Is Confucius still on TV? Confucian Values and East Asian Television | Deadline: April 30, 2018

CFP for Special Issue on Television Studies: Is Confucius still on TV? Confucian Values and East Asian Television 

Once accused for the inertia of Chinese feudalism in responding to Western modernity, Confucianism has been attributed to the the resurgence of East Asian economies a century later. From the proposition of “Asian Values” by then Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in the 1990s to the establishment of Confucius Institutes globally by ironically the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the notions of deference to paternal authority, educational emphasis and family values, have been coined under the term of Confucianism.  Within the mediascapes, such notions are often used casually to explain the differences between “Asian” and “Western” media. This topic has been receiving scattered scholarly attention with discussions on the ideological relevance and presence of the discourses of Confucianism within the dramatic television texts (Zhu, 2008; Kang & Kim, 2011; Liew 2011; Dissanayake; 2012; Deppman, 2017). Such culturalist explanations still pervades despite the evolution of more complex media industries, communicative technologies and diverse audiences. The television dramas involving Confucianism has been categorised into two groups: the “post-Confucian television dramas” stage the problems of Confucian patriarchal authority, in contrast to those that articulate Confucian moral and ethical codes (Lai, forthcoming). In this respect, this proposed special issue seeks to look into the case of television dramas and its related programmes in the East Asia societies (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Singapore and other transnational arrangements). We seek original papers for publication in a relevant indexed peer-reviewed scholarly journal by 2020. 

 Topics, not limited to, but include

1.      Explorations of changing televisual treatment of hierarchy, deference, in/subordinaton in the region’s television texts.

2.      Television dramas and the changing portrayals of the ethical codes of Confucianism, the “Family” and “Filial Piety” in particular.

3.      The presence/absence of “Confucianism” invention or reinvention of traditions and histories in historical dramas. 

4.      Confucianism, and the treatment of social categories of class, gender, generation, religion etc in East Asian television.

5.      De-Confucianization or Confucianization in the localization of Western television genres. 

From these papers, the guest editors hope to present a more current and nuance treatment of the culturalist notions of Confucianism in East Asian television. Such can add to the otherwise Eurocentric notions of utopian-dystopian discourses an additional layer of the neo-Confucianism and Post-Confucianism narratives that may be of greater relevance to East Asian societies. Interested participants in this special issue should submit their abstracts to Dr Liew Kai Khiun (Assistant Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information, Nanyang Technological University) at and Dr Lai Yi-Hsuan Lecturer of Advertizing, Fujian University of Technology, Fuzhou, P.R. China  at by 30 April 2018. We will notified the accepted abstracts a month later, and deadline for submission of full papers is 31 October 2018. 

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Dr Liew Kai Khiun

Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University


Asia Pacific Perspectives:  “Fashioning Asian Identities” | Deadline: May 1, 2018

The University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies is pleased to announce a call for papers for “Fashioning Asian Identities,” the special Fall 2018 issue of its peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal, Asia Pacific Perspectives.

With this issue, the Center will provide a forum for sharing the latest research on issues relating to cultures of dress, clothing, fashion and the formation of identity in Greater China, Japan, Korea, India, and the Philippines. Scholars working on the contemporary period are especially encouraged to apply. Possible themes include empire, nation and globalization, gender identity, sexuality, masculinity, media, and pop culture.

Papers must represent original work not already published or in press. For more information about Asia Pacific Perspectives, please visit our website:

• DEADLINE: Review of submissions will begin on May 1, 2018.

To submit a paper: Email your documents electronically in MS Word or compatible format to

Asia Pacific Perspectives (ISSN: 2167-1699) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal published twice a year by the University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies. Its mission is to inform public opinion through publications that express divergent views and ideas that promote cross-cultural understanding, tolerance, and the dissemination of knowledge. The journal offers a forum for the exchange of ideas from both established scholars in the field and doctoral candidates.

Why publish with us? Asia Pacific Perspectives offers authors:

• Established journal with a track record of publication since 2001

• Benefit of full peer review on a shorter timeline than comparable venues

• Open-access and fully indexed via EBSCO, providing ease of access

• E-journal format allows publication of numerous, full-color images

For more information, contact: Dr. Leslie A. Woodhouse, Assistant Managing Editor at or visit: and check out our Guidelines for Contributors.

Special Issue of Made in China on the Labour Movement in the Era of Xi | Deadline: May 1, 2018

The editorial team of Made in China is now inviting submissions for a special issue on the Chinese labour movement in the era of Xi Jinping to be published in July 2018.

The Chinese labour movement has witnessed significant developments in the last decade. However, following the upsurge of labour protests between the mid-2000s and mid-2010s that promised a growing and more self-confident movement, the effects of economic slowdown and civil society tightening have thrown the movement into a state of uncertainty and disorientation.

China’s labour movement has once again found itself at an impasse. This special issue seeks to understand the current conjuncture by inviting critical evaluation of the years of labour movement upsurge as a way of developing informed analysis of trends and possibilities for the future from both scholars and practitioners.

We welcome submissions that address current issues and trends, such as worker activism, forms and strategies of strike and protest, the labour and industrial relations system, labour law and policy, trade union reform, workplace labour regimes, capital relocation, working class culture, urbanisation and worker housing, labour in service and logistics, gender and workplace discrimination, the development of class consciousness, labour solidarity, etc.

The submissions should shed light on the multiplicity of political and economic developments in Xi’s (new) era, what these developments mean for Chinese workers in the coming years, and what possibilities exist for workers to improve their conditions through a growing labour movement.

All submissions should be sent to no later than 1 May 2018. The style guidelines are available at this link.

All submissions will be peer reviewed.

Colorado Journal of Asian Studies Summer 2018 Issue | Deadline: May 15, 2018

The Colorado Journal of Asian Studies is published annually by the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. We publish original, quality undergraduate research on almost any aspect of Asia or Asian culture and welcome submissions of original scholarly work from any undergraduate student in any department at CU Boulder or other universities. Authors of Asia-related research papers can submit them directly; we also hope that faculty members will encourage their students whose papers fit this description to contact us. All papers will be reviewed for acceptance by the journal editor.

We welcome papers that are at least 2500 words in length and that conform to the MLA citation style. The deadline for Summer 2018 submissions is May 15, 2018. All published work is freely available to the public. Previously published papers can be found at

Paper submissions and questions should be addressed to the editor, Colleen Berry, at

KALĀKALPA Journal of Arts, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Ministry of Culture, Government of India | Deadline: May 20, 2018

We are pleased to inform you that Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts has re-launched its bi-annual Journal ‘Kalākalpa’ in July 2017. Kalākalpa addresses itself to a holistic understanding of the arts, not as an activity dissociated from life but as a response to it. Its aim is to foster an active dialogue amongst the scholars of various disciplines. The Journal provides a forum for scholarly articles, research notes and book reviews of the highest quality from cultures aroundthe world and will cover the following field of disciplines: Gender Studies, Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, Linguistics, Literature, Musicology, Dance, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Diaspora etc.

It welcomes original research with new ideas, pertinent to an area of specialization.The first issue of journal was brought out in July 2017 on Guru Purnima and second issue was brought out on Vasant Panchmi, 2018. The upcoming issue will be launched in July 2018 on the occasion of Guru Purnima. In this connection scholars from IGNCA and around the globe are requested to contribute articles for the upcoming issue. Articles will be selected on the merit of research.

The articles should be in the range of 4000-8000 words and should follow citation style APA 5th Edition. For detailed guidelines, please mail to or

The deadline for the submission of the articles for the third issue of the journal is May 20, 2018. 

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For further queries please contact East Asian Programme Unit at or Navneet Sawhney, Research Associate, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts at

To know about Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, please follow the link

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Call for articles: materiality of religion in Japan | Deadline: May 31, 2018

Ritual paraphernalia and sacred objects have always been inherently part of religious life, and probably with greater significance for lived religion than religious doctrines. This is also the case within Japanese religion in both historical and contemporary perspective. For a special issue on materiality, we are welcoming articles from Japanese and non-Japanese (preferably younger) scholars to address some of the following questions in relation to all Japanese religious traditions and configurations:

How do products, objects and technology work and function in religious contexts? How does materiality make religious change, and how does it have impact on religious ideas, values, and institutions? How is materiality understood and used as symbols for thinking and communication, as objects for authority and power performance, as value creation and exchange, and how does religious materiality gain and represent instrumental significance? How, where, when and by whom are objects produced, manufactured, sold and discarded, and with which semantic and economic relevance?

Please send proposals for contributions to Jørn Borup ( and Fabio Rambelli ( guest editors for Japanese Religions no. 43, by the end of May.

Articles (all being peer-reviewed) should be c.8000 words, and the deadline for submitting the draft will be end of Oct. 

Call for Abstracts—Journal of Women’s History Special Issue “Migration, Sex, and Intimate Labor, 1850-2000” | Deadline: June 1, 2018

The Journal of Women’s History is seeking expressions of interest to submit articles to a special issue on migration, sex, and intimate labor in the period between 1850 and 2000, in any local, national, transnational, or global context. It seeks to frame “intimate labor” within the long history of women’s involvement in domestic and sexual markets and their movement across and within borders for myriad forms of care and body work (Boris and Parreñas, 2010). This special issue will be positioned within an emergent historiography that examines the practices, discourses, regulation of, and attempts to suppress what has come to be known as “trafficking,” while foregrounding the ways in which a historical lens can destabilize this term. Such research brings the gendered and sexual history of migration and labor into dialogue with new literatures on the history of globalization, capitalism, citizenship, and mobility. It also speaks to on-going concerns in contemporary politics around the relationship between labor and movement, “forced” and “free” migration, and the politics of humanitarianism. As such, while firmly historical, this special issue will engage with and contribute to ongoing interdisciplinary discussions about “modern slavery,” international law, human rights, and the gendered migrant subject.

We are especially interested in work that:

  • Engages critically with the historical production of categories such as “trafficking,”
  • “smuggling,” and migratory “illegality” as they have pertained to women’s migration
  • Examines sexual labor in the context of gendered migration and the broader category
  • of intimate labor(s)
  • Explores the historical lived experience of migrating for intimate, domestic, and
  • sexual labor 
  • Looks at local, national, and international responses to female migrants who were
  • defined as trafficked, illegal, or exploited
  • Places trafficking and women’s intimate labor within a wider discourse of indenture,
  • slavery and un-freedom; as well as imperialism, mobility, and globalization

We are interested in any thematic or methodological approach, but would especially welcome work that focuses on the global south, imperial contexts, and non-white subjects. Work can be locally, nationally, transnationally, globally, or comparatively focused. All submissions must be historical in focus.

Prospective contributors to this special issue are asked to send an extended abstract of 1,000 words to the issue’s guest editors, Julia Laite ( and Philippa Hetherington ( by 1 June 2018. Abstracts should describe the prospective article and how it explicitly engages with the theme of the special issue. Authors should also include a discussion of the sources—archival or published—they will be using in the article.

Selected contributors will be informed within two months and asked to submit a complete manuscript by 1 June 2019, which will go through the JWH’s standard process of peer and editorial review. If the manuscript is accepted for publication at the end of this process, it will be published in the special issue.

CFP Issue 5.2 (Forgetting Wars) | Deadline: June 1, 2018

Edited by Tina Chen (Penn State), Josephine Park (UPenn), and We Jung Yi (Penn State)

Historian Bruce Cumings notes that the Korean War was first branded the Forgotten War "in 1951, two years before the war ended." In the decades since, scholars and policymakers alike have come to affirm diplomat Charles Bohlen's assertion that "[i]t was the Korean War and not World War II that made the United States a world military-political power." Forgotten wars are thus not doomed to be inconsequential. Yet so much of war studies has been devoted to what historian Carol Gluck has termed the "operations of memory," its material and psychic modes of production and consumption in public and private realms extended all the way to postmemory. War memories are products of amnesias both selective and vast, but the political and psychic work of forgetting is more than the other to commemoration. What of the significant omissions that have not only been neglected by projects of recovery or redress but, in fact, have been disabled or made impossible by such efforts? What are the operations of forgetting wars?

This special issue invites essays on forgotten wars, whether those military exercises were deemed "small wars" or obscured conflicts within "great wars." We welcome scholarship devoted to the myriad forgotten wars within the Asia-Pacific region as well as those that have shaped US-Asian relations, and we are interested in the ways in which regional and transpacific skirmishes are erased, neglected, or otherwise rendered illegible. We also encourage interdisciplinary theorization of the possibilities and limits of cultural amnesia as a response to atrocity and conflict; critical attention to the dynamics between individual and social forgetting; and sustained engagement with the ethical and moral implications of forgetting in relation to memory and counter-memory. In addition to the politics of forgetting within local and transnational contexts, we invite contributions that explore the manipulation and representation of cultural and aesthetic artifacts in these wars, as well as the effacement or trace of such materials in their aftermaths. We seek to examine forgetting as a means toward comprehending operations of war that remain untouched within the dominant frame of memory; to this end, we are interested in accounts of forgotten wars of differing scales, alignments, and implications.

Essays (between 6,000-10,000 words) should be prepared according to the author-date + bibliography format as outlined in section 2.38 of the University of Minnesota Press style guide, and submitted electronically to

Authors' names should not appear on manuscripts; instead, please include a separate document with the author's name and address and the title of the article with your electronic submission. Authors should not refer to themselves in the first person in the submitted text or notes if such references would identify them; any necessary references to the author's previous work, for example, should be in the third person.

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2018

Special #55 issue of Monde Chinois Nouvelle Asie | Deadline: July 1, 2018

This special #55 issue of Monde Chinois Nouvelle Asie will investigate the relations between political context and representation of feelings in sinophone cinema since the 1980s. The 80s are a pivotal decade for “greater China”: Deng Xiaoping (in China) and Jiang Jingguo (in Taiwan) while maintaining the heritage of their predecessors, both founding figures of different versions of modern republic (Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek) struggle to stimulate a socioeconomically “liberalisation”. In the West, the 80s are stuck by the (re)discovery of the Chinese cinemas – or “sinophone” as, following Shih Shu-mei, has been described the cinema speaking Sinitic languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, Minnan…)

Chinese cinemas has always been a passionate creator of stories and visions, dwelling into the intricate relationship of family and social values, political agenda and personal expressions ; focusing on the period that starts from the 1980s and arriving till our days is nevertheless particularly relevant in the Chinese world because the structures of power that governed China, Taiwan and Hong Kong were going through a dramatic turn over, and new generations of film makers had to – as their political leader – negotiate between what was perceived as a rich cultural and political heritage and the necessity to evolve to meet up with the new configurations of society (democratic movement and its dramatic showdown in Tiananmen, the end of the martial law in Taiwan, the retrocession of Hong Kong…).

This call asks to its contributors to articulate and analyse how sinophone cinema (China, Hong-Kong, Macao, Taiwan) managed to create new categories of representations and thought, how it articulated politics and emotions, how it managed to find its ways between what could be said and shown and what has to remain implicit; how each movie or director creates in a specific cultural sphere (filming stories about the past, dwelling on local repertoire, interrogating politics and society) while developing original and multiple alternatives in terms of narrative and style (from wenyi pian to avant-garde…).

This issue will specifically focus on how sinophone cinema articulates political and ideological context with representation of emotions and feelings; and how the personal trajectories of its characters depict, challenge, frame or question geopolitical macro events that shaped contemporary Chinese, Taiwanese, Hongkong, Macao societies.

Abstract (3000 signs maximum, in French or English) are to be submitted to the guest editors of Monde Chinois Nouvelle Asie, Jean-Yves Heurtebise ( and Corrado Neri ( before July 1, 2018 (included a short biographical note). After acceptation, contributions are expected before September 1, 2018. Texts are expected to be limited to 30000 signs, deadline September 1, 2018.

Département Chine 
Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3
Faculté des Langues - 6 Cours Albert Thomas - B.P. 8242 - 69355 Lyon Cedex 08 

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Television serials in Asia: A Themed Issue of Series | Deadline: July 2, 2018

This themed issue of Series aims to contribute to the study of television serials produced in the Asian region and make them more widely known. The television serial is a prominent expression of popular culture across Asia, especially in China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, but has not been extensively studied.

While we would welcome a range of approaches, we are particularly interested in perspectives that emphasize our cognitive, emotional, and aesthetic engagement with the form. One focus may be on the analysis of specific narrative and stylistic features of the television serial. How do the multiple elements of television programs interact and contribute to seriality? For instance, how do performance or sound design help shape seriality? We are also interested in explorations of the particular aesthetic effects and achievements of television serials. We welcome close analyses, case studies, or broader theoretical discussions grounded in close attention to the form and style of particular television serials.

The following are possible topics, but other topics are welcome:

  • Cognitive and/or narratological approaches to the study of narrative forms and devices–e.g. narrative suspense, narrative closure, cliffhangers — and their impact on viewer response.
  • Case studies analyzing how stylistic elements contribute to a program’s seriality, interacting with narrative and performance.
  • Ways of maintaining a rhythm between contained episodes and ongoing seriality.
  • Relationships between seriality and temporality in serials produced in cultures where temporality is circular, not linear (at least as a narrative convention).
  • The specificity of particular genres.
  • The successful formula in Japan of adapting manga or anime to live action drama, and its extension beyond Japan.
  • Circulation of TV serials via transcultural remakes.
  • Cinematography, mise-en-scene and editing in television serials.
  • The aesthetic experience and reflexivity of online fans of drama — e.g.,  Chinese fans of Japanese drama, as seen on the Taiwan-based website Dorama or the Dramabeans site (in English) about Korean drama.
  • The casting of popular young actors, such as pop group “idols,” as a facet of character design and viewer engagement. Why does the strategy sometimes fail?
  • Various functions of music and/or other non-narrative elements in serials.
  • Discussions of the interaction between artistic or aesthetic achievement with moral, political, social, and/or educational values in television serials.

Guidelines for Submission

Please send proposals of no longer than 300 words plus a short CV (up to 300 words) to:

Dr Helen Kilpatrick:

Dr Sung-Ae Lee:

Dr Winnie Yee:

Deadline for proposals: 2 July 2018

The editors will respond to proposals by: 6 August 2018.

Full submissions of 6,000-8,000 words (including abstract, notes and references) and conforming to Series’ house style will then be due with the Editors by March 4th 2019.

Expected publication date: December 2019.

Social Science Diliman: A Philippine Journal of Society and Change (SSD)| Deadline: July 31, 2018

SSD welcomes contributions for Vol. 14 No. 2 (December 2018) issue on the History of Medicine in Asia and the Pacific.

The panoply of practices, institutions, and linkages afforded by the globalizing tendencies of the twenty-first century raises new questions for the history of medicine, as do related challenges such as migration, urbanization and environmental change. As a discipline, the history of medicine is well equipped to inform contemporary debates because health and medicine lie at the centre of these changes and enable us to consider the relationship between them. Indeed, historians of medicine have already done much to inform and direct contemporary debates on how to deal with such complex problems, showing sensitivity to global trends and how they interact with local knowledge systems.

The dynamism and cultural plurality that characterize the Asia-Pacific region make it an exciting terrain on which to examine aspects of the history of medicine that relate to modern concerns. The region has become a driver of global change and what happens in it is of obvious relevance to the rest of the world.

We therefore welcome multi-/interdisciplinary scholarly contributions that focus on the Asia-Pacific region and which address one or more of the following themes on or before 31 July 2018:

  • Commerce
  • Colonialism
  • Conflict
  • Contemporary medicine vis-à-vis biology, physics, and the social sciences
  • Demographic change
  • Disease and epidemics
  • Environmental change
  • Healthcare
  • Historiography
  • Industrial and agricultural change
  • Institutions and organizations
  • Media
  • Medicine and the humanities
  • Medicine and social policy
  • Migration and flows
  • Religions and belief systems
  • Technology-driven medicine
  • Urbanization
  • Wellbeing

SSD is the flaghsip journal for the social sciences of the University of the Philippines Diliman. It is internationally refereed, semi-annual, and bilingual (in English and Filipino).

Submissions will undergo perr review before final approval for publication. Please kindly send contibutions to For submission guidelines kindly log on to

Thematic Issue of Terrae Incognitae “The Explored” | Deadline: October 31, 2018

Proposals for this thematic issue of our journal, presently in its 50th year in print, will examine the experience of being explored. Contributions will ideally feature the perspective of exploration through first-hand accounts and develop a critical engagement with the subject matter that also elevates typically underrepresented voices, perspectives, and experiences within the context of exploration history. Terrae Incognitae publishes material relating to any period of exploration history up to the mid-twentieth century.

Please send 150-word abstracts stating the subject of the contribution as well as its critical frame, citing as necessary examples of the primary and secondary literature that will feature prominently in the submission, to the editor, Dr. Lauren Beck ( no later than May 30, 2018. Full-length manuscripts prepared according to the journal’s style guide will be due October 30, 2018 and undergo double-blind peer review. The issue will be published in mid-2019.

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Prison and Religion in the Global South | Deadline: October 31, 2018

The journal Social Sciences and Missions is now planning a special issue on Prison and Religion in the Global South.

Prisons build an important interface of social and religious concern. They are communities operating with limited connection to the outside world and with their own resilient communal life. Penal communities are often dominated by prison gangs. Yet there are aspects to communal life in prison that are outside of gangs’ control, among them an occasionally vibrant religious life independent of outside initiative. At the same time, religious groups of Christian, Buddhist, Islamic, or other provenience, and, to a smaller extent, non-religious NGOs play a crucial role in bridging the gap between prison community and outside world. They provide crucial services that mitigate the hardships of prisons. For some religious groups, prisons offer an excellent ground for religious propagation and recruiting of followers. They see religious renewal in prison as a particularly striking and publicly attractive form of demonstrating the power of faith in transforming people.

Most scholarly research on religious interaction with penal populations relate to North America or Europe. Focusing on religions and prisons in the Global South, this special issue invites contributions from social science and religious studies.

Topics include but are not limited to

  • Religious and missionary agents in prison: motives, goals, and interests
  • Religious propagation in penal contexts: strategies and methods
  • Independent or indigenous religion in the penal context and its interaction with missionary initiatives;
  • Religion, gang culture, and penal community life
  • Conversion, conversion narratives, and deconversion in the penal context
  • Religious ministry in prison and its effectiveness in rehabilitation
  • Faith and adjustment to prison life
  • Religion and prison administration: convergences and tensions
  • State administration of religious affairs in prison
  • Religion, penal politics, and human rights
  • Comparative approaches to religious ministry in different penal contexts of the Global South
  • Chaplains and volunteers in prison ministry
  • Religion and restorative justice
  • Religious influences on penal ideologies
  • Religion and the death penalty
  • New Religious Movements in prison

We invite contributions of original research with a maximum length of 8,000 words. We encourage interested contributors to first submit by email an abstract of around 100 words by April 30, 2018 in order for us to gain a preliminary understanding of your submission plans. Please send your abstract to the guest editor Tobias Brandner ( or or the journal’s editor Jayeel Cornelio ( You may also contact either one of them for further information and questions. Please take note of the submission guidelines that can be found on the journal’s website (

Submission deadline for the full paper: October 31, 2018. 

CFP Issue 6.1 (Displaced Subjects: Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Critical Refugee Studies) | Deadline: December 1, 2018

Edited by Tina Chen (Penn State) and Cathy Schlund-Vials (University of CT-Storrs)

This special issue – focused on global human rights and international humanitarianism – is from the outset guided by what sociologist/cultural critic Yên Lê Espiritu has productively characterized as a connected and connective frame of academic inquiry: critical refugee studies. As Espiritu’s strategic nomenclature suggests, “critical refugee studies” takes seriously displaced subjectivity, nationless bodies, and statelessness. The layered contemplation of critical refugee studies deliberately moves beyond the acknowledgement of stateless figures and nationless subjects to methodologically engage what Espiritu has concomitantly defined as integral to this emergent interdiscipline: critical juxtapositioning. Such comparative analyses, which anticipate this issue’s contents and themes, encompass a dialogic situating of ostensibly opposing disciplines (for instance, sociology, education, performance studies, and literature) and seemingly incompatible spaces (for example, military bases, libraries, art galleries, digital platforms, activist workshops, and secondary education classrooms). In so doing, contributors will collectively address the wide-ranging conditions which brought such displaced subjects “into being.”

Equally significantly, these “before” assessments make necessary multivalent and multidisciplinary explorations of wartime aftermaths, which more often than not include involuntary relocations, resistive articulations, imaginative personhoods, and alternative subjectivities. Correspondingly, this scholarly discussion of displaced subjects seeks to move refugees from the periphery to the center of rights-oriented debates involving (non)personhood, (non)selfhood, and (non)nationhood. We welcome critical studies of forced migration on global and intimate scales; the development of alternative analytical frames for understanding displacement and relocation; theoretical treatment of the inter-relationship of militarism and imperialism; multivalent investigation of the varied sites of refugee life; and focused attention to the cultural, aesthetic, and affective dimensions of displaced subjectivity. Integral to this issue’s refugee-centric recalibrations is the extent to which “displaced subjects” render urgently discernible unreconciled histories of global human rights violations as well as the ongoing failures of international humanitarianism.

Essays (between 6,000-10,000 words) should be prepared according to the author-date + bibliography format as outlined in section 2.38 of the University of Minnesota Press style guide, and submitted electronically to

Authors' names should not appear on manuscripts; instead, please include a separate document with the author's name and address and the title of the article with your electronic submission. Authors should not refer to themselves in the first person in the submitted text or notes if such references would identify them; any necessary references to the author's previous work, for example, should be in the third person.

Submission deadline: December 1, 2018

Call for Proposals to Edit the Journal of Women’s History | Deadline: March 1, 2019

    The Journal of Women’s History, founded in 1989 as the first journal devoted exclusively to the international field of women’s history, invites proposals for a new editorial home for a five-year term beginning June 1, 2020.  Over the course of nearly three decades, the Journal has successfully bridged the divide between "women's" and "gender" history by foregrounding women as active historical subjects in a multiplicity of places and times. In doing so, it has not just restored women to history, but has demonstrated the manifold ways in which women as gendered actors transform the historical landscape. Admirably, the journal has never advanced a specific feminist agenda, but has consistently aimed to make visible the variety of perspectives, both intellectual and methodological, which feminist historiography has generated over the last thirty years. Both by design and by virtue of the diverse research undertaken by scholars of women, gender and feminism, the journal itself constitutes a living archive of what women’s and gender history has been, as well as a testament to its indispensable place in the historical profession at large. Moreover, it sets the agenda for the plurality of feminist histories yet to be written.

    We seek an editorial team that will continue to foster these traditions while also bringing new and innovative ideas to the Journal.  Interested parties should contact the Journal office as soon as possible to request a prospectus that outlines the current organization and funding of the Journal.

    Proposals to edit the Journal should include:  1) a statement of editorial policy, including an analysis of the current place of the Journal in the historical profession and a potential agenda for the future; 2) an organizational plan for the editorial and administrative functions of the Journal; 3) a statement of commitment of institutional support; and 4) copies of curriculum vitae for the editor or editors.  Please note that available software for online article submission and review now make it possible to assemble an editorial team from more than one institution.

    Proposals are due to Teresa Meade, President, Board of Trustees, Journal of Women's History, Department of History, Union College, Schenectady, NY 12308 by March 1, 2019.  The proposal can be sent via hard copy and/or email in a Word file to  If you send only via email, please send a communication in advance so that we will know it is arriving.  You will receive a confirmation via email upon receipt of the full proposal.

Economic and Political Studies (EPS) is a peer-reviewed, ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index) included journal, hosted by Renmin University of China and published by Taylor& Francis Group (ISSN 2095-4816, CN 10-1049/C). It is published quarterly both in print and online ( With a notable focus on China, Economic and Political Studies aims to disseminate significant theoretical, analytical, and empirical research on political-economic phenomena in, or relevant to, China that have wider implications for economic and political studies. EPS encourages solid research findings that may pose challenges to and even revise the existing theories and methodologies. EPSwelcomes original researches that analyse the role of economic and political institutions and consider China’s interaction with the world. 

Contributions are invited from the international community of researchers in the wide range of the fields of political economy, economics and political science. Potential topics for EPS include, but are not limited to: 

  • The China model and institutional transformation
  • Relations between state and market
  • Government and governance
  • Political economy of  China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
  • Economic growth and wealth distribution
  • Fiscal and monetary policies
  • Financialisation of the economy
  • Reforms of state-owned enterprises
  • New urbanization and regional development
  • Political economy analysis of aging
  • Environmental management and policy in China
  • Management and business and institutional changes
  • Innovation, technology and development
  • China’s strategies towards global economic and financial crises
  • AIIB and the international economic order

Apart from the abovementioned, other topics that fall into the fields of development studies, industrial economics, food and agricultural studies, energy consumption and policy, ecological economics, population studies, and human capital and labour economics are also welcome.

Submission process and peer-review: Submissions to EPS can be made through an online submission system at Consulting the Author Services website at for further information. The checklist and detailed manuscript requirements can be found at

In accordance with standard academic practice, articles submitted for publication to the EPS are subject to a rigorous double-blind peer review, based on initial editorial screening, and refereeing by no less than two anonymous referees.

Call for book reviewers East Asian Integration Studies List

Dear readers,

the field of Asian bilateral and multilateral integration is ever increasing, and so is the academic output in the field. extends this invitation for scholars and practitioners to review books for our website on East Asian economic integration. If you are interested in reviewing books for, please send an e-mail mentioning “book reviews” as well as the title(s), you want to review, with a short biographical note and a specification of your area of interest to Dr. Bernhard Seliger (

Please find the list of all books available for review at the following address:

Studies in South Asian Film and Media | Deadline: Rolling

We invite contributions from scholars, researchers and practitioners of South Asian film and media. Possible areas include but are not limited to:

  • Film and Media as social history.
  • Feminist analysis and theory in film/media studies and practice
  • Class, caste, and sexuality: The politics of subalterneity and marginalization in film/media studies.
  • Contemporary media/ documentary and the public sphere. Interviews with documentary film makers.
  • Global media consumer culture and labor in the cultural industries. 
  • News, citizenship, democracy, and the neo-liberal restructuring of media industry. 
  • Nationalism and Regional cinema in the context of neo-liberalism.
  • Globalization/Diaspora/ South Asian representation.
  • Cinema and the other arts. 
  • Contemporary arts practices, cinema, and visual culture.

Articles should be between 6,000 – 8,000 words in length. Please note that articles should be original and not be under consideration by any other publication. For detailed submission instructions please click here

SAFM also, welcomes shorter pieces that are either creative or analytical (between 1,000 – 4,000 words) as well as visual material. All initial enquires should be sent to the editors at

Aarti Wani (Lead Editor)


CIRS Asia Papers Series | Deadline: Rolling

The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Georgetown University in Qatar (GUQ) welcomes submissions to our The Asia Papers series. CIRS publishes original research on a broad range of issues, including international relations, political science, and economics, among other topics of relevance to Asia.

We accept manuscript submissions throughout the year.


·       Authors are paid an honorarium for accepted papers.

·       Papers published within six months of being accepted.

·       Papers are easily accessible, and available for free in print and electronic formats.

·       Papers are promoted widely by CIRS and distributed via online academic platforms and search databases, making them highly cited.

·       Twenty printed papers are provided free to authors.

View published titles in the Asia Papers series:

For inquiries, or to send electronic submissions, please contact Suzi Mirgani, Managing Editor for CIRS Publications (  


-        Papers should be around 10,000 words and cannot have been previously published, or under consideration for publication, elsewhere.

-        Paper submissions must include a brief abstract and biography of the author.

-        All submissions are subject to a double-blind review process.

-        Any copyright concerns are the full responsibility of the author.

-        By submitting work to CIRS, the author agrees to the CIRS Copyright Agreement.

For full CIRS Submission Guidelines, please visit:

Southeast Asian Studies Call for Book Reviews | Deadline: Rolling

The internationally peer-reviewed journal  Southeast Asian Studies  invites scholars to review the following titles on Southeast Asian studies. Reviews are between 1400-1800 words.  Interested scholars should an email to the reviews editor, Associate Professor Julius Bautista <> containing the following:  (1) an indication of which title they would like to review,  (2) a description of their scholarly expertise, (3) their full mailing address and (4) their complete CV.  

For more information, please see the original posting here

Invitations for Submissions to H-Asia's "Digital Asia" Reference Site

Deadline: Rolling

In 2016, we are all aware of the many ways in the internet has transformed research and teaching in Asian Studies over the past twenty-five years. While keeping current with new tools and venues for Asia scholarship can be challenging, search engines and support infrastructure have also improved immensely, and a moment’s search will point to numerous fine current reference pages of digital resources for Asian Studies. However, the digital scholarship produced by researchers as individuals or teams is less readily visible to other researchers and students. Every so often we receive notices of these via H-Asia (for examples, see Richard Smith's post, or Sumathi Ramaswamy's Going Global in Mughal India). For projects like these, we hope H-Asia can make a useful contribution by helping scholars to connect their digital humanities projects with a global readership of Asia specialists (note: H-Asia currently has around 8,700 subscribed accounts). Therefore, H-Asia is inviting submissions for a reference site for open-access digital humanities projects in Asian Studies.  These will follow a standard format and will be listed by subcategories with the heading “Digital Asia” under the “H-Asia Resources” tab on our home page. Eligible projects will be open access outcomes of scholarship intended for research or teaching in any discipline and area of Asian Studies, self-reported according to a set format by H-Asia subscribers directly involved with the project. If you would like your project to be listed, please see here for instructions.

Japan Studies Review

Deadline: Rolling

The Japan Studies Review is a refereed journal published annually by the Southern Japan Seminar and Asian Studies Program at Florida International University. As a publication which addresses a variety of cross-disciplinary issues in Japanese studies, Japan Studies Review includes contributions dealing with practical and theoretical topics in the areas of business and economic issues, politics, education and curriculum development, philosophy and aesthetics, gender issues, popular culture, and immigration issues. We are accepting submissions, including articles, essays and/or book reviews following the guidelines on our website. Our submissions include: Article: 20-30 manuscript pages; Essays: 10-15 manuscript pages; Book review: 2-5 pages. Files must be in Microsoft Word, and endnotes must follow Chicago style. Submissions may be made via email attachment to

New Book Series: Critical Studies in Architecture of the Middle East

Deadline: Rolling

Critical Studies in Architecture of the Middle East  is devoted to the most recent scholarship concerning historic and contemporary architecture, landscape, and urban design of the Middle East and of regions shaped by diasporic communities more globally. We invite interdisciplinary studies from diverse perspectives that address the visual characteristics of the built environment, ranging from architectural case studies to urban analysis. The series will illustrate a range of approaches to the commission, design, construction, use, and reception of buildings and landscapes throughout the region; concurrently, it will illuminate the region’s diverse architectural cultures and traditions. The series intends to present the history, theory, practice, and critical analyses of historical and contemporary architecture, landscape, and urban design, as well as the interpretation and conservation of the region’s existing cultural heritage. It will include surveys, monographs, and edited volumes. Series editors: Mohammad Gharipour & Christiane Gruber. Please submit your book proposals to the series editors.  The following is the link to the book proposal template:

SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan

Deadline: Rolling

The SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan series features new research monographs as well as translations of scholarship not previously available in English. Our goal is to publish high quality, peer-reviewed research on Japan and its history, politics and culture. We welcome proposals for new books in the series. If you would like to discuss contributing, please get in touch with the series editor at For more information:

The Journal of Asia Pacific Studies

Deadline: Rolling

The Journal of Asia Pacific Studies is an academic peer-reviewed journal published jointly by the Central American Institute of Asia Pacific Studies (CAI-APS) and the International Academy of Social Sciences (IASS). JAPS is published both online and in print and it is catalogued and indexed by: Directory of Open Access Journals, EBSCOhost, the online Bibliography of Asian Studies of the Association of Asian Studies, and OpenJGate. Papers dealing with the Asia Pacific region are welcomed. Please visit our website for more information:

Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies

Deadline: Rolling

SJEAS published by the Academy of East Asian Studies, Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea invites you to submit papers in Japanese Studies. Research areas SJEAS prefers are in the field of humanities- history, literature, culture, sociology, religion, and philosophy. SJEAS accepts papers all the year around. For more information, please visit, or write to

Korea Journal

Deadline: Rolling

The Korea Journal welcomes submissions of original research articles, review articles, and book reviews that make new contributions to the field of Korean studies. All submitted manuscripts will undergo a double-blinded review by three specialists in the relevant disciplines. Authors will be notified of the results of the review within three to four months from the submission date. Before submitting your manuscripts, please ensure that you carefully read and adhere to the Korea Journal Editorial Policy (with Korea Journal Research Ethics Guideline) and Korea Journal Manuals of Style. Research manuscripts should range between 6,000 and 8,000 words, footnotes and references inclusive. A 200-word abstract and 6–8 keywords should also be included in the submission. We are also inviting review articles between 5,000 and 7,000 words that survey 3–4 books and summarize timely questions and latest trends in the subfields of Korean studies. Please refer to the list of publications below for review articles/book reviews. If you would like to contribute a review article, please send us your CV with a short explanation as to why the publication(s) is best assigned to you. After a meticulous selection process, the Korea Journal will mail you a review-copy of the publications within 10 working days (20 working day if you are outside South Korea), should you be successfully chosen. Please note that the review articles will undergo the same peer-review process before being accepted for publication. For submitting your article or further information about the journal, please visit and follow the instructions located within the website.

Vostok Magazine

Deadline: Rolling

Vostok Magazine is an online edition on Asia in two languages: English and Russian (English version available at Currently we are looking for new authors for our English version (their articles will be translated into Russian too if they don't mind). Those who want to become our authors can contact Alexandra Urman via email (

Entangled Religions

Deadline: Rolling

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg 'Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe' of the Ruhr University Bochum is pleased to announce that the first issue of the Online Journal Entangled Religions is set to go online soon. For the next issues, the journal invites contributions and book review on the topic interreligious and intrareligious contact.  Please, have a look at the calls for papers and reviews under

The Review of Korean Studies

Deadline: Rolling

The Review of Korean Studies (RKS) is an academic journal published biannually in English by The Academy of Korean Studies. Since its first publication in 1998, the RKS has strived to stimulate dialogue and promote the exchange of ideas, theories, and perspectives among Koreanists in both Asia and the West. The journal is listed in the Korean Citation Index, and it aims to be listed in international journal indexes such as Scopus and A&HCI in near future. Scope and Types of Manuscripts: Research articles in all fields of Korean Studies, and Translation or introduction of (a) primary source(s) on Korean Studies. Submission: available at all times. Submission Guidelines: All manuscripts should be submitted by email to as an attachment in MS Word document (.doc/.docx) format. Papers submitted to the RKS must be unpublished original work of the author(s) and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Any fact of external support for the research or its earlier presentation/publication must be acknowledged. Citations such as the reference list, footnotes, and parenthetical citations should be made following the standards specified by The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.  For Romanization of Korean, follow the Revised Romanization System, set by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Further instructions for authors can be obtained from the RKS website:

Asia-Pacific Journal

Deadline: Rolling

Asia-Pacific Journal is a peer-reviewed open source electronic journal, which publishes weekly and takes pride in the rigor and speed of its review process. The APJ is also among the most widely read journals on Asia and the Pacific. The topics covered include (but are not limited to): contemporary geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific, political economy, social and political affairs, social movements, war and historical memory, and popular culture. Our readers are scattered across 205 countries – the largest number being in North America, Europe, East and South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, but quite a number also in West Asia (the Middle East), with smaller numbers in Africa and Latin America – check out the cluster map on our home page).  Readers access over 100,000 articles each month and major articles have achieved more than 50,000 readers (to a high of well over 150,000) over the years thanks to course use and open Internet searches. For more information, please visit or write to

East West Affairs: A Quarterly Journal of North-South Relations in Postnormal Times (EWA)

Deadline: Rolling

East West Affairs: A Quarterly Journal of North-South Relations in Postnormal Times (EWA) is a trans-disciplinary journal devoted to that examining the relationship between East and West in a rapidly changing world, where power is shifting from West to East, uncertainty and complexity are the norms  what is generally being described as postnormal times.  EWA provides opportunities for publication of scholarly articles, which may represent divergent ideas and opinions, on international, political, economic, social and cultural issues from the perspective of shifting power balance from West to East. EWA also publishes essays and commentaries on policy and research relevant to the global South. It seeks to promote understanding of East-West relations and appreciation of non-western concerns and issues. Articles and commentaries are peer-reviewed. Contributions are normally received with the understanding that their content is unpublished material and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere. Translated material which has not previously been published in English will also be considered. The editors do not necessarily agree with the views expressed in the pages of EWA. Articles should not be more than 8,000 words long; we prefer 5-6000 words. Commentaries and reviews should be limited to 3000 words. Contributions should be accompanied by a short 2-300 word abstract, a complete bibliography of references, and a short biography of the contributor(s). Book reviews should provide complete references to the books discussed. The title of a contribution should be kept simple and not exceed more than ten words. The text should be organized under appropriate cross-headings. For more information, please contact, or visit

The Artifice

Deadline: Rolling

Do you want to write about Movies, TV, Arts, Anime, Comics, Games, Literature or other art forms? Do you want to get your foot in the door and enter the big-wide world of the online media and have your work read and shared by millions of readers? We invite you to The Artifice: The Artifice is an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms. We do not run The Artifice, you do. The Artifice is collaboratively built and maintained by your fellow writers. It is structured to let you focus on the quality of the content while it deals with the exposure of it to an audience of millions. You can write about a whole host of things for pleasure, passion and/or to boost your CV with vital experience in this ever competitive media environment. Our current writers range from undergraduates, to graduates, to emeritus professors. Grab the opportunity and join our team of writers. Join now:

Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion

Deadline: Rolling

The Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion has commenced publishing the Journal on Indian Philosophy and Religion annually from Fall, 1996. The Journal covers the wide range of philosophies and religions which are indigenous to South Asia. It includes scholarly work of comparative and critical studies of Eastern and Western philosophies and religions. The journal also includes sections on discussion articles and book reviews. All inquiries about submitting manuscripts should be mailed to the Associate Editor: Chandana Chakrabarti, Society for Indian Philosophy & Religion, PO Box 79,Elon, NC 27244,USA.

The International Journal of Korean History

Deadline: Rolling

The International Journal of Korean History is an international scholarly journal, launched with the support of the Brain Korea 21 Education and Research Group for Korean History at Korea University, and published by the Center for Korean History. The Journal promotes original research and new analyses and interpretations through articles, book reviews, and translated scholarly works related to Korean history. The IJKH editors and editorial board are committed to serving its international authors and readers, and to the development of Korean studies both in and outside of Korea. The Journal is published biannually (on February 27th and August 30th of each year) and accepts paper submissions throughout the year. Article manuscripts, including endnotes, the abstract, and keywords, should not exceed 8,000 words. Please include a 150 word abstract at the beginning of the document. The text and footnotes of manuscripts must be double-spaced and use the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition). Please use the McCune-Reischauer system as the primary system to Romanize Korean-language names and terms. Submissions may be sent to

Indo-Pacific Review

Deadline: Rolling

The Indo-Pacific Review (IPR),, is focused on strategic and cultural issues in Southeast Asia. IPR is currently in the process of establishing an independent contributor network of scholars, students and professionals who are engaged with issues important to Southeast Asia. Contributions can be anything from a 400 word commentary to a full length article or report. IPR seeks to provide a comprehensive view of developments in the region, so we are interested in a broad range of topics. Contributor analysis and commentary will be featured prominently on both the website and the weekly newsletter. Our editorial team is composed of seasoned international affairs professionals with extensive diplomatic, defense, and media experience. IPR is quickly developing a following of influential organizations and individuals including the Asia Society, CSIS, and Rory Medcalf among others. Our mission is to serve as a knowledge base on Southeast Asia and accelerate understanding of regional dynamics through expert analysis and connecting engaged professionals on all sides of the Indo-Pacific. For more information, please contact Evan McGlaughlin at

Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies

Routledge's New English-Language Journal | Deadline: Rolling

Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies aims to drive academic investigation and promote the exchange of translation and cultural studies ideas among global theoreticians and practitioners. Contributions on linguistic and cultural specificities, and the social, political, and economic contexts in which they arise, are valued. The journal's unique emphasis lies in its aim to present an authentic overview on this topic in the Asia Pacific region. Submissions from the following disciplines are accepted as long as the focus is on translation and culture: Literature, Linguistics, History, Arts, Media and communications, Cultural studies, Political science, International relations, Sociology, Anthropology, etc. English Translation of short stories will be accepted in future issues, and book reviews be included. Contributions from within and outside Asia Pacific are welcome. Scholarly objectivity and originality is of utmost importance. The length of the paper should be around twelve pages long. The reference style is Chicago Style (Author Date). The journal requires each author to attach a recent photo as well as a short-bio note of no more than 200 words. In the near future, papers can be submitted to For more information, please contact Luo Xuanmin, Editor, Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies, Professor of Translation and Translation Studies, Tsinghua University at

East Asian Journal of Popular Culture

Deadline: Rolling

We are delighted to announce the development of the new Intellect Journal of East Asian Popular Culture and to issue a general call for papers. In the last few decades there has been a huge rise in the interest in East  Asian Popular Culture. The Journal of East Asian Popular Culture will be engaging directly with that trend. From film to music; art to translation and fashion to tourism, this journal will offer a forum where multidisciplinary work can come together in new and exciting ways. The East Asian Journal of Popular Culture is the first academic peer-reviewed journal for scholars, teachers, and students from around the world who have an active and passionate interest in the Popular Culture of  East Asia. The journal is devoted to all aspects of Popular Culture in East Asia. With the growth in popularity of Asian visual products in the Western world and the increasing strength of the Asian markets, this publication fulfills the need for an international journal that allows Western and Asian film, media, literary, music, fashion, digital media, television, art and cultural scholars alike to engage in discussion. The journal encourages articles that are both localized (towards a specific popular culture trend, figure or industry) as well as articles that are more global in their outlook (forging links between East Asian popular culture and wider global issues). If you would like to submit a paper or contact us about a proposed special edition please email for further advice.

History of Science in South Asia

Deadline: Rolling

For the journal's publishing model, we have adopted the best and most up-to-date codes of practice:

  • The journal is internationally peer-reviewed and indexed.
  • The journal is Open Access.  Articles can be read at no charge.
  • There will be no article processing fee for submissions made in the first two years of the journal's existence.
  • Authors retain copyright of their submissions.
  • Authors are required to publish their papers under a Creative Commons license, to facilitate wide dissemination.
  • Papers are published on the journal's website as soon as editorial tasks and typesetting are completed (rolling publication).
  • The journal is published online and in print.  Print issues and print subscriptions to the journal are sold on demand.

As you will see, the journal is free of charge both for readers and authors. This is made possible through the generous support of the publishers, the Sayahna Foundation (  After two years, any charges that may become necessary will be kept within reasonable bounds; several innovative business models are under active consideration, and it may continue to be possible to avoid article processing fees. The scope can be found at They take "South Asia" as an inclusive, non-political, socio-geographic term referring to the area from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka, from Pakistan to Bangladesh, and, of course, India. Research on the influences of South Asian cultures beyond these borders is also welcome, for example Nepalese or Tibetan influences on China, Sri Lankan influences on the Maldives, or Indian influences in South-East Asia. They take "science" to be broadly conceived and to include all forms of rigorous intellectual activity that adopt at least to some extent a quantitative and empirical approach, as in the German "Die Wissenschaft," that covers most forms of academic scholarship. Theoretical discussions of the meaning of the history of science in the South Asian historical context are welcome. They should presuppose some familiarity with topics such as those raised in sources like Grant, A History of Natural Philosophy (2007), Latour, Laboratory Life (1979), Staal, Concepts of Science in Europe and Asia (1993), Shapin, "Science and the Modern World" (2007), Netz, The Shaping of Deduction (2003, cf. review by Latour), Pollock, "The Languages of Science in Early-Modern India" (in Forms of Knowledge in Early Modern Asia, 2011), and similar reflective works that explore Global History, the interpretation of Modernities, and the general meaning of science in the pre-modern world.

Full submission guidelines are available on the HSSA website at The journal's website and email addresses are and They prefer authors to log in to the journal's website at and follow the submission and upload procedure on the website.  However, submissions can also be sent directly to Please have a look at the new journal's website at, and register as a reader, author, or reviewer.

New Journal: Singaporean Journal of Buddhist Studies

Deadline: Rolling

The Buddhist College of Singapore has just launched a new peer-reviewed Chinese & English journal of Buddhist Studies, the Singaporean Journal of Buddhist Studies, which can be found at The first issue is to be published in a year or so, after that it will be published twice a year. It accepts unpublished research papers on all aspects of Buddhist Studies. Interested scholars can send their work to

Rangoli Online Magazine

Deadline: Rolling

Submissions are now being taken for the fourth issue of Rangoli, our online magazine. We are looking for poems, short stories, book reviews, photography, interesting articles, and pieces of creative art. We are particularly keen to receive submissions related to South Asian Literature and art forms. Also, we invite your ideas for interviews. Be part of this great magazine which believes in promoting literature and encourages the cause of the written word! For more details and to discuss any queries write to Sneha Subramanian Kanta, Assistant Editor, Rangoli at

To know more, visit

Anthem Southeast Asian Studies

Deadline: Rolling

Anthem Press has established a new book series, "Anthem Southeast Asian Studies," and welcomes the submission of proposals for monographs, collections of essays, major reference works, and course readers that meet the series' scope and criteria. The series seeks to offer to a global audience new, path-breaking research drawn from across the full range of academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and is directed at academic libraries, researchers, university students, and other sophisticated audiences.

To submit a proposal, please contact them at

Please visit their website at

Japanese Language and Literature

Deadline: Rolling

In publication since 1965, JLL is the official publication of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (formerly the Association of Teachers of Japanese), a professional organization with 1,300 members at secondary and collegiate levels as well as several hundred library subscribers and distribution through the JSTOR online archive. Though strongly encouraged, contributors need not be members of the AATJ. The journal reaches about 1,000 Japan scholars and libraries in the United States and around the world. JLL publishes contributions in the areas of Japanese literary studies, Japanese linguistics, and Japanese language and literature pedagogy, as well as articles from other disciplines that help to interpret or define the problems of Japanese literary history, literary or linguistic study, or classroom practice. Contributions are blindly reviewed by two or more readers before being accepted for publication. The time frame for publication between submission and publication can be as short as four months if all goes smoothly. Two issues (fall and spring) are published per year. Submit manuscripts for consideration in electronic form to the appropriate editor:  Literature: Rebecca Copeland, Washington University, Language and Linguistics: Sachiko Matsunaga, California State University, Los Angeles,

Asian Literature and Translation

Deadline: Rolling

Asian Literature and Translation (ALT) is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal established by the Centre for the History of Religion in Asia (CHRA), Cardiff University. The main objective of the journal is to publish research papers, translations, and reviews in the field of Asian religious literature (construed in the widest sense) in a form that makes them quickly and easily accessible to the international academic community; to professionals in related fields, such as theatre and storytelling; and to the general public.

The scope of the journal covers the cultural, historical, and religious literature of South, Southeast, East and Central Asia in the relevant languages (e.g. Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, et al.). They particularly welcome literary translations, including extracts from longer works in progress, manuscript reports and commentarial material, new adaptations of classic texts, archive stories and debate pieces, and the discussion of new approaches to translation. Book and performance reviews, including visual material, and letters to the editor, including responses to published material, are also solicited.

Contributions are welcome on a wide range of topics in the research area as defined above. All contributions should be sent electronically to The covering email should have two copies of the submission attached, one as a word.doc and one as a pdf. A short abstract of the piece must also be included. For further information, see

Labour in Transport: Histories from the Global South (Africa, Asia, and Latin America)

Deadline: Rolling

The co-editors of the special issue 22 "Labour in Transport: Histories from the Global South" of the International Review of Social History (Cambridge University Press) call for papers that seek to examine new frontiers in labor history in different transport sectors and societies in what one might loosely call the global south (Africa, Asia, Latin America) in different historical periods. Innovative papers and contributions should be based on original archival and/or oral primary research material and shed light on the issues pertaining to the global history of transport workers of/in/from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This journal seeks to address specific issues: social worlds of men and women engaged in transport and the construction of transport services; systems of organization and/or exploitation of labor; types of labor relations; forms of solidarity and/or conflict among workers; global connections among sectors and workers beyond the borders of nation-states. Please contact Stefano Bellucci, International Institute of Social History, Cruquiusweg 31 - Amsterdam, Phone: +31 20 6685866, Email:

The Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs

Deadline: Rolling

The Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs (JCSAA) is an inter­nationally refereed academic journal published by the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Hamburg. Aside from the print edition JCSAA will also be available online as an open access journal. Articles to be published should be written in English and submitted exclusively to this publication. The Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs is devoted to the transfer of scholarly insights to a wide audience. The topics covered should therefore not only be orientated towards specialists in South­east Asian affairs, but should also be of relevance to readers with a practical interest in the region.

The editors welcome contributions on contemporary Southeast Asia that are concerned with the fields of international relations, politics, economics, society, education, environment, or law. Articles should be theoretically grounded and empirically sound, and they should reflect the state of the art in contemporary Southeast Asian studies. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed for acceptance, and the editors will respond within three months. Research articles should not exceed 10,000 words (including footnotes and references). The Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs accepts only English-language articles. Manu­scripts should be submitted to the editors Marco Bünte, David Cam­roux, and Andreas Ufen in electronic form: For detailed submission guidelines see

The American Journal of Chinese Studies

Deadline: Rolling

The American Journal of Chinese Studies ( is soliciting manuscripts in the humanities (including history, literature, religion, fine arts, philosophy, etc.) that focus on Chinese communities, including mainland China (past and present), Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese Diaspora. AJCS is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published by the American Association for Chinese Studies ( Past issues have included humanistic work, but the emphasis was on social sciences. The editorial board is looking to increase the number of humanistic papers published in the journal. For questions about submission and subscriptions contact the journal editor, Professor Thomas Bellows, Department of Political Science, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78249, email:

East Asian Integration Studies

Deadline: Rolling

The field of Asian bilateral and multilateral integration is ever increasing, and so is the academic output in the field. extends this invitation for scholars and practitioners to review books for our website on East Asian economic integration. If you are interested in reviewing books for, please send an e-mail message mentioning "book reviews," as well as the title(s) you want to review, with a short biographical note and a specification of your area of interest to Dr. Bernhard Seliger ( Please visit website for full list of books available for review.

The Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia Project

Deadline: Rolling

The Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia ( is a large scale and vast web-project with numerous different aspects and purposes:

  1. provide easy access to vast amount of materials for everyone with access to internet
  2. create a platform for Chinese- and English- speaking Buddhists to interact, co-operate, work and study together
  3. gather all available existing digitized materials, review them, categorize and post them online
  4. collaborate with relevant universities, monasteries, institutions, libraries, museums and individuals from around the globe
  5. continue digitizing more materials
  6. use the advantages of modern technology to develop different forms of Buddhist education (both on- and off-line)
  7. create a international team of specialists interested in those topics, who would collaborate and meet on regular bases.

The author and main organizer of Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia is Vello Vaartnou. The CBE project was officially started in December 2012, when Vaartnou presented the idea of the CBE at the ECAI conference in University of California, Berkeley, USA. They are looking for volunteer editors for the Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia project. CBE needs a lot of data research and editing. Usually every editor has their own Buddhism-related topic(s) (English and Chinese speakers), for which s/he would gather as much material as possible. They seek to work together with scholars make a difference and build up huge online Buddhist source. So, they welcome everyone who could contribute their valuable time by editing and adding materials from different sources all over the internet. Also, they are looking for people who have some computer skills as well to help develop the system little better. There is much work to do, so anyone who would like to give their contribution for the Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia project are most WELCOME to do so. If you think you want to participate then please visit the website- at and for more information or e-mail them at

Asiascape: Digital Asia

Deadline: Rolling

Launching in 2014, the bi-annual academic journal 'Asiascape: Digital Asia' now invites submissions for research articles that explore the political, social, and cultural impact of digital media in Asia. Although they do not exclude scholarship in digital culture and culture studies, 'Asiascape: Digital Asia'¹s focus is on research from the social sciences, arts, media and communication studies, information and computer sciences, and area studies. All inquiries regarding article submissions can be addressed to Florian Schneider,, or Nozomi Goto,

Journal of Japanese Philosophy

Deadline: Rolling

The Journal of Japanese Philosophy, published by SUNY Press, is the first and only international peer-reviewed journal on Japanese philosophy. The first issue contains essays by Fujita Masakatsu, John Maraldo, Bret Davis, Graham Parkes, and others. They are currently inviting submissions for their following issues. The journal aims to demonstrate the relevance of Japanese philosophy. It welcomes rigorous academic papers on all time periods and all areas of Japanese philosophy, classical to contemporary, from a variety of perspectives, including interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and comparative studies. The entire article does not have to be focused on a Japanese philosophy or philosopher as long as some Japanese philosophy or philosopher plays a significant role in the article. The article should not exceed 8,000 words and should follow the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style ( For details, refer to Send your inquiries and submissions to

Journal of American-East Asian Relations

Deadline: Rolling

The Journal of American-East Asian Relations has a new website located at The previous electronic listing with Interworld-Pacific is now defunct. I am eager to receive submissions, especially from advance graduate students and tenure-track professors, and promise a prompt decision. Please visit our new website with Brill where you will find a link to a PDF providing instructions for contributors.

Saskawa USA Forum | Deadline: Rolling

Sasakawa USA is now accepting submissions for the Sasakawa USA Forum, a platform for research and analysis related to Japan and U.S.-Japan relations in a bilateral, regional, and global context. In order to gain a more comprehensive view of U.S.-Japan relations, the Sasakawa USA Forum offers experts outside Sasakawa USA a chance to bring their work to a wide audience.

Submissions should be 750 to 2,000 words in length and written on issues that previously have been inadequately covered regarding Japan or U.S.-Japan relations in a bilateral, regional, or global context. Submissions are considered on a rolling basis. Authors of accepted submissions will receive a modest honorarium.

Papers published to date have dealt with topics that include climate change politics in Japan, the U.S.-Japan Alliance Coordination Mechanism, and future challenges in U.S.-Japan security cooperation. Published papers are available online here.

To submit an article for consideration, please contact Graham Dietz at For more detailed information on submission, please visit the site here. Published writings are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Sasakawa USA.


Call for Manuscripts: "Demographics, Social Policy, and Asia (Part II)" | Deadline: May 18, 2018

Education About Asia (EAA) is the peer-reviewed teaching journal of the Association for Asian Studies. Our print and online readers include undergraduate instructors as well as high school and middle school teachers. Our articles are intended to provide educators and academics in the humanities and social sciences who are often not specialists with basic understanding of Asia-related content. Professors and high school teachers also utilize many EAA articles and essays as student readings. Qualified referees evaluate all manuscripts submitted for consideration.

We are developing a special section for fall 2018 titled “Demographics, Social Policy, and Asia (Part II).” We hope that this special section will draw upon several of the social sciences and the humanities to inform readers about some of the most significant historical and contemporary demographic phenomena that helped to shape Asian cultures, and have profound potential ramifications for Asian futures. Aspiring authors should be aware that “Demographics, Social Policy, and Asia (Part I)” was published earlier in December 2017. Interested prospective authors can visit the EAA website ( to see the Table of Contents of the issue and read archived articles from the winter 2017 issue.

We welcome a variety of Asia-related manuscript topics but are particularly interested in receiving manuscripts on China since we were able to publish only one China-related thematic essay in the winter 2017 issue. We also strongly encourage high school and undergraduate instructors who have utilized successful thematic-related classroom strategies to submit shorter teaching resource essays.

Please consult Submissions to Education About Asia ( before submitting a manuscript for this special section. Please note our relatively modest feature article and teaching resources manuscript word-count ranges.  Prospective authors who are unfamiliar with EAA should also read archived articles and essays available at no charge in the website below my signature.

Since approximately half of EAA readers teach at the undergraduate level and approximately half of readers are secondary school teachers, we seek suitable manuscripts that are useful for instructors and/or students in undergraduate survey and high school courses such as world history, economics, geography, and sociology as well as introductory Asia-related survey courses. We are not interested in manuscripts that would be intended for upper level undergraduate courses in Asian studies. We are especially appreciative of manuscripts that are potentially useful at both the undergraduate and secondary school levels. Manuscripts selected for publication should be written in prose that is easily accessible for high school and/or undergraduate non-specialist instructors and students. We encourage prospective authors to use a prose style much closer to that of a journalist than the prose style of conventional academic journals. The number of endnotes in manuscripts should be minimal compared to what is published in more traditional scholarly journals.

Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to email me 1-3 paragraph descriptions of possible manuscript ideas and will receive prompt replies to queries.

Manuscripts for this special section should be submitted on or before May 18, 2018. Prospective authors are welcome to contact me at

Call for Proposals: Routledge Cold War in Asia Series | Deadline: May 31, 2018
Routledge is intending to publish a series of books that will explore and address some of the more important questions raised by the Cold War in Asia. This new series isn't going to be confined to single country studies alone, but will also welcome contributions from research scholars who are tackling comparative issues between the Asiatic nations during the time of the Cold War. We look forward to receiving proposals from both new and established scholars who have ideas for interesting book projects. Quality is our goal and the new series will reflect that objective by catering for work drawn from a number of disciplines. If you work in the broad field of Cold War studies don't hesitate to get in touch with the series editor Professor Malcolm H. Murfett, King's College London. Books, both single authored and edited manuscripts, should preferably be within the 60,000 - 100,000-word range, although we are also very interested in shorter studies (25,000-50,000 words) that focus on elements of the Cold War struggle in Asia.

If you are working on a project that seems to fit these guidelines, please send a detailed proposal to the series editor ( before 31st May 2018. Every proposal will, of course, be subject to strict peer review. If the proposal is supported by experts in the field, it will be our aim to begin publishing the first volumes of this series within a year to eighteen months of the issuing of a confirmation letter to the author.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Info: Professor Malcolm H. Murfett, King's College London

Contact Email:

Call for Papers — SERIES Vol 5 No 2 December 2019  | Deadline: July 2, 2018

Television serials in Asia: A Themed Issue of Series

This themed issue of Series aims to contribute to the study of television serials produced in the Asian region and make them more widely known. The television serial is a prominent expression of popular culture across Asia, especially in China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, but has not been extensively studied.

While we would welcome a range of approaches, we are particularly interested in perspectives that emphasize our cognitive, emotional, and aesthetic engagement with the form. One focus may be on the analysis of specific narrative and stylistic features of the television serial. How do the multiple elements of television programs interact and contribute to seriality? For instance, how do performance or sound design help shape seriality? We are also interested in explorations of the particular aesthetic effects and achievements of television serials. We welcome close analyses, case studies, or broader theoretical discussions grounded in close attention to the form and style of particular television serials.

The following are possible topics, but other topics are welcome:

  • Cognitive and/or narratological approaches to the study of narrative forms and devices–e.g. narrative suspense, narrative closure, cliffhangers — and their impact on viewer response.
  • Case studies analyzing how stylistic elements contribute to a program’s seriality, interacting with narrative and performance.
  • Ways of maintaining a rhythm between contained episodes and ongoing seriality.
  • Relationships between seriality and temporality in serials produced in cultures where temporality is circular, not linear (at least as a narrative convention).
  • The specificity of particular genres.
  • The successful formula in Japan of adapting manga or anime to live action drama, and its extension beyond Japan.
  • Circulation of TV serials via transcultural remakes.
  • Cinematography, mise-en-scene and editing in television serials.
  • The aesthetic experience and reflexivity of online fans of drama — e.g.,  Chinese fans of Japanese drama, as seen on the Taiwan-based website Dorama or the Dramabeans site (in English) about Korean drama.
  • The casting of popular young actors, such as pop group “idols,” as a facet of character design and viewer engagement. Why does the strategy sometimes fail?
  • Various functions of music and/or other non-narrative elements in serials.
  • Discussions of the interaction between artistic or aesthetic achievement with moral, political, social, and/or educational values in television serials.

Guidelines for Submission

Please send proposals of no longer than 300 words plus a short CV (up to 300 words) to:

Dr Helen Kilpatrick:

Dr Sung-Ae Lee:

Dr Winnie Yee:

Deadline for proposals: 2 July 2018

The editors will respond to proposals by: 6 August 2018.

Full submissions of 6,000-8,000 words (including abstract, notes and references) and conforming to Series’ house style will then be due with the Editors by March 4th 2019.

Expected publication date: December 2019.

Call for Contributor(s): “Conflict” chapter in the forthcoming Bloomsbury Academic The Cultural History of the Sea – Medieval Age 800-1450 | Deadline: December 1, 2018

In December 2020 Bloomsbury Academic will publish a new addition to their Cultural History Series, a multi-set Cultural History of the Sea spanning Antiquity to the Modern Age. This follows successful series on Animals, the Human Body, Childhood and Family, Sexuality, Gardens, Women, Food, the Senses, and Dress and Fashion.  These sets are marketed as reference volumes for university and other libraries and are helpful go-to starting points for people/students coming at a subject cold. I was fortunate enough to be offered the editorship of the Medieval Age volume and it is as editor of this volume that I write here. 

I am looking for a potential contributor – or possibly a collaborative contribution – for the chapter entitled “Conflict.” Originally titled “War and Empire” this was subsequently changed to better reflect the diversity of organized violence encountered across different maritime spaces at different periods. As is evident from this shift, the chapter should not have an exclusively ”naval warfare” focus but be prepared to include in its overview a variety of types of organized violence at sea, across a range of maritime spaces including the Indian Ocean.

Previous Cultural History sets from Bloomsbury have been criticised for their Eurocentrism and I am very determined that my Medieval Age volume will not suffer from this. I am hoping that each chapter will attempt coverage of the seas around Eurasia and Africa, even if it focuses on particular areas and sub-periods in more detail. The series aims to present an overview of current research and as coverage is far from comprehensive for this period, in some ways the approach should be self-limiting. 

There is plenty to quibble with about the series - the chronological definition of the periods themselves, their nomenclature, the problems of running the same themes across all the volumes, and, not least, how to present a succinct overview in 10,000 words! Nevertheless, the idea of writing the cultural history of seas is a relatively new idea and to do so across maritime spaces and before 1500 is a pathbreaking endeavour.  As such, this volume represents a brilliant opportunity not only to interest a wide, often non-specialist, audience in this new area of cultural history, but also to formulate new and exciting academic agendas for its future development.

I am aware of the fact that there is a plentiful scholarship on, for example, Norman naval warfare, the Byzantine navy, Viking raiding and so on, but I am looking for a contributor - or a pair of contributors - who would attempt a more wide ranging and comparative approach. It is undoubtedly difficult to find specialists who will readily venture into new geographical areas, even at a survey/overview level, however, I have successfully recruited such rare pearls for the other chapters and you would be writing alongside: Sharon Kinoshita (UC Santa Cruz – “Travelers”), Jessica Goldberg (UCLA – “Networks”), James L. Smith (Trinity College Dublin – “Imaginary Worlds”), Stephanie Wynne-Jones and James Barrett (Universities of York and Cambridge, UK – co-authored chapter on “Practices”), Eric Staples (Zayed University, Abu Dhabi – “Knowledges”), Roxani Margariti (Emory – “Islands and Shores”) and Emmanuelle Vagnon (Paris I and CNRS – “Representation”). 

Each contribution is to be 10,000 words (including notes and bibliography) with 5-6 images allowed per chapter, possibly a few more if other people don't use up their quota (the volume total is to be between 40 and 50 images). The deadline for submission is 1 December 2018, so in a year’s time.

If you are interested in authoring or co-authoring this chapter on “Conflict” please send a full CV and brief statement (100-200 words) of how you would approach this topic and over which geographical areas to

I look forward to hearing from you and please do not hesitate to contact me for more information.

With kind regards,

Elizabeth Lambourn

Reader (Associate Professor) in South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, De Montfort University UK


CFP: "Demographics, Social Policy, and Asia (Part II)", Education About Asia (EAA)

Education About Asia (EAA) is the peer-reviewed teaching journal of the Association for Asian Studies. Our print and online readers include undergraduate instructors as well as high school and middle school teachers. Our articles are intended to provide educators and academics in the humanities and social sciences who are often not specialists with basic understanding of Asia-related content. Professors and high school teachers also utilize many EAA articles and essays as student readings. Qualified referees evaluate all manuscripts submitted for consideration.We are developing a special section for fall 2018 titled “Demographics, Social Policy, and Asia (Part II).” We hope that this special section will draw upon several of the social sciences and the humanities to inform readers about some of the most significant historical and contemporary demographic phenomena that helped to shape Asian cultures, and have profound potential ramifications for Asian futures. Aspiring authors should be aware that “Demographics, Social Policy, and Asia (Part I)” was published earlier in December 2017.

Interested prospective authors can visit the EAA website ( to see the Table of Contents of the issue and read archived articles from the winter 2017 issue. We welcome a variety of Asia-related manuscript topics but are particularly interested in receiving manuscripts on China since we were able to publish only one China-related thematic essay in the winter 2017 issue. We also strongly encourage high school and undergraduate instructors who have utilized successful thematic-related classroom strategies to submit shorter teaching resource essays.

Please consult Submissions to Education About Asia ( before submitting a manuscript for this special section. Please note our relatively modest feature article and teaching resources manuscript word-count ranges.  Prospective authors who are unfamiliar with EAA should also read archived articles and essays available at no charge in the website below my signature. Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to email me 1-3 paragraph descriptions of possible manuscript ideas and will receive prompt replies to queries.

The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Georgetown University in Qatar (GUQ) welcomes submissions to our Occasional Paper series (focus on the Persian Gulf and the Middle East and North Africa) or The Asia Papers series (broadly encompasses Asia). CIRS publishes original research on a broad range of issues, including international relations, political science, and economics, among many others. 

CIRS accepts manuscript submissions throughout the year.


  • Authors are paid an honorarium for accepted papers.
  • Papers are usually published within six months of being accepted.
  • Papers are easily accessible, and available for free in print and electronic formats.
  • Papers are promoted widely by CIRS and distributed via online academic platforms and search databases, making them highly cited.
  • Twenty printed papers are provided free to authors.

View published titles in the Occasional Papers series:

View published titles in The Asia Papers series:


  • Papers should be around 10,000 words and cannot have been previously published, or under consideration for publication, elsewhere.
  • Paper submissions must include a brief abstract and biography of the author.
  • All submissions are subject to a double-blind review process.
  • Any copyright concerns are the full responsibility of the author.
  • By submitting work to CIRS, the author agrees to the CIRS Copyright Agreement.

Contact Info: For inquiries, or to send electronic submissions, please contact Suzi Mirgani, Managing Editor for CIRS Publications at  

For full CIRS Submission Guidelines, please visit:

Contact Email:


Call for Book Proposals: Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain

The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland invites the submission of book proposals on subjects related to the cultures, history, languages and religions of Asia. The Society supports the publication of 4 to 5 books a year in collaboration with a variety of publishers which include Routledge, University of Edinburgh Press, National University of Singapore Press, University of Hong Kong Press, Cambridge University Press, India and the Gingko Library. Recent publications include Anglo-Indians and Minority Politics in South Asia: Race, Boundary Making and Communal Nationalism, U. E. Charlton-Stevens, Routledge (2017), Women in Mongol Iran: The Khatuns, 1206-1335, Bruno De Nicola, Edinburgh University Press with the RAS (2017), Southeast Asia in Ruins, Art and Empire in the Early 19th Century, Sarah Tiffin, National University of Singapore Press with the RAS (2016). Please see for guidelines on the submission of proposals. 

Call for Manuscripts and Book Proposals: Palgrave MacMillan announces its new series, New Directions in East Asian History

The increasing economic and political relevance of the East Asian countries, their growing significance in our interconnected world, and the expanded appreciation, both popular and academic, of the importance of the region’s present and past have converged to stimulate wide interest in scholarly work on issues related to the East Asian experience. The general recognition of the pivotal role that the region is playing in a multipolar international system has also fostered this heightened attraction.

Historians today are increasingly addressing the ways in which history influenced the political, economic and social development of East Asia on the national, regional and global level; thus new perspectives on the distinctive economic and political situation in the region can now be identified.

The proposed book series seeks to address these interests. The series would give particular attention to the years (but not only) going from the Pre-War to the Cold War period in the region with the aim to bring to public attention the results of significant new research on East Asian history and politics in the contemporary era. This would focus on historical studies of politics and intellectual ideas, crosscutting the disciplines of history (in all its various declinations), political science/international relations and sociology.

More specifically, the contributions included in this series would fit (for each case considered) within the following three comprehensive but clear and distinct areas of investigation:

  1. international aspects;
  2. domestic scenario;
  3. broader consequences.

The topics covered should be original and based on innovative methodological approaches. Of particular interest would be works based on previously unexploited primary sources.

To submit a manuscript for consideration by Palgrave MacMillan, please send:

□ a prospectus (see below for details)

□ a detailed table of contents

□ one or two sample chapters

□ your curriculum vitae

If you are proposing a contributed volume, please include titles, affiliations, and brief resumes for each of the contributors, as well as chapter abstracts.

Book series editors: Antony Best (LSE), Oliviero Frattolillo (Roma Tre University), Yuichi Hosoya (Keio University).

Advisory board: Sebastien Lechevalier, Anthony DiFilippo, Frederick R. Dickinson, Kimie Hara, Takashi Inoguchi, Wilhelm Vosse, Guoqi Xu, Ki-Jeong Nam, Tosh Minohara.


For enquiries about this call for book proposals please email Prof. Oliviero Frattolillo (

Call for Book Proposals and Manuscripts: New Studies of Modern Japan

New Studies of Modern Japan, a book series published by Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield and edited by Doug Slaymaker (University of Kentucky) and Bill Tsutsui (Hendrix College), invites proposals, inquiries, and manuscript submissions.

New Studies of Modern Japan is a multidisciplinary series that consists primarily of original studies on a broad spectrum of topics dealing with Japan since the mid-nineteenth century. Additionally, the series aims to bring back into print classic works that shed new light on  contemporary Japan. The series speaks to cultural studies (literature, translations, film), history, and social sciences audiences. We publish compelling works of scholarship, by both established and rising scholars in the field, on a broad arena of topics, in order to nuance our understandings of Japan and the Japanese.  Information on the series is available online at

Recent titles in the series include:

Yokohama and the Silk Trade: How Eastern Japan Became the Primary Economic Region of Japan, 1843–1893, by Yasuhiro Makimura (2017).

The Politics and Literature Debate in Postwar Japanese Criticism: 1945–52, edited by Atsuko Ueda, Michael K. Bourdaghs, Richi Sakakibara, and Hirokazu Toeda (2017).

Rethinking Japan: The Politics of Contested Nationalism, by Arthur Stockwin and Kweku Ampiah (2017).

Creating Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force, 1945–2015: A Sword Well Made, by David Hunter-Chester (2016).

Single Mothers in Contemporary Japan: Motherhood, Class, and Reproductive Practice, by Aya Ezawa (2016).

Japan Viewed from Interdisciplinary Perspectives: History and Prospects, edited by Yoneyuki Sugita (2015).

Traveling Texts and the Work of Afro-Japanese Cultural Production: Two Haiku and a Microphone, edited by William H. Bridges and Nina Cornyetz (2015).

Resilient Borders and Cultural Diversity: Internationalism, Brand Nationalism, and Multiculturalism in Japan, by Koichi Iwabuchi (2015).

Japan’s Multilayered Democracy, edited by Sigal Ben-Rafael Galanti, Nissim Otmazgin, and Alon Levkowitz (2014).

Prospective authors are encouraged to contact Doug Slaymaker ( or Bill Tsutsui (  The series editors and Brian Hill (Acquisitions Editor for Asian Studies at Lexington Books, will be attending the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Washington in March 2018 and would be pleased to meet interested authors there.  In addition, Brian would be able to meet at the American Historical Association Conference (also in Washington) in January 2018.

Tang Center Series in Early China

Sponsored by the Tang Center and to be published by Columbia University Press, the “Tang Center Series in Early China” includes new studies that make major contributions to our understanding of early Chinese civilization or that which break new theoretical or methodological grounds in Early China studies. The series is especially interested in publishing works that analyze newly discovered paleographic and manuscript materials as well as archaeological data. Disciplinary focuses of the series are history, archaeology, art history, anthropology, literature, philosophy, and the history of sciences and technology. The series spans from the Neolithic period to the end of the Han Dynasty (AD 220), or to the end of the Tang Dynasty (AD 907) for titles in archaeology. All submissions are subject to peer reviews and editorial evaluation. For more information, please see Interested authors should submit a book proposal (maximum 25 manuscript pages), accompanied by CV, to: or by mail to: 509 Kent Hall, 1140 Amsterdam Avenue, MC 3907, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027.  

Global Southeast Asian Diasporas: Memory, Movement, and Modernities across Hemispheres 

For some time now, studies on Southeast Asians have often situated the experiences of these peoples within the territorial boundaries of their countries and within the regional framework of Southeast Asia. Geographically fixed to the Philippines, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, and Singapore, Southeast Asia emerges, as critical area studies underscore, as a site marked by multivalent politics, histories, and cultures. The processes of globalization, neoliberalism, and war have unmoored such fixities in the Eastern as much as in the Western Hemispheres, causing tectonic shifts in the constructions of memory, massive population movements and migrations, and ever new projects and worldings responding to various regimes of the “modern.” Whereas Southeast Asian studies may remain regionally focused, Southeast Asian American studies must increase its focus on the understudied complex, transnational flows and manifold expressions of the Southeast Asian diasporic experience.

Attendant to the rise of the Southeast Asian diasporas, Global Southeast Asian Diasporas (SEAD) provides a peer-reviewed forum for studies that specifically investigate the histories and experiences of Southeast Asian diasporic subjects across hemispheres. We especially invite studies that critically focus on the Southeast Asian experience from a transnational, comparative, and international perspective. SEAD welcomes submissions from a wide array of disciplinary fields (including history, sociology, political science, cultural studies, literary studies, and anthropology, among others) that innovatively interrogate themes such as refugees, political asylum, gender/sexuality, colonialism, globalization, empire, nation/nationalism, ethnicity, and transnationalism. 

Manuscripts should be at least 90,000 words in length (including end notes and works cited). Manuscripts may also include illustrations, tables, and other visual material. The editors will consider proposals for original monographs, edited collections, translations, and critical primary source editions.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts by email to the publisher Jason Prevost. Please direct all other correspondence to Assistant Editor Gerda Danielsson Coe.

