Call for Papers: Feb. 24, 2014

56th Annual Conference of the American Association for Chinese Studies:  Revised Call for Papers

56th Annual Conference of the American Association for Chinese Studies at The George Washington University, Washington, DC October 10-12, 2014. The American Association for Chinese Studies (AACS) annual conference program committee invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and papers concerning China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora for the 56th Annual Conference, hosted by The George Washington University in Washington, DC, on October 10-12, 2014. The AACS seeks to construct a balanced program, including panels representing the humanities, social sciences, communication studies, education, and business-related disciplines.

Please send your proposal by e-mail to Professor Phillips at <>. Include complete contact information (address, telephone number, and e-mail) for all participants. The deadline for panel proposals is April 1, 2014, and the deadline for paper proposals is May 1, 2014. Scholars submitting proposals by the deadline will be notified of their inclusion in the program by May 30, 2014. For more information, please go to

China and its Asian Neighbors, Zhuhai & Macau, Sept  11-14, 2014

China and its Asian Neighbors: Politics and History topics: 1. General perspectives, 2. Northeast Asia and China (Japan, S. Korea, N. Korea, Russia Mongolia), 3. Southeast Asia and China (the ASEAN countries), 4. South Asia and China (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhudan ), 5. Central Asia and China (Afghanistan, Shanghai Cooperation Organization countries), 6. Asia-Pacific and China (Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Pacific Ocean & islands) APHA would welcome conference papers addressing the topics related to the conference theme. Papers could be written in English or Chinese. APHA would select, edit and publish papers in separate books, one in English and the other in Chinese. For more information please go to or contact

The China Dream, Passions, Politics and Power, Leicester, 24-26 Sept 2014

We are delighted to announce the China Studies Research Alliance's (ChiSRA) inaugural conference, to be held in Leicester this September. The CFP is available here: If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch (

"Globalization and Health: East and West," Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH), University of Pittsburgh, June 22-26, 2014 (Graduate students and junior faculty)

During the week of June 23-26, the University of Pittsburgh will host the 2014 FUTH meeting, on Globalization & Health: East and West. The summer school will address globalization in its socio-cultural and health dimensions. It centers on the East  the various regions of Asia in two ways. First, it focuses on the nature and impact of globalization and health in the East, present and past, tracing the nature of globalization in the region of densest population. Second, it focuses on the impact of Eastern processes of globalization and health on other regions in the world, notably Europe, the Americas, and Africa.

We invite applications from graduate students and junior scholars in all disciplines. Prospective participants should send proposals that include a title, a 500-word abstract, a short (2-page) CV, and names of two referees to by February 28, 2014.  Proposals should include a clear topic and may include methods, temporal organization, and reference to any links between the proposal and broader global, historical, and especially interdisciplinary approaches and questions.

"Educating religious experts for the nation - Institutions and Curricula for Christian, Buddhist, Daoist and Islamic specialists in modern China", AAR 2014, San Diego (22-25 Nov 2014)

The panel welcomes papers that analyse schools and training practices of four religious traditions, namely (Protestant) Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Daoism, and that address the following questions: (1) What are the historical and political factors that decide the curricula? (2) How do the education programs mirror the new social role of the religions and religious experts? (3) Are there levels of conversation and mutual influence between the four religious traditions in the education sector? In terms of historical period, the panel accepts papers that cover the phase going from "early modern" (late Qing) to "contemporary" (twenty-first century) time. The four studies will have to frame religious education within the respective historical phase.

Please email 1,000-word proposals and 150-word abstracts to the panel organizer by February 26, 2014. For additional information please contact the panel organizer, Stefania Travagnin (University of Groningen), email:

CFP Subjectivity in Motion: Chinese Literature before 1900

This panel at the 2014 Rocky Mountain MLA Annual Convention invites presentations on the topic of “Subject in Motion: Chinese Literature before 1900”. In the context of pre-twentieth century Chinese literature, subjectivity as a theoretical imperative draws wide critical attention to the process in which political, ideological and literary discourses profoundly formulated authors' personal and collective experiences, and yielded long-lasting impact on the social and cultural trends of the ensuing centuries.

Please email abstracts of 250 words to by March 1, 2014. Contributing topics include but are not restricted to the following themes: selfhood in writings about war, exile and diaspora mobile selfhood, travel narratives and transculturalism, shifting sexual and gender identities in literature literary clubs, writing exchanges and collective identity representations of foreignness and ethnic identities performance of authenticity and/or anxiety about inauthenticity relationship between canonical narratives and subjective agency subjectivity and the fantastic narrative in myth and fairy tales capital, culture and commodification of identity religious identity and the construction of the state editorship, media and the politics of subjectivity audiences and their social and cultural identities trauma, memory and loss of subjectivity intellectual identity of sinologists and the study of pre-1900 Chinese literature subjectivity and transnational adaptations of classical literature subjectivity and modern translation of dynastic literature identity of dynastic literary texts and their impact in modern/ contemporary periods.

Sustainability in Post-Growth Rural Japan: Challenges and Opportunities

Based on a symposium on revitalization of Japans rural areas, which was held jointly by Akita University and Akita International University in Akita in November 2013, we plan to compile an edited volume consisting of ten essays, which is tentatively entitled “Sustainability in Post-Growth Rural Japan: Challenges and Opportunities. We have assembled a team of seven international scholars who address a variety of topics ranging from a reform of Japans agriculture, municipal mergers, brand management, lifestyle migration of urban professionals, transformation of local schools, the recovery of marine production and post-3.11 volunteerism as a means to revive rural communities affected by the triple disaster of March 11, 2011. We are looking for two or three additional contributors who address local employment in remote areas (such as I-turn and U-turn campaigns), renewable/sustainable energies and the development of community empowerment through NGO-based activities. We aim to compile a manuscript by January 2015. Chapters should be written in English and between 7,000 and 9,000 words in length. Case studies based on fieldwork are welcome. Anyone who works on the above topics and would be interested to contribute an essay to our volume, please send us an abstract of your research by March 15, 2014. For the submission of abstracts and/or further questions, please contact Stephanie Assmann at

9th Young Scholar Symposium of Buddhist Studies" and International Conference on the Studies of Chinese Buddhism, Hong Kong , 25 -28 July, 2014

Ever since 2006, The Center for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism has organized Young Scholars Symposium of Buddhist Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. This year, the centre and the Academy of Chinese Buddhism will co-organize "2014 the 9th Young Scholars Symposium of Buddhist Studies" and International Conference on the Studies of Chinese Buddhism. We take this opportunity to invite you to come to the Chinese University of Hong Kong to present your research and articulate your views on the study of Chinese Buddhism. The theme of this year's event is Chinese Buddhism in various aspects such as history and philosophy through different approaches such as sociology and hermeneutics. It will provide a unique platform for scholars as well as postgraduate students to expand their research and exchange their views on the study of Chinese Buddhism, hopefully establishing close relationship of scholars from the East and the West. For more information, please go to: or contact

SSRC Korean Studies Workshop for Junior Faculty, Pacific Grove, CA, July 23-27, 2014 - Deadline: April 15, 2014

The Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the Korean Studies Workshop for Junior Faculty. Six recent PhDs conducting research on Korea will be selected on the basis of the potential contribution of their proposed book. Fellows will attend a three-day workshop and collaborate with two senior faculties and a developmental editor on the conceptualization and planning of a dissertation-based scholarly monograph. Funding for the workshop is provided by the Korea Foundation. For the application and more information, visit us on the web at<>.