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August 30, 2013

CFP: International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages

Call for Papers
Second International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages

March 7-8, 2014
Covel Commons @ UCLA
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2013

Our conference will focus on heritage/community language studies as a multidisciplinary field. We seek submissions from disciplines including but not limited to anthropology, demographics, linguistics, sociology, applied linguistics, policy, psychology, bilingualism, education, and assessment. You are invited to submit a proposal for a poster, a paper, or a panel. (A panel submission can accommodate up to four individual papers under a common theme.)

Proposal submission is a 2-step process:
1) Please file your proposal for a poster, a paper, or a panel, here 2014conf.nhlrc.ucla.edu/default.aspx?cmd=default\home. Before submitting, you will be required to register and create a password, and then can log in to the system to submit your proposal.
2) In addition, to facilitate review and program organization, please complete an information form here forms.international.ucla.edu/ApplicationForm.aspx?Ev-x70LO46hTY9x4yOltT_Q2LlB7EEo3rfAYu8yUekM=.
(Please make sure to complete both these steps. Proposals will go out for external review, and our database capacity does not allow us to have a single submission site that can simultaneously process submissions, reviews, and program organization.)

Conference Registration
Registration will open in November, 2013. Registration fees are as follows: REGISTRATION REDUCED
We are pleased to announce that registration fees are reduced due to a generous contribution from UCLA. Registration will include two lunches and a reception on Friday night.
• Early registration (from opening through February 7, 2014): $180 for registrants other than graduate students; $100 for graduate students
• Registration after February 7: $225 for registrants other than graduate students; $150 for graduate students
• $75 to attend a pre-conference workshop on Thursday, March 6, from 4-7 p.m.: “Attending to the Needs of Heritage Language Learners in Mixed Classrooms.” Workshop registration will be available on the main conference registration site.

Questions Re Abstract Submission, Contact: Susie Bauckus sbauckus@international.ucla.edu
General Questions? Contact: Gerda Lobo gerdalobo@gmail.com; Claire Chik chik@international.ucla.edu

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Seeing-Sounding Social Transformation in (The Music of) Philippine “Theaters”

Conference Announcement
Seeing-Sounding Social Transformation in (The Music of) Philippine “Theaters”

A conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Abelardo Hall in the University of the Philippines Diliman
18-20 September 2013
Sponsored by the University of the Philippines College of Music and UP College of Mass Communication
Web announcement: music.upd.edu.ph/event_seeing-sounding_transformation2013.html
Registration fee (inclusive of lunch and snacks, conference kit, certificate of attendance and concert admission): Php2,500. For inquiries, please email josiebaradas@gmail.com.

An interdisciplinary conference in the humanities and performing arts that interrogates the critical role of theaters (including music, song, and dance) as a tangible representation of political processes in public spaces and as an expression of Filipino peoples' historical experience, identity, and aspiration. Social meanings of performances will be explored across a diverse platform of "theater" genres in ritual, festival, street theater, concert stage, and film.

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Weaving Royal Traditions through Time: Textiles and Dress at the Thai Court and Beyond

Symposium Announcement
Weaving Royal Traditions through Time: Textiles and Dress at the Thai Court and Beyond

The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
6-9 November 2013
Registration fees vary between $35 and $450. Early Bird Registration Discount Extended to 30 September.
Conference website: www.qsmtsymposium2013.com
If you have any questions please contact the conference organizers at qsmt2013@cdmthailand.com /Attention Ms. Patranuch Sudasna

“Weaving Royal Traditions through Time: Textiles and Dress at the Thai Court and Beyond” is the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles’ inaugural international symposium, to be held 6-9 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to optional pre- and post-conference tours, the program will offer exclusive visits to the new museum and private collections of Asian textiles not accessible to the general public as well as a full roster of presentations, special events and a book fair. Confirmed speakers include John Guy (MET, NYC), Patricia Cheesman (Chiang Mai, Thailand), Susan Conway (SOAS, London), Sylvia Fraser-Lu (Washington, DC), Yuzuhura Oyama (Tokyo National Museum), Gillian Green (Sydney University, Australia), Melissa Leventon (San Francisco), Dale Gluckman (Los Angeles).

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August 28, 2013

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Vietnam and World History

Call for papers: DEADLINE EXTENDED, Vietnam and World History

A Symposium on Vietnam and World History
Deadline Extension to 30 September 2013

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Call for Papers Extension Date: 2013-09-30 (in 40 days)
Date Submitted: 2013-08-22

Call for Papers: Symposium on Vietnam and World History, Hanoi, Vietnam, December 29 to 31, 2013. Deadline for submissions: September 30th, 2013.

The World History Association, in association with the University of
Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi, the Vietnam History Association, and Hawaii Pacific University, has issued a Call or Papers for a Symposium on Vietnam in World History.

Submissions are welcome which pursue interdisciplinary, local-to
global,comparative, or international approaches so as to provide an
opportunity for dialogue among world historians and scholars of
Vietnamese Studies.

Papers are particularly welcome which demonstrate Vietnams place in
world historical processes or how our understanding of these processes
must be modified in the light of the unique or special aspects of
Vietnamese society.

These processes include aspects of cross cultural entanglements (such
as hybridization, indigenization, localization, and syncretism); the
decline and fall of empires; issues of gender; local agency; the
colonial experience; nationalism; diasporas; warfare, con?ict and
post-conflict studies; trade; economy; language, religion, culture;
art; national and regional questions in global perspective such as
borderlands; diplomatic relations; investment, tourism; resource
management issues; the environment; sustainability, and models for
world history and global studies in terms of methodology, scholarship
and instruction.

Submissions already received address such subjects as Colonialism and
Confucianism Schools in Vietnam; Vietnamese urbanization in comparative
perspective; Chinese principalities on the borderlands of Southeast
Asia (including Ha Tien, Hoi An), the Religion of Champa in global
perspective, Champa temple conservation issues, DRV programs promoting
modernization and de-colonization in the early Cold War era;
Reorganizing medical institutions (the modernization of Vietnamese
medicine), Civilization and mobilization in PAVN during the American
War in Vietnam; official and unofficial diplomacy in the Second World
War, Role of women in development; Trade routes from the lower Mekong
to the Southern Seas, Tonkinese labor in the New Hebrides, Mien
Trung and World History and the role of South Asia in the First
Indochina War.

These topics are general and examples only and should not be taken to
exclude more detailed subjects. Scholars from all disciplines are
encouraged to submit proposals. Any questions about paper suitability
should be directed to the program chair at mgilbert@hpu.edu.

Proposals for entire organized panels should include the panel title
and overall panel abstract, organizers name and contact information,
followed by each panelists individual paper title, and contact
information. Participants should be listed in the order they will
present. Also, please clearly list chair information (if any). The
program committee can help ?nd a panel chair, if necessary. Individual
panelists should then proceed to submit their individual papers to
this panel and indicate that it is part of this panel where indicated.

Submit entire panels via the World History Association website link
for organized panel submissions:
http://thewha.org/abstract-submission/hanoi/group.php

Individual paper proposals must include an abstract, no more than a
250 word summary with the title of the paper, your name, your
institutional affiliation, email address, phone number, and brief
curriculum vitae, all submitted to the WHA website link for individual
paper submissions: http://thewha.org/abstract-submission/hanoi/individual.php.

There is a limited number of AV-equipped rooms available so it is
essential that you indicate your need for audiovisual equipment (and
what kind) in your proposal. All meeting rooms are air conditioned.

All panelists who will attend the conference, whether as organizer,
chair/moderator, discussant, or presenter, must register to be on the
program by October 15th, 2013.

Because of the International Dateline, attendees may be able to make
connections permitting participation at the American Historical
Association meeting in Chicago later that week.

At the request of the conference hosts, the Vietnam National
University - Hanoi, University of Social Sciences and Humanities
and the Vietnam History Association, a workshop for Vietnamese
teachers on world history will be held immediately prior to the
symposium. Those interested in supporting/participating in the
workshop should email: thewha@hawaii.edu.

Pre/post and concurrent symposium activities will be structured so as
to permit tours of local sites and beyond which connect Vietnam to the
wider region and the world, including Hue and possibly Hui An.

Registration fees (including those for attendee guests),
accommodations, travel options, and tours will appear at
http://www.thewha

Marc Jason Gilbert
Hawaii Pacific University

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August 22, 2013

Vietnamese Identities

Call for Papers
Vietnamese Identities

A Pre-AAS Workshop at Temple University
March 26, 2014
The Association for Asian Studies conference will be in Philadelphia next March, and Temple University’s Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society proposes, with support from VSG (Vietnam Studies Group), to hold a pre-conference workshop at Temple (located a short train or subway ride away from the conference site). The primary aim of this workshop will be to permit graduate students pursuing research on some aspect of Vietnamese Studies to present their work.

With this goal in mind, we are organizing a loosely structured workshop, with four panels to be pulled together by the organizers. The topic – Vietnamese Identities – is designed to encourage scholars from a variety of disciplines, studying a variety of time periods, to submit proposals. We would like to receive your abstracts of from 200 to 300 words no later than October 15, 2013 along with a CV. Scholars not presenting at AAS will receive priority as we create the panels. Please send copies of your abstract and CV electronically to both David Biggs (Dbiggs@ucr.edu) and Sophie Quinn-Judge (quinnjud@temple.edu).

VSG can make travel awards to grad students and financially challenged individuals to attend. Our typical travel grant, a check not requiring receipts etc, i.e. a grant not a reimbursement, is $300 - $400. The Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society at Temple will be able to provide lodging for the Tuesday and Wednesday nights, preceding AAS. We will also provide meals to all paper presenters during the workshop.
VSG is NOT in a position to offer honoraria and AAS does NOT want to handle reimbursing travel or venture into booking. Those traveling from afar who need $$ (don't have travel funds, junior or senior scholars) can apply for a VSG travel grant. It is expected that they be members in good standing. We award those checks at the VSG Annual Meeting. It is expected that participants at AAS or the pre-conference Workshop make their own travel arrangements.
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Beyond Borders: Building a Regional Commons in SEA

ICIRD 2013
'Beyond Borders: Building a Regional Commons in Southeast Asia'
22-23 August 2013, Chulalongkorn University

Keynote Speakers:
Prof.Dr. Jan Nederveen Pieterse (UC Santa Barbara)
Prof.Dr. Yos Santasombat (Chiang Mai University)

Discussants:
Congressman Walden Bello (Philippines)
Prof.Dr. Philip Hirsch (University of Sydney)
Assoc.Prof.Dr. Victor Savage National University Singapore)
Dr. Lau Kin-chi (Linnan University, Hong Kong)

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AAS in ASIA conference: Asia in Motion

Inaugural AAS-in-Asia Conference
ASIA IN MOTION
HERITAGE AND TRANSFORMATION

Date: 17-19 JULY 2014
Venue: National University of Singapore
Website:http://www.nus.edu.sg/aas/

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS), the Asia Research Institute (ARI), and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) of the National University of Singapore are pleased to announce the inaugural AAS-in-Asia conference, “Asia in Motion: Heritage and Transformation.” We seek to attract a wide range of panel proposals from humanists and social scientists, as well as reflective practitioners from the worlds of policy, civil society, journalism, and other professional fields.

The AAS-in-Asia conference will build upon emerging visions and trends in Asian studies within Asia. By bringing together scholars and specialists on Asia within Asia as well as from other parts of the world at a gathering in Asia, we hope to spark new and fruitful collaborations. The AAS also expects to reach out to scholars of Asia who might not usually attend an AAS conference in North America. It is our hope that the conference will stimulate new networks among scholars within Asia and beyond, providing broader inter-continental connections for the future of Asian studies.

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The American Catholic Church and China in an Era of Globalization

Announcement: The 25th National Catholic China Conference
Theme: "The American Catholic Church and China in an Era of Globalization"
Date: Oct 4th - 6th, 2013
Location: Loyola University Downtown Campus, Chicago, IL.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4th: Evening Keynote:
“The State of the Church in China Today” (open to the public)
Speaker: Richard Madsen: Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th: Morning Keynote:
"Chinese Society Today: From the View of the Average Citizen"
Speaker: Ian Johnson: China-based Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th: Morning Sessions.
The Chinese experience of Church in a Global Era The American experience of Church in China The Chinese American Experience of Church

SATURDAY OCTOBER 5th LUNCHEON HONORING DR. WU XIAOXIN Chinese banquet and presentation of the USCCB annual Ricci Award to honor Dr. Wu Xiaoxin of the Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco and a longtime supporter of scholars researching the role of Christianity in Chinese society and Sino-Western cultural exchange. ($25 cost for all who wish to attend this luncheon. Courtesy of advance notice please. See below)

SATURDAY OCTOBER 5th: Afternoon Sessions The Experience of other Christian traditions and churches in China Catholic Institutional Presence in China Christian Tourism in China

SUNDAY OCTOBER 6th: Morning Sessions: A unique forum for scholars, teachers and students.
A. Research Scholarship on Christianity in China (8:30am – 9:45am)
Moderator: Robert Carbonneau, CP, US Catholic China Bureau/Ricci Institute Session presenters: Wu Xiaoxin, Ricci Institute, University of San Francisco; Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, Pace University; Jean-Paul Wiest, most recently Research Director of The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies.

B. Sociology of Religion in China (10:00am – 11:15am)
Moderator: Michael Agliardo, SJ, University of Loyola Chicago.
Session presenters: Panel leader Richard Madsen, University of California, San Diego with Yang Fenggang, Purdue University.

C. Teaching About Catholicism and Religious History in China (11:30am –
12:45pm)
Moderator: Mark DeStephano, SJ, St. Peter’s University.
Session presenters: Jeremy Clarke, SJ, Boston College; Anthony E. Clark, Whitworth University.

Special registration discount by September 1, 2013 Look at the conference website for greater detail: http://www.usccbconferences.net.

Feel free to contact me if you have any inquiries Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D. Assistant Director of the US Catholic China Bureau
Email: robcarb@cpprov.org

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Framing the Global Conference

September 26-28, 2013
Indiana University-Bloomington

This conference will bring together an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars to explore emerging approaches to global research. It will further and deepen the ongoing intellectual conversation of the IU Framing the Global Project as it critically considers the field of Global Studies.

Keynote speakers are Arjun Appadurai, Gillian Hart, and Yasmina Zaidman.
The conference is free and open to the public.

You can find more information here: http://framing.indiana.edu/conference/
You can register for the conference here: http://framing.indiana.edu/registration/

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August 15, 2013

Asian Studies Conference Japan

Call for Papers: ASCJ 2014

The Executive Committee of the Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers to be presented at the Eighteenth Asian Studies Conference Japan. The conference will be held on the campus of Sophia University, Tokyo on Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, 2014. All presentations are in English.

Please visit the ASCJ website for details:
http://www.meijigakuin.ac.jp/~ascj/
Proposals may be submitted online beginning on September 1, 2013.

The deadline for proposals is October 15. Please note that this date is earlier than in past conferences. Results will be announced in December.

The online application forms are available on the ASCJ website:
http://www.meijigakuin.ac.jp/%7Eascj/forms/index.html

Panels are proposed by individual scholars around a common subject. Panels are composed of three or four paper presenters and one or more discussants. Panel proposals should include a 250 word (maximum) abstract from each participant as well as a 250 word (maximum) statement that explains the session as a whole.

Roundtables offer an opportunity for participants to discuss a specific theme, issue or significant recent publication. A maximum of six active participants is recommended. While a roundtable proposal will not be as detailed as a panel proposal, it should explain fully the purpose, themes or issues, and scope of the session.

Individual papers give scholars an opportunity to participate in the conference even if they are not able to put together a complete panel.

Since only a limited number of individual papers can be accommodated, preference will be given to junior scholars. Applicants have a better chance of acceptance as part of a panel.

The Executive Committee encourages members to submit proposals that, by focusing on more than one region or by drawing on more than one discipline, will attract a broad range of scholarly interest. Suggestions for innovative alternatives to the panels, individual papers and roundtables described above are also encouraged.

The programs and abstracts of past ASCJ conferences can be found on the ASCJ webpage: http://www.meijigakuin.ac.jp/~ascj/

Everyone worldwide interested in Asian Studies is invited to participate.

M. William Steele
ASCJ President
ascj20xx@gmail.com

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August 13, 2013

China and Southeast Asia: Governance in changing social and cultural contexts

Call for papers: "China and Southeast Asia: Governance in changing social and cultural contexts" panel at SEA Studies Symposium, Oxford, 22-23 March 2014.


I am seeking papers for a panel on the topic of "China and Southeast Asia: Governance in changing social and cultural contexts" for the Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, Oxford, 22-23 March 2013.

Panel Abstract:

The relationship between the Southeast Asian and Chinese governments has intensified, both multilaterally and bilaterally. While the political developments have been subject to numerous analyses, less attention has been paid to how societies and cultures in Southeast Asia have adapted to this new political and economic context. The numerous interconnections some traditional, some new between the two regions are ancient but constantly evolving. This panel addresses the changing society and cultural in Southeast Asia in response to China's rise. In particular, it focuses on how identity, culture, and society in Southeast Asia have shifted, and the impact this has had on government policy, social norms, and historical understanding of Southeast Asias past. Examples of this might include, but are not limited to, papers which study the changing meaning of identity in Southeast Asia; the evolution of traditional forms of organisation; the alteration of societal norms and expectations; and the rise of new aspirational or negative forms of culture; and how governments have responded (or been forced to respond) to these changes. In particular, papers which focus on the peoples of Southeast Asia who are not of Chinese descent are especially welcomed.

If interested, please send an abstract of up to 250 words to PJ Thum, aritpt@nus.edu.sg, by 10 September 2013. Thank you.


Pingtjin Thum
Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore
Email: aritpt@nus.edu.sg

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Revisiting the Emancipatory Potential of Digital Media in Asia

Call for Papers: Revisiting the Emancipatory Potential of Digital Media in Asia (23-25 January 2014 at Leiden University)

The academic journal Asiascape - Digital Asia (DIAS), in collaboration with the Goto-Jones VICI project "Beyond Utopia" funded by the
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research(NWO), welcomes
scholars from the area studies, communication sciences, cultural studies,humanities, and social sciences, as well as from multi-disciplinary backgrounds, to this international conference on digital media in Asia.

Abstract

Over the past decade, new forms of information and communication
technologies have shaped the way people relate to each other, engage insocial activities, conduct commerce, and participate in political
processes. The inception of so-called Web 2.0 services such as Facebook in 2004, Youtube in 2005, and Twitter in 2006, has introduced a degree of interactivity to communication processes that surpasses that of previous technologies.

Numerous companies from around the world have since imitated the success of these large networking, video-sharing, and micro-blogging sites. The popularity of such interactive digital media has meanwhile generated much debate regarding the emancipatory potential of these tools - a debate that has largely focuses on American and European experiences, and that in its extreme revolves on the one hand around the arguments of liberal scholars like Clay Shirky
or Yochai Benkler ,
who emphasize the potential of such technologies to empower citizens, and on the other hand around the concerns of cultural critics like Evgeny Morozov or Sherry Turkle , who
see these innovations as exploitative, domineering, and potentially
damaging.

This international conference moves such debates to Asia, and confronts them with the realities of digital media usage in this vibrant region. How does citizen journalism work in countries like China, Malaysia, or Singapore, where citizens have constructed information networks through blogs and tweets that run parallel to official mainstream media, and where states and ruling parties attempt to control such processes through sophisticated information and communication technologies? What are we to make of citizen consultation in light of the Indonesian case, where politicians use social media to shore up support from online communities by prompting them to take over social responsibilities that were originally part of the state's social service portfolio? How should we assess the contentious nature of digital media in light of Indian examples, where such media help coordinate anti-corruption movements while at the same time entrenching the middle-class interests that inform these movements? Meanwhile, in Japan how do we gauge the political and social impact of alternative forms of journalism and novel forms of protest facilitated by digital media in the wake of the March 2011 triple disaster, as well as the subsequent use of social media as a platform for revisionist politicians? In South Korea, how do youth groups come together on international social networking sites and on local alternatives like Cyworld or me2day as they develop alternatives to mainstream Korean culture, and what role do smartphones and other mobile technologies play in these processes?

By analysing such cases, this conference critically asks how we can
overcome dichotomies such as emancipation vs. domination in the study of digital media, and how we can instead explain the transformative role of such media in all its complexity.

Conference Themes

The conference will address the questions regarding the emancipatory
potential of digital media in Asia by focusing in particular on issues
such as:
* Citizen journalism in the forms of blogs and micro-blogs,
* Social and political participation through global as well as
local social networking services,
* Coordination of cultural and political activities through new
ICT, such as smartphones, tablet computers, portable gaming devices.
* Knowledge construction, information sharing, and social
bookmarking through wikis and media sharing,
* Social and political critique in digital networks,
* Social and political control through Web 2.0 architecture.

DIAS particularly encourages contributions that approach these issues from a theoretically informed and empirically grounded perspective, and that use digital methodologies to study these digital issues.

Deadlines for Abstracts and Papers

Scholars working in the above-mentioned fields are invited to submit
abstracts of proposed papers along with a short biographical note by 1
October 2013. The organizers will inform applicants of their decision by mid-October. Conference papers should be submitted by 6 January 2014, and should not exceed 8000 words, including notes and references.

Publication:

Papers that distinguish themselves through their academic rigor may later also be submitted for peer-review and publication in Asiascape: Digital Asia. For submissions, please visit the DIAS editorial management system.

Contact

For questions and submissions, please contact the conference organizer Dr. Florian Schneider mailto:f.a.scheider@hum.leidenuniv.nl?subject=DIAS%20launch%20conference>
or the conference manager Mrs. Esther Truijen .
For more information on Chris Goto-Jones' VICI project "Beyond Utopia", see the project description on
Asiascape.org.

Registration and Travel

While DIAS does not subsidize travel and accommodation, conference
registration fees will be waived for paper presenters.

For registration and up to date conference information, please visit the DIAS conference page . Feel free to also download the pdf version of this call for papers for your files.

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August 06, 2013

Thailand Humanities Research Forum: Fear, Hope, Imagination, and Change

Call for Papers
Thailand Humanities Research Forum: Fear, Hope, Imagination, and Change

Walailak University's School of Liberal Arts, in association with the Thailand Research Fund, has issued a Call for Papers for the 7th Thailand Humanities Research Forum, which includes papers and exhibitions in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The conference will be held in February 2014, and the deadline for paper submissions is October 15, 2013. For English-language inquiries, contact zehner1234@aol.com. Thai-language inquiries may be made directly to Walailak University's School of Liberal Arts at +66-(0)75-67-2002 or 2003.

The theme for the 7th Humanities Forum is "Fear, Hope, Imagination, and Change." The theme is inspired by the fact that life in contemporary society is shaped by conditions of globalization, which are connecting humans worldwide through the advancement of information technology and through the momentum of global economic, cultural, and political developments. These factors of going change make it difficult for humans to define themselves or to answer the question of "Who Am I." In consequence, both in Thai society and in the rest of the world people are facing a crisis of values for interpersonal relationships, and relationships between individual and society, and in relationships between people and their environments.

In addition to exploring these themes, the conference organizers wish to explore how people have been using their "imaginations," and collective wisdom, to address the challenges of contemporary life, and also to understand each other across cultural and national boundaries. On certain dimensions, the imagination could be said to be essential for humans' social co-existence. That is to say, the imagination helps humans to better understand other people and society, in their "otherness." It is therefore an important tool for helping us to understand and accept socio-cultural diversity.

In choosing the theme, of "Fear, Hope, Imagination, and Change," the organizers hope to demonstrate the humanities' continuing usefulness in addressing the social challenges attending this age of ongoing changes, as well as their usefulness in showing how society can find a way forward through the power of the imagination in a way that draws on collective knowledge to provide greater insight into life, society and the world, in ways that may lead eventually to constructive forms of change.

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Vietnam 1963

Vietnam 1963

Washington DC
September 26-28, 2013

Web announcement: www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/2013_Conference/agenda.htm
This conference is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is available online:
www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/2013_Conference/registration2013.php. Seating the McGowan Theater is limited, so please pre-register if you plan to attend.

The Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University is pleased to announce “Vietnam 1963,” a conference to be held in Washington, DC on September 26-28, 2013. This conference, which will be jointly sponsored with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, will examine the events of 1963, a year that has long been viewed as a watershed in the history of the Vietnam War. The Battle of Ap Bac, the “Buddhist crisis” and the self-immolation of Thich Quang Duc, the abortive “Kennedy withdrawal” of U.S. military advisors from South Vietnam, the overthrow and death of Ngo Dinh Diem in the Saigon coup of 1-2 November, the Kennedy assassination, the Ninth Plenum of the Vietnam Worker’s Party—all of these events shaped the subsequent escalation of the Vietnam War and contributed to its transformation into a major international conflict. This conference (which will take place during the fiftieth anniversary year of these events) will highlight recent research on various aspects of 1963 in Vietnam. In addition, the conference will seek to use 1963 as a means to explore the larger themes and trends running throughout the history of the Vietnam War. This event will bring together specialists in Vietnam War history, the history of U.S. foreign relations, international history, Cold War studies, and Vietnamese studies.

The keynote address of the conference will be delivered by George Herring, Professor Emeritus at the University of Kentucky, on the evening of September 26 at the Woodrow Wilson. Panel discussions will take place on September 27 and 28 at the McGowan Theater at the U.S. National Archives Building.

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