Calls for Papers: July 21, 2014

The Association of Asian Studies (AAS) is accepting proposals for papers on “Social, Cultural and Everyday lives in 1950s-60s Malaysia and Singapore” for 2015 in Chicago. This panel seeks to explore the everyday lives of individuals and the social and cultural expressions of the wide range of groups as they negotiated this fast-changing period of decolonization and nation-building. The final direction of this multi-disciplinary panel will be guided by the themes of individual papers; thus, proposals focusing on a broad range of topics are welcome. As currently constituted, the panel's papers look at architecture, the concept of modern living, and urban homes; graphic novels and depictions of everyday lives; everyday responses to the bureaucratic machinery, among others. Please send a 300-word proposal to Cheong Soon Gan at or by August 1, 2014.

Masuda Hajimu, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore is hoping to organize a panel for the 2015 Association of Asian Studies (AAS) meeting on “Reconsidering the White Terror in Taiwan,” focused broadly on social and political conflicts in post-WWII Taiwan. Professor Masuda’s paper is tentatively titled, "Politics of Re-colonization and People’s Participation by Absence," and intends to shed new light on the nature, agency, and function of the White Terror by taking off the Cold War lens and looking at the aspect of "re-colonization." The paper also aims aims to examine grassroots participation—including participation by absence—which quietly suppressed seeds of social conflict, contributing to the maintenance of an “orderly” and “harmonious” society. Papers focusing on similar issues in different regions (i.e. similar issues in South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, etc.) are welcome. If interested, please contact Professor Masuda at

Shan Windscript, Ph.D Candidate in History at the University of Melbourne, Australia, is proposing a panel for the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Conference in Chicago 2015 on “Life Writings (i.e. memoirs, letters, diaries…), contested History/Memory in Asia.” Professor Yasmin Saikia of Arizona State University has agreed to be the panel discussant. Windscript’s paper will be called “Fabricating the Revolutionary Self: Diary Writing during the Cultural Revolution,” and will be about the Chinese subjectivity and everyday life in ordinary individuals' diaries written throughout the political movement. Another Ph.D. Cadidate of the University of Melbourne, Jason Ng, will present on the topic of “Writing Jungle Lives: The Malaya Revolution as Depicted in Malayan Communist Memoirs,” which is about the construction of Malayan life as seen from the memoirs of several MCP guerillas. The panel is seeking 1 or 2 more participants, preferably from other countries/cities. If interested, please contact

Hongyan Xiang, Ph.D Candidate in the Department of History at Penn State University, is proposing a panel on “Social Transformations and Religion in Early 20th Century China,” for the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Conference in Chicago 2015. Focusing on religion, this panel examines the daily experiences of the local Chinese society during the transitioning periods such as from the Qing to the Republic, and from the Republic to the PRC. This panel’s papers look at the local experience of the Chinese, as well as foreigners working and living in China. Papers deal with the local experiences of Christianity, Buddhism, Daoism, Islam or other religions are most welcome. If interested, please email a tentative paper title and short abstract (no more than 200 words) to Hongyan Xiang at by August 1, 2014.

Organized by Project Southeast Asia, University of Oxford, the Southeast Asian Studies Symposium invites proposals for panels, roundtables, workshops, and individual papers on “The Year of ASEAN: Integrating Southeast Asia,” particularly in regard to the four sub-themes of: the Environment and Natural Resources, Public Health, Education, and the Economy. Held for the past three years in Oxford, UK, the 4th Symposium will travel to Southeast Asia for the first time on March 20-22, 2015. It will be co-hosted by the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, and held at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Please visit for more information and to submit a proposal. The Symposium will also offer alternative opportunities outside formal panels. These include a room for group meetings/discussions/project debates; an area for the display of posters; and the screening of movies and staging of art or cultural performances. Please email if you are interested in any of the above. The deadline for proposal submission is October 1, 2014.

The Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs is now accepting research articles for its inaugural issue, which is scheduled to be printed in fall 2014. Each issue will also be delivered as an electronic journal through our website. We welcome papers written on any topic pertinent to countries in Asia, including Pakistan and Afghanistan. Submissions should be emailed to in a form of Word document. Please do NOT submit in PDF format. All submissions must include an abstract (100-200 words). Authors should include a short bio in the email text, but should avoid any self-identification in the manuscript as we send our articles out for anonymous review. Manuscripts should be 5,000-7,000 words in length, and authors should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. For more information, visit: The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2014.