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October 22, 2008

Call for Abstracts: Harvard East Asia Society Graduate Student Conference (Feb. 27 - Mar. 1, 2009)

Bridges and Borders in East Asia

The East Asian landscape is dominated by barriers that separate culture from culture and state from state, from the Korean Demilitarized Zone to the Great Wall to the Taiwan Strait. But borders are permeable and mutable, constantly shifting in position and meaning; frontiers connect the same spaces that they partition. The 2009 Harvard East Asian Society Conference Committee welcomes submissions addressing this theme of borders and border-crossings. We are looking for any work that bridges divides – between people, spaces, eras, ideas, cultures or disciplines. Often, the first bridges to be built are the first to be burned. Walls are enduring symbols of stasis; they are nonetheless sites of exchange. We look forward to exploring these paradoxes of social, cultural, physical and intellectual space.

The HEAS Graduate Student Conference is an annual conference which aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to exchange ideas and discuss current research on East Asia. The conference is an opportunity for young scholars to present their research to both their peers and eminent scholars in East Asian Studies. All panels will be moderated by Harvard University faculty.

We welcome submissions from graduate students in all disciplines. Papers should be related to this year's theme and to East Asia, Inner Asia, Singapore, or Vietnam. We will consider submissions of individual papers and panel proposals.

Eligibility and Application Guidelines:
1. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a program of graduate study ("postgraduate" in British degree classification systems)
2. Papers must be related to the conference theme AND to one or more of the countries of East Asia that share the Chinese cultural tradition, including Japan, Korea, Inner Asia, Singapore and Vietnam
3. Abstracts must be no longer than 250 words, submitted exactly as directed on the HEAS Conference website
4. Deadline for abstract submission: November 30, 2008 (Sunday)
5. Detailed instructions and more information are available on our website: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~heas/conference/

Inquiries:
For general conference inquiries, please contact: heasconference@gmail.com
For abstract submission inquiries, please contact: heas.abstracts@gmail.com

Posted by zzhu at October 22, 2008 09:26 AM