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Call for Papers: International Symposium in Comparative Sinology

Organized by the International Center for Comparative Sinology, CUMT, June 8–9, 2015

This event will bring together researchers and artists from China and elsewhere in the world, to present ground-breaking research in the interdisciplinary field of Comparative Sinology. Held in Xu Zhou, cradle of Han civilization, the symposium's formal component will take place June 8-9, 2015, while a cultural program will be provided for interested participants geared towards more open exchange between scholars, June 10-12.

The acts from this Symposium will be published in an international collective book (the organizer is considering Cambridge Scholars Press). Contributions will be 20 minutes each, and accepted articles between 8,000 and 10,000 words.

Participants are invited to present original research in the Humanities, or other forms of expression such as writing, drama, film, or artwork, which will allow for cross-cultural comparisons regarding Sinology (approaches, content, findings). Although there may be an emphasis on Comparative Literature, other disciplines are welcome insofar as they shed light on Sinology today, in a specific context. Likewise, literary study should be contextualized. We are looking for creative, rigorous contributions which enlarge our understanding of the intersections between China and the world, linked to the specifics of culture and identity. This may include, but is not limited to, the following themes:

• Comparative Sinology: definition, boundaries, and future
• Methods of cross-cultural Sinology
• Sinology in the West/ in Asia/ in the rest of the world
• Comparing Sinology in China and abroad, with regards to a theme
• How Chinese writers are studied in a given country, as well as the appellations and content of Sinology, and the fields in which it is included (Asian Studies, China Studies…)
• Themes of Self and Other, stereotypes, and confrontations between cultures, as portrayed in literary and other works.
• Inter-ethnic issues, between Chinese and the majority population of the adopted country, but also in relation to other immigrant and minority groups, and to gender.
• Genre fictions, literary techniques, and the relation between what is written on Mainland China and what is written by people of Chinese descent living in a specific foreign context.
• The importance of Han culture, history, and literatures in contemporary writings.

Please note: The language of the symposium and the publication will be English.

Send your proposals of 1-3 pages, including a brief bio, in a single word file (your name.doc), by MARCH 3, 2015 to Dr. Kate Rose, tisselle@yahoo.com. Early proposals preferred; late may be considered


"Ecocriticism in East Asia"

CALL FOR PAPERS for a Pre-Convention Seminar at 11th Biennial Convention of Association for the Studies of Literature and Environment (ASLE)

June 23-27, 2015 at the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Entitled "Ecocriticism in East Asia," this seminar will be led by Simon Estok, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea and Xinmin Liu, Washington State University, Pullman, USA.

Ecocritical scholarship within East Asia is thriving and is a major and growing interest to scholars outside of the area. Because that area is so vast, both geographically and demographically, there is an exciting diversity of ecocriticisms. Yet, limited by deficient skills of East Asian languages, Western ecocritics have relied on translations and have very rarely indeed read materials in their original languages; on the other hand, the great diversity of Asian ecocriticisms have all, to varying degrees, been influenced by Western (particularly American) thinking in the environmental humanities. Moreover, in response to the disconnectedness within the Asian region itself, efforts to bring isolated scholars to broader audiences have produced good results, among which is the increasing recognition that many of the concerns (thematic, theoretical, social, and so on) of East Asian ecocriticisms are radically different from those in the West. The need for more and deeper recognition of local and situated knowledges is vital, and the West needs not only to listen with good will but to hear with clear understanding some of the very important messages coming out of the East.

This seminar will explore issues that include, but not limited to, the following topical areas:

1. What are some of the problems facing East Asian ecocriticisms going forward?

2. What do people (scholars, activists and others) in the West hope to import from ecocritical work being done in Asia, and why? Alternatively, what do people in the West hope to export to ecocritical work being done in Asia, and why?

3. What do people in Asia hope to import from ecocritical work being done in the West, and why? Alternatively, what do people in Asia hope to export to ecocritical work being done in the West, and why?

4. If scholarship in ecocriticism in Asia has, as often as not, been a matter of summarizing the work done in the West, then how is it possible to address this matter? At what point is such summarizing a kind of what A.A. Phillips has termed "the cultural cringe," and precisely what is the solution in a world where English remains the main currency?

5. Why has this area become so hot, and, honestly, what are some issues that might arise with this heated growth?

Interested participants kindly submit abstracts of 300 words or fewer by March 31, 2015 (a change from the earlier March 2 deadline) to Simon Estok at estok@skku.edu or Xinmin Liu at Xinmin.liu@wsu.edu. Please send questions or comments to the above addresses as well. We will notify you of the panel's makeup by April 15, 2015.


International Symposium: Shifting Perspectives on Media and Materials in Early Modern Japan

July 4–5, 2015, Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London

This is the first international symposium in the UK that highlights the diversity of the cultural production of early modern Japan – 17th through 19th centuries. It seeks to refocus attention on how researchers define their approaches to sourcing and interpreting a large variety of research materials that include prints, illustrated and printed books as well as ephemera such as topical prints and broadsheets. Senior and early career researchers from the disciplines of history, art history, literature, and media studies will explore the possibilities of highlighting selected research materials as media that shaped the discourse and cultural production of early modern Japan. We will consider issues such as media, text, discourse, text, materiality and the framing of research through taxonomies and archival research.

The flourishing and intersecting textual and visual cultures of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries are the sources of substantial archives of research materials in and outside Japan. There is a pressing need to refocus attention on these research materials as sources for uncovering the many facets of early modern Japan and for reconsidering the position of researchers as interpreters. The modernity of early modern Japan needs to be more fully understood by realising the roles these materials played in the shaping of public discourse as equivalents to social media. Narrow disciplinary frameworks have created problems in interpreting certain materials that fall between the cracks of conventional categories. The aim is to stimulate debate by discussing issues such as:

• How can interdisciplinary perspectives make approaches to interpreting these research materials more effective?
• How can the recent proliferation of international early modern manuscript reading workshops be used to improve our understanding of research materials as sources for uncovering early modern Japan?
• How can we develop a better understanding of the direct impact the acquisition of skills can have on our approaches to interpreting research materials?
Target Audience
• senior and early career researchers specialising in early modern Japanese history, art history, literature, and media studies
• postgraduate students and research students with a particular interest in using primary sources and in fieldwork

To register and for further information please visit:



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


6th WAGNet Graduate Workshop: Women and Gender in Chinese Studies

September 9-11 2015 at the Confucius Institute for Scotland, Abden House, University of Edinburgh

The Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network (WAGNet) graduate workshop is for PhD candidates who are at an advanced stage of their research and are working on any aspect of 'women and gender in Chinese studies'. Participants will be expected to present a paper that treats issues of 'women' and 'gender' as central and significant categories of analysis.

Students will get the opportunity to present their projects to other graduate students, and to junior and senior scholars working in the field of China-related women and gender studies. All too rarely do Ph.D. candidates have an opportunity for critical exposure of their thesis research prior to submission and defence. The workshop is therefore designed to facilitate in-depth discussions and each presentation will be commented on by a junior/senior academic discussant.

The workshop, accommodation and meals during the workshop are free of charge. Some travel bursaries are also available.

Following the two day workshop, there will be a public one-day symposium on Women and Gender in Chinese Studies at the Confucius Institute for Scotland on 11 September 2015, which participants in the Graduate workshop are encouraged to attend.

Students wishing to participate should submit a current CV and an outline of their project (750 words), including information on the state of their research, by e-mail to Dr. Sophia Woodman at 6th.wagnet.workshop@gmail.com. A letter of support for the application from the candidate's supervisor or someone familiar with their PhD project is also required, and should state what stage of the PhD the student is at. This letter should be sent from the supervisor directly to Dr. Woodman via e-mail.

Deadline for submission: 24 May 2015.

The organisers will discuss the applications, and make a selection based on the merit of the outline and the stage of the research. Applications from students in the early stages of their PhD research will not normally be considered.

This is the sixth in a series of successful WAGNet graduate workshops. Previous workshops were held in Leiden, Oxford, Prague, Bristol and London. For more information on WAGNet, see: http://www.wagnet.ox.ac.uk/


Call for Papers: The 28th Annual Conference of Japanese Association for South Asian Studies

September 26-27, 2015 at the University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus

See http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/campusmap/map02_02_e.html for access map.

Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2015

The Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JASAS, http://jasas.info/en/) invites paper and panel proposals for its 28th 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). Unfortunately, JASAS is not able to offer any financial support or accommodation to the participants.

Please send proposals by e-mail to Katsuo Nawa, JASAS Annual Conference Office (jasas28tokyo@gmail.com) 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 2015. We will send you acknowledgement of the receipt of the proposal within one week. Acceptance letter will be sent out by 8 June 2015. If you receive no acknowledgement letter or acceptance letter, please contact JASAS Annual Conference Office (jasas28tokyo@gmail.com).

For questions, please contact Katsuo Nawa, JASAS Annual Conference Office (jasas28tokyo@gmail.com).


China Goes Global: 9th Annual Conference

Georgia Tech, October 1-3, 2015

We are happy to announce the 9th annual conference of China Goes Global (a trademark of the Chinese Globalization Association), which will be held in Georgia Tech, Scheller College of Business, Atlanta, GA, October 1-3, 2015. As the premier conference on the topic, we seek contemporary contributions from the various business disciplines and the broader social sciences on the globalization of China.

Papers, book presentations, and panel proposals are especially encouraged in the following areas:

• Explanations of Chinese flows of people, goods, ideas and money
• Testing the limits of Western-centric theories in the context of China's globalization
• Development of new Chinese-centric and indigenous theories
• The rise of the emerging markets multinationals
• Managing and organizing Chinese companies/subsidiaries abroad
• Comparison of China with other emerging markets
• Chinese engagement in India, Asia, America, Australia, Latin America, and other regions
• Impact of Chinese foreign direct investment
• The role of government in shaping the "going out" policy and its impact of internationalization
• Chinese state capitalism and alternative economic systems
• Sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR) of Chinese multinationals
• Global supply chain/logistics and global value chain
• Culture, trust, reputation of Chinese multinationals
• Innovation, techno-entrepreneurship, e-commerce, online development in and out of China

In recent years, we have seen a dramatic shift in China's transition in the global economy including:

(1) In 2012, China became one of the largest global investors, according to the joint statistic report by the Ministry of Commerce, the National Bureau of Statistics, and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange in China. Outward FDI amounted to USD 87.8 billion.

(2) On October 7, 2014, the International Monetary Fund announced that China had surpassed the United States as the world's largest economy, a distinction held by the US since 1873 when it overtook Great Britain. This global phenomenon is not well understood and is fraught with opportunities and challenges.

Since 2006, China Goes Global pulls together a unique set of contributions on the globalization of the Chinese business environment, economy, and society. The conference is unique in several ways. First, the conference is developmental in nature and we invite competitive papers, recently published book authors, focused panels and work-in-progress for submission. The conference provides an ideal opportunity for scholars and practitioners, as well as Ph.D. students to share and discuss their most recent high-quality work with other experts in this research field. Best papers are also given the chance to be published in the International Journal of Emerging Markets, a scopus ranked journal by Emerald. Second, we have fun, international and inter-disciplinary. In addition to insightful ideas, the conference also includes a reception, a performance, and great people and scholars with whom you can network. For the review of CGA 2014 conference, including photo gallery, please see: http://www.chinagoesglobal.org/past-conferences/photos-from-past-conferences/. Finally, the conference is always accented with world re-known keynoters from the academe and business. For a list of previous keynoters, please see: http://www.chinagoesglobal.org/past-conferences/previous-key-noters/

Please submit your paper through our online submission system no later than April 15, 2015. Papers should follow the author style and referencing guide provided on the conference website. By submitting a paper, all authors also agree to review up to 3 papers.

Submissions must be made online: http://www.chinagoesglobal.org/conference/paper-submission/

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: April 15, 2015
Paper acceptance/rejection: May 30, 2015
Revised paper submission: June 30, 2015

Registration Fees

Please note that all presenters and participants must register to attend the conference.
Student rate: $249 early bird ($299 regular)
Early bird registration due on June 30, 2015: $499
Regular registration due on August 15, 2015: $649
The registration fee includes one-year CGA membership, reception, and conference dinner. Conference registration does not include accommodation or travel costs.

*The Chinese Globalization Association (CGA is a not-for-profit corporation with the aim to promote research on Chinese Globalization. The China Goes Global conference participants' from 2014 are automatically members of the CGA until October 2016). For more information, visit:


Call for Papers: 57th Annual Conference of the American Association for Chinese Studies

October 9-11, 2015

Institutional Host: University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX (www.stthom.edu)
Conference Venue: Crowne Plaza Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas

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 57th Annual Conference, hosted by the University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Houston, TX on October 9-11, 2015. 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.

The program committee consists of Hans Stockton (University of St. Thomas), 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 the program chair, Hans Stockton, at stockton@stthom.edu. Include complete contact information (address, telephone number, and e-mail) for all participants. The deadline for panel proposals is April 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.

The AACS views panelist registration and attendance as a serious professional obligation. Panelists must register for the AACS 2015 conference before September 21, 2015 or be excluded from the printed program.

If you have any questions about the AACS, please send them to us at aacs@mail.com.


CALL FOR PAPERS: The Hong Kong Political Science Association Annual Conference, October 17, 2015

The Hong Kong Political Science Association will hold its annual conference at the Hong Kong Institute of Education on October 17 (Saturday), 2015. The theme of this conference will be "The Politics of Nationalism." As nationalism has re-emerged as a powerful force shaping the politics of many societies, it is timely for political scientists to explore the origins, evolution and impacts of the recent resurgence of nationalism globally, regionally and locally. Topics stemming from the politics of nationalism are diverse, including identity politics, ethnic and sub-ethnic politics, the politics of race, the international politics of nationalism and nationalisms' impact on international relations, political parties and nationalist sentiments, political movement and nationalism, and populist nationalism. Other topics directly and indirectly related to nationalism are welcome. We also encourage postgraduate students to present their papers on nationalism from disciplinary and multidisciplinary as well as interdisciplinary perspectives.

For those interested in presenting their papers and forming a panel, please send your paper abstract(s) and proposed panel to Wang Yu, wangyu@cuhk.edu.hk and/or Sonny Lo, sonny@ied.edu.hk.

The deadline of submitting your abstracts and panel proposal is July 31, 2015.


InterAsian Connections V: Seoul (April 27–30, 2016)
Seoul National University Asia Center

Organizers: the Social Science Research Council's InterAsia Program, Göttingen University, the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at the University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore (NUS), Yale University, and Seoul National University Asia Center

InterAsian Connections V: Seoul is the fifth in a series of conferences showcasing innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines that explores themes that transform conventional understandings of Asia. Crossing traditional area studies boundaries and creating international and interdisciplinary networks of scholars working to theorize the intersection of the "global" and the "regional" in a variety of contexts, the conference reconceptualizes Asia as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from West Asia through Eurasia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, to East Asia.

The 2016 Seoul conference—comprising both closed, director-led thematic workshops and plenary sessions open across workshops and to the general public—will be structured to enable intensive working group interactions on specific research themes as well as broader interactions on topics of shared interest and concern. Each workshop will have two directors with different institutional affiliations, preferably representing different disciplines.

Joint proposals are invited from faculty members at accredited universities and colleges in any world region who are interested in co-organizing and codirecting a thematic workshop that addresses one of the following broadly conceived themes:

1.) State Sovereignty and the Reconfiguration of State-Society Relations in Asia
2.) Refugees in the Remaking of Asia
3.) Mobilizing Religious Identities in InterAsian Perspective
4.) Hubs, Mobilities, and the Asian Urban
5.) Disaster Governance
5.) Urban Ecology and Health
6.) Natural and Cultural Heritage in Asia
7.) Global 1970s
8.) Late Twentieth-Century Asian Modernities
9.) Asian Engagement with Modern Technology
10.) Area Studies in the Anthropocene

We encourage creative proposals that explore innovative connections, convergences, and comparisons across InterAsia.

Selected directors will be expected to:

  • help recruit and choose ten to twelve international workshop participants (senior and junior scholars, graduate students, and other researchers) competitively from across relevant disciplines in the social sciences and related fields;
  • provide feedback and comments to all selected participants in advance of the conference;
  • and run all workshop discussions over the course of the three-and-a-half-day event.

The conference organizers will cover all directors' costs of participation, including economy class airfare and accommodations. Workshop directors will each receive a $1,000 honorarium.

Workshop proposals must be submitted electronically and are due June 5, 2015.

The full text of the Request for Workshop Proposals, including detailed descriptions of the workshop themes, information on the application process, the application form, and eligibility guidelines, can be reviewed on the conference webpage: (http://www.ssrc.org/pages/interasian-connections-v-seoul-2016/)

Details of the previous conferences in the series—held in Dubai (2008), Singapore (2010), Hong Kong (2012), and Istanbul (2013)—including workshop descriptions, conference programs, and presentation videos, can be found through the InterAsian Connections Conference Series page: (http://www.ssrc.org/pages/interasian-connections-conference-series/)

For additional inquiries, please contact: interasia@ssrc.org