East Asian Popular Culture Book Series

This series focuses on the study of popular culture in East Asia (referring to China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan) in order to meet a growing interest in the subject among students as well as scholars of various disciplines. The series examines cultural production in East Asian countries, both individually and collectively, as its popularity extends beyond the region. It continues the scholarly discourse on the recent prominence of East Asian popular culture as well as the give and take between Eastern and Western cultures.  Visit the Series page:

The series welcomes submissions of book proposals and manuscripts for consideration in English by both established scholars and early-career researchers.  Please send inquires and proposals to the series editor Yasue Kuwahara (

Call for book manuscripts: 'History and Cultures of Food, 1300-1800' series

Food, its preparation and the act of eating are basic cultural acts that characterize all human groups and, in that they are reiterated on a daily basis, constitute the cornerstone of social and cultural interaction. This series seeks to publish contributions to the field of history and culture of food, broadly conceived: a rapidly expanding discipline addressing a rich variety of approaches to a subject that stands at a major disciplinary crossroad. From cultural history to economic history, from the history of heritage products to the history of manners, food is a truly interdisciplinary topic of inquiry, open to research ranging from the history of the cookbook to literary texts, from the still-life to banquet scenes, including the analysis of account books and beyond.

Food history is, at present, a field very much in the making; it is now beginning to establish a canon. This series aims to publish the best work that is being produced today and make available the work of historians coming from different historiographical horizons. To that end, it welcomes scholarly monographs and edited volumes in English by both established and early-career researchers.

To submit a proposal, please contact series editor Allen Grieco ( and acquisitions editor Erika Gaffney (; and/or, submission guidelines can be found online at

Call for book manuscripts: 'Connected Histories in the Early Modern World' series

This series contributes to our growing understanding of the connectedness of the world during a period in history when an unprecedented number of people—Europeans, Africans, Asians—made transoceanic or other long distance journeys. It explores topics that highlight the cultural impact of the movement of people, animals, and objects at a global scale. The series editors welcome proposals for monographs and collections of essays in English from literary critics, art historians, and cultural historians that address the changes and cross-fertilizations of cultural practices of specific societies. General topics may concern, among other possibilities: cultural confluences, objects in motion, appropriations of material cultures, cross-cultural exoticization, transcultural identities, religious practices, translations and mistranslations, cultural impacts of trade, discourses of dislocation, globalism in literary/visual arts, and cultural histories of lesser studied regions (such as the Philippines, Macau, African societies).

Erika Gaffney:

Central Asia Conferences
East Asia Conferences

An International Conference: From Chang’an to Nālandā: The Life and Legacy of the Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang (c. 602-664) | Deadline: April 20, 2018
Xi’an, China; August 17-19, 2018

The Chinese Guiyuan Society of Promoting the Xuanzang culture (中國歸元玄奘文化促進會), assisted by the Jintai Cultural Academy in Shannxi 陝西金臺書院, the UBC Buddhist Studies Forum, and the Research Institute of Xuanzang 玄奘研究院 at the Northwest University 西北大學 in China,  cordially invites proposals for an international conference on “From Chang’an to Nālandā: The Life and Legacy of the Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang (c. 602-664)” (從長安到那爛陀:玄奘其人及其遺產) to be held between August 17-19, 2018, in Xi’an, China. This conference, exclusively devoted to the different aspects of the eventful life and far-reaching legacy of this complex monk and man, will be the first in a series of conferences on Xuanzang and East Asian Culture to be sponsored by the newly established Chinese Guiyuan Society of Promoting the Xuanzang culture.

Xuanzang 玄奘 (c. 602-664) was neither the first Chinese Buddhist monk to complete the perilous journey across central Asia to India and back to Chang’an to leave a detailed record of his travels (Bianji’s 辯機 Da Tang xiyu ji 大唐西域記, T no. 2087), maybe nor has he been considered the most influential translator of Sanskrit—or Indic language—Buddhist texts into Chinese (roughly 1330 rolls), nor was he even the first Chinese monastic to delve into complicated and voluminous Indian commentaries. But Xuanzang is undeniably the most famous Chinese pilgrim who traveled to Central and South Asia in search of sacred scriptures, translator of Buddhist scriptures into Chinese, and—especially in Japan—he is considered to be the founder of a separate tradition of East Asian Yogācāra exegesis (Hossō 法相宗). He is credited with translating the largest book in the Chinese Buddhist canon, Mahāprajñāpāramitā-sūtra (Da bore boluomiduo jing 大般若波羅蜜多經 in 600 rolls), numerous arcane Indian commentaries, developing a “new” system of translating Sanskrit into Chinese, and, long before the publication of Wu Cheng’en’s 吳承恩 (1501-1582) legendary Journey to the West (Xiyouji 西遊記), Xuanzang became the most famous Chinese Buddhist monk. The impact of Xuanzang upon East Asia requires attention from both Buddhist and non-Buddhist perspectives, within China and beyond.

Approximately thirty scholars, from mainland China and abroad, have already committed to join this conference. We would now like to enlist ten additional scholars to join us in Xi’an. The organizing committee welcomes paper proposals on any aspect of Xuanzang’s complicated life, legacy, and impact, including but not limited to:

  • Xuanzang: Biographical and Hagiographical Study
  • Xuanzang and Yogācāra Buddhism
  • Xuanzang and the Guiyuan Temple
  • Xuanzang and Tang Politics
  • Xuanzang and Buddhist Arts
  • Xuanzang and Buddhist Translation
  • Xuanzang and East Asian Literature
  • Xuanzang in the Context of Sino-Indian Cultural Communication
  • Xuanzang’s Impact on East Asian Buddhism
  • Xuanzang and the Silk Road

In addition to covering all conference-related costs during the conference period, including meals and accommodation, a travel subsidy may also be provided to each of the selected panelists on the basis of need. Interested individuals should email their proposals, along with copies of their updated CV, to by April 20, 2018.

A conference volume, to be published in Europe or North America, will collect all the papers in English, plus the English translations of several papers written in non-English languages; a Chinese volume, to be published in China, will include the Chinese versions for all non-Chinese papers in addition to those papers contributed by our colleagues based in China. Only scholars who are confident in finishing their draft papers by the end of July and publishable papers by the end of November, 2018 are encouraged to apply.

International Workshop on the History of Christianity in East Asia at the University of Minnesota | Deadline: April 21, 2018
University of Minnesota, October 1-4, 2018

The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco in collaboration with the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota will hold a four-day international workshop in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from October 1 through October 4, 2018. 

Please note that all participants will be expected to arrive by Sunday, September 30 and depart on Friday, October 5, 2018. They are required to attend all workshop-related activities and sessions.

We are inviting post-doctoral level scholars and junior faculty members with their research focus on Christianity in East Asia who are currently preparing a book manuscript for publication to apply. This workshop is part of a four-year project supported by the Henry Luce Foundation in New York City. The project is entitled, “Historical Legacies of Christianity in East Asia: Bridging a New Generation of Scholars and Scholarship” and is administered by the Ricci Institute. For more information about the various initiatives that are part of the project, please visit: For information about the workshop at Oxford in 2017, please visit the above website as well as:

The workshop has three primary components. First, through a series of lectures and seminars by senior scholars at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere, participants will have the opportunity to confer with specialists from around the world with regard to the interpretation of complex primary source materials, including manuscripts and early printed books from different historical periods composed in a variety of East Asian and Western languages (e.g. classical Chinese, classical Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, etc...). Another primary focus will be reflecting on research methodologies and historiographies, as they developed and were expressed through different scholarly rhetorical traditions. The training will be further enhanced by discussions with librarians and curators of the James Ford Bell Library and other libraries at the University of Minnesota.

Secondly, participants will have the opportunity to interact with a Senior Acquisitions Editor from Brill Academic Publishers in Leiden and with other scholars with regard to the entire editorial and publication process.

Thirdly, participants will be mentored by invited senior scholars who are well known internationally for their contributions to the study of Christianity in East Asia. These scholars will critique and discuss the participants' draft manuscripts in view of their preparation for publication. This will take place in an open forum together with fellow participants.

Qualifications. Applicants must have completed doctoral studies and dissertation defense in order to be eligible to participate the workshop. Post-doctoral candidates must have completed their doctoral degrees within the past five years and have been involved actively in teaching and/or research (as a post-doctoral fellow, an independent scholar, or a junior faculty member).


(1) a most recent Curriculum Vitae;

(2) an 8~10 page double-spaced statement in English that summarizes the manuscript the candidate is currently preparing to submit for publication.  The theme of the manuscript should be related to some aspect of the history of Christianity in East Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. This statement should include a synopsis of the manuscript, a detailed description of the research methodology employed, plans for additional research and writing to complete the project (if any), and a proposed timeline for the submission of the manuscript to a publisher;

(3) two up-to-date letters of recommendation.

Expenses. The Ricci Institute will cover the following expenses for all successful applicants:

(1) Transportation: return economy airfare from your city/country of residence as well as local public transportation to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to the hotel reserved for the workshop participants (e.g. shared shuttle service or Minneapolis Metro system); Note: car rentals are not covered.

(2) Lodging in Minneapolis from September 30 until the morning of October 5, 2018, including most meals during the workshop (Note: lodging will be pre-arranged by the workshop organizers).

All authorized expenses will be paid as a reimbursement on presentation of official receipts, in compliance with the travel policies of the University of San Francisco and the terms stipulated by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Incidental expenses of a personal nature (e.g. travel insurance, phone/data purchase, etc.) are not reimbursable.

Medical Insurance

Please note that all participants are responsible to arrange their own valid medical insurance for the duration of their stay in the United States.


If you are required to apply for a visa to enter the United States, please contact the local US Consulate for more information on the documentation you will be expected to provide. To support your visa application, the Ricci Institute will be able to issue successful applicants with an official invitation to participate in the workshop. For more information see:

Deadline. All required documents should be in English and submitted via email no later than April 21, 2018 to with the subject line: “2018 Minneapolis Workshop Application”. Letters from the recommenders must be sent directly to the above email address by the same deadline. The preferred formats for the letter attachments are PDF or MS-WORD.

Application results will be announced by May 15, 2017.

For more information about the Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco, please visit: or visit our Facebook page at:

Contact Info: 

Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080, U.S.A. Telephone: 415-422-6401

2018 Kuzushiji Workshop | Deadline: May 1, 2018

The Center for East Asian Studies Committee on Japanese Studies at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce the 2018 Early Modern Japan Summer Workshop: Reading Kuzushiji. The workshop will meet from June 11th-15th.   This year’s workshop will feature two tracks. Professor Ken’ichiro Aratake of Tohoku University’s Northeast Asia Center will instruct the intermediate group in the reading of manuscript materials from the Tokugawa and early Meiji period, while Dr. Nobuko Toyosawa (PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, now Fellow at the Czech Republic’s Oriental Institute) will lead a three-day introductory workshop focusing on print materials.  Participants in Dr. Toyosawa’s group will be prepared to join the intermediate group from day 4 of the workshop.  The workshop will conclude with a symposium on Saturday, June 16th in which workshop participants present on their current research.

The workshop is open to faculty, graduate students, advanced undergraduates, librarians, curators, and independent scholars who are interested in reading print and manuscript materials from the Tokugawa and early Meiji periods. .  Please note that the workshop will be conducted in Japanese and participants should have a working knowledge of classical grammar and some familiarity with hentaigana.  There is a $100 program fee that covers copy costs and lunch each day.

The workshop venue is in the Social Sciences Research Building, 1126 E. 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637.

Applications can be submitted online at

Modest funds are available to assist faculty and graduate students coming from institutions unable to offer support.

Additional inquiries can be directed to the workshop organizer, Professor Susan Burns (  The application deadline is May 1, 2018. For more information, please visit:

Participants are responsible for making their own housing arrangements.  In the past, participants have used airbnb to identify inexpensive lodging options.  In addition, housing is available in guest houses in Hyde Park with a listing available here.

Resistance Reimagined: East Asian Languages and Cultures Graduate Student Symposium | Deadline: May 1, 2018
University of Southern California; September 29, 2018

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 1, 2018

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Graduates Studying East Asia at the University of Southern California invite graduate students conducting research in all disciplines related to East Asia to submit abstracts for our 2018 symposium, “Resistance Reimagined,” to take place September 29, 2018. This conference aims to investigate and formulate new theorizations of resistance as well as rethink how communities and individuals construct narratives to reimagine social and political changes in the context of East Asia. The topic can be interpreted widely in relation to various fields, including but not limited to cinema and media studies, gender studies, history, linguistics, literature, religion, and visual studies. 

Topics can include but are not limited to:
Methods and practices that initiate or imagine resistance;

Representation of marginal communities or intersectional identities;

Strategies or modes of resistance movements and activism efforts;

Pedagogies of resistance in East Asian studies.

The conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to exchange ideas and discuss current research on East Asia with each other and invited faculty panelists. The conference provides a venue for participants to meet other scholars in their fields conducting similar research and to forge new professional relationships. Submissions are welcome from graduate students in all disciplines. Papers should be related to East Asia, including East Asian interactions with the wider world.

Applicants should submit an abstract (max. 250 words) and a short biography (max. 150 words) to by May 1, 2018 (5:00 p.m. PST). 

Reading Hentaigana and Kuzushiji: Summer Workshop | Deadline: May 15, 2018

University of Pennsylvania; June 28-30, 2018

The Penn Faculty Working Group for Reading Asian Manuscripts will hold a three-day workshop on reading Edo-period hentaigana and kuzushiji June 28-30, 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania, and invites applications from faculty and graduate students from all fields of Japanese studies to participate.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Laura Moretti, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, and will meet each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A key feature of this intensive workshop is hands-on experience with a wide range of actual texts, graded by the instructor so that participants can achieve a working knowledge in reading a variety of Edo-period cursive forms. The materials will all be different from those used in previous workshops at Penn and in the Graduate Summer School that Dr. Moretti runs in August in Cambridge ( We will include materials from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. The workshop is suitable for participants with no knowledge of hentaigana/kuzushiji and for those with elementary or intermediary knowledge.

The workshop will be limited to 20 participants and will require a nominal fee of $100 from each participant; travel to Philadelphia, accommodation and related costs are also the responsibility of the participants.

Applications should include a two-page curriculum vitae and a brief paragraph describing how the workshop will be of assistance to your research as well as a self-evaluation of reading skill in hentaigana and kuzushiji. The workshop requires knowledge of Classical Japanese. Graduate students should also include the name of their advisor as a reference. All applications are due May 15, 2018, by 5 p.m., and participants will be informed by May 30 of acceptance; we will also keep a waiting list and notify additional participants on a rolling basis. All participants will be required to pay the fee upon acceptance. For more information, please contact Prof. Julie Davis ( or Prof. Linda Chance (

Seeking Hosts for the podcast New Books in East Asian Studies | Deadline: Rolling

New Books in East Asian Studies ( is currently seeking hosts interested in conducting interviews with authors of new books on China, Japan, Korea and East Asia generally. Hosting the channel is a good way to bring the work of East Asia to the attention of large audiences. Interested parties should write Marshall Poe at

New Books in East Asian Studies is part of the New Books Network (, a non-profit consortium of 81 author-interview podcasts focused on academic books. The NBN serves 25,000 episodes a day to a worldwide audience. Its mission is outreach and public education.

Suspension: Mobilities, Aspirations, and Socio-Political Stagnation in China | Deadline: Rolling

Oxford; September 17-18, 2018

This conference aims to rethink the socio-political meaning of migration in, from, and to China through the idiom of suspension. Suspension firstly indicates a working life strategy. Migrants intentionally suspend, or put on hold, some aspects of their lives in order to maximise others. For instance, they may work long hours away from home, foregoing the joys and duties associated with being family members, friends, and neighbours. They may suspend needs related to social reproduction in order to speed up wealth accumulation.

Although such suspension can be self-inflicted, it is not entirely voluntary. Government regulations—be it the hukou policy, the management of foreign populations, or the overseas labor deployment system—often prevent settlement and exclude migrants from the local community. Even the everyday working experiences can sustain these arrangements: migrants are debarred from public engagement as their lives are encapsulated within dormitories in factories, camps on construction sites, or gated condominiums. Suspension renders migrants economically productive and yet politically passive. Although migrants are indispensable for economic growth, in the Chinese case they appear to have induced minimal impacts or systemic changes on public life and its organisation. This is despite their size (nearly 280 million internal migrants in China alone), their young age relative to the general population, and above all their drive and energy. Indeed, while suspension can lead to hypermobility, where people move frequently and repeatedly without the prospect of settling down, this intensification of movement seems to dissipate rather than ignite grassroots energy that could propel self-organisation and social change from below. Moreover, growing international migration to China, as the on-going project Immigration and the Transformation of Chinese Society reveals, has not led to more open, tolerant, and reflexive outlooks among the Chinese population. This conference invites submissions that apply, develop, and critically engage with the idea of suspension in the context of Chinese mobilities.

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4 May 1919: History in Motion, A Political, Social and Cultural Look at a Turning Point in the History of Modern China | Deadline: July 15, 2018
Université de Mons, Belgium
May 2-4, 2019

Jointly organized by:

Université de Mons (UMONS), Faculty of Translation and Interpretation (FTI-EII) and School of Human and Social Sciences (ESHS)

Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Maison des Sciences Humaines, East Asian Studies (EASt)

Organizing Committee:


In January 1919, after four years of bloody conflict which had spread round the globe, the victors of the First World War gathered in Versailles to sign a document that would send the German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires into oblivion, effectively drawing the borders of a new world. By joining forces with the Allies against Germany in 1917, the young Republic of China had hoped to reassert its sovereignty over those portions of its territory (Qingdao and Jiaozhou Bay, Yantai) that had been placed under German rule twenty years earlier. Unfortunately for China, the Treaty of Versailles attributed those territories to Japan, which, at the time, was also a member of the coalition against the central empires and which had demanded those territories as early as 1915 (Twenty-One Demands). Outraged by what they considered a betrayal – especially since the Chinese government was suspected of having offered the territories up in exchange for the promise of a loan from Japan – three thousand students gathered on 4 May 1919 in Peking before the Tiananmen to express their discontent and their anger towards the pro-Japanese officials. Very rapidly, in spite of the warlords’ attempts to intervene, the nationalist wave, accompanied by social movements, swept over Shanghai paralysing the entire Chinese economy. The movement succeeded in convincing the government to refuse to sign the Treaty of Versailles in June, a decision that, ultimately, had little effect on the Japanese presence in China. Despite this, the student demonstrations marked the emergence of a veritable political consciousness among the Chinese population, who had seen their power usurped in 1912, after the Republican Revolution, by the autocratic interim president, Yuan Shikai. In particular, the movement served as a soapbox for a plurality of political doctrines, including the left. In fact, the Communist Party of China was founded in 1921 by intellectuals (Chen Duxiu and Li Dazhao) who had actively participated in the May 4th events.

This nascent political and nationalistic dimension aside, the May Fourth Movement, led principally by an emerging class of young academics and intellectuals, was part of the larger New Culture Movement, which flourished between 1915 and the end of the 1920s. Students, who had been exposed since the end of the nineteenth century to Japanese and western influences, issued social and cultural demands which included their government’s engaging with other nations; they embraced such values as democracy, equality and individual freedom. The Confucian way of life was considered incompatible with the modern era and was rejected in favour of rationalism and science. Classical Chinese, too, was seen as a straightjacket that prevented new ideas from bursting forth, and became unpopular. Instead, the leaders of the movement sought to promote the vernacular, especially in literature, so that it could be made available to the largest possible audience, a mission which was carried out by such universally known figures as Lu Xun, Mao Dun, Lao She, Bing Xin and Hu Shih.

Given the decisive role it played in the construction of the modern Chinese state – an importance that has been recognized officially on both sides of the Formosa Strait – as well as in the literary and intellectual domains, the May Fourth Movement warrants a large-scale international scientific event in its own right. What better time, then, than the year marking the hundredth anniversary of those student demonstrations to organize, not just a cultural commemoration, but an academic conference befitting its imprint on the Chinese psyche? This project seeks to be interdisciplinary in accordance with the holistic character of the demands put forth by those demonstrators. Papers might focus, for example, on the following (non-exhaustive) questions:


— What were the premises on which, from the end of the Empire, the foundations of the May Fourth Movement were laid, and how did they manifest themselves? Can the student demonstrations be justifiably qualified as ‘revolutionary’, or were they merely one brick in a larger edifice?

— What role did political opposition to the central regime of the time (the Beiyang government) play, if any, in the explosion of patriotic fervour? How significant a role did the nationalist party, the Kuomintang, play in these events?

— What was the real weight of leftist and non-leftist forces in the movement? Should the importance of the Marxists, touted in communist propaganda, be relativized? Similarly, was the May Fourth Movement the intellectual catalyst of the Revolution which would result in the installation of the communist regime in continental China in 1949?

— Was the rejection of Confucianism by the intellectuals of the time justified? Did the agitation caused by the New Culture Movement not turn out to be sterile?

— Who were the conservatives who opposed the westernization of Chinese society, whose names have not received official recognition? Should their ideas be rehabilitated?

— Were the Japanese universally seen negatively in this movement, which was initially profoundly nationalistic and anti-Japanese? How can the possible influence of the Japanese in the New Culture Movement be estimated?

— How can the impact of the intense translation effort made in the early years of the Republic of China best be measured?

— Is it necessary to re-evaluate the literary modernity of the great canonical authors of the 1920s, such as Lu Xun, Guo Moruo, Mao Dun and Lao She? Or perhaps their forgotten ‘precursors’, including late Empire authors, should be re-examined in a more favourable and nuanced light?

— What role did women play in the May Fourth and New Culture Movements? Did the intensive reflection that accompanied these movements lead to a higher status for women?

— How much attention did the 1919 events receive abroad, in Japan, Europe (including Germany) or the United States?

Proposals should be sent to Kevin HENRY or Vanessa FRANGVILLE at They must include: title, full name(s) of the speaker(s), their institutional affiliations and e-mail addresses. Please include an abstract (maximum 300 words), in English, as well as a brief bio of the author(s) (5–7 lines).

The primary language of the conference is English. Submissions may be made in other languages if accompanied by a complete and detailed summary of the presentation and the slides to be used during the presentation can be provided in English in advance.

More details available on the conference website:


— Deadline for submission: 15 July 2018

— Notification of acceptance: Autumn, 2018

The Early Modern Japan Network Annual Conference | Deadline: Rolling
Washington, March 22-25, 2018

The Early Modern Japan Network is soliciting panel proposals for presentation at its annual meeting, held in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies meeting in Washington, March 22-25.

Formal scheduling of meeting time will depend on the number of successful panel proposals we receive, but typically panels are centered on the Thursday afternoon of the first day of the AAS annual meeting, this year, March 22.

Proposals for complete panels should be sent to  Proposals should follow the basic format of those for the AAS:

     Abstract of panel (200 words)

     List of panel members, with complete snail mail addresses, affiliations, rank/position, e-mail addresses for each

     Abstracts of each presentation in the proposal

Note that costs of data projector rental, screens and mikes must be shared by participants although the EMJS typically provides some subsidy.

There is no formal submission deadline, but earlier is, of course, better.

South Asia Conferences

The Politics and Poetics of South Asian Modernism: Hindi and Urdu Debates | Deadline: May 25, 2018
Thursday, October 11, 2018


Preetha Mani, Rutgers University

Robert Phillips, Princeton University

Snehal Shingavi, University of Texas

Jennifer Dubrow, University of Washington

This symposium seeks to understand the connective and divergent relationships between Hindi and Urdu modernist literatures, both before and after Independence, through consideration of the creative literature and the critical debates that shaped each. While recent scholarship has been interested in explaining the contours of Hindi and Urdu modernist literature and criticism, none has considered the two streams in concert.  The symposium brings together scholars who can explore the overlaps and divergences between Hindi and Urdu literary modernism and foreground thinkers who have grappled with the dilemmas and challenges of subcontinental decolonization and national growth and change.  Questions of interest include: Of what literary lineages did Hindi and Urdu writers consider their work a part? How did they define the political and aesthetic functions of modernist literature? What kinds of readerships did Hindi and Urdu writers aim to create? And, how did they draw from and expand upon, as well as contest and diverge from other modernist literatures across the subcontinent and abroad?  

Proposals should include a title, a 250-word abstract, and contact information.

Deadline for submission is May 25, 2018

Abstracts and questions can be directed to:

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Himalayan Policy Research Conference (HPRC 2018) | Deadline: June 1, 2018

Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico

A Focus on South Asian Countries 

DATE:  April 17, 2018

VENUE:  The Madison Concourse Hotel, Wisconsin

The Nepal Study Center  is pleased to announce the Himalayan Policy Research Conference.  The Conference is our 13th in annual series and will be held on October 11, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin, at the symposium venue of the University of Wisconsin's 47th Annual Conference on South Asia (October 11-14, 2018). 

(Attention: We also encourage you to attend the Annual Conference on South Asia: )


We invite you to send an abstract of your research, recently completed or in progress, in the field of development, democracy, governance, or environment. We consider these fields broadly as encompassing socio-economic growth (macro or sectoral), violent conflict and political processes, institutional development, governance and administrative reform, poverty and income distribution, education and health, regional development, gender and ethnicity, trade and remittances, aid and foreign direct investment, resource and environmental management, climate change, biodiversity, sustainable community development,  public-private partnership in technology and investment, child labor, and many other issues. 


The abstract submission deadline is June 1, 2018. We expect that the authors whose abstracts are accepted will confirm their participation by August 15, 2018, and submit a copy of their full paper for presentation by October 1, 2018. 


For abstract submission guidelines, submission-related logistics, hotel accommodations, travels, past proceedings, and photos, please click here:

For information on registration details, please click here:


We invite you to organize any special panel if you are interested in. You can choose the field by yourselves to form a panel or see the above Topic section as a suggested guide. 


Nepal Study Center Secretariat


Workshop: Transforming your dissertation into a book | Deadline: July 30, 2018
University of Wisconsin; October 10, 2018

Sponsored by AIIS and  AIPS

Sponsored by the several organizations devoted to the study of South Asia, this workshop aims to help a select number of recent PhDs re-vision their doctoral dissertations as books.  Applications to participate are due by July 30, 2018, emailed to Susan S. Wadley, Participants must arrange their own transport to  and all costs for the University of Wisconsin Annual Conference  on South Asia in October. The workshop will begin at 7 pm Wednesday evening, Oct. 10 , and all participants are expected to be present at this time. 

For selection: Required is an email containing a current cv; the dissertation abstract, its table of contents,  and either the introduction or the first content chapter (whichever best explains the dissertation focus and content)  plus a book prospectus.  These should all be in ONE PDF file. (For the prospectus, guidelines from a press: here is the link to SUNY Press guidelines

Senior Faculty Participants:  Susan S. Wadley (Anthropology, Syracuse), Convener; Geraldine Forbes (History, SUNY Oswego);  Sarah Lamb (Brandeis); Tulasi Srinivas (Emerson College); Anand Yang, (U,. of Washington), more tba.  Our role is to read the materials prior to the meeting and be prepared to intervene and comment, “in the background” primarily, though with key interventions as needed. AIPS has been sending one scholar focused on Pakistan as well.


Wednesday evening:

7-9 Introductions plus discussion by one or two recent successful authors of the transformation process (Kalyani Menon and tba), plus “pairing assignments” for Thursday’s discussion.

Thursday morning is divided into 8 half-hour segments for discussion of the 8 projects (plus two 15 minute breaks).  For each half-hour session, one participant will have been assigned on Wednesday evening to make a 5 minute presentation of someone else's project—preferably how that individual would revise the dissertation, and the key themes to be emphasized.  During the remaining 25 minutes of that session, all of the other participants join in discussing the project -- except the project's author, who is not allowed to speak.  The author of the project under discussion can only listen, take notes, even record, how their project is being understood, mis-understood, stretched, queried, and critiqued by knowledgeable peers with closely related interests, but working in varying theoretical perspectives, disciplines, time periods, etc.  

On Thursday afternoon/evening, each participant is given a 40 minute time slot to respond to the more important queries, issues, and suggestions raised in the morning, and, most important, to seek feedback or further discussion of areas of their projects with which they recognize they are having difficulty.  

We will take an hour break for dinner Thursday evening before continuing the final two discussions after dinner.

Conversations can carry over into Friday and Saturday at the South Asia Conference!

Call for Panelists for Annual Conference on South Asia | Deadline: Rolling

We are seeking a third panelist for our panel titled "Lineages of the Urban: Public Spheres, Literary Production and Sex Marketplaces in Colonial North India" that has been accepted for presentation at this year's Annual Conference on South Asia (October 26-28). The panel will be chaired by David Boyk ( from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern University.

The panel originally featured paper proposals on different themes across three cities: Lucknow, Jaipur and Allahabad. Our fellow panelist who was meant to present a paper on Jaipur will not be able to make it to the conference. We invite scholars who wish to present work relating to urban expression in Indian (preferably north Indian) cities to contact us about participating in the panel. For more details, please see the panel abstract below:

"Conceptual frameworks of the city and the urban have shown tremendous import for understanding the engagement between social processes and spatial forms. Cities are sites at which multiple social relations and identities intersect, and often play host to important contestations over power. The objective of this panel is to explore expressions of urbanism in the north Indian cities of Lucknow, Jaipur and Allahabad during the colonial and princely periods from a bottom-up perspective by utilizing marginalized archives, vernacular literature and  reading official records against the grain. The papers explore: the making of political subjectivities within the public sphere in mid-twentieth century Jaipur; literary discourses on the city-space and urban experience in twentieth-century Allahabad; and the spatial manifestations of sex marketplaces in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Lucknow. As this panel wishes to disentangle urban histories from the top-down approach of state governance, our methodologies involve reading archives against state perspectives, while also utilizing manuscripts, novels, newspapers and civil society records in order to chalk out the urban history of cities independent of larger frames such as nation and community. Our panel aims to propose new modes of understanding the city and the urban beyond Western theorizations of the concept that largely focus on Eurocentric contexts and experiences. We take a hybrid approach to cities, contending that city-spaces ought to be considered in their uniqueness and specificity, while also acknowledging the broader influence of state structuring. In taking this approach, ‘Lineages of the Urban’ seeks to offer insights on the specific urban experiences, memories, and spatialities in Indian cities, how identities play out amid different modes of power relations, and how evidence can be marshalled for the purposes of recovering marginalized experiences of urbanism."

Contact Info: 

If you are interested in participating in the panel or have any questions about it, please contact Zoya Sameen ( or Sanjukta Poddar ( Thank you for your consideration.

Southeast Asia Conferences

How to Rule with an Iron Fist: Legitimating Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia at ASEAS Conference | Deadline: May 31, 2018
University of Leeds; September 5-7, 2018

Authoritarianism has been a political feature of many governments in Southeast Asia. After World War II the region undertook decolonization and these countries, one after the other, gained independence. ‘Strongman rule’ reigned in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore while brutal military dictatorships ruled in Burma and Thailand. In former Indochina, communist regimes swayed in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. In recent years, authoritarian longing and lure have pervaded the atmosphere in some Southeast Asian countries even in countries that transitioned to democracy. In order to legitimate their authoritarian rule, state elites have used a variety of ways to justify their regimes. This panel seeks to understand and examine the ideologies, mechanisms, means and processes – or the Althusserian ideological state apparatuses – that state actors in Southeast Asia deploy to rationalize and perpetuate their either one-man or one-party rule.

One accepted abstract deals with Cambodian authoritarianism. I will be tackling Marcos dictatorship. Please send your abstracts with title, body (max. 250 words), name and institutional affiliation to on or before 31 May 2018.

Kindly visit the website at

Southeast Asia and World Literature | Deadline: May 31, 2018
ASEASUK, University of Leeds; September 5-7, 2018

Panel: Southeast Asia and World Literature

The field of world literature is fast gaining traction as an emerging discipline across global universities as both a research theme (for example, Global South) and pedagogical focus (‘Great Books’ courses). These ventures often focus on major cultural units such as Europe, Chinese and Arabic. Very little attention has so far been directed at literary productions from Southeast Asia, rendering it a peripheral region within the ambit of world literature. However, there are indications on the ground that this might be changing. In 2015, Indonesia was featured as the guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The following year, the Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan received widespread critical acclaim for the English translation of his novel, Lelaki Harimau (Man Tiger). Singapore is also making waves internationally through its annual government-backed Singapore Writers Festival which have consistently attracted literary bigwigs such as authors Mohsin Hamid and Junot Diaz. This panel seeks to explore the place of Southeast Asia within world literature. Though not exhaustive, it welcomes papers that seek to address the following questions:

  • What accounts as a Southeast Asian literary classic? Is there a canon? 
  • What makes a Southeast Asian text worldly? 
  • What is the role and value of literary translation in Southeast Asia? 
  • Do existing theories of world literature (such as David Damrosch on literary circulation, Franco Moretti on patterns, Pascale Casanova on cultural capital) apply to the context of this region? 

Deadline for Paper abstracts: 31 May 2018

Format for Abstracts: Please submit your abstracts as a Word document with the following format: Title of abstract, Your name, institution and email address, Body of abstract (max. 250 words) to the convenor.

Contact Info: 

Convener: Dr. Nazry Bahrawi, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Contact Email:



Southeast Asian Studies Call for Book Reviews | Deadline: Rolling

The internationally peer-reviewed journal  Southeast Asian Studies  invites scholars to review the following titles on Southeast Asian studies. Reviews are between 1400-1800 words.  Interested scholars should an email to the reviews editor, Associate Professor Julius Bautista <> containing the following:  (1) an indication of which title they would like to review,  (2) a description of their scholarly expertise, (3) their full mailing address and (4) their complete CV.  

For more information, please see the original posting here

Transnational & Comparative Conferences

CFP: (Re)conceptualising Asian Civil Society in the Age of Post-Politics | April 20, 2018

Asia is one of the most rapidly urbanising regions of the world (United Nations, 2014), and many Asian cities now face an array of socio-economic and environmental problems that have emerged as a result of this urbanisation and (re)development process. In response to these challenges, questions surrounding how a ‘liveable’ and ‘sustainable’ city can be realised are found within the discourses of governments, scholars, and civil society in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and more. Whilst work has been done on reviewing top-down initiatives addressing these concerns (see Clark and Moonen, 2016), what remains to be examined is the impact and role of civil society in matters of urban governance, especially within the contemporary context where many Asian nations have embraced ‘post-political’ ideologies and practices, whereby governing power is decentralised and dispersed from the level of the nation state to that of the city (Swyngedouw, 2009; Wilson and Swyngedouw, 2014).

This conference seeks to better understand how civil society in Asian cities are renegotiating existing, and establishing new, alliances and solidarities with each other and with other organisations/institutional bodies in order to reconfigure the way urban governance is conceptualised and enacted in the post-political era. To examine established and emergent network formations within Asian civil societies, this conference focusses on exploring issues surrounding two aspects of the urban condition; that of the natural (the physical resources and features on the landscape) and the cultural (the tangible and intangible features that pertain to human activities), as respectively represented by urban environmental governance and urban heritage conservation debates. Although urban heritage and urban environmental governance may appear as disparate topics, they are in fact interrelated domains, and are central components within discussions on urban liveability and sustainability (see Balsas, 2004; Lloyd et al. 2016), and are therefore pivotal and powerful considerations in the generation of new urban governance initiatives.

As such, we welcome contributions from scholars who, by examining issues pertaining to urban heritage and natural environment management, trace the emerging relationships between civil society actors and organisations across the scale of the urban local, regional, national, and international spheres. By doing so, this conference will enable us to refine our thinking about how civil society addresses existing urban problems, resists urban development, and envisions potential alternative/new forms of urban governance for the future. Some questions this conference addresses include:

1. How has the concept of the ‘post-political’ been realised in Asian cities; are there any variations in how post-politics has taken shape between localities, why/why not?

2. How is civil society conceptualised in Asia, and how is civil society positioned in relation to local and national governments across the region?

3. What networks between civil society, the local/regional/national government, and international agencies have emerged within the context of post-political governance? What directionality do these networks assume (e.g. ‘upward’ where civil society form collaborative links with local and national governments, or ‘outward’ where civil society bypasses various levels of government and instead form connections with transnational organisations)?

4. What opportunities and challenges for civil society has the post-political framework wrought; and what implications does this have for how urban governance in Asian cities will manifest in the near future?


Submissions should include a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words, and a short biography using the proposed form. Please note that only previously unpublished papers, or those not already committed elsewhere, can be accepted. The organisers plan to publish an edited volume with selected papers presented in this conference. By participating in the conference you agree to participate in the future publication plans of the organisers. ARI will provide hotel accommodation for three nights and contribute towards airfare expenses for accepted paper participants (one author per paper).

Please submit your proposal using the provided paper proposal found in the URL to Dr Sonia Lam-Knott Dr Creighton Connolly by 20 April 2018. The organisers will send out notification of acceptance by mid-May. 

CFP: Multinational Migrations: Onward Migration Patterns and Possibilities in Asia and Beyond | Deadline: April 27, 2018

This workshop is jointly organised by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and Yale-NUS College, Singapore.

A growing body of migration scholarship has highlighted the inadequacies of a single-origin-single-destination model for thinking about international migration in the 21st century. Even as more and more people around the world are moving out of their country of birth and into a new one, many of them subsequently move again to a third (or fourth or fifth) country. Literature on the “global elite” demonstrates that this class of expatriate migrants tends to hold careers with built-in multi-national mobility expectations. At the same time, scholarship on irregular migrants has documented how they are also driven by long-term mobility aspirations and also often travel across multiple countries, though typically through undocumented means. Meanwhile, middle-rung migrants – IT professionals, nurses, international students, and even domestic workers and sex workers – have been observed adopting “stepwise international migration” patterns as they seek to leverage the human, economic, social, and cultural capital they acquire in one overseas destination to secure access to another, preferred overseas destination.

Several terms – onward, stepwise, serial, secondary, triangular, multiple, and transit migration – have been coined to describe these multiple moves within a single migratory lifetime, but the lack of consensus on the terminology to use to describe these migrations is indicative of the lack of theoretical clarity on this emergent phenomenon. Understanding these overlapping categories of “multi-national migrants” and the factors that lead to the emergence of these onward migration patterns requires a concerted, comparative effort on the part of migration scholars. This proposed workshop would do just that, bringing together scholars whose research investigates various patterns of multinational migration across a range of migrant categories and spanning multiple world regions, but with a particular focus on multinational migration journeys that originate, terminate, or pass through Asia.

The proposed workshop will advance the nascent but growing body of scholarly research on the various categories of onward migration that have been observed around the world, their causes, constraints, and consequences for the onward migrants themselves and also the sending, intermediate, and receiving communities/countries. Scholars who engage in comparative research across multiple categories of onward migrants or multiple populations are especially welcome, as are those seeking to address the following questions:

  • What is the role of individual agency versus opportunity structure within the adoption of a multi-national migration?
  • How does the emergence of multi-national migrations affect or alter international migration theory?
  • What is the relationship between the emergence of multi-national migrations and the international migration regime?
  • How are particular transnational stepwise pathways structured by broader overarching structures (e.g. the temporary migration regime in Asia and the barriers to residency and citizenship for example) which in turn structure migrants’ migration goals and aspirations?
  • How does the emergence of multi-national migration relate to non-migration and immobility?
  • How do historical patterns of colonial migrations and diasporas influence more recent trends in secondary migration in and out of nation-states?
  • What methods are best suited to studying multi-national migration as a potentiality and an actuality?

Both qualitative and quantitative research, particularly those that are comparative and longitudinal in nature, are welcome.


Paper abstracts should be submitted by 27 April 2018. Submissions should include a title, an abstract of 250-350 words (with sufficient details of the significance of the research question(s), conceptual framing, methodological route and key findings), a brief biography (maximum of 100 words) including name, institutional affiliation, and email contact. Draft papers of 6,000 to 7,000 words are due on 3 September 2018.

Please note that only previously unpublished papers or those not already committed elsewhere can be accepted. The organizers plan to publish a special issue or edited volume with selected papers presented in this conference. By participating in the conference you agree to participate in the future publication plans (usually a journal special issue) if your paper is selected for inclusion.

The organizers will provide hotel accommodation for three nights and a contribution towards airfare for accepted paper participants (one author per paper).

Please submit your abstract, using the provided paper proposal form to Ms Sharon Ong at by 27 April 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out before end-May 2018.

Old Bonds, New Ties: Understanding Family Transitions in Re-partnerships, Remarriages and Stepfamilies in Asia, National University of Singapore | Deadline: April 30, 2018
National University of Singapore,  November 19-20, 2018


The challenges of sustaining an economically productive population amidst declining marriage and fertility rates and an ageing population has seen Asian societies bolstering the institutions of marriage and the family ideologically and nation-states concomitantly implementing a wide variety of family-oriented policies. The dominant emphasis on a decontextualized nuclear family, however, has distorted experiences of alternative family structures and understandings of them, particularly in the case of stepfamilies, which closely resemble conventional first-time families but deal with more complex family transitions such as a prior couple dissolution and re-partnership/remarriage. In public discourses in Asia, traditional values has reinforced the stigma around re-partnering and the dangers associated with it including the abuse of children in stepfamilies. Yet, in other instances, re-partnerships and remarriages are sought as a pragmatic option to overcome dire economic conditions and family instability, and reintegrating into mainstream society. Despite its increasing prevalence, particularly over the last two decades, scholarship on re-partnerships, remarriages and stepfamilies in Asia remains limited and underdeveloped.

Do re-partnerships and remarriages necessarily entail the creation of new kinship ties? Does divorce signal the rupture of family bonds or only the death of a legal relationship? How does the simultaneous existence of ‘old’ bonds and ‘new’ ties in blended families reshape the family? Insights into understanding re-partnerships, remarriages and stepfamilies could on one hand, empirically and conceptually account for shifts in family processes in terms of individual well-being outcomes, intra and extra-familial relationship dynamics as well as inform law, public policy, while on the other, illuminate the relevance of locating these changes within culturally specific contexts of collectivism, communitarianism and familism in Asia. In so doing, it challenges dominant notions of familial relationships as ‘natural’, ‘private’ or ‘universal’ and acknowledge the family as a site of social and political intervention and transformation that engenders social and economic inequality in society. Moreover, it also helps push theorizing beyond a simplistic binary view of family units as either valued resources or deficits. A cross-cultural or cross-national comparison would be vital in understanding differences in remarriage and stepfamily patterns and dynamics not just between Asian and Western contexts but also within Asia where broader social categories including class, race and gender, religion and historicity intersect and (re)produce differentially resourced families and individuals in various national contexts.

This conference aims welcomes empirical and theoretical discussions using quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods from multiple disciplines on re-partnership, remarriage and stepfamilies in East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The following list includes, but does not limit, topics we expect papers to address around these themes:

  • Adult and children well-being outcomes (i.e. physical, cognitive, emotional, educational)
  • Transitions in family processes - changes in familial relationships, caregiving, family roles and family boundaries
  • Socio-cultural attitudes
  • Social support amongst extra-familial institutions and actors
  • Role of the state, laws and public policies
  • Impact of demographic transitions including migration, declining marriage and fertility rates etc.
  • Conceptual and methodological issues: conceptual frameworks and paradigms, multiple sources of data and methodological approaches


Submissions should include a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief biography including name, institutional affiliation, and email contact. Please note that only previously unpublished papers or those not already committed elsewhere can be accepted. The organizers plan to publish a special issue with selected papers presented in this conference. By participating in the conference you agree to participate in the future publication plans (special issue/journal) of the organizers. The organizers will provide hotel accommodation for three nights and a contribution towards airfare for accepted paper participants (one author per paper).

Please submit your proposal, using the proposal template available on the website, to Ms Tay Minghua at by 30 April 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in mid May 2018.

International Conference on Buddhist Manuscript Cultures: On the Production and Preservation of Buddhist Manuscripts in Central and East Asia | Deadline: April 30, 2018
Cambridge, UK; August 30-31, 2018

The Buddhist Studies Forum at the University of British Columbia, with the assistance of the Glorisun Global Network of Buddhist Studies at Cambridge, cordially invites proposals for an international conference on “Production and Preservation of Buddhist Manuscripts in Central and East Asia” to be held between August 30-31, 2018, at Cambridge, United Kingdom. The conference is made possible with generous support from the Glorisun Charitable Foundation based in Hong Kong.

The discovery of the cache of manuscripts and other materials in cave seventeen of the Mogao Grottoes, near Dunhuang, in western China, early last century has kindled the new field of the study of Central and East Asian Buddhist manuscripts. Discoveries in Japan late last century of twelfth-century copies of much earlier manuscripts, in addition to the treasury of documents preserved in the Shōsōin (Shōgozō), and at sites in Korea, Chinese Central Asia, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, compel scholars to reconsider not only how we think about the transmission of Buddhist literature and religious teachings, but also the production and preservation of Buddhist texts and books across a broad geographical and chronological span. This conference explores the trans-cultural, multi-ethnic, and cross-regional production, preservation, and uses of premodern Buddhist manuscripts in Asia.

Topics for this conference include, but are not limited to studies of:

  • The production and/or preservation of manuscripts in Chinese, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Khotanese, Tangut, and so forth, from Central and East Asia;
  • Buddhist manuscripts of texts included in the so-called East Asian Buddhist canons;
  • Buddhist manuscripts of texts excluded from manuscript or printed editions of the so-called East Asian Buddhist canons;
  • Manuscripts of ritual manuals, performances, histories, or other texts exchanged in Central and East Asia;
  • People and communities who produced or preserved manuscripts in premodern Central and East Asia;
  • Exchange and/or production of particular manuscripts or printed books (codicology) in Central and East Asia;
  • Collections of Buddhist texts—or canons—at specific sites in Central and East Asia;
  • Editions of works in multilingual manuscripts or collections;
  • Paleographical, codicoligical, or doxographical aspects of premodern Buddhist manuscripts.

The organizing committee welcomes paper proposals related to any aspect(s) of the multidisciplinary, inter-cultural, and cross-regional study of manuscripts and manuscript cultures in Central and East. All conference-related costs, including, local transportation, meals and accommodation during the conference period, will be covered by the conference organizers, who—depending on availability of funding—may also provide a travel subsidy to selected panelists who are in need of funding.

A conference volume will collect all the papers in English, plus the English translations of several papers written in non-English languages; a Chinese volume, to be published in China, will include the Chinese versions for all non-Chinese papers in addition to those papers contributed by our colleagues based in China. Only scholars who are confident in finishing their draft papers by the end of July and publishable papers by the end of 2018 are encouraged to apply. Please email proposals and CVs to by April 30, 2018.

This conference is planned as part of our annual Intensive Program of Lectures Series, Conference/Forum, and Fieldwork on Buddhism and East Asian Cultures at Cambridge, sponsored by UBC’s SSHRC partnership project of Buddhism and East Asian Religions ( and the Glorisun Global Network of Buddhist Studies the latter of which involves several top universities in East Asia, North America and Europe ( Interested graduate student and post-doctoral fellows are welcome to apply for the whole program (details can be found here).

The 1st International Conference on “China and South Asia” | Deadline: April 30, 2018
Shanghai University, ; November 24-25, 2018

 As China goes global, South Asia and Indian Ocean are posited to play important roles in China’s economic and security environment. Vibrant and emerging democracies, growing economies and home to major religions of the world, South Asia juxtaposes culture, economy and politics. Regional connectivity and development plan offer substantive benefit to the regions while changing the status quo and introducing transformations.  Regional cooperative mechanism is relatively weak and internal rivalries lure great powers to play crucial role. China’s influence in the region is growing, the US is trying to maintain status-quo and India is rising to go beyond the region as well as to protect its interests in the region. In this context, the conference aims to bring Chinese and International scholars to discuss and debate various issues concerning China and South Asia to build a harmonious region paving the way for Asian Century.

Conference proceedings will be published in an edited book or in a special issue of a reputed and refereed journal. Papers are invited, but not limited to, on the following themes:

1.China and South Asia: Historical Connections

2. Connectivity and Development

3. Religion, Society and Culture

4. Changing Dynamics in South Asia

5. Belt and Road Initiative

6. Populism and Politics in South Asia

7. Rising Nationalism

8. Globalization and Asia

9. Emerging Security Order

10. Energy Security

11. Ethnicity, Gender and Migration

12.Environment and Sustainable Development  

13. Media

14.Regional and International Organisations

15. Civil Society

The deadline for submitting abstract is April 30, 2018. Accepted proposals will be notified by May 30, 2018 and full draft papers will be due by July 31, 2018. Please send 200-300 word abstract and brief bio as an email attachment to Rajiv Ranjan ( For consideration of the Organising Committee. 

Conference on "The Value of Children in Asia: Economy, Family and Public Policies" | Deadline: April 30, 2018
National University of Singapore; 8-9 November, 2018

We invite papers for the conference The Value of Children in Asia to understand how children are valued amidst dramatic social transformations in Asian societies. Answers to this understudied question could provide important insights in addressing a set of acute demographic and social challenges in this region, such as extended periods of below-replacement fertility, population aging and rising social inequalities.

In western societies, research finds that industrialization and urbanization since the 19th century have drastically transformed the social context where children grow up and the social meanings of childhood. First, the rise of wage labour and bureaucratic employment has weakened the economic basis of the family as a productive unit, hence children’s diminishing role as economic contributors. Second, the demographic transition characterized by decreased fertility and mortality rates, combined with the separation of the family as a private sphere absent the ruthless market logic, gives rise to the construction of a childhood which is valued by its paradoxical nature of being “economically useless” but “emotionally priceless” (Zelizer 1994). Further, with the modern state assuming a prominent role in distributing resources and regulating social life, there emerges a discourse of the development of children’s capabilities and human capital as a public good, thus bringing children’s welfare into public debate.

Fast forward to the 21st century, children in Asia live in a time where decades of fast economic development, demographic transition, shifting public policies and historical legacies of family norms and practices jointly shape heterogeneous and complicated contexts for their development. First, the low fertility trap. Many Asian societies, except for parts of South Asia, are concerned about long-term implications of persistent below-replacement fertility rates, induced by a web of factors such as economic restructuring, family-work conflict, women’s “flight from marriage” and fertility policies. What the low fertility context means for children and the values attached to them remains elusive. Second, the “Asian family” in transition. At the risk of overgeneralization, in many Asian societies, the family (nuclear, extended or joint) is still regarded, and oftentimes is targeted by state policies, as the front-line support and social security system for individual members. However, due to rapid urbanization, women’s increasing educational attainment and employment in the formal economy, as well as mass-scale migration (internal or transnational), the family itself is undergoing considerable change. There is an urgent need to unpack how these family changes affect parents’ values and practices in childbearing and childrearing. Third, children in the public eye. Facing pressing demographic and social challenges described above, national governments in Asia now find a state position on delivering welfare provision inevitable. Still in their evolutionary processes and with considerable inter-regional heterogeneity, how public policies are informed by and in turn shape particular discourses on children’s value, as well as their impact on children’s wellbeing deserve scholarly scrutiny.

In this conference, we invite high-quality empirical and theoretical discussions from multiple disciplines to address the following themes:

Definition and conceptualization of the value of children
Economic/social development and social transformation of children’s value
The value of children and parenthood
The impact of public policies on the value of children and parenting practices
Consequences of shifting values of children
Conceptual and methodological issues: conceptual frameworks/paradigms as well as methodological approaches


Submissions should include a title, an abstract of no more than 300 words and a brief biography including name, institutional affiliation, and email contact. Please note that only previously unpublished papers or those not already committed elsewhere can be accepted. The organizers plan to publish a special issue with selected papers presented in this conference. By participating in the conference you agree to participate in the future publication plans (special issue/journal) of the organizers. The organizers will provide hotel accommodation for three nights and a contribution towards airfare for accepted paper participants (one author per paper).

Please submit your proposal to by 30 April 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 15 May 2018.


Dr Gu Xiaorong
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore 

Prof Wei-Jun Jean Yeung
Department of Sociology, Asia Research Institute, and Centre for Family and Population Research, National University of Singapore

Contact Info: 
Valerie Yeo | Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Contact Email:

The Aesthetics of Religious Belonging: Asian Perspectives (Call for participation) | Deadline: May 1, 2018
University of Copenhagen; June 26, 2018

The Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies (CCBS) at the University of Copenhagen is organizing a workshop on "The Aesthetics of Religious Belonging: Asian Perspectives" on June 26th, 2018. This workshop seeks to gather researchers who are engaging in research on aesthetics, affect, embodiment and sensory experiences in relation to religion and belonging in Asian contexts. Rather than a call for papers, we are looking for scholars who would like to participate in an engaged discussion on this topic in a more nuanced and informal setting. Instead of papers and presentations, we ask participants to read a selection of texts beforehand in order to maximize collaborative and exploratory discussion on the aesthetics of religious belonging.

Researchers who gather information on religions frequently find difficulty articulating affective dimensions of their findings - that is, giving voice to the feelings evoked via connections forged between people and objects, and the impact of aesthetic choices made by those who construct the ideas, sensorial output, and activities that comprise religion's quotidian existence. Attention to the aesthetic draws us closer to compelling responses to perennial questions that hover over religions research, namely why do people commit themselves to demanding forms of religious self-sacrifice; how can we connect the specific nature of religions' material aspects to the ideas, practices, and social conventions its adherents perpetuate; and how do religious aesthetics affect those who do not ‘belong’? While work in religious studies has come to embrace the ‘affective turn’, research on Asian religions is only now turning in this direction. Put simply, we need to do a better job explaining how Asian religions look and feel, and why aesthetics and affect matter to the traditions we study.

This workshop offers a chance for researchers of religion in Asia, particularly those who regularly carry out ethnography, to strategize on ways we may delve more deeply into the aesthetics of topics we research and how we may better speak and write about our aesthetics-related ethnographic data. 

In order to facilitate the planning of the workshop, we ask that you send us an intent to participate, including a short bio and a description of the work you have done that is related to the topic of the workshop, no later than May 1st. With the wish to keep the workshop small in order to better facilitate collaborative discussion, seats are limited. Unfortunately, CCBS does not have additional funding to cover the cost of transportation, lodging, meals, etc.

For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Williams-Øerberg, University of Copenhagen 

Levi McLaughlin, North Carolina State University


CFP, Fourth Annual Conference of the Purdue Nanjing Joint Center for China Studies | Deadline: May 1, 2018

The Fourth Annual Conference of the Purdue Nanjing Joint Center for China Studies invites paper and session proposals for the conference theme "China, East Asia, and the United States: Rural Transformations." In addition, we invite paper and session proposals on any aspect of Chinese and East Asian politics, science, medicine, technology, education, economics, and cultural and social change. Papers linking China and East Asia with the United States will be particularly welcome. The conference will be held October 23-25, 2018, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Send paper and session proposals to Doug Hurt, Head, Department of History, Purdue University,, by May 1, 2018.

FRAMING THE GLOBAL | Deadline: May 1, 2018
Indiana University-Bloomington; September 27-29, 2018

Center for the Study of Global Change, Indiana University

Global studies emerged in the 1980s as scholars, policymakers, and the general public began to take note of the increasingly transnational flows of people, ideas, and goods that have come to be identified under the rubric of globalization. Interest in global phenomena has since spread to every discipline in the social sciences and humanities, as well as the professional fields. Since 2011, Indiana University’s Framing the Global project has been carving out a vital intellectual space for critical and grounded global studies.

Despite increasing popular and scholarly attention to global issues, no clear consensus has emerged regarding fundamental definitions or empirical methods for studying the global. Scholars in the Framing the Global project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, have been collaboratively developing global research frameworks that are characterized by interdisciplinarity, empirical grounding, and a concern with tracing the links between the transnational and the local in a variety of lived, political, discursive, cultural, and social domains. The conference will extend this conversation and explore evolving analytical frameworks for global studies research as well as innovative pedagogies for global learning.

We invite proposals for panels or individual papers that are empirically grounded while addressing important theoretical and methodological issues in studying the global. Scholars in all academic and professional fields are encouraged to submit proposals. Work that considers both practical and scholarly approaches to global studies, global issues, and globalization is welcome, as are proposals from scholars and educators who are working to create meaningful spaces for global learning.

Papers that show promise for being developed into books may be considered for publication in the project’s Framing the Global book series.

Proposal submission deadline: May 1, 2018

Notification of acceptance: Early June, 2018

PANEL SUBMISSIONS: Proposals for 90-minute panels of 3-4 presentations should include a panel abstract of up to 300 words describing the panel’s focus and rationale and 250-word abstracts of each individual presentation. The online submission form will also require the panel’s title, a list of the names, and a list of keywords.

INDIVIDUAL SUBMISSIONS: Proposals individual presentations are also invited. Individual proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Title and keywords will also be requested on the submission form.  Individual presentations will be organized into sessions around common themes.

**Final determination of the length of the presentations (whether 15 or 20 minutes) will be confirmed by conference organizers when session configurations are finalized. 

Prospective participants should submit their proposals through our online submission page:

Please be sure to include all information requested on the abstract submission page, though please omit identifying information from your abstract.



The 2nd Framing the Global Conference is hosted by the Indiana University Center for the Study of Global Change and Indiana University Press, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

We are pleased to announce Peggy Levitt, chair of the sociology department and the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies at Wellesley College and co-Director of Harvard University’s Politics and Social Change Workshop, as our keynote speaker.  

Medieval Unfreedoms: Slavery, Servitude, and Trafficking in Humans before the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade | Deadline: May 1, 2018
October 19-20, 2018

Across the medieval world (c. 500 — c. 1500), multiple forms and degrees of unfreedom—slavery, serfdom, forced concubinage, coerced labor, captivity, and bondage—co-existed. Slaves and other unfree people made crucial, but often obscured, marks on societies that accorded them varying degrees of power even as they constrained and exploited them. Trade in humans tied together distinct cultural zones, religions, and geographic regions.

Shifting definitions of freedom and unfreedom shaped evolving social systems, and helped to shape developing concepts of race, ethnicity, social status, and cultural difference and belonging from Iberia to Ethiopia and from Iceland to Persia and beyond. Scholars have long pondered the decline of an ancient Roman slave society and the legacy of both Roman and late-medieval forms of unfreedom for the emergence of the trans-Atlantic slave trade (and the concomitant transformation of slavery) and of colonial systems of race, power, and government. This interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) at Binghamton University, seeks to bring together scholars whose research relates to unfreedom before the advent of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

We hope to foster conversations across traditional disciplinary boundaries about the definitions, cultural significance, and evolution of unfreedom in disparate parts of the medieval world. How does examining conceptions of freedom and unfreedom inform our understanding of medieval cultures? What is the legacy of medieval definitions of liberty and bondage? We particularly welcome comparative perspectives on unfreedom across religious and geographical frontiers.

We invite papers from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives on any topic related to medieval unfreedom, including:

                        Forms of unfreedom after the end of ancient slavery and on cultural frontiers

                        Unfreedom in the Byzantine, Islamic, and Latin Christian worlds

                        Trafficking in humans across political and religious frontiers

                        Concepts of humanity, race, ethnicity, religion, and freedom

                        Gender, sexuality, and unfreedom

                        The interaction between slaving zones and centers of power

                        The unfree at royal and aristocratic courts

                        Textual and artistic unfreedoms

                        Law, rights, and unfree status

                        Manumission, social capital, and social mobility

                        Varieties of coerced and unfree labor

                        Raiding, piracy, and unfreedom

                        Resistance and rebellion against bondage


Abstracts for individual papers and for sessions are invited. Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Send abstracts and a brief CV to

"Citizenship in Pre-Colonial Asia" Workshop| Deadline: May 7, 2018
Leiden, Netherlands; June 11-12, 2018

For a workshop and special edition of Citizenship Studies (2019) on "Citizenship in Pre-Colonial Asia", we are looking for extra speakers and authors. The workshop will take place on 11-12 June 2018 in Leiden, the Netherlands. Please find a description and time schedule for the writing of your paper and article below. Limited travel funds can be requested. If you are interested, please send a 200-300 word abstract and short biography to and before

Prof. Dr. Gerry van Klinken, University of Amsterdam and KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies

Dr. Paul Bijl, Utrecht University and KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies

In this workshop and issue of Citizenship Studies we examine the pre-colonial history of citizenship in Asia. Are citizenship, democracy, and human rights really purely Western conceptions, as many have concluded since Aristotle? Have such ideas about state-citizen interaction come to Asia from elsewhere, as part of the package of twentieth century modernity? By bringing together specialists on Japan, Korea, China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and other Asian regions, this project breaks new ground by investigating how people in these polities thought about and developed practices of self-rule, rights and contestation even before colonialism and modernity introduced Western notions of citizenship in Asia.

Most quests to discover non-western citizenship bedevil themselves by adhering to Weber’s exacting sociological conditions. They look for citizens as an autonomous group of rights claiming and rights bearing individuals.. Yet Weber’s assumption of Western uniqueness have become historical blinders as they limit attention for alternative conceptualizations of citizenship. In the journal edition we de-orientalize ‘Citizenship in pre-colonial Asia’ along three dimensions:

  • Self-rule. What are the ‘normal’ practices of rule in different settings, ranging from the hill tribe to the empire, in ancient Asia? Do they at all resemble those long imagined with the phrase ‘oriental despotism’?
  • Rights. How, for whom, on the basis of what cosmology, are rights formulated, at different levels of a polity? How much stratification is there among those bearers of rights? How wide is the gap between aspirational rights (Taylor 2002) and actually enforceable ones? Are they ‘human’ rights or confined to certain professions?
  • Contestation. How are political subjects created - both in the sense of being ‘subject to’ power and ‘subject of’ power? What happens when these subjects engage in action inspired by notions of rights? Such contestations might arise out of a spatially rooted associational life that ranges from the religious sphere, through trade or agriculture, to the army. They may result in repression, in evasion or flight, in an uneasy standoff, or perhaps in some accommodation resembling a contractual agreement.

Important theoretical underpinnings for this project are Engin and Nielsen's concepts of "acts of citizenship" and Balibar's "citizenship as insurrection.

1 June 2018 – Deadline rough draft of article on the basis of which you give your presentation 
11-12 June 2018 – Presentation during workshop in Leiden 
1 September 2018 - Deadline first draft articles 
15 October 2018 - Deadline first review by editors 
1 December 2018 - Deadline first revision by authors  
1 January 2018 - Deadline second review by editors 
1 February 2019 - Deadline second and final revision by authors

Global Dynamics Impacts to Japan-ASEAN Relations
Le Meriden Hotel Jakarta, December 6-7, 2018

The 6th JSA-ASEAN International Conference 2018 will be organized by the Indonesian Association for Japanese Studies (ASJI), Universitas Indonesi, Indonesia Japan Friendship Association (PPIJ), and Japan Graduate's Association of Indonesia (PERSADA) under the plenary theme "Global Dynamics Impacts to Japan ASEAN Relations"

Therefore, the key theme of this conference "Global Dynamics Impacts to Japan-ASEAN Relations," will be addressed in the plenary session, featuring prominent keynote speakers and panelist. The topics of papers presented at this conference, by no means, needs to be confined to the plenary theme. All other topics related to Japan are welcome. 

Please send your abstracts to:
For further information, please visit:

Ways of Knowing 2018 - Graduate Student Conference - Harvard Divinity School | Deadline: May 18, 2018
Harvard University; October 26–27, 2018


The Science, Religion, and Culture program at Harvard Divinity School announces the 7th annual “Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Science and Religion at Harvard Divinity School.” Inaugurated in 2012, this multi-day event is made up of thematic panels that cross areas of science studies, religious traditions, academic disciplines, and theoretical commitments. In addition, the conference features special panels on professionalization, addressing both academic and non-academic careers, and a keynote address. The conference aims at promoting lively interdisciplinary discussion of prevailing assumptions (both within and outside the academy) about the differentiation, organization, authorization, and reproduction of various modes of knowing and doing science and religion.

Last year, more than 100 students and early career scholars representing over 60 graduate programs worldwide gathered to present their research. Following the success of our previous conferences, we invite graduate students and early career scholars to submit paper proposals from of a variety of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary perspectives.

General Call for Papers

We seek papers that explore scientific and religious practices and modes of knowing, especially in relation to this year’s central theme, “Race and Indigeneity”. We welcome the use of all sorts of theoretical tools, including discourse analysis, gender theory, queer theory, race theory, disability theory, postcolonial theory, performance theory, and ritual theory. Papers may focus on any period, region, tradition, group, or person. We welcome papers from variety of disciplines, including anthropology, history, sociology, religious studies, Science and Technology Studies, history of science and intellectual history among others.

Possible approaches include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Explorations of a specific way of knowing, being, and engaging the world in relation to scientific and/or religious traditions and their interactions.
  2. Historical, sociological, and/or anthropological analyses of the cultural processes that support a specific scientific or religious discourse or practice, its authoritative structures, and/or its strategies of inclusion and exclusion.
  3. The cultural and historical discourses, articulations and developments of scientific, technological and medical knowledge, institutions, agents, exchanges, etc.
  4. The cultural and historical discourses, articulations and developments of religious practices, knowledge, institutions, agents and exchanges, etc.
  5. Analyses of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, sexuality, and/or gender with respect to scientific or religious texts, practices, or performances.
  6. Comparative examinations of scientific and religious texts and/or their interpretations, with attention to the historical, sociopolitical, cultural, and/ or intellectual contexts that mediate and delimit different interpretative strategies and practices.
  7. Analyses of the interplay between religion and scientific, moral, and/or legal discourses, practices, and authorities.
  8. Critical analyses of the scholarly production and dissemination of knowledge on science or religion.

Central Theme: Race and Indigeneity

The central theme for this year’s conference is “Race and Indigeneity.” We seek papers that engage the ways in which science and/or religion have shaped and been shaped by the concepts and political realities of race and indigeneity across diverse traditions, disciplines, times, and regions. Papers might focus on Indigenous knowledges and the ways in which they have been construed and taken up as science and/or religion; the role of race in the development and practice of different religious traditions and scientific disciplines; legacies of scientific racism, science and empire, and colonial missionary activity; the relationship between race and indigeneity as they relate to knowledge production. Proposals might also interrogate the role of racial identity or Indigenous sovereignty in competing claims to religious and scientific authority, religious texts or scientific theories that deal with construction of race or the Indigenous, and methodological approaches to the study of science and religion as they relate to race and indigeneity. We welcome a broad range of papers that address the theme of race and indigeneity from a range of methodological approaches and in the context of various traditions, disciplines, historical periods, and geographic regions.

Submission Instructions

Individual Papers: Please submit a 300-word abstract explaining the topic, main argument, and methodology of the project. You will be asked to specify whether you are submitting your proposal to the General Call or to one of the Special Call modules. Individual papers will be organized into panels and should not exceed 20 minutes in delivery.

Pre-Organized Panels: Proposals for panels on a particular topic may also be submitted to either the general or special calls. These should include three to five papers, including a respondent paper. Please submit: 1) a 300-word summary of the focus and purpose of the panel, specifying how each paper contributes to the overarching theme; 2) a 300-word abstract for each paper explaining the topic, main argument, and methodology of the project; 3) the name and contact information of the panel organizer/chair.

Proposals are due by Friday, May 18 through the WOK 2018 Submission Portal:

All inquiries can be directed to Iman Darwish, Conference Coordinator, at

International Conference China and  the “Wider” Eastern Europe | Deadline: May 20, 2018
Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku, Finland; October 11-12, 2018
Pre-conference doctoral workshop October 10, 2018

The online submission form for paper proposals is open to May 20th.

The conference China and the “Wider” Eastern Europe will be held at the Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS), University of Turku, Finland. We welcome senior researchers and PhD candidates studying Chinese engagement with Eastern Europe to present their work. Other interested professionals, media, and representatives of firms are encouraged to participate in discussions and networking events. The conference is organized in co-operation with the University of Helsinki and the Confucius Institute of the University of Helsinki.

China’s increasing activity and prominence in Eastern Europe raises the need to examine the impact of China on the politics, economics, and culture of the wider geographical area that ranges broadly from Greece to Finland and from the Balkans to Russia. Particularly, we are interested in how Chinese movement of people, ideas, and investments affect multiple levels of the area. We seek multi-disciplinary and multi-method studies on the interplay between China and Eastern Europe, but welcome all contributions that address the subject matter.

Keynote speakers: 

Professor Li Xing (Aalborg University)

Professor Pál Nyiri (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Submit your abstract (400 words) along with a short bio and contact details via the online submission form which will be open from  to May 20th at

Selection: Early June 2018

Doctoral Workshop: China’s Global Engagement - 10th October 2018

A pre-conference workshop on doctoral paper development will be given to early career researchers. Contributions falling outside the conference theme are also welcomed, in so far as they address China’s global engagement.

Proposals for the workshop should be submitted via the conference submission form. The full versions of the accepted papers are to be submitted by 24th September 2018. Papers should not exceed 6,000 words, including notes and references.

Attendance and Travel

Attendance to both the Conference and the Doctoral workshop will be subject to prior registration. There will be no registration fee. Participants are expected to arrange and cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Information will be available regarding suitable hotel/hostel reservations.

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For more information, please contact Dr Jukka Aukia,

Parliaments and Political Transformations in Europe and Asia: Political Representation in Russia, China, Mongolia, and Ukraine in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century | Deadline: July 31, 2018
University of Heidelberg, February 12–13, 2019.

The University of Heidelberg invites paper proposals for the Workshop “Parliaments and Political Transformations in Europe and Asia: Political Representation in Russia, China, Mongolia, and Ukraine in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century” to take place on February 12–13, 2019.

Focusing on the histories of political representation and deliberative decision-making in Russia, China, Mongolia, and Ukraine, as well as in the imperial formations which preceded them (the Qing Empire, the Russian Empire, and the Soviet Union), the workshop will explore the role of parliaments in major social and political transformations of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Juxtaposing the periods of the 1900s–1920s and the 1980s–2000s, the organizers seek to stimulate the dialogue between historians, political scientists, and other scholars working on the named contexts, as well as to breach the divide between Eastern European and East Asian Studies. The workshop will trace the emergence of so-called “peripheral” parliaments in early twentieth century Eurasia, discuss the eclipse of parliamentary institutions in republican and communist China, the Soviet Union, and socialist Mongolia, and examine post-socialist and post-authoritarian parliamentary designs in Russia, Ukraine, Mongolia, and Taiwan. Special attention will be devoted to the role of parliaments and parliamentary formations (such as congresses and councils) in representation and management of ethnic, religious, regional, and other social and cultural diversity, recruitment of elites, and legitimation of political and economic regimes. One of the workshop’s main goals is to challenge the persistent stereotypes about inclinations towards democracy in particular national or regional contexts by foregrounding relevant transnational practices and interactions and including nuanced political and intellectual histories of parliamentarism into the global discussion.

Paper proposals can address parliamentary developments in one or several contexts, interactions among imperial and post-imperial intellectuals and their engagement in global discussions, shared imperial and socialist legacies, mutual borrowings and references, political practices and translatability of concepts on the territories of today’s Russia, China, Mongolia, and Ukraine. The organizers will also consider submissions related to the neighboring contexts (e.g., the territories of the former Ottoman and Habsburg Empires). After the workshop, the organizers will submit a selection of papers to a leading peer-reviewed journal for consideration for a special issue or a thematic section.

The workshop is part of the project “Entangled Parliamentarisms: Constitutional Practices in Russia, Ukraine, China, and Mongolia, 1905–2005” (ENTPAR) which has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement No. 755504). The organizers will be able to provide accommodation and cover travel expenses within geographical Europe but encourage participants to seek additional funding from their home institutions.

Please submit a 300-word abstract along with a paragraph containing biographical information to before June 1, 2018. Invited participants will be expected to submit their drafts of 7,000–10,000 words by January 15, 2018.

International Conference for the Study of Chinese Immigration to Brazil | Deadline: July 31, 2018
University of São Paulo; August 22-23, 2018

This first International Conference for the Study of Chinese Immigration to Brazil, to be held at the University of São Paulo on August 22-23, 2018, intends to promote and advance the study of Chinese immigration in a global perspective while aiming at constructing a platform to promote international exchanges in this promising interdisciplinary field of studies. We welcome panel proposals and individual papers from scholars, journalists, undergraduate and graduate students, independent writers, etc. The conference language will be ENGLISH, but Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese language proposals will also be accepted. Possible themes include, but are not limited to the following:

1.  Chinese migration in a global perspective.

2.  Chinese immigration to Brazil: history and beyond.

3.  Diasporic Associations, Transnational Business Networks and Cultural Identity.

4.  Chinese Language Teaching, Chinese media in Brazil.

5.  Local integration, social mobility and political visibility. 

6.  Chinese immigration to Brazil and its impact on Local Economy and Culture.

7.  Topics related to Chinese immigration in Latin America.

上世纪70年代以来, 巴西华人移民研究进入一个崭新的阶段。很多华人学者、巴西问题研究人员、大学教师、硕博士、记者、外交官以及独立作者已经出版或发表了一些有关华侨华人移民的书籍、论文、专题报道和回忆录,但大多数著作都是在几乎没有和同行交流的基础上单独完成的。鉴于此,巴西圣保罗大学东方语言系中文专业决定于今年8月22-23日在圣保罗召开第一届巴西华人移民国际研讨会,一是为了推进全球视野下的巴西华人移民研究,二是尝试为这个大有前途的跨学科研究领域建立一个国际交流的平台。我们真诚欢迎来自世界各地的学者、记者、作者和其他研究人士参加本次会议,交流巴西华人研究的成果和经验。会议工作语言为英语,但是我们接受中文,西班牙语和葡萄牙语的文稿。

本次会议的议题包含 (但是并不局限于) 以下几个方面:


2. 巴西的华人移民: 历史与反思

3. 巴西华人社团,跨国商业网络,文化认同

4. 巴西的中文教学,中文媒体

5. 华人融入当地,社会流动,政治参与

6. 华人移民巴西对当地经济与文化的影响

7. 拉美华人移民有关的议题

Coordinators: Prof. Dr. Shu Changsheng (Department of Oriental Languages, University of São Paulo)
 and Prof. Dr. Antônio Menezes (Department of Oriental Languages, University of São Paulo).

Organizing Committee: LIU Hong (Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Evelyn Hu-Dehart (Professor, Brown University, USA)
, GAO Weinong (Professor, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China), ZHANG Qiusheng (Professor, Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou, China), QIAO Jianzhen (Ana) (Confucius Institute, PUC-RIO), Richard Hsu (Professor, University of Taipei), Roberval Teixeira e Silva (Assistant Professor, University of Macau, China), Rogério Dezem (Lecturer, University of Osaka, Japan); Ana Paulina Lee (Assistant Professor, Columbia University, USA); Eric Vanden Bussche (Assistant Professor, Sam Houston State University, USA); Lorenzo Macagno (Associate Professor, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil); Alvaro Comin (Assistant Professor, University of São Paulo, Brazil), Carlos Freire da Silva (Pos-doctorate, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)

Key Dates (重要日期):

Conference Announcement and Call for Abstracts / 会议公告,征求论文摘要: March 9, 2018

Registration Opens / 会议开始注册: March 16, 2018

Close of Registration and Paper Submission / 报名和论文提交截止: July 31, 2018

Conference Date / 会议举办日期: August 22-23, 2018

Insularities and enclaves in colonial and post-colonial circumstances: crossings, conflicts and identitarian constructions (15th-21st centuries) | Deadline: September 1, 2018
University of Lisbon, December 6-7, 2018

The Centre for History of the University of Lisbon, the Centre for African Studies of the University of Porto, the Centre for International Studies (ISCTE-IUL) and the Contemporary History Institute of the New University of Lisbon are organizing the International Congress Insularities and enclaves in colonial and post-colonial circumstances: crossings, conflicts and identitarian constructions (15th-21st centuries).

The conference will take place in Lisbon, on December 6-7, 2018. 

Further information about the call for papers can be found in

Proposals should be sent by September 1, 2018, using the following form:

All inquiries should be directed to

Global Sixties: Transnational Connectivity and Global Consciousness | Deadline: September 30, 2018
SHANGHAI UNIVERSITY, CHINA; November 30 - December 1, 2018

If one year epitomized the Sixties, a tumultuous decade during which major social movements seemed to have stormed the whole world, 1968 stands out. In this year, massive protest movements erupted in Paris, Prague, Chicago, Mexico City, Tokyo, and other major cities across the globe. All these movements not only precipitated novel political and cultural experiments but also shaped the global power structure. The events of 1968, however, left us with a controversial legacy, including not just a conservative counter-revolution, known as the neo-liberal agenda in the subsequent decades, but also the achievements of the Civil Rights movement and a growing public awareness about gender equality and environment protection.

Taking the opportunity to commemorate the 50th anniversary of 1968, the Institute of Global Studies at Shanghai University invites paper and panel submissions for an interdisciplinary conference titled: Global Sixties: Transnational Connectivity and Global Consciousness, to be held from November 30 to December 1, 2018 at Shanghai University, Shanghai, P.R.C. The conference seeks to encourage research which makes empirical or theoretical contributions to the Global Sixties, a new research paradigm recently established, by inviting submissions that address any of (but not limited to) the themes listed below:

  1. Specific events of 1968, explored through either local and transnational lens. E.g. The May 1968 events in Paris, the Japanese student uprising, the Tlatelolco massacre, etc.
  2. The Second/Third World ‘Sixty-Eight’: the crisis of ‘actually existing socialism’ and domestic discontent in former colonies, e.g. the Prague Spring, the Naxalite movement in India, the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) in Peru, Apartheid in South Africa.
  3. Iconic figures with global influence: Che Guevara, Martin Luther King, Jr, Nelson Mandela, etc.
  4. ‘Revolutionaries’ on the road: fellow-travelers and the establishment of (in)formal transnational networks and connections prior to and after 1968.
  5. The gendered 1968: the rising feminist movement in the U.S., Europe and Latin America and its complicated relationship with the New Left
  6. The catalyzing effect of image and sound: e.g. street graffiti in Paris, the music of Bob Dylan, and the world-wide circulation of the Little Red Book.
  7. The intersection of counter-culture and radical politics: the hippies, the Situationist International, etc.
  8. The legacies of 1968 and its contemporary heirs: the demise of welfarism and the rise of neo-liberalism as a dominant global ideology, the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street movement, etc.

Those interested in presenting at the conference are invited to send the complete paper, together with a short abstract of no more than 250 words and a curriculum vitae to by September 30, 2018. The selection process is competitive. Inquiries about submissions and other issues should be directed to the conference secretariat at or The conference does not charge a fee but will also not cover travel and hotel expenses. (Suggestions can be offered regarding finding suitable hotels near the campus upon inquiry).

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