Calls for Papers: February 10, 2014

Proposals (250 to 300 words) are invited for the panel Comparative Literature (Non-Western/non-European Focus) at the annual Rocky Mountain MLA (RMMLA) Convention, Boise, ID, Oct. 9-11, 2014. This year's theme is, broadly, spatiality and gender, and may focus on either literature or film, or both. Note that this has also been posted on the general h-net site, so is not confined to Asia. The panel will be limited to three (or possibly four) presenters, all of whom must be members of RMMLA by April 1. Deadline for proposal submission: March 1, 2014. Please email this directly to the Panel Chair, Alan Johnson, as indicated here: Alan G. Johnson, Department of English, Idaho State University;

Abstracts are currently being accepted for a panel on Chinese Drama and Performance at the Rocky Mountain MLA. The 2014 conference will be held in Boise, Idaho from October 9th - 11th. This panel is positioned to engage the diversity of Chinese performance culture from dramatic literature to dance, folk art, storytelling, etc. The intent is to probe the boundaries of these discrete genres, asking how Chinese theater has been conceptualized in a number of eras from antiquity to the 21st century. Ideally, papers would be able to suggest continuities between modern and traditional dramas that would develop chronologies, contest them, and bring new materials in conversation with each other. In keeping with the growth of the field, this panel welcomes papers utilizing a variety of methodologies to research live performance including interdisciplinary scholarship. Please submit a proposal of no more than 250 words to Megan Ammirati ( by March 1, 2014. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be given by March 30, 2014.

The Journal of Global Initiatives is pleased to announce a Call for Papers (CFP) for its special edition on Japan, scheduled to be published in Winter of 2015. The JGI is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of international policy, pedagogy and perspectives, published twice-yearly by the Kennesaw State University Press (KSU Press) and the Institute for Global Initiatives (IGI). We solicit contributions from all disciplines related to any aspect of Japanese life and culture, past and present. We are particularly interested in papers that address Japan’s cultural diversity, relationship with its regional neighbors, and/or its global context. We are also interested in works that overlap with our Year of Japan Conference theme addressing how Japan has responded to crisis (natural and man-made disasters) around the world. The editorial style of the JGI is the APA Style. Please prepare your manuscripts in the APA Style. For further information on how to prepare and submit your articles, please see the JGI website at To be considered for the Special Edition on Japan, all articles must be submitted electronically as an attachment in Word or RTF, and must reach the Editor-in-Chief, Akanmu G. Adebayo, on or before May 31, 2014.Dr. Adebayo’s email address is

The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society China publishes original research articles of up to 10,000 words (shorter articles are also welcome) on Chinese culture and society, past and present, with a focus on mainland China. Original articles, which will be peer-reviewed, must be previously unpublished, and make a contribution to the field.  The Journal also publishes timely reviews of books on all aspects of Chinese history, culture and society. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2014. All material should be submitted as an electronic attachment to the editor. A separate cover sheet should include thefollowing: Title of work; Contributor's name and contact information; Abstract of up to 300 words. For peer review, the main body of the text should not include the author's name. Text should be double-spaced, left-aligned, 12pt, in an easily read font such as Times New Roman, and paginated. The first line of paragraphs should be indented. Illustrations should be high quality JPEG or TIFF files, and able to reproduce well in black and white. Authors are responsible for securing copyright permissions, and for any associated costs. Submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail. Original articles that in the opinion of the editor make a significant contribution to the field will be sent to one independent peer reviewer. The Journal operates a "double-blind" system of review which means that neither the reviewer nor the writer is informed of the other's identity. Following peer review, an article may be accepted, accepted with revisions, or declined. Authors of accepted original articles will be sent a proof before publication. This is for final checking only, as no substantial revisions are possible at this stage. The journal uses British English. For punctuation, vocabulary and Romanization of Chinese, please refer to the Hong Kong University Press Style Manual. Notes should appear at the end of the article, and be formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style. The notes and bibliography system, or the author-date system may be used according to whether your paper falls into the category of humanities, or physical/social sciences. A quick guide is available at

Call for Contributions
Transnational Japan as History: Empire, Migration and Grass-Roots Movements (working title)
Over the last two decades transnational approaches have been fruitfully applied to a wide variety of historical fields. These transnational histories have focused not only on relations between nations-states, but also on elements which transcend national state projects, including relations with and between non-governmental organisations and the flows of ideas, people, capital, technologies, information, goods, practices, disease and pollution which transcend the bounded national community. This volume will bring a transnational perspective to the history of Japan. It seeks to explore how factors beyond Japan's national borders have contributed to the formation of transnational social spaces which have significance for our understanding of Japanese history and of historical methods more widely. The construction of social spaces between interconnected communities problematizes the supremacy of national narratives by incorporating new territories (both literal and figurative) into consideration. We thus believe that a transnational history approach to Japan's modern and contemporary history can only enrich our understanding of the processes that have occurred in Japan during the Twentieth Century. This volume will combine papers from three different areas of transnational history: empire, migration and grass-roots movements. Firstly, empires are axiomatically transnational polities. A transnational perspective on the Japanese Empire, thus, adds to our understanding of both intra-imperial relations and the place of the Empire within the wider international order. The international migrant is the clearest embodiment of the transnational experience and the study of the movement of people across borders is one of the most representative subjects of the transnational history approach. In particular, this volume will focus on the trajectories of migrants, with an understanding of the historical processes in the sending nations as well as in the receiving societies. Finally, this volume will explore recent cases of grass-roots movements. This type of social movement is characterised not only as a reactive marginal force against the centre of statehood but also as a kind of social activism that is practiced to create connectivity between different socio-cultural contexts. This volume will look at the trajectories of Japanese grass-roots movements in their connection with transnational spaces in their formation and development. We are calling for contributions for an edited volume focusing on one or more of these themes that also take an explicitly transnational history perspective. We envision this volume will include approximately 12 chapters. We are in discussion with ANU Press for the publishing rights to this volume. If you are interested in contributing to this project, please send us an abstract of between 500-1000 words, and a brief bio or C.V. to by 11 March, 2014. Selected contributors will be informed by 25 March, 2014 and will have 5 months to produce a draft paper which will go through a peer review process.

Call For Manuscripts
Religion in Chinese Societies (ISSN 1877-6264; Brill, Leiden and Boston), Edited by Kenneth Dean, McGill University; Richard Madsen, University of California, San Diego; and David Palmer, University of Hong Kong
Since the end of the late twentieth century, religion in all its varied forms has come to play an increasingly visible and dynamic role in the transformation of Chinese societies. This vitality of religious practice challenges the secularization theories that are at the heart of modern social science and it directs renewed attention to the role of religion throughout Chinese history. This series features monographs and edited volumes investigating the full range of religious practices in all Chinese societies, including Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, Taiwan, as well as overseas Chinese communities throughout Southeast Asia and elsewhere. It includes research from all disciplines in the social sciences and humanities that describes, documents, and interprets religious practices, beliefs, and the many forms of religious community in Chinese societies. Brill welcomes submissions of book proposals and manuscripts for consideration for inclusion in the series. Submissions can be sent to the attention of the Publishing Editor, Qin Higley at

Tenth NAJS Conference on the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society
March 20-21, 2014, Helsinki, Finland
You are most welcome to the Tenth Annual NAJS Conference. The conference will take place at the University of Helsinki. We invite paper proposals on a broad set of topics related to Japanese society and culture, past and present, including politics and international relations, economy and business, sociology and anthropology, popular culture, literature, religion, and art. The deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended to February 15, 2014. Registration forms and more information about the conference can be found on the NAJS website: Please carefully read the guidelines for participation (also on the website) before registering and sending your abstract. Deadline for full papers: March 10, 2014. Please submit abstracts and papers to: You will be notified if your abstract has been accepted by February 20, 2014.