Calls for Papers: October 14, 2013

Asian Studies Conference Japan is now accepting proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual presentations for ASCJ 2014, to be held on the campus of Sophia University, June 21-22, 2014. The deadine for all submissions is October 15, 2013. Information and online proposal forms are available on the ASCJ website:

Shifting Terrains of Struggle in Japan and Japanese Studies
Triangle Center for Japanese Studies Conference, April 11-13, 2014
The Triangle Center for Japanese Studies (a joint undertaking of Duke 
University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North 
Carolina at Chapel Hill, with support from the Japan Foundation) invites 
proposals for papers to be presented at our inaugural conference, to be 
held April 11-13, 2014, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel 
Hill. Recent social scientific explorations of labor in the neoliberal global 
economy have focused on the condition of precarity, which is marked by, 
among other things, the vitiation of established social contracts and 
guarantees, and which has provoked new forms of social identification 
and political struggle. The objective of this conference is to expand 
the analytical parameters of the concept of precarity, thus rendering it 
productive across a longer chronological span and opening it to multiple 
disciplinary approaches that can generate novel understandings of 
“Japan” and Japanese studies in the world. Please send paper proposals of no more than 300 words and a 2-page C.V. to Proposals must be received by November 1, 2013. For more information about the Triangle Center for Japanese Studies, please visit our website at

The Country and the City: The Country and the City: Connecting People and Their Places in Environmental History
An international conference to be held in Beijing, at Renmin University of China, May 29-June 1, 2014. Co-Sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, and the Center for Ecological 
History, Renmin University of China. Do rural people live in harmony with each other and with nature? Are urban  people alienated from the land and exploitative in their ecological behavior? These questions point to cultural myths that have persisted across time and space, from ancient China to modern Africa. This conference seeks to scrutinize such cultural perceptions, in the spirit of famed British cultural critic Raymond Williams, and at the same time examine the material connections that have long bound rural and urban habitats together. We are especially interested in comparative studies that cross national boundaries, in papers that bring neglected parts of the world into view, and in perspectives that extend back in time before the twentieth century. We seek papers on such topics as the cultural views of nature on the farm and in the city; the production of food and its export to the city; the disposal of urban wastes in the countryside; vectors of disease; the links forged by trade, capital, and the state among the various places, big and small, where people make their living; urban-rural conflicts over the meaning and practice of conservation; green cities and eco villages; and the city as habitat for nonhuman species. This conference is open to all ranks and all scholars, from graduate students to senior professors. Paper proposals should be one page long (or about 300 words) and include a title and a one- or two-page CV. The deadline for consideration is 1 January 2014. Successful proposals will be announced by 1 February, and complete drafts of papers (5,000-7,000 words in English or the equivalent in Chinese characters) will be required by 1 May. Travel expenses for scholars living outside of China will be paid by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. Scholars living within China should depend on their own universities for covering travel expenses. For all participants, hotel expenses for four nights will be covered by Renmin University of China. The last day of the conference will be devoted to a field trip that will explore the links between Beijing and its hinterland in food, water, and energy. Send proposals in Chinese or English to all of the conference organizers: Mingfeng Xia,; Christof Mauch,; Donald Worster,

The proposed book, Unveiling Apocalyptic Desire: Fallen Women in Eastern Literature will focus on unarticulated quandaries and the poetics of transgression of taboo relationships featuring female characters in Asian literature who have trespassed social, religious and moral boundaries. The theoretical orientation is based on Eastern and Western feminist discourses that draw heavily on mind-body sexual politics, cultural constructs, the anatomy of sex and power in relation to myth and cultural psyche, denigration of female anatomy, gender performativity, abysmal and hysterical sexuality, semiotics, textual strategies and the politics of representation, queer theory, and psychoanalysis. Rather than re-inscribing representations of transgressive female characters as whores, femme fatales, queens, and viragos and witches who embody the cultural unconscious of patriarchal society, the book argues that by performing unruly sexuality, even in patriarchal discourses that clearly exploit and/or condemn it, these characters produce forms of femininity that resist regulation. Consequently, this project will deconstruct tropes of fetishism, the patriarchal gaze, scopophilia in fetishisation of the female body, and archetypal taboos in order to excogitate a new discourse that redefines and celebrates these hyper-sexualised promiscuous women in the light of the feminine power of erotic multiplicity, jouissance, matriarchy and homosexuality. In so doing the book will offer new perspectives on so-called fallen women across time and space in Middle Eastern and Asian literature and examine diverse modes of femininity engendered in these texts. A plethora of deviant female figures in Eastern and Asian fiction qualify for inclusion in this study based on their characterization as storehouses of passion and power, followers of the occult, and controversial, scandalous women. Proposals that draw upon both Eastern and Western feminist critical/literary theories and modes of inquiry are strongly encouraged. Deadline for submission of papers: 30th October 2013. To Submit: Submit a paper of maximum 5000 words along with a 250 words abstract and key words on a separate page to the editors at A manuscript that has been published or that is currently under consideration for publication elsewhere in either article or book form should not be submitted. Submission only by e-mail in MS Word format following MLA 7 style sheet. Strictly use Times New Roman font using 12-point with 1.5 spacing and title of paper in bold letters at the centre. Try to eliminate all typos/ spelling errors and grammatical fly offs. Send also a brief and concise bio note mentioning professional details, specialisations, current affiliation and email id. For any queries send email to: Dr Devaleena Das, Assistant Professor of English, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi,, + 91- 9560780792, Email:

Changing Patterns of Power in Historical and Modern Central and Inner Asia
We invite the submission of paper abstracts for a three-day international conference organized from 7-9 August 2014 by the International Unit for Central and Inner Asian Studies (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia), in collaboration with the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS, Leiden, the Netherlands), and hosted by Ulaanbaatar University (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia). The conference aims to highlight the current state of knowledge in research on the history of Central and Inner Asia since the twelfth century until the present day. Taking into account recent developments in historiography questioning any form of epistemological "centrism" (particularly when centred on the Occident), the proposed conference will contribute to the debate on the role and position of Central and Inner Asia during much of the second millennium. In order to achieve our goal of questioning and discussing our present knowledge and understanding, we suggest tracing socio-historical systems and long-term historical legacies. Understanding various patterns of power in an historical context, including their meanings, concepts and semantics, their competition, appropriation and exchange, as well as institutions and schemes of redistribution, is vital in this respect. We seek to address how patterns of power are reflected in the process of social adaptation, how this process allows former elites to retain their privileged access to resources, material and ideological assets, and how it enables new elite groups to emerge. The geographical scope of the conference is, understandably, large. We construe Central and Inner Asia to refer to the huge expanse of land from the Urals in the west to beyond Mongolia and deep into modern China in the east. Papers referring to adjoining regions, which shared many of the vicissitudes of Central and Inner Asian history (the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan), will also be considered, if they bear relevance to the understanding of Central and Inner Asia. Proposals should be submitted via the conference website, which also provides extra information on the conference. Deadline for submission is 9 January 2014, and authors/panel organisers will be informed by the end of February 2014.

International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences 2014 Inter-Congress with JASCA
We are pleased to announce that the IUAES 2014 Inter-Congress will be take place in Chiba City, Greater Tokyo, in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA). The conference will be held between 15 and 18 May 2014, and aims to  attract over 250 delegates from around the world. The theme of the conference is the Future with/of Anthropologies. The intention is to bring together discussion and debate on the futures of various "anthropologies", and on the futures of "humanity", "culture" and "society" engaged with as well conceptualized within anthropology. We encourage submission of panel proposals, and details of the submission process are indicated on the conference homepage:  Queries regarding the submission process should be addressed to: Queries for the Japanese steering committee should be addressed to:

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.  Proposals should relate to the domestic and/or international dimensions of the conference theme elaborated below.  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: Conference Theme: 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. Abstract due: November 15, 2013. Please include a current copy of your VITA, Author's Name, Author's Title, Author's Affiliation, Author's Contact Information: (Email), (Phone), Paper Title, Paper Abstract.