Calls for Papers: November 4, 2013

The Association for Asian Performance (AAP) invites submissions for its 20th Annual Adjudicated Panel to be held during the Association for Asian Performance annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, July 23-24, 2014, which precedes the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference. Anyone (current and recent graduate students, scholars, teachers, artists) early in their scholarly career or who has not presented a paper at an AAP conference before is welcome to submit work for consideration. To qualify one need not necessarily be affiliated with an institution of higher learning, although this is expected. Papers (8-10 double-spaced pages) may deal with any aspect of Asian performance or drama. Preparation of the manuscript in Asian Theatre Journal style, which can be gleaned from a recent issue, is desirable.  Up to three winning authors may be selected and invited to present their papers at the upcoming AAP conference. Paper and project presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes. A $100 cash prize will be awarded for each paper selected, to help offset conference fees. AAP Conference registration fees are waived for the winners, who also receive one year free membership to AAP. The Emerging Scholars Panel Adjudication Committee is chaired by Dr. Kathy Foley, Editor of *Asian Theatre Journal*.  Selected papers will be strongly considered for publication in ATJ, which is an official publication of AAP and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Those interested in submitting work for review should email their paper electronically to: Dr. Emily Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan, Deadline for Submissions: January 15, 2014. Winners will be notified by April 15, 2014.  A separate cover sheet detailing the author's contact information-address, phone number, and email address (for both academic year and summer holiday) must accompany each submission. The author's name should not appear in the text proper. To find out about the benefits of becoming an AAP member, please check out our website at

The History of Consumer Culture Group (HCC) in Tokyo would like to invite proposals for papers for the conference entitled "Moving Around: People, Things and Practices in Consumer Culture" that explores the dynamic and mobile aspects of consumption in history. Consumption is a dynamic, social and cultural practice. Even before the emergence of the "consumer society", the act of consumption was based on the movement of goods, people and ideas. The appreciation of exotic products, for example, was enabled and informed by the opening up of inter-regional and international trade. Similarly, today's online shoppers are largely dependent on the globalised system of production and supply as well as on transnational communication networks. It is not only goods that move; people and ideas also constitute consumption on the move. Travel is one of the oldest forms of mobility consumption, in which the consumption of material goods is bundled up with a series of other experiences of moving around. Communication involves the transfer of ideas, mediated by human agents or information technology such as writing, printing and various telecommunication devices. Considering such movements only as part of supply networks is inadequate, as it is often the case that changes in demand precede changes in supply: demand, fashion and trend travel far beyond what is considered as the site of consumption. As such, movement and consumption are almost inseparable, and we need to move beyond conceptualising consumption as a somewhat static phenomenon of purchase or exchange. For proposals, there are no restrictions in terms of the time period, geographical area and disciplinary approach. Rather, the HCC Group encourages submission of papers with interdisciplinary and transnational approaches. The programme committee believes that this conference, held in Japan (a historical crossroad of transnational consumption), would be a suitable place to discuss mobile consumption in action. The committee is also keen to include papers by early career researchers and research students. The conference papers will be published as proceedings.  The committee invites proposals for papers of 20-25 minutes in length. For each proposed paper, please send a short abstract of 300-400 words with the author's name, affiliations, and email address, to: (Dr Hiroki Shin, University of Manchester, UK). Proposals should be reached by 31 January 2014, and notification of acceptance\ will be sent by 28 February 2014. Further details of the conference programme and events will appear on the Conference website:

The First World War and its Global Legacies: 100 Years On
University of Sunderland, April 5-7, 2014
A three-day international conference will explore the impact of this first truly global war on the history, culture, philosophy, language and politics of the 100 years following it. Papers are invited from the international scholars community in English in a wide a range of disciplines  history, politics, world literatures, philosophy, sociology, human geography, media, critical and cultural studies, international law, linguistics, colonial and postcolonial studies. The conference will focus upon the legacies of this First World War, its impact on literary, critical, cultural and philosophical imaginaries in the west and abroad as well as politics, international diplomacy and attitudes towards conflict. Unlike The Second World War, the transformative power of the event remains vague in the minds of many contemporary observers. Whereas the poetry of British war poets such as Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen continue as canonical in Britain, few films, apart from the pacifist classic  All Quiet on the Western Front  explore the Wars global impact. How has the Great War been represented, for example, in the literature and film of the former colonies such as Kenya and India, and in the Middle East. What is the place and of the Great War in different collective memories? In what ways did it stimulate both the principle of nationality and the processes of globalisation? Also, how is the Great War taught in schools? We hope to attract scholars from a wide range of disciplines as we seek to explore the many cultural, historical, political and theoretical contexts of the Great War of 1914-1918. A selection of papers will be published. Contact: Dr Angela Smith, University of Sunderland, Priestman Building, 00441915152102, Email:

The University of Colorado Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Association will hold its Annual Graduate Student Conference on March 7-8, 2014 in Boulder, CO. We invite graduate students to submit papers that consider Asian cultures, ancient and modern. We welcome papers on all fields of research on Asia, including literature, history, history of science, religious studies, philosophy, anthropology, political science, comparative literature, etc. Keynote addresses will be given by both Professor William Boltz of the University of Washingtong, Seattle, and Professor Atsuko Ueda of Princeton University. In addition to discussing topics on China and Japan, respectively, these two professors and University of Colorado faculty will be on hand to provide feedback to presenters throughout the conference. Beyond exploring various topics in Asian Studies, our conferences have always focused on professional development for graduate students interested in presenting papers and becoming involved in academic networks with others in the field. During the two days of our conference on Friday afternoon and Saturday, we will provide refreshments, as well as a dinner on Friday night for student presenters and faculty. Presentations should not exceed twenty minutes, in order to leave time for comments and questions for each paper. Prospective participants should submit an abstract of the paper they intend to present and a résumé or curriculum vitae if possible. Please send all applications and inquiries to by January 15, 2014. We will be happy to help you find accommodation in Boulder.

The Zeitgeists of Taiwan: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Deadline for abstract, panel, and peer-reviewed paper submission: January 10, 2014. For more on the sub-themes and submission guidelines, please visit the following Call for Papers full version: Website:
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA), we invite paper proposals from scholars in the humanities and social sciences for our June 20-21 anniversary conference to be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sponsored by Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History and Institute of Sociology and by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s East Asian Legal Studies Center and Center for East Asian Studies, the theme for our 2014 conference will be “The Zeitgeists of Taiwan: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” We are calling for papers on the main theme or any of our seven sub-themes from a broad range of social science and humanities disciplines. We are especially excited to offer a new Publication Peer-Review Option to participating junior scholars who may be interested in honing their original articles on Taiwan for publication. In German, “zeitgeist” means something along the lines of time’s ghost or spirit. By using “zeitgeists” in the plural form for this year’s conference theme, however, we suggest that these feelings are particular not only to different historical ages, but also to different people within the same period. In this way, while zeitgeists may parallel Raymond Williams’ “structure of feelings” concept, we also aim to push beyond it by paying attention to people’s agency and the interactive relationships among different “zeitgeists” under the same “age.” Time, in this sense, is infused with the social and tied directly to the very people, their political and economic decisions, and their works of art and literature that we study. Zeitgeists are time infused with the social, the philosophical, and the political. We therefore call for papers that pay attention to the multiple, complex ties between people and their actions on the one hand, and time or times on the other. Though time is often thought of as the disciplinary turf of History or Archaeology, here we solicit new ways of addressing time from a wide variety of disciplines and from across disciplinary boundaries as well. Submissions might incorporate questions of time into, for instance, the policy choices that government and civil society face in the context of Taiwan’s democratic transition, its demographic changes, its shifting international identity and foreign policy, its increasing role in addressing global issues, and its adjustments to changes in trade and security relations in its neighborhood. More broadly, we welcome papers dealing with time both synchronically and diachronically, with Taiwan by itself or in comparison to other places in East Asia, Southeast Asia, or elsewhere at similar times.

Insight Turkey is calling for papers for its Winter 2014 issue with a focus on "Asia as the New Center of Gravity in Global Geopolitics." With its economic and demographic potential, Asia is becoming the new center of global geopolitics in the 21stcentury. Debates on "The Pacific Century" and the US pivot (or rebalancing) in the region demonstrates increasing global interest and attention to the Asia-Pacific. Insight Turkey intends to focus on developments in the region and contribute to the discussion about the impact of regional transformations on global politics. Submissions are welcome from topics related to the transformation of economics, politics and society in Asia, security issues, regionalization and regional politics in East Asia, the foreign policy of countries in the region, as well as Turkey's relations with Japan, Korea, China and regional organizations, such as ASEAN, in the form of original research. Policy pieces and briefs on these topics are also welcome. Articles will undergo a peer-review process before publication. Articles should be 5,000-6,000-word essays that present findings of research or analysis and comments run around 2,500-3,500 words. Authors need to submit their work no later than November 30, 2013 to the

23rd Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia 
Columbia University in the City of New York
Friday February 14th to Saturday February 15th, 2014
Graduate students (and qualified undergraduates) are invited to submit abstracts for the 23rd Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia. This two-day conference -- the oldest of its kind in the nation --provides students from institutions around the world with the chance to meet and share research in progress with their peers.  In addition, participants will gain valuable experience presenting their work through discussion with fellow graduate students as well as Columbia faculty. This year's conference will be both a forum for promoting and circulating new ideas within East Asian studies and an opportunity to engage with fellow graduate students across disciplinary and regional frontiers. The field of East Asian studies, broadly conceived, offers fertile ground for exploring and re-inventing conventional analytical categories such as nation, society, politics, objects, space, economics, race, class, mind, identity, culture, body, art, nature, and so on. To that end, we especially encourage work that crosses national, temporal, and disciplinary boundaries to critically rethink the categories that both bind and sub-divide area studies. With an eye toward using the methodological tools of particular disciplines to make connections that are broadly applicable to the East Asian field, projects presented at this conference will be the starting point for discussions that can create new frontiers of knowledge and invigorate the next generation of scholarship. We welcome applications from students engaged in research on all fields in East Asian Studies, including but not limited to: history, literature, political science, economics, art history, religion, sociology, archaeology, law, environmental studies, media studies, and anthropology. Participants can take part in the conference as presenters or discussants. Presenters deliver a talk no longer than 15 minutes that summarizes research in progress. Discussants introduce the panelists, offer feedback, and facilitate the 20-minute discussion session following the presentations. Please indicate on your application which role(s) you are applying for. APPLICATIONS (due November 29th, 2013): Please fill out the application on with the required information. Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by mid-December. Final Papers (5-7 pages maximum) are due January 10th, 2014. CONTACT INFORMATION: