Calls for Papers: July 28, 2014

Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Meeting 2015 (Chicago)
Panel title (Proposed): 
Social Transformations and Religion in Early 20th Century China
The early twentieth century was a time that filled with political and intellectual movements in Chinese history. Many developments that took place at that period had paved the way for the course of Chinese history since then. It has been agreed by many that while much new development and phenomena emerged from this period of transitioning, there have been enormous continuities between the “old” and the “new” societies. The question is, which elements stayed and which vanished, and why? This panel attempts to answer these questions by looking at the internal logic of the Chinese society from particular contexts. Focusing on religion, this panel examines the daily experiences of the local Chinese society during the transitioning periods such as from the Qing to the Republic, and from the Republic to the PRC. This panel’s papers look at the local experience of the Chinese, as well as foreigners working and living in China. Papers deal with the local experiences of Christianity, Buddhism, Daoism, Islam or other religions are most welcome. If anyone is interested in participating, please email tentative paper title and short abstract (no more than 200 words) to Hongyan Xiang ( by no later than August 1, 2014.

AAS 2015 Panel Call-for-Papers
Panel Title: Inter-referencing Asian Urbanisms
Organizer: Rita Padawangi, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Co-Organizer/Chair: Eric C. Thompson, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore
We are seeking two to three additional paper presenters for the panel outlined below. Please send inquiries, statements of interest, titles and abstracts to: Rita Padawangi, Please email your interest as soon as possible, and titles and abstracts by Thursday, July 31. Deadline for submission to the AAS is Thursday, August 7. Preliminary Abstract: Communities and governance are conventionally thought of as operating at scales such as neighborhoods, towns and cities, provinces, and nations, with each lower scale subsumed and contained within the higher ones. Such conventional thinking assumes urban imaginaries and practices to be contained within national frames of reference. While global cities literature goes some way to undermining the implicit methodological nationalism of conventional thinking, it has mainly concentrated on inter-referencing of the world’s largest and influential cities, such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, London or New York, and at a global or international scale. Papers in this panel examine transnational inter-referencing of urban Asia in local and everyday contexts. They argue for the significance of “jumping scale” and transcending national frames of reference in contemporary (and/or historical) Asian contexts. We are seeking two to three additional papers to round out this panel. We welcome papers that draw on contemporary or historical research that speak to ways in which transnational urban aspirations, imaginings and practices operate within and across towns and cities in Asia. Please send inquiries, statements of interest, titles and abstracts to: Rita Padawangi, Please email your interest as soon as possible, and titles and abstracts by Thursday, July 31.

CFP: Translocal China/Sinophone, or Chinese translocality
AAS/Chicago/March 26–29, 2015

We’d like to solicit one more paper on any topics under the umbrella of translocal China or Chinese translocality for the 2015 Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference on March 26–29, 2015 at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Chicago, IL. Translocality has been previously defined by Yingjin Zhang as a concept that “prefers place-based imagination and reveals dynamic processes of the local/global (or global)—processes that involve not just the traffic of capital and people but that of ideas, images, styles, and technologies across places in polylocality.” Often compared with transnationality, on the topic of translocality, this panel currently has three papers about how cross-border education, migration and diaspora in different Chinese and Sinophone contexts transform the local culture in various dynamic ways, highlighting not only the force of transnationality as a cross-border type of mobilization of peoples and resources, but also translocality as as an intrinsic and a multi-directional type of transformation of a place’s culture. This panel is interdisciplinary and multi-methodological, composed of anthropology, historiography and media studies. The emphasis of this panel is on how the local is transformed through cultural undertakings rather than merely material exchanges, such as efforts of popular entertainment, education and trade networking, which explain not only circulating resources but also more concrete projects of changing social thoughts. Please send a 250-word abstract to Aubrey Tang, Department of Comparative Literature, UC Irvine, at, with the name of your affiliated research institution and mailing address on or before August 2nd, 2014 (Saturday).

The First World Conference on North Korean Studies (WCNKS)
Open Panel Session for Young Researchers
Hoping to promote young researchers from various study areas for their interests in North Korean Studies, the WCNKS has prepared open panel sessions for all graduate students. As follows, they are invited to submit abstracts through an application form to present their researches until 10th August 2014. A number of abstracts will be selected, and these students will be asked to write a paper until 28th September 2014. They will have the opportunity to present their works at the conference on 29th October 2014, and will receive small monetary awards and a certificate as well. For more information, please follow our official website (