Calls for Papers: May 5, 2014

The Editors of Asia Pacific Perspectives invite scholars and advanced graduate students to submit papers for publication in our fall 2014 issue. This issue will be guest edited by Dayna Barnes, 2014-2015 Kiriyama Fellow at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim. The submission deadline is Monday, July 7, 2014. Asia Pacific Perspectives (ISSN: 2167-1699) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal published twice a year by the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim. Our task is to inform public opinion through publications that express divergent views and ideas that promote cross-cultural understanding, tolerance, and the dissemination of knowledge. The journal offers a forum for the exchange of ideas from both established scholars in the field and graduate students. It welcomes submissions from all fields of the social sciences and the humanities. Papers adopting a comparative, interdiscipli! nary approach to issues of interrelatedness in the Asia Pacific region will be especially welcome. Guest editor Dayna Barnes is a specialist in international history and US-Japan relations. She has taught at the London School of Economics, the University of Winchester, San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco. Before coming to USF, Dr Barnes held positions as junior fellow at LSE IDEAS and visiting researcher at Tokyo University. To submit a paper: Submissions should be DOUBLE-SPACED and approximately 8,000 words in length. Your name and affiliation should appear on a cover sheet. Do NOT put your name in the body of your paper. Electronic copies must be in MS Word or compatible format; tables, charts or images may be inserted in the text document or be included as separate files. Further guidelines are posted at Submissions may be sent electronically to: Hard copies should be addressed to: The Editors Asia Pacific Perspectives The Center for the Pacific Rim University of San Francisco 2130 Fulton Street San Francisco, CA 94117-1080.

Alternative Urbanities: New Perspectives on Quezon City and an Urbanizing Asia
4-5 December 2014
Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines
Organized by the Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University
The founding of Quezon City seventy-five years ago marked a significant milestone in the urban history of the Philippines and of then colonial Asia. Since then, the city has contributed to the political, cultural, social, educational, religious, and economic landscape of the nation and of the region. It has grown in terms of not only the infrastructure and the districts that constitute it, but more importantly the population that comprises it. It has become a lived experience for its citizens and denizens for the past seventy-five years. Moreover, the city projects itself into the future, with its component communities becom! ing a hub for many facets of human experience--technology, entertainment, the arts, politics, spirituality, academics, sports, and many others. At the same time, the city faces the challenges that usually confront large metropolises--challenges in the environment, housing, popular empowerment, transportation and mobility, health and sanitation, basic education--and create both opportunities and threats to its viability as an urban hub. Do these challenges present urban anomalies or alternative urbanities? When Quezon City was established in 1939, most Asian societies were overwhelmingly rural; yet less than a century after, Asia became home to the largest urban populations in the world. How should we understand Quezon City in light of Asia's so-called "urban century," and are there alternative urban paths to those taken by Quezon City and the rest of Asia? This conference provides opportunities for scholars and academics to assess and evaluate the processes, conditions, and challenges of Quezon City's past, constitute its present, and project its future. It aims to bring together experts from various disciplines and academic specializations to present a multidisciplinal and multidimensional scholarly assessment of urban societies and cities in Asia, most especially Quezon City. More importantly, the academic conference will be open to public school teachers and select students from the city to expose them to the many dimensions of the city's history, culture, everyday life as explained by experts from various fields. Interested paper presenters are requested to submit a 250-word abstract. Panel proposals are also welcome and should include a brief description of the proposed panel as well as the abstracts of the individual papers in the panel. Please submit abstracts and panel proposals by 1 September 2014. Submissions must be in Word format and should include the presenter'! s name, institutional affiliation, and email address. All those who submitted abstracts and panel proposals will be notified via email regarding the final decision on their submissions on or before 1 October 2014. Accepted presenters must submit their full papers by 3 November 2014. Selected papers, which will undergo a refereeing process, will be included in a book publication. Selected authors will be informed of the details regarding this edited volume after the conference. Inquiries, as well as panel and paper proposals, can be addressed to: Michael D. Pante, Conference Committee Head, Department of History, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University; Kristine A. Sendin, Conference Secretariat Head, Department of History, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University.  Visit the website at

Workshop on Chinese and Japanese Encounters in Colonial Southeast Asia
This is a call for papers for the workshop Japanese and Chinese Encounters in Colonial Southeast Asia to be held at NIOD, Amsterdam, the Netherlands on November 12-13, 2014. The workshop and the book resulting from it aim to explore the relation between Chinese and Japanese in colonial Southeast Asia that would (1) contextualize the Pacific War experience, (2) examine the limits of the “anti-Japanese patriotic Chinese” narrative, and (3) investigate the complexity of interaction and competition, friendship and hostility, partnership and collaboration between Japanese and Chinese from the late 19th century to the end of the Pacific War.  Our goal is to recover the ambiguities, uncertainties, and changes of concrete human relations, social conditions, and the political-economic context. For those interested, please send an abstract (! max. 300 words) to both organizers, Peter Post (NIOD) ( and Timothy Tsu (Kwansei Gakuin University) (, before June 31, 2014. If your proposal is accepted, then a final paper (8,000-10,000 words) should reach us by October 19, 2014.NIOD will seek funding to cover three nights of lodging in Amsterdam, but each participant is responsible for all his/her other expenses. Contact: Timothy Tsu, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, Email: