts and activists working in the areas of protecting traditional knowledge and/or protecting traditional medical knowledge are invited to submit academic articles, review articles, research reports or essays. Papers may focus on any indigenous medical tradition or area of the world, and are not limited to China and Chinese medical traditions.

Papers may be submitted in Chinese or English and should not exceed 5000 Chinese characters or 8,000 English words. Please include an abstract of 300-500 words. Include your name, institutional affiliation, e-mail, phone number and address. Send papers in Word format to tcmtkpro@163.com.

Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2014.

Please direct any inquiries regarding the conference, committee membership or paper submission to Shelley Ochs at shelleyochs2@163.com.


CALL FOR PAPERS: The Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Sociological Association

December 5-6, 2014. The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Conference Theme: Managing Integration and Transformation in Greater China

The purpose of this conference is to allow local and foreign academics to exchange their views and ideas on a whole range of sociological topics related to integration and transformation in Greater China, which includes Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao. Topics include the social, economic and political implications of integration; the theory of integration and its practices in Greater China; classes and social transformation; migration and urbanization; the role of family and gender in the process of integration and transformation; ethnicity and minorities; the sociology of education; the development of Greater China in the context of globalization; crime and deviance; policing and public order; the role of the state in the socio-economic development of Greater China; population change and social policy; and social and political movement in the region.

Paper presenters can propose papers and panels on other topics as well. Topics comparing and contrasting Greater China with other countries and cities are also welcome.

The two-day conference will provide a golden opportunity for scholars, especially sociologists, to gather together to share their insights on the complex dynamic transformation and development in Greater China. Topics that can cut across the discipline of sociology and other disciplines, such as education, political science, arts and humanities, are encouraged and welcome.

Individual Paper Abstracts and Panel Proposals

For individual paper abstracts and panel proposals, please send them to Sonny Lo and Minxing Zhao: sonny@ied.edu.hk andminxingzhao@gmail.com.


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


International Conference Scholarships

China in the Global Academic Landscapes
New Horizons: Topical and Structural Challenges for 2020
Conference, Herrenhausen Castle, Hanover/Germany
December 11-12, 2014

The international conference China in the Global Academic Landscapes deals with the academic implications of the growing global significance of China in general and its university sector in particular. Among other subjects, we will reflect upon the massive transformations of China's research and tertiary education sectors, as well as their international entanglements. Yet the conference will not solely deal with academic structures and policies: rather, it will pay due attention to important epistemological challenges and changes. For instance, focusing on the social sciences and humanities, we will debate whether the current transformations in the global academic landscapes (and their underlying sociologies of knowledge) will also have an impact on the future directions that research might take in single fields.

The conference will take place on December 11th and 12th 2014 in Herrenhausen Castle in Hanover/Germany. It will convene renowned researchers and academic policy-makers from Europe, East Asia, North America and other parts of the world. Confirmed participants include, for example, William Kirby (Harvard), Wang Hui (Tsinghua), Liu Kang (Duke), Prasenjit Duara (Singapore) and Jürgen Osterhammel (Konstanz).

Volkswagen Foundation, the sponsor of this conference, provides ten conference scholarships for doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars (respectively entry-level faculty) from all over the world. Scholarship recipients will be able to attend the regular conference, participate in seminar-style discussions and briefly present their work. We particularly encourage applications from graduate students and junior scholars working on some key issues related to the overarching conference topic, China in the Global Academic Landscapes. This includes the following research themes:

- China's Changing Higher Education and Research System
o Situating Chinese Academia in its Global Contexts
o Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

- The Place of China Within other Academic Systems
o Perspectives from Western and Non-Western societies
o Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

- The Growing Visibility of Chinese Academia as well as its Epistemological Impacts
o New Disciplinary Cultures, Topics and Contents?
o Changing Global Sociologies of Knowledge?

For successful applicants, Volkswagen Foundation will cover all travel expenses (to Hanover/Germany) and accommodation expenses. To apply, please send a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae and a relevant sample publication to the main conference organizer: Prof. Dr. Dominic Sachsenmaier, Jacobs University, Campus Ring 1, 28759 Bremen, Germany or via email to: ChinaConference@jacobs-university.de.

We prefer applications by email. Application deadline has been extended to JULY 30, 2014.

If you have any questions, please email ChinaConference@jacobs-university.de.


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


14th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia

Paris, July 6–10, 2015

The 14th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia (14th ICHSEA) will take place in Paris, July 6-10, 2015. It is organised under the auspices of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), on behalf of the International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine (ISHEASTM).

The conference is the latest in a series of major international meetings that have taken place in Europe, East Asia and America since 1990. It will bring together researchers from all over the world to present and discuss their latest research relevant to the history of science, technology and medicine in East Asia from antiquity up to the present day. Panels and plenary lectures will address the theme of the Conference, "Sources, locality and globalisation: science, technology and medicine in East Asia". But proposals for panels and individual presentations relating to the wider area covered by this series of conferences are also warmly encouraged.

Call for panels: 5 June 2014 - 1st September 2014
Call for individual papers: 15 September-1st November 2014.


Contact: 14ichsea@sciencesconf.org