Calls for Papers: July 7, 2014

The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS)

ICAS is calling for proposals for a conference in Adelaide, Australia on July 5-9, 2015. The conference will be hosted by an internationally networked team of experts, spearheaded by Adelaide’s three leading public universities: University of Adelaide, Flinders University, and the University of South Australia. 1,500 to 2,500 Asia specialists are expected to attend. Participants are expected to fund their own travel and accommodation. To Apply: Registration forms are available on Deadline: Proposals of Individual Abstracts, Panels, Roundtables, and Book and Dissertation presentations are due on September 10, 2014. Proposals for the ICAS Book Prize are due on October 15, 2014.

Taiwan: The View from the South

The Australian Center on China in the World invites submissions for an international conference on all aspects of the study of Taiwan, to be held at The Australian National University on January 6-8, 2015. The conference aims to bring together scholars from Taiwan and around the world to discuss research on Taiwan, pre-historically, historically and in the contemporary world, as well as from all disciplinary backgrounds. A screening of Tsai Ming-liang’s 2013 prize-winning film Stray Dogs 郊 遊 will take place on the evening of January 7, preceded by a discussion with the director. Two of Tsai’s recent short films will also be shown during the conference. An exhibition of the photography of Long Chin-san 郎靜山 at the Australian Center on China in the World gallery, generously lent by the National Museum of History, Taipei will be opened during the conference. Accommodation for participants will be provided but funds for travelling must be arranged independently. For Taiwanese participants, there are funding opportunities offered by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of China (Taiwan) for international conference attendance. For more information, visit: To Apply: Abstracts (maximum 400 words) are to be submitted to Please include in your abstract the paper title, presenter’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation. Deadline: September 1, 2014.

Association for Asian Studies (AAS) 2015 Conference

The Program Committee is now accepting panel proposals for consideration to present at the 2015 AAS Annual Conference scheduled to take place March 26-29, 2015 in Chicago, IL. Each spring the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) holds a four-day conference devoted to planned programs of scholarly papers, roundtable discussions, workshops, and panel sessions on a wide range of issues in research and teaching, and on Asian affairs in general. To Apply: For information on submitting a proposal, visit: Deadline: August 7, 2014 at 5pm EST.

Photography and environmental issues in Asia

The 2015 spring issue of the Trans Asia Photography Review is seeking photographs depicting how air and water pollution, leaking nuclear reactors, unregulated toxins and  many other environmental problems affect the lives of people throughout Asia. Photographs under discussion can be contemporary or historic, documentary, promotional, conceptual or personal.  Photographs can come from any location within Asia. We have two principle formats: articles (length open) and curatorial projects (12-20 images with introductory text). To Submit: Send proposals to Sandra Matthews at

The Council on Advanced Studies (CAS): “Post-1945”

We are pleased to announce the formation of a new CAS workshop at the University of Chicago, “Post-1945” for the upcoming academic year. Advised by Patrick Jagoda (English), Matthew Jesse Jackson (Art History), and Sarah Hammerschlag (Divinity), the workshop provides an exciting opportunity to build academic community across disciplinary lines. The Post-1945 workshop will aim to meet for lunch on Mondays in odd-numbered weeks of academic quarters. We hope for these meetings to take multiple forms. Some will workshop dissertation chapters or article-length writing from graduate students; some might group shorter papers into panels or roundtable discussions; and others might feature a presentation from faculty or invited speakers. We are proposing the following themes for 2014-15: 1) Digital Aesthetics; Mediated Publics; Transnational Networks. To Apply: Fill out our online form via: Deadline: July 18, 2014.

Competition of Japanese-Language Papers on Peace Commemoration the 20th Anniversary of Hiroshima City University

Hiroshima City University invites short papers on peace from college students living in Japan and abroad. Applicants should select one from the 3 following subthemes: 1) Hiroshima and Peace, 2) Science & Technology and Peace, and 3) Art and Peace. As of May 1, 2014, domestic applicants (any nationality) must be registered at an accredited college or university in Japan, either as an undergraduate or master-course graduate student. International applicants (any nationality) must be registered at an accredited college or university outside Japan, either as an undergraduate or master-course graduate student. Participants whose mother tongue is Japanese are considered as belonging to the domestic category. The winners in each section will receive an award certificate and a prize. The first place winners in each category (Domestic and International) will be invited to the city of Hiroshima in early August, 2015 to attend the 70th Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony and to visit the two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Hiroshima: the Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shinto Shrine (Miyajima). If the first place winners accept the invitation to visit Hiroshima, they will be reimbursed for travel expenses (not to exceed 300,000 Yen or 3,000 US$, according to university regulations) for visiting and staying in Hiroshima. To Apply: For more information, visit: Deadline: August 20, 2014 (JST)

The 30th Annual Akegarasu Haya Prize Essay Contest

Hakusan City established ‘The Akegarasu Haya Prize’ to honor his remarkable achievements, whilst aiming to foster in the youth of today that same appreciation of their own cultural traditions. These young people will become the world leaders of tomorrow. In recognizing the importance of all the different cultures around the globe, the organizers of the Akegarasu Haya Prize will accept essays from both Japan and abroad. Applicants should choose between 2 sections. Section 1 is an essay on philosophy or thought, which presents either 1) hope and suggestions for our future lives, 2) criticism on a philosopher or thinker, or 3) new criticism or interpretation on works of history, ethnology, or literature. Arguments made in a creative manner that is suitable for younger readers will be especially appreciated. Section 2 is an essay or practical record of concrete activities which may enable young people to be raised in a sound and healthy way. This section covers the promotions of new life-experiences, volunteer activities, international exchanges, or activities to prevent juvenile delinquency. This section also relates to vocational guidance, educational guidance, sports, and cultural activities and the rights of children. To Submit: Essays should be sent by mail. For more information, visit: Deadline: Manuscripts must be received by August 25, 2014 (JST).