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August 22, 2011

CFP: Intercity Networks and Urban Governance in Asia

Intercity Networks and Urban Governance in Asia
Organized by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Date: 8 – 9 March 2012
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1200

This multidisciplinary conference examines urban governance in Asia from the perspective of intercity networks. Asia is home to around half of the world’s urban population and many of the most populous cities. Over recent years, urbanization has been fueled by rapid economic growth, industrialization and shifting global trade flows towards Asia, as well as by issues relating to rural poverty, unemployment and environmental degradation. Across Asia, mayors, city administrations and urban residents have been trying to keep pace with urbanization by initiating networks of cooperation to deal with shared challenges such as public service delivery for burgeoning populations, community building and the management of limited resources for livable and sustainable cities. In the process, some cities are emerging as centers of innovation and best practice in urban governance within and beyond the Asian region, or are perceived as such.

This event explores the relationship between urban governance and intercity networks in Asia, as well as the structures and processes of intercity network formation and how such cooperative arrangements are maintained, strengthened or dissolved over time. Intercity networks of collaboration are not a new phenomenon, having long preceded the modern nation-state in the form of myriad formal and informal networks between imperial city-states. Today, intercity networks are being reconfigured by globalization and the unprecedented movement of information, peoples, technologies, commerce and cultures between cities, which in turn open up new possibilities for urban governance in increasingly diverse societies.

We invite the submission of theoretical and empirical contributions to the study of modern Asian intercity networks in different areas of urban governance. In this, we encourage papers that reflect the diverse character of Asia’s intercity networks in relation to local governance issues. Some Asian cities form part of global networks with a worldwide presence and global membership base through extensive usage of internet technologies (for example, Metropolis [World Association of Major Metropolises], United Cities and Local Governments [UCLG], and WeGo [World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments]). Others emphasize more traditional and personalized connections to protect and promote cooperative agreements between cities through travel, educational and cultural exchange programs (for example, through ‘twin town’ and ‘sister city’ schemes, and via study tours). Many other city networks have emerged in direct response to common challenges around specific issues of good governance, sustainable urban development, cultural heritage and environmental protection (such as Cities Alliance [Cities Without Slums], ICLEI [Local Governments for Sustainability]; CITYNET, Cities Development Initiative for Asia, Asian Productivity Organization, and Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center).

Questions that will guide the conference proceedings to speak across integrated themes include:

- To what extent are new forms of association and engagement through intercity networks complementing and/or replacing more traditional forms of governance in Asian cities?

- Who, or what, speaks for ‘the city’ in the establishment of collaborative networks about urban governance?

- To what extent are intercity networks inclusive of diverse members of civil society? Are the representatives of intercity networks receptive and responsive to the viewpoints of their key community stakeholders?

- Are Asian cities passively or actively mapped into broader networks of intercity collaboration, and to what degree does meaningful dialogue and exchange actually take place?

- In what ways are Asian cities able to assert themselves as cities of global prominence and as models of best practice in good governance through the mobilization of intercity networks?

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words using the Paper Proposal Submission Form.

Please send your form to Dr Michelle Miller at arimam@nus.edu.sg by 15 November 2011.

Successful applicants will be notified by 30 November 2011 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by 10 February 2012.

Conference Convenors
Dr Michelle MILLER
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Email: arimam@nus.edu.sg

Assoc Prof Tim BUNNELL
Asia Research Institute and Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
Email: geotgb@nus.edu.sg

Miss Sharon ONG
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
#10-01 Tower Block,469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
Email: arios@nus.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 6516 8784
Fax: (65) 6779 1428

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August 12, 2011

CFP: Southeast Asia: Between the Lines

Call for Papers
Southeast Asia: Between the Lines
Graduate Student Conference at the University of Michigan
December 9-10 2011
Abstract submission deadline: October 28, 2011.

In 2010, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at the University of Michigan celebrated its 50th anniversary with an interdisciplinary conference on the state of Southeast Asian Studies. CSEAS is now hosting Southeast Asia: Between the Lines, a graduate student conference and workshop. The conference aims to continue conversations on Southeast Asia across disciplinary lines, build connections between graduate students at different institutions, and facilitate intensive interactions between participants, both faculty and students. Support for this event comes from the Henry Luce Foundation and U-M’s Rackham Graduate School.

Southeast Asia: Between the Lines invites submissions from graduate students to participate in the two-day conference. The first day features presentations in four moderated panels. The second day features discipline-focused workshops facilitated by invited moderators. Graduate students submitting papers will be expected to attend both days and prepare for the workshop according to the facilitator’s request.

Invited moderators/workshop facilitators are: Ian Baird, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Vicente Rafael, University of Washington; Dan Slater, University of Chicago; and Anna Tsing, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Graduate students are asked to submit original work that falls under one of the following categories:
• Anthropology and Culture, Sociology (Ian Baird)
• History and Pre-Modern Legacies, (Vicente Rafael)
• Politics and the State (Dan Slater)
• Environmental Sustainability and Local Resources. (Anna Tsing)
Please submit abstracts (500 words or less) to Kate Wright at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies: katemw@umich.edu. The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday, October 28, 2011.

If accepted, graduate students will receive a modest travel subvention and meals during the conference. There are a number of hotels in the Ann Arbor area, and students can arrange to stay for free at the homes of local graduate students.

Notification of acceptance will be on or before Friday, November 4, 2011, and we request that participants confirm their attendance by Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Papers will be due to the organizers by Monday, November 28, 2011.

Please direct questions to Kate Wright at katemw@umich.edu or 734-764-5261.

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August 11, 2011

Mahidol University Conference: Re-making Historical Memory in Southeast Asia

Welcome to..

“Re-Making Historical Memory in Southeast Asia”
1-2 December 2011

Salaya Pavilion Hotel and Training Center
Mahidol University International College (MUIC)
Salaya Campus, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.

Keynote speakers:
Prof.Dr.Charnvit Kasetsiri
Asst.Prof.Dr.Michael Montesano

Jointly organized by:
Social Science Division,
Mahidol University International College,Thailand &
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities,
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

See website: http://www.muic.mahidol.ac.th/conference/ssd/
for call for papers and registration form

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August 08, 2011

CFP: On Cosmopolitanism and Southeast Asia: imaginings, mediation and movement

Conference: On Cosmopolitanism and Southeast Asia: imaginings, mediation and movement
16 -18 February 2012
Organised and hosted by Island Southeast Asia Centre, School of Culture, Language and History, The Australian National University.
ABSTRACTS DUE: 15 September 2011
Keynote speaker: Prof. Pheng Cheah (University of California, Berkeley)

This conference follows a series of conversations started in the first “Intersections of Area, Cultural and Media Studies Workshop” hosted by the Southeast Asia Centre at The Australian National University in February 2010. The aim of the workshop was to focus debates and discussions on potential benefits of Southeast Asian studies engagement with cultural studies and media studies. The present conference focuses on the notion of “new cosmopolitanism”, the juncture of the social, political and cultural aspects of cosmopolitanism.

Cosmopolitanism, as a concept, has engendered much discussion, mainly in the last decade or so, in social, postcolonial and some areas of cultural studies. Many scholars agree that there are different forms/modes of cosmopolitanism. They recognise the Western (European) origin of the concept and its association with elitism, but increasingly recent theorisations agree on the need to accommodate diversity brought about by colonialism (in the past) and globalisation, and notions such as 'cosmopolitanism from below', ‘alternative cosmopolitanism’, as well as ‘rooted cosmopolitanism’. Concepts of ‘situated cosmopolitanism’ and ‘cosmopatriots’ have been raised specifically to the region of Asia and/or Southeast Asia.
This conference aims to contribute towards furthering our thinking on the concept of ‘new cosmopolitanism’, aiming to examine and enquire into Southeast Asia’s (nations and the region) membership of the global community. It recognises Southeast Asian nations are emerging nations with economic and political leverage within the region, and as a region vis-à-vis the rest of the world. This conference is interested in the process of socio-cultural changes that such inter-connectedness may foment or produce. The topics of discussion will necessarily evolve around issues of travel, hybridity, identities, social diversity, race and ethnicity, language, international politics, political economy and gender.

In conjunction with the series theme of “intersections” of the three areas of studies: culture, media and area, this conference organising committee calls for papers that deals with the following topics, focusing on the region’s inter-connectedness with cosmopolitan issues of human rights, democracy, identity, diversity:
• Travel/diaspora/migration
• Media, media industries and politics
• Global culture and identity
It will ask questions such as:
• How do we imagine ourselves as Southeast Asians within the global/cosmopolitan environment we live in today? How have these imaginings affected the everyday life of Southeast Asians? How important is regionalism in the everyday imaginings?
• How are the individual states within the region negotiating with issues of people, social and political movements that have reverberations across the region and the rest of the world, and/or vice versa? Is regionalism a solution or deterrence?
• How are these issues mediated between Southeast Asia and the rest of the world? What role (if any) has global media (including new social media) in the social and political changes within the region? How effective has this new global media been to local socio-political change?
• How have recent events (political, technological, etc.) in the region change the way we think of concepts such as “cosmopolitan patriotism”, “rooted” or “alternative cosmopolitanism”?
• In answering some of these questions, what new light can we throw onto our reconceptualization of the idea and practice of “area studies”? How should we do “area studies” in an era of ‘world openness’ and global connectedness?

Inquiries can be directed to sea-cosmopolitan@anu.edu.au We welcome abstracts of up to 250 words by September 15, 2011.

For further information, visit us at: http://chl.anu.edu.au/islandseasia/conference/

Dr. Amy Chan
South/Southeast Asia & Middle East Collection
Division of Information
Scholarly Information Services/Library
R G Menzies Building (#2)
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia
T: +61 2 6125 1753
F: +61 2 6125 0734
W: http://anulib.anu.edu.au

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CFP: Indonesian Urban Cultures and Societies

The Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta will organize the third International Graduate Student Conference on Indonesia. The international conference will be held on November 8-9, 2011 at the Graduate School Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, with the theme INDONESIAN URBAN CULTURES AND SOCIETIES

This conference will invite 3 experts on these related issues. These tentative Keynote Speakers are:
Assoc. Prof. Goh Beng Lan (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Prof. Dr. Danang Parikesit (Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia)
Assoc. Prof. Freek Colombijn (Vrije University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

We invite all Graduate Students from various disciplines working on Indonesia to submit abstracts and papers on the basis of current research on the contemporary issues of Indonesia. The themes of submitted abstracts/papers can cover various aspects of people's life in relation to the main theme of the conference, such as:
history, philosophy, law/legal aspect, social, culture, language, literature, religion/beliefs, environment, politics, democracy/human right, education, economics, management, agriculture, health, international relations, media studies, arts, gender issues, and others.

Panels will be organized later according to particular themes/issues of students' abstracts/papers. We also welcome any proposal to organize a panel on a particular theme with its panels' coordinators (scholars), a number of students' abstracts under the same theme, and discussants for each session in the panel (if any). The Steering Committee would review both the individual abstracts and the proposed panel/s. Selected papers in each panel will be considered for publication in edited manuscripts.

The conference will be held bilingually (English and Indonesian).

Abstract submission deadline : August 30th, 2011
Abstract Review : September 1st-14th, 2011
Announcement : September 16th, 2011
Paper submission deadline : October 15th, 2011
Registration for presenters : October 15th, 2011
Registration for participants: November 2nd, 2011

Please send abstract (maximum 350 words) to the Organizing Committee:
Nina Mariani Noor, MA : igsci@ugm.ac.id & igscindonesia@gmail.com

Sent by: Nina Mariani Noor, M.A (Organizing Committee)
Handphone: +62 87838656575
Email: igsci@ugm.ac.id and isgcindonesia@gmail.com
Website: www.igsci.pasca.ugm.ac.id
Administrator 3rd International Graduate Students Conference on Indonesia
The Graduate School
Gadjah Mada University
Jl. Teknika Utara, Pogung, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Telp/Fax: +62 274 564239

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August 02, 2011

CFP: Politics of Religion in Asia: An International Conference

Politics of Religion in Asia: An International Conference
Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, International Programs
University of Iowa
Date: May 12-13, 2012

This conference will focus on the relationship between religion and
politics in Asia, including but not limiting to China, Hong Kong,
Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and India. It intends to address
two related topics: the development of religion and the role of
religion in politics. We encourage paper proposals examining the above
topics by relating to any aspect of state policy, economic
modernization, and traditional culture. Both single-country and
cross-country studies are welcome. We are particularly interested in
theoretically informed studies using primary research materials.

The conference will pay for the participant’s airfare and lodging if
his/her paper is accepted. The final papers will be published in an
edited volume. The deadline for submitting the paper proposal is
October 1, 2011, and the deadline for submitting the conference paper
is April 13, 2012.

The proposal should include:

* Author’s name
* Current job title
* Institutional affiliation
* Contact information (email, mailing address and phone number)
* Paper abstract (100-300 words)
* Author’s CV (no more than 3 pages)

Please send your proposal via email to:
Professor Wenfang Tang
Department of Political Science
University of Iowa

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