AAS Regional Conferences



ASPAC 2016 will he hosted by California State University,
Northridge (CSUN), June 10-12, 2016


Imagining Asia: Urbanization, Migration, Exchange, Sustainability

On behalf of the program committee for the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) 2016 Conference at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), we invite college and university faculty, K-12 schoolteachers, independent scholars and graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in Asian or Asian diaspora studies to submit proposals for organized panels, roundtable discussions, individual papers or poster presentations on historical or contemporary topics in the humanities, arts, social sciences, education, health, law, business, environmental sciences or other allied disciplines related to East, South, or Southeast Asia and their diasporas. With Southern California as our venue, we especially welcome proposals that connect theory, method, or practice to contemporary or historical questions of urbanization, migration, exchange and sustainability within, across, or alongside Asia. We look forward to a wide-ranging discussion of diverse subjects such as administrative, economic, and cultural clustering; sprawl, green space, gentrification, and deurbanization; borders and borderlands, glass ceilings, and other conduits and barriers to social, economic, or geographic mobility; group identity, assimilation and multiculturalism; diverse forms—technological, political, economic, cultural, educational—of communication, exchange, and cross-fertilization; and diverse responses—political, social, literary, artistic—to demographic, environmental, political, and technological change.

The general application deadline is Monday, February 29, 2016. For international or other applicants who need a letter of invitation, the early application deadline is Thursday, December 31, 2015.

For more information and to submit a proposal, please see the conference website: http://www.csun.edu/asian-studies-pacific-coast-2016.


The 2015 Asian Studies Conference Japan will be held at
Meiji Gakuin University, Shirokane Campus, Tokyo
on the weekend of June 20-21, 2015


October 9–10, 2015

University Guest House and Conference Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

"Asian Civilizations and Communities: Frontiers – Borders – Landscapes"


Deadline for submissions extended to JULY 25, 2015

We welcome college and university faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, secondary schoolteachers, and independent scholars of Asia from the intermountain region, North America and beyond to submit proposals for individual papers, panels and roundtables on the conference theme "Asian Civilizations and Communities: Frontiers, Borders, Landscapes." Possible topics include:

  • Frontiers: Linguistic, economic, political, demographic, geographic, religious, developmental and historical
  • Border crossing and transnationalism
  • Landscapes: Urban, rural, environmental, literary, natural, cultural and technological, as well as digital
  • Other topics pertaining to the study of East, South, Southeast and Central Asia.

To submit a proposal, please go to the Proposals Page, http://wcaas.org/conferences/2015/index.php

For more information, please contact Steve Riep (steven_riep@byu.edu) of Brigham Young University, the 2015 Program Chair.


October 16–17, 2015, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

"Global Asia: Social, Cultural, and Political Spaces"


The Asian Studies program at Vassar College, in association with the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), will host an international conference that thematically explores "Global Asia: Social, Cultural, and Political Spaces" in order to expand and deepen our understanding of the enduring and changing relationships among societies across national boundaries in Asia and between Asia and the rest of the world.

We welcome proposals for traditional or non-traditional panels, individual papers, and roundtables. Graduate student participation is encouraged. We also welcome proposals for presentations of faculty research that involves undergraduate student participation.

Proposal topics may include, but not limited to the following: colonial and post-colonial discourses; Pan-Asianism in the global age; environmental changes and sustainability; political technology and social movements; nationalism and collective memories; religious ideology and practices; urbanization; economic transformation; globalization and local identities; practices of popular culture and entertainment; gender and sexuality; globalization and reinvention/localization of food; and culinary knowledge and practices in various times and regions.

Dr. Laurel Kendall (Vice President Elect, Association for Asian Studies, and Chair of the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City) and Mr. Liu Jianqiang (Editor of China Dialogue—China's earliest and most influential bilingual website on environmental issues) will give keynote speeches. Asian art and photograph exhibitions and Asian food workshops will be held in conjunction with the conference.

For details, please visit the NYCAS'15 homepage: http://pages.vassar.edu/nycas2015/

Note: NYCAS does not provide travel funding for participants.

Deadline for Proposal Submission: May 1, 2015

Please submit proposals via the "Proposal Submission" page, http://pages.vassar.edu/nycas2015/proposal-submission

ATTENTION: Due to the busy hotel season in the fall in New York's Mid-Hudson area, hotel availability will be very limited. We encourage you to reserve a room as early as possible if you are considering attending the conference. Cancellation is possible up to 24 hours before scheduled check-in with no charge. NYCAS/VASSAR discount will be applied at the designated hotels. Please check our website for the names of the hotels.

For questions, please e-mail nycas@vassar.edu or conference co-chairs: Hiromi Dollase (hidollase@vassar.edu), Seungsook Moon (semoon@vassar.edu), and Peipei Qiu (peqiu@vassar.edu).



October 9–11, 2015, University of Pittsburgh

Conference Theme: Asia: Conflict and Cooperation

Call for Papers


The Asian Studies Center of the University of Pittsburgh and the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association of Asian Studies announce the call for papers for the 44th annual regional conference. The conference theme "Asia: Conflict and Cooperation" explores the tensions and collaborations found throughout Asia with regards to energy, environment, public health, territorial issues, migration, popular culture, gender, sexuality, religious practices, and many other issues.

We encourage proposals from any discipline. We welcome participation from faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, independent scholars, and professionals, and especially encourage panels with innovative combinations of individuals and fields.

Timothy Brook, AAS President and Professor, Department of History, University of British Columbia will deliver a keynote address.

To propose a panel or an individual paper, please send a completed proposal form along with a one-page abstract for each proposed paper by May 1, 2015 to Tina Phillips Johnson, the MAR/AAS 2015 Program Chair. Inquiries are also welcome. Proposals may be submitted online, by mail, fax, or e-mail (as an attachment). Acceptance notices will be sent to you by June 1, 2015. Further details and online applications are available on the conference website, http://maraas.org/maraas-44-university-of-pittsburgh/.

CONTACTS: Tina Phillips Johnson (2015 MAR/AAS Conference Program Chair); tina.johnson@stvincent.edu; Tel: (724) 805-2342; Fax: (724) 805-2554 or James Cook, Associate Director, Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh; jacook@pitt.edu.


November 6–7, 2015
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX


We invite scholars and graduate students from any discipline to submit proposals for panels and individual papers on their research on any topic related to Asian studies.

Panel proposals should include the following: (1) A panel summary (250 words max.) that includes a brief description of each paper and makes clear the connection between the papers; (2) A list of participants, their paper titles, their affiliations and their contact information, including email addresses.

Individual paper proposals should include the following: (1) Paper title and summary (150 words max.); (2) Presenter's name, affiliation, and contact information, including email addresses.

Please send proposals to Harold Tanner at htanner@unt.edu. Deadline for proposal submissions: June 15, 2015.

For updates, please consult the SWCAS website http://www.trinity.edu/org/swcas/home.html.

The local arrangements chair for the 2015 SWCAS is Michael Strausz, michael.strausz@tcu.edu.



October 16–18, 2015, Washington University in St. Louis

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to host the 64th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs.

MCAA has provided a forum for scholars and teachers of Asian Studies in the Midwest to gather and exchange knowledge about the history and cultures of Asia for over a half-century. The 2015 conference will feature individual paper presentations, as well as panels, poster and diamond sessions, and roundtables at which faculty, graduate and undergraduate students will present and discuss new research and pedagogical tools.


The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to host the 64th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, October 16-18, 2015. The MCAA seeks to promote Asian studies both at the university and the secondary and primary levels and particularly to encourage scholarly interchange between Asianists located in the Midwest, though scholars from all regions are invited to participate.

Proposals are solicited for panels, roundtables, individual papers, posters, and "diamond presentations" in all fields dealing with East, South, and Southeast Asia, the Asian Diaspora, and topical and comparative panels. Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, as well as independent Asianists, are encouraged to participate and attend. Timothy Brook, AAS President and Professor, Department of History, University of British Columbia will deliver the keynote address on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

Proposals are due May 31, 2015. Reviews of proposals will begin in June, and you will be contacted of the results by August 1, 2015, if not sooner. Persons presenting papers must be members of MCAA and should pre-register by August 31, 2015.

The MCAA also awards a number of student prizes at the graduate and undergraduate level. More information about the deadlines for these prizes is on our website: http://ealc.wustl.edu/mcaa/awards



January 15-17, 2016, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA