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October 21, 2011

International Conference: Imperial China and Its Southern Neighbours

Imperial China and Its Southern Neighbours
Organized by the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS, Singapore
Location: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
Dates: 28-29 June, 2012

A. Rationale:
The northern periphery of China, from the late Neolithic and the Bronze Age up to modern times, has been carefully scrutinized, both by Chinese scholars and foreign researchers. Even traditional Chinese sources, such as the standard histories, devote considerable attention to the peoples, cultures, and states of the northern and northwestern border regions of the Chinese heartland. Since the Chinese state began in the northern portion of its current configuration and received demonstrable, formative inputs from the north and northwest, it is understandable that correspondingly greater attention would be paid to the north than to the south, particularly during the early periods of the development of the Chinese nation. In contrast, the southern rim of China has been relatively poorly studied, despite the fact that the languages, ethnic groups, and cultures of the south are every bit as complex, interesting, and important as those of the north.

In this conference, we propose to remedy this disparity by giving due emphasis to the south as a vital region of social, economic, and cultural interaction between Sinitic and non-Sinitic peoples. First, however, we must recognize that “the south” has not been a fixed entity or a static, well-defined region during the last three millennia of Chinese history. Rather, it has been defined by a continuously changing, amorphous boundary with the north. Indeed, there has been a gradual encroachment of the north upon the south. This has been documented in modern scholarship already more than half a century ago by Harold J. Wiens, China’s March Toward the Tropics (1954; also published under at least one other title), and C. P. Fitzgerald, The Southern Expansion of the Chinese People (1972).

A dramatic change occurred around the time of the fall of the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316) and the founding of the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420). This was a time of crisis in the northern heartland, one which was precipitated by climatic distress and consequent geopolitical realignments. The net effect was to catapult large numbers of northerners southward, quickening the pace of expansion and assimilation.

The aim of this conference is to go beyond the bare facts of history in an attempt to understand the dynamics of north-south interaction and exchange. Through examination of art, literature, material culture, trade patterns, and other cultural and economic manifestations, we seek to show that the communication between north and south was by no means unidirectional and that it had profound consequences for diverse aspects of society throughout East Asia, Southeast Asia, and beyond. For example, much of what is referred to as Taoist religion actually consists of elements and practices transmitted from the south. Another salient characteristic of late medieval Chinese culture was tea drinking, but this too was brought from the “barbarian” south. Such conspicuous instances of the northern assimilation of southern culture prompt us to ask precisely what were the mechanisms whereby such aspects of culture were transmitted and what were the processes by means of which they became a part of the national culture.

We wish to emphasize that, although we begin with the premise of an originally northern-based China interacting with and encroaching upon the south, it is not our intention for this to be a China-centered conference. Instead, we would also like to investigate how the south viewed the north and assimilated aspects of northern culture. Only through a balanced approach that gives due recognition both to the north and to the south do we feel that full justice can be done to the theme of our conference.

This conference will bring together scholars who work on various groups living in the southern reaches of China and in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Our focus will not be restricted only to contiguous land masses, but will also take into account the burgeoning ocean trade and migration that have occurred during the last two millennia and more. Naturally, both insular and continental societies will be taken into consideration.

We do not want to give the impression that our subject area is one of virgin territory. Indeed, much valuable scholarship on the relationship between the north of China and the south has accumulated during the last couple of centuries. A good indication of the state of our field may be had by perusing the classic work by Wang Gungwu entitled The Nanhai Trade: Early Chinese Trade in the South China Sea (1954) and the collection of materials in China and Southeast Asia, Routledge Library on Southeast Asia, 6 vols. (London: Routledge, 2009). Nonetheless, we believe that the time is ripe to take stock of the current level of knowledge and bring to bear new bodies of evidence from diverse disciplines.

Our overall purpose is to better understand the nature of the societies and cultures that lie to the south of the Chinese heartland and to bring the south into the mainstream of historical studies.

B. Keynote lecture
The keynote lecture for this conference will be given by Professor Wang Gungwu, Chairman of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

C. Call for papers
This 2-day conference will examine the following questions and problems that are germane to understanding the relationship between north and south: geographical terminology (e.g., China, Jiangnan, East Asia, the East Asian Heartland, the Extended East Asian Heartland, the Yellow River Valley, the Yangtze River Valley, Southern China, Lingnan); transmission of literary themes and genres; linguistic interactions; artistic and musical interplay; folkloristic motifs; trade and migration patterns; religious missions and pilgrims; etc. The timeframe of the conference covers from the earliest periods of interaction between the Yellow River Valley and the lands to the south up to the end of the Qing Dynasty (1911).

Paper proposals are invited from scholars engaged in any aspect of related studies. Proposals should be received by no later than 19 November 2011, and successful applicants will be informed of their acceptance by 10 December 2011. Proposals should include a title and a 400-word abstract, together with a short biography of the applicant.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in a volume edited by Victor H. Mair.

All participants will be provided with three nights accommodation in Singapore. Requests for assistance with airfares, especially from participants based in Asian countries, will be sympathetically considered.

Proposals should be directed to:
Imperial China and Its Southern Neighbours Conference
Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119614
e-mail: nscconferences@iseas.edu.sg

Please note the conference title in the Subject line of your email

Organizing committee:
Victor H. Mair
Tansen Sen
Geoff Wade
John Miksic
Lu Caixia

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October 19, 2011

2012 SPAS Graduate Student Conference:Asia/Pacific Junctures: Challenging notions of Regionalism and Interdisciplinarity

2012 SPAS Graduate Student Conference

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s School of Pacific and Asian Studies is seeking papers and presentations for its 23rd annual Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be held from April 11–13, 2012 at the university’s Center for Korean Studies in Honolulu. The theme this year is “ASIA/PACIFIC JUNCTURES: CHALLENGING NOTIONS OF REGIONALISM AND INTERDISCIPLINARITY.”

In particular, we are looking for papers and presentations that:
• Incorporate interdisciplinary approaches
• Challenge concepts of “traditional” and “contemporary”
• Present Asian and/or Pacific performance practices
• Engage with new and emerging trends in Pacific and/or Asian Studies
• Provide insights on the importance of area studies
• Challenge approaches based on a national or regional focus
• Involve any other original research on Asia and/or the Pacific
As this year's theme indicates, we are most interested in accepting papers and performances that deal with Asia and the Pacific in a manner that challenges notions of regionalism and interdisciplinarity. With this goal in mind, we also encourage those with a background in the arts to apply with performance proposals.

Email conference organizers for the submission form. Please complete the submission form and submit it by December 20th 2011, following the guidelines and instructions on the form. When submitting, please rename the file from “2012 SPAS Abstract Submission Form.doc” to “Applicant’sLastName_Applicant’sFirstName.doc” and email it togradconf@hawaii.edu by the submission deadline.

Abstract submission deadline: December 20th, 2011

Conference Dates and Location:
April 11–13, 2012
Center for Korean Studies
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Limited partial travel grants to the conference site may be available.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference planning committee at gradconf@hawaii.edu. For more information, please refer to our Facebook page: “2012 SPAS Graduate Conference.”

Thank you and we look forward to reading your submissions!

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October 17, 2011

Revolutions, Post-Revolutions and Counter-Revolutions

16th Annual CLIFF
(Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum)
March 16-17, 2012
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Over the past two years, political uprisings and revolts have proliferated throughout the Arab world; more recently, protesters in New York have taken to the streets with calls for revolution. It is with these current events in mind that we propose an inter-disciplinary discussion of the diverse histories and instances of revolution—political, literary or social—and their aftermath.

In the spirit of the Department of Comparative Literature’s “Year of Anachronism,” we propose to engage with the historical contingency of the terms and concepts suggested by revolutions, post-revolutions and counter-revolutions. We maintain that experimentation and innovation in the arts—as well as the articulation and advancement of social and political revolutions—may be seen as a plurality of expressions, contingent on distinct historical contexts and cultural traditions, the movement and appropriation of intellectual and artistic ideas, asymmetrical power relations, and varying levels of tolerance for change.

In the context of literature, we would particularly like to examine how Western/ European categories and periodizations of “revolutionary” literary movements such as realism, avant-gardism, modernism and post-modernism have remained dominant, in spite of alternative avant-gardes, modernisms and realisms in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Similarly, we might ask whether theoretical models of revolution are also dominated by Western/European categories in spite of the abundance of revolutions in the non-Western world.

Abstracts of approximately 300 words for 15-minute presentations due: December 9, 2011.

All submissions and questions should be addressed to: cliff.umich@gmail.com

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From the Adriatic to the Sulu Sea: Islam and Identity in Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia

Call for Papers
February 10-12, 2012
Franke Institute for the Humanities
The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

This conference is the third in a series comparing two edges of the Islamic world. The first “Islam at the Edges: Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia” was held at Northern Illinois University 30 March 2009, the second “Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia: Islam, Mergers, and Margins” at Malaysian National University 4-5 January 2011, and the third “From the Adriatic to the Sulu Sea: Islam and Identity in Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia” is planned for the University of Chicago for February 10-12, 2012.

Our choice of Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia for the foci of these conferences is motivated by the fact that in each of these regions at opposite ends of the traditional Islamic world Islam is an important historical and social factor that continues to interact with both previous and subsequent cultural traditions and political realities in ways that are informatively comparable. This third conference understands “identities” in the broadest possible manner, and the papers will examine phenomena from music and literacy to politics and spirituality and beyond.

If you are interested in presenting at this conference, please send a title and brief abstract (1-2 paragraphs) to Meredith Clason, Associate Director, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES) (mclason@uchicago.edu) by November 15, 2011. Notification of acceptance will be given by December 15, 2011.

This conference is sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at the University of Chicago and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University. Both Centers are supported by National Resource Center funds from Title VI of the US Department of Education.

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October 10, 2011

The Philippines and the World The Ninth International Conference on the Philippines

ICOPHIL-9: The Philippines and the World
The Ninth International Conference on the Philippines
28-30 October 2012 at Michigan State University
The Ninth International Conference on the Philippines will be held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan USA, October 28-30, 2012. Please note the change from the previously announced dates.
Held at approximately four-year intervals since 1980, this conference seeks to bring together specialists in all academic areas concerning the Philippines or Filipinos anywhere in the world. Within the context of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary sessions we aim to foster interdisciplinary conversations among academics, policy makers, and interested members of the global community that will bring about greater understanding of Philippine matters and address issues of importance for the future of the Philippines and of Filipinos in the homeland and its diasporas. Some of the round-table sessions will be internet-based to incorporate presenters located outside the United States.
We seek proposals for full panels, individual papers, and poster presentations. Papers should be original works that have not been published or presented elsewhere. Most panels will run for 2 hours, including at least 30 minutes for audience discussion. Proposals for individual papers will be accepted pending the ability of the conference organizers to place them within an appropriate disciplinary or problem-centered session. Additional opportunities are available for poster-presentations.
Papers and panels are sought in all disciplinary areas, including the traditional Philippine Studies areas, as well as applied and developmental areas. Participants with specialized knowledge are sought for round-table discussions on topics of continuing importance, including the state of Philippine studies, the Philippine economy within the Pacific Basin, transparency in Philippine public life, and anticipated effects on the Philippines of global climate change.
The conference registration fee will be $100 for faculty and professionals and $50 for students. The banquet, which is subsidized, will be an additional $10. Registration forms, payment details, and travel and lodging information will be available on the conference web page, which may be accessed after November 15 through the web site of the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University: http://asia.isp.msu.edu/
In partnership with The Asia Foundation limited numbers of scholarships will be available to cover airfare, lodging, and meals for students enrolled at colleges or universities in the Philippines whose proposed presentations are judged superior and who would otherwise not have been able to afford to participate.
Panel and paper proposals from potential participants in the Philippines will be vetted by the Philippine Studies Association in Manila. Submit by March 1, 2012 to:
Bernardita R. Churchill
President, Philippine Studies Association
Tel: (02) 921-4575; Fax: (02) 926-1347
Mobile: 0910-4905371
Panel and paper proposals from potential participants outside the Philippines will be vetted by the program committee in the U.S. Submit by March 1, 2012 to:
ICOPHIL Committee
Asian Studies Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1035

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October 04, 2011

4th International Conference on Hmong Studies

Call for Papers/Presentations
March 30 - 31, 2012
Concordia University, St. Paul
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

The Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University-St. Paul is pleased to announce its Fourth International Conference on Hmong Studies.

The purpose of this conference is to provide opportunities for emerging and established scholars to share their research on Hmong related topics, to inspire and motivate students to engage in scholarly research, and to recognize distinguished scholars for their work in the field of Hmong Studies.

Call for Papers/Presentations

The Fourth International Conference on Hmong Studies is seeking proposals for individual papers and organized panels. The deadline for submission of proposals is October 31, 2011. Complete papers are due on February 26, 2012. Selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume by the Center for Hmong Studies.

For individual papers, please provide the title, a 250-word abstract, name and affiliation, contact information and a one-page curriculum vitae or brief biography. Individual presentations should run no longer than 20 minutes, excluding time for questions.

Organized panels should consist of three to four panelists and one moderator. Please provide a title, brief description of the panel, 250-word abstracts for each paper, and the names and institutional affiliations of all participants. Each panel is allotted 1 hour, inclusive of open forum. Please submit panel proposal to Xiong@csp.edu.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Language development and changes
Teaching of Hmong language
Culture and society
War experiences in Laos
Political participation
Business endeavors (or maybe development)
Hmong in the media
Religious beliefs and practices
Impact of changing demographics on collective outlook and identity
Higher education
Health and wellness
Acculturation and integration in various societies?
Changing gender roles within the Hmong community
Intergenerational issues
Being Hmong and American
Impact of tourism on Hmong culture and village life in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and China
All tracks will be presented in English unless noted. When submitting your abstract/proposal, please indicate whether your presentation will be in Hmong, English or other languages. Proposals should be submitted to Xiong@csp.edu.

Please direct questions concerning this Call for Papers or the conference to:

Lee Pao Xiong
Center for Hmong Studies
Concordia University, St. Paul
275 North Syndicate Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
Phone: 651-641-8870

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October 03, 2011

Early Myanmar and its Global Connections: An International Conference

Bagan Archaeological Museum, Myanmar
Date: 10-12 February 2012

In collaboration with the Myanmar Ministry of Culture, the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore will be convening an international conference on ‘Early Myanmar and its Global Connections’ at the Bagan Archaeological Museum in Bagan, Myanmar over the three days 10-12 February 2012.

The conference will bring together scholars from Myanmar and abroad for two days of paper presentations on topics relating to the external connections of early Myanmar polities (up to the 16th century). The formal conference will be followed by a further day of site visits in Bagan. The purpose of this gathering is to examine the external linkages of the major Myanmar polities and their urban centres prior to the 16th century. It is hoped that the papers presented, to be subsequently published in an edited volume, will offer a state-of-the-field overview of the relations between historical Myanmar polities and other Mainland Southeast Asian political and cultural centres, including those of the Tai, Thai, Mon and Khmer, as well as with the polities of India, China and maritime Southeast Asia. The languages of the conference will be Myanmar and English.

It has often been the case that the history of the ancient cities of Myanmar has been examined in splendid isolation, without sufficient reference to their external links which, it must be affirmed, were and remain integral and essential elements for any functioning metropolis in history or today. It is this aspect of regional and broader connectivities of Myanmar polities which we hope to underline through this conference.

Paper proposals based on original research are sought from scholars around the world. Interested scholars are invited to send a short abstract of their proposed paper together with a brief biographical note. Some funding for international travel and accommodation in Myanmar will be available, but if you are able to fund any of your own expenses this should be noted in your proposal. Research institutes throughout the world are also invited to nominate scholars whose participation in the conference they will financially support.

Proposals should be submitted to:

'Early Myanmar and its Global Connections' Conference
Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Pasir Panjang
Singapore 119614

Email: nscconferences@iseas.edu.sg

Please note the name of the conference in the Subject line. Applications close on October 20 and successful applicants will be advised in early November.

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Cambodia Studies Conference 2012: Imagining Cambodia

The Cambodia Studies Working Group and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ohio University, the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Center for Khmer Studies, invite the submission of individual papers and panels for an international Cambodia Studies conference scheduled for September 14-16, 2012. The theme “Imagining Cambodia” opens the possibility of presentations in the arts as well as the social sciences and humanities, encourages interdisciplinary/ multidisciplinary projects, and promotes creative work on both future possibilities and re-imagined versions of the past. What is beyond a post-conflict society? How are new histories being constructed? What visions of the future are being expressed through painting, drama, and literature as well as economic policy and new patterns of political participation? Papers that focus on Cambodian Diaspora communities are welcome.
In addition to regular academic panels with paper presentations, the format will include special themed panels where papers are circulated in advance to all registered participants for in-depth discussions on the particular topics. Please feel welcome to suggest themes and participants for these panels.
The conference will open for registration Thursday afternoon September 13, with panels Friday and Saturday, dinners Friday and Saturday evenings with a musical performance Saturday night and a trip on Sunday morning the 16th to the Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial in Chicago, ending midday. More information on speakers and performers will be forthcoming.

Save the dates! September 13-16, 2012

For the submission of 250 word abstracts: March 15, 2012
Deadline for submission of completed papers for themed panels: June 15, 2012
We are currently seeking funding to help subsidize participation by graduate students in the US and scholars from Cambodia.
Please send your title and abstract and all queries to: CambodiaConf2012@niu.edu

Members of the Cambodia Studies Working Group at NIU:
Kenton Clymer, Trude Jacobsen, Kheang Leang, Judy Ledgerwood and Kheang Un.
NIU is located 60 miles from downtown Chicago, Illinois in the far western suburbs.

PDF of this Call for Papers: http://www.cseas.niu.edu/cseas/conferences/CambodiaConf2012/cfp.pdf

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