Call For Papers: February 3rd, 2014

"Western Canons in a Changing East Asia," Special Issue

The past fifteen years have seen enormous changes in East-West relations. With global realignments of power and capital come reassessments of aspects of literature and culture and education and curricula. Papers of particular interest include work on developments in East Asia with regard to Western canons of literature and the study and teaching of literature, the impact of new media on literature and the study of  literature and culture, and the reception of Western literature and theories.

Please submit papers in 6000-7000 words to by 31 May 2014 to  Simon C. Estok at For the style of the journal consult

Commemoration of the 120th Anniversary and Conference on the First Sino-Japan War: Retrospect and Prospect

The year 2014 is the 120th anniversary of the First Sino-Japan War.  The MingChuan University, Taiwan, invites submissions of original papers for its conference to be held in Taipei on 30th and 31st May 2014. We welcome contributions on issues to be discussed including, of course the incident of the 120-year-ago war itself, and the current Diaoyu Islands conflicts between Japan, ROC and PRC; current development of Japan from the perspectives of economic, political, and military power; and analysis of current ROC national defense policies.

Please send your proposals (300-400 words) and brief biographies (c. 200 words) to the e-mail address at before 31st January 2014. No travel grant may be available, and an applicant whose paper has been accepted can decide whether he or she would attend the conference or not, and the accepted paper will be published by the conference. For more information pleasecontact us via e-mail.

Diffusing Memories: Writing the Past in the Present Division: East Asian Languages and Literatures to 1900

We are seeking papers that explore the transmission of memory and memoir writing across media, aesthetics, and ideologies in East Asian Literatures. Abstracts, 250 words by 15 March 2014; Monika Dix ( For more information, please go to, or email

Mobilities and Exceptional Spaces in Asia (8-9 July 2014) National University of Singapore

Asia has seen rapid and profound transformations in the context of contemporary globalisation, and changing practices of capitalism have produced new forms of connections, flows and mobilities in the region. We welcome papers that address:  What new flows of capital, labour, money, consumer power are created by/in exceptional spaces?  What new transnational connections are being forged between people, or people and places?  What are some of the social, political and cultural impacts of flows, mobilities and connections that exceptional spaces facilitate in specific places, including at origin and destination?  How does mobility in/through exceptional spaces produce and maintain privilege and disadvantage?  What roles does gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and other identity markers/social categories play in how exceptional spaces are organized and experienced?  How do exceptional spaces interact with the rights of migrant workers-consumers in Asia where the kind of rights neoliberal exceptions have eroded in western nation-states have never been the norm?  What forms of discipline go on in normalized exceptional space?  How do territory-based governmental powers (Glick Schiller & Salazar 2013: 191) interact with non-territory-based ones? How do exceptional spaces change peoples sense of place and time? What historical connections exist between the recent use of exceptional spaces and past phenomena including during the time of colonialism (Nyri 2009)?  Other related issues. We invite sociologists, anthropologists, geographers and scholars from associated disciplines to submit papers pertaining to these or related issues.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract of 350 words maximum and a brief personal biography of 150 words for submission by 13 February 2014. The submission form can be downloaded from the following website: 508.

Trans-Asian collaborative workshop on "Mixed Race in East Asia" 20-21 June 2014, Yonsei University (Seoul)

We have been conducting an international collaborative research project on Race/racism and multicultural questions in East Asia. We are planning to expand the project, especially in term of "mixed race/blood" issues, for the coming few years. The main topics we will historically analyze are as follows: the discourses of race and mixed race/blood, racialization and marginalization of mixed race/blood subjects, mediatized commodification and tokenization, practices of negotiation and the construction of alternative visions and alliances by various subjects, and mixed race/blood issues and multicultural questions.

We examine how those issues have been articulated similarly, differently and inter-relatedly by conceiving "East Asia" as a transnational space of shared socio-historical experiences in terms of Western imperialism and Japanese colonialism and their vestiges, the US military presence in the post-war era, the increase of inter-Asian migration and marriage, and the rise of multicultural politics.

In 2014, we are organizing a discussion-oriented workshop in Seoul, 20-21 June. The workshop will focus on two related issues: 1) Cold-war system in East Asia and racism and racialization (in relation to "mixed race/blood"), and 2) Cultural politics of the recent gendered celebritization of "mixed race/blood" subjects in East Asia and its manifold implication for globalized "whiteness" and racialized politics of inclusion/exclusion in the growing multicultural situations in East Asia.

If you are interested in joining the workshop, please send your paper proposal (less than 300words) with your affiliation details and e-mail address by 10 March 2014 to Kim Hyun Mee ( and/or Koichi Iwabuchi (

Conference Theme- AsiaScapes: Contesting Borders

The Asian Studies Association of Australia is pleased to announce that its 20th Biennial Conference will take place at the University of Western Australia, Perth, 8-10 July 2014. Please see our conference website ( for more details. Conference Theme- AsiaScapes: Contesting Borders

Although "landscape" as a metaphor is well-worn, "-scape" remains a productive suffix, spawning terms such as ethnoscapes, technoscapes, mediascapes, ideoscapes and so on, to account for the movement of peoples, technologies, money, images, ideals and ideologies throughout the world. This Conference seeks to emphasise the involvement of Asia as a region of origin, transmission and reception in such flows, extending from the local to the global in scale. Panels and individual papers that engage with these key concepts are invited from all areas of Asian Studies, providing an opportunity for scholars and teachers to present their own research and to keep abreast of current academic discourse.

Penn State Summer Institute in Asian Studies

The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a week-long fellowship to participate in the inaugural Penn State Summer Institute in Asian Studies. To be held June 1 -7, 2014, on the theme of "Reading and Textual Production in Early Modern China," the Summer Institute welcomes applicants interested in reading primary and secondary sources on its annual theme, in workshopping and discussing their own research, and in exploring the latest scholarship in their field. This year?s Institute will be led by On-cho Ng (Penn State), Kai-wing Chow (U of Illinois) and Hung-lam Chu (Hong Kong Polytechnic U).

Summer Institute Fellows will receive support for lodging and meals, as well as transportation (round-trip economy-class airfare, or mileage). Applicants must have completed their PhDs between August 2009 and 2014, or be advanced graduate students who are completing their dissertations. Please submit a curriculum vitae and statement of interest (600 words) to Jamie Perryman < > by March 25 , 2014. Advanced graduate students must also include a letter from the dissertation adviser on academic progress and status. Decisions will be made by April 15 , 2014. Other inquiries regarding the Summer Institute may be directed to On-cho Ng < >.

Themes for the Summer Institute in Asian Studies in coming years include: 2015-Aesthetics/Migrations; 2016-Empires; 2017-Urbanisms; 2018-Avant-gardes; 2019-Pop/Media Cultures.

RMMLA 2014 Panel: Japanese Literature and Film

Papers concerning any aspect of adaptation of Japanese literature into Japanese film, of foreign source texts into Japanese film, of Japanese source texts into foreign film or of cross-cultural (and/or cross-temporal) filmic remakes are welcome. In the process of adaptation, how and why are changes made to satisfy the criteria of significant form in the target medium?  How and why are changes made when adapting across cultures or across time? How do directorial choices illuminate Japan on the screen or signify the foreign to Japanese audiences? What are the aesthetic and ideological significances of such choices?  Please submit a proposal of 250 words and a brief bio to Peter Tillack ( by March 1, 2014.

Center for Information on Religion

The Center for Information on Religion (hereafter CIR) launched a seminar for the Study of Japanese Culture and Religion in Japanese for non-Japanese-native graduate students.  The seminar calls for the papers of well-motivated students who hope for presentation and discussion with other participants in Japanese. We at CIR will invite 6 students maximum among all the non-Japanese-native graduate student applicants who belong to the university or institution outside Japan for the study of Japanese Culture and Religion. We intend to encourage networking and inspiring discussions beyond language barriers among young scholars and experts in Japan.

Presentation and discussion should be in Japanese though we accept additional explanation in English.  The attendants are required to join all the sessions of the one and a half days seminar, to present their paper in Japanese, and to contribute to the discussion to the presentation of others in Japanese. Detail of the call and application are available as following links (in Japanese) Application: Application deadline: March 15, 2014. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions to us. e-mail

The British Association for Japanese Studies Advanced Postgraduate Conference: Friday, 25th April 2014

The British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) and the Japan Research Centre (JRC) at SOAS announce a Call for Papers for an Advanced Postgraduate Conference to be held at SOAS, London on Friday 25th April 2014. This conference provides the opportunity for PhD students in any field of Japanese studies working within any academic institution internationally to present an academic conference paper, engage with other postgraduate students as well as established academics in the field, and meet key academic publishers.

Submissions are welcome as individual papers or panels. Individual papers will be grouped into thematic panels and assigned an established UK academic as Chair and Discussant. Panel submissions should organise around a key theme or field of Japanese studies and if possible indicate a Chair/Discussant. Abstract submissions (including full contact details and name of PhD supervisor and university institution) should be sent by 15 February 2014 to Dr Christopher Gerteis at SOAS: