October 16, 2013

Wonder in Asian Art

*'Wonder' in Asian Art*

This panel will, over a vast chronological spectrum, investigate the idea wonder and the wondrous in Asian art and visual culture, particularly with respect to artistic representations of the fantastical, mythical and the imagined.

For ages, wonder has always been understood as a place outside of familiar cultural frameworks, and linked to the fascination for change and interest in the mystical, the strange and the curious. It is often placed at the threshold between the aesthetic and scientific realms, and seen as an outcome of the interaction between fact and fiction. Wonder, especially in its physical forms, exposes our relationship to the alien, the transcendental and the perplexing, in an attempt to render the strange conceivable.

The concepts of awe and wonder occupy an important place in the general history of ideas, however they are less discussed in relation to the visual arts in Asia (i.e. East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia). This panel invites papers that explore how the wondrous takes on different definitions within realms of knowledge and systems of inquiry (including philosophy,
religion, literature, mathematics, sciences and natural history) in Asian art and cultural understanding, as well as its resulting effect on creative and artistic processes and interpretation.

Possible topics could include:

- The visual manifestations of wondrous objects and beings from
literature, legends, and religion.
- Wunderkammers or "wonder rooms" and/or cabinets of curiosities
- Translation, appropriation and interpretation: The movement of wonder
across times and cultures; How the idea of 'wonder' or wondrous
objects/creatures changed in later manifestations; How different cultures
viewed, appropriated and reinterpreted wonder or wondrous objects from
other nations
- Encyclopedic compendiums and historical modes of scientific inquiry on
the natural world
- Wonder as a strategy for breaching the dichotomy of science and art
- Wonder and its role in historical and contemporary creative and
artistic practice


If you are interested in presenting as part of this panel, please contact Rachel Parikh (rp401@cam.ac.uk) and Jaqueline Chao (jchao@saic.edu) as soon as possible. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words with a CV. Please also include your institute affiliation and rank.
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Proposed abstracts will need to be finalized for the panel by Wednesday 23rd October.*

More information about the conference and abstract submission can be found at:
http://www.aas-in-asia.org/2014-Call-for-Proposals-Main.htm
Panel Title: 'Wonder' in Asian Art

We look forward to receiving your submission.

Rachel
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Rachel Parikh
Leslie Wilson Scholar
PhD Candidate, Department of History of Art
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom

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October 11, 2013

Biopolitics in Southeast Asia

CFP Biopolitics in Southeast Asia - AAS Conference, Singapore, July 2014
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From: Liberty Chee

I am putting together a panel for the Association of Asian Studies Conference in Singapore scheduled for July 2014. Below is the working panel title and abstract.

Biopolitics in Southeast Asia: Governance of Mobile Populations

Abstract: Modernist conceptions of politics usually contain the political in territories and sovereign jurisdictions. This panel looks to explore the implications of increasingly porous borders to modes of governing and what we might consider to be the domain of politics. Some of the questions this panel might address would be the following; in what ways do mobile populations figure in governmental rationalities? What are the techniques of regulation or control across borders? How and with what means are biopolitical subjects constituted? The empirical site is delimited to Southeast Asia, a region historically marked by population mobility. I am looking for contributors from all disciplines.

Those who are interested, please e-mail a 300-word abstract and a one page CV to Liberty Chee at libertychee@nus.edu.sg. Please send your abstracts in .doc form by October 20, 2013. Graduate students are welcome.

For more information about the conference, please visit
http://www.nus.edu.sg/aas/index.htm


Liberty Chee
PhD Candidate
National University of Singapore
Email: libertychee@nus.edu.sg

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October 01, 2013

Discussions on Asia: The Midwest Graduate Student Conference

*Discussions on Asia: The Midwest Graduate Student Conference*
*April 11-12, 2014*
*University of Minnesota, Twin Cities*

*Call for Papers in Brief: *
The graduate students of the Critical Asian Studies Collaborative invite proposals for our first graduate student conference, *Discussions on Asia*.
The theme for this conference is *contact*. Coming into contact with
someone or something is vital to human relationships. Beyond this everyday dimension of contact, narratives and representations of contact have also been foundational for knowledge production in the humanities and social sciences. Disciplines such as anthropology and area studies have been framed through stories and images of contact with foreign people, places, and objects. In this regard, 'Asia' itself was constructed as an object of knowledge through stories, images, and concepts of contact.

This conference will focus on contact as it pertains to the study and
construction of 'Asia.' We welcome presenters across disciplines who work in modern or pre-modern Asia to discuss narratives, images, or concepts of contact between people, places, or things. We are particularly interested in alternative perspectives on the common narratives of contact in Asian studies.

*Essential Information*:

- *Date*: April 11-12, 2014
- *Location*: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus
- *Sponsors*: University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies
- *Website*: http://jettisoned.net/gradstudentconference/

*Keynote Speaker: *

We are pleased to announce that Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University, will be delivering the keynote speech, titled: "Patterns of Change: A Grand Unified Theory of Japanese History." She is best known for her book *Japan's Modern Myths,* and in 2009 edited *Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon* with Anna Tsing.

*Submissions*

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words and a brief bio of no more than 100 words to Blair Williams at *discussionsonasia@gmail.com by December 1, 2013*. Conference applicants will be notified by January 1, 2014. We welcome submissions from graduate students at all stages. Questions and comments can be submitted to the same e-mail address or left via one of the social networking links found on the website.

Thank you!

Blair Williams
University of Minnesota

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September 22, 2013

Imagining Global Social Justice

Call for Papers
Imagining Global Social Justice

November 7, 8 and 9, 2013
UCLA

The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) is now accepting paper proposals for the 2013 CIES Western Regional Conference until September 27, 2013. Registration for the conference is also open. The 2013 Conference will be hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles and the Center for International Development in Education.

The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) is a scholarly association dedicated to increasing the understanding of educational issues, trends and policies through comparative, cross-cultural and international perspectives. During the fall CIES holds its regional conferences where scholars come together and exchange their findings they may have.

Social justice is based on the values of combating inequalities, securing human rights, and empowering people to realize their fullest potential through education. These values are becoming universal imperatives, despite the often inherent difficulties associated with their widespread implementation This conference will be dedicated to imagining greater global social justice in international education.

Full details: www.cideucla.org/CIESWEST2013/conference.php
Questions? Email CIESWesternRegional2013@gmail.com

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France and the Asia-Pacific Region

Call for Papers
France and the Asia-Pacific Region

The 40th annual meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society (FCHS) will take place between the 25 and 28 of June 2014, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, known worldwide as the gateway for the Angkor temples region. The event will be hosted by the Center for Khmer Studies and Paññasastra University of Cambodia- Siem Reap campus. This year’s theme will be France and the Asia-Pacific region, but as usual, proposals on all aspects of overseas France will be considered. The Society encourages students, scholars, and educators, from all disciplines to submit proposals.

Individual paper proposals must include a 100-200 word summary with the title of the paper, name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and phone numbers, and a brief curriculum vitae, all integrated into a single file, preferably in MS-Word. Proposals for entire sessions or panels must contain the same information on each participant, as well as contact information and a short C.V. for the moderator if you suggest one. (The program committee can help find moderators, if necessary.) Please indicate in your proposal if you require audiovisual equipment for your presentation.

Individual or panel proposals should be sent to siemreapfchs2014@gmail.com, and will then be forwarded to the selection committee. Individuals wishing to moderate a session should send a statement of interest, contact information, and a brief c.v. as well.
The deadline for proposals is 15 October, 2013.

The FCHS depends on membership dues. All conference participants must be or become members at the time of acceptance (January 2014). Unfortunately, with two exceptions the FCHS does not have funds to subsidize scholars’ participation at the meeting. Graduate students who will be presenting a paper at the Siem Reap meeting are invited to apply for the William Shorrock Travel Award at the time they submit their paper proposals. Application instructions can be found on the society’s website (here). The Society is also waiving registration fees for a limited number of Cambodian scholars, students and faculty designated in advance by our hosts.

Additional information about the FCHS’s scholarly activities, fellowships, and past conferences is available at www.frenchcolonial.org.
If you have any questions about membership, please contact Jennifer Palmer at palmerjl@uga.edu. If you have any questions about conference logistics, please contact Michael Vann, Local Arrangements, mikevann@csus.edu.

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Dissertation Workshop: Theravada history and cultural practice among South or Southeast Asian communities

Call for Dissertation Workshop Proposals
Theravada history and cultural practice among South or Southeast Asian communities

The Theravada Civilizations Project is pleased to announce plans for an intensive dissertation workshop, which will be held on March 25,
2014 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (preceding the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting).

Theravada Buddhism is practiced throughout the world with over 150 million practitioners settled primarily in Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nepal, and Thailand. The South and Southeast Asian diaspora communities as well as the rise in global interest in vipassana meditation has led to the growth of Theravada Buddhism in the Americas, Australia, Japan, and Europe. The scholarly study of Theravada Buddhism began with the scrutiny of Pali literature, but now covers many disciplines including literature, ethics, anthropology, philology, philosophy, history, cultural studies, political science, urban studies, and art and material culture.

A description of the larger project can be found in Juliane Schober and Steven Collins, The Theravada Civilizations Project: future directions in the study of Buddhism in Southeast Asia, in the (on-line) Journal Contemporary Buddhism, vol. 13 (1), May 2012. Since project members and other scholars in the field are based at many different locations, graduate students preparing their dissertations do not have the opportunity to present and gain detailed feedback on their work from several experts in the field.

This workshop is intended to bring together doctoral students and/or post-doctoral academics in the humanities and social sciences who are
(1) developing dissertation proposals or are in early phases of research, dissertation writing, or revising dissertations for publications; and who are (2) engaging some aspects of Theravada classical and/or vernacular literature and/or researching aspects of Theravada history and cultural practice among South or Southeast Asian communities.

The workshop will be limited to 6 doctoral students and/or post-doctoral academics, ideally from a broad array of disciplines and working on a wide variety of materials in a variety of time periods on themes related to Theravada traditions and communities in Southeast Asia. It will provide a day of intense discussion, presentation, and close review of dissertation proposals, outlines, and/or draft review on March 25. 2014. Priority will be given to doctoral candidates at North American universities.

The Theravada Civilizations Project will be able to provide up to 1,000 US dollars in support for participants to help cover travel and accommodation. Meals will be provided at the workshop. Students needing additional funds to attend the workshop are encouraged to approach their home institutions for support.

Applicants need not have advanced to candidacy but must have at least drafted a dissertation research proposal to apply. Applications are also welcome from doctoral students in the early phases of writing their dissertations, as well as those in the later phases and recent post-docs. Applications consist of two items only:

(1) A current Curriculum Vitae, and
(2) A dissertation proposal, or a statement of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied. Neither the proposal nor statement should exceed 10 double-spaced pages in length.

Application materials must reach Steven Collins at s-collins@uchicago.edu no later than January 1, 2014. Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of the submitted projects, the potential for useful exchanges among them, and a concern to include a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, intellectual traditions, and regions. Applicants will be notified by February 1, 2014. For further information about the workshop, or eligibility, please contact Prof. Collins at the above email address.

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September 09, 2013

Compassion:The Bridge Between Buddhism and Islam

International Conference: Compassion: The Bridge Between Buddhism and Islam

Organized by CRS International Center for Buddhist-Muslim Understanding, College of Religious Studies, (CRS) Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Thailand

3-4 October 2013

Venue: College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Salaya, Thailand.

Contact:
College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University,
Salaya, Phutthamonthol 4, Nakhorn Prathom 73170, Thailand.
Tel. (662) 800 - 2630 - 39 Fax. (662) 800 - 2659
Email: crwww@mahidol.ac.th

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September 06, 2013

Conference on Sexuality, Human Rights and Public Policy

The 3rd International Conference of the Transatlantic Research Group in collaboration with the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and Women and Gender Studies Program, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, presents the Conference on Sexuality, Human Rights and Public Policy.

This conference draws on a broad range of academic fields—including anthropology, sociology, political philosophy, history, political science, and cultural studies—to investigate the dynamics of public policy, human rights, and sexuality as they relate to inclusion and exclusion globally.

Panels, papers, creative presentations, and roundtables that employ diverse, interdisciplinary and inter-generational perspectives are especially welcome in these areas:

Public policy, Law and Sexuality
Human body, Gender and Sexuality
Culture, Identity and Sexuality
Religion, Culture, and Sexuality
Christianity and Sexuality
Islam and Sexuality
Social Media and Sexuality
Sexual Orientation, Sexual/Gender Identity
Sexuality and Reproductive Rights
Human Body and Cultural Meanings
Human body, Stereotypes and Sexualities
Homosexuality, Homophobia, and Violence
The Female Body and Gender-based Violence
Heterosexuality and “Other” Sexuality

Abstracts should be around 300 words and include the paper title and the name and contact details of the presenter. Abstracts should be submitted by October 25, 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Monday January 20, 2014.
Please send abstracts and papers to Chima Korieh, Marquette University: chima.korieh@marquette.edu

Regards,

Cory Haala
Department of History
Marquette University

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September 05, 2013

FP ACLA 2014 Seminar: Gendered Circulations: Travel and Migration in Asia's Long 20th Century

FP ACLA 2014 Seminar: Gendered Circulations: Travel and Migration in Asia's Long 20th CenturyNew York, March 20-23, 2014,
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From: Clara Iwasaki


CFP for ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) meeting, New York, March 20-23, 2014
Call for Papers
Seminar: Gendered Circulations: Travel and Migration in Asia's Long 20th Century

The long 20th century with its industrial global promises facilitated new and unprecedented forms of travel from labor migration to the increasing wide-ranging circulation of texts and capital. In such contexts, gender often emerges as a problem of power, class, voice and validation. This panel seeks to place manifestations of gender-influenced mobility within the regional context of Asia-Pacific with a particular focus on its unfolding in literature dating from late 19th century to contemporary times. The region has seen a number of crucial shifts all pertaining to matters of mobility and migration, whether voluntary or forced, transnational or inter-regional: from circulation and translation of Western texts at the turn of the century, refugee upheavals of World War II, the collection and appropriation of Asian tropes and literatures in Cold War America, to contemporary models of mobility such as Aihwa Ong’s “flexible citizenship” or the “goose fathers” phenomenon. We invite papers
dealing with migrant authors or texts which interrogate the ways in which gender informs or challenges these instances, particularly cross-regional submissions focusing on Asian-Pacific literature that situate the historical and/or aesthetic development of engendered voices and writings.

Topics may include but are not limited to transnational itineraries of
writers such as Hayashi Fumiko and Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang), literary representations of female drifters or split families as evoked by the works of Xu Dishan, Ahn Jungyo, and others, as well as contemporary writing, by female labor migrants in Asian metropoles such as Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore.

To apply to the seminar, please visit the ACLA 2014 conference website
http://acla.org/acla2014/. For any questions, contact seminar organizer Clara Iwasaki cciwasaki@ucla.edu

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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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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
*************

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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June 25, 2013

Southeast Asia in Transition

3rd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2014
"Southeast Asia in Transition"
22 - 23 March 2014
Keble College, University of Oxford

Proposals are invited for panels and papers for the 3rd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium at Keble College, University of Oxford, 22-23 March 2014.

We are accepting proposals for Academic Panels, Roundtables, Workshops, and Cultural Events. Proposals should be sent through the Project Southeast Asia website (preferably) or via email to symposium@projectsoutheastasia.com. Please review all instructions and guidelines carefully before submitting your proposals.

In particular, panels which focus on contemporary Southeast Asian issues; transnational Southeast Asian studies; interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations; and methodological issues relating to Southeast Asian studies, are highly encouraged.

Please note that the deadline for proposal submission is 15 September 2013. Final details for all sessions are due by 15 December 2013.

For guidelines and complete details, please visit our website at
http://projectsoutheastasia.com/academic-events/sea-symposium-2014/call-for-panels
Email: symposium@projectsoutheastasia.com
Visit the website at http://www.projectsoutheastasia.com

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Engaging Violent Conflicts in the Asia-Pacific with Nonviolent Alternatives

Call for Papers
Engaging Violent Conflicts in the Asia-Pacific with Nonviolent Alternatives

November 12-14, 2013
Imperial Queen's Park Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand
Website: www.appra2013.net/

The Asia-Pacific Peace Research Association (APPRA) is delighted to announce a regional conference of scholars, educators and peace-builders. From a peace research perspective, the Asia-Pacific is rich with stories of peoples who choose to engage deadly conflicts with nonviolent alternatives. The APPRA 2013 in Bangkok, co-organized with Thammasat University, will mark the very first time APPRA peace researchers will explore peace research landscape with the theme of engaging deadly conflicts with nonviolent alternatives. We believe that by underscoring these nonviolent experiences in dealing with various types of deadly conflict, peace researchers could come up with a wealth of peace research knowledge that would meaningfully help mitigate deadly conflicts and foster peace in the Asia-Pacific. The following list is an example of sub-themes of the conference: border conflicts, ecological conflicts, ethnic conflicts, governance conflicts, nationalism and militarization, and just and peaceful regional order.

The length of the abstract should be less than 200 words. And the deadline for submitting the abstract is July 10, 2013. Please send your abstract to appra2013@gmail.com. Deadline for full papers will be identified at a later date.

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Thailand in the World

Call for Papers
Thailand in the World

International Conference on Thai Studies
22-24 April 2014
University of Sydney, Australia

Please do propose your individual paper and submit an abstract online by September 1 (2013) at sydney.edu.au/southeast-asia-centre/thai-studies-2014/submission-guidelines-form.php

Presentations to the conference will cover a wide range of areas of study: the humanities; the social sciences including economic, social and political disciplines; developments in medicine, science and technology; the fine arts, design and architecture; education; environment. This is not an exhaustive list.

The conference organisers particularly encourage the offer of contributions on various sub-themes:
• the global spread of Thai culture: pan- Tai-ism • the Thai diaspora especially in Europe, North America and Australasia • the world in Thailand: the expatriate impact on Thailand; institutional change from outside • Thailand in the coming Southeast Asian economic, social, strategic and cultural communities • Thailand’s geo-political setting, with special reference to Myanmar, China and the Greater Mekong Sub-region • Thailand within international communities of education, medicine and scientific and technological research.

Intending participants should not feel bound by this list of possible sub-themes, however, and should feel free to suggest other possibilities and to outline their corresponding offers.

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2014 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference

Call for Papers
2014 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference

March 27-30, 2014
Philadelphia, PA

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is pleased to invite colleagues to submit proposals for the 2014 Annual Conference, scheduled to take place at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, March 27-30, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA

We are accepting for consideration and review Organized Panel proposals, Roundtable proposals, Workshop proposals and Individual Paper proposals. All proposals should be sent electronically through the AAS website. Please make sure to review all instructions and guidelines carefully before submitting your proposals.

For complete details information on the Call for Papers please visit the AAS conference webpages at www.asian-studies.org/Conference/Call-for-Papers.htm.
The deadline for proposal submissions is Thursday, August 8, 2013, 5:00 pm EST.

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Second International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages

Call for Proposals
Second International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages

March 7-8, 2014
Covel Commons @ UCLA

Submission Deadline: August 31, 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:
• Early registration (from opening through February 7, 2014): $225 for registrants other than graduate students; $125 for graduate students
• Registration after February 7: $275 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.

Sponsored by the National Heritage Language Resource Center.

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June 21, 2013

Codes, Kitsch, Camp: Genre in/and Southeast Asian Cinemas

Call for Papers
Codes, Kitsch, Camp: Genre in/and Southeast Asian Cinemas

8th Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference
July 7 – 10, 2014
Thai Film Archive, Salaya, Thailand

Issues of genre have had long-term and continuing importance for the film studies field, but the concept has received little serious critical attention in the specific context of Southeast Asian film. The 8th Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas conference will therefore be interested in interrogating in the broadest terms the relevance and usefulness of the concept for the analysis of Southeast Asian cinema. We seek proposals both for papers that address concepts of genre, in a Southeast Asian context, from a theoretical perspective and for studies of specific Southeast Asian genre trends with industrial and/or textual emphases. Some possible topics for papers along these lines include the following (though the list is by no means intended as exhaustive):

-Relevance of “genre” for the Southeast Asian context (e.g., are theorizations of genre based upon Hollywood examples still viable, or do they need to be reworked or jettisoned altogether?) -Redefining the concept of genre for a Southeast Asian context -Transnational generic exchange or flow -Reworking of global (Hollywood, Bollywood, the kungfu comedy, etc.) genres in Southeast Asia -Genre evolution -Genre mixing -Economics of genre in Southeast Asia (e.g., how genre bears upon production, distribution, exhibition) -Case studies of specific genres, genre trends, genre films in Southeast Asia -Genres specific to Southeast Asia -Genre and nation -Genre and issues of identity (gender, class, ethnicity) -National or regional genre aesthetics -Genre and censorship

We also welcome submissions for the open call. Please check our website archives and conference programs for past paper topics as we are less likely to accept topics that have been covered before: seaconference.wordpress.com/

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30, 2013

Please send an abstract (max. 300 words) and short bio (max. 100 words) to: Sophia Siddique Harvey (soharvey@vassar.edu), Khoo Gaik Cheng (gaik.khoo@gmail.com) and Katinka Van Heeren (cvanheeren@hotmail.com). We are currently attempting to get funding for travel subsidies and accommodations but cannot offer any as of yet.

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Islam, Law and the State in Myanmar

Call for Papers
Islam, Law and the State in Myanmar

January 23-24, 2014
Centre for Asian Legal Studies, National University of Singapore
This interdisciplinary workshop will explore the relation between Islam, law and the state in Myanmar from both an empirical and theoretical perspective. It seeks to provide an informed, scholarly response to contemporary issues facing the Muslim communities of Myanmar by furthering knowledge on the dynamics of, and the interaction between, the legal system, state institutions and the Muslim communities of Myanmar. Abstracts due: June 20, 2013. See the CALS website law.nus.edu.sg/cals/ for more information and for the abstract submission form.

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Global Cinemas

Global Cinemas, Midwest Modern Language Association, MMLA, Milwaukee, WI, November 7-10, 2013
DEADLINE July 3, 2013

The 55th Annual Convention will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from November 7-10, 2013 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center

MMLA Film III Section: Global Cinema.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2013-07-03

Topic: Global Cinemas
The MMLA Film III Section is accepting proposals for papers on any aspect of Global Cinema. By global cinemas we are referring to films made outside of the U.S./Hollywood context. Papers can be related to the conference informal theme of Art and Artifice, but other themes are certainly welcome. We are interested in sparking broad discussions about the state of global cinema in the twenty-first century, though historical perspectives are welcome as well. Possible questions to trigger ideas include: Is the existing cultural and cinematographical intermediality between (inter)national cinemas giving way to a new definition of global film? Are adaptations, remakes, transfers, and/or metaphor ways of rearranging the cultural and cinematic traditions?

Please send 250-word abstracts by July 3 to Luis Guadano, lguadano@odu.edu and Caryn C. Connelly, connellyc1@nku.edu.
Chair: Luis Guadano, Old Dominion University
Dr. Luis Guadao
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Director Interdisciplinary Minor in World Cultures
Spanish Minor Advisor
Old Dominion University
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Batten Arts & Letters, 4018
Norfolk, VA 23529-0085
lguadano@odu.edu
Telephone: (757) 683-5741
FAX: (757) 683-5659
Email: lguadano@odu.edu

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Siam then, Thailand now: Creating Thai Capitalism during Two Eras of Globalization

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

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

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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Seaports in Transition. Global Change and the Role of Seaports since the 1950s

CFP: Seaports in Transition. Global Change and the Role of Seaports
since the 1950s - Hamburg 03/14

Dr. Christoph Strupp, Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg (FZH)
13.03.2014-15.03.2014, Hamburg, Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in
Hamburg (FZH)
Deadline: 05.07.2013

Seaports have always been gateways of globalization. Their services are crucial for the world-wide mobility of raw materials, industrial
products, and consumer goods. In the second half of the twentieth
century, the rising volume and complexity of global trade flows
profoundly changed the way seaports operated. Major economic trends,
from the rise and fall of energy sources such as coal or oil, the
deregulation and geographical reorientation of global trade, the
establishment of just-in-time production processes and other new work
routines, or the evolution of the modern service economy, left their
mark on the ports.

Traditional trade ports evolved into industrial ports, distribution
hubs, and nodes of logistics networks. Shipping companies confronted the ports with ever larger cargo ships and new demands on port performance.

Business and organizational structures, work relations, and spatial
layouts changed dramatically and required constant financial
investments, as did technical improvements - from the pallets and fork
trucks of the 1950s and the containerization of general cargo in the
1960s to today's advanced electronic data management at the terminals.

Port authorities and political institutions at local, regional, and
national levels responded with a variety of political and financial
strategies. In a couple of cases prominent traditional ports - and port cities - could not maintain their status as major economic hub. New "players," especially in Asia, became integrated in global logistics chains.

The conference is supposed to take stock of research results on the
history of seaports since the 1950s, stimulate cooperation between
ongoing projects, and identify current research trends. The complexity
of ports with their macroeconomic, political, spatial, or environmental dimensions offers a variety of attractive perspectives.

Papers may discuss but are not limited to the following topics:
- Changes in port economy and logistics, including the organization of
labor;
- Consequences of technical innovations in shipbuilding and cargo handling;
- Changes in port governance and financing at transnational, national,
regional, and local political levels, including inter-port competition,
cooperation, and network-building;
- Conflicts of goals between port development and other policy areas
such as the environment;
- Changes in the spatial dimension of ports, including the advent of
offshore terminals, and the rehabilitation and utilization of former
port areas for other purposes;
- Consequences of political and economic turning points such as the
beginning of the Cold War, the economic crises of the 1970s, or the
watershed of 1989/90 for seaports;
- Changes in the public image, including the "festivalization" of ports and urban waterfronts.

Preference will be given to proposals addressing issues in a larger
historical context or from a comparative point of view even if engaged
in local or case studies. As far as possible, topics of maritime and
port history should be embedded in general economic and political
developments of the last decades. Proposals from scholars working on
broader topics of globalization, transnational history, urban history,
transportation history, etc. are encouraged. Papers from disciplines
such as economics, transportation studies, or geography with a distinct historical focus are welcome. We are interested in papers that do not only focus on Europe and the United States, but also pay attention to developments in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Proposals for papers of 20 minutes (abstract of max. 300 words and a
brief C.V., including postal and e-mail address) should be sent by
e-mail to the convener at: strupp@zeitgeschichte-hamburg.de
no later than July 5, 2013.
The conference language is English. Draft versions of the papers will
have to be submitted to the panel moderators / commentators four weeks
in advance of the conference. Travel and accommodation expenses of the
participants will be covered by the FZH.

The conference is made possible by a grant of the Behörde für
Wissenschaft und Forschung der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg (Hamburg
Ministry of Science and Research). It is part of the FZH's field of
activity on the history of Hamburg in the second half of the twentieth
century. The conference will be open to the public.

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Mobilities of Design: Transnational Transfers in Asian Architecture and Urban Planning, 1960-Present

CALL FOR PAPERS
Mobilities of Design:
Transnational Transfers in Asian Architecture and Urban Planning, 1960-Present

Dates: 20-22 November 2013
Venue: ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore
Organizers: Max Hirsh (ETH Zurich) and Lukasz Stanek (