Calls for Papers: October 28, 2013

23rd Annual 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. APPLICATIONS (due November 29th, 2013): Please fill out the application on Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by mid-December. Final Papers (5-7 pages maximum) are due January 10th, 2014.

"The Impact of Interaction: Exploring Cultural Convergence"
The History Graduate Student Association at the University of Nebraska Lincoln would like to invite you all to join us at the ninth annual James A. Rawley Conference in Humanities, on March 14-15, 2014 at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln's City Campus. This year's conference theme is "The Impact of Interaction: Exploring Cultural Convergence" and will include a keynote address by Dr. Bernadette Andrea, a professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. We invite all interested students--both senior undergraduate and graduate students--to submit a 250-word abstract and one page C.V. for topics covering historical encounters between communities, cultures, classes, or individuals, from sharing and exchange to conflict and misunderstanding. Attached is the official call for papers. Send the abstract and one-page C.V. to no later than December 1, 2013. More information, including the full CFP, is available at the UNL HGSA website

Global Feminisms and Religio: Special Issue Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion
The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion will soon be celebrating its 30th anniversary. To mark this exciting occasion, we would like to dedicate a special section or issue to Global Feminisms and Religion. We therefore invite submissions in a variety of formats articles, Living it Out pieces, roundtables, review essays which address issues of globalization, religion, and feminist inquiry and practice across borders or which highlight feminist work in religion in particular cultural contexts beyond the U.S. Please consult with the JFSR editors about ideas and timelines for roundtables or review essays ( Article submissions will be considered in our regular anonymous review process and are welcome immediately and until January 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. Those interested should submit a 150-250 word abstract describing their essay as well as an abbreviated c.v. 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.

Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities
Currently enrolled graduate students are invited to submit paper proposals for the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, to be held April 18-19, 2014 at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. The conference will bring together a keynote speaker and approximately twelve graduate students to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production, from early modern to contemporary, in any humanistic discipline. We encourage interdisciplinary scholarship within and between literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, film and media studies, musicology and sound studies, as well as the interpretative social sciences. Conference registration is free. Presenters will be provided with shared lodging, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch. Partial travel assistance may be available. To apply, submit a single-spaced 300-word paper proposal and short bio at: Proposals/bios due: November 15, 2013, (5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)For more information about the conference, go to:

"Maritime Asia" issue of Education About Asia, Fall  2014
Education About Asia (EAA) is the peer-reviewed teaching journal of the Association for Asian Studies. Our approximately 1,700 readers include undergraduate instructors as well as high school and middle school teachers. Our articles are intended to provide educators, who are often not specialists, with basic understanding of Asia-related content. Qualified referees evaluate all manuscripts submitted for consideration. Most of our subscribers teach and work in history, the social sciences, or the humanities. We are developing a special section that will be published in fall 2014 entitled Maritime Asia. This special section will include a wide array of historical and contemporary topics ranging from Asia's maritime history to other maritime related topics that include geopolitics, international trade, immigration, literature, piracy, and environmental issues. We welcome manuscripts from teachers, scholars, journalists, or others who have expertise in the topic. Prospective authors should be aware that approximately fifty percent of our readers teach at the undergraduate level and the rest are secondary or middle school teachers. Please consult the EAA guidelines, available on the website under my signature before submitting a manuscript for this special section. Pay particular attention to feature and teaching resources manuscript word-count ranges. Prospective authors are also encouraged to share possible manuscript ideas with me via email. The deadline for initial submission of manuscripts is March 10, 2014. Prospective authors are welcome to email me at the address below if they have questions. Lucien Ellington, Editor, Education About Asia, 302 Pfeiffer Stagmaier Hall, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN 37403, Phone (423) 425-2118, e-mail:, Web Site

Wit and Humor: Visualizing Playfulness in East Asian Art
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christine Guth
Senior Tutor, Asian Design and Material Culture Specialism, Royal College of Art
Wit and humor have played an important role in art from ancient times to the present, sometimes transcending cultures. Humor, the basis of which often lies in breaking boundaries and flouting conventions, can provide amusement to a wide audience but also can convey hidden innuendoes intelligible only to the savvy few. What makes who laugh? What is humorous often depends on the point of view and context. What is humorous to some might be considered as insulting or deadly serious to others. Humor has also been used to disguise the dark and grotesque, inciting laughter at the expense of others. Similarly, the kitsch, the camp, and the cute frequently straddle the boundaries of play and humor. How do artists convey or visualize humor?  Artists sometimes exploit political events, religion, elite culture, and social customs to provoke laughter. By visualizing the unconventional, deviating from established norms, or juxtaposing unexpected subjects and styles, they can find innovative ways to display wit, humor, and play in their works. How can scholars decode, identify, and differentiate between humor, satire, farce, parody, and irony in playful works of art? Are there underlying messages encrypted in witty and unconventional works? What are the recurrent themes that might signal humorous intent? Do we laugh more or less, or at different times, over the years and centuries? This symposium invites keen minds to explore visual articulations of wit and humor in East Asia. Does the serious study of humor necessarily take the laughter out of it? Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, with additional time set aside for discussion. Whether you have something hilarious, laughable, or perhaps just a tad ticklish, we would like to hear about it! Enter your 300-400 word abstract for a chance to come to Princeton University, where we guarantee that your performance will not be met with rotten tomatoes. Non-humorous entries will also be seriously considered. Please kindly include your curriculum vitae, which will aid us in determining your HPF (Humor Potential Factor). All entries are due by 15 November 2013. Please email submissions to: