Calls for Papers: April 7, 2014

International Conference on Environment, Health, and Media
The Department of Communication Studies and the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies of Hong Kong Baptist University are co-organizing the International Conference on Environment, Health, and Media in Hong Kong, January 5 - 7, 2015. We welcome abstracts on any topics about (but are not limited to): 1. Environmental news reporting; 2. Environmental framing and media discourse; 3. Environmental advocacy campaigns; 4. Food advertising and promotions among adolescents; 5. Portrayal of ideal body images and skin colors; 6. Food and consumer culture; 7. Social construction of beauty; 8. Young people's media production on health issues; 9. Public health campaigns; 10. Creativity in health messages; 11. Doctor-patient communication; 12. Media and health education. If you are interested in joining this conference and meeting other researchers working on health, environment and communication, please send an extended abstract of no more than 800 words to by August 15, 2014. Further information about the Conference can be obtained from the conference official website: or contact conference coordinator at

IIAS, the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica and ISEAS are organizing a conference on the role of local communities and civil society organizations in heritage-making in East and Southeast Asia. Theme: "Citizens, Civil Society and the Cultural Politics of Heritage-Making in East and Southeast Asia" Dates  11-13 December 2014. Deadline for paper submissions:  1 June 2014.  Location:  Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. We invite papers looking into the following themes: Representing the local in global cities; Memories and aspirations in global cities; Built heritage, ruins, and their social lives; Contending with gentrification; The social landscape as heritage; Conflicts and resolutions of heritage-making; Cultural activism and vernacular heritage; Local identities and linguistic heritage; Citizens, civil society and national as well as local heritage-making; Local communities and the heritage-scape; Civil society involvement in heritage-management; Prospects of social innovation in heritage-management. It is suggested that papers should cover cities, townships and their associated rural landscapes in East and Southeast Asia. Paper proposals should include a title, name of author, institutional affiliation, email address, an abstract (300 words) and a brief personal biography (150 words). The proposal should be submitted in word document format by June 1 2014 to Ms. Kathleen Mariska Azali (email: Successful applicants will be notified by July 15 2014 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (6000 - 8000 words) by November 15 2014. Accommodations and a modest travel grant will be provided for all accepted participants.

EastCon 2014 invites all students to attend Princeton’s second annual East Asian Popular Culture conference on April 25th and 26th in Lewis Library. This year's theme is Enter the Dragon: The Rise of East Asian Film, and we'll be looking at the East Asian film scene, including the emotional responses, related business practices, and critical assessments of all forms of East Asian cinema. Registration for the conference is $25, however the registration fee is waived for those who'll be presenting research. If you are interested in presenting, check out the call for papers and email an abstract to If you aren’t interested in presenting, but want to attend, you may register here. For more information and updates, be sure to subscribe to our website in the sidebar and like us on Facebook.

A few (3-4) papers on East Asian religious epitaphs are needed for a conference that I am organizing with several of my colleagues in China and Japan. Title: "What is under the Stone: The Significances of Stone Epitaphs for the Studies of East Asian Religions," Location: Museum of Epitaph Forest in Xi'an, Time: July 22-24, 2014 (3 days). In addition to the conference, our host in Xi'an, the Museum of Epitaph Forest 西安碑林, has arranged a field trip combining temple visits and the investigations of epitaphs, mostly unreleased but with very serious impacts on the studies of East Asian religions. All conference-related costs in China, including housing, meals and entrance tickets, will be covered by the conference organizers and travel expenses may be partly subsidized if needed. New scholars are particularly encouraged to participate. Interested scholars need to send short proposals (100-200 words) and cv.s to Applications are to be considered upon submission. The recruitment will continue until enough paper proposals are collected, although to guarantee consideration, applications need to be sent in by April 20, 2014. For more details, kindly drop your inquiries to

AAA Panel Title: The Local Life of "the Psychological" in East Asia
Organizers: Husan-Ying Huang (Australian National University) and Min Zhang (Harvard University)
Various parts of East Asia have experienced a rise of all things psychological, including ideas, knowledge, practices and views that are derived directly from, or in non-professional or popular cases obliquely from, modern psychological disciplines. Having their origins in the West, these things psychological have made forays into diverse sectors of the local worlds, including mental health professions, education, popular media, business, religion, institutions of social control, welfare systems, and other domains of everyday life. Parallel to these changes is the transformation of subjectivity as individual and interpersonal experiences have increasingly been cast in psychological terms. Facing these relatively "new" phenomena, researchers may allude to discussions of their precedents from the West, for example, the fall of communal values and morals (Rieff 1966), the cultivation of victimhood and vulnerabilities (Furedi 2004), and the governing of selfhood through new technologies (Rose 1985, 1989, 1998). However, such an approach to these phenomena tends to imply a homogenizing process emanating from the West, with insufficient attention given to the particularities of local forms and processes. This panel brings together ethnographic studies across the East Asian region to explore the local life of "the psychological" in various milieus. We seek to examine these questions: (1) What are the cultural forms (e.g., profession, movement, commercialism) that "the psychological" may take in the local milieu? What are the vectors, events, trajectories, or locations through which psychological things spread and morph into such cultural forms? (2) What does "the psychological" reveal about the subjectivity of particular local worlds, in regards to both aspects of suffering and aspirations? How does "the psychological" contribute to the making and remaking of subjectivity? (3) What are the local processes through which imported things are transformed or even re-created? How do local people make use of or articulate  "the psychological" given the existence of layered historical legacies in this region? (4) How does the rise of "the psychological" dovetail with or challenge larger societal processes (for example, the pursuit of modernity in broader terms, or neoliberalism and post-socialist transition in more specific terms)? We welcome papers based in various settings where "the psychological" are emerging, flourishing, or simply existing. Please submit your abstract (250 words max.) to and by April 8, 2014.