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August 20, 2012

Inter-Asian Connections IV, October 2, 2012

Call for Workshop Proposals
Inter-Asian Connections IV

DEADLINE: October 2, 2012

Conference: Istanbul, Turkey (October 2-5, 2013)

Inter-Asian Connections IV: Istanbul is the fourth conference in a series, following on conferences held in Dubai in February 2008, Singapore in December 2010, and Hong Kong in June 2012. As with the preceding events, this four-day conference aims to effect a paradigm shift in the study of the Asian expanse, re-conceptualized as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, to East Asia. Workshops will have the dual aim of showcasing innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines as well as exploring themes that transform conventional understandings of Asia.

The Inter-Asian Connections Conference Organizing Committee - composed of representatives from the Social Science Research Council, Yale University, the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at the University of Hong Kong, Göttingen University and Koç University - is pleased to announce an open call for proposals from faculty members at accredited universities and colleges in any world region to organize and direct one of four-to-six thematic workshops at the Istanbul conference.

Proposals are invited from faculty interested in organizing and directing a workshop that addresses one of the following broadly conceived fourteen themes:

1. *The Social Life of Capital in Asian Cities *

2. *Green and Brown in Asia*

3. *Hubs and Hinterlands*

4. *Connected Empires*

5. *Food and Foodways *

6. *Universities and New Transregional Classes *

7. *Politics of Racialization *

8. *Land Speculation across Asia*

9. *Media and the Politics of Accountability *

10. *Aging Societies : public policies, intimate dynamics, and biotechnologies*

11. *Inter-Asian Tourism*

12. *The Post Neo-Liberal State*

13. *Refugees in the Making of Asia*

14. *Picturing and Fictionalizing Asia*

Each workshop should have two directors (with different institutional affiliations and preferably representing different disciplines) who, if selected, will be expected to help recruit and choose ten international workshop participants (senior and junior scholars, graduate students, other researchers) competitively from across relevant disciplines in the social sciences and related fields.

The full text of the request for proposals, along with information on the application process and eligibility can be found on the program's website: www.ssrc.org/programs/interasia-program/. For additional inquiries, please contact interasia@ssrc.org.

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Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF)

Call for Entries
Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF)

Organized by Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) and Vietnamese Language & Culture (VNLC), ViFF will take place over two weekends from April 4-7 & April 11-14, 2013 at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. The Opening Night will be held at Edwards University Cinema 6 in Irvine.

PRODUCTIONS ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION: Feature-length and short productions of any content (not necessarily related to Vietnam or Vietnamese) by persons of Vietnamese descent living anywhere around the world or productions by anyone about Vietnamese people or culture in the following categories:


Films must have English subtitles if they are not in the English language.


Entries MUST BE POSTMARKED no later than December 1, 2012. We will announce final selections by early March 2013.

Rough cuts are acceptable with final film versions shown in April 2013.

For more information and an entry form, please visit www.VietFilmFest.com. Please email ViFF@vaala.org if you have any questions.

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August 13, 2012

Imagining Cambodia: Cambodia Studies Conference

Conference Announcement
Imagining Cambodia: Cambodia Studies Conference

September 13-16, 2012
Northern Illinois University
Website: www.cseas.niu.edu/cseas/conferences/cambodiaconf2012/index.shtml

Imagine what is beyond a post-conflict society. How is the future expressed in dance, music, drama and literature, as well as in economic policy, social identities and political participation? How is the past re-imagined?

Seventy papers, drawn from a variety of disciplines, will explore the concept of ‘Imagining Cambodia’ on September 14-15. Two special topics panels, on contemporary Buddhism and modern choreography respectively, will supplement the 18 concurrent panel sessions.

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CFP: Global Encounters in Southeast Asian Performing Arts

Call for Papers
Global Encounters in Southeast Asian Performing Arts

I wish to inform you of a forthcoming symposium to be hosted by Bangkok University, Thailand and University of Victoria, Canada.

The World Symposium on Global Encounters in Southeast Asian Performing Arts: International Theatre Festival, Conference and Workshop will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 1-3 February, 2013. The main objective of the symposium is to function as a platform of exploration, in search of a lasting live performance culture that can establish an influential and sustainable position in Southeast Asia, regardless of whether it is expressed in traditional, contemporary or postmodern form. It is a communal gathering for performing arts academics, practitioners and enthusiasts with the aim of establishing a productive dialogues and common ground with regard to ways in which Southeast Asian creative arts will survive under the tremendous pressure of the global spectrum of changes currently taking place.

There will be 4 distinctive themes of the conference panels; ‘performance & new media’, ‘traditional performance in the changing world’, ‘spectrum of contemporary vs. intercultural performance’, and ‘transnationalism and globalization’. The themes of the international theatre festival and workshop are also both interrelated and operated under the themes.

If you would like to contribute and participate, please go to www.buworldsymposium.com. The deadline for abstracts are on 30 September 2012.

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August 03, 2012

Asian Borderlands Research Network Conference

3rd Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network
Connections, Corridors, and Communities

The conference is organized by the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore; International Institute for Asian Studies, the Netherlands; the Asian Borderlands Research Network; in collaboration with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

Date: 11-13 October 2012
Venue: University Hall, National University of Singapore, Lee Kong Chian Wing, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119077

Extensive land and maritime networks have crisscrossed Asia for centuries, providing the basis for encounters between diverse ethnic, linguistic, economic, religious, and political groups. Today, developments such as new infrastructural projects, an increase in media access, and renewed interest in shaping cross-border cultural identities serve to both underscore these long-standing linkages and create new forms of connections across Asia. During the 3rd Asian Borderlands Research Conference in Singapore, presentations will address continuities and ruptures along routes and borders in Asia, broadly related to the theme, Connections, Corridors, and Communities.

Connections: How are Asian borderlands made more (or less) visible through the study of cross-border connections? In what ways does the idea of the “borderland” remain resilient throughout political and historical ruptures? What are the characteristics of various kinds of connections that are being created (as well as cut off) in Asian borderlands?
Corridors: Are networks and paths throughout Asian borderlands being forged, reopened, diverted, or closed, and what are the effects of such processes? Can one conceive of “corridors” in relation to maritime or island borderlands, information technology networks, or bodily borders in Asia?
Communities: What constitutes a “community” or “communities” in and across Asian borderlands, and how might these be contingent upon other factors, such as politics, environmental issues, and history? What are some of the barriers and restrictions to the creation of communities in the context of Asian borderlands? In what ways is a community defined by the state, by organizations, and/or by local individuals?
Conference registration fee - Observers
The registration fee includes a conference kit, teas, lunches and one dinner.

Regular (before 1 September): 125 euro
On-site: 150 euro

(PhD) students:
Regular (before 1 September): 80 euro
On-site: 100 euro

Information and Registration
For more information and registration, please visit the website at http://asianborderlands.net

* Prof. Prasenjit Duara (Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore)
* Prof. Tansen Sen (Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore)
* Prof. Willem van Schendel (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
* Dr. Tina Harris (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
* Dr. Erik de Maaker (Leiden University, the Netherlands)

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