Calls for Papers: August 11, 2014

        Students of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with the educational consulting support of global student initiative, Engage Korea, are organizing a conference titled: 2014 Student Conference on the DPRK: How can the international community effectively engage the DPRK?
          This conference will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Harvard University in the USA and will feature former diplomats, eminent scholars and NGO practitioners who possess years of first-hand experience working inside the DPRK. Another highlight will be “discussion sessions” during which participants will present their works on the DPRK to a wider audience, identify their future collaborators and network with the speakers.
          The organizers are looking for 6 – 8 speakers for discussion sessions. Interested applicants should send (1) an abstract (maximum 500 words) and (2) an email with answers to the four following questions to Robert Winstanley-Chesters (r.winstanley-chesters@leeds.ac.uk) and Stina Bae (stina.j.bae@gmail.com) by Monday, August 18, 2014.
1) What motivates you to share your work, and why should others be motivated to hear it?
2) What new perspectives/ideas does your work on North Korea bring?
3) Why is this particular forum the right platform for the dissemination of your work?
4) How does participating in this conference enable you to extend or continue your work?

          The University of Hong Kong will be hosting a conference titled Translating Chinese Masculinities: Chinese Men in Global Contexts on December 12-13 2014. The main purpose of the conference is to examine depictions and practices of contemporary Chinese masculinities beyond China’s borders. It aims toformulate new theorisations of Chinese masculinities that take account of the reshapings of Chinese masculinities in foreign settings. Through its focus on developing innovative interdisciplinary methodologies and conceptual frameworks, the conference will make a theoretical contribution to the field of men and masculinities that will go beyond existing cultural histories of Chinese masculinities to develop a critique of dominant Anglo-American models of masculinity. Through the conference and a subsequent edited volume, the participants will forge new understandings of Chinese men and masculinities in differing global contexts.
Possible topics include but not limited to:
1. Transnational masculinities in Chinese film and media
2. The interplay and negotiation between manhood and nationhood in a global context
3. Representations of Chinese men in non-Chinese cultures
4. Representations of foreign men by Chinese media
5. Perceptions and practices of Chinese men in non-Chinese cultures
6. Intersections between ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, age and class in Chinese masculinities in non-Chinese cultures
7. Bodily concepts and practices of Chinese men in global contexts
8. ‘Offshore’ Chinese business, sports, political and military masculinities
9. Chinese masculinities as travelling cultures
Interested parties please send an abstract to d.hird@westminster.ac.uk and gsong@hku.hk by 31 August, 2014.

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