Calls for Papers: December 16, 2013

The Department of Korean History at Korea University is pleased to sponsor the second annual Graduate Student Conference on Korean History on May 2, 2014 at Korea University in Seoul.  We cordially invite graduate students conducting any research related to Korean history to submit abstracts for our 2014 conference. The Korea University Korean History (KUKH) Graduate Student Conference is an annual conference which aims to provide a forum for graduate students to exchange ideas and discuss current research on Korean history. This one-day conference on Korea University’s Anam campus in Seoul is an opportunity for young scholars to present their research to both their peers and eminent scholars. All panels will be moderated by Korea University faculty and graduate students. The conference will also enable participants to meet others in their field conducting similar research, and to gain experience in presenting their work for discussion. Eligibility and Application Guidelines: 1.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in a program of graduate study ("postgraduate" in British degree classification systems). 2.  Papers must be related to Korean history. 3.  Abstracts must be no longer than 250 words. 4.  Deadline for abstract submission:  December 31, 2013. 5.  Please include your name, program of graduate study, and contact information with your abstract submission. Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by mid-January. Housing will be available for those presenting papers. Inquiries: For general conference and abstract submission inquiries, please contact:

January 10, 2014 deadline for individual paper and panel proposals for the 20th Anniversary Conference of the North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) is fast approaching. The conference, to be held June 20-21, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be organized around the theme: “The Zeitgeists of Taiwan: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” We welcome submissions from the full spectrum of humanities and social science scholars dealing with Taiwan. Please visit our website ( for more information on the conference themes, sub-themes, and our "publication peer review" submission option. In the coming days we will also be posting on the site a list of invited and featured scholars who have already confirmed their attendance. We would like to encourage interested scholars to submit abstracts as soon as possible online by following the links on our submissions rules page (or directly at the individual papers and panel submissions login pages). If you cannot come this year, but would like to keep in touch with us about conferences in 2015 or later, please get in touch with NATSA's Secretary at

“The Glocalisation of Christianity in China,” an international conference organized by The Centre for Chinese Studies and Department of Religions and Theology invites papers for participation. Christianity came to China four times: with the Nestorians during the Tang dynasty (618-907), the Franciscans during the Mongol-ruled Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), the Jesuits during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), and with the Protestants ever since the Opium War (1839-42) and during the Republican Era (1911-1949). But four times it seems they disappeared as these dynasties and the Republican regime vanished from the map of China. The study of Christianity in China has flourished in recent year (Richard Madson, Lian Xi, Ryan Dunch, Alvyn Austin, Daniel Bays, to name a few). But the re-emergence and popularity of Christianity in the post-Mao era has raised new questions about the ways in which historians have studied the history of these missions/missionaries. The churches, converts and practices they left behind have resurfaced in the post-Mao era. These missions have not failed as generations of historians have argued. The post-Mao era has provided us with hindsight unavailable to us before. How does this help us to re-examine the history of Christianity in China? The landscape of Christianity in post-Mao China is diverse; it differs enormously not just in terms of denomination and brand but also in terms of practice as some congregate in underground churches, some in old churches built by missionaries and others in new facilities provided by the government. How significant were the foundations laid in the two millennia before? Many Chinese people, both the elite and the ordinary, have embraced or become interested in Christianity. What could this mean for China in the decades to come? We welcome historians/scholars of Christianity and China to join us in a debate that addresses the following questions/issues:  1. Is there a pattern in the introduction and indigenisation of Christianity in China in the past one thousand four hundred years.  2. Who are the old and new Christians that have emerged and what can they tell us about history, Mao and post-Mao China?  3. Is the post-Mao emergence of Christianity true indigenisation because it is not missionary-imposed, but home grown and self-driven?  4. What is the significance of the transition from Christianity in China to Chinese Christianity? Inquiries and abstracts of no more than 200 words, plus 5 lines of biographical information, should be sent to Rebecca Frost at before 5 January 2014. Those accepted to present at the conference will be notified by 31 January 2014. Accommodation and food will be provided during the conference but paper presenters should look for their own funding for travel.

This is a call for paper proposals for a special issue on "Design and Society in Japan" for the Review of Japanese Culture and Society (Josai University) to be published in December 2015.  The issue will include new academic papers of up to 7,000 words length, and translations of Japanese texts. The special issue aims to explore the role of design in Japanese society from the early 20th century to the present. Design will be addressed in broad terms, including a wide range of platforms from architecture and product design to communication design and service design. We will ask questions such as: What has been the contribution of design in conditions of disaster (the earthquakes of 1923, 1995 and 2011) and periods of political or economic change and crisis (e.g. postwar, bubble economy, recession)? How has design helped Japanese society in its transition from/to conditions of war, or change of political direction (from imperialism and colonization to democracy)? How have design institutions (associations, schools, movements, events) addressed social issues in a coordinated manner, and how have individual designers, design critics or historians participated in broader social discourses or advanced new ones? What were design's missed opportunities in response to social needs? And how has design operated not only within state projects and as a state-sponsored discipline - the way that design in Japan until 1950 has often been discussed - but as a local practice? Please send paper proposals of max. 300 word length and a short CV by January 15, 2014 to: Sarah Teasley,; Jilly Traganou,

Cross Currents: Aesthetic Distributions
2014 Uehiro Philosophy Conference
The Uehiro Cross Currents Philosophy Conference showcases exceptional work by graduate and advanced undergraduate students in comparative philosophy (though not limited to East-West comparisons). Given this year’s speakers, we invite high-quality papers dealing with topics in Aesthetics, broadly construed. What might the reemergence of interest in the field of aesthetics mean for comparative philosophy? What is the importance of art, literature, music, and film for philosophy more generally? What does the interdisciplinary analysis of art objects have to contribute to the theorization of art? How is ‘art’ understood, interpreted, and valued differently by different cultures? How does aesthetics relate to other areas of philosophical study, such as metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and politics? In what ways do ethical and political concerns affect the production and reception of works of art? Papers dealing with (though not limited to) such questions will be most welcome. Email full papers or abstracts to Papers should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation. In the body of the email include: 1) Your name, 2) Title of the paper, 3) Institutional affiliation, 4) Contact information (email, phone number, mailing address), and 5) Whether you would like to be considered for a travel award. Send documents in word format with no identifying information for blind review. Notification of acceptance will be sent by January 20th, 2014. The Uehiro Student Essay Award will be presented to the best student presentation. Competitive partial travel subsidies will be available this year for both international and domestic travel. All submissions will be considered for possible publication in the Uehiro Conference Proceedings, published in the past by Cambridge Scholars Press. DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Website: