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April 30, 2013

CFP: Consensus and Conflict in Contemporary Vietnam

Vietnam Update 2013: Consensus and Conflict in Contemporary Vietnam

The Australian National University, Canberra, 31 October - 1 November 2013

As they approach four decades since the end of the Vietnam Wars, most people in today's Vietnam have no direct personal experience of war or revolutionary violence. Most have known only peace and political stability as they have attempted to benefit from a postwar expansion in socio-economic opportunities and widening of social and cultural horizons. Is this era of peaceable change durable? Have the factors that contributed to decades of destructive wars and divisive social, regional and religious conflicts been resolved decisively?
This Vietnam Update is devoted to the examination of consensus and conflict as key dimensions of contemporary Vietnamese life. The organizers of this year’s Update seek papers which combine first-hand research with critical analysis and the ability to place the conference theme in wider social context. We are particularly interested in the following sets of questions:

1. In an era of globalization and markets what is the ‘glue’ that binds together Vietnamese society? What integrating or co-ordinating role is played by state institutions? How effective are the country’s longstanding political institutions in responding to demands for change?

2. Is nationalism–official and non-official–a unifying force? What other rallying-points and processes promote consensus and community from ‘micro’ to ‘macro’ societal levels?

3. How important in the regulation of social, economic and political affairs are formal conventions and written agreements? Are unwritten norms and rules potentially more binding? What part is played in the regulation of social life or in mobilisation for change by sentiments, memories, stories, symbols and rites?

4. Despite an official emphasis on stability and harmonious integration, conflicts and disputes are a prominent feature of Vietnam’s domestic landscape. What do disputes and conflicts tell us about the grievances and fault-lines that divide the society? By what means, formal and informal, are such disputes articulated, managed and resolved? Of what relevance today are the politics of resistance and revolution by which the ruling party came to power?

5. What are Vietnam’s prospects and means for peaceable dealings with its neighbours, most importantly with China? How might Vietnam find itself aligned in emerging regional, transnational and global conflicts? What structures, forces, passions and trends shape the country’s negotiation of its fast-changing regional context and new security challenges?

Interested writers are invited to submit paper proposals on the above themes. We do not expect each paper to address all the sets of questions noted above. We would like, however, each paper to take up issues from more than one of these sets. Papers can approach the issues in different ways; we expect variety in this regard. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged Contributions should endeavour to put the discussion in comparative perspective.
Proposal Submission: Contributors should send their proposals and a one page CV to Philip Taylor by 25 May 2013. Email: Philip.taylor@anu.edu.au

Each proposal should be no longer than 600 words. The proposal should outline how the paper relates to the issues highlighted in the above set of questions and the kind of research the paper will be based on. The conference organizers will then decide which proposals to accept. We will then extend invitations to the authors of the selected proposals to prepare and present their papers to the conference. The organizers also reserve the right to solicit papers, if necessary, from individuals who did not submit proposals.
Funding for travel and accommodation is available and details will be discussed later with each paper presenter.
Paper Specifications: The paper itself should be submitted 30 days before the date of the conference. The paper should not exceed 10,000 words and it should include appropriate bibliography and citations. Each paper should include an abstract of 200 words.
Presentation and Publication: We envisage about ten paper presentations during a one and a half day workshop in Canberra on 31 October and 1 November 2013.
At the Update each author will have approximately 40 minutes to summarize what her/his paper argues and the evidence used. The conference will also have to other presentations about recent political and economic developments in Vietnam. The full text of the paper may be included subject to any necessary revisions to meet publication requirements, in a refereed book that we hope will be published within a year after the conference.
For more information on this Vietnam Update theme or questions about paper proposals please contact the Update convenors John Gillespie (john.gillespie@monash.edu) and Philip Taylor (philip.taylor@anu.edu.au).

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CFP: Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies

Asia in Memory and Imagination

Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies
September 27-28, 2013
Weber State University, Shepherd Union Building, Ogden, Utah 84408

We welcome faculty, scholars and students from all disciplines to submit proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, poster exhibits, or workshops.
Proposal Deadline: August 1, 2013
Visit our website: www.weber.edu/WCAAS
Contact: Greg Lewis, Program Chair, 801-626-6707 or glewis@weber.edu

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CFP: Urban Hybridity in the Post-Colonial Age

December 16-20, 2013
Deadline for applications: May 16, 2013
Co-hosted by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Macau. Ph.D. students accepted to the program will have the opportunity to present their research and receive productive critical feedback from scholars and their student peers. The session will close with a one-day conference where selected participants will present their revised papers. Academic Directors: Prof. Engseng Ho (Duke), Prof. Akhil Gupta (UCLA) and Prof. Michael Herzfeld (Harvard). See the IIAS program page for more details and information on how to apply www.iias.nl/masterclass/urban-hybridity-post-colonial-age.

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April 09, 2013

Being Muslim: How Local Islam Overturns Narratives of Exceptionalism

Call for Proposals
Being Muslim: How Local Islam Overturns Narratives of Exceptionalism

Web announcement: as.vanderbilt.edu/religiousstudies/IslamProject.php

The overwhelming majority of Muslims worldwide live outside the Middle East, especially in Africa and Asia, but the Islam they practice is generally devalued in public discourse in favor of the idealized Arabic-centric standard forms, especially found in Saudi Arabia and Egypt; likewise the majority of Muslims worldwide do not speak Arabic. This project seeks to bring together several generations of scholars from all parts the world to complicate our—and the public’s—understanding of the ways Islam has naturalized itself in communities worldwide, including more recent developments in Europe and America.

To apply, please submit a title and 250-300 word précis to Morgan Cates, Administrative Assistant, Department of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University, email: morgan.cates@vanderbilt.edu. It would be most helpful if you would include an updated CV or the URL of your personal website where your credentials can be found. Scholars from all ranks, independent and within the academy, are encouraged to apply. Electronic submissions only.

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Thailand in the World

Call for Papers
Thailand in the World

Web announcement: sydney.edu.au/southeast-asia-centre/thai-studies-2014/call-for-panels-papers.shtml

The International Conference on Thai Studies is held every three years, hosted either by a Thai university or by a university outside of Thailand where there is an interest in Thai studies. The University of Sydney is pleased to host the next conference from 22 to 24 April 2014.

Abstracts of papers due by 1 September 2013.

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History, current and future directions of Buddhism in Australasian region

Call for Papers
History, current and future directions of Buddhism in Australasian region

6 - 8 February 2014, Perth, Western Australia.

Web announcement: www.buddhismandaustralia.com/
Deadline for Abstracts: September 30, 2013
Submit to the following e-mail: info@buddhismandaustralia.com

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Date: 14-15 November 2013
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1425

Asia’s rapid ascension to become a beacon of 21st century development has ostensibly rendered the region that much more dynamic and fluid. In particular, the continent now seems abuzz with activities involving the circulation of large numbers of people and goods between and within countries and urban centers. While mobilities have long been a staple in Asian societies and a force of social transformation throughout history, a greater need/desire for mobility in recent years has impelled new ways of being on the move in Asia. Of note, fresh outlooks have emerged in relations to the organisation of. as well as people's aspirations for, migration and transport mobilities—at times resulting in new innovations and phenomena, and at others, seeing the importation and re-circulation of different models.

Shifting the focus to these themes inevitably plugs Asian social research to literatures subscribing to the mobilities turn. Of note, there is growing awareness among scholars that societies are principally loose formations shaped and reshaped by the very condition of flux and restlessness, rather than stable, self-evident entities. From how urban rhythms alter the city’s fabric to how international travel is governed, scholars have outlined the disparate ways in which places are animated, made meaningful, and moulded out of mobile ideologies and practices. The resulting scholarship is also one that does not seek to locate stasis, but one that tries to unfix apparent, but misleading, 'fixities'.

Despite this newfound emphasis, the mobilities literature has remained rooted in the Anglo-American context within which it first gained prominence. Its disposition, it seems, remains to valorise, even universalise, ‘western’ theories, terminologies and perspectives about moving, so much so that 'Other' expressions of mobilities have been silenced or excluded. This conference thus invites scholars to explore ways of retrieving these lost knowledges of mobilities through a deliberate (re)turn to ‘Asia’. In particular, the region is taken as a collective of centres for re-understanding and re-theorising mobilities in their plurality and, especially, how migration and transport have compelled new social outlooks and modes of organisation in ‘Asian’ contexts. In building such a cosmopolitan case, participants are encouraged to engage with the following questions:

• What do mobilities (and mobile subjects) mean in the region, and how are they expressed through migration and transport?
• How have mobilities in Asia developed over time and through disparate historical pathways?
• What are the impetuses for mobilities in Asia, particularly where organised movements are involved?
• How do different forms of mobilities intersect and to what extent have they challenged regulatory regimes in Asian contexts?
• How do we theorise mobilities in Asia vis-à-vis other regions?


Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract of 300 words maximum and a brief personal biography of 150 words for submission by 14 June 2013. Please send all proposals to Mr Weiqiang Lin at weiqiang.lin.2011@live.rhul.ac.uk. Click here for the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Successful applicants will be notified by 14 July 2013 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5000 - 8000 words) by 14 October 2013.

Based on the quality of proposals and the availability of funds, partial or full funding will be granted to successful applicants. Participants are therefore encouraged to seek funding for travel from their home institutions. Full funding cover air travel to Singapore by the most economical means, plus board and lodging for the duration of the conference.



Prof Brenda YEOH
Asia Research Institute, Department of Geography,
and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore

Mr Weiqiang LIN
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
E| weiqiang.lin.2011@live.rhul.ac.uk


Miss Sharon ONG
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
#10-01 Tower Block,469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
E| arios@nus.edu.sg
T| +65 6516 8784
F| +65 6779 1428

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April 02, 2013

Living Alone: Single-Person Households in Asia

Living Alone: Single-Person Households in Asia
Date: 21-22 NOVEMBER 2013
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1420

The primary objective of this conference is to advance theoretical and empirical knowledge on the formation of single-person households in Asia and their implications for individual well-being and intergenerational relations. We invite submission of papers to examine the trends and determinants of single-person households in Asian countries. Longitudinal and comparative works are particularly welcome.

Family structure in Asia has undergone significant changes in the past several decades. A fast-growing trend that has raised concerns by scholars and policy makers is an increase in single-person households. By 2020, it is estimated that four out of the top ten countries with highest number of single-person households in the world will be in Asia. The increase raises questions regarding how family functions, and indeed regarding the definition of family system itself. Statistics show a high level of heterogeneity among groups who live alone, some by choice, others out of needs. The increasing number of single-person households for both young adults and elderly warrants special attentions as they are the two groups with the highest propensity to live in a single-person household. This group of population may be at higher risk of financial stress or social isolation. In particular, studies on solo-living of young adults are rare in the Asian context. In the face of vastly different paces of change, structurally and culturally, in the region, research that examines the trends of single-person households in different Asian societies would help us to understand the impacts of social changes on families in Asia.

Participants are invited to address the following themes in the conference. Cross-national and cross-temporal studies and empirical studies with theoretical implications are especially welcome:
• Overall trends: Single-person households in Asian countries
• Single-person households and living alone: Demographic and socioeconomic profile
• Micro- and macro-determinants living alone arrangement - Urbanization, migration, cultural values, demographic structure, and policy and institutional context:
- for the young and mature adults
- for the elderly
• Gender, social class and ethnic differentials: Cultural and structural explanations of the gender ,class and ethnic differences in forming single-person households in Asia
• Individual outcomes: Well-being, and economic outcomes
• Social support and isolation: Issues of public assistance, family and community network, geographical proximity of the family
• Intergenerational relationship: Elderly care, childcare, intergenerational transfer
• Policy considerations: Implications on the elderly and child care, welfare, urban planning and migration policy
• Conceptual and methodological challenges – Data source, measurement and definition


We invite those interested in participating in the conference to submit original paper proposals. We expect to publish selected papers from those accepted for presentation in a monograph/special journal issue. Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract of 300 words, a short biography of 150 words, and should be submitted on the attached form and sent to Ms Valerie Yeo at valerie.yeo@nus.edu.sg by 20 May 2013. Click here for the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Successful applicants will be notified by 14 June 2013.

Based on the quality of proposals and the availability of funds, partial or full funding will be granted to successful applicants. Participants are therefore encouraged to seek funding for travel from their home institutions. Full funding will cover air travel to Singapore by the most economical means, plus board and lodging for the duration of the conference.



Prof Wei-Jun Jean YEUNG
Asia Research Institute, and Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore
Email: ariywj@nus.edu.sg

Dr Adam Ka-Lok CHEUNG
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Email: arickl@nus.edu.sg

Valerie YEO (Ms) :: Management Assistant Officer (Events), Asia Research Institute :: National University of Singapore :: 469A Tower Block, #10-01, Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770 :: 65-6516 5279 (DID) :: 65-6779 1428 (Fax) :: valerie.yeo@nus.edu.sg (E) :: www.ari.nus.edu.sg (W) :: Company Registration No: 200604346E

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