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Call for Papers: Council on Thai Studies

Deadline for Panel Proposals and Paper Submissions: July 31, 2014


Conference Dates: October 17-19, 2014
University of Wisconsin-Madison


In 2014, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hosting COTS’ annual meeting, which is designed to provide scholars and students with opportunities to present both preliminary and more developed research findings, mainly in the social sciences and humanities, related to Thai Studies, broadly defined.


The COTS 2014 organizers urge individuals and small groups to submit both individual presentation abstracts (not more than 250 words in length), and proposals for organized panels involving more than one presenter and possibly a discussant. Proposers of organized panels should submit 1) a panel abstract explaining the broad objective of the panel (not more than 250 words in length) and 2) the abstracts for each of the individual presentations included within the panel. Discussants may also be proposed for particular panels.


Presenters will be provided with between 15-20 minutes to present their papers, depending on the number of submissions and available time. Discussants should speak for no more than 10 minutes.


The deadline for individual abstracts and panel proposals is July 31, 2014. All submissions should be sent to Dr. Ian Baird, ibaird@wisc.edu (Chair, COTS 2014). For questions related to logistics, please contact Mary Jo Wilson at CSEAS, wilson6@wisc.edu

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4th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia Pacific Region

Submission Deadline: August 29, 2014
Conference Dates: February 12-14, 2015
Honolulu, Hawai‘i, USA

The East-West Center invites graduate students from around the world to submit papers for the 14th Annual International Graduate Student Conference (IGSC) on the Asia Pacific region, taking place in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, USA from February 12-14, 2015.

The Conference will provide an opportunity to share interdisciplinary perspectives formally, through presenting papers and attending other panel presentations, and informally in the warm and encouraging environment of the East-West Center in Hawai‘i. Participation in the 2014 conference had broad representation with 85 graduate students from 34 universities and 25 countries and territories worldwide. We look forward to continued representation from across the U.S. and Asia Pacific region in 2015.

We are now accepting abstracts until August 29, 2014.

Abstracts up to a maximum of 500 words in length of proposed papers are invited from intending participants at this time. Submissions are encouraged from the array of disciplines focusing on the region.

A limited number of merit-based travel grants, generally $100 to $200 (up to a maximum of $500), will be available.

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Call for Papers: Association for Asian Studies (AAS) 2015 Conference

Submission Deadline: August 7, 2014

On behalf of the Program Committee for the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) 2015 Conference to be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago, Illinois next March, we are pleased to invite colleagues in Asian studies to submit proposals for Organized Panels, Roundtables, Workshops, and Individual Papers for sessions to be created by the Committee.

The Committee seeks sessions that will engage panelists and audiences in the consideration of ideas, information, and interpretations that will advance knowledge about Asian regions and, by extension, will enrich teaching about Asia at all levels.

The deadline for submission of proposals is THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2014 at 5pm EST. All proposals must be submitted electronically. This site will be available for submissions from Thursday, May 29, 2014 through Thursday, August 7, 2014. After submission your proposal will be forwarded to the appropriate program committee members for review. You will find detailed instructions for submissions below and more detailed information about the conference (FAQ's, participant information, the proposal evaluation process) via the menu on the left of this page and throughout the AAS Annual Conference website. If you have any questions regarding panel participation that is not answered in this Call for Papers or FAQ, please contact the AAS secretariat at AASconference@asian-studies.org.


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Call for Virtual Submissions Storm: A Haiyan Recovery Project

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2014

The Center for Art and Thought announces a call for submissions to its virtual curated exhibition Storm: A Haiyan Recovery Project. To commemorate the first anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda, a storm of epic proportions that hit Central Philippines from November 2-11, 2013, this exhibition will reflect upon its social, political, cultural, psychological and spiritual impact.
In addition to forging a virtual gathering space to recognize the history, tragedy and mass loss incurred by Haiyan/Yolanda, Storm seeks to archive the actions of global solidarity and of local mobilization through arts and culture amongst Filipinos, particularly Filipino Americans in North America. The exhibition will launch in November 2014 on CA+T's website. We welcome submissions from a range of perspectives and across media. Our virtual platform can accommodate digital images, sound files, film and video, creative and scholarly prose and poetry, PDFs, and more. Send queries and submissions to this email address with the subject line “Storm”: submissions@centerforartandthought.org.


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Call for Submissions: Representing the Feminine: Gender, Identity and Nation in Postcolonial Southeast Asian literature

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2014

Contributions are sought for an edited collection titled “Representing the Feminine: Gender, Identity and Nation in Postcolonial Southeast Asian literature”. The collection will contribute to scholarship on Southeast Asian women in literature by taking a twofold approach to authorship and creation. The collection will examine 1) how women writers imagine and express the grand narratives of nationalism and nationalist ideology in Malaysian, Singaporean, Indonesian, Bruneian and Filipino fiction and 2) how the literatures of these postcolonial Southeast Asian nations imagine and construct femininities in terms of identities (social, cultural, racial and religious).

Questions which chapters might ask include but are not limited to:

· How do “national” literatures contribute to the transformation in gender identities, roles and relations?

· How have iconic female characters in national literature influenced “ideal” femininities in the nation space?

· How have pivotal female figures in the nation space been fictionalized, translated, constructed, in literature?

· To what extent have national/regional literatures been affected by the global, postmodernist views on gender?

· How does gender as represented in the literatures of the region affect imagined communities of the nation through the intersections of race, religion, culture, and class?

· How have literary representations of gender reflected historical changes in the region, or in relation to the nation (state ideology, policies, economic development etc)?

· How have female writers been critically received/constructed/identified or used within the nation state/national projects?

Chapters should expand on or establish current debates and scholarship on gender and nation in the region, and may focus on individual texts, writers, genres or countries. Cross-genre, cross-cultural, cross-national explorations are also welcome. Explorations of non-traditional literary mediums, including the digital, self-published, transcribed oral literatures, and so on, are encouraged. Texts from any era to present may be considered, individually or in tandem.

Chapters will be 6,000 to 7,000 words, including all footnotes and references. First drafts are due 1st March 2015, with final versions on 1st September 2015.

If interested, a 300 word chapter proposal and a brief CV should be sent to Dr Kathrina Haji Mohd Daud (Kathrina.daud@ubd.edu.bn) by 1st July 2014. Successful submissions will be notified by 1st September 2014. Any queries may be directed to the same.

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[IIAS Conference | PhD Course] A Multitude of Encounters with Asia – Gender Perspectives

Submission Deadline: 15 June 2014
Conference Dates: 13 - 17 October 2014

We invite PhD students in Asian Studies from Dutch Universities to attend a conference and PhD course in Reykjavik, in October this year. IIAS provides a limited number of scholarships of 600 euros maximum to cover the fees (350 euros including accommodation) and travel of the students whose abstracts have been accepted.
A Multitude of Encounters with Asia - Gender Perspectives

From 13-17 October 2014, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), together with the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (RIKK) and EDDA, the Center of Excellence (both of the University of Iceland), the Gendering Asia Network (GAN), and IIAS, organise the 8th Annual NNC Conference and PhD course, in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Registration deadline
15 June 2014

Conference: 13 - 15 October 2014
PhD Course: 16 - 17 October 2014

Reykjavik, Iceland

Introduction to the theme of the conference and PhD course
One of the great challenges in increased relations with Asia through business, culture, life biographies, historical relations as well as ITC networks is to make the importance of gender visible. Encounters have become increasingly, mutually interrelated and perhaps even dependent in multiple ways. Economically encounters are wide-ranging with financial decisions made in one part of the world affecting the real lives of many in the other part of the world. In the political sphere the need for enhancing mutual understanding and tolerance grows every day. How can we understand these multiple links, interactions and encounters and how are they gendered? Some encounters are vividly obvious and others are less prominently visible, or perhaps consciously or unconsciously made obscure. How is knowledge of encounters being produced, by whom and for what purposes?

This conference on macro and micro level encounters with Asia, including encounters between Asia and the Nordic countries, takes the traveling of theories, concepts, ideas, practices, products and people as its starting point and asks:

How gender and gender relations play into, create, and are created in the course of a multitude of encounters
How transnational feminism has produced knowledge in the context of globalization

Keynote speakers
Kathy Davis, Senior Research Fellow, Sociology, VU University, Amsterdam
Mary E. John, Senior Fellow, Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi
Wil Burghoorn, Senior Lecturer, Social Anthropology, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Registration & Contact
Those who are interested are requested to register before 15 June and to include two brief abstracts for both the conference and the PhD course. The conference/PhD course website, for registration and submission of abstracts, is http://gendernnc2014.niasconferences.net . For further information, please contact Willem Vogelsang (IIAS),w.j.vogelsang@iias.nl. Please also send a brief notification of your registration to the same address as well.

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Call for Papers: Trajectories of the "Anthropological" in the Philippines

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2014
Conference Dates: October 23 - 25, 2014, Philippines

Saint Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines

Web announcement: ugat.org.ph/index.php?page=theme

Please send abstracts to ugat.conference@gmail.com by June 30, 2014.

We invite individual paper, poster, short film/video, and panel proposals explicating how the "anthropological" is reflexively, ethically, and methodologically engaged in various fields of endeavor; why those engagements; and with what consequences.

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Call for Manuscripts: Southeast Asian Diasporas in the Americas


Studies of “Southeast Asians” have often situated their subjects within the seemingly fixed boundaries of their countries of origin and the geographic framework of “Southeast Asia,” a dynamic region that includes Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. In the meantime, Southeast Asian American studies has been concentrated on a series of U.S. imperial aftermaths visible through recurring themes of war, development, and neoliberalism. Notwithstanding the significant inquiries at the forefront of area and ethnic studies, there has been scant attention to the complex, transnational flows evident in the movements of Southeast Asians to the North American continent, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.


Attendant to the rise of the Southeast Asian diaspora in North America, Southeast Asian Diasporas in the Americas (SEAD) provides a peer-reviewed forum for studies that specifically investigate the histories and experiences of Southeast Asian diasporic subjects in North America. We especially welcome studies — inclusive of original monographs, article collections, and primary source translations — that critically focus on the Southeast Asian experience in North America from transnational, comparative, or international perspectives.


SEAD welcomes submissions from a wide array of disciplinary fields (including history, sociology, political science, cultural studies, literary studies, and anthropology, among others) that present innovative readings of recurring subjects in the field, including refugees, political asylum, gender/sexuality, colonialism, globalization, empire, nation/nationalism, ethnicity, and transnationalism.


Manuscripts (preferably in English) 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 would be interested to receive proposals for specialist monographs and syntheses, but may also consider multiauthored contributions such as conference proceedings, and thematic issues, and source translations and edited texts.


For further information about this new book series or enquiries regarding book proposals, please contact Richard T. Chu: rtchu@history.umass.edu, Augusto F. Espiritu: aespirit@illinois.edu, and Mariam Lam: mariam.lam@ucr.edu

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Call for Panels and Papers: Frontiers and Peripheries: Vietnam Deconstructed and Reconnected

Submission Deadline: August 30, 2014
Conference Dates: November 6-7, 2014


Sixth International Conference
Eugene, Oregon, 6-7 November 2014
Website: www.engagingwithvietnam.com
Co-sponsors and Co-organizers: University of Oregon and University of Hawaii at Manoa

We invite participants to think of Vietnam not as a self-contained entity as in the conventional way. Instead, we want to deconstruct Vietnam, both as a frontier or periphery of larger entities and as containing in itself distinct frontiers and peripheries. Besides the core theme, we invite proposals for panels and papers that address issues that you believe are significant in Vietnam’s internal development or external engagement. These might include, for example, migration, urbanization, labor relations, gender and religious issues, land use and rural development, financial and economic reform, trade and investment, climate change and other related environment and resource issues, legal and constitutional reform, cultural changes, and elite politics and foreign policy. Issues salient to the diasporic communities of Vietnam abroad and their relationship to Vietnam are similarly important.

Please upload your panel proposal (500 words) or paper proposal (200-300 words) by August 30, 2014.

Please download the abstract submission form, complete it and send it to engagingwithvietnam@gmail.com with the subject title “Abstract Submission.” Please address all queries regarding the conference to engagingwithvietnam@gmail.com.

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Call for Papers: The Walailak Journal of Asian Studies

The Walailak Journal of Asian Studies invites English-language submissions of scholarly papers on any subject of Asian studies in the area extending from the Nile River and the Middle East to Japan, China, and Southeast Asia

Papers must be in English
Suggested length is 5,000-8,000 words

Send submissions and queries to the editor, Edwin Zehner
At zehner1234@aol.com

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Call for Papers: Gender, migration and citizenship: revisiting Southeast Asian international marriages, at Sussex Academic Press

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2014


In the current context of economic crisis, international marriages and family-related migrations are becoming increasingly restricted in many developed countries in the Global North, whereas countries in the Global South are adopting measures to protect local women from the trafficking and sexual exploitation that may arise from international marriages. These regulations of the “marriage market” pose challenges to single men and women looking for partners of a different nationality and for bi-national couples pursuing a family-formation project. For those who successfully immigrated in the country of their partner, social incorporation and cohesive family life are the next challenges in line. To shed light on the multi-faceted life of marriage migrants in the current age of economic crisis and increased border controls, this edited volume will take a closer look at Southeast Asian international marriages. It will also attempt to capture the dynamics of the interaction among macro-, meso- and microsociological factors that shape migrants’ trajectories, while taking into account their subjectivities and agency.


