Calls for Papers: November 11, 2013

Postcolonial Environments: A Symposium
Postcolonial Environments will bring together scholars and postgraduates interested in the role of environments in colonial and postcolonial encounters and the relations that they engender. The symposium will consider how articulations of home, migration, displacement and imperialism must involve examining connections with place as well as between people. Such connections are not restricted to discussions of kinship, but are relevant to the affective dimension of global geographies and political power. It will take place on January 24th 2014 at the University of Manchester (UK).  We invite postgraduates to submit a short piece of work for the roundtable portion of the day. We will particularly welcome abstracts on: Familial, sexual or domestic environments and relationships in local or transnational contexts; Representations of belonging in or to postcolonial communities. Papers relating to the following themes will also be considered: The effect of environment on inter-generational connections or ruptures; Unlikely affinities between literary, political or cultural figures facilitated by their locality; Intersections between postcolonial studies and ecocriticism; Environmental stresses or crises and their cultural representation; Local ecological or cultural demands including articulations of social justice. We are also delighted to be able to offer one bursary of 100 that will be awarded to a postgraduate speaker whose work addresses the relationships between the human and non-human worlds in a (post)colonial context. This bursary is courtesy of the Association for the study of Literature and Environment UK and Ireland (ASLE-UKI). We aim to develop the symposium into a special journal edition and so there will be the potential for publication. Please send a 300-500 word proposal to the email address: CFP deadline: November 15th 2013.

China Philosophy and Human Communication
A Special Issue of China Media Research
This special issue (CMR-2014-04) invites scholars from across disciplines to examine the relationship between Chinese philosophy and human communication. Papers dealing with communication from the perspective of Chinese philosophy, including the application of the thoughts of Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, and other schools to the levels of interpersonal, group/organizational, intercultural/international, media/mass communication, rhetorical, political, and sociolinguistic, etc., are invited. Submissions must not have been previously published nor be under consideration by another publication. We'll accept the extended abstract (up to 1,000 words) of the paper at the first stage of the reviewing process. Please email Word attachment of the extended abstract to the guest editors, Dr. Guo-Ming Chen and Dr. Xiaosui Xiao, at All extended abstracts must be received by November 10, 2013. The complete manuscript must be received by April 25, 2014 after the extended abstract is accepted. Accepted manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with APA style and should not exceed 8,500 words (including references). Please visit for more information about the quarterly journal of China Media Research. For inquiry, please contact Dr. Guo-Ming Chen at

Perception of Life and Death: Japan and India
Februrary 14-15th, 2014 at the University of Delhi, Delhi, India
The Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi, with the support of Japan Foundation, is organizing an International Conference on "Perception of Life and Death: Japan and India" on Februrary 14-15th, 2014 at the University of Delhi, Delhi, India. India and Japan are two nations that are in contrast to each other as far as their culture and societies are concerned. While the former is a conglomeration of a number of races and cultures, the latter can be included into the "single-race single-culture" category. Consequently the religious sensibilities, philosophical thought and behavioral patterns of the two societies too are varied. A comparative study of the perception of life and death in these two countries, under the influence of their respective religious and philosophical thought, will give us insights to understand how ideas about life, death, afterlife etc. have influenced different cultures. Although not limited to these topics, the conference invites papers on the following issues related to understanding the perception towards life and death in Japan and India, and, also in other cultures / countries. 1.  Comparative study of the perception of life and death in India and Japan. 2.  Sociological, cultural and historical factors influencing the perception of life and death in India, Japan and other countries. 3.  Religious, philosophical and traditional values influencing perception towards life and death in different cultures. 4.  Societal relationships, family, sex and gender in understanding life and death. 5.  Understanding the perception  of life and death through literature and art. 6.  Perception of life and death as reflected in the work ethics and social morality of the countries. 7.  Perception of life and death in relation to disasters and natural calamities. 8.  Issues related to Bioethics and technology (brain death, euthanasia, organ transplant, surrogacy, cloning) and perception of life and death. Online submissions: Please email the Title and the Abstract of your paper (500 words) to Last date of submission of Title and Abstract:  November 31st, 2013. Those selected to present their paper in the conference are required to submit the Full Paper (3000-5000 words). Last date of submission of Full Paper:  January 15th, 2014.

Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos
Copenhagen, 21-25 October 2014
'Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos' is an international, interdisciplinary conference exploring how island status influences urban development, common attributes of island cities worldwide, and the opportunities that islandness presents for developing urban cultures and economies. It will also consider how and why different island cities have developed in different ways. The conference will feature presentations on a variety of subjects relating to urban island culture, government, and economy. Islands are often associated with peripherality, yet over the course of human history, they have also been important sites of urban development. Many important regional and global cities have developed wholly or partially on small islands or archipelagos. Physical separation from the mainland and spatial limitations along with a maritime tradition can encourage the transport of products and ideas, improved defence infrastructure, construction of social capital, consolidation of political power, formation of vibrant cultures, and concentration of population. Plenary Speakers: Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), Jon Pierre (University of Gothenburg), Christian Wichmann Matthiessen (University of Copenhagen), Godfrey Baldacchino (University of Malta), and Brenda S.A. Yeoh (National University of Singapore). The deadline for the call for papers is 30 April 2014. For more information on the conference, please visit

Role of Civil Society in Disaster Management
New Delhi, India, January 17-18th, 2014
Samutthan Foundation, a non-profit public charitable trust involved in community based disaster risk mitigation activities in India, in association with Japan Foundation, is organizing an International conference on the "Role of Civil Society in Disaster Management: Comparative Study of Japan, India and other countries" on  January 17-18th, 2013 in New Delhi, India. This international conference proposes to serve as a platform for interaction and knowledge exchange between NGOs and other civil society organizations of India, Japan and other countries that are engaged in various aspects of disaster management. The conference invites paper proposals, not only from scholars and academics, but also from NGOs, volunteers, humanitarian activists, government officials, especially from disaster management department and authorities at the national, state and district levels, UN agencies, corporate sector, and disaster management practitioners from India as well as other countries. We invite papers on the following themes of the conference: Role of civil society in building disaster resilient communities; Community based disaster preparedness and mitigation of NGOs and CSOs; Role of civil society in post-disaster relief, recovery and reconstruction; Public awareness and knowledge networking among various stakeholders; Training and Capacity Building of NGOs and other stakeholders; Humanitarian Logistics and Resource mobilization by NGOs; Disaster Mitigation Education and role of schools/educational institutions; NGOs and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) of vulnerable communities; Gender perspective, Child right issues in disaster management; Partnership of Government and Non-Government agencies in disaster management : Hindrances and Possibilities; Role of NGOs in Civil Defense; Role of Corporates (Corporate Social Responsibility) in building disaster resilient societies; Contributions of Faith Based Organizations in Disaster Mitigation and Response: Multi-faith / Interfaith approaches; Transnational NGOs and International Cooperation in Disaster Management; Multi-sector Cooperation among various stakeholders: Hospitals, educational institutions, Media, SHGs, RWAs, Panchayats, Gram sabhas etc.; Problems and Prospects of involvement of civil society in disaster management; Case study of the role of NGOs and CSOs in disaster management from India, Japan and other countries.  Abstract should concisely describe the subject of the paper, its methods, findings and its relevance to the themes of the conference. Abstract should include three to five subject keywords and all authors' contact information. Abstract must be in English only, not exceeding 250 words, line space 1.5 and should be in MS Word. The font type for body text should be "Arial" size 11 while the title size 12 with "BOLD UPPER CASE". The format of the abstract should be (1) Title of the paper (2) Authors' name (3) Authors' institution and contact information (4) Abstract itself and (5) Keywords (3-5 words). Submission Deadline: Abstracts must be submitted on or before November 30th 2013 via email to Only submissions to this email address will be accepted. Please write the following in the Email Subject line:  "Abstract submission for CSDM conference 2014."

China & Europe: Fostering the mutual understanding between China and Europe by multi-level comparisons of their cultures, societies, and economies
Rome, Italy, March 27-28, 2014
Europe and China do not only share the same continent Eurasia, but grow closer together also economically. Although their cultures and traditions differ, both sides can profit from each other through mutual understanding on different levels. The conference opens a forum on the levels culture, society, economy. Key questions are: How to balance economical development and environmental protection? Is the 3rd way of China (the so-called “Beijing Consensus”) more successful than the 1st way of Europe? What can China learn from Europe, what can Europe learn from China? Scholars without travel support from their institutions can apply for a limited number of travel stipends. Deadline for the submission of abstracts (up to 200 words): November 30, 2013. Please submit to: Ruhr University Bochum, P. O. Box “The University Press Bochum”, China & Europe Organizing Committee, Universitaetsst. 150, 44801 Bochum, Germany, email:

Media Studies at the European Association for Japanese Studies Conference
University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, August 27-30, 2014
We are happy to announce the call for papers for the Section 5b: Media Studies at the EAJS (European Association for Japanese Studies) Conference that will be held at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia in 2014, August 27-30. We would like to cordially invite researchers working in the field of Japanese media and popular culture to submit any proposal dealing with various media in Japan, stretching from audiovisual to print media and from manga to anime. We would particularly encourage submission of thematically co-ordinated panels (consisting of 3 or 4 presenters with or without discussant), but individual submissions will also be considered. Sessions will normally be 90 minutes long, leaving 15 to 20 minutes per paper plus 10 minutes of discussion per person. Abstracts and panel proposals should be submitted no later than November 30, 2013. For more detailed information and submission, please, see: b If you have any further queries, please do get in touch with us at