Calls for Papers: September 16, 2013

20th Annual Japan Studies Association Conference
2-4 January 2014, Honolulu, Hawai段
Proposal deadline: 10 October 2013
At its annual conference in Honolulu, Hawai段 in 2014, the Japan Studies Association will mark its twentieth anniversary. Established in San Diego in the spring of 1994, the JSA has assisted its members ・primarily teachers from American two- and four-year colleges and universities ・in acquiring first-hand knowledge about Japan and infusing it into the curriculum. Through workshops and study-tours, and the professional networking they enable, JSA痴 members have been inspired to engage in curriculum development, design study-abroad programs, and initiate Japan-focused or comparative research; members share their insights through the Japan Studies Association Journal and the organization痴 annual national conference.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: * Pre-modern, modern or contemporary Japanese literature and culture, music, theatre, film; * Tradition and innovation in Japanese philosophy, aesthetics and material culture; * Historical, social, economic or political perspectives on Japan痴 relationships with its national or regional self, minorities and neighbors in East Asia; * Japan痴 religious traditions, sacred texts, art and architecture; * Youth and popular culture in Japan; manga and anime at home and abroad; * Imaging disaster ・responding to adversity and war through political and religious narrative and discourse, the fine and performing arts, popular culture, literature and film; * post-3.11 Japan ・healing and continuous challenges; anti-nuclear activism; sustainability development trends and issues; * 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 JSA痴 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 and registration form, making sure that 堵raduate student・appears clearly both on the first page of your paper and on the registration form. 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. We hope to see you in Honolulu in January! For more information, see or contact the conference co-chairs: Maggie Ivanova ( and Thomas Campbell (

The Sent-Down Internet: Using Information and Communication Technologies in Rural China
In the past few years, there has been real growth in the number of Internet users in rural China, where a combination of improvement in infrastructure, increase in disposable incomes, and wider availability of computers and smart phones is creating an environment conducive to more widespread adoption of the Internet and ICT in general. While news media have paid attention to this phenomenon, often characterizing rural users as "problematic" users, scholarly research remains insufficient when it comes to ICT expansion and its impact on the daily lives of rural residents, especially from socio-scientific perspectives. This special issue of the Chinese Journal of Communication aims at challenging the image of the "backward" rural Internet, and at presenting the active, creative, and engaging use and adaptation of ICT that is actually occurring in rural China, in order to redefine the consequences and usefulness of ICT in the context of official rural informatization (xinxihua) efforts. We are looking for submissions on all aspects of ICT use in rural China. Possible topics include:
1. ICT use among rural residents, especially in family or community contexts
2. Gender and ICT in the countryside
3. Critical assessments of projects to promote the use of ICT among rural residents
4. Tele-centers and other government initiatives to spread the use of ICT
5. ICT and rural institutions (NGOs, local governments, etc.)
6. ICT and small- medium-size businesses in rural areas
7. ICT for health or educational purposes
8. Gaming and digital entertainment in the countryside
9. The role played by ICT, compared to older media, such as television and radio, in bringing content to the countryside
10. Distribution channels that bring ICT to the countryside
We seek both qualitative and quantitative research, as well as papers that present early findings from researchers currently engaged in fieldwork. Papers that present cross-disciplinary research, critical reflections on methods, and detailed discussions of the specific challenges of doing fieldwork in rural China are particularly welcome. The planned publication date is the March issue of CJC in 2015. Submissions should conform to the editorial guidelines of the Chinese Journal of Communication found at under "Instructions for Authors". Papers for consideration in this special issue should be submitted online as usual but should indicate they are intended for inclusion in the special issue.

The Harvard Asia Quarterly (HAQ) is a professional academic journal of Asian studies affiliated with the Harvard University Asia Center. We publish four times per annum on multidisciplinary topics related to issues in East, South, Central, and Southeast Asia. HAQ is indexed by EBSCO Publishing and the Bibliography of Asian Studies. We are currently seeking submissions for our Fall 2013 issue, themed "Asia - Regional Economic Institutions for Cooperation, Integration, and 
Growth." Submissions are to be between 4000 and 7000 words, and guidelines for submissions can be downloaded at Articles must be submitted  by Friday, October 18, 2013 in order to be considered. Our recent issues are accessible at!recent-issues and include interviews of Prof. Arthur Kleinman, the Honorable Anson Chan, and Prof. Ezra Vogel. Kindly email questions and submissions to

Chinese-Language Cinema: The Global Flows of Image,
Capital, and Culture, Third Global Chinese-Language Cinema Conference

Shanghai, December 14-15, 2013
Shanghai University's School of Film-TV, in cooperation with Beijing University's School of Arts and Institute of Film, TV, Theater, Jinan University's School of Literature, and Shenzhen University's Institute of Cultural Industries, will be hosting the Third Global Chinese- Language Cinema Conference on December 14 and 15, 2013. Continuing the tradition established by the previous two conferences held at Jinan University and Beijing University respectively, the Third Global Chinese-Language Cinema will once again examine Chinese-language cinema from a global perspective. This year's theme is "Chinese-Language Cinema: The Global Flows of Image, Capital, andCulture." The conference is now actively seeking quality submissions pertinent to the following topics:
 - New Landscape and New Development of Chinese Cinema: After the New
 - Agreement between China and the US;
 - Current Status, Interaction, and Integration of the Film Industries of
 - Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong;
 - Hollywood and Its Industrial and Cultural Impact on Chinese Cinema;
 - Chinese Cinema's Global Reach and Influence;
 - Cross-Border and Transnational/Trans-Regional Flows of
 - Chinese-Language Cinema: From Historical and Comparative Perspectives.
Featured speakers include: Sheldon Lu of UC Davis and Mary Ann Doane of UC Berkeley. Papers submitted in Chinese and English will be considered, although papers in Chinese are preferred. The conference will be held at Shanghai University on December 14 and 15, 2013. Submission Address: Phone Contact: Mr. Qi Wei, 156-0169-1900. Further questions and submissions should be sent directly to

VERGE: Studies in Global Asias
Senior Editors, Tina Chen and Eric Hayot
 Verge: Studies in Global Asias is a new journal that includes scholarship from scholars in both Asian and Asian American Studies. These two fields have traditionally defined themselves in opposition to one another, with the former focused on an area-studies, nationally- and politically-oriented approach, and the latter emphasizing epistemological categories, including ethnicity and citizenship, that drew mainly on the history of the United States. The past decade however has seen a series of rapprochements in which, for instance, categories belonging to Asian American Studies (ethnicity, race, diaspora) have been pplied with increasing success to studies of Asia. For example Asian Studies has responded to the post-national turn in the humanities and social sciences by becoming increasingly open to rethinking its national and regional insularities, and to work that pushes, often literally, on the boundaries of Asia as both a place and a concept. At the same time, Asian American Studies has become increasingly aware of the ongoing importance of Asia to the Asian American experience, and thus more open to work that is transnational or multilingual, as well as to forms of scholarship that challenge the US-centrism of concepts governing the Asian diaspora. The history of scholarship on Asian America, when juxtaposed with the  fields of Asian Studies, reminds us how much nations, national movements, and other forms of national development continue to exert powerful effects on the world in which we live. Such movements also remind us of the importance of inter-nationalism, of the kinds of networks that can spring up between states and which can work to disrupt the smooth passage of the planet into a utopian post-national future. The growing interest in the global and the transnational across disciplines thus brings the various Asia-oriented fields and 
disciplineshistory and literature, Asia and Asian America, East and South, modern and premoderncloser together. Our inaugural issue seeks to feature work that illustrates the diverse engagements across disciplines (literature, history, sociology, art history, political science, geography) and fields (Asian Studies and Asian American Studies) that are possible once we begin thinking about the possible convergences and divergences such divisions have traditionally 
represented. Submission deadline: December 1, 2013  For more information, please see our website: Queries and Submissions should be sent to:

2nd Annual University of Tokyo-GSII Graduate Student Conference 
Organizer: ITASIA Student Body Government
Date: Friday, November 22, 2012 
Location: University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus), The Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA)
The ITASIA Student Body Government (SBG) is pleased to announce its second graduate student conference, and is currently accepting applications for students and researchers interested in presenting their work. The presentations should be short, relevant to the topic of one of the four panels, and given in English. For those interested in participating, please email the organizer of the given panel. The deadline for applications is the evening of October 1st.

Panel 1. Nationalism on Film and TV
This panel will explore nationalism in film or television. How does media attempt to define or contest national identity? Further, how do certain mediums represent national identity in different ways? Some potential topics might discuss representations of military, the Olympics, minorities or gender on film or television. All regions and media are encouraged to submit.
Organizer: Amanda WEIS 

Panel 2. “Asian Security: Emerging Threats, Old Patterns” 
What does “security” mean for geopolitical actors in the Asia Pacific region? The concept of security may be handled differently in the military, climate, and energy sectors, and issues of identity, nationalism, and history may both hinder and facilitate security cooperation. This panel will consider security in light of topics such as new social media and technology transfer, threats such as cyber and transnational crime networks and human trafficking, and traditional alliance networks or possible recalibrations of allegiances. The organizers of the conference particularly encourage contributions that stem from a theoretically innovative and empirically grounded perspective.
Organizer: Eitan OREN 

Panel 3: Gender and Identity in Japanese Popular and Media Culture
While it is often said that the society we live in is ever changing and improving, but is it really becoming better in terms of gender-equality? Whether engaged or exploited, women are increasingly involved in this rapidly changing network society, which in turn shapes women’s lives and identities. This panel will explore how contemporary women’s gender, sexuality, and identity are represented, experienced, and challenged in popular and media culture in Japan by examining various gender-related topics from different academic perspectives.
Organizer: Tomomi MATSUHASHI

Panel 4. “Print Media and Social/Political Transformations in Asia” 
This panel will consider the role of print media, such as books, magazines and newspapers, in social and political transformations, both historical and contemporary. Print media will be considered from an interdisciplinary perspective, considering the production, circulation, sales and popular reception. Possible themes could include intellectual history, colonialism, post-colonialism and contemporary contexts. Papers that contextualize the influence of print media within a broader political and media climate are particularly welcome. 
Organizer:Susan TAYLOR 

Conference Proceedings
Since a discussant will provide comments on all panelists’ presentations, a 4,000-word copy of each presentation paper must be submitted in advance of the conference no later than November 1. Following the conference, the ITASIA SBG will organize a conference proceedings. Presenters will have the option to include their paper in the published conference proceedings. Concrete details regarding submissions guidelines will be sent to successful applicants.