Calls for Papers: November 25, 2013

The Glocalisation of Christianity in China
An international conference organised by Centre for Chinese Studies and Department of Religions and Theology To be held at the University of Manchester 15-16 May 2014 Christianity came to China four times: with the Nestorians during the Tang dynasty (618-907), the Franciscans during the Mongol-ruled Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), the Jesuits during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), and with the Protestants ever since the Opium War (1839-42) and during the Republican Era (1911-1949).  But four times it seems they disappeared as these dynasties and the Republican regime vanished from the map of China.  The study of Christianity in China has flourished in recent year (Richard Madson, Lian Xi, Ryan Dunch, Alvyn Austin, Daniel Bays, to name a few). But the re-emergence and popularity of Christianity in the post-Mao era has raised new questions about the ways in which historians have studied the history of these missions/missionaries.  The churches, converts and practices they left behind have resurfaced in the post-Mao era.  These missions have not failed as generations of historians have argued. The post-Mao era has provided us with hindsight unavailable to us before. How does this help us to re-examine the history of Christianity in China? The landscape of Christianity in post-Mao China is diverse; it differs enormously not just in terms of denomination and brand but also in terms of practice as some congregate in underground churches, some in old churches built by missionaries and others in new facilities provided by the government.  How significant were the foundations laid in the two millennia before?  Many Chinese people, both the elite and the ordinary, have embraced or become interested in Christianity.  What could this mean for China in the decades to come?  Inquiries and abstracts of no more than 200 words, plus 5 lines of biographical information, should be sent to Rebecca Frost at before 5 January 2014. Those accepted to present at the conference will be notified by 31 January 2014. Accommodation and food will be provided during the conference but paper presenters should look for their own funding for travel.  Website:

South Korea’s Rise in Comparative Perspective
Paper and panel proposals are welcomed for an academic conference on South Korea’s Rise in Comparative Perspective at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, Thursday-Friday, April 24-25, 2014. In recent decades, South Korea has had a distinctive rise in status in the international order in all major dimensions (economic, political and societal).   Two perspectives on South Korea’s rise need to been assessed and compared, a national perspective and a systemic perspective. (1) National perspective.  Korean domestic and international policies responsible for this multi-faceted rise need to be tracked, and lessons learned need to be identified and specified.  While Korea’s rise has attracted much attention, the record of specific Korean public policies needs to be compared and assessed.  The role of the private sector needs also be considered.  The concern would be how public policy interfaces and interacts with the private sector in different areas. (2) Systemic perspective.  Rising powers in Asia and beyond have received much attention, although comparisons between them have been largely random and unstructured.  A clear exposition of lessons learned across domestic and international public policies about Korea’s rise (perspective #1) can provide a basis for systematic comparisons with the rise of other countries both in Asia and beyond -- including the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe (perspective #2). Korean-based comparisons with other rising powers will involve both domestic public policies (i.e. industrial policy, transportation policy, energy and environmental policy, and R & D and high tech policy) and international public policies (foreign policy and defense policy). Systematic comparisons between Korea’s rise and that of other selected ascendant countries can lend insight into the dynamics of each country’s rise as well as how each impacts the international order. With both perspectives, the conference aims at revisiting some of the fundamental issues in the debate on developmental models and highlighting the Korean case through multinational comparisons. Please send proposals to the conference organizer, Michael Morris.  Mailing address: Department of Political Science, Brackett Hall 232, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA.  E-mail addresses: Please include a current copy of your VITA. Abstract due: November 15, 2013. Notification & invitation: December 1, 2013. Registration fee ($65) due: January 1, 2014. Full paper due: March 30, 2014. 

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Memory after the Atomic Bombings to Present
We welcome submissions from authors in history, East Asian studies, literature, film, political science, urban studies, religion, and popular culture for an interdisciplinary anthology on the history and memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atomic bombings. This text will serve as a comprehensive introduction to the history, politic, and memory of the two cities as the only sites in the world to have experienced attacks by atomic weapons. This study will also consider the implications of a dwindling community of living witnesses who survived these twin tragedies. We welcome proposals on the following subjects or others which may be appropriate for the theme of the work: Mayors for Peace; Hibakusha Testimonies; Consumption of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as Tourist Sites; The Annual Memorial Ceremonies at the Peace Parks of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; Critique of John Hersey's Work, Hiroshima; Critique of Takashi Nagais Work, The Bells of Nagasaki; Critique of Keiji Nakasawas Manga Series, Barefoot Gen, Godzilla Over Time; Evangelical Visitations to the Bombing Sites and the Personalizing of Disaster; Urakami Cathedral Reconstruction; Buddhist Theological Remembrance of the Atomic Bombings; Rebuilding of the Bombed Cities and Western Influence  Idea of "Never Again" in Israeli, German, and Japanese Cultures; Narrative Construction of Hibakusha Testimonies versus Holocaust Survivors; 6th of Each Month Prayer for Peace; Research Center for Nuclear Arms Abolition at the University of Nagasaki; Radiation and Memory: The History of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF); Thousand Origami Cranes as Peace Symbol; Japanese History Textbooks and WWII; Japanese Rightwing Nationalism and Memory of WWII; Revisionist History of A-Bomb. Those interested should submit a 150-250 word abstract describing their essay as well as an abbreviated CV. Please send your abstract proposal to Dr. Kenya Davis-Hayes, California Baptist University (, and/or Dr. Roger Chapman, Palm Beach Atlantic University ( The deadline for submission is December 13, 2013. Final essays will be due on June 15, 2014. Completed essays should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words and be doubled spaced with doubled spaced endnotes formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. All queries should be directed to Dr. Kenya Davis-Hayes, California Baptist University (, and/or Dr. Roger Chapman, Palm Beach Atlantic University (

Crossroads of East Asia: The 17th Annual Harvard East Asia Society Conference
February 21 - February 23, 2014
The Harvard East Asia Society invites currently enrolled graduate students from around the world, working across all disciplines to submit papers for its annual conference, which will be held on the weekend of February 21-23, 2014 at Harvard University. The theme of this year's conference is the "Crossroads of East Asia." The committee invites papers that access East Asia through its movements and intersections, in areas including but not limited to the geographical, cultural, and sociopolitical. Preference will be given to papers that engage different disciplines and regions in conversation and reflection. The HEAS Graduate Student Conference is an annual event which provides an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to exchange ideas and discuss current research on East Asia. The conference allows young scholars to present their research to both their peers and to eminent scholars in East Asian Studies. All panels will be moderated by Harvard University faculty. The conference will also allow participants to meet others in their field conducting similar research and to forge new professional relationships. Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a short bio of 100 words or less, to by November 22, 2013. Abstracts over 300 words will not be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to submit their abstracts as early as possible, to allow time for processing. Eligibility and Application Guidelines: 1. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a program of graduate study ("postgraduate" in British degree classification systems); 2. Papers must be related to East or Inner Asia; 3. Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words, and bios no more than 100 words, submitted exactly as directed on the HEAS Individual Paper Application Form; 4. Deadline for abstract submission: NOVEMBER 22, 2013. For general conference inquiries, please contact: For abstract submission inquiries, please contact: Website:

Art, Religion and Money in the Early Trade of the English East India Company in Japan
BAJS Advanced Postgraduate Conference
Friday, 25th April 2014  |  Plenary Session
The British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) and the Japan Research Centre (JRC) at SOAS announce a Call for Papers for an Advanced Postgraduate Conference to be held at SOAS, London on Friday 25th April 2014. This conference provides the opportunity for PhD students in any field of Japanese studies working within any academic institution internationally to present an academic conference paper, engage with other postgraduate students as well as established academics in the field, and meet key academic publishers. Submissions are welcome as individual papers or panels.  Individual papers will be grouped into thematic panels and assigned an established UK academic as Chair and Discussant.  Panel submissions should organize around a key theme or field of Japanese studies and if possible indicate a Chair/Discussant. This one day conference will comprise a morning plenary session (details above) followed by parallel sessions of postgraduate academic panels. Abstract submissions (including full contact details and name of PhD supervisor and university institution) should be sent by 30th January 2014 to Dr Christopher Gerteis at SOAS: Participants will be responsible for organizing their own travel and accommodation.  Registration fees will be kept at nominal cost.

Changing Vistas: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Asia Pacific
UBC/UW Graduate Student Conference Committee on Asian Studies
The Masters of Arts Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS) Program at the University of British Columbia in collaboration with the University of Washington will be hosting the third annual UBC/UW graduate student conference on Asian studies. The conference will be held from April 10th-12th, 2014, at the UBC Vancouver campus in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The UBC/UW conference is designed to provide an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to compare methodologies and discuss current research on the Asia Pacific region. Conference participants can interact, network and collaborate with peers from different institutions and across a wide range of academic disciplines.
In addition to highlighting completed research projects, the UBC/UW conference will serve as an opportunity to develop works in progress. Alongside more traditional research presentations,  there will also be a roundtable discussion aimed at tackling methodological and thematic challenges.
Currently enrolled graduate students interested in presenting their work and/or participating in the roundtable discussion are welcomed to do so according to the following guidelines: a. be currently enrolled in a graduate/postgraduate studies program; b. submit abstracts focused on issues relevant to the Asia-Pacific region; c. limit abstracts to a maximum of 300 words; d. include a short personal biography (100 word limit) along with their abstracts. Abstracts must be received by January 15th, 2014. The conference organizers will respond to all applicants by mid February regarding the status of their abstracts/ presentations. For general inquiries concerning the conference, please contact: c.teng@alumni.ubc. For abstract submissions as well as submission inquiries, please contact:

The University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) will host the 25th annual graduate student conference in Spring of 2014. The event hopes to feature and promote the graduate-level research of students hailing from a wide range of backgrounds including Hawaii, the US Mainland, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. The conference will provide the UH Manoa student community, faculty, and staff with exposure to a diversity of contemporary themes and research topics in Asian and Pacific Island Studies. In addition to research presentations, the conference will feature performances by various Asian and Pacific dance and music groups and will host a keynote speaker whose research addresses the conference’s interdisciplinary theme. The event will also provide the opportunity for students to network with peers from all over Asia and the Pacific. As this year’s theme indicates, we invite scholars to submit abstracts for papers that: Push the boundaries of existing knowledge of Asia and the Pacific; Challenge conventional perspectives on Asia and the Pacific; Incorporate interdisciplinary approaches; Contest approaches based on a national or regional focus; Engage new and emerging trends in Asian and/or Pacific Studies; Involve original research on Asia and/or the Pacific; Present Asian and/or Pacific performance practices. Deadline: January 8, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact the conference planning committee at

56th Annual Conference of the American Association for Chinese Studies
The George Washington University, Washington, DC
October 10-12, 2014
The American Association for Chinese Studies (AACS) annual conference program committee invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and papers concerning China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora for the 56th Annual Conference, hosted by The George Washington University in Washington, DC, on October 10-12, 2014. The AACS seeks to construct a balanced program, including panels representing the humanities, social sciences, communication studies, education, and business-related disciplines. The AACS is an interdisciplinary association devoted to the study of China broadly defined ( Submissions from all disciplines are welcome. Membership in AACS is required for participation in the annual conference, and non-members are welcome to submit proposals, join the Association and participate in the annual conference. We encourage submissions from graduate students, junior and senior scholars, and overseas participants. The program committee prefers proposals for complete panels (a chair, 2-3 papers, and a discussant) and roundtables (a chair and 3-4 other participants). The committee also welcomes proposals for individual papers and will attempt to place them on appropriate panels. Panels and roundtables concerning special events or topics of broad significance are welcome. For example, as 2014 marks the 35th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), panels related to the TRA=B9s creation, impact, and legacy are welcome. The program committee consists of Steven Phillips (Towson University), Chiung-Fang Chang (Lamar University), and June Teufel Dreyer (University of Miami). Proposals should include the names and roles of panel/roundtable participants, contact information, paper topics and short abstracts (not to exceed 250 words). Please send your proposal by e-mail to Professor Phillips at Include complete contact information (address, telephone number, and e-mail) for all participants. The deadline for panel proposals is March 1, 2014, and the deadline for paper proposals is May 1, 2014. Scholars submitting proposals by the deadline will be notified of their inclusion in the program by May 30, 2014.

The Department of Korean History at Korea University is pleased to sponsor the second annual Graduate Student Conference on Korean History on May 2, 2014 at Korea University in Seoul.  We cordially invite graduate students conducting any research related to Korean history to submit abstracts for our 2014 conference. The Korea University Korean History (KUKH) Graduate Student Conference is an annual conference that aims to provide a forum for graduate students to exchange ideas and discuss current research on Korean history. This one-day conference on Korea University’s Anam campus in Seoul is an opportunity for young scholars to present their research to both their peers and eminent scholars. Korea University faculty and graduate students will moderate all panels. The conference will also enable participants to meet others in their field conducting similar research, and to gain experience in presenting their work for discussion. Since 1946, the Department of Korean History at Korea University has played an important role in the research and development of Korean history, and offers the most resources to students of Korean history in terms of course offerings, faculty advisors, research grants and scholarships, and scholarly exchange opportunities. The department’s eight faculty members, including on especially appointed foreign professor, and its 150 graduate students are a part of one of the most vigorous centers of academic research in the field. The department has also been a recipient of the government-aided research supporting program three times in succession since 1999, and collaborates with various research centers at Korea University such as the  Center for Korean History, the Asiatic Research Institute (ARI), and the Research Institute of Korean Studies (RIKS). Eligibility and Application Guidelines:
1.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in a program of graduate study ("postgraduate" in British degree classification systems).
2.  Papers must be related to Korean history.
3.  Abstracts must be no longer than 250 words.
4.  Deadline for abstract submission:  December 31, 2013
5.  Please include your name, program of graduate study, and contact information with your abstract submission.
Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by mid-January. Housing will be available for those presenting papers. Inquiries: For general conference and abstract submission inquiries, please contact:

The 2nd Biennial Conference on Anthropology and Sustainability in Asia

Location: Japan


2014 Biennial Conference on Anthropology & Sustainability in Asia
March 16-18, 2014
KKR Hiroshima, Japan
We invite scholarly interactions among academics, researchers, doctoral students, and representatives from industry, as well as think tanks, non-profit/ non-governmental organization professionals to submit proposals by December 15, 2013. As the fields of anthropology and sustainability cross over into multiple areas and disciplines, authors are welcome to submit from a range of topics, perspectives, and disciplines. The range of research submissions may include conceptual, empirical, experimental, and case studies. Under the theme of Anthropological Perspectives on Holistic Sustainability, CASA 2014 welcomes submissions from the following sub-themes and special topics: Cultural Sustainability; Social Sustainability; Political Sustainability; Economic Sustainability; Archaeology and Sustainability; Linguistic Sustainability; Biological Sustainability. Other Anthropological areas are welcome.  Email: Visit the website at