Calls for Papers: September 9, 2013

CFP for AJJ (Anthropologist of Japan in Japan) 2013 Autumn Meeting: “People, Places, and Practices Redux: Border Crossing and Questioning Boundaries in Anthropology and the Study of Japan”
Dates:  Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10, 2013
Place: International Christian University (ICU) Mitaka, Tokyo 
Within everyday life and academic spheres, the effectiveness of borders is said to be receding. Scholars argue that the hallmark of globalization’s current phase is cultural hybridity, an intensified awareness of “the world”, and more rapid forms of exchange between groups and individuals across the globe. Within the study of Japan, researchers readily borrow methods and share ideas in an attempt to keep up with emerging cultural phenomena. At the same time, qualitative research may still reify disciplinary distinctions by emphasizing 
certain kinds of knowledge. Although boundaries and borders may be in flux, people, places, and practices remain critical components to understanding the issues that interest us. The following conference seeks to bring together a wide range of papers that explore  – empirically and/or theoretically – these tendencies and trends within the study of Japan. In what ways does the study of culture(s) in Japan today contribute to the blurring or remaking of disciplinary boundaries? What kinds of approaches are being undertaken to situate the study of Japan in broader, more global contexts? Is the study of Japan the vanguard or stagnant backwater of ethnographic inquiry into contemporary life? AJJ welcomes scholars from a range of disciplines and backgrounds to present papers that explore these topics through theoretical and fieldwork-driven research. Papers may be given in English or Japanese in hopes of encouraging a robust discussion about new directions in anthropology and Japan studies. Papers and panels that combine several disciplinary perspectives and transverse Japan's geographic borders are especially encouraged. To submit an abstract, please send an email with your name, affiliation,  a title, and abstract of 300 words in English (1,000 letters in  Japanese) to the organizers below. The deadline for abstracts is:  Sunday, September 15. Further information about AJJ and a CFP version in Japan can be found on the AJJ website blog:

2013-2014 New Generation China Scholars Program The University of Chicago Center in Beijing
With generous support from the Ford Foundation and following the success of the 2012-13 New Generation China Scholars Program, the University of Chicago Center in Beijing invites applications from graduate students in the social sciences to participate in this initiative to foster intellectual interactions among early career scholars in the social sciences from the U.S. and China. Successful candidates will each be offered a modest stipend and have the opportunity to work on their projects at the Center in Beijing, under the guidance of faculty mentors and in collaboration with fellow graduate researchers. During the 6-8 month project term, participants will have access to workspace and other facilities and resources offered by the Center. For U.S.-based applicants, preference will be given to those who are already scheduled to be in China for field research. For the current cycle, we invite applications that offer innovative approaches to the study of public goods and governance in China. We define the concept of public goods broadly and welcome applications from different disciplinary perspectives. The program will begin with a 4-day Orientation Seminar in late fall and will include a colloquium, presentations by leading expert, individual meetings with faculty mentors and other advisers, and discussions with other programparticipants. At the conclusion of the program, participants will present research findings at a 2-day Capstone Colloquium. Each participant will produce a working paper for publication on the Center website and in a joint volume.
Scholarship recipients will be expected to participate in a 4-day orientation seminar in November/December 2013 and a 2-day capstone colloquium in May/June 2014. During the intervening period, scholars will complete a research paper for presentation at the capstone colloquium and for possible publication.
The program is aimed at graduate students in the social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in leading universities in the U.S. and China and is hence limited to students based in the U.S. and Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau, and Taiwan). In considering applications, the selection committee will pay particular regard to proposals for research aimed at developing innovative approaches to the provision of public goods in China.
Scholarship recipients will receive a stipend of $3,000 each plus coverage of expenses for program participation. The first installment, $1,500, will be remitted on December 15, after the conclusion of the Orientation Seminar. The second installment will be given on June 10, after the conclusion of the Capstone Seminar.
Location and facilities
Scholarship recipients will be given access to workspace at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing. Address: UChicago (Beijing), Culture Plaza 20th Floor, 59A Zhongguancun Street, Beijing, 100872
Application procedure and deadline
Applications are due by September 20, 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by October 10, 2013. Applications should be submitted in English and must include: a summary of the research work that the candidate proposes to carry out at the Beijing Center (no more than 1,000 words); a detailed curriculum vitae; a letter of recommendation from the candidate’s academic adviser (sent directly by the recommender). Applications should be sent to Please include on the subject line: “Applicant’s name, and application for New Generation China Scholars Program.” To learn more about the 2012-13 New Generation China Scholars Program, please visit and

CFP for ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) meeting: Gendered Circulations: Travel and Migration in Asia's Long 20th Century
The long 20th century with its industrial global promises facilitated new and unprecedented forms of travel from labor migration to the increasing wide-ranging circulation of texts and capital.  In such contexts, gender often emerges as a problem of power, class, voice and validation.  This panel seeks to place manifestations of gender-influenced mobility within the regional context of Asia-Pacific with a particular focus on its unfolding in literature dating from late 19th century to contemporary times.  The region has seen a number of crucial shifts all pertaining to matters of mobility and migration, whether voluntary or forced, transnational or inter-regional: from circulation and translation of Western texts at the turn of the century, refugee upheavals of World War II, the collection and appropriation of Asian tropes and literatures in Cold War America, to contemporary models of mobility such as Aihwa Ong’s “flexible citizenship” or the “goose fathers” phenomenon.  We invite papers dealing with migrant authors or texts which interrogate the ways in which gender informs or challenges these instances, particularly cross-regional submissions focusing on Asian-Pacific literature that situate the historical and/or aesthetic development of engendered voices and writings. Topics may include but are not limited to transnational itineraries of writers such as Hayashi Fumiko and Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang), literary representations of female drifters or split families as evoked by the 
works of Xu Dishan, Ahn Jungyo, and others, as well as contemporary writing, 
by female labor migrants in Asian metropoles such as Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore. To apply to the seminar, please visit the ACLA 2014 conference website For any questions, contact seminar organizer
Clara Iwasaki