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July 23, 2013

Non-Elite Histories of Decolonisation in Southeast Asia

CFP for "Non-Elite Histories of Decolonisation in Southeast Asia" panel at SEA Studies Symposium, Oxford, 22-23 March 2014.

Location: United Kingdom
Call for Papers Date: 2013-09-01
Date Submitted: 2013-07-22
Announcement ID: 205295


I am seeking papers for a panel on the topic of "Non-Elite Histories of Decolonisation in Southeast Asia" for the Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, Oxford, 22-23 March 2013.

Examples of this include, but are not limited to, studies of alternative, unsuccessful nationalist visions and/or organisations; studies of decolonisation from the perspective of non-elite languages, religions, and classes; studies of decolonisation from sub-regional, irredentist, and transnational perspectives; and the role of geography, demography, and the environment in determining the contours of decolonisation in Southeast Asia.

If interested, please send an abstract of up to 250 words to PJ Thum, aritpt@nus.edu.sg, by 1 September 2013. Thank you.

Pingtjin Thum
Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore

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Buddhist Meditation: History, Culture, Development, Science

The Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce an interdisciplinary graduate student conference to be hosted on the UVa Grounds in Charlottesville, VA from Feb 28 to March 2 on the theme of “Buddhist Meditation: History, Culture, Development, Science.”

In recent years, Buddhist meditation has come to be studied within an increasing number of academic disciplines within the humanities and social sciences as well as the physical sciences. At the same time, there has also been an explosion of interest in the functional applications of Buddhist and Buddhist-derived meditation techniques within a wide range of professional fields including education, medicine and care giving, athletics, and business.

This conference will provide a collaborative forum for both established and emerging scholars from a diverse range of academic
and professional disciplines to showcase their research and engage in discussion about the range of methodological approaches currently being brought to bear on the study of Buddhist meditation and to discuss and contextualize current appropriations and transformations of Buddhist contemplative practice. The conference will include:
• Keynote address by Georges Dreyfus(Williams College) [to be confirmed].
• Innovative interactive panels, in which selected graduate students will present and discuss their research.
• A symposium investigating contemporary definitions and applications of contemplative practice (Details to follow).

Call for Paper Proposals
Along the lines of this year’s theme, we are looking for paper proposals from students currently enrolled in M.A. or Ph.D.
programs from a diverse range of disciplines including: Religious Studies, Area Studies, History, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Neuroscience, Medicine and Care-giving, Visual and Performing Arts, Education, and Art History. We strongly encourage proposals that stretch received boundaries and
challenge the way we study and think about Buddhist meditation. The papers that will be chosen for presentation will be those that
not only reflect excellent research and inquiry within their respective fields of study, but also demonstrate a relevancy to other
disciplines and illuminate some of the challenges that arise when we approach Buddhist meditation in the academic world. Some potential approaches include:
• Problems in studying the historical development of Buddhist meditation
• Critical investigations into the secularization and re-contextualization of Buddhist meditation practices
• Behavioral, interpersonal, and ethical dimensions of Buddhist meditation
• The role of the visual and performing artsin Buddhist meditation practice
• How the body has been perceived and utilized within specific Buddhist contemplative systems
• The role of creativity and innovation vis-à-vis lineage and “tradition”
• Therapeutic and instrumental(vs. soteriological) applications of Buddhist meditation
• Institutionaland pedagogical frameworks
• The role of the literary in Buddhist meditation traditions (e.g. biography, philosophical literature, poetry, etc…)

Paper Proposal Submission Guidelines
Please submit an abstract of your paper of not more than 500 words, along with your name, university and department affiliation,
and a brief bio, to gradbuddhismconf2013@gmail.comby September 30, 2013. You will be notified by November 15 of the
status of your proposal, after which we will publish a detailed schedule of the conference.
* Due to generous support we are pleased to announce that we will be able to provide accommodation and partial travel stipends
for those accepted panelists who are unable to secure funding from their home institutions.

We also warmly welcome and encourage non-presenting graduate students and academic scholars to attend at their own cost. Regrettably, we cannot provide letters of invitation to international presenters and attendees for visa purposes, as we are not equipped to take legal responsibility for international visitors. Thus, all travel and visa arrangements are your own responsibility.

If you require further information or clarification, please contact the conference organizers at: gradbuddhismconf2013@gmail.com

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July 16, 2013

Conceptualizing Cyber-Urban Connections in Asia and the Middle East

Conceptualizing Cyber-Urban Connections in Asia and the Middle East

23-24 January, 2014
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Web announcement: www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1456

This multidisciplinary conference aims to bring together young scholars and leading experts and theorists to better understand and re-theorize the ‘cyber-urban’ connections in urban Asia and the Middle East that affect people, networks, and social and built environments. We invite submission of papers that address the reflexivity of cyber and urban spaces, both empirically and theoretically, in different national contexts, pertaining to social change in Asia and the Middle East. Central questions include, but are not limited to:

-How do cyber-urban connections materialize in the city?
-How can we better understand the interplay between online mobilizations and the production or occupation of urban spaces?
-How do emerging alternative or subaltern cyber-urban spaces inform urban theory?
-How do spaces (online and offline) contribute to insurgent activities?
-To what extent does insurgency need both cyberspace and physical space to be successful?
-How do socially marginalized people engage in online-offline forms of mobilization to gain political leverage or pursue their own projects?
-How do comparative contexts in Asia and the Middle East differ in any substantial ways in their cyber-urban insurgency experiences?

Paper proposals should include title, an abstract (max 300 words) and a brief biographical sketch (max 150 words). Please submit your proposal by 1 September 2013 to Dr Asha Rathina Pandi at ariarp@nus.edu.sg. Please use the online proposal submission form. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 October 2013 and will be required to send in a draft paper of 5,000 - 8,000 words based on unpublished material by 15 December 2013.

Participants are encouraged to seek funding for travel from their home institutions. Based on the quality of proposals and the availability of funds, partial or full funding is available for successful applicants. Full funding would cover air travel to Singapore by the most economical means plus accommodation for the duration of the conference.

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Divergent Approaches to Cambodian Visual Cultures

Divergent Approaches to Cambodian Visual Cultures

December 6 - 8, 2013
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Web announcement: www.siemreapconference.org/index.php?page_id=1

The theme of the 4th Siem Reap Conference on Special Topics in Khmer Studies seeks to promote scholarship which tends to be positioned outside the traditional conventions of Khmer Art History. Participants in this international dialogue will explore theories, methodologies, eras and subject matter that have escaped the gaze of traditional Khmer art historical studies. The committee invites submissions from all disciplines including Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Cultural Studies, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, with the principal requirement being that the theme of the submission relates specifically to Cambodian visual culture. Input from researchers studying Cambodian art from the middle, modern, and contemporary periods that approach their chosen material in novel and challenging ways are particularly encouraged.

Colleagues who wish to present a paper at the conference should submit a paper title and abstract (approx 150 words) by August 15, 2013 to the organising committee at committee@siemreapconference.org.

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Alay at Laya: International Conference on Bonifacio and Mabini

Alay at Laya: International Conference on Bonifacio and Mabini (Philippines)

17-19 April 2014
Manila, Philippines
Web announcement: alayatlaya.nhcp.gov.ph/?p=1#more-1

In 2013 and 2014 the Philippines will commemorate the 150th birth anniversaries of two leaders of its struggle for independence from Spain and the United States: Andres Bonifacio (born 30 November 1863), who founded the revolutionary movement against Spain; and Apolinario Mabini (born July 1864), who led the first cabinet of the Philippine Republic and resisted American imperialism. To honor both men and the movements they engaged in, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines will hold an international conference in Manila on 17-19 April 2014.

The conference offers an opportunity for scholars from the Philippines and abroad to share new knowledge about the Filipino anti-imperialist struggle in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a way of commemorating the lives and sacrifices of Andres Bonifacio and Apolinario Mabini.

Abstracts of individual papers and proposals for panels and for roundtable discussions are invited. The deadline for proposals is 15 October 2013. Proposals (500 words) must be accompanied by a brief bio-data (200 words).

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July 12, 2013

Transnationalism, Regional Governance and Autonomy - Bridging New Generations in ASEAN and East Asia

Symposium: Transnationalism, Regional Governance and Autonomy - Bridging New Generations in ASEAN and East Asia, Tokyo, August 1, 2013
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The Campus Asia-EAUI Program and the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific
Studies, Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) will be hosting an
international symposium entitled "Transnationalism, Regional
Governance and Autonomy - Bridging New Generations in ASEAN and East
Asia" on August 1st, 2013. We cordially invite you to participate in
our symposium and also request you to forward this message to your
colleagues who may be interested.

The symposium will consist of two parts. In the morning we will
invite Professor Dr. Komaruddin Hidayat, the Rector of Jakarta Islamic
State University in Indonesia to deliver the Keynote Speech.
Professor Hidayat is a well-known and world-renowned Muslim scholar
and intellectual who works on issues of cultural pluralism and
inter-religious dialogue, and his Keynote Speech will address the
importance of cultivating the next generation of human resources by
facilitating communication based on respect for diversity. In the
afternoon, we will have two workshop sessions, where distinguished
scholars from ASEAN and East Asian countries will discuss key themes
for building cooperation and friendship in Asia, including issues such
as transnational civil society and soft power diplomacy.

This symposium will be held to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of
ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation with a generous support from
the Japan Foundation.
It will also be held as a part of the Campus Asia-EAUI Program which
is jointly run by universities in Japan (Waseda University), Singapore
(Nanyang Technological University), Thailand (Thammasat University),
Korea (Korea University) and China (Peking University). The Campus
Asia-EAUI Program aims to cultivate the next generation of leaders,
scholars, and professionals who will be armed with a high level of
expertise and a deep understanding of the diversity in Asia.

The basic information about the event is provided below. For further
details, check the following webpage:
http://www.waseda.jp/gsaps/eaui/research_program/joint_research_program_symposium_first_en.html

Schedule: August 1st, 2013 (9:45-17:50)
Venue: 7th Floor, 19th Building, Waseda University, Tokyo,
Japan(http://www.waseda.jp/gsaps/info/traffic_en.html)
Host: Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies & Campus Asia-EAUI
Program, Waseda University
Support: Japan Foundation
Language: English
Note: Advance registration is required for attending the symposium. To
register, send your full name and affiliation to campus-asia@list.waseda.jp.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact us at
campus-asia@list.waseda.jp.

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July 09, 2013

Conceptualizing Cyber-Urban Connections in Asia and the Middle East

Conceptualizing Cyber-Urban Connections in Asia and the Middle East
Date: 23-24 January 2014
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1456

In the 2010s, we witness a surge of protests and mass movements across the globe. All of these insurgencies have two elements in common. One is that they are intricately connected and facilitated by the Internet. The other is that occupying politically potent spaces in the city is crucial in gaining political leverage for pursuing reform. Connecting these two elements remains inadequately studied, however. The many conferences aimed at understanding the role of new and social media as tools of protest tend to remain in networks of cyberspace, and urban studies have also lagged in linking urban space with cyberspace.

As individuals continue to live in a networked society, with one foot in the virtual and the other in the material world, the more coherent understanding of the changes and transformations in society should include an interrogation of the interdependencies between online and offline domains. How does cyber-activism translate into the production of urban spaces, and, conversely, how does access or lack of access to urban spaces reflect back to online mobilizations?

This multidisciplinary conference aims to bring together young scholars and leading experts and theorists to better understand and re-theorize the ‘cyber-urban’ connections in urban Asia and the Middle East that affect people, networks, and social and built environments. We invite submission of papers that address the reflexivity of cyber and urban spaces, both empirically and theoretically, in different national contexts, pertaining to social change in Asia and the Middle East. Central questions include, but are not limited to:

How do cyber-urban connections materialize in the city?
How can we better understand the interplay between online mobilizations and the production or occupation of urban spaces?
How do emerging alternative or subaltern cyber-urban spaces inform urban theory?
How do spaces (online and offline) contribute to insurgent activities?
To what extent does insurgency need both cyberspace and physical space to be successful?
How do socially marginalized people engage in online-offline forms of mobilization to gain political leverage or pursue their own projects?
How do comparative contexts in Asia and the Middle East differ in any substantial ways in their cyber-urban insurgency experiences?

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

Paper proposals should include title, an abstract (max 300 words) and a brief biographical sketch (max 150 words). Please submit your proposal by 1 September 2013 to Dr Asha Rathina Pandi at ariarp@nus.edu.sg. Click here for proposal submission form. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 October 2013 and will be required to send in a draft paper of 5,000 - 8,000 words based on unpublished material by 15 December 2013.

Participants are encouraged to seek funding for travel from their home institutions. Based on the quality of proposals and the availability of funds, partial or full funding is available for successful applicants. Full funding would cover air travel to Singapore by the most economical means plus accommodation for the duration of the conference.

CONTACT DETAILS
Conference Convenors
Dr Asha RATHINA PANDI (ariarp@nus.edu.sg)
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Dr Peter MAROLT (marolt@nus.edu.sg)
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Dr Merlyna LIM (Merlyna.lim@asu.edu)
Arizona State University & Princeton University, USA

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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July 03, 2013

Asian Business History Conference

Asian Business History Conference, July 13-14, 2013, Thammasat Business School, Tha Prachan Campus, Bangkok, Thailand

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Conference: Asian Business History Conference

Theme: "Siam then, Thailand now: Creating Thai Capitalism during two Eras of Globalization"

Conference Description:
National economies differ. The world anno 2013 is comprised of national economies with infinite number of distinct characteristics such as the role of the state in business, financial systems, the nature of firms, ownership regimes and mechanisms for the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship. Although much is known about the varieties of capitalism that developed in Europe, North America and Japan, historical research on those in emerging economies is still relatively limited. This conference entitled, "Siam then, Thailand now: Creating Thai Capitalism during Two Eras of Globalization"
will contribute to filling this gap in existing scholarship by addressing the many internal and external forces that shaped the development of Thai capitalism in the broader context of global business history.

In order to understand Thai capitalism today, it is necessary to start with its origins since the nature and dynamics of business and the institutional setting in Thailand can only be revealed through longitudinal, in-depth and systematic studies. This conference will attempt to map a history of Thai capitalism by focusing on its main catalysts. It will therefore not trace all of the stages of the globalization process for the simple reason that some periods had a greater impact on Thai economic development than others.

The eras selected for discussion and debate during the conference will help to delineate the process of the formation of Thai capitalism. The transformations that took place during each era laid the groundwork for a path-dependent, enduring trajectory in the decades to follow. The first era from the 1880s to the 1920s witnessed Thailand's early integration into the global economy that occurred thanks to the introduction of essential new technologies such as electricity and the entry of modern multinationals from the West. The second era starting in the 1950s can be characterized by the acceleration in the globalization of the Thai economy via inward and outward foreign direct investment. The introduction of new managerial know-how mainly from Japan changed the way local businesses operated and interacted.
The interplay between internal and external forces-some of which sparked greater efficiency and growth while others caused devastating
shocks-occurred throughout Thai business history and continue to influence and redefine "Thai capitalism" in its ever-changing political and economic context.

The program can be found on the conference website:
http://tbsbusinesshistory2013.tbs.tu.ac.th

For further information, please contact me directly.
Julia Yongue
Hosei University
Tokyo, Japan
jyongue@attglobal.net

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