_Ecumenica_: Theatre and Performance in Muslim Worlds  | Deadline: January 30, 2018

Ecumenica invites submissions for a special issue on Theatre and Performance in Muslim Worlds to be published in Fall 2018. Claire Pamment (College of William and Mary) and Hesam Sharifian (Tufts University) will edit this special issue. Deadline for submissions is 30 January 2018.

This special issue will focus on theatre and performance in Islamic countries and cultures, and (re)presentations of Muslim bodies on stage. The issue will interrogate the multiple ways in which Muslim bodies are (re)presented on stage, in everyday life, and in the archive.

The publication’s concept of Muslim worlds includes, but is not limited to, Sunni cultures of and beyond the Middle East, Shi’a countries such as Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan, and Bahrain (including Shi’a minorities in predominantly Sunni countries), Ibadi communities of Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and East Africa, and other often-overlooked populations of the Islamic world, such as Muslim communities in China, South Asia, South East Asia, and otherwise hyphenated Muslim-identities.

Perhaps, more than ever, in this age of paranoid nationalism/s, Muslim bodies on stage (and off) have to negotiate their existences in particularly hostile public spheres, adopting such strategies as essentialism (Gayatri Spivak), anti-essentialism (George Lipsitz), and disidentification (José Esteban Muñoz). In Theatre and Performance Studies, Orientalist ‘othering’ still renders entire bodies of performance in Muslim worlds ‘absent’ or it produces a monstrous surveillance of Muslim bodies in theatres, as in everyday life. 
This special issue attempts to provide a counter to this othering. We invite scholarship that (re)presents what Muslim bodies in/ of performance entail through a broad range of regions, genres and methodologies.

Papers may address various topics related to Muslim theatre and performance, such as:
• the archival body
• borders and surveillance
• diaspora and hyphenated bodies
• performances of piety
• performances that intersect with religion, spirituality, and notions of the sacred
• transnational networks
• grass roots activism and/or protest
• cross-culturalism/ inter-culturalism/ trans-culturalism
• cross-faith dialogue
• Orientalism

We particularly welcome provocations, interjections, and interventions that investigate intersectionality of Muslim-hood with other minoritarian categories, including race, gender, and sexualities.

We welcome:

• full-length scholarly essays, and

• reviews of productions and performances. Reviews should focus on any recent performance/event and should consist of 1000-2500 words. Such performances may include, but are not limited to, theatre, dance, music, performance art, installations, acts of worship, as well as other performance phenomena that relate to the themes of the special issue. In the case of performance reviews, please first contact the editors in advance with details of the performance/event you propose to review.

Ecumenica is a peer-reviewed, print journal, published twice annually.

Submission Guidelines:

Please address submissions or enquiries to and

Asia and Globalization: Trends and Challenges-SPECIAL ISSUE-SPR 2018 | Deadline: February 15, 2018

In collaboration with the , Asian Studies Minor Program at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, NETSOL is pleased to call for papers for a special issue (Spring 2018) on Asia with a theme, Asia and Globalization: Trends and Challenges.  Launched in 2017, the UTRGV Asian Studies minor has organized several events in its inaugural year, including the First Southwest Texas Asian Symposium. This special issue aims to attract papers from both the presenters at this symposium and other scholars with research on this field. Scholars with research consistent with this theme are encouraged to submit their papers for the special issue on Asia. UTRGV Asian Studies professors Dr. Minhee Eom, and Dr. Xi Chen will be the guest editors of this special issue. Possible subjects may include but are not limited to:

  • Asian Economic Development and its Global Impact
  • Asian Political Issues and their Global Outlook
  • Asian Philosophical and Religious Influences
  • Asian Influence on Art and Humanities
  • Social Implications of Asian Growth
  • Linguistic and Cultural Contact with Asia
  • Teaching Asian Language and Culture
  • Linguistic and Cultural Contacts in the Globalized World  
  • Political & Economic Development in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Social Identity, Norms, and Psychological Trends among Asians
  • Issues in Global Education

Deadline to submit papers: February 15, 2018.

Submission Format: Because of its interdisciplinary character, NETSOL accepts submissions written in different writing styles. Please use the most commonly-used writing style in your discipline; Chicago Manual of Style, APA, or MLA.  Once a paper is accepted for publication, the editor/s may ask the author/s to clarify style-related issues.

How to Submit 
All submissions for the special issue should be submitted to with a Subject: NETSOL SPR 18 Special Issue

Contact Info: 
Tamer Balci,

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 

Contact Email:

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

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.


Ethnographic Fieldwork Notes and Ethnofiction - Pakistan and Afghanistan | Deadline: January 31, 2018

In a time where the regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan make the highlights, it is worth wiping the dust off from the fieldwork notes concerning the recent anthropological research on the region. We thought, therefore, it would be pertinent to edit a book on ethnographic fieldwork notes — not avoiding literary creativity — regarding Pakistan and Afghanistan, since publications on the subject are inexistent (exception goes to, for instance, Benedicte Grima book, Secrets from the Field: An Ethnographer's Notes from Northwest Pakistan, 2004; the edited volume Fieldwork in South Asia: Memories, Moments, and Experiences). Furthermore, we would like to extend this invitation to historians and anyone who has conducted research on Pakistan (and/or Afghanistan).

The compendium of writings is intended to shed light on texts in which creativity has only as limit the verisimilitude between what they observed, and accuracy of memories and/or notes/files.

If we are allowed to say, it will not be an exaggeration to argue that after fieldwork, there are many things left unsaid. Much of the unsaid is left in diaries. Much more will be bubbling in our memories — our biggest "diary", after all. Sometimes, precisely, from this disquiet state between what we observed, reflected and analyzed, but, finally, we did not incorporate, the outcome is represented by unpublished essays that consubstantiate desires to travel other less academic paths. Texts that are more literary, and/or poetic, political, engaged, unrealistic and futuristic (as someone who dreams, desires and does not materialize). In one word, texts free from academic constraints, which, however, do not deny the verisimilitude demanded from ethnography.

Examples of these attempts to look and write about the fieldwork experience — avoiding classicisms and academic codes — are not unusual. Here we could recall texts such as Le circle de feux by Jacques Lizot, Enigma Variations by Richard and Sally Price, and The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart, by Ruth Behar. Or the exceptional work of ethnofiction by Marc Augé, No Fixed Abode. Not to mention the thousands of texts emerging on the Internet, in places like Zero Anthropology or Sapiens. We could point out a variety of other examples; however, we believe that the diversity of the above statements will suffice to denounce what we are looking for: texts in which creativity only has as limit the verisimilitude between what they observed, and the accuracy of memories and/or fieldwork notes/archives.

In other words, texts in which anthropology, fiction, essay, and philosophy are not mutually avoided — we reinforce, always keeping close relation with fieldwork diaries and/or memories of the research on the field. Yet, they do not have to be "ethnofiction" (term, unfairly, almost only applied to the ethnographic documentary), but they can be. They do not have to be direct transcripts of the fieldwork diaries, but they can be. They do not have to be reflective rehearsals about "homecoming," "abandoning the fieldwork," "returning to the fieldwork," but they can be. They do not have to be related to times of tension, conflict or suffering, but they can be. Nonetheless, they have to be about what has always been kept "in the drawer", accompanying the anthropologist, and sometimes almost confessional.

The texts must respect the following bibliographic standards: a minimum of footnotes (which, in any case, will be converted into endnotes), a minimum of quotes and bibliographic references as well (whenever justified, to be integrated into the main corpus of the texts). Texts must not exceed 20 pages (approx. 8,000 words).

The deadline date for submission is 31st January 2018.

Please submit your article as Word Document attached to an email, to:

Dr. Paulo Mendes (CRIA):

Ana Tomás (EHESS, CEIAS):

The China Nonprofit Review

1. The China Nonprofit Review is an anonymously peer-reviewed academic journal, published twice a year in English by BRILL. The Journal advocates rigorous scholarship, theoretical innovation, and robust research. The first volume was published in 2009.

2. The Journal welcomes submissions of four types: articles, case studies, book reviews, and essays (随笔). Articles present innovative research on nonprofit sector, international comparative studies being encouraged; case studies contain practically motivated descriptive and analytical reports about organizations; book reviews introduce and review important works of nonprofit research; and essays publish scholars’ thoughts on the state of nonprofit research, conference reviews, travel notes, and reflections.

3. Submissions should be in English. The articles should be between 6,000 and 12,000 words; case studies between 6,000 and 10,000 words; and book reviews and essays between 2,000 and 4,000 words.

4. The Editorial Board is responsible for the selection and acceptance of articles, while authors retain responsibility for reviewing final versions of the text and for all opinions expressed in the text. The China Nonprofit Review only accepts manuscripts that are neither published in English nor currently offered to another publisher in the English language.

5. The first page of the manuscript should include the following: (1) manuscript title; and (2) author name, organization, mailing address, telephone number and email address.

6. The second page of the manuscript should include the following: (1) Chinese manuscript title, (2) Chinese abstract consisting of no more than 150 characters, (3) 4-6 Chinese key words, (4) English manuscript title, (5) English abstract consisting of no more than 150 words, and (6) 4-6 English key words.

7. Annotations should appear in footnotes. Numbering of footnotes begins with number 1 and proceeds sequentially throughout the article text. Layout is as follows:

Glenn Abernathy, “The Freedom Association,” South Carolinian Law Quarterly 6 (1953): 50.

Jeffrey D. Sachs, ed., Developing Country Debt and the World Economy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989), 56-59.

肖铁/ Xiao Tie, “满天星旅店” / “Mantianxing lüdian,” Xiaoshuo yuebao, (2006: 12): 88. (“Star-Filled Sky Inn”)

朱自清/ Zhu Ziqing, 《经典常谈》/ Jingdian changtan, Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2004, 3. (Classic Sayings)

8. A bibliography may be included at the end of the manuscript. Items listed should be unnumbered and should not include page numbers. Format is the same as in footnote references.

9. In the text, Chinese words that are not proper nouns should appear in italicized, un-capitalized pinyin. Unlike in references, spacing should group characters semantically and is up to the discretion of the author (i.e. 流动人口 may appear as floating population or as liudong renkou). Individuals’ names should appear in pinyin with surname first and given name represented as one unhyphenated word (i.e. Jiang Zemin), unless a name or other proper noun is commonly known in English by a non-pinyin transliteration (i.e. Sun Yat-sen, Peking University).

10. The China Nonprofit Review will respond to authors within three months of receiving manuscripts. Authors of all nationalities are encouraged to submit manuscripts.

Submit to The China Nonprofit Review Editorial Board, Room 429, School of Public Policy & Management, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, CHINA, e-mail:

Call for monographs, Christianity in Modern China series, Palgrave MacMillan | Deadline: April 1, 2018


SERIES TITLE: Christianity in Modern China

This series addresses Christianity in Modern China since the end of the Opium War in 1842, after which China was opened to foreign countries, companies, missions and individuals, to the present.

REGIONAL AND LOCAL STUDIES: This series focuses on the history and development of Christianity on the regional and local basis; for example, the Northeast of China, the Fujian Province and Shanghai city. The existing literature has very few titles on local stories, which cover Chinese-foreign joint collaboration, Chinese and foreign individuals and personalities, and specific missionary endeavors. Therefore, this series would fill in the gap in the knowledge of Christianity in regional and local studies in modern China. 

INTER-DISCIPLINARY: It includes a number of disciplines—history, political science, theology, religious studies, gender studies and sociology.

INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE: It covers the presence of the Catholic Church, the Protestant Churches and the Orthodox Church in China.

INTER-CULTURAL: It addresses the presence of the Americans, the French, the Italians, the Portuguese and other foreigners in China; and their relations with the Chinese.

SERIES EDITOR: Cindy Yik-yi Chu

 Cindy Yik-yi Chu is Professor of History, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Her books include The Chinese Sisters of the Precious Blood and the Evolution of the Catholic Church (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); Catholicism in China, 1900-Present (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); The Catholic Church in China(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); Chinese Communists and Hong Kong Capitalists: 1937-1997 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), The Diaries of the Maryknoll Sisters in Hong Kong, 1921-1966 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), The Maryknoll Sisters in Hong Kong, 1921-1969: In Love with the Chinese (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and its Chinese edition (Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Book Co., 2007), Foreign Communities in Hong Kong, 1840s-1950s (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), China Reconstructs (Lanham: University Press of America, 2003), and Yapian zhanzheng de zai renshi (A Reappraisal of the Opium War) (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2003, in Chinese).

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to be considered for the series, please contact the series editor Cindy Yik-yi Chu at

Submisssion Deadline: 1 April 2018


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


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:

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International Conference on the Catholic Church in China since 1979 | Deadline: January 26, 2018
Hong Kong Baptist University; June 14-15, 2018

This is a call for papers and panels for the “International Conference on the Catholic Church in China since 1979” co-organized by the Modern History Research Centre of the Hong Kong Baptist University and Yuan Dao Study Society in Hong Kong. The conference will be held in Hong Kong Baptist University, June 14 and 15, 2018.

This is an international conference with scholars from around the world. The theme of the conference is the development of the Catholic Church in China on several levels, which are that of the state, government, society, and individual across different time periods from 1979 to 1989; 1989 to 2006; and 2007 to the present.

The conference organizers welcome panels and individual papers on Chinese Catholic Church history, the development of pastoral care and rituals, ordinary Catholic families and converts, and the impact of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) on China.

            The official languages of the conference are English and Putonghua. Full papers may be submitted in either English or Chinese.

            For registration, please visit the website:

            The deadline for registration is January 26, 2018 (Friday).

The Modern History Research Centre (MHRC) was established in 2002. Profiting from the role of Hong Kong as an intellectual bridge between China and the West, many of its activities have been centered on cross-cultural encounters, especially in 19th and 20th century history. The Centre has built upon the research strengths of the Department of History of Hong Kong Baptist University, such as intellectual and cultural history, the history of Christianity, Hong Kong history, and Sino-foreign history.

Yuan Dao Study Society is an association of priests and the laity accredited to the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, and is also a non-profit-making charitable organization registered in Hong Kong. Its work includes communication and reception of both domestic and overseas academics, and the promotion of Catholic studies. It aims at fostering the exchange of knowledge and ideas in relation to these studies through meetings, seminars and translation, editorial and publishing work.ic and Administration Building, 15 Hong Kong Baptist University Road, BURC, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

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Fourteenth Annual Conference for the Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society (NAJS) | Deadline: January 31, 2018

The Fourteenth Annual NAJS Conference will take place on 24-25 May 2018 at the Southern Campus of the University of Copenhagen, and is organized and sponsored jointly by Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI), NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies.

We invite paper proposals on a broad set of topics related to Japanese society and culture, past and present, including politics and international relations, economy and business, sociology and anthropology, popular culture, literature, religion, and art. Proposals from scholars based in Nordic countries, Japan and beyond are welcome. 

Registration forms and more information about the conference can be found on the NAJS website:

Please read the guidelines for participation (also on the website) before submitting your abstract. 

Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 January 2018
Deadline for full papers: 30 April 2018 

Please submit abstracts and papers to:

You will be notified if your abstract has been accepted by: 1 March 2018

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Japan on the Jesuit Stage, Vienna, June 2018 | Deadline: January 31, 2018

The members of a joint Austrian-Japanese project on the enduring and transforming memory of the Jesuit Japan mission (16th–17th c.), as depicted on the early-modern European theatrical stage, invite proposals for papers and panels to be presented at a conference in Vienna (Alte Burse, Sonnenfelsgasse 19, A-1010 Wien), from 28–29 June 2018.

With the support of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), this project has focused especially on the images of Japan found in Latin-language theatrical performances given at Jesuit schools in the German-speaking world. Several previously-unstudied plays are being edited and analysed conceptually.

Project website:

The purpose of the conference is to expand this research to encompass the pan-European circulation and production of ‘knowledge’ about Japan through the Jesuit theatre. We especially encourage proposals dealing with early modern theatrical depictions of Japan in a variety of geographic and institutional contexts. In addition to case studies of relevant plays and performances, contributions may address broader questions such as:

  • In which regions were Japanese topics depicted more or less often, and which Japanese figures were popular where?
  • How are Japan and the Japanese people, Christian and non-Christian, presented in terms of contemporaneous discourses of civilisation, enlightenment, virtue, etc?
  • How might stories of Japanese Christians have functioned, both in intended and unintended ways, as models of conduct, for various kinds of viewers?
  • What institutional or political purposes did Japan plays serve for the Jesuits?
  • What thematic, stylistic, or other peculiarities did Japan plays exhibit, and what work did these features do?
  • How was Japan presented in theatrical performances outside the Jesuit order?
  • How and why did particular features of Japan plays influence Neo-Latin or vernacular plays on other subjects?

Please send abstracts (max. 200 words) along with name and affiliation. 

Deadline: 31 January 2018 

Contact email:

Papers will be given in English.

France, March 14-16, 2018

The conference is open to individual and group paper presentations. Those willing to present their papers are invited to submit their proposals following the instructions described in the GUIDELINES FOR PRESENTER CANDIDATES described below. The conference call for papers lasts from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. The selected proposals will be communicated to their authors between December 2017 and February 2018. Website:


The rise of the West transformed the world. The rise of Asia will bring about an equally significant transformation. […] The rise of Asia will be good for the world. Hundreds of millions of people will be rescued from the clutches of poverty. China’s modernization has already reduced the number of Chinese living in absolute poverty from six hundred million to two hundred million. India’s growth is also making an equally significant impact. Indeed, one key reason why the United Nation (UN) will actually meet one of its Millennium Development Goals of reducing global poverty by half by 2015 will be the success of China and India in reducing poverty significantly. By the standards of any Western moral philosopher, from the British utilitarian philosophers of the nineteenth century to the moral imperatives of Immanuel Kant, it is clear that the rise of Asia has brought more “goodness” into the world. In purely ethical terms, the West should welcome the transformation of the Asian condition. (Kishore Mahbubani, The Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East, USA, Public Affairs, 2008, pp. xiv-xv).

The statement of Kishore Mahbubani quoted above raises many questions. “The rise of Asia will be good for the world.” What does it mean? Good for whom or for what? For peoples, nations, states? For culture, ecology, economy, politics, religions? In what way? “Hundreds of millions of people will be rescued from the clutches of poverty.” Does it mean that the “rise” is an economic question? How about human rights, animal rights, vegetal rights, ecological rights? “In purely ethical terms, the West should welcome the transformation of the Asian condition.” Does it mean that the rise of Asia is an ethical challenge for the West? Does it mean that the rise of Asia is not in the interest of the West? But who is the “West”? Is it a cultural, political, economical and ideological entity? Is it the incarnation of capitalism, imperialism, colonialism? Is it a former power block during the Cold War? And who is the “Non-West”? Is it an entity formerly colonised by the West? Is it including or consisting of exclusively Africa and Asia? How about Australia and America, which were colonies of the West? And how about Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, which where the core of the “East” during the Cold War? And so on and so forth….

It is to discuss those questions and many others that the conference is organised. Consequently it encourages the participation of scholars from a wide range of scientific disciplines (area studies, cultural studies, ecology, economics, geography, history, humanities, languages, management, political and social sciences…) and practitioners from diverse professional fields (business, civil society, education, enterprise, government, management, parliament, public policy, social and solidarity movements…), based in diverse geographical areas (Africa, North and South America, Australia, Asia, Europe, Pacific…). Those willing to participate in the conference as presenters are invited to send their abstract before February 2018 (see below for other dates and instructions). Selected papers will be published in a book.


The following sub-themes are not exhaustive:

- The Rise of Asia: myth and reality

- The Rise of Asia: history and perspective

- The Rise of Asia seen from inside Asia

- The Rise of Asia seen from outside Asia

- The Rise of Asia and new world order

- The Rise of Asia: impacts, risks and opportunities for the rest of the world

- The Rise of Asia: local and global changes for peoples, nations and states

- Cultural and religious issues in the Rise of Asia

- Ecological, architectural and urban issues in the Rise of Asia

- Economic issues in the Rise of Asia

- Political issues in the Rise of Asia

- Gender and women issues in the Rise of Asia


The selection of presenters is based on the abstract and the basic personal data of the presenter candidates in respect to the following dates:

1. Deadline for abstract submission: January 31, 2018

2. Announce of the selected presenters: December 2017-February 2018

3. Deadline for full paper submission: February 28, 2018

The abstract is limited to approximately 300 words (figures, tables, and references should not be included in the abstract) accompanied by basic personal data of the author(s) including:

- Full name and surname

- Gender (male/female/other)

- University title (if any)

- Specialism (if any)

- Professional category (lecturer/researcher or activist/practitioner or both)

- Institution/organisation/company

- Function in institution/organisation/company

- Full address (physical/postal address, phone and fax numbers, email)

The basic personal data are to be presented below the abstract (in the same file of the abstract, not in a separate file)

The abstract with basic personal data and the full paper are to be sent by e-mail to the following e-mail address:

Contact Info: 
Associate Professor in Oriental Studies
Director, Master's Degree in Exchanges with Asia
Researcher, Group of Research on Identities and Cultures
Université Le Havre Normandie
25, rue Philippe Lebon BP40420 LE HAVRE 76057 Cedex FRANCE

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The First Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Cultural Forum | Deadline: January 31, 2018
Guangzhou, China, June 2018

Reviewing the trend of evolution of popular culture on Mainland China from the late 1970s to the late 80s, the particular geographical location of coastal cities in the Greater Bay Area holds clear cultural significance. One might say a new era of popular culture on China’s mainland flowed first from Hong Kong to Guangdong, and then spread to other regions of the nation primarily through southeastern provinces such as Fujian and Zhejiang. At the same time, China’s post-Mao economic reform in the 1980s brought forth new conceptions and practices of publicness, for the most part culturally based on imported Greater Bay Area popular culture — pop songs, television and movies, fashion, cultural icons, and more. Therefore, the work of sorting out the history of Greater Bay Area’s popular culture of the last four decades; the work of exploring the internal relationships between contemporary Mainland Chinese culture and local cultures in Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan; the work of discussing the future of the Greater Bay Area’s cultural ecology — all of this work is to observe the area’s growth, it is to reflect on forty years of popular culture renewal during China’s reform era, and more than anything it is to look forward the future of cultural development in the region.

We invite submissions on any of the relevant topics, including but not limited to:

1.     The rise of contemporary Chinese popular culture: periodization, routes of cultural dissemination and exchange, key events and personalities

2.     The study of contemporary Chinese popular culture: theoretical frameworks, source materials, methodologies, and scholarly debates

3.     Changes of the cultural polices at the levels of central and local government

4.     The flow of people and goods in the Greater Bay Area and its cultural impact

5.     Remaking of existing cultural resources, local cultural ecology, and regional cultural network

6.     Impact on material culture and everyday life

7.     New media technology and consumer electronics and their cultural impact

8.     Cantonese and Fujianese dialects and the change of vocabulary and expressions of modern Chinese language

9.     The (trans)formation of cultural identities and cultural imaginations of local, regional, and national “others”

10.  Other related topics

We invite interested scholars to submit individual abstracts of their own research interests and topics. Please email the abstract of no more than 300 words by January 31, 2018 to Lyu Heying ( for scholars from Mainland China and to Melody Yunzi Li ( for scholars from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and overseas. Successful applicants will be notified before February 15, 2018 and will be asked to submit a draft of their papers (no less than 2,000 words) by May 15, 2018 for pre-circulation purposes. Local accommodations including food and lodging will be covered by the conference.

Chinese Internet Research and Digital Asia Conferences at Leiden University | Deadline: February 1, 2018
Leiden University, May 29, 2018

In May 2018, Leiden University will host a series of conferences and debates that deal with digital media and technological change in Asia. List members interested in how the internet, smartphones, and the so-called Web 2.0 are transforming societies, economics, and politics in the region may find the following two conference calls useful.

The 16th Chinese Internet Research Conference

Deadline for Abstracts: 1 February 2018.

Submissions: Via email, to the conference committee at

Details: From 22-23 May 2018, Leiden will welcome the 16th annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC16), which will explore the theme ‘modes of connection’, across social, economic, and political fields. For more details on this event, and for information on paper submissions, please see the full CIRC conference call. CIRC16 is an official pre-conference of the International Communication Association‘s 2018 meeting in Prague (from 24-28 May).

The 3rd Asiascape: Digital Asia Conference

Deadline for Abstracts: 1 February 2018.

Submission: Via the conference submission dropbox.

Details: On 29 May, the Leiden Asia Centre, Leiden Univeristy, and the International Institute for Asian Studies will host the 3rd Asiascape: Digital Asia (DIAS) conference. For more information on the conference and its theme ‘Rethinking Communities in the Age of the Digital’, please see the full conference call for papers.

Chinese Art in the New Millennium Undergraduate Conference | Deadline: February 19, 2018

Conference date: Friday, April 13, 2018

Hosted by the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College

Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Department, Boston College

Keynote Speaker: Eugene Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University

In conjunction with its new exhibition, Cao Jun: Hymns to Nature (February 5–June 3, 2018), featuring for the first time in the United States 64 works by contemporary Chinese artist Cao Jun, the McMullen Museum of Art with the Department of Art, Art History and Film and the Asian Studies Program at Boston College, invite undergraduates from all disciplines to submit papers for 15–18 minute presentations at its spring conference, Chinese Art in the New Millennium.  

Chinese Art in the New Millennium seeks to promote new research pertaining to the field of Chinese art today. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of new art museums in China
  • Rearticulating tradition in contemporary Chinese art
  • Chinese soft power in the public consumption of Chinese art
  • Trends and developments in contemporary Chinese art
  • The influence of Chinese politics on the creation of art and the art market
  • New technologies and Chinese art

Deadline for abstracts: Monday, February 19, 2018

Abstracts should be 150–250 words in length and sent to the McMullen Museum at This conference is interdisciplinary; undergraduates of all majors are encouraged to submit.

Please send all questions to Rachel Chamberlain, Manager of Education, Outreach & Digital Resources at Telephone: 617.552.1427.

The McMullen Museum aims to cultivate learning, celebrate artistic excellence, explore the visual traditions of diverse cultures, and inspire transdisciplinary faculty and student research based on the visual arts.

Contact Info: 

Rachel Chamberlain, Manager of Education, Outreach & Digital Resources

Contact Email:

Delta cities: rethinking practices of the urban | Deadline: March 1, 2018
Ho Chi Minh City/Long Xuyen, An Giang (Vietnam); December 10-15, 2018

Can water be the ‘ground’ for rethinking both the past and the future of urbanism? With climate change, water increasingly appears as a threat against which we must fortify ourselves through cement and resilience – in short through a culture of keeping dry, rather than soaking. Experts ranging from climate scientists to urbanists, policy makers and landscape architects are asking how to brace for rising waters and their effects upon our cities. More than two thirds of the worlds’ largest and highly populated cities are coastal delta cities, or are situated on estuaries vulnerable to rising sea levels. This In Situ Graduate School on Delta Cities proposes to move beyond the discourses of fortification and to shift the frames of the current debates about these cities. Currently these debates remain focused on either climate-change adaptation and resilience in a very myopic manner or elaborate engineering plans of reshaping the landscape. While landscape architects are exploring the possibilities for designing on soft land (Busquets and Correa 2005), entrepreneurs are going forward with perilous experiments of floating cities along the Polynesian coasts as an answer (Floating City Project by Seasteading Institute). Such a maritime-utopic-amphibious life threatens the fragile land and seascapes in the region. Apart from abetting the expansion of residential capitalism through the legal cover offered by special economic zones, these plans are about control and engineering landscapes rather than living with them. Moreover, much of this conversation is premised upon a bio-scientific understanding of urban ecologies, with little or at best negligent engagement with cultural knowledge about these spaces.

This In Situ Graduate School is a call to engage with these ideas and projects from the perspectives of the social sciences, arts and humanities in order to inquire how water-centered understandings of space might help us intervene in top-down projects currently underway to address issues of coastal erosion, urban flooding and land subsidence from a different lens.  We are inviting projects that will expand our understanding of living with water and also change our ways of viewing the urban. Deltaic ecologies have been central to urban formations across the world, from Calcutta to Saigon, from Mumbai to New Orleans. How can our understanding of cities be enriched by engaging with the practices of living with water in deltaic cities where the line of separation between land and water is muddied, where landscapes are seasonal and the relation between land and water is defined by the phenomenon of soaking. (Mathur and Da Cunha 2009)

It thus seeks to spark conversations about the specific relation of living with water that defines delta and coastal cities across Asia through readings, presentations, and site visits. Do cities located in deltas embody specific urban forms, political constellations and modes of habitation? Through what modes can we read the hidden hydrologies of our cities and the traces of their long-forgotten waterways? What can we learn from them? What do various linguistic expressions of land water relations—whether erosion, floods, or breaches—in various languages tell us about our landscape designs and engineering? What has been forgotten in the process? What stories, songs and narratives of deltas can we recover for a robust way to live with water in cities? How can we enrich our own disciplinary work by opening ourselves to other stories, stories told in different modes and different genres? How will an openness to water transform our activism and advocacy in the face of more technological fixes for the future of urban planning?

The aim of the In Situ Graduate School will be to immerse ourselves in innovative and courageous thinking about the relation between different urban forms from a watery perspective, together with scholars and practitioners working in regionally diverse ecologies in various corners of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Abstracts are invited from a range of disciplinary backgrounds that use the soaking ecology of tides, silt, delta, estuary and swamp to outline a different praxis of the urban, which is not about land-water separation and containment, but rather a more elastic open relation between them. In keep with IIAS’s mission to rethink the humanities, the In Situ Graduate School hopes to create a space for the practice of experimental knowledge about deltas where various genres of articulations about land and water can be in conversation without the creation of knowledge hierarchies.

Possible thematic areas to anchor the conversation include:

Cartographies imaginations and the aerial platform
Living and moving with land and water
Space, resource and violence
Nature’s infrastructures

The In Situ Graduate School will be held from December 10-15, 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City and Long Xuyen, An Giang in Vietnam. In addition to lectures by leading scholars in the field, students will also conduct group projects and conduct fieldtrips to important sites in the Mekong Delta. At the end of the In Situ Graduate School, students will make final public presentations in Ho Chi Minh City.

David Biggs (University of California, Riverside), Debjani Bhattacharyya (Drexel University), John Agbonifo (Osun State University),  and Phuong Lan Ngo (USSH HCM), will serve as conveners. Coming from different academic traditions with diverse theoretical and methodological expertise, the conveners shall foster an active atmosphere of open discussion, critique, and empirical inquiry. The goal is to facilitate students’ existing research projects in a related field of study through a combination of lectures, fieldtrips, and group work.

We welcome applications from international doctoral students and advanced research master's students with significant related professional experience from all social science, humanities and natural science disciplines, working on Delta Cities.

For additional details on eligibility criteria and how to apply, see the Application page.

14th Lodz East Asia Meeting, Asia in World Politics: Past, Present, and Future | Deadline: March 15, 2018
University of Lodz, Poland; June 7-8, 2018

The Lodz East Asia Meeting is an annual conference for scholars interested in political, economic and social aspects of Asian affairs. After the success of the last six editions, we wish to continue the meeting as an international event. It will provide a valuable opportunity for the exchange of ideas between researchers from different countries. We wish for the Lodz East Asia Meeting to become a forum for both experienced academics and young scholars who always make up a significant number of the participants.

The 2018 conference will focus on examining the evolution of Asia’s position in the contemporary world. Growing economic prowess and military potential of regional powers has led to dramatic changes in the global political landscape. Chinese growing ambition to play a leading role in the region has met with concerns from the governments of other influential actors in Asia, such as Japan, India, or ASEAN countries. At the same time, globalization and regionalization processes in Asia-Pacific seem to be at a crossroads due to the failure of Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. We hope that the Lodz East Asia Meeting becomes a place for an exchange of opinions on these recent developments.

The LEAM 2018 keynote speech will be delivered by Professor David Camroux from the European Institute for Asian Studies, Centre de Recherches Internationales (CERI). Professor Camroux graduated from the University of Sydney (BA Hons) and read for his doctorate at the Sorbonne nouvelle (Paris III). He is the Co-editor of the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs and a member of the Asia-Pacific Commission advising the International Secretariat of the governing party in France. For his academic achievements he was made a “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes académiques” and a “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”. Professor Camroux specializes in contemporary Southeast Asian society, EU-Asian relations, and Asian regional integration. He is working in an interdisciplinary way at the interface between Comparative Politics and International Relations. Professor Camroux is the author of numerous articles on Southeast Asian politics and history, the international relations of Asia and the Pacific and EU–Asia relations. He has contributed to a number of pan-European projects in these areas such as EU-NESCA; GARNET and MERCURY.

Topics that will be considered for inclusion are divided into three thematic blocks:

Geopolitical importance of the Asian continent

  1. Ideology or national interests? Cold war confrontation in East Asia
  2. One Belt, One Road initiative as a geopolitical bridge in Eurasia
  3. Shift in US strategy towards East Asia under the Trump administration
  4. Competition over economic integration in the Asia-Pacific
  5. International disputes and security issues in East Asia
  6. ASEAN as a player in global and regional politics

Foreign policy strategies and politics of Asian countries

  1. China’s growing assertiveness in the East and South China Seas
  2. Perspectives on domestic politics and foreign policy of the PRC after the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China
  3. Japan’s response to China’s rise: Quadrilateral Security Dialogue and proactive pacifism
  4. Liberal Democratic Party’s dominance and opposition parties’ realignment in Japan
  5. Regional ambitions of India under the Modi administration
  6. Russian policy in the Far East
  7. South Korea as a middle power between China and Japan

Economic, cultural, and social issues in East Asia

  1. Ups and downs of economic development in East Asia
  2. Cultural foundations of “illiberal” democracy
  3. Social and political repercussions of income disparities in East Asian countries
  4. Gender issues in Asia

Please submit a 250 word abstract by March 15, 2018 here.

The Organising Committee will announce the accepted panels and abstracts by the end of March 2018.

The Organising Committee guarantees that conference papers will be published in an edited volume of Contemporary Asian Studies Series (open access) or as LEAM Discussion Papers. Please submit your full paper by 30 September 2018.


Venue: University of Lodz, Poland
Language: English
Date: June 7-8, 2018
Proposal Submission Deadline:  March 15, 2018
Announcement of Accepted Abstracts: end of March 2018
Conference Fee: 80 EURO (graduate students 45 EURO)

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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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


SASA 2018 CONFERENCE | Deadline: January 19, 2018

South Asia, home to one quarter of the earth’s population, is of extraordinary global importance. Its impact and its output touch virtually all countries on earth. Its influence in the world cuts across all sectors of human experience. Presenters and panels at SASA 2018 will address and share knowledge and insights about South Asia’s rich and unrivaled past, its bold and remarkable present, and its soaring prospects for the future. Cultural and social sidebar events during SASA 2018 will include film screenings, live performances, exhibits, meals featuring cuisine from the region, Exemplar Award presentations, multiple networking opportunities, and more.

Now in its second decade, the South Asian Studies Association has long advanced and presented research in the history, humanities, and social sciences of South Asia. SASA has now expanded this mission, as well as the scope of its Annual Conferences. SASA 2018 will address and celebrate South Asia’s place in the world by shining spotlights on its past, present, and future. Leading scholars and academecians will again gather and present papers and talks within traditional SASA South Asia Academic Tracks. SASA 2018, however, will also present major Wider-Focus South Asia Plenary Sessions which feature leaders from within South Asia-centered business and trade, government, NGOs and nonprofits, and media & entertainment. These individuals, and all attendees, will both enrich and be enriched by shared interactions during SASA 2018. We’re confident that this blending of expanded disciplines and diversified expertise will make SASA 2018 the most vital and robust annual conference in our history. Together we will also set the bar and the template for future South Asian Studies Association Conferences.

We invite you to roll up your sleeves, get involved, and help shape and deliver an unforgettable SASA 2018 Conference.


SASA invites and encourages papers and presentations that address the rich tapestry that is South Asia’s past, present, and future. For consideration Proposals should be submitted to SASA 2018 Academic Program Executive Chairperson, Vandana Asthana, at Proposals should align with one theme, or at most two themes, within the Academic Tracks listed following. The panel time allocated for each paper will be 15 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 19, 2017. Early submissions are greatly encouraged. For questions or recommendations, please email SASA 2018 Academic Program Executive Chairperson, Vandana Asthana, at


History Open Category

Examples New Thoughts on Ancient Practices and Discoveries New Insights from Archaeological Research South Asian Journalism in the Time of the Raj Rethinking Post-Colonial South Asia

Culture, Religion and Philosophy Open Category

Examples South Asia’s People and Beliefs Religion and Globalization in South Asia Contemporary Views of Gender Across South Asia Ayurveda and Yoga in the 21st Century.

Economics, Politics and Governance Open Category Examples South Asia: Wealth, Poverty, and the Flow of Money Majoritarian and Right-wing Populism Minorities and Constitution-Making in South Asia Cross-sections: Technology, Politics and Governance in South Asia.

Literary, Visual and Performing Arts Open Category Examples South Asia Expresses: Words for the Ages South Asia Expressed: Imagery, Sculpture, Architecture Telling South Asia’s Stories Through Performance Gender, Sexuality, and Power in South Asian Cinema

- NEW FOR SASA 2018 -


As part of SASA’s broader mission, SASA 2018 will also present several major Plenary Sessions. These sessions will feature active participation by prominent leaders from within the South Asia-focused fields listed below. Participation by South Asia-focused university and college scholars will be included. For questions or recommendations please email SASA Chairperson Ken Silverman at:

Business and Entrepreneurship

Representative Areas of Focus Successfully Doing Business Across Borders Shifting Trends in Trade and Investment The New Entrepreneurial Fervor Sweeping South Asia Technology Innovation in South Asia

Education, Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Representative Areas of Focus The State of Education Across South Asia The NGO Landscape Across South Asia Giving Back: The Dollars and Sense Successful Nonprofit Models and Case Studies

Media and Entertainment Representative Areas of Focus South Asian Media – Past, Present, Future Multinational Media in South Asia: The World Comes in, the Local Impact Exporting Popular Culture – South Asia as Perceived in the West Cross-Border Media:

New Business Opportunities


This is an innovation for SASA 2018. We invite those interested to submit an up-to-1-page Proposal to share what you’re currently researching in the field of South Asian Studies, and why you’d wish to share this information with our full SASA 2018 audience. Perhaps you seek critical feedback, or prospective collaborators, or simply wish knowledgeable recommendations. The SASA 2018 Lightning Round will afford these opportunities. Our Academic Program Committee will select the 6 most compelling Proposals. Each will be allocated 10 minutes to speak at SASA 2018, divided as 5 minutes to describe new research, followed by 5 minutes for feedback from audience members.

For questions please email SASA 2018 Academic Program Executive Chairperson, Vandana Asthana, at

For added information about SASA and ongoing SASA 2018 updates

Contact Email:

Conference 'Modalities of Displacement in South Asia' | Deadline: January 22, 2018
Leiden University, The Netherlands; June 7-8, 2018

The displacement of large numbers of people is a central feature of the rapid economic expansion that characterises contemporary South Asia. Rooted in violent processes of state formation, including partition, militarisation, and the repression of regional secessionist movements, South Asia’s modern polities are actively consolidating and incorporating erstwhile economically and politically marginal spaces. These processes of consolidation have been accompanied by the emergence of religious nationalisms and ethnic identity politics that legitimize the ideological or even physical segregation of ‘others’, conjoining land struggles and development projects with socio-cultural contestations around home and belonging. The conference ‘Modalities of Displacement’ interrogates some of these complexities through the notion of ‘displacement’.

While displacement has emerged as a keyword across research in historical, anthropological, geographical, and cultural studies, as well as in fields of migration, urban and rural development, and memory or heritage, inter-disciplinary dialogues are often rare. In this conference, we intend to bring together different disciplinary perspectives and empirical case studies, to think about what the modalities of displacement in contemporary South Asia can be. We think of physical displacement (e.g. in migration studies), ideological displacement (e.g. in anthropological discussions about the politics of belonging), emotional displacement (e.g. in considerations of the ‘unheimlich’ in cultural studies), economic displacement (e.g. in studies of land issues and dispossession), and aestheticdisplacement (e.g. in urban geography). The panels of the conference will be organised to produce interdisciplinary conversations on these different and overlapping modalities of displacement, providing a platform for established and emerging researchers to connect and share insights.

This two-day conference is organised in the context of the projects Postcolonial Displacements: Migration, Narratives and Place-Making in South Asia (LIAS/CA-DS) and Rerouting Relations (IIAS) at Leiden University. We particularly welcome submissions that address perspectives from urban peripheries, rural hinterlands, borderlands, transnational contexts, and the margins of national imaginations. Apart from a select set of panels dedicated to the modalities of displacement, we will also host a workshop at IIAS (upon invitation) on residential segregation and religious politics. Furthermore we invite presentations based on audio-visual materials, such as films or art works.

Send your abstracts (300 words) to:, along with key-words, a short bio, contact details, and, if applicable, information about the duration and nature of the audio-visual materials.
Deadline for submissions: 22 January, 2018.  
Selection: Mid February 2018 (tentative).
Funding: Very limited partial funding is available for a small number of participants.

Dr. Erik de Maaker, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (CA-DS), Leiden University.
Dr. Sanjukta Sunderason, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden University.
Dr. Sanderien Verstappen (coordinator), Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden University, fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden.

Contact Email:

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

UC Berkeley-UCLA Southeast Asian Studies Conference: Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia | Deadline: January 19, 2018
UC Berkeley; April 27-28, 2018

Conference chair: Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso (Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley)

The aim of this conference, jointly sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley (Director: Prof. Pheng Cheah) and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA (Director: Prof. George Dutton), is to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia.

Migrations have characterized Southeast Asian lives and livelihoods in different ways in different eras; they have affected work, settlement patterns, resource use, small and large investments, religion, and culture. Migrations have formed and changed the composition of Southeast Asian societies and given rise to complex cultural, social, environmental, and political problems and opportunities. Past and present, migrations have been both forced and voluntary: forced to make way for certain kinds of development; triggered by violence and war; but also intentional and, at times, pioneering: to change lives, secure new livelihoods, or explore new ecologies.

Contributors to this conference will discuss continuities and changes in migration practices, patterns, and personnel, addressing a wide range of historical periods, disciplines, and themes. For this conference, we solicit papers on such topics as:

  • labor migration and remittances;
  • resource extractions, claims, and trade;
  • shifting policies governing international movements of people, resources and capital; human rights issues raised by transnational migration;
  • transformations in urban and rural spaces brought by domestic and transnational migrants;
  • cultural changes and cultural productions associated with migrant, resource, and capital flows;
  • the ways that mobilities have changed or are changing gender, generational, racial, and cultural relations in families, communities, and across nations. 

The two centers invite submissions for presentations from scholars and graduate students conducting original research in the social sciences and humanities that address the primary theme of the conference. Abstracts (up to 500 words) should be sent to CSEAS at UC Berkeley by Friday, January 19, 2018. Abstracts should include your name, affiliation and discipline and contact information (including e-mail address).

The conference is open to all. Some travel funding is available for faculty and graduate students at UC and CSU campuses.

Contact: CSEAS, 1995 University Ave., 520H MC 2318, Berkeley CA 94704, Tel: (510) 642-3609; Fax: (510) 643-7062; E-mail:

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

2018 SPAS Graduate Student Conference on Asian Studies | Deadline: January 20, 2018
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, March 14-16, 2018

We are interested in proposals for papers, panels, and performances, reflecting on what scholars and others deem “The Asian Century.”  Through historical rotation of power, Asia is taking prominence on the global stage. We are interested in research that examines this concept, especially the ways that smaller countries across Asia have gained power. We are also looking for presentations that address inter-Asia and hegemonic interactions, whether through politics, economy, or culture, and can support or contest disciplinary and regional approaches to the study of the Asia Pacific region. With this goal in mind, we also encourage those with a background in the arts to apply. 

We are especially looking for papers that:

·       Involve original research in all areas of Asia and Asian Studies

·       Incorporate interdisciplinary methods and frameworks

·       Engage comparative studies or transnationalism

·       Explore new and emerging trends in Asian Studies

·       Critically re-examine existing methodologies and frameworks

·       Present Asian performance practices

We invite and encourage you to share our announcement for the Call for Papers to your graduate students who are doing work on Asian Studies. Our theme is “The Asian Century: Emerging Stories” and our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Sophal Ear, from Occidental College.

Attached is our call for papers. The abstract and application deadline is January 20, 2018

The submission form can be accessed at

EARLY CAREER SCHOLAR WORKSHOP: “Reproductive Labor and Gynocentric Technologies in East Asia, 1800s-2000s” | Deadline: January 25, 2018
Smith College; October 12-14, 2018


The starting point of this Working Group is the idea that social life is fundamentally about “people-making.” Following David Graeber, we recognize that “while any society has to produce food, clothing, shelter, and so forth,” in most societies the production of material objects “is very much seen as a subordinate moment in larger productive processes aimed at the [creation and] fashioning of humans.” Industrial societies obfuscate the primacy of “people making” by separating material production in the workplace from social reproduction at home, marking the former as male, public, and important, and the latter as female, private, and unimportant. An earlier generation of feminist scholars challenged this doctrine of separate spheres and its explicit devaluation of women’s work. Our working group draws significant inspiration from this earlier scholarship to call for a re-appreciation of the centrality of reproductive labor in modern industrial societies. We argue that reproductive labor is not just a basic precondition of “production” (i.e., the replenishing of the labor force so that the production of goods can go on); the work involved in the reproduction of life in its social and biological dimensions is also an end result that remains important even where it is denigrated and overlooked.

We refer to the goals of reproductive labor as “gynocentric” because in most societies – including East Asian societies – women tend to play a central role in the work of creating and fashioning humans. Such work relies on a variety of tools, techniques, and practices (which we call “gynocentric technologies”, drawing on Francesca Bray’s notion of “gynotechnics”) that are often spatially dispersed and involve many different actors and institutions. Children are not simply raised by mothers in households; they are moved around from caretaker to caretaker, or people move around to take care of children, or outside agents are called in to help. Similarly, the reproduction of life at home – the cooking, feeding, cleaning, etc, that is the precondition for all social life – depends on networks of cooperation between women who help each other in these tasks. If one adds technology to the mix, one gets complex, spatially dispersed assemblages of people, techniques, and artifacts that come together in the work of creating and fashioning humans. These infrastructures can have many different scales (local, national, and global) and they have become more complex in recent times, with increased transnational mobility, and the growing significance of law, state policy, science, medicine, industry, and the media.

There is an important historical question here. The work of human reproduction always involved dispersed networks of people that were gynocentric in the sense that they could include men but were basically built around the labor of women, linked to each other through kinship or other ties. In the old agrarian order, everyday survival depended on a number of skills — textile manufacture, garment manufacture, food processing, healing, childcare, midwifery, etc. — that were important sources of prestige and dignity for women, even in the most oppressive circumstances. After the industrial revolution, many of these skills were gradually incorporated into the factory system and the logic of the market. Historians working on Western societies have drawn attention to a dynamics of de-skilling, whereby women either forgot old skills or else continued performing their old labor subject to the authority of experts and no longer in control of the productive process. This research tends to overstate the extent to which these transformations have led to a demise of women’s work. In contrast, we start from the assumption that gynocentric work did not disappear but was transformed and obscured. In East Asia as elsewhere, a modern focus on “production” – understood as commodity production outside the home – led to an understanding of women’s work as “reproductive chores,” with the effect that work that reproduced life at home often ceased to be seen as work at all. At the same time, women’s work became the object of attention of state regulators, reformist elites, and commercial providers, and was subjected to increased controls.

We ask questions about the transformation of reproductive labor and gynocentric technologies in East Asia from the 1800s onwards, when processes of industrialization and globalization were significantly accelerated. Throughout the region, we see a transition from an agrarian economy rooted in gendered divisions of labor in small producing households, to a modern political economy in which productive work is defined as taking place outside the household, in offices and factories. In the agrarian economy, women’s efforts were seen as subordinate but also complementary to men’s work. Ideally, “men tilled and women wove;” if either of them stopped performing their gendered work, people would starve or freeze. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean intellectuals began to think of “the economy” as a distinct realm, separate from the household and populated by male income earners. In this new model, domestic work performed by women became invisible, even though women, as artisans, cash croppers, and small commodity producers, continued to contribute to their households in the same way as men. Yet the ideological erasure of gynocentric work should not be confused with its actual disappearance. Precisely because such work was typically construed as private and unimportant, it could escape systematic transformation.

Rather than assuming a straightforward process in which women were progressively deskilled, their autonomy undermined by male experts, their work made redundant by industrially produced commodities, we assume an uneven transformation in which new skills and technologies interacted with older cultures of cooperation. We trace this transformation by focusing on changes in the everyday technologies that are involved in the work of “people-making.” We are thinking, for example, of how breast pumps, formula, and plastic bottles make it possible to disperse the work of nursing across time and space, or how cell phones and tracker wristbands allow Chinese migrant parents to be involved in child raising from a distance. Such arrangements are part of larger material and organizational infrastructures that have become increasingly transnational and commercialized as we entered the 21st century. An important part of this project is to show how these emerging infrastructures vary across East Asia, and how these variations are shaped by long-term socio-cultural and politico-economic processes, linked to a number of different projects of gender equality and female emancipation.


We invite proposals from PhD students and early career scholars working on topics related to gynocentric work and technology in East Asia. We welcome proposals focusing on historical and/or contemporary issues, and drawing on one or several of the following disciplinary approaches (anthropology, history, sociology, STS). We are particularly interested in inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives that speak to larger issues in East Asian and global history and society.

The selection of specific topics for the workshop will ultimately depend on the availability of speakers, but we are interested in paper proposals focusing on one or several of the following key interconnected themes:

  • Biological reproduction. Traditional and modern techniques that regulate and aid the reproduction of biological life, including fertility treatments, contraception, abortion, pre- and postnatal care, midwifery, and infant nursing.
  • Homemaking includes the “three C’s” (caring, cooking, and cleaning), but also (in pre-industrial environments) hauling water, gathering fuel, spinning, weaving, sewing, raising animals, preserving food, etc. We also include commercial or public services (restaurants, canteens, laundry services, etc.) that supplement or replace domestic work.
  • Intimacy and connection. Techniques that maintain and shape social bonds in the family and beyond. These include, among others, the exchange of gifts and other objects, the creation of intimacy (and sometimes control) through cell phones and social media.
  • Healing and care include techniques ranging from routine “maintenance” of bodies to healing and caring for the sick, aged, and dying.

Abstracts (500 words max) should be submitted to the organizers by January 25th 2018 at the latest.

We will announce the shortlist of selected abstracts in early February 2018. Invited speakers will be expected to submit a full-length paper (8,000 words max) by September 1st 2018 to be presented and discussed at the workshop. We will provide assistance for costs of travel and accommodation of invited speakers.

Contact:           Jacob Eyferth (Chicago), email:

                        Suzanne Gottschang (Smith), email:

Gonçalo Santos (HKU), email:

Northeast India and Southeast Asia: Exploring Continuities | Deadline: January 30, 2018

Ambedkar University Delhi, New Delhi, India; 25-26 October 2018


Northeast India, located on India's periphery, is a region whose socio-cultural world exhibits more similarities with Southeast Asia region than with that of South Asia. Such perceptive characterisation of the Northeast region, however, has had been scuttled by the constricted imagination induced by the nation-state paradigm and related ways of writing history. The uncritical reliance on colonial discourse to understand the region reinforces the colonial conceptions while simultaneously marginalising the cultural-historical legacy of resident communities. This has led to the creation of an idea of an insular (Northeast) region on the one hand while reinforcing the image of India as the mainland constitutive of a larger Indic/ South Asian culture on the other.

The proposed conference seeks to question this entrenched way of understanding Northeast India by way of situating it contiguously with Southeast and East Asia. In doing so, it will take a multi disciplinary look at lived reality, insider perspectives and experiences of transformation to identify the threads of interconnectedness between these regions. The conference will thus highlight the inter-regionality of Northeast India while culturally positioning it in a larger Southeast/East Asian tradition.

Concept Note

Human societies share common traits, including myths and values, materials and traditions, language and practices. The uniqueness of each arises partly from the way dynamics of power operate in the geographical spaces they occupy, and how societies negotiate, manipulate and control the direction of their development. The highlands of Northeast India, Yunnan and Southeast Asia offers a vantage point to look at this from the viewpoint of societies that till the 20th century stayed away from the statist political systems of a dominant mainland polity.

Referred to as ‘people without history’ due to the lack of written language, communities in these regions use orality as a conscious societal choice to transmit shared memories of an ancient past as well as the insights from the present. In a similar way, shaping the land through the widespread use of the jhum or swidden agriculture is a societal response for mobility and autonomy while maintaining food security. In the cultural sphere for example, many scholars of Northeast India suggest that the customs and traditions of many communities in the region in many aspects resembles those of tribal communities in Southeast Asia, from Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan. Similarly, the Tai-Ahom of the Brahmaputra valley in Assam finds many similarities with communities from Thailand. The shared palette of colours, patterns and motifs in textiles tells us how the rich cultural traditions of the peoples across the larger region have been intricately linked to the political economy at different points in time.

The study of cultures is today an interdisciplinary field incorporating a wide range of participants, approaches, and topics. The contextual study of structures, monuments, artifacts and oral literatures provides a methodology to understand the beliefs and attitudes of societies other than our own, and opens up possibilities for comparative investigation along the ‘Asian axis’.

These and other connections between the main aspects of life in the Northeastern Region of India, and the larger Asian cultural landscape can be substantiated from a transnational perspective. Conventional representations of Northeast India glosses over this history of cultural continuity and its connections, that has remained partly because of being in a marginal borderland over time. Highlighting the cultural continuities in the larger region, it is important to look beyond political boundaries, and reconsider the manifestations of identities in terms of geographical continuities and cultural dynamics.

At a time when the study of multidimensional cultural aspects has been attracting scholars and policy makers across the world, an engagement with the cultural axis between Northeast India and Southeast Asia becomes indispensable. In this connection, the need for a cultural mapping of the region has been suggested by various academic and professional cultural institutions. This would include establishing linkages between researchers and scholars from diverse disciplines, and promoting communication between various communities across national boundaries.

Contextualising Northeast India with the contiguous regions of Southeast Asia and Yunnan (South China), the conference aims to develop a multi disciplinary appreciation at experiences of transformation, identity (re)construction and the threads of interconnectedness between these regions. The intent is to critically engage and reflect on the larger historical trajectories that shaped societies and communities in these spaces using a comparative lens. In the process demanding multi-level engagement that questions preconceived notions around nature, culture and people in todays politically charged environment.

This conference invites scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds across the social sciences and humanities to share understandings of societies in the region. We invite papers embedded in empirical case studies which explore one or more of the following lines of inquiry.  

  • Material cultures of the past and present
  • Orality, language and literature
  • Performance, ritual and practice
  • Trade, market and state making in the region
  • Regional similarities and differences – aspects of traditional life
  • Colonialism, globalisation and the process of modernity
  • Identity construction and power dynamics.
  • Post-colonialism and its impact on gender relations.
  • Peace, conflict and governance
  • Environment, society and health
  • Biodiversity, conservation and society
  • Culture, psyche, morality and innovation interface

Conference Registration fee: Rs. 500/- for research scholars and students

                                                   Rs. 2000/- for Faculty (National and International)

Submission Guidelines:

Abstract (in English) of 250 words along with a short bio-note of 150 words should be sent to on or before 30th January 2018. Full papers need to be submitted by 30th June 2018.

Young research scholars working in the area are specially invited to present their work. We will be organising a special sessions for their participation.

Poster presentations are also welcome. They will be displayed during the conference and time will be allotted for an interaction between the poster presenters and others participants.

Travel Support: Limited assistance for travel support is available and may be considered for research scholars, independent researcher and early career faculty. Please send your request by 30th January 2018 clearly mentioning Travel Support in the subject line, along with your name and abstract title in the body of the email.

Accommodation Assistance: Participants requiring help in finding accommodation in Delhi during the conference may write to the organiser clearly mentioning Accomodation Support in the subject line, along with your name and abstract title in the body of the email.


Abstract Submission Deadline: 30th January 2018
Notification of Acceptance: 28th February 2018
Full Paper Submission: 30th June 2018
Email for Abstract Submission and other Information:

CFP, Breaking the Eurocentric Model in the Humanities | Deadline: February 1, 2018
University of Minnesota, April 13-14, 2018

The Premodern Workshop, a multi-disciplinary group of premodern scholars at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, invites 250 word abstracts for 10-15 minute talks on research, methodology or teaching practices that challenge the Eurocentric approach to studying the humanities. We will prioritize talks that fit into one of the following categories:

  1. Original research on premodern topics outside of Europe. This includes, but is not limited to, themes that largely focus on Asian and South American topics, Indigenous Studies, African Studies, and other disciplines or subfields of the Humanities that emphasize extra-European histories, languages, epistemologies, and cultures.  
  2. Teaching strategies for challenging Eurocentric framings while teaching courses focused on European topics, actors, and influences.

Conference attendees will be invited to participate in a variety of related events, including a tour of the University of Minnesota Libraries’ premodern collections and a keynote address by Professor Guojun Wang from Vanderbilt University. 

This conference is supported by the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World, the Center for Early Modern History, and the Center for Medieval Studies at the University of Minnesota. 

For questions and comments, contact Emelin Miller (History of Science) at or Jenna Lester (English) at

To submit an abstract, please fill out this Google form:

Contact Info: Emelin E Miller, PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota

Contact Email:

'Africa-Asia, A New Axis of Knowledge' - Second Edition | Deadline: February 1, 2018
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; September 20-22, 2018

Call for (institutional) panels, roundtables and papers

Building on the multiple encounters, interactions and dialogues initiated at the 1st Africa-Asia Conference (Accra, Ghana, 2015), the 2nd international Conference ‘Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge’, to be held from 20-22 September 2018, in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), seeks to deepen the explorations of new realities, and long histories connecting Africa and Asia. The conference aims to solidify an infrastructure of engagement bringing together scholars, artists, intellectuals and educators based in Africa and Asia as well as across the world to think both comparatively and holistically about the challenges and possibilities of cross-continental and trans-regional encounters.

FIND THE SUBMISSION FORMS ON ; Online submissions are possible between 1 December 2017 and 15 March 2018 on the ICAS website.

Rethinking Trans-Asia Media Flows from Australia: An International Symposium | Deadline: February 1, 2018
Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Melbourne; August 23-24, 2018

Call for papers
Although it has long been considered a non-Asian country located in Asia, Australia is increasingly linked into Asian media circuits, and the rise of the Asian media industries is changing Australian media culture. At the level of consumption, Asian media content––from Bollywood film to Japanese TV to Chinese online video to Korean social media and K-pop––is now more readily accessible than ever to media users in Australia due to broadband connectivity and mobile media technologies, as well as (more unevenly) via mainstream commercial distribution. This increased access is not only helping Australia’s Asian migrant populations maintain cultural ties; it is also creating new media tastes for the general Australian audience. Meanwhile, at the level of production, Australian governments, keen to harness the potential for the country’s involvement in the region’s expanding media industries, are exploring new ways to support Australia’s screen media industries by establishing regional partnerships. To what extent are these intensifying media flows transforming the cultural identities of Australian audiences and media products? And how does such consideration in and from Australia enrich the study of trans-Asian media and cultural flows? This two-day international symposium will explore thee and related questions.

Possible topics:

  • Transnational Asian media engagements by audiences in Australia and the possibility of cross-border dialogues
  • Transnational cultural politics of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity
  • Asian-Australian media cultures
  • The role of transnational media in migrant and diasporic public spheres
  • Debates over media-based “soft power” in Australia, especially from China and Korea
  • Media’s role in diplomatic relations between Australia and Asian nations
  • Collaborations between Australian and Asian media producers
  • Emerging forms of media mobility between Australia and Asia
  • The distribution and reception of Australian media and Australia-related media content in Asia
  • Media and cultural policy perspectives on media flows between Asia and Australia
  • Representations of aspects of “Asian-ness” in Australian media
  • Rethinking trans-Asia / inter-Asia cultural studies

23-24 August 2018

Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Melbourne

Confirmed participants:

  • Professor Wanning Sun, University of Technology Sydney
  • Professor Ien Ang, Western Sydney University
  • Professor Audrey Yue, National University of Singapore
  • Professor Koichi Iwabuchi, Monash University
  • A/Prof Olivia Khoo, Monash University
  • A/Prof Fran Martin, The University of Melbourne

Submission of abstracts:
Please email a 250 word abstract and 150 word bio to by 1 February 2018.

Africa and Asia Encounters: Historical and Contemporary Perspective | Deadline: February 1, 2018
Public Service Institute of Nigeria, Abuja; June 28-30, 2018

Contact between Asia and Africa and other form of exchange have expanded greatly in recent times. Trade and cultural exchange have expanded with countries throughout the Asia sub-continent from china to Japan, India, Singapore, Malaysia among other. Today, China has become an important commercial partner in Africa as well as an important provider of aid to African nations. China has invested billions of dollars and is Africa’s biggest trading partner and buys more than one-third of its oil from the continent. The expanding Chinese presence in particular has been views with skepticism. Indeed, the shifting attention of African countries to China and other Asian countries has raised concerns at other levels, including the old ideological rivalries that marked the Cold War era and the potential to spread new ideology. There are also concerns about what some have called a “new colonialism” by Asian nations. This emerging political and economic order calls for intellectual discussions on Asia-Africa relationships and Africa’s role in this encounter.

The conference will examine both old and emerging relationship from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective.

The conference themes include but not limited to:

  • Historical perspectives on Africa-Asia relations
  • Asia Studies in Africa
  • African Studies in Asia
  • Asian Communities and Diaspora
  • African Diaspora in Asia
  • Cultural and Historic Connections and Exchange
  • Migration and Transnational networks
  • Race and Identity in Africa-Asia encounters
  • Ethical and global challenges of doing business in Asia
  • Ethical and global challenges of doing business in Africa
  • Private dimensions of the Asia-Africa connections
  • Made in China Goods
  • Marriage, race, and identity

Please submit a 250 to 300-word abstract and a 150-word biography latest by 1 February 2018. The biographical information should mention the presenter’s name and title, affiliation, email address, relevant publications.

Please send your documents through the submission link below:

To submit your abstract online, please click here

Important Dates
4 August 2017: Call for Papers
1 February 2018: Deadline for Abstracts
15 February 2018: Notification of Acceptance / Opening of Registration
01 May 2018: Deadline for Presenter Registration
01 June 2018: Deadline for Participant Registration
28 – 30 June 2018: Conference

Registration fees will be 150 dollars (International Participants). Participants from Africa (only) will pay the registration fee equivalent of N20, 000. Local students may attend for a registration fee of 5,000 naira.

Narratives of (Il)legibility in East Asia | Graduate Student Symposium | Deadline: February 2, 2018

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 5, 2018

Society of East Asian Studies (SEAS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is pleased to welcome abstracts, papers, and panel proposals for its 5th annual graduate student symposium. The symposium will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on May 5th, 2018. The theme for this year is:

“Narratives of (Il)legibility in East Asia”

With the theme “Narratives of (Il)legibility in East Asia,” this conference aspires to nurture interdisciplinary discussions that contribute to understandings of East Asia. The conference aims to explore various questions relevant to past and present lived experiences in East Asia including: What criteria has been used to produce social categories and how has such criteria operated as techniques of inclusion and exclusion? How has the construction of legible bodies and practices in East Asia been involved in the (re)production of social hierarchies related to class, gender, sexuality, race, nationality, and (dis)ability? We invite papers that explore social, cultural, historical, religious, and political factors that have been influential in shaping communities in East Asia. We encourage submissions from diverse subfields and welcome papers that engage with issues related to Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, and the broader East Asian region, including diasporic East Asian communities.

We are interested in papers from various disciplines, including but not limited to: history, law, gender studies, anthropology, film/media studies, sociology, literature, comparative literature, art history, religious studies/religion, linguistics, musicology, and political science.

Submission Information:

Abstracts for individual papers (20 minutes maximum) should be no more than 300 words in length and may be submitted using this online form. We also welcome proposals for integrated panels. Those wishing to propose a panel are invited to email Qianhui Ma at A panel should consist of no more than three papers, each twenty minutes in lengt

Gendered Threads of Globalization: 20th Century Textile Crossings in Asia-Pacific and Canada | Deadline: February 14, 2018
University of Victoria, Spring 2019

Gendered Threads of Globalization: 20th Century Textile Crossings in Asia-Pacific and Canada (GToG) brings junior and senior scholars of various disciplines together with artists and other professionals for a timely, critical dialogue on intersections of gender, labor, and tradition in Asian-Pacific textile industries throughout the long twentieth century. GToG examines women's shifting roles in textile production and how the manufacture, consumption, and sustainability of textiles are gendered within the region today. We examine issues of cultural values, heritage, ethics, and material culture to expose tensions between human capital and the global market (with an aim of improving) gender and economic inequality in worldwide textile industries. This 2 day event will held at the University of Victoria, Canada, in spring 2019.

The garment industry is one of the world's largest employers, with an estimated 75 million workers. Two thirds of the workers are women employed in factories throughout Asia that export to Canada and other developed nations. The explosion of the international "fast fashion" industry over the past decade provides much needed economic opportunities, particularly for uneducated lower-class women. It also brings devastating cultural, social, environmental, and life-threatening consequences.  GToG explores the role of global capitalism in workers' exploitation and the devaluation of (particularly women's) textile labor in the shift between artisanal traditions to fast fashion. It also highlights how venerable textile traditions are threatened by the garment industry. 

Until the 20th c., Asian textiles served as money, tribute, and conveyers of status and taste throughout Asia, Europe, and the Islamic World. Elite and folk textiles were often the result of thousands of hours of labor, typically by women. Imperialism and industrialization throughout Asia from the 19th c. altered social practices of textile design, production, and consumption. Yet, against this tide of textile devaluation, revivals of traditional materials, motifs, and production arise as expressions of indigenous, regional, and national pride. Women are at the forefront of many of these revivals, serving as both producers and cultural stewards. GToG brings together creative voices for change to emphasize the urgency of not only documenting endangered traditional arts, but also their preservation and revitalization.

Reading textile labor through the lens of gender offers a fresh way to interrogate the industry's recent history and current condition. Our discussions cluster around issues of: identity and nation; vernacular authenticity; gender; and ethical clothing initiatives in neo-liberal markets. Participants represent a diverse range of scholarly disciplines: historians of labor, trade, and industrialization; art historians considering artists as creators, activists, and social commentators; anthropologists working with textile workers; and professors of business researching industry and globalization in Asia. GToG also includes activists with years of experience advocating for textile workers' rights; artists who speak and give demonstrations of their work that comments on the textile industry; and fashion designers engaged in ethical production.  Intermixing art and activism with scholarly research, critical thought, and business practices enables us to reach the widest audience. By highlighting the cultural activism of artists, designers, academics, and businesses working to improve the lives of those who make our clothing, we seek to educate and inspire beyond the conference.

We welcome project/paper proposals of 150 words from artists and scholars (particularly graduate students). Please send by 02/14 to Melia Belli Bose, Associate Professor, South Asian Art History, University of Victoria

Contact Email:

Priors and Priorities: Conceiving Time and Other Bodies Grad Conference at Harvard | Deadline: February 15, 2018

Harvard Mahindra Center for the Humanities Cambridge, MA; April 20-21, 2018 

The Harvard University Mahindra Center for the Humanities and Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School announces the “Priors and Priorities: Conceiving Time and Other Bodies” graduate conference. This interdisciplinary two-day conference takes as its central problematic the temporal displacements that mark the colonial and postcolonial condition. Modernity for Europe in the 18th century inhabited a fundamental paradox, what Elizabeth Povinelli identifies as the “governance of the prior,” where social, political, and economic life relied on an imperial project invested in differential civilizational time. Our conference, building on this insight, explores the tense of the colonized Other, who is made to occupy a place of prior-ness without priority. Colonialism imagines colonized peoples as prior to the arrival of the modern, yet strips them of priority. It consistently marks colonized peoples as savage, primitive, traditional, categorically prior to the time of modern society – in the process, producing a queer subject who haunts the colonial present. Bodies in this tense are both queered and racialized—relegated to a sexually non-normative past, racially incommensurable present, and discursively impossible future. “Priors and Priorities” is grounded in an intellectual commitment to consider colonized, racialized, and queered bodies and histories as intersecting and mutually constituted. Analyzing the temporalities of Black, Brown and Queer bodies and histories requires an interdisciplinary approach that bridges postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and queer theory in order to understand the reverberations of being prior without priority. 

Submissions Due: Feb 12, 2018. 

Submit your paper proposal here or see our website(s) for more details: and

Please contact conference coordinators, Juanita Becerra and Eli Nelson, at


We seek papers that investigate the tense of the Other by graduate students from diverse disciplines, including the too often fragmented and isolated fields of science and technology studies (STS), history of science and medicine, religious studies and history of religion, postcolonial studies, queer studies, women and gender studies, Indigenous studies, anthropology, history, and global geographic area studies. We especially invite contributions that engage with the following five themes and questions: 

Postcolonial (Trans)Modernity: How are transgender bodies cast in time in (post)colonial contexts? Are trans bodies always already modern? Postmodern? Are they nontraditional? Have they been taken up as part of a more “authentic” traditionalism? 

Indigenous Temporality: The governance of the prior and the multitude of colonial temporal contortions required to uphold it runs alongside, intersects, and exchanges with autonomous and consequential Native temporal schema. How do the epistemic and ontological resonances of Indigenous temporalities tense bodies that are out of place in colonial time? 

Old and New Materialities: The recent material turn in critical studies has overlooked how marginalized humans have already gone through processes of objectification and thingification, rendering them the “old materiality.” When are objects made and when are they deemed consequential agents? When do we locate the objects of the old materiality? 

Queer Inhumanism and Futurism: Where does queer time fall in the constellation of colonial, postcolonial, and Indigenous temporalities? If a sense of browness involves a constant striving for an impossible horizon, what relation could priors without priority have to futurity? 

Temporalities on the Move: How can we theorize postcolonial temporalities within the context of increased migration between the metropole and the postcolony? What is the interplay between a postcolonial condition that can be historicized and theorized as moving through temporal phases and a global turn that emphasizes “flows” and “network” thinking?

"Cities at the Crossroads," Ninth Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association | Deadline: February 15, 2018

The Urban History Association invites submissions for sessions and papers on all aspects of urban, suburban, and metropolitan history. We welcome proposals for panels, roundtable discussions, and individual papers. We are particularly keen to see submissions on topics related to cities in/across the various regions of Asia, such at the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia.

The conference theme, “Cities at the Crossroads,” reflects the growing interdisciplinarity of the field of urban history, the role of cities as meeting places, and the contemporary challenges of urban political isolation and tension over issues such as climate change, immigration, segregation, and inequality. 

We encourage submissions that explore the diversity of the study of cities, including contributions from other disciplines and from historians who interpret notions of “urban” broadly and synthetically, whether politically, geographically, socially, or culturally.  The program committee welcomes proposals for innovative workshops or non-traditional sessions.  Successful panel and paper proposals need not adhere strictly to the conference theme, and the program committee will pay special attention to panels marking the anniversaries of events in or profoundly affecting cities.

Each proposal should have the following format:

Individual paper submissions should include an abstract up to 150 words with up to four keywords, along with a one-page CV, including address and email.  These should be submitted as a single PDF file.

Panel submissions should include a cover page indicating the lead contact, with telephone and email, and the names of the session Chair and Commentator; a one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance, plus a description of the format (eg panel, roundtable, workshop); a 100-word abstract for each proposed paper; and a one-page CV for each participant, including address and e-mail, all submitted as a combined, single PDF file.

The submission deadline is February 15, 2018, although we encourage submission by mid-January 2018.  The program committee also plans for a graduate student workshop and a poster session, which will have a separate proposal deadline of May 1, 2018, with details forthcoming.

Please direct inquiries to Program Committee co-chairs LaDale Winling at Virginia Tech and Elaine Lewinnek at California State University-Fullerton ( For any queries about putting together a panel related to cities in Asia, feel free to contact Program Committee member Dinyar Patel at the University of South Carolina (

Multiple impressions – the coexistence of scribal practices and printing technologies in texts (Graduate Symposium) | Deadline: February 16, 2018
University of London; June 13-14, 2018

Histories of the production and reproduction of texts in Asian and African geographies by copyists, scriptoria, or printers, can hardly be described as clean and seamless transitions from one method to the next. The clear compartmentalisation of historical periods of textual production and reproduction, while a useful device for analysis, may not always be an authentic representation of how text-producing and reproducing practices migrate between manuscript, typography, engraving, and lithography. As new technologies and techniques are invented or introduced, entrenched practices and techniques often persist; coexisting, influencing, and ultimately meshing with these newer methods of (re)production.

A classical, courtly, religious, or quotidian text printed on a typographic or lithographic press may latterly be finished with hand rubrication and colouring. It may additionally contain interlinear handwritten glosses or illumination added prior to, or after being bound. The ‘in-betweenness’ of textual and paratextual content in many extant historical and contemporary artefacts attests to the complexities and layers behind this ‘coexistence’. Such evidence also suggests the presence of parallel activities – scribal traditions and practices used simultaneously with, and not displaced by the introduction and proliferation of printing technologies.

This symposium broadly seeks contributions that discuss how historically, methods of producing and reproducing texts, by stylus, pen, or press, are often entangled in both contesting and complimentary streams, in a variety of localities. Urban metropoles and port cities, often sites of circulation and transfer of texts, practices, materials, and presses – often becoming loci of activity that stimulate the intertwining of technologies and techniques. Conversely, diverse and complex artefacts and innovative practices also emerge in rural peripheries that have limited access to textual (re)producing means and expertise.


Papers of twenty-minutes in duration are invited for this collaborative symposium from postgraduate students and early-career researchers working broadly in literary history and criticism, manuscript culture and studies, printing history and print culture, type and typographic history, transnational or global networks and histories of the book. Submissions should relate to Asian, African, and Middle Eastern geographies, and symposium themes broadly include, but are not limited to:

  • Interactions between scribal practices and technologies of printing: coexistence, coeval development, displacement, interactions, tensions
  • Blurring of cultural, literary, religious traditions and practices of writing with printing technologies and techniques
  • Blurring of writing and printing practices, within a single, or set of artefacts, texts, or ephemera
  • Practices of textual production and reproduction for classical, courtly, quotidian, and religious texts
  • Interface between writing, printing, and orality: printed or manuscript texts used as aids for oral performances, recitations, and traditions
  • Circulation of texts, scribal practices and traditions, and printing technologies and techniques
  • Circulation of artefacts, texts, and ephemera made from different methods of production and reproduction through lending libraries and subscription libraries


Dates: 13 and 14 June 2018
Venues: SOAS, University of London, and Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading

13 June 2018, in London: 

A day of paper presentations and roundtable discussions held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

14 June 2018, in Reading:

A day of textual reproduction demonstrations; typographic printing from metal and wood type, lithographic printing, and displays and presentations about the artefacts from the Non-Latin Type Collection at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading

Please send a suggested title, paper synopsis (300-word abstracts) and biographical details via a PDF or Word attachment to and by 12-noon GMT, 16 February, 2018.

"Resonating Occupation" workshop, Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia | Deadline: February 23, 2018
The Trent Building, University Park Campus, University of Nottingham, UK; May 11, 2017

“Resonating Occupation” will be the second workshop held under the ERC-funded Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia (COTCA) project at the University of Nottingham.You can find more information at:

This workshop will bring together scholars from multiple disciplines working at the nexus of sound, music, and foreign occupation—here defined broadly to include studies of colonialism, imperialism, conflict and war. While presenters are encouraged to discuss their current work in these fields, it is also expected that presentations will enable wider conceptual, methodological and theoretical discussions which will be of interest to participants working in different disciplinary and geographic contexts. Discussion at the workshop will revolve around the following questions.

  1. How does the context of occupation give rise to distinctive auditory environments and music cultures?  Or in other words, what does occupation sound like?
  2. How are sound and musicimplicated in the disciplining of colonized subjects and aural spaces? 
  3. How do listeners o foccupation create new forms of auditory expression?
  4. What might comparative studies of auditory environments in different geographic and temporal contexts contribute to a better understanding of individual cases of occupation, and of occupation more generally?
  5. What can studies of occupation contribute to developing new research methodologies and approaches to studying sound?

We are expecting to welcome a minimum of 10 external speakers to the workshop, but also to allot sufficient time for general discussion based on the papers presented and theprincipal questions listed above. Speakers will therefore be asked to present individual papers of 15-20 minutes each, allowing ample opportunity for open discussion at each session. While presentation at the workshop is by invitation only, the event will be open to students, researchers and the community.

Reimbursement for travel to and from Nottingham will be determined based on where individual presenters travel from.  Accommodations will be provided for two nights one of the 4-star hotels on the University of Nottingham campus, which will include a catered lunch and workshop dinner. Details about logistics, reimbursements will be made available once a final program is confirmed in early 2018.

All prospective participants should submit a working title and abstract (of no more than 300 words) for workshop presentationsand ashort bio.  The deadline for submission of titles and abstracts is Friday, 23 February 2018 and can be emailed to me

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions. I look forward to welcoming you to Nottingham in May 2018.


Envisioning Global Asia: ASPAC 2018 Conference | Deadline: February 28, 2018
Washington State University, Pullman; June 8-10, 2018 

The Asia Program at Washington State University invites college and university faculty, K-12 schoolteachers, independent scholars and graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in Asian or Asian diaspora studies to submit proposals for organized panels, roundtable discussions, or individual papers to the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) 2018 Conference held June 8-10, 2018 at WSU, Pullman. Papers may address historical or contemporary topics in the humanities, arts, social sciences, education, health, law, business, environmental sciences or other disciplines related to East, South, or Southeast Asia and their diasporas. 

Early submission and notification. The early application deadline is Sunday, December 31, 2017. Early submission is intended mainly for international applicants who need a letter of invitation for visa purposes. For applications received by the early submission deadline, notification of acceptance will be sent by Wednesday, January 31, 2018. If you miss the early submission deadline and need a letter for visa purposes, we will provide you with it as soon as we can.

Regular submission and notification. For regular applicants, the application deadline is Wednesday, February 28, 2018. For applications received by the regular submission deadline, notification of acceptance will be sent by Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Extended submission and notification. For applicants who cannot meet the regular deadline, we will continue to accept submissions until Saturday, March 31, 2018 and provide notification of acceptance as soon as possible thereafter.

Use the submissions page on the conference website to submit proposals for single papers, organized panels, and roundtable discussions. Questions can be directed to the organizers at

The Australian Historical Association 2018 Conference | Deadline: February 28, 2018
The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; July 2-6, 2018

Historians make choices about the scale of their inquiry. They set parameters for their projects – temporal, geographical, social, archival – which shape their research strategies, their potential audiences, and their interpretations and arguments. Do you write history on a grand or intimate scale? Or both? We welcome paper and panel proposals on any geographical area, time period, or field of history, especially those relating to the theme of scale.

The Australian Historical Association 2018 Conference will be held Monday 2 – Friday 6 July 2018, at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

The full call for papers is available on the conference website.

CFP deadline: Wednesday 28 February 2018

Contact Info: Conference Convenor Dr Samuel Furphy, Event Manager Dr Karen Downing

Contact Email:


Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism, and Post-Orientalism in African, Middle East, Latin Americna, Asian/Chinese Studies | Deadline: February 29, 2018
Center for Global Studies, Shanghai University, May 17-18, 2018

Area Studies within Western academia has a long and multifaceted history, and was essentially established in the mind of Orientalists in the late 19th century. After the 1950s, Area Studies was dominated by hardcore policy-oriented circles and funded by governmental organizations. This was a direct result of the Cold War between the USSR and the United States. During the Cold War era, the United States and European countries funded Area Studies scholars and “volunteers” who then poured into Africa, Latin America and Central America, Asia, and the Middle East to study history, society and politics; however, this was a classical representation of Orientalism motivated by political objectives. However, in recent years, especially after the 1980s neoliberal era, we began to see other academics interested in studying Modern Asia, Africa, Central and Latin America, and Middle East politics from diverse fields of scholarship, for instance, political scientists, anthropologists, linguists, sociologists and so on. On the other hand, there was a transformation taking place within Western academia, based on grant-seeking and scholarship opportunities, which were and continue to be embedded in the neoliberal education system. Unlike classical Orientalists, newer forms of scholarship are more political than its predecessors and funded by state agencies within Western academia. We call this process of knowledge production neo-Orientalism. Many of today’s scholars have studied neoliberal terms and concepts such as human rights, democracy, ethnic and religious minorities, etc. According to William Robinson, this is the promotion of polyarchy, rather than the pursuit of pure academic knowledge. However, in the last few years, we have witnessed critical perspective toward Area Studies emerging from “native” scholars. This is just the beginning stage of re-mapping Area Studies in the 21st century. We call this new era post-Orientalism.   

This is the first conference on this topic, and we would like to examine this transformation in Area Studies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism, and Post-Orientalism in African, Latin and Central American, Asian and Middle East Studies

Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism, and Post-Orientalism in Research on Democracy, Human Rights, Press Freedom, Academic Freedom, Women’s Rights, and so on

Imperialism and New-Imperialism (Neil Smith and David Harvey)

Sociology of Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism, and Post-Orientalism

Global/International Studies and Orientalism/Neo-Orientalism/Post-Orientalism

Political Science/International Relations and Orientalism/Neo-Orientalism/Post-Orientalism

Think Tanks, International Organizations, and NGOs and Orientalism/Neo-Orientalism/Post-Orientalism

Liberal and New Left Discourse and Orientalism/Neo-Orientalism/Post-Orientalism

Development Studies and Orientalism/Neo-Orientalism/Post-Orientalism

Post-Colonial Studies and Orientalism/Neo-Orientalism/Post-Orientalism

Abstract Submission for the Conference:     February 29, 2018
Official Acceptance Letter:                                              March 5, 2018
Official Invitation Letter for VISA:                  March 19, 2018
Confirmation of Your Participation:                               April 16, 2018
Conference Draft Paper Submission:                             May 7, 2018
The Conference Dates:                                     May 17 and 18, 2018
Selected Papers for Publication:                     June 25, 2018

Please submit the following information for abstract submission:
Author full name;
Email address: university email address should be provided;
Abstract in Word format;
Title of your paper;
A short bio, 100 words (not CV or resume).

If your paper is accepted by the conference committee, first you will receive an official acceptance letter. Then, you need to email us a pdf or jpeg copy of the first page of your passport for you to receive official invitation letter from Shanghai University for VISA application.

In case your abstract is accepted, a draft paper of around 4000–5000 words is due May 7, 2018. We intend to compile an edited volume with the best papers for publication in an international peer-reviewed reference publisher.

All submissions will be reviewed and judged on originality, theoretical strength, in-depth knowledge, relevance to the conference themes, significance, quality of presentation, and relevance to the special issue topics of interest. Submitted papers may not have appeared in or be under consideration for another workshop, conference, or journal, nor may they be under review or submitted to another forum during the review process.

For any questions on the submission process, please email

There is no fee for this conference.

CFP, Asian Dynamics Initiative's 10th Annual International Conference | Deadline: March 1, 2018
University of Copenhagen; June 18-20, 2018.  

In 2018 the Asian Dynamics Initiative will host its 10th annual, international conference. The conference will take place at the University of Copenhagen on 18-20 June 2018.  

The overall conference theme for the plenary sessions is "Transition and Disruption in Asia". Keynote addresses on this theme will be given by three distinguished scholars:

Dr Faisal Devji, University Reader in Modern South Asian History, Director, St Antony's College Asian Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Professor Dr Hermann Kreutzmann, Chair of Human Geography, Department of Geography, Freie Universität Berlin

Professor Ran Wei, Gonzales Brothers Professor of Journalism, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, College of Information and Communications, University of South Carolina

Call for papers

The conference will feature panels and workshops on a wide range of themes. We invite abstracts for paper presentations addressing the panels listed below as well as the conference’s overall theme “Transition and Disruption in Asia”.

Your submission should include:

Name, affiliation, short bio

Abstract including title, argument and methodology (approx 250 words)

Intended panel (if applicable)

Call for panels

We also invite full panel proposals for Asia related themes not covered in the panels listed below. Your submission should include:

Name, affiliation and contact details of convener/contact person

Title and description of panel (up to 250 words)

Name and affiliation of 3-4 presenters in the panel, title of their presentations and abstracts (each approx. 250 words)

Deadline for submitting abstracts or full panel proposals is 1 March 2018.

Read more here:

Panels open for submissions

China in Europe: Chinese investment in Europe and the impact on labor relations

Convener: Sarah Swider, Dept. of Sociology, University of Copenhagen

Globalization, New Technologies and Knowledge Diffusion

Conveners: Morten G. Olsen and Jakob R. Munch, Dept. of Economics, University of Copenhagen

Feasting, drinking and banqueting: Politics and sociality of relating in Eurasia

Conveners: Edyta Roszko, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies and Oscar Salemink, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen

Legal documents and identity construction in Muslim Central Asia

Conveners: Aysima Mirsultan and Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

Religion in Consumer Society: Perspectives from Asia

Conveners: Trine Brox, Jane Caple and Elizabeth Williams-Oerberg, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

Researching Digital in Asia

Convener: Jun Liu, Dept. of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen

Panels closed for submissions

Cultural Heritage: Kulturarv or 文化遗产 - an attempt towards a one-word dictionary (closed for submissions)

Conveners:  Marie Roesgaard and Ingolf Thuesen, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

Partition Redux (closed for submissions)

Convener: Ravinder Kaur, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

Read more about the panels here:

Contact Info: Marie Yoshida

Asian Dynamics Initaitive, University of Copenhagen  

Contact Email:


The Sixth Asian Historical Economics Conference (AHEC 2018) | Deadline: March 15, 2018

The University of Hong Kong at Le Méridien Hotel, Hong Kong, September 21-22, 2018

Abstract and Full Paper / Session Proposal Submission Deadline: March 15, 2018

Registration Deadline: September 15, 2018  

The Sixth Asian Historical Economics Conference (AHEC 2018) will be hosted by the Asia Global Institute and the Faculty of Business and Economicsat The University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with the Asian Historical Economics Society at Le Méridien Hotel on Friday-Saturday, September 21-22, 2018. This two-day conference follows earlier conferences of the Asian Historical Economics Society in Venice (2008), Beijing (2010), Tokyo (2012), Istanbul (2014), and Seoul (2016).

The conference aims to bring together researchers working on the economic history of all regions of Asia, as well as those comparing Asia with other regions. Professor YC Richard Wong, Chair of Economics and Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy, The University of Hong Kong and Professor James Kung, Chair Professor and Yan Ai Foundation Professor of Social Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology will give keynote speeches.

AHEC 2018 invites papers exploring various aspects of economic history. Participants in the AHEC are generally limited to holders of a PhD and those currently in a PhD program.

Paper Submission and Review Procedure 
Please submit an abstract (max. 1-page) together with paper(s) or session proposal(s) via our submission form, no later than March 15, 2018.

The Program Committee will review the submitted paper(s), along with the session proposal(s), and announce the program by April 16, 2018.

Registration will commence immediately after the announcement of conference program. It is expected to open from 16/04/2018 1500 HKT to 15/09/2018 2359 HKT. Payments need to be made seven calendar day(s) after reservation of place OR on or before 16/09/2018 0015 HKT, whichever is earlier. Early bird rates apply if you make payment on or before 30/05/2018 2359 HKT.

Participants are highly recommended to stay at Le Méridien Hotel, which is in close proximity to The University of Hong Kong. Further information about hotel reservation will be announced on the AHEC 2018 website in due course.

Further Information
Please visit conference website
If you have any questions, please email to:

Organizing Committee of AHEC 2018
Zhiwu Chen, The University of Hong Kong

Stephen Broadberry, Oxford University
Bishnupriya Gupta, University of Warwick
Duol Kim, Myongji University
Debin Ma, London School of Economics
Şevket Pamuk, Bogaziçi University

Program Committee of AHEC 2018 
Stephen Broadberry, Oxford University
Zhiwu Chen, The University of Hong Kong
Kyoji Fukao, Hitotsubashi University
Bishnupriya Gupta, University of Warwick
Duol Kim, Myongji University
James Kung, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Chicheng Ma, The University of Hong Kong
Şevket Pamuk, Bogaziçi University

Contact Info: 

Please visit conference website
If you have any questions, please contact Miss Beth Kwok at

The Intersection of Germany and India: A Transnational Survey Beyond Fascination (tentative title) | Deadline: March 15, 2018

Over the past decade a significant “transnational” turn has occurred in German Studies, exemplified by many presentations, journal articles and monographs on the transnational links between various intellectual movements, scientific influences, cultural networks, histories, and political agendas across the entire globe from the Far East, India and the Middle East, South and Central America—all related to Germany in significant ways. In particular, the academic preoccupation with the role of India in German cultural history spans an even longer time frame, dating to Raymond Schwab’s The Oriental Renaissance (published in French in 1950; 1984 in English) and Leslie Willson’s A Mythical Image (1964). Since that earlier era, a considerable number of books have been devoted to the subject, with a renewed interest in the past 15 years. This rich scholarly production has made it possible to move beyond the traditional imagological—even Germanocentric—perspective to a more elaborate and balanced approach that builds on the theoretical-methodological contributions of transnational history and the history of the humanities. The active role of South Asians, for instance, in the history of German-Indian relations has been now well acknowledged.

Yet the preoccupation with India in German cultural history still poses serious challenges to the historian. Although teleological perspectives on India as part of the historical “fate” of Germany appear to be losing ground, the notion of a “German fascination” with India remains central to most approaches. “Fascination,” though, proves to be an elusive concept, and often more descriptive than analytical. But how, then, do we account for the strikingly intensive confrontation with Indian culture in Germany without falling back into general and inadequately nuanced arguments? This volume seeks to explore such questions and open up a more thorough analysis of the German-Indian connection.

That said, in the course of history, German intellectuals and scholars themselves have often claimed their own “fascination” with India and justified it by an alleged affinity between the German and Indian mind. Such assumptions must be taken seriously, given that they often prove to have a profound performative effect. But rather than taking them for granted, it seems fruitful to address them as an object for historical inquiry. What do such self-representations teach us, for instance, about the way Germans positioned themselves in relation to other Western countries? While the “fascination” is part of a discourse, in which the anti-utilitarian German approach to India was juxtaposed to the British colonial one, this kind of stance needs to be considered with historical-critical distance.

With this end in view, we seek to publish a body of essays that employ transnational approaches to German-Indian intersections in any field of interaction—literary, social, political, economic, cultural, religious, and during any era. We encourage contributions reflecting on:

  • German and South Asian self-representations that were articulated through intellectual, economic, social, political, cultural or religious interaction.
  • the definition of the spaces concerned : not only did the borders of « Germany » and « India » vary greatly over time, but none of these spaces can be considered as a homogenous whole – neither socially, nor linguistically or religiously. Buddhism for instance, certainly did not mean the same to a Catholic as it might to a Protestant interpreter. How did identity influence the thought and perceptions of historical actors?
  • the articulation of micro- and macro-history : While global history tends to privilege large-scale phenomena, transnational history invites us to consider both the individual actors and the context and networks in which they were embedded.
  • problems in intercultural communication : acknowledging the fact that not everything circulates in equal measure, and that the circulation of ideas, culture, and knowledge is rarely smooth but rather meets with resistance.
  • the variable geometry of transnational entanglements : far from being limited to a bilateral relation, intercultural dialogues and encounters often imply a third party. In the early 19th century, for instance, the majority of German Indologists received their training in Paris; later in the century, when German Indology took the lead, students came from Italy, Russia, or North America to study Sanskrit in German universities.

In summary, for this edited volume we seek to publish a body of essays that employ transnational approaches to German-Indian intersections and embrace the complex nature of their interaction. More generally, the volume seeks to assess how German-Indian intersections contribute to a better understanding of the more comprehensive, or systemic questions regarding the practice of transnational history.

Contact Info: 

Please send a 400-500 word abstract and abridged CV (2 pages that includes important publications) electronically by March 15, 2018 to:

            Pascale Rabault-Feuerhahn: and Perry Myers:

International Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender Studies and the Status of Women | Deadline: March 15, 2018

The 2nd International Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender Studies and the Status of Women (WomenBeing Conference), will be held in Edinburgh (Scotland, UK), from the 9th to the 12th October 2018.

This conference will be composed of a welcoming reception in the evening of the 9th of October, talks and workshops on the 10th and 11th October, and end on the 12th of October with the International Feminist Video-Art Festival: Fem Tour Edinburgh.

Main dates and details are:

31st of June 2018: Submission of abstracts

10th of July 2018: Notification of acceptance of abstracts

10th of August 2018: Submission of full papers

Early bird registration: 9th of September 2018

MCAA Conference 2018 | Deadline: April 16, 2018
Metropolitan State University, MN; October 19-20, 2018

Metropolitan State University, located near downtown St Paul, MN, is pleased to host the 67th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, October 19-20, 2018. The MCAA seeks to promote Asian Studies both at the university and the secondary and primary levels and particularly to encourage scholarly interchange between Asianists in the Midwest as well as with those from other parts of the country and the world.  Scholars and students from all regions are invited to participate.

We write to solicit panels, roundtables, and individual papers in all fields dealing with China and Inner Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, the Asian Diaspora, and topical and comparative panels. Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, as well as independent scholars are encouraged to share their work and attend the conference.

Proposals are due April 16, 2018.  The submission portal for proposals will open on February 1, 2018, and the review of proposals submitted by April 16th will begin soon thereafter in April.  Applicants will be contacted with the results by June 29, 2018, if not sooner.  Persons presenting papers must be members of MCAA and must pre-register by July 23, 2018 in order to be included in the conference.

MCAA 2018 will feature a special roundtable dedicated to the topic of publishing for graduate students and early career scholars.

Contact Info: Hiromi Mizuno, the program chair and PhD in History, University of Minnesota,

4th China and The Middle East Conference: China and West Asia: Economic Development; and Social and Political Cooperation | Deadline: April 16, 2018
Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University, Cappadocia - TURKEY; June 20-22, 2018

Description and Objectives:

Over the last two years, with the One Belt One Road initiative, we have seen the increase of Chinese political and social activities in the Middle East region. As a result of this new political strategy, the PRC started to play a more active role within the Middle Eastern political arena. Hence, Xi Jinping visited Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. Additionally, Chinese social and cultural activities began to appear more visibly within universities and educational institutions in the Middle East. Hanban Institutes started to open and finance Confucius Institutes in the region that facilitate Chinese cultural and language classes and promote mutual understanding between China and the Middle East. For example, these institutes have arisen in Turkey, Israel, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, UAE, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Morocco. China has also become one of the largest economic and trade partners with Middle Eastern states such as Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, and Israel. Therefore, we would like to make this academic initiative a permanent conference meeting, and each year, we will organize a China and the Middle East Conference in different countries in collaboration with other universities. We organized three very successful academic conferences on this topic in collaboration with Beijing University, on March 17-18, 2015, Qatar University, on March 23-24, 2016 and Shanghai University, on June 7-8, 2017

This year we have expanded the conference topic to the broader context of West Asia and Central Asia. All submissions should be related to contemporary themes of global studies, sociology, economics, political science, international relations, history and anthropology.

We therefore invite submissions on the following and related topics:

The Making of Middle East 

Modern Middle East and Modern China

China’s Foreign Policy Toward Middle East/West Asia


Society and Culture





Economic Integration

The Belt and Road Initiative

Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University, Shanghai University and Cappadocia University (Co-Sponsored) invite interested scholars and advanced graduate students to submit proposals for the conference below. The event will take place at Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University, June 20 - 22, 2018. Please submit your proposal to Dr. Tugrul Keskin ( by APRIL 16, 2018. We acknowledge receipt of all emails and will reply to all. If you do not receive a reply, please resend your abstract.

Please include the following in your email:

-Author full name;


-Email address;

-Abstract in Word format (200 to 300 words);

-Title of your paper

-A short BIO (NOT A CV)

Acceptance notices will be sent by April 20, 2018.

In case your abstract is accepted, a draft paper of around 4000 words is due two weeks prior to the beginning of the conference. We intend to compile an edited volume with the best papers for publication in an international reference publisher.

There is no fee for this conference. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL COVER YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS (5 nights: June 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2018) AND FOOD DURING YOUR STAY IN CAPPADOCIA.

Please note that this is an academic conference only, no non-academic presenters will be accepted.

Any additional queries should be sent to

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.

West Asia/Middle East Conferences