Calls for Papers: September 27, 2016

Call for Papers: Rethinking the dynamics of musical nationalism: An international conference

University of Amsterdam, 12-15 September 2017.

“National music” (music as an expression of the nation’s character or identity) and “musical nationalism” (music as a vehicle or mobilizing agent for the spread of national ideals) have received fresh attention from music historians and cultural historians over the past decades, and interpretive patterns are now firmly emerging. These involve a curious ambivalence between a geographic centralism, emphasizing Europe’s metropolitan countries, arranged concentrically around Germany, and a canonical marginality: the ideological freighting of music is generally deprecated as an adulteration of its aesthetic purity or its innovatory progress towards ever purer, wide-ranging and non-traditional modes of expression. “National music” is usually seen as a European-centred example of 19th-century taste, dubiously ethnocentric and chauvinistic in its assumptions, and posing a challenge to the composer to overcome its inherent slant towards kitsch and facile effect.

A conference will be held at the University of Amsterdam on these dynamics of musical nationalism and national music. The conference will take place on 12-15 September 2017 and is hosted by the Department of European Studies. The conference will consist of invited keynote lectures and sessions of self-submitted papers; the conference language is English. A proceedings publication with a reputable academic publisher in an international, peer-reviewed series is envisaged. Submission of papers, preferably on the historical negotiations of European/global/transnational or popular/canonical dynamics, is cordially invited.

Please send an abstract (500 words max.), before 31 December 2016, to Dr. Kasper van Kooten,

Call for Papers: "Globalizing Book History and Bibliography"

Working Group Organizers: Hwisang Cho (Xavier University), Rachel Stein (Columbia University), Ben Nourse (University of Denver)
Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference
12–15 October 2017, Philadelphia, PA

What is "the book" in global book history and bibliography? How do textual artifacts from different times, areas, and cultures challenge common notions of "the book" and how it functions in society? What would an attempt to ‘globalize’ the disciplines of book history and bibliography need to entail? What alternative orientations or domains of inquiry, such as theories and methods from other disciplines, might practitioners of global book history and bibliography draw from to create a means of discussing textual artifacts across temporal and geographical boundaries? This working group will meet at the Bibliography Among the Disciplines conference for four sessions over three days (see schedule below) to discuss the theories and methods, challenges, and possibilities of developing truly global practices for book history and bibliography that both encompass, and reach beyond, the concerns of more traditional Euro-American bibliographical and book-historical studies.

Participants should be able to commit to attending all sessions of the working group:

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 2:00–3:30pm, 4:00-5:00pm
Friday, 13 October 2017, 1:45–3:15pm
Saturday, 14 October 2017, 10:45–12:15pm
Participants should further be able to commit to meeting again within one year after the conference to further discuss Globalizing Book History and Bibliography and work toward the final publication of the results of the working group. In their statements of interest, participants should indicate their availability to meet during the year following the conference (e.g., will you be abroad—if so, when, and do you anticipate that you will have sufficient internet connectivity to meet virtually?).
Please submit a proposal of no more than 500 words by 25 October 2016 at:

Call for Papers: Call for articles for special issue of Open Library of Humanities: Postcolonial Perspectives in Game Studies

Deadline for abstracts: 15th December 2016

Deadline for full articles: 28th April 2017

Since the first key publications in the nineties on videogames research in Humanities and Social Sciences contexts, the field of Game Studies has become an established platform for discussion and debate on how games contribute to our cultural, social and aesthetic experiences. Game Studies has, consequently, also taken up debates on diversity and inclusion, time and again. In line with the revitalization of radical reactionary and conservative forces across the globe, the recent bigoted GamerGate controversy saw incisive discussions on gender and questions of race in games have also been at the forefront. Not much, however, has been said about the representation of colonialism, empire and neo-colonialism in videogames although some of the very earliest games have featured these issues, sometimes in problematic ways. As games are part of and perpetuate past and present global power structures in relation to inequalities in material wealth and symbolic representation, to exploitation of labor, and to hegemonic articulations of history and the Other, it is necessary for game studies to not only bring these issues to light, but also critically analyze the relationship between videogames and existing postcolonial power relationships. Analysing games as disparate as Age of Empires, Far Cry 2 and Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry reveal intrinsic questions about how the ludic relates to colonialism and how it informs the postcolonial experience.

This open-access special issue of Open Library of Humanities aims to bring questions of Postcolonialism to the forefront of game studies. An often underexplored and neglected area in the domain of studying both digital and analogue games, a critique of the (mis)representation of Orientalist attitudes, race, hybridity, notions of space and the fragmented postcolonial identities is urgently required. We, therefore, seek submissions that provide critical analysis of colonial representations in games and also challenge notions of colonial hegemonic power-structures.

Research articles should be approximately 8000 words in length, including references and a short bibliography. Submissions should comprise of:

  • Abstract (250 words)

  • Full-length article (8000 words)

  • Author information (short biographical statement of 200 words)

Submissions should be made online at: in accordance with the author guidelines and clearly marking the entry as [“Postcolonial Game Studies” SPECIAL COLLECTION]]. Submissions will then undergo a double-blind peer-review process. Authors will be notified of the outcome as soon as reports are received.

Call for Papers: Beyond Mind: Symbolism, an Interdisciplinary Journal of Critical Aesthetics

Please send 500 word proposals for 7000-8000 word articles with the subject heading ‘Beyond Mind’ and a 300-word bio to Natasha Lushetich: by October 20th 2016.

Proposals might address but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Iteration in philosophical writing (e.g. Nishida)

  • Recursive narrative techniques (e.g. Barth’s Moebius strip-like frame stories)

  • Hyperbolic/fractal patterns in art (e.g. Islamic geometry)

  • Japanese paradoxical design that substitutes means for ends (e.g. giant toilet roles affixed the head to facilitate the wiping of a runny nose)

  • Lethal alimentary practices (e.g. fugu, the poisonous fish)

  • Repetition in comedy (e.g. flat jokes that suddenly become funny the 15th time they are told)

  • The phenomenology of perplexion: being taken aback, dazed, stupefied

  • Perplexing indeterminacy and vocal expression: hesitation, stutter, stammer

  • Klots kashes (in Yiddish, a klots kashe is a serious question that subverts the purpose of the debate. In an architectural situation, this might be:  What do we need doors and widows for? Can’t we enter and exit through the wall?)

  • Idiocy in literature and film (e.g. Faulkner; Wordsworth; von Trier)

  • Paradoxical/tautological dramaturgies (e.g. Kharms; Ionesco; Wallace)

  • Constitutive repetition in myth (Prometheus; Tantalus; Sisyphus)  

  • Empiricism and Literalness

  • Tautology and the critique of representation in conceptual art

  • Subitism and gradualism in Buddhist meditation practices

  • The phenomenology of dissipation in trance practices

  • Stasis in dance, music, and performance

  • All forms of delirium

  • Riddles

Call for Papers: The Global Migration Crisis

A joint symposium co-sponsored by the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, the Center for Presidential History, and the Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU.

Submission Deadline: Novermber 15, 2016

Our symposium on the Global Migration Crisis will look at the rapidly evolving trends in international migration in the 21st century, the root causes and the challenges that mass movements of people present for states and regions, including the exodus from the Middle East and Africa to Europe; Mexican immigration and the surge in child migration from Central America through Mexico to the United States; the fluid populations and boundaries of south and southeast Asia; and the displacement of populations in Africa resulting from climate change, failed states, and other natural and man-made disasters.

The symposium will occur in two stages and in two places. The first will be held in October 2017 at SMU’s satellite campus in Taos, New Mexico, where there will be an initial workshop for those authors accepted into the conference. The second workshop and public symposium will be held in Dallas at Southern Methodist University or a public venue in Spring 2018.

Contact Info:
Neil Foley (
James Hollifield (


Call for Papers: ICTAM XI 2017, "Asian Medicines: Encounters, Translations, Transformations"

August 6–12, 2017 in Kiel, Germany

The International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicines (IASTAM) is now accepting applications for abstracts of papers for ICTAM IX — the leading international congress on the study of Asian medicine that will be held at Kiel University, August 6–12, 2017. We encourage papers that develop the theme of the congress “Asian Medicines: Encounters, Translations and Transformations” by revisiting old paradigms in the spirit of new research.

If you would like to be a part of ICTAM IX, please submit an abstract of your paper using the link below:

The deadline for abstract submission is November 1, 2016.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kiel, Germany in August 2017!

Call for Papers: Conflict and Jusice, "Precarious Bodies in Inter-Asia Societies"

The International Institute for Cultural Studies (IICS) at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan, in collaboration with the Taiwan Experience Education Program (TEEP) of the Ministry of Education (Taiwan), and the IICS Transnational Network for Critical Inter-Asia Cultural Studies from the University System of Taiwan (UST), invites paper proposals for presentation and participation in the Winter Camp Workshop “Conflict and Justice: Precarious Bodies in Inter-Asia Societies.”

The Winter Camp Workshop will take place on the campus of NCTU in Hsinchu, Taiwan, from January 16 through January 20, 2017.

Hosted by Joyce C.H. Liu (NCTU), with the collaboration of UST colleagues, particularly Andy Chih-Ming Wang (Academia Sinica/NCTU), Kean-Fung Guan (NTHU), Amie Parry (NCU), and Ya-Chung Chuang (NCTU), the workshop will address the theme of “Conflict and Justice: Precarious Bodies in Inter-Asia Societies,” with the following four seminar topics:

(1) Nationalism, Migration, and Precarious Belongings in Inter-Asia Societies

(2) Social Movements, Contestation, and Political Change in Asia

(3) Neoliberalism, Globalization and Corruption in Inter-Asia Societies

(4) The Question of Nature and Environmental Justice in the age of neoliberalism

We invite graduate students and junior scholars to share with us their works on the above listed topics. Applications from all disciplines are welcome.

This Winter Camp Workshop will feature small group seminars led by leading scholars, daily keynote lectures and roundtables, as well as field trips to local cities. Participants are expected to give a 20-minute presentation on their work, to comment on the papers of their fellow seminar participants, and to contribute to the general dialogue of the winter camp workshop.

Prospective applicants should apply online at, indicating 1) their preferences of the seminar topic(s), with 2) proposals that include a title, a 500-word abstract, and a short C.V. (2 pages), and 3) names and emails of two referees.

Proposals should address problematics of “Conflict and Justice: Precarious Bodies in Inter-Asia Societies” in their fields of work, referring to one or two seminar topics, and should establish any links between the proposal and broader global, historical, and especially interdisciplinary approaches and questions.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by September 30, 2016.

Notifications of acceptance will be announced by mid-October, 2016 at the IICS website.  Full papers will be expected by January 9, 2017, so as to circulate your papers among your seminar group members.

Registration fee is USD $150. Accommodation and some meals are included.

Contact Info:
R212 HA Building 2, National Chiao Tung University
1001 University Road, Hsinchu, Taiwan
T:+886-3-5712121 Ext.58274,58272

Call for Papers: "New Directions in Hong Kong History: 'Work in Progress' Postgraduate Workshop at University of Bristol"

The Hong Kong History Project at the University of Bristol is pleased to announce a Postgraduate Workshop on January 12-13, 2017. The workshop welcomes postgraduate students and early career scholars working on Hong Kong history in the UK and overseas, and provides an opportunity for networking and the sharing of ideas between participants. Participants will be invited to give a twenty-minute presentation detailing the specifics of their research. This will be followed by question and answer sessions, as well as a roundtable discussion about the field of Hong Kong history led by Professor Robert Bickers.

Those interested in applying are invited to submit a 200-word statement briefly outlining their area of research and motivation for attending the workshop, along with their Curriculum Vitae.

Please submit all applications to Chris Wemyss ( and Vivian Kong ( by October 24. Accepted participants will be notified by November 7. A subvention towards the cost of UK travel expenses for participants will be available, and accommodation and some meals will be provided. Although priority will be given to history postgraduate students and recently completed PhDs, applications from other disciplines will be considered provided an appreciation of history is shown.

Call for Papers: International Graduate Historical Studies Conference will host "Crossing Borders, Challenging Boundaries"

March 31-April 1, 2017 | Central Michigan University

Please send abstract (250-350 words) and a short curriculum vita as an attachment to  

Submission Deadlines: The early paper submission deadline is December 19, 2016. The final paper submission deadline is February 8, 2017.   

We invite graduate students from across the social sciences and the humanities to submit proposals for papers or panels that adopt an interdisciplinary or transnational approach but we are also seeking papers or panels that approach historical topics in more traditional ways. All submissions must be based on original research.    

In keeping with the theme of the conference, individual papers will be organized into panels that cross spatial, temporal, and disciplinary boundaries. The IGHSC will present cash prizes for the best papers in several categories.  

Preference will be given to papers and panels received during the early submission period which ends December 19, 2016. The final deadline for abstract submission is February 8, 2017. The International Graduate Historical Studies Conference will present cash prizes for the best papers in several categories. 

Keynote Speaker: We are proud to announce that the IGHSC’s keynote speaker for the conference will be delivered by Professor John Merriman, Yale University. 
Our annual conference continues to offer an intellectually rewarding and professional experience, and we hope you will join us. 

For more information, please e-mail or visit us at

Call for Papers: Social Policies and the Welfare State in the Global South in the 19th and 20th Centuries

International Conference, University of Bremen, September 13-15 2017

Dr. Teresa Huhle & Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels, Latin American History (History Department, Faculty 8), Universität Bremen, in cooperation with the Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy: SOCIUM, Universität Bremen.

The conference aims to bring together an international group of junior and senior scholars from history and related fields who are working on the history of social policies and the welfare state in the Global South from a transnational, entangled or global history perspective.
Together, we would like to discuss current trends of research as well as map out open questions of the field. During the last ten years, the historiography on social policies and the welfare state has started to participate in the transnational turn. However, the exchanges of knowledge, ideas and institutions have been predominantly studied among countries and regions of the Global North, also highlighting transfers from north to south. The way European powers have intervened within their colonial domains in Africa and Asia in social policy issues can serve as an example.

  • Transnational networks and actors who promoted and conceptualized social policies and their mobility, especially beyond the realm of policy makers and experts, highlighting the role of social movements, labor unions and health activists among others

  • The development and transfer of visual and graphic depictions of social problems and social policies

  • The gendered dimensions of social policies and political demands

  • Colonial and imperial social policies and their possible afterlives during nationhood

  • Cross-border struggles for the recognition of social rights

The discussion will be stimulated by keynote lectures, including Prof. Dr. Christoph Conrad (University of Geneva).
If you wish to participate in the conference, please send in an abstract (maximum length 300 words) and a short CV by October 31st, 2016 to Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by mid-November 2016.

A small travel allowance may be granted but funds are limited.

Call for Papers: Asian Popular Culture/The Asian-American Experience Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 38th annual SWPACA conference, set to take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico from February 15-18, 2017.  One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.  For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit

Asian Popular Culture / The Asian American Experience is a subject area that covers a wide variety of topics.  Proposals for individual papers and panels on Asian popular culture or Asian American life and culture are welcome.  The list of topics is suggested, but not limited to film, literature, fashion, family, food, music, Asian-American experience/identity, transcultural representations in Asian pop culture, religion, politics, gender and sexuality, or travel.

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2016
All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at
For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at

Call for Papers: Food System Transitions: Concepts, Pathways, Examples

Steven McGreevy and Christoph Rupprecht are organizing a session on food system transitions at the Association of American Geographers Meeting 2017 (April 5-9) in Boston. The session is by no means limited to geographical perspectives and they particularly welcome participants working on Japan, given the environmental and demographic changes the country faces. Please see below for details on the session and let Christoph know if you have any questions.

Session title: Food system transitions: Concepts, pathways, examples

Conference: Association for American Geographers Meeting 2017 April 5-9, Boston, MA
Organizers: Christoph Rupprecht, Steven McGreevy (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto) 

Description: Food systems face a myriad of challenges in becoming environmentally sustainable and just as well as appropriate for the local context (Lang & Heasman 2015). On the production side, these are related to declining environmental quality (green house gases, resource overuse, pollution, soil fertility), loss of diversity (biological, cultural, knowledge), and the deterioration of small-scale farming due to globalizing market forces. On the consumption side, over-reliance on globalized food chains limits consumer agency and decreases food security and sovereignty, while diets composed of heavily processed food create public health impacts (rise in diabetes, obesity). The ways in which food is provided, consumed, and governed need urgent change. 

This session seeks to contribute towards a better understanding by unpacking these issues from a wide variety of perspectives but centered around the theme of transitions (Spaargaren et al. 2012; Geels and Schot 2007). Papers for this session examine environmental, cultural, political and justice dimensions of food consumption and production as well as ongoing or potential future transitions towards more sustainable and just agrifood systems. Potential paper topics include, but are not limited to: 

- conceptualizations of food system transitions 

- urban areas as sites of consumption and production

- urban-rural food linkages

- food and green infrastructure

- role of emergent practices in transitions: public food gardens, informal gardening, gleaning & dumpster diving

- political ecology and geography of seeds and seed distribution networks

- political ecology & environmental justice issues of food consumption/production

- GIS/spatial analysis of food geographies

- more-than-human food geography

- issues of food sovereignty

- cultural debates around "good food" and "local food"

- consumption-production vicious cycles & how to break them

- food system transitions in the Global North and/or the Global South

- food (in)justice as a systemic issue

- food system transitions & health

- case studies of food system transitions

- other geographic perspectives on food system transitions

Call for Papers: Southeast Asian Diasporas in the Americas (Forthcoming Brill book series)

Edited by Richard T. Chu, University of Massachusetts, Augusto F. Espiritu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mariam Lam, University of California, Riverside

Studies on “Southeast Asians” have often situated the histories of these peoples within the territorial boundaries of their countries and within the regional framework of “Southeast Asia.” Geographically fixed to the Philippines, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, and Singapore, “Southeast Asia” emerges, as critical area studies underscores, a site marked by multivalent politics, histories, and cultures. Whereas Southeast Asian studies remains regionally focused, Southeast Asian American studies has been concentrated on a series of U.S. imperial aftermaths evident in war, development, and neoliberalism. Notwithstanding the significant inquiries at the forefront of area studies and Southeast Asian American studies, what remains under-mined are the complex, transnational flows evident in the migrations, immigrations, and movements of Southeast Asians to the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (the North American continent). 

Attendant to the rise of the Southeast Asian diaspora in North America, Southeast Asian Diasporas in the Americas (SEAD) provides a peer-reviewed forum for studies that specifically investigate the histories and experiences of Southeast Asian diasporic subjects in North America. SEAD welcomes submissions from a wide array of disciplinary fields (including history, sociology, political science, cultural studies, literary studies, and anthropology, among others) that innovatively interrogate themes such as refugees, political asylum, gender/sexuality, colonialism, globalization, empire, nation/nationalism, ethnicity, and transnationalism. 

Submissions: Manuscripts (preferably in English) should be at least 90,000 words in length (including end notes and works cited). Manuscripts may also include illustrations, tables, and other visual material. The editors would be interested to receive proposals for specialist monographs and syntheses, but may also consider multi-authored contributions such as conference proceedings, and thematic issues, and source translations and edited texts.

Please send queries, proposals and submissions to Jason Prevost:


Call for Papers: 2017 Berkeley-Standford Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Currently enrolled graduate students at any university are invited to submit paper proposals for the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, to be held April 14-15, 2017 at Stanford University.

To apply, submit a single-spaced 300-word paper proposal and one-page bio via our online submission system at:

Initiated in 2010, the annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities brings together current graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in the humanistic disciplines. The conference provides a window into current research in Chinese studies, and serves as a platform for fostering interaction among budding scholars of geographically disparate institutions, facilitating their exchange of ideas and interests. Specifically, the organizing committee hopes that this conference will encourage interdisciplinary scholarship within and between literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, film and media studies, musicology and sound studies, as well as the interpretative social sciences.

Each year the conference also features a keynote address from a prominent Chinese studies scholar and an address from an alumnus who previously presented at the conference as a graduate student—both chosen by the student organizing committee. This year’s keynote address will feature Lydia Liu (East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University). Calvin Hui (Modern Languages and Literatures, College of William and Mary) will present the alumni keynote address.

Presenters will be provided with shared lodging, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch. Participants should seek travel funding from their home university.


Proposals/bios due: November 15, 2016 (5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)

Notification of acceptance by: December 12, 2016

Full papers due: March 31, 2017

Conference: April 14-15, 2017

For more information about the conference, go to:

Call for Papers: Sri Lanka Graduate Student Conference, Stanford University

The 2016 Sri Lanka Graduate Conference will be held on November 4th and 5th at the Center for South Asia at Stanford University. The conference is co-funded by the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies and the Center for South Asia, Stanford. As with the three previous graduate conferences, this workshop will bring together graduate students both in the final writing up stage and pre-research/planning stages from a variety of disciplines and institutions. The graduate conference aims to enhance intellectual exchange on Sri Lanka; emphasize the production of empirical and non-sectarian knowledge; focus attention on recent transformations of key concepts; strengthen and build a new cohort of researchers (and research) across disciplines and institutions; and strengthen relationships between American graduate students and local intellectual circles in Sri Lanka.

In 2016 our theme is Remember? Reconcile? Revise? Given that Sri Lanka is in the midst of discussing reconciliation mechanisms as well weathering new electoral and economic challenges, this year our focus is not only on the ways in which  the past features in the present, but also the multi-layered nature of the histories and memories being drawn upon. As in previous years we welcome papers from all disciplines and spanning all time periods.

The workshop takes place over 2 days. On November 4th, the first session will be a small closed pre-dissertation development seminar for selected participants (see below for details). On November 5th we will host three student panels.

We would like to invite three sets of participants. Firstly, paper and panel proposals for the three student panels. Panel proposals and single papers proposals are due on October 16th.  Secondly, we invite participants to apply for the pre-dissertation development seminar. This seminar is to assist graduate students in developing their research projects and will be a closed session for 4-5 participants. Students in Masters and PhD programs across the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply. Those interested in the Pre-dissertation Development Seminar should email a 300-word explanation of your interests and why you would like to participate by October 16th.

Those who wish to participate in the conference without presenting must send expressions of their interest by October. We have limited funding for travel. Please let us know if you are unable to access departmental funding.

Please send your proposals and inquiries with “Sri Lanka Graduate Student Workshop” in the subject line to Sharika Thiranagama at sharikat@stanford.eduInquiries prior to October 16th are most welcome.

Call for Papers: AAS-in-ASIA Conference, June 24-27, 2017

On behalf of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and the Research Institute of Korean Studies, Korea University in Seoul, Korea, we are pleased to invite colleagues in Asian studies to submit proposals for organized panels and roundtables (no individual paper proposals accepted) to be presented at the fourth AAS-in-ASIA conference to be held June 24-27, 2017 at Korea University, in Seoul, Korea.

The Program Committee for the AAS-in-ASIA conference seeks 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: Beyond Borders and Boundaries." 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.

Modern borders often define and divide nations, cultures, and traditions. However, both present-day experience and historical records reveal that people and goods have always moved across boundaries. Ideas and material goods, rather than being the exclusive monopoly of one region or nation, have generally been the objects of exchange, competition, and rivalry. Our proposed theme challenges the fixed notions of political boundaries of nations-states, and encourages scholars to reconsider borders as in progress and Asia as in motion. By thinking beyond borders and boundaries we enhance our understanding of how the concept of “Asia” was shaped in the past and is now reshaping the world. The special theme invites scholars to consider the peripheries and what happened beyond the center, either literally or figuratively. Rather than focus on the mainstream, future studies that examine the frontier or the perimeter can enhance our understanding and add depth to our understanding of Asia.

Panels are welcomed from scholars throughout the field of Asian studies, wherever they may be based academically, and are especially encouraged from scholars representing academic communities that are relatively underrepresented in international meetings. One of the goals of this AAS-in-ASIA conference is to foster lines of dialogue and scholarly communication that cross the ordinary (often nation-specific) boundaries of academic networks. Please note: The program committee will strongly favor and give preference to proposals that include participants from two or more countries, whether the panel focuses on a single nation or culture or focuses on some comparative dimension. The program discourages panel proposals from a group of scholars coming from the same institution. Generally speaking, panels with diverse (gender, academic rank, national origin, disciplinary approach) participation will be favored over narrowly constructed panels. Panels that address topics of broad relevance will also be preferred.

The deadline for proposal submissions is October 31, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Call for Papers: The 20th Annual Harvard East Asia Society Conference: Roads Through Asia 

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

The Harvard East Asia Society (HEAS) invites currently enrolled graduate students working across all disciplines to submit abstracts for its annual conference.

This year’s conference will be held from February 24-25, 2017. Participants should plan to arrive on or before February 24, 2017. 

The HEAS Conference Committee invites the submission of papers that examine Asia from various perspectives and disciplines, including but not limited to history, philosophy, religion, literature, art history, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, economics, political science, gender studies, environmental studies, and law. Preference will be given to work that speaks to multiple fields or engages critically with those categories and boundaries that define past and present research on Asia. 

In its twentieth year, the HEAS Conference is an annual forum for graduate students to exchange ideas and discuss research related to Asia. It is an opportunity for young scholars to present their research to their peers and to faculty members of Harvard University’s department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. The conference also helps participants to meet others doing similar research and to forge new professional relationships. 
Interested parties should apply via the online application form:

The application requires basic contact and background information as well as a 250-word abstract. The application deadline is November 15, 2016. Decisions will be emailed out in mid-December. Applicants whose papers are accepted will be required to submit their final drafts by February 1, 2017. The HEAS Conference Committee regrets that it is unable to provide travel stipends for participants and encourages participants to seek funding from their own departments.  
Eligibility and Application Guidelines: 
1.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in a program of graduate study. 
2.  Papers must be related to East Asia, Inner Asia or Southeast Asia. 
3.  Abstracts must be no longer than 250 words. 
4.  Deadline for abstract submission:  November 15, 2016
More information can be found on our soon-to-be updated website:
Questions or concerns can be directed to

Call for Papers: Explaining Famines, Defining Responsibilites

University of Turku, Finland - January 12-15, 2017

The transnational research project Comprehending the Core by Peeling the Concepts: Analyzing Famines in their Historical Contexts (COMPOT) invites individual paper and session proposals for its forthcoming thematic workshop. This will be the second of three workshops, which form part of a research project funded by NOS-HS. The public keynote lecture will be delivered by prof. Gormac O’Grada, University College Dublin, Ireland.

Famines have been a recurring strain on humanity throughout history. Despite the remarkable scientific and technical progress of the modern age, the threat of famine has not been eradicated. While numerous famines have been thoroughly examined, scholars still encounter difficulties in understanding why some food crises turn into famines while others do not. Conditions in both scenarios can be quite similar – yet outcomes differ. Furthermore, some explanations of famines tend to focus on human actions or dereliction of duties which are characterised as direct or indirect causes of famines. One cannot deny the significance of the issue. However, this approach raises questions whether a focus on responsibilities of some individuals, institutions or social groups divert the analysis away from structural and environmental factors and  whether there are alternative approaches for explaining the incidence of famine.

The main goal of this workshop will be to discuss various environmental, social, economic, political or cultural factors, affecting the outbreak of famines and sub­sequent relief initiatives. A reason for choosing this theme is that explaining those factors which contribute to famine incidence appears to be one of the most challenging but also the most essential tasks for famine historians.

The project COMPOT concentrates on famines in Estonia, Finland, Iceland, India, Ireland and Sweden. However, the programme committee is inclined to consider famines in other countries as well. Cross-country comparisons are especially welcome. Famines of any time period and any geographical extent are eligible.

The accepted papers are to be distributed in advance, and oral presentations will be limited to 10 – 15 minutes. The project aims to publish a selection of papers after peer-reviewing. The language of papers and presentations is English.

The project will support the participants’ travel and accommodation. The workshop will be hosted by the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies at Turku University.

Individual paper proposals should include an abstract of 250–500 words and one-page CV. Session proposals should contain a session abstract of 250–500 words, abstracts of three or four papers along with brief CVs of their authors. All these documents should be submitted by 31 October 2016 to the chair of the programme committee, Timo Myllyntaus [email:], via email in Word or RTF format.

Call for Papers: Annual Meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society

The 43rd annual meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society (FCHS) will take place in Aix-en-Provence, France, from 15 to 17 June 2017. The event will be hosted by the Archives nationales d'outre-mer.

This year's theme will be "Actors of French Colonialism, Famous and Unknown," which invites participants to focus on individuals but also on groups or peoples that played a role in the development of colonial empire. However, as usual, proposals on all aspects of overseas France will be considered.

The Society encourages students, scholars, and educators from all disciplines to submit proposals.

Individual paper proposals should include a 100-200 word summary with the title of the paper, name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and phone number, and a brief curriculum vitae, all integrated into a single file, preferably in MS-Word.

Proposals for complete panels or round tables will contain the same information for each participant, as well as contact information and a short C.V. for the moderator if one is suggested. The program committee can help find moderators, if necessary. Please indicate in your proposal whether audiovisual equipment is required.

Individuals wishing to moderate a session should send a statement of interest, contact information, and a brief C.V. as well.

Since the conference is being hosted in France, the organizers ask the participants to present in French whenever possible. Proposals should be submitted via email to by October 15, 2016.

The FCHS depends on membership dues. All conference participants must be or become members at the time of acceptance (January 2017). Unfortunately, the FCHS does not have funds to subsidize scholars' participation at the meeting. Graduate students, however, may apply for the Shorrock Travel Award; details are provided on the FCHS website (the application must be sent with the proposal).

Call for Papers: Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) 2017 Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ)

Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan
Dates: Late June/Early July (Tentative)
Submission Deadline: October 27, 2016

The ASCJ Executive Committee is now accepting panel, individual paper, and roundtable proposals for its 2017 Conference in Tokyo, Japan. Set in one of the leading capitals of East Asia, the conference provides a stimulating environment for intellectual exchange on a wide range of topics and themes pertaining to Asian studies. In 2016, ASCJ celebrated its 20th Anniversary with forty-seven sessions, and it will continue this interdisciplinary tradition with its 2017 conference at Rikkyo University. Please note that we are still negotiating the dates of this conference with the university. It will, however, be held on a weekend in June or early July and will not conflict with the AAS in Asia conference to be held in Seoul, South Korea.

The main ASCJ site has additional information on early bird registration and past conferences:

Contact Email:

Call for Papers: Stardom in Contemporary Bollywood: An Edited Anthology

Popular Hindi films stars are a vast but still largely untapped area of academic interest. Within film studies, a number of articles and book chapters have probed the significance of stars as compelling personas, industry assets and bellwethers of larger social trends. As yet, though, there is no volume or collection that brings together a set of reflections on stars and stardom in one forum. This edited volume fills this gap with a sustained and diverse consideration of the phenomenon of stardom in contemporary Bollywood.

Last date of submitting abstract, in about 250 words: 30 October 2016
Last date of submitting complete chapter: 31 August 2017

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Call for Papers: 2017 Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Currently enrolled graduate students are invited to submit paper proposals for the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities, to be held April 14-15, 2017 at Stanford University.

Initiated in 2010, the annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities brings together current graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in the humanistic disciplines. The conference provides a window into current research in Chinese studies, and serves as a platform for fostering interaction among budding scholars of geographically disparate institutions, facilitating their exchange of ideas and interests. Specifically, the organizing committee hopes that this conference will encourage interdisciplinary scholarship within and between literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, film and media studies, musicology and sound studies, as well as the interpretative social sciences.

Proposals/Bios due: November 15, 2016 (5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)

Notification of acceptance by: December 12, 2016

Full papers due: March 31, 2017

Conference: April 14-15, 2017

To apply, submit a single-spaced 300-word paper proposal and one-page bio via our online submission system at

For more information about the conference, go to

Call for Papers: International Journal of Buddhist Thought and Culture

The International Journal of Buddhist Thought & Culture (IJBTC) is published by the Academy of Buddhist Studies at Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea.  A special issue on Yogācāra thought (Vol. 26, issue 2) is scheduled to be published at the end of December 2016.  The editors have several papers from European and Asian scholars planned for the issue, and would like to solicit papers from North American scholars.  Papers can be on any topic related to Buddhism.  The papers should be no more than 10,000 words in length.  The journal offers an honorarium of 500 U.S. dollars for papers accepted by the journal.  Submitted papers need to be received by December 1, 2016.  Submission guidelines are found in the website below.  If you have questions please contact

Call for Papers: Fashioned from Holy Matter, Florence 6-7 July, 2017

This workshop draws attention to a particular type of image, which has not been studied yet as a group: images that were made of or shaped from holy matter, such as earth, stone, blood, sweat or wood. These materials might have been used as a support for painting, colour itself, as a modelling substance or as building material. The image-relic relationship—in particular, the insertion of relics into images/icons or reliquaries—and the miraculous properties of images in general have been the subject of sustained scholarly interest. In addition, the material properties of images and materiality, more broadly, are now major areas of study in both art history and a number of related disciplines. Yet little work has been devoted to the creative use of matter already perceived as holy or, vice versa, the later attribution of holiness to the substance of images.

Please send proposals of max. 500 words and a short C.V. by 30 November 2016 to the organisers: and

Deadline for submission is November 30, 2016.

See link for guidlines and more information about the journal:

Call for Papers: Workshop on Ethnographic Approaches to Race, Racism, and Racialization in China-Africa - New York University, January 13, 2017

The spectre of race haunts the China-Africa moment. A consequence of the steady stream of sensational stories about South-South interactions is the realization of W.E.B Du Bois’s observation that “crossings of the global color line make for anxious investigations.” The historian Jamie Monson argues that the study of “China-Africa” has become a “hot” topic precisely because the expansion of Chinese capital and migration to Africa (and vice versa) has disturbed implicit racial geographies and global hierarchies of value. Surprisingly however,  critical or intersectional perspectives on race have been limited in the emerging field of China-Africa studies. Political economists and ethnographers have frequently gestured towards issues of race, racism and racialization in African-Chinese interactions (or talked around it in terms of culture, language, ethnicity etc.), but a sustained in-depth, critical, and reflexive conversation is needed.  Instead, we have seen a pattern of impassioned apologetic or polemic responses that follow periodic “racist scandals” which appear in international media reporting on the topic. These scandals, ranging from a restaurant in Nairobi that banned black patrons after sunset, to a Chinese laundry detergent ad that recycled the trope of “washing” a black man into whiteness, have frequently become focal points in a predominantly “West-East” narrative of comparative racisms originating in the global North.  These scandals have been simultaneously interpreted as either tokens of “deep-seated” Chinese racisms or hypocritical “Western” media constructions or misinterpretations. These debates touch on the very definition of “racism” and its use in the discussion of global inequalities, discourses, and practices, both in the context of a “rising” global South and the lingering inequalities of the “West and the rest.” Missing from these discussions, however, have been the insights that ethnographic approaches could offer, or a critical stance on the positionality of experiences and claims about race, racialization, and racism.

We welcome pieces that touch on the questions and/or discussion topics above. Please send a short description of your research questions and topic along with a CV to Derek Sheridan ( and Melissa Lefkowitz ( The deadline to apply is Friday, November 18, 2016.

For more information about submission guidelines, follow the link:

Call for Papers: 11th "China Goes Global" Conference

June 15-17, 2017 University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway

The 11th Annual China goes Global© conference will be held in Kristiansand, Norway, located in the southern tip of the country.  We encourage paper writers, panel presenters, book authors, and PhD students researching China’s globalization to submit their work on our website (

China’s economic size and growth and prominence in today’s global institutions, political agreements, and economic development raise the need to examine how China affects the rest of the world and vice versa.  Particularly, we are interested in how Chinese movement of people, ideas, money and products affect other nations, industries and companies.  We seek multi-disciplinary, multi-method and multi-level studies on the globalization of China in general.

Submission deadline: March 1, 2017

Follow the link for submission guidlines and more information:

Call for Papers: Duke East Asia Nexus

Duke East Asia Nexus (DEAN) is now accepting submissions for our 2016-2017 issue. From 2009, DEAN has been publishing biannual academic print journals as well as maintaining an online blog ( on East Asian current affairs and culture. The submissions we are looking for include but are not limited to academic class papers or other research papers, creative writing (both fiction and nonfiction), original journalism and photography/photo-essays, and op-eds and shorter columns on current events. The priority deadline is Oct 15, but acceptance will be on a rolling basis until Dec 8. All the submissions should be sent to

Call for Papers: International Workshop Shadow Silk Road: Non-state Flow of Commodity, Capital, and People across Eurasia

25 – 26 May 2017, Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong

In March 2015, the Chinese government launched a development strategy known as One Belt, One Road – the former refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the latter the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The aim of this initiative is to promote regional economic cooperation of countries along the traditional Silk Road, now repackaged as the Belt and Road zone. Notably, the initiative is designed to enhance the orderly flow of economic resources in the zone, suggesting that it intends to bring to the fore the formalization of the historically informal, unofficial, and shadow trade along the Silk Road of Eurasia. It is thus an attempt to extend “the reach of the state” to the shadow economies of the borderlands in Eurasia.

Submissions deadline: Novermber 15, 2016

For more information, follow the link:

Call for Papers: Contemporary Postcolonial Asia

Education About Asia (EAA) is the peer-reviewed teaching journal of the Association for Asian Studies. Our print and online readers include undergraduate instructors as well as high school and middle school teachers. Our articles are intended to provide educators and academics in the humanities and social sciences who are often not specialists with basic understanding of Asia-related content. Professors and high school teachers also utilize many EAA articles and essays as student readings.  Qualified referees evaluate all manuscripts submitted for consideration.

Submissions deadline: November 30, 2016

For more information, follow the link:

Call for Papers: Third Annual Critical Asian Humanities Workshop

Duke University will host a select graduate student conference in conjunction with its third annual Critical Asian Humanities workshop, which will run from March 30 to April 1, 2017. Integrating approaches and methodologies from cultural studies, critical theory, and area studies, we identify Critical Asian Humanities as an interdisciplinary field that emphasizes humanistic inquiry while critically interrogating many of the assumptions on which the humanities have traditionally relied.

Submissions deadline: November 1, 2016
Contact Carlos Roja at for more information, or follow the link:

Call for Papers: South Asia and Latin America: Intellectual Junctures and Affinities (Deadline, extended!)

"South Asia and Latin America: Intellectual Junctures and Affinities" -- paper abstracts are invited for a roundtable panel at the 48th Annual NeMLA Convention (March 23-26, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.).

While studies of the Global South and South-South connections are of more recent vintage, unconventional intellectual exchanges of this type have long been occurring "off the grid." Specifically, such exchanges were occurring between South Asia and Latin America long before talk of BRICs and "third world solidarity." This session examines such intellectual junctures and affinities.

Submissions deadline: October 7, 2016

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Call for Papers: Gender and Empire (Journal of World History)

The Journal of World History seeks submissions on the topic of Gender and Empire. For more than three decades scholars have incorporated gender studies into traditional imperial histories to draw attention to the myriad ways in which imperial projects co-created modern gender identities. Emerging from scholarship on the major European empires of the 19th and 20th centuries (British, French, German, and Dutch), studies of gender and empire now include the United States, Russia, and Japan. Similarly, scholarship on colonized areas around the globe now includes Latin America, both postcolonial and neo-colonial, in addition to Africa and Asia. The range of research topics has also expanded considerably from literal intersections between gender and empire, as seen in policing prostitution and anti-miscegenation laws, to other less literal but no less body-saturated nanny/child relations; transnational foodways; and automobility to name a few. Regardless of foci, these approaches investigate formations of embodied race and gender identities as central to the ideology of imperialism as well as to the daily functioning of colonialism on the ground, with special attention to how the latter undercut the former.

Deadline for abstracts: December 1, 2016

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