Asian Studies Conferences and Meetings

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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.


Symposium: "The Origins and Development of Urbanization in Early China: A Comparative Perspective"

April 20-22, 2015. Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford University

Urbanism has been an important feature of Chinese civilization for more than four thousand years, and recent archaeological discoveries have greatly enriched our knowledge of its origins and developments. This symposium will bring together scholars from around the world to present new findings and exchange ideas about urbanization in early China. We will discuss many issues relating to the origins, appearance, function and dynamics of urban centers from Late Neolithic to the Han dynasty in China (3000 BC to AD 250). In order to place Chinese urbanization within a cross-cultural comparative perspective, scholars working on other parts of the world have also been invited to participate in the symposium. Stanford Archaeology Center will provide a platform for international scholarly exchange on this important topic.

The range of papers might include, but should not be limited to, the following topics:

  • Spatial and ideological perspectives on urbanism
  • Specialization in urban development
  • Regional interactions and urban development
  • Relationship between urbanism and state formation
  • Comparative perspective of urbanism between China and other parts of the world

The symposium will include a two-day workshop at the Stanford Archaeology Center and a one-day local tour to archeological sites or museums in the Bay Area.

Please note that some presentations will be given in Chinese and will be supplemented in some cases with Powerpoint presentations that have English subtitles on the slides. Translated papers will be available on the day of the workshop sessions so that those who use English can follow the presentations.

For further information, please visit https://archaeology.stanford.edu/ or contact Tricia Owlett (towlett@stanford.edu).


Call for Paper Proposals: 2015 Young Scholars' Forum in Chinese Studies

Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, May 7-9, 2015

The Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) in The Chinese University of Hong Kong announces the 2015 Young Scholars' Forum in Chinese Studies, to be held May 7-9, 2015, at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The forum aims to nurture young scholars in Chinese Studies and strengthen the network among young scholars in the field.

ICS plans to invite 25 Ph.D. students (after completing qualifying examination) or young scholars with less than 5 years' working experiences from local and overseas for presentation of their recent research output on any aspect of Chinese studies, drawing on but not limited to the disciplines of history, literature, religion, art and thought. We prefer proposals (in Chinese or in English) which relate to the theme of "Chinese Studies in comparative perspectives," including cross regional studies, inter-textual and methodological comparison, and inter-disciplinary studies. Participants are expected to be proficient in both English and Chinese.

The conference will only cover expenses for lodging and round-trip transportation (economy class) for the participants. The organizer will provide maximum subsidy of 1000 USD subject to approval. Conference registration is free.

Papers will be selected by a committee from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Local faculty will serve as discussants for the selected papers. Publication for selected papers will be considered after the forum.

For application, please submit a 1000-word paper proposal and short biography via our online submission system at: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/ics/general/forum/submission.html

Deadlines: paper proposal and brief biography due January 15, 2015. Notification of acceptance announced on or before February 18, 2015. Full paper due March 27, 2015.

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


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