Calls for Papers: March 31, 2014

Modern Art Asia is dedicated to the arts of Asia from the eighteenth century to today, presenting graduate research from historical perspectives and international news on Asian art. Combining peer-reviewed articles with insightful commentary and the latest exhibition reviews from international correspondents, Modern Art Asia provides a new forum for exchange between scholars that crosses the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. We invite graduates and early career researchers working on the arts and material cultures of Asia from the eighteenth century to the present to submit previously unpublished papers of 4,500 - 10,000 words for peer-review. Asia is broadly defined to include Central, East, South and Southeast Asia, as well as Asia-Pacific. Modern Art Asia aims to take an interdisciplinary and innovative approach to the study of Asia, and will consider papers on media and experiments that stretch the parameters of fine art. Submission deadline for papers: May 2nd. Submission deadline for reviews: Reviews are now accepted for publication at any time throughout the year.  Word limits: Academic papers: 4,500-10,000 (excl. endnotes); Correspondence and opinion pieces: 1000-3,000 words; Exhibition, book, performance reviews: 500-2,000 words. Up to four accompanying images should be submitted as .jpgs at a resolution of 300dpi. Authors are responsible for obtaining these and necessary copyright permissions. Copyright remains with the author and authors may re-publish papers with acknowledgement of Modern Art Asia as the original site of publication. Include an abstract (250 words) and biography (150 words) with submissions over 2,000 words. Articles should be submitted in plain text or .doc formats, with bibliographic citations, if required, given as endnotes. Text should be unformatted, single spaced, with titles of texts and art works in italics. Use of non-roman characters should be avoided where possible. Further information and a full style guide is available at; enquiries may be made to

The Journal of Asia Pacific Studies is calling for paper for its May issue. JAPS is published both in print and online. The Journal is indexed by EBSCO and other prestigious databases. Please visit our website for more information:

Port Cities in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800
November 5-7, 2015, Philadelphia, PA
Co-sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Program in Early American Economy and Society, and Temple University.
In the early modern period, advances in maritime technology redrew the global map-not only through the "discovery" of new worlds, but by reorienting patterns of commerce and migration to transform what had been peripheries into vital nodes of exchange, power, and culture. Port cities rose to occupy a critical space, mediating between their own hinterlands and an oceanic world of circulation and exchange. Highly local institutions and networks influenced and reacted to global networks and the movements of people, goods, fashions, ideas, and pathogens.  This conference will explore comparisons and connections among ports in the age of sail.  Through broadly comparative papers and revealing case studies this conference provides a forum to explore comparisons and contrasts, diversity and congruence, competition and emulation, among far-flung port cities on a global scale. Among the topics the organizers hope to explore are socio-political organization, economic and labor patterns, and cultural productions We seek proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers. Committed participants include Christopher Hodson, Richard Kagan, Willem Klooster, Christian Koot, Kris Lane, Ty Reese, Philip Stern, and David Wheat. Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and a one-page curriculum vita.  Papers, which will be pre-circulated, should be approximately 7,500 words in length. Please e-mail paper proposals to by September 15, 2014.  All queries should be sent to the conference organizer, Jessica Choppin Roney ( The program committee will reply by December, 2014.

The Asian Cultural & Media Studies Research Cluster of the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University will host an international conference, 'Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now' at Monash University, Caulfield campus in Melbourne on 6 and 7 November 2014. The conference aims to critically revisit some of the key issues in the study of Asian culture, media and communications, which have been developed rapidly over the last twenty years, to discuss what kinds of new approaches and scholarly frameworks are required in the current socio-historical context. The conference will focus on four key areas of investigation, whose historical significance and transgressive potential requires reassessment in light of the advancement of market-driven processes of globalization and intensifying socio-economic disparity: 1)Alternative modernities and de-Westernization; 2)Trans-Asian connections, dialogue and unevenness; 3)Cultural convergence, citizenship and socio-cultural diversity; 4)Mobility, imagined communities and cosmopolitanism. We are inviting proposals for paper presentations on these issues, although proposals that are in other ways relevant to the topic of Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now will also be considered. The conference format will be discussion-oriented and all speakers will give a concise talk of the main points for 10-15 minutes. Speakers are not expected to present complete papers but to raise key theoretical questions with related empirical examination where relevant. Please send your paper proposals (less than 300 words) with your affiliation details and e-mail address no later than 12 May to: Please clearly put "Paper proposal for Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now" in the subject line.Acceptance of proposals will be notified in mid-June. Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for participants' travel costs. There will be no registration fees for the conference.

Call for papers: 2014 Film and History Conference
Madison, WI, October 29 - November 2, 2014
In the era of increasingly diversified global popular entertainment industry, film production and consumption become poly-centralized both geographically and conceptually. Traditional centers of film industry such as Hollywood, Hong Kong, and Bollywood are confronted with the rising presence of cinemas from China, Korea, Brazil, Iran, and Algeria, whose re-imagination of identity (re)formation and cultural politics provides critical perspectives that re-define commercial cinema. This area invites 15-20 minutes presentations that explore the expression and representation of culture, politics, and identity in transnational and world cinemas through different film forms and genres. How does transnationality affect the cultural and political ideas that inform individual films? In what ways does it impact viewing and reception? How do we critically analyze the many ways that world cinema politicizes identity discourse and cinematic expression? How do transnational cinematic representations and portrayals of gender and cultural identities both reflect and shape societies and visual politics? Topics of interests may include, but not limited to: Masculinity and social changes in world cinema; Transnational identities in crisis; Feminism in borderless films; The influence of transnational erotic culture; Transnational film as global activism or protest; Visual languages and transnational audiences; World cinema and cultural politics. Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the *Film & History* website ( Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2014, to the area chair: Jinhua Li, University of North Carolina, Asheville,