Published: Sept. 18, 2012

Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2013

Los Angeles April 9-13th | Deadline: September 21, 2012

Session Title: Port Cityscapes: Dynamic Perspectives on the Port-City-Waterfront Interface. Ports, waterfronts, and their cities remain closely interconnected, despite the structural changes in global trade, shipping and logistics which have transformed their spatial and functional-economic relationships. Scholars have approached specific elements of this complex interface from selected disciplinary perspectives. Transport and economic geographers have focused on the position of ports in spatially extensive supply chains and global production networks as well as the regionalization of the port system and of logistics activity, and port governance reform. Architectural and planning practitioners as well as urban historians, have focused on waterfront transformation as the frontline of urban regeneration and as part of the shift to a post-industrial economy. Social and urban geographers have focused on the redevelopment of waterfronts for high end uses/users as well as the displacement of the urban working class. As a result, port cities are now studied and transformed by different (disciplinary) perspectives and often unconnected actors and stakeholders, even though the long-standing functional and spatial relation between port and city ・now understood to include the larger metropolitan area ・continues. This session invites papers on port cities which critically assess the fraught but dynamic relationships that exist between ports, waterfronts, and urban development. We invite scholars from various academic backgrounds to reflect on current theoretical developments in their specific fields, to discuss theoretical and methodological approaches as well as the inherent conceptual implications in interdisciplinary research on port cities, and to critically assess emerging port cityscapes through a range of global case studies.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by Friday 21st September 2012 by email to any of the session organizers: Wouter Jacobs (, Carola Hein (, Anne Wiese (, Peter V. Hall ( Successful submissions will be contacted by 1st October 2012 and will be expected to register and submit their abstracts online at the AAG website by October 24th 2012.


Representations of Shanghai: Film and Fiction

Boston, MA, March 21-24, 2013 | Deadline: September 30, 2012

Because of its unique historical and geopolitical situation -- major Asian port, economic target for Western and Eastern powers, and node for conflicts between nationalists and communists -- Shanghai has been the object of literary and cinematographic representation throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. This NeMLA panel will analyze, organize, and probe the representation of Shanghai by Asian, European, and American writers and filmmakers. Comparative approaches and reflections on cultural history are particularly welcomed. Format may range from traditional papers to multi-media presentations.

Please send 250-500word abstracts to Lisa Bernstein at and Richard Schumaker at


International Young Scholars Conference 2013

Philippines, May 17-19, 2013 | Deadline: October 1, 2012

The College of Liberal Arts of De La Salle University invites graduate students, researchers, junior faculty, and scholars from Asia and the Pacific to share and present their research works in its International Young Scholars Conference 2013. In line with the theme: The Youth and the Asia-Pacific in the 21st Century, the conference aims to explore the local, national, and global participation of young people in locating and contextualizing their social positions, voices, discourses, and practices that have changed and made a major impact in the lives of many people in the Asia-Pacific region and around the globe.

The conference aims to provide a venue for dialogue and sharing of knowledge and experiences between young scholars and the leading international experts in the social sciences and humanities. To be held in world-famous Boracay beach, Philippines on May 17-19, 2013 [in original text typographical error reads 2012]. To submit your abstract online and to know more about registration fees and other details, kindly visit http:/


The 43rd Annual Urban Affairs Association Conference

San Francisco, California April 3-6, 2013 | Deadline: October 1, 2012

We invite you to submit a proposal for participation in the 2013 Urban Affairs Association Conference. UAA conferences are attended by scholar and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and are noted as a welcoming context for a diverse array of perspectives.

Call for participation:


Tourism and the Shifting Values of Cultural Heritage: Visiting Pasts, Developing Futures

National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, April 5-9, 2013 | Deadline: October 5, 2012

The cultural heritage of nation states, regions and communities is not only seen as a marker of identity but is also, more than ever, open and projected for global consumption. Domestic and international tourists visit both their own pasts and those of others through a vast diversity of tangible heritage sites--buildings, monuments, museums, landscapes etc.--and also a variety of intangible heritage rituals and performances. But the motivations and practices of those which are involved in the protection, preservation, display and management of cultural heritage can, and frequently do, differ from tourists who metaphorically "visit" the past and, the tourism sector which selectively packages the past in the form of heritage. Such divergences reflect the different values attached to cultural heritage and the different value systems through which heritage is filtered.

In this context, this conference seeks to examine both the tensions and opportunities in the processes of valuing and protecting cultural heritage and, in mobilising it for development purposes in the wider social sphere. We wish to explore how heritage "works" in the context of shifting and mobile values and, the various ways in which tourism and tourists shape, embed and change the value of heritage in societies.


The creation and circulation of Chinese Identities in and through cinema

Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK, January 29-30, 2013 | Deadline: October 26, 2012

The Chinese Film Forum UK, a research network supported by the AHRC, is hosting its second symposium. The focus is on the creation and circulation of Chinese identities in and through cinema. Questions of identity and representation have been prominent in film studies, including the proliferation of work produced on Chinese cinemas to date. However, the question of how identities may be circulated, and created, through cinema as a socio-cultural formation and industrial product remains to be further explored. For example, what role do genres play in identity formation and circulation? How do distribution networks and marketing practices impact on what kinds of Chinese films are produced and received? Is there a space that exists for multilingualism and cultural diversity within Chinese cinemas, and what implications might it have for how Chinese cinemas are conceptualised? 

150-200 word proposals for papers or contributions and a short biography should be sent by 26th October 2012 to both Felicia Chan and Andy Willis


Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Stanford University, April 26-27, 2013 | Deadline: November 16, 2012

Initiated in 2010, the annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities brings together current graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in any humanistic discipline. This not only provides a window into what kind of new research is going on right now in Chinese Studies, but also gives budding scholars the opportunity to interact with peers from geographically disparate institutions whom they might not otherwise be exposed to, allowing a broad platform for the sharing of ideas and interests. Specifically, it is hoped this conference will 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.

To apply, submit a single-spaced 300-word paper proposal and short bio via our online submission system. Proposals/bios due: November 16, 2012. Notification of acceptance by: December 31, 2012 Full papers due: March 29, 2013. For past conferences, please see:

Please send a 300 word abstract of your paper with a clear title to: as soon as possible but no later than October 5th 2012. Please be sure to include your full contact details.


Dragon Tails 2013: Tradition and modernity amongst overseas Chinese

University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, July 6-8, 2013 | Deadline: December 15, 2012

Following on from the success of the Dragon Tails conferences at Ballarat in 2009 and the Chinese Museum in Melbourne in 2011, we will be holding the third Dragon Tails conference at the University of Wollongong in NSW. Dragon Tails 2013 is timed to coincide with the Australian Historical Association conference also being held at Wollongong from 8-12 July 2013. Dragon Tails 2003 will explore the twin forces of tradition and modernity, examining cultural maintenance and evolution amongst overseas Chinese. Diverse aspects of tradition and modernity could be considered through papers on religion, family values, community organisation, business and trade activities, gender roles, labour relations, political action, the arts and architecture etc. We encourage papers which take an Australian or local focus as well as papers on the global Chinese diaspora. We welcome the attendance and participation of family historians. Professor Henry Yu from University of British Columbia, Canada, will be the Keynote Speaker.

Abstracts and panel proposals should be submitted by 15 December 2012 via the Dragon Tails website