We invite papers that explore one of the following themes:

1) The politics of love and desire in Southeast Asia

This section of the volume will examine the state policies in Southeast Asian countries regulating the migration of men and women and their marriage to foreigners, and also looks at the gender ideologies and norms related to marriage and the family.

2) Contact paths and routes to family formation

This part will investigate the different canals that facilitate contacts between prospective partners from different countries and the way their family formation project concretises itself despite the current economic uncertainties and tightened migration controls in many receiving countries. The objective here is to find out the strategies, agencies and subjectivities of bi-national partners.

3) Southeast Asians as “marital citizens”

This section will explore the immigration experiences of Southeast Asians in their receiving countries through the lens of citizenship. It will examine their social incorporation and their multi-faceted life as partners, lovers, parents and workers, among others.

For pre-submission, please send a 250-word abstract of your proposed chapter and a short bio to the editors before 15 June 2014. Selected contributions will be announced one month later and should be submitted at the latest on 15 February 2015. The edited volume will be printed and released at the beginning of 2016.

For more information, please contact Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, asuncion.fresnoza@uclouvain.be and/or Gwenola Ricordeau, Lille University I, France,gwenola.ricordeau@univ-lille1.fr

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Call for Paper: Austrian Journal of SEAS: The Sovereignty of Food and Health in Southeast Asia

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2014

The upcoming issue 8(1) of the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS) will focus on the nexus of food and health in South-East Asia. Throughout the last decades, agricultural transformations have turned the region from a food-insecure one into one characterized by high export sales in staple foods as well as investments in modern food systems. Despite the region’s achievements in food security, it is increasingly confronted with new challenges regarding the quality and the social distribution of foods.


Urbanization, industrialization, and economic integration consolidate global food regimes, reinforcing rural-urban divides and social disparities in and among South-East Asian societies. Interlinked with the global food crises, these trends expose certain societal groups to malnutrition and related health concerns. Mobile livelihoods as well as the ‘traveling’ of products and concepts in the region interrelate with the formation of consumer trends and practices. Industrial production and food engineering raise health concerns while influencing risk perceptions. At the same time, the capability to access healthy, ‘modern’ as well as adequate food becomes as much a political and geographical issue as an attribute of lifestyle, social status, and identity.


Despite being a success story in terms of food security, the structural conditions of food production, distribution, and marketing as well as the lived experience of consumption raise critical questions about the actual sovereignty of producers and consumers over food and bodily health along the food chain. These address the repercussions of the regional food regime on individual and collective rights as well as practices to produce and access healthy foods, to make eating choices, voice political claims, and evoke gendered social identities with regard to the food-health nexus.


This issue invites scholars from various disciplines to engage with the complex relationship of food and health through the lens of sovereignty. We would like to encourage conceptual or empirically based contributions that tackle and, ideally, cut across the following thematic blocs. Intersectional and cross-disciplinary approaches are encouraged.


The political economy of food and health:

Policies and trade regulations on (alternative) agriculture, nutrition, and health (e.g. patenting of medical plants, global certification mechanisms, safety standards) and related social movements
Body politics in science, government policies, and media (e.g. dieting, health industries)
Industrial food and health risks (e.g. use of antibiotics)

Concepts, lifestyles, and social practices of health and eating

Food sovereignty, health citizenship, and health literacy
Perceptions and discourses of food, health, and body (e.g. food anxieties)
Health, food, and special diets as translocal identity and belief systems (e.g. practices of vegetarian and other diets)
Eating cultures (e.g. global cuisine, convenient products, child feeding)

Deadline for Submissions

1 September 2014

Further Details

If you intend to submit a paper, please contact: aseas@seas.at, judith.ehlert@univie.ac.at, and christiane.vossemer@univie.ac.at.
We also accept contributions outside the focus; in this case please contact the ASEAS editorial team aseas@seas.at.
You can find all our Guidelines for Submissions and the link to our Editorial Platform (to submit your paper) here.
Find this Call for Papers 8(1) as a PDF here.

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The Summer Institute in Asian American Studies: Empire Reconsidered

Conference Dates: July 29-31, 2014

National Tsing Hua University
Hsinchu, Taiwan

The 2014 Summer Institute in Asian American Studies will take place at National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan from July 29 to 31, 2014. This unique opportunity is designed for graduate students and young academics in the humanities and social sciences to engage in a series of lively lectures offered by distinguished scholars and writers in the Asian American field and to foster exchange and collaboration in and beyond Asia. It will consist of two seminars led by Professors Leslie Bow and Shirley Lim on a set of issues significant for our reconsideration and rearticulation concerning the problem of empire, along with three plenary talks given by Professors Leslie Bow, Jodi Kim, and Shirley Lim, each followed by a roundtable session with discussants from both Asia and America, including Professors Oscar Campomanes, Russ Castronovo, Walter Lim and others.

The Summer Institute is open to both graduate students and academics in Taiwan and beyond. It will provide a reading packet, food, and on-campus accommodation for all participants during the Institute. We regret to say that international participants will have to cover their own travel expenses. Those who are interested in joining the Summer Institute are kindly requested to fill out the following registration form and mail it to siaas@my.nthu.edu.tw by February 28, 2014. We can only accommodate up to 40 participants. The acceptance results will be announced by March 31, 2014.

The Summer Institute in Asian American Studies is a multi-campus collaborative project, with support from Academia Sinica, National Chiao Tung University, National Taiwan University, National Taiwan Normal University and National Tsing Hua University. It is generously sponsored by the National Science Council of Taiwan.

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Conference: Challenges of Electoral Integrity in Asia-Pacific

Conference Date: September 28, 2014, Australia

When: 9.00 – 7.00, Sunday, 28th September 2014
Where: University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Organizer: Max Grömping (University of Sydney) (max.groemping@sydney.edu.au)
Sponsor: The Electoral Integrity Project (University of Sydney and Harvard University).
Aims: This one-day workshop seeks to review cutting-edge research on electoral integrity in the Asia-Pacific region, to strengthen networks among scholars and practitioners, and to identify challenges and opportunities for research and teaching in this emerging sub-field.

Synopsis: A rapidly-growing body of research by scholars and applied policy analysts is beginning to explore three core questions: when do elections meet international standards of electoral integrity? When do they fail to do so? And what can be done to mitigate these problems?


The evolving sub-field studying these issues, cutting across these conventional disciplinary boundaries, is characterized by its problem-oriented focus, global comparative framework, and use of pluralistic methods and analytical techniques. This includes research on problems of electoral integrity in the United States and other long established democracies, as well as in other regimes worldwide.

Paper proposals: These would be welcome on any of the following topics.

(i) Comparative institutions (focusing on electoral integrity in hybrid regimes and electoral processes of democratization);

(ii) Political violence (analyzing problems of conflict during or after an election, including the catalysts of violence, the consequences, and what can be done to mitigate risks);

(iii) Political finance (examining the regulatory framework for money in politics, including spending and donor limits, public financing, transparency requirements, and implementation); and

(iv) Media and communication technologies (determining the effects of new information communication technologies and social media on electoral integrity).

Deadlines: Papers proposals (title and 100-250 word abstract) are welcomed until 1 March 2014. Proposal should be submitted online. Participants with accepted papers will be notified by 1 April 2014. Full papers need to be submitted by 1 September 2014.

Provisional schedule: Sunday, 28 September 2014

09.00 Welcome and introduction
10.30 Panel I
12.00 Buffet lunch
01.00 Panel II
02.30 Panel III
04.00 Panel IV: Breakout discussion work-groups
05.30 Drinks reception
07.00 Close
07.30 Chairs, discussants and paper-givers will be invited to dinner in a local restaurant
Logistical details: There are no separate workshop fees although participants are requested to attend for the whole workshop, if possible. The event will provide registered participants with refreshments, a lunch, morning and afternoon tea, an early evening cocktail reception and evening dinner.

A limited number of EIP awards designed to subsidize travel are available for workshop participants submitting a written paper by the deadline of 1st September 2014. The awards are up to $1000 for international participants and up to $400 for domestic participants.

In the selection process, priority will be given to paper-givers without other institutional support to subsidize travel, especially ABD graduate students, post-doctoral younger scholars under 30, women, and participants from developing countries.

The awards will be paid after the event upon submission of receipts.

The event will be held immediately prior to the Australian Political Studies Annual Conference at the University of Sydney. Participants are welcome to register and participate in this event as well. Details are available at www.apsa2014.com.

The Emotions of Migration in Asia

Application Deadline: July 8, 2014
Conference Dates: August 19 - 20, 2914

The International Workshop series The Emotions of Migration is a two-part event focusing on the emotional experiences and negotiations of the migration process in Asia. The series understands the emotions experienced in the migration process to be a diverse, complex and contradictory range of feelings that are expressed and managed in different ways.

Call for Papers for Workshop 2

Young People’s Migration Within and Throughout Asia: Managing Emotions, Identities and Relationships

Date: 19 August 2014 to 20 August 2014
York Centre for Asian Research and the Children’s Studies Program (Department of Humanities)
York University, Toronto Canada

The Call for Papers is available in Word format here.

Workshop 2 calls for empirical research papers – historical and contemporary - on children and young people’s emotional experiences of migration within and throughout Asia. Papers should focus on mixed feelings of (but not limited to) elation, loneliness, hope, frustration, confusion, relief, fear, freedom and disappointment in the migration process.

There is a preference for participant-centred research in South and Southeast Asia prioritizing the following themes:

Migration for work and marriage in a historical context (especially in plantations and estates)
Contemporary experiences of moving for work, marriage and school – managing mixed feelings
Left Behind – adjusting to absence and creating and maintaining relationships
The second workshop in the series focuses on the migration experiences of children and youth within and throughout Asia. Historically young people and children migrated to provide labour and companionship in colonial plantations and estates. In contemporary Asia travelling on one’s own is gaining acceptability across the region, however for many children and young people migration has always been a normative part of their work, marriage and educational biographies. Dominant scholarship on children and youth migration tends to polarize discussions as ‘positive’ and ‘negative’, and ‘forced’ and ‘independent’. The workshop moves away from these dichotomies by focusing on the mixed emotions children and youth experience in the process, and how they manage identities and relationships in a rapidly changing Asia.


Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (including methods and findings) of a maximum of 300 words, speaker contact and institutional/organizational affiliation by 4 April 2014. Please send all proposals to Dr. Kabita Chakrabortry: kabitac@yorku.ca

The Series

This workshop is the second of two events. The first part of the series focuses on women’s migration. Please contact Professor Shanthi Thambiah (Gender Studies University of Malaya) for more information (shanthi@um.edu.my) on Workshop 1 in the series. For more information on the series, click here


Successful applicants will be notified by late April and are required to send in a complete draft paper (6000 – 8000 words) by 8 July 2014. Speakers who have not submitted a draft paper by this date may be removed from the programme. Based on the quality of proposals and availability of funds, partial or full funding will be granted to successful applicants. Participants are encouraged to seek alternate funds for travel from their home institutions.

Workshop Convenor

Dr. Kabita Chakraborty
Children’s Studies Program, York University
Honorary Fellow, Gender Studies Programme, University of Malaya

Ms. Alicia Filipowich
York Centre for Asian Research
York University, Toronto Canada



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Crossroads Studies: Mobilities, Immobilities and the Issue of Positionality for Rethinking Area Studies

Conference Dates: November 27-28, 2014 Bonn, Germany

The research network Crossroads Asia: Conflict, Migration, Development, funded by the Area Studies Initiative of the German Ministry of Education and Research since March 2011 questions the validity of the conventional 'world regions' of Central and South Asia as defining bases for Area Studies as conceptualized, organized and taught at German universities. The increasing mobility of people, goods and ideas along Asia's crossroads - so the networks assumption - does not justify a division of the world in territorially fixed 'areas', defined by certain character traits to be found on the 'inside', but instead demands for concepts that take these dynamisms into account. The network chose Norbert Elias' concept of figurations to generate knowledge transgressing conventional areas and brought together researchers trained in Central, South Asian and Iranian Studies with geographers, political scientists, sociologists, linguists and social

The here proposed conference on 'Crossroads Studies' as research programme aims to bring together the empirical research conducted by the network members with empirical, conceptual and methodological debates on the rethinking of Area Studies - from Asia just as much as from other parts of the world. It is the explicit aim to identify several empirically-based common lines of thought and emic patterns of defining socio-cultural and physical spaces relevant for the rethinking of disciplinary constructs of those, namely for Area Studies.

We thus would like to encourage the submission of innovative papers related to the rethinking of Area Studies from any disciplinary or Area Studies perspective as well as of empirical and/or conceptual nature. For submission please send a max. 2 page long abstract and a short CV to Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge (Mail: crossroads@uni-bonn.de) by latest April 30th. Selected speakers will be expected to submit a full draft of the conference paper by October 15, 2014. The conference organisers will cover the travel expenses of all invited speakers.

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7th International Indonesia Forum Conference

Conference Dates: August 19-20, 2914 in Bandung, Indonesia

Representing Indonesia

From growing democracy to religion, from regional to cultural diversity, all aspects of Indonesia are represented in various ways and through various channels, making these aspects part of the general picture of Indonesia. For the 7th International Indonesia Forum Conference we call once again upon scholars of various disciplines to address the theme of ‘representation’ in Indonesia in all its aspects: political, religious, social, cultural, regional, economic, education, communication, law, technology…

As 2014 is an election year, representation carries a clear political meaning.However, we challenge scholars to stretch the concept beyond this element of representation in Indonesia. We invite scholars to exercise their expertise and address the conceptual make-up on how values are represented in Indonesia and the mechanisms of this representation: the concept of democracy and how it evolves, the concept of justice and how it is applied, the concept of culture and how it is represented… as well as the representation of elements and groups in Indonesian society.

We also welcome contributions envisioning the concept of representation in a narrow sense of elements pertaining to specific research and disciplines… whether they be elements of religious theories in Indonesia, or implementation of economic development projects. The Conference aims to explore how various aspects of society are represented and perceived by Indonesians and Indonesianists alike.

The 7th International Indonesia Forum Conference will be held in the State Islamic University Sunan Gunung Djati in Bandung from 19-20 August 2014.

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Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies

Conference Dates: October 3-4, 2014 

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

The ASU Center for Asian Research announces the 2014 WCAAS annual conference to be held in Phoenix Arizona. We invite Asia scholars and advanced graduate students in the Western region to submit proposals for panels and individual papers reflecting current research on South, Southeast, and East Asia. Please check for conference up-dates at http://car.clas.asu.edu

We welcome proposals for panels and papers on all aspects of Asia studies and submissions from all disciplines are welcome. A panel proposal should include: (1) a prospectus (200 words max.); and (2) a list of the participants, their affiliations, and their prospective paper titles. A proposal for an individual paper submission should include a prospectus plus the name and affiliation of the proposer.

We particularly encourage contributions that explore the impact of digitization and internationalization on the future of Asian Studies. Please contact the Program Chair in advance of the submission deadline if your presentation will address these themes.

Please send your proposals by email to Asia@asu.edu, attn. WCAAS Conference.

We look forward to hearing from you.

James Rush, Program Chair

Arizona State University



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IASTE 2014: Whose Tradition? - Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Conference Dates: December 14-17, 2014

Past IASTE conferences have called on scholars to consider tradition’s relationship to development, utopia, and most recently, myth. In response, scholars have advanced multiple perspectives regarding the construction of traditions in space and place. These discussions necessarily involve the dimension of time. Utopia implies the construction of a future ideal, whether religious or philosophical, while myth attempts to discover the origins of history, whether in the imagination or in reality. While myth usually invokes an invented past and utopia imagines an alternative future, the dimension of time is paramount. Thus, traditions are revealed never to be the static legacy of the past, but rather a project for its dynamic reinterpretation in the service of the present and the future. To understand how traditions are tied to notions of time and space, it is thus important to consider their subjectivity, authorship, and power. Behind the construction or deconstruction of any tradition also lies the subject, whose interests in the present are often hidden. To reveal this process of agency, one may ask: tradition, by whom?

In examining themes of authorship and subjectivity, this conference will seek to uncover in what manner, for what reason, by whom, to what effect, and during what intervals traditions have been deployed with regard to the built environment. Our current period of globalization has led to the flexible reinterpretation of traditions via the mass media for reasons of power and profit. A proliferation of environments, for example, adopt traditional forms of one place and period in a completely different contextual setting, while new design traditions may privilege image over experience. At the same time, the advent of new mobile technologies with the power to compress and distort traditional configurations of space and time has allowed for the flourishing of new, empowering practices. Such practices have led to new traditions of urban resistance and uprisings that travel fluidly between such diverse locales as São Paolo and Istanbul, Madrid and Cairo, and give voice to certain populations previously excluded. Questions of power, the other, and changing configurations of time and space will open up discussions of the ways in which traditional practices shape the histories and futures of built environments.

As in past IASTE conferences, scholars and practitioners from architecture, architectural history, art history, anthropology, archeology, folklore, geography, history, planning, sociology, urban studies, and related disciplines are invited to submit papers that address one of the following tracks:
Track I. WHO: Power and the Construction of Traditions
Questioning ownership and authority of dominant traditions deployed in the making of space is an essential first step. The historical development of any tradition displays patterns of selection that either negate or celebrate certain forms and practices. Which narratives become privileged in spatial practices and to what end? What are the politics of ‘choosing’ traditions, manufacturing or creating them? Further, what is omitted, negated, or silenced in the interest of those in power at any moment? Thus, to understand the transmission of traditions between generations, it is essential to examine linkages between tradition, authority, and power. Papers in this track should address traditions that are ‘produced’ and transmitted or deployed across time and place. Papers should consider spaces and practices that have been created, adopted, or invoked by certain social groups and/or governments for specific purposes.
Track II. HOW: Place and the Anchoring of Traditions
In order to examine how traditions are manifest in space and time, it is important to consider which versions, particularities, or specificities of tradition emerge and are subsequently anchored in specific places. Understanding where traditions are established in built form and practice is equally as important as understanding whose traditions are privileged. For example, Southeast Asia and other parts of the world are witnessing a revival of urban agriculture which will no doubt influence the future urban form of our cities. How can new settlements incorporate the demands of food security and urban agriculture within their complex infrastructure and eco-systems? In Track II, papers should actively explore hegemonic spatial practices and their alternatives that either adopt or challenge and contest standard configurations of power and authority. For example, how have disadvantaged groups left out of dominant spatial traditions created their own traditions? How are such these spatial practices transmitted? And how do they subvert established norms, allowing new voices to enter and gain legitimacy? Papers in this track should explore how traditions are anchored in place.
Track III. WHERE: Mobility and the Reimagination of Traditions
In a rapidly changing postglobal world, traditions cease to be fixed or attached to given places for very long. The mobile nature of contemporary traditions can negate past forms of ownership and authorship that assumed a top-down power structure that privileged an elite. The celebrations and ways of one culture may be popularized through adoption by others. In many cases, this results in commodification and a loss of original referents. In others, a tradition common to neighboring geographies and communities may be strategically claimed by a distinct subaltern or minority group for political purposes.
Technologies of reproducibility, such as photography, radio, film, TV, and advertising, have undermined the placed-based nature of traditions, allowing flexible interpretations as well as the creation of new meanings. In fact, the mass media have created their own traditions. The advent of the internet and wireless media has further facilitated new interpretations of traditions, with flexible temporalities and places. Papers in this track should consider the emergence and establishment of new mobile traditions and their possibility for both disruption and foreclosure.

Please refer to our website http://iaste.berkeley.edu/ for detailed instructions on abstract submissions. A one-page abstract of 500 words and a one page C.V. are required. For further inquiries, please email the IASTE Coordinator at iaste@berkeley.edu.


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"Asia in Motion: Heritage and Transformation," The National University of Singapore
July 17-19, 2014


The Program Committee for the AAS-in-ASIA conference seeks proposals dealing with all regions of Asia on subjects covering a wide range of scholarly disciplines and professional fields under the theme "Asia in Motion: Heritage and Transformation." Proposals addressing this theme are encouraged on topics as diverse as political and economic changes, literary and cultural expression, environmental sustainability, media and pop cultural production, food and energy policy, new models for Asian enterprise and business, as well as issues of globalization and urban growth.

Panels are welcomed from scholars throughout the field of Asian studies, wherever they may be based academically, and are especially encouraged from scholars representing academic communities that are relatively underrepresented in international meetings. One of the goals of this AAS-in-ASIA conference is to foster lines of dialogue and scholarly communication that cross the ordinary (often nation-specific) boundaries of academic networks. The program committee will strongly favor and give preference to proposals that include participants from two or more countries, whether the panel focuses on a single nation or culture or focuses on some comparative dimension. The program discourages panel proposals from a group of scholars coming from the same institution. Generally speaking, panels with diverse (gender, academic rank, national origin, disciplinary approach) participation will be favored over narrowly constructed panels. Panels that address topics of broad relevance will also be preferred.

The deadline for proposal submissions is October 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the proposal submission website at http://www.aas-in-asia.org/2014-Call-for-Proposals-Main.htm


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Southeast Asia Center
University of Washington
303 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
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(206) 685-0668 fax

Laurie Sears, Director

Rick Bonus, Director of Graduate Studies

Sara Van Fleet, Associate Director

Tikka Sears, Outreach Coordinator

Molly Wilskie-Kala, Program Coordinator

Mary Barnes, Program Assistant