Calls for Papers: October 7, 2013

The Journal of Asia Pacific Studies is calling for papers for its November issue. JAPS is published both electronically and in print in Palm Beach, Florida, USA. JAPS is indexed and catalogued by EBSCOhost as well as other prestigiousi ndexes. For more information please visit our website: Email:

20th Annual Japan Studies Association Conference
2-4 January 2014, Honolulu, Hawaii
At its annual conference in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2014, the Japan Studies Association will mark its twentieth anniversary. Please join us at Hawaii Tokai International College in Honolulu in January 2014 to celebrate twenty years of JSAs achievements, reconnect with Freeman workshop alumni and share your continuous and new pedagogical and research interests in Japans literary and cultural traditions, historical and economic developments, socio-political and religious practices past and present. We invite proposals for individual presentations, discipline-specific or interdisciplinary panels, roundtables on pedagogy and teaching innovation, and staged readings from both faculty and graduate students. The following ideas can serve as useful points of departure: Historical, social, economic or political perspectives on Japans relationships with its national or regional self, minorities and neighbors in East Asia; post-3.11 Japan  healing and continuous challenges; anti-nuclear activism; sustainability development trends and issues; Imaging disaster  responding to adversity and war through political and religious narrative and discourse, the fine and performing arts, popular culture, literature and film; Youth and popular culture in Japan; manga and anime at home and abroad; Pre-modern, modern or contemporary Japanese literature and culture, music, theatre, film; Tradition and innovation in Japanese philosophy, aesthetics and material culture; Japan's religious traditions, sacred texts, art and architecture; Pedagogy, field trips and study tours: teaching Japanese language and culture  reflections and strategies, hurdles and achievements; Infusing Japanese Studies into the undergraduate curriculum successful course and program development, faculty collaboration and ways to engage with institutional core goals; New voices in Japanese Studies: graduate student research; Plenary discussion of a Japanese literary, historical or theoretical text: suggestions solicited. We encourage both east-west and inter-Asian comparative approaches and would particularly welcome contributions by graduate students and by alumni of JSAs Freeman Foundation intensive workshops on Japan held between 2002 and 2013. Please contact colleagues with whom you share pedagogical and research interests and form a panel or a roundtable; this ensures engaging presentations and follow-up discussions. Annually, JSA offers up to three graduate student scholarships, $500 each. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full time in a graduate program in any content area related to Japan and must have a paper accepted for the 2014 conference. Please submit a complete copy of your paper, making sure that graduate student appears clearly on its first page. The successful applicants will be notified in October when acceptance letters are sent out to all conference participants. To send an abstract for an individual presentation of approximately 250 words or a 500-word proposal for a themed panel, roundtable or staged reading, go to: Make sure you include the names, institutional affiliation and contact information of all presenters. The deadline for proposals is 10 October 2013. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 17 October 2013. For more information, see or contact the conference co-chairs: Maggie Ivanova ( ) and Thomas Campbell
( ).

Non-Han Chinese diasporic communities beyond China
The College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra, and Center for International Migration Studies, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
invite applications to present papers which explore a rarely examined aspect of the Chinese diaspora, the non-Han Chinese living and working outside China. The conference will address the identity, migration history and contemporary status of these people and communities, as well as implications of their situations both for  China (the state and their original communities) and for the countries in which they have settled. Non-Han Chinese in the Chinese diaspora number in the millions but these migrants have received virtually no scholarly attention. This conference will thus enrich our understanding of Chinese diasporas and will fundamentally challenge the common view that ?Chinese diaspora? is to be understood solely in terms of interaction between (Han) Chinese and non-Chinese cultures. Two major groups  will be focused on during the conference:  First, the northern and western ethnic minorities --  including  the Mongols, Manchu, Tibetans, Koreans and Uighur who have generally migrated beyond China in recent decades. Second, the diasporas from the mountainous southwestern regions of China, with groups like the Hmong, Zhuang, Yao, Tai and Akha, who interact with brethren in Southeast Asia and have long migration histories.  These two categories problematize the image of a single, discrete and patriotic diasporic Chineseness and also pose challenges to the countries in which these people have settled. Paper proposals including a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV of the proposer should be submitted to by 30 November, 2013. Those selected to participate will be advised within three weeks of this date and will be required to submit completed papers by March 2014.  Queries may be directed to: Li Tana Li (, Centre for the Study of the Chinese Southern Diaspora, School of Culture, History and Language, ANU College of the Asia and Pacific Studies; Nicholas Farrelly (, School of International
Political & Strategic Studies, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific; Zhang Zhenjiang (, Center for Transnational Migration Studies, Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies, Jinan University; Geoff Wade (, Conference Secretary.

AAS-in-ASIA, 2014, Singapore
Introducing the Inaugural AAS-in-ASIA conference hosted and presented by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), the Asia Research Institute (ARI), and the Faculty of the National University of Singapore (NUS). The Program Committee for the AAS-in-ASIA conference is seeking proposals dealing with all regions of Asia on subjects covering a wide range of scholarly disciplines and professional fields under the theme, Asia in Motion: Heritage and Transformation.  Proposals addressing this theme are encouraged on topics as diverse as political and economic changes, literary and cultural expression, environmental sustainability, media and pop cultural production, food and energy policy, new models for Asian enterprise and business, as well as issues of globalization and urban growth. The AAS-in-ASIA conference will take place in Singapore July 17-19, 2014. For full CALL FOR PROPOSALS instructions, please visit Those interested in participating as a formal panelist at the conference should submit an organized panel or roundtable proposal to the AAS by the posted deadline of October 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm E.S.T.  The AAS
offers partial travel stipends to accepted panel participants.

67th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference
The Kentucky Foreign Language Conference is proud to open sessions devoted to the presentations of scholarly research in the area of East Asian (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) Studies.  Abstracts are invited in all areas and aspects of this field, including, but not limited to: Class, gender, ethnicity/race; Colonialism and Diaspora; Memory, violence, and nation; Popular culture in global markets; Performance, agency, and identity; Ethics of literary-cultural studies; Classical literature; new readings; Media studies, music studies, film studies; Social movements - justice, citizenship, and resistance; The avant-garde - arts in contexts; Body, space, and the public sphere; The politics of writing - writing within/against culture. Each presentation is 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question & answer session.  In addition to individual paper proposals, proposals for organized panels of 4-5 papers will be considered. An individual paper proposal should be electronically submitted.  It should be no more than 250 words and should include the author's name, affiliation, and contact information. An organized panel proposal of 4-5 papers should be submitted as follows:
The panel organizer should electronically submit a panel proposal.  The panel proposal cannot exceed 500 words in length and should include 1) the title of the panel, 2) the organizer's name and contact information, and 3) the names, contact information, and affiliations of all panel participants.  In addition to the panel proposal submitted by the panel organizer, *each participant―including the panel organizer―MUST electronically submit an individual paper proposal (see above).*  Please indicate that your presentation is part of a pre-organized panel and list the title and organizer of the panel in the proposal. Papers should be read in English to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue and conversation.  Acceptance of a paper or an organized panel implies a commitment on the part of all participants to register and attend the conference. To submit abstracts and panel proposals by November 11, 2013, please use the KFLC link:

Final Reminder: Special Issue of the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema
Title: Japanese and Korean Film Franchising and Adaptation
Many popular Japanese and Korean films are inspired by other forms of media. Sometimes these films offer high profile cross-cultural adaptations, for example when Japanese manga is used to produce live action South Korean films, as in the case of Oldboy (Oldeuboi, Park Chan Wook, 2003). At other times, films are just one link in loosely connected chains of transnational, transmedia networks, as with the now pan-Asian Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers, manga created by Yoko Kamio, 1992). Such films point towards the emerging importance of adaptation and franchising within Asian cinema. This special issue of the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema examines the breadth of film adaptation and franchising cultures in Korea and Japan, investigating their histories, their production contexts and the ways they are understood by audiences. Consequently, we are particularly interested in examples of film adaptations that produce transnational exchanges--from new types of transmedia franchising, to the transcultural palimpsest created by transational adaptation.  For example, high profile media texts like manga (and manhwa), anime and television dramas are increasingly becoming sources for franchises that may begin in one country's media, but then swiftly transfer between nations to become vast multimedia franchise networks. Moreover, such national, transnational and transcultural adaptation practices require us to think about the status of key personnel (for example: stars, directors, screenwriters, authors) who help to translate and re-imagine texts across the life of a franchise. Adaptation is therefore important for how it enables a sharing of concepts, ideas and cultures to take place between Asian nations. Japan and South Korea represent two hubs for these emerging kinds of transnational, transmedia, transcultural adaptation practices. We therefore seek articles on topics directly addressing adaptation in South Korea and Japan, and are particularly interested in topics that might address the following issues: Multimedia South Korean or Japanese franchises containing films; Film adaptation practices in South Korea and Japan; Transnational film remakes; Industrial analyses of film franchising practices in Japan and South Korea; The roles of films within multi-media franchises; The spread of Japanese and South Korean culture across Asia via film remakes and franchising practices;    Audience responses to South Korean and/or Japanese film adaptations and/or remakes; The reception of film adaptations in Japan and/or South Korea; Film remakes of Japanese and/or South Korean films by other nations; The appearance of Japanese and/or South Korean stars in films made outside their country of origin. Please send complete manuscripts of between 6000 and 8000 words to

Voices of Asian Modernities: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Asian Popular Music of the 20th Century
Proposal Deadline: December 15, 2013
On April 4-6, 2014, the University of Pittsburgh will host the second of two conferences that constitute the project "Voices of Asian Modernities: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Asian Popular Music of the 20th Century." We now welcome papers that properly historicize the artistic sounds, lyrical texts, visual images, and social lives of female performers in Asian popular music of the 20th century. Please submit your abstract of 750 words and a short CV of 350 words by December 15, 2013 to Andrew Weintraub ( Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by January 10, 2014. Full papers selected for participation are due no later than February 21, 2014. Invited and selected papers will be entitled to full travel and accommodation refunding.

Association for Asian Studies and Asian Educational Media Services for AAS Annual Conference
The Association for Asian Studies, in partnership with Asian Educational Media Services (AEMS) welcomes the submissions of films related to Asia produced by scholars and independent filmmakers. Selected films will be viewed at the 2014 AAS Films Expo held during the AAS Annual Conference, March 27-30, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. Expected conference attendance:  3,000+. For more information and instructions on submitting a film for consideration, please visit the AEMS website: Film submission deadline: November 30, 2013.

CFP NYU Graduate Conference: *After the Reveal: Open Questions on Closed Systems*
The study of media and communication has long been preoccupied with revelation— the bringing to light of some overlooked, hidden or suppressed knowledge and the promise of an authoritative or transforming truth. Recently, we have seen this interest in the examinations of transparency across government and industry, explications of complex technologies and infrastructures, and appraisals of media representation and visibility. In these investigations, the process of unveiling often emerges as both the impetus of critique as well as a preferred critical maneuver. But acts of revealing take many forms, from unauthorized leaks to strategic unveilings. Likewise, its outcomes may be as readily associated with transparency, openness, and recognition as with exposure, surveillance, and control. This conference will seek to critique and explore the many conceptual permutations of “the reveal” and their potentials, demands, implications and limitations. In doing so, we hope to move beyond the recovery and uncovering of knowledge and the adjudication of truths that may be unveiled, and attend to further questions of what knowledge does, how it moves, and what it means to know and make known, particularly within cultures characterized by the expanding scale and velocity of information. What happens after the black box is opened? After the ideology is explicated? The NSA leaks reported, the infrastructure acknowledged, or the minor history finally told? In short, what work and questions remain—after the reveal? We invite papers from across a range of disciplines that address “reveals” in their many forms and functions. Possible topics areas might include (but are certainly not limited to): Transparency and accountability in government and industry; Intellectual property and corporate secrecy; Visualization of infrastructure; Withholding/disclosing information as narrative strategy; Theories of mind and the unconscious; Critiques of transparency and related concepts; Surveillance and privacy; Data mining and modeling; Reflections on critical methods in academic research. Paul Edwards, Professor in the School of Information and Department of History at University of Michigan, will deliver the keynote. The NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication invites graduate students, academics, activists, workers, and artists to submit conference paper proposals. The conference will be held on February 28, 2014 at NYU. Paper pproposal submissions (no more than 300 words) should be sent by November 18, 2013 to (with "Call for Papers" in the subject).