Asian Studies Conferences and Meetings

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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.

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 further information, contact Sonny Lo or Minxing Zhao: sonny@ied.edu.hk and minxingzhao@gmail.com.


Activated Borders: Re-openings, Ruptures and Relationships

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


Call for Papers: 2015 CHINOPERL (Chinese Oral and Performing Literature) International Conference

Thursday, March 26, 2015, Chicago

The conference committee welcomes submissions of papers on topics relating to Chinese oral and performing literature.

Presentations at the annual meeting may be delivered in English or Chinese. Individual paper abstracts or panel proposals to be considered for presentation should be sent to Professor Wenwei Du (wedu@vassar.edu). Abstract/proposal submission deadline:  DECEMBER 20,2014.

CHINOPERL (Chinese Oral and Performing Literature)’s website is located at http://chinoperl.osu.edu/home


Call for Papers: "Verge: Studies in Global Asias" (New Journal)

April 9-11, 2015, Department of Asian Studies, Pann State

Penn State's Department of Asian Studies announces Global Asias 3, a conference to celebrate the launch of a new journal, Verge: Studies in Global Asias (published by the University of Minnesota Press). By bringing into relation work in both Asian Studies and Asian American Studies, Verge covers Asia and its diasporas, East to West, across and around the Pacific, from a variety of humanistic perspectives—anthropology, art history, literature, history, politics, sociology—in order to develop comparative analyses that recognize Asia's place(s) in the development of global culture and history. In that expansive and multidisciplinary spirit, we invite proposals for the specific panels and roundtables listed below for the conference, to be held April 9-11, 2015. Please submit materials (250-word abstract and brief c.v.) to specific roundtable and panel organizers directly by November 15, 2014.

The College of the Liberal Arts and the Department of Asian Studies at Penn State will cover lodging and food costs for all conference presenters. We will also provide all conference participants with a 1-year subscription to Verge.

General questions can be directed to Tina Chen (tina.chen@psu.edu) or Eric Hayot (ehayot@psu.edu).


Colonialism, Globalization, and the Asian City
Shuang Shen (sxs1075@psu.edu) and Madhuri Desai (msd13@psu.edu)
This roundtable examines the cultural dimension of globalization as it is manifested in Asian cities and urban Asian diasporas.

Empires and Asian Imperialism: Past and Present
Erica Brindley (efb12@psu.edu) and On-cho Ng (oxn1@psu.edu)
We invite submissions that explore the mechanics and influence of empires, imperial authority, and imperial types of influence over indigenous cultures and frontiers in Asia, as well as their diasporas abroad and in the USA.

Between Asia and Latin America
Andrea Bachner (asb76@cornell.edu) & Pedro Erber (pre5@cornell.edu)
We invite papers that approach the real and imagined spaces of the Transpacific between Asia and Latin America that pay attention to alternative links between Asia and Latin America.


Radicalism in/of Asia
Shaoling Ma (sum36@psu.edu)
In the context of global branding and the mass commodification of politics, the danger of any radicalism is that it can always be co-opted by the hegemonic configurations that it sought to challenge. But can there be radicalism without the risk of normalization?

Visualizing Identity
Chris Reed (creed@psu.edu) & Chang Tan (cut12@psu.edu)
We invite papers addressing art and other forms of visual culture in which the complication and fluidity of "Asian" identities is at stake. We welcome papers covering the 19th century to the present.

Asia in the Global Food Chain
Jessamyn Abel (jessamyn.abel@psu.edu)
This panel will explore the intersection between issues of food safety and security and Asia's place in global networks of immigration and trade.

Transnational Social Movements
Maia Ramnath (mar57@psu.edu)
This panel will highlight various efforts at social change, anti-systemic resistance and radical aspiration that have reached outside and beyond national frames.

Cosmopolitanism and Language in Global Asia
Nicolai Volland (nmv10@psu.edu) & Xiaoye You (xuy10@psu.edu)
This panel queries the role and function of languages--literary and otherwise--at the intersection of politics, societies, and cultural production in global Asia.

Asia and the Global Economy
Boliang Zhu (bxz14@psu.edu)
We invite submissions interested the role of Asian countries in the world economy and the consequences of globalization on domestic politics in Asian countries.


CALL FOR PAPERS: UC Berkeley Japan Studies Graduate Student Conference - MEDIA & TRANSMISSION

April 17-18, 2015, University of California, Berkeley

This conference will bring together graduate students from all disciplines in the field of Japanese Studies to explore the past and present role of media in Japan. What can the examination of various media (including images, texts, discourses, objects, and anything else that functions as a medium of transmission) tell us about the formation and transmission of culture and knowledge in Japan?

We welcome submissions from any and all disciplines. Papers may explore, but are not limited to, the following areas of study:

  • mediation in literature
  • theater and film
  • premodern texts
  • aesthetic artifacts -new media studies
  • photography
  • politicians and the media
  • archives -print culture
  • digital humanities
  • social theory
  • Japan and the world

Deadline for abstracts (up to 250 words): Friday, January 16th, 2015

Please email abstracts (including name, institutional affiliation, and presentation title) to cjsgradconference@berkeley.edu.

Travel (airfare + lodging) funding is available for all presenters. We encourage applicants seeking funding to apply well in advance of the deadline. Please email the conference organizing committee at cjsgradconference@berkeley.edu with any questions.

Please visit our website at: http://cjsgradconference2015.weebly.com/

Organized by the Center for Japanese Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Supported by the Japan Foundation


CALL FOR PAPERS: 6th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

April 17-18, 2015

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 17-18, 2015 at Stanford University.

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 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 at Stanford will be provided by the Berkeley-Stanford organizing committee for all conference presenters. Please submit a 300-word paper proposal and a short bio via our online submission form [http://ceas.stanford.edu/resources/chinese_humanities_Form.php] by November 17, 2014.


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