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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.


 

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.



Visions of Indian Modernity and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad International Conference

November 10-11, 2014

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India

In the absence of popular sovereignty before independence, the people of India were subjects of British colonial rule enjoying its protection and owing allegiance to its sovereign power, not citizens possessing rights in the political system. As independence meant the acquisition of political citizenship, efforts of the national elite, which had played a leading role in the freedom movement, were focused largely on the struggle for political power against the colonial regime. But the struggle for power was not the sole focus. The elite also considered it necessary to mould the multitudes, both psychologically and physiologically, in ways they felt was necessary for taking on the British and for subsequently building a new nation-state. In other words, they wished to mould the Indian people's subjectivity in certain ways, to shape their ways of being on both individual and social levels, in order to give a definite shape to the nation.

Considering that this elite was a product of modernity developed organically in the West, superimposed on an older cultural order that had developed through the cross-fertilization of South, Central and West Asian traditions, its outlook could be expected to contain fractures. This was indeed the case. The visions of figures like Gandhi, Tagore, Savarkar, Golwalkar and Nehru, which may be taken as being paradigmatic of different currents within the broader nationalist stream, have been discussed by many writers and work on them continues as much remains to be adequately explored in their voluminous corpuses. But a number of other national leaders, who made significant contributions in the freedom struggle and/or building the nation, have received significantly less attention in this respect.

One of them is Maulana Abul Kalam Azad – among Nehru's contemporaries in the freedom movement, one of the tallest in stature, a staunch opponent of the partition and independent India's first Minister for Education. A man of great erudition, the Maulana hailed from a background and had an upbringing that were very different from those of others. Azad has written that his father, an influential Islamic scholar, was implacably opposed to (Western) modernity. Yet, the Maulana came to play a key role in bringing modernity to India.

The following are two examples of the ways in which he contributed to India's modernity. One was through religion: as an Islamic scholar, his commentary on the Quran can be viewed as a modernist project, as it rejected received wisdom and adopted a sophisticated, rational interpretive approach or ijtihad. Azad even wrote in the Tarjuman-al-Qur'an, Vol. I – reflecting a sensibility that might have been termed postmodern in a later era – that the division of branches of knowledge between ancient and modern had no meaning for him. Further, "The trammels forged by authority never hindered me, and my insatiable passion for knowledge has never forsaken me ... My heart entertains no certitude which has not been pierced by all the thorns of doubt. My spirit clings to no belief which has not gone through all the ordeals of disbelief ...."

The second area of his contribution to modernity was education. It has been noted by scholars that he was entrusted with the Education Ministry because of his passionate committment to education, culture and scientific and technical progress. His thinking was not exclusively "Islamic" or even "oriental"; in spite of his immense scholarship in Islam, he was also deeply influenced by Western thinkers like Rousseau and was firmly committed to what was scientific in the Western system.

The contours of a distinct vision of modernity begin to emerge when we view Azad through these optics. The aim of this seminar is to bring this vision into sharper focus, delineate its contours more clearly, flesh it out with facts and analyses along other relevant dimensions, and place it within the context of the diverse visions of modernity represented by other leaders of stature. Papers adopting any theoretical and disciplinary approach, on any aspect of this problematique – either relating to Maulana Azad himself or to the broader context discussed above, are welcome. MAKAIAS wishes to publish a collection of these papers as a book with ISBN number, through a publisher of repute.

Papers should be formated in the APA style and should not normally exceed 6,000 words including list of references, but longer ones also will be considered. They should be emailed as MS Word or OpenDocument files to the three conference coordinators simultaneously by October 15, at the following addresses. Acceptance will be notified through email by October 25. Local hospitality and support for travel expenses will be considered for authors of selected papers.

Please direct questions to: Dr Tapas Ray at tapas.ray@makaias.gov.in.


 

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


 

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.

http://14ichsea.sciencesconf.org/

Contact: 14ichsea@sciencesconf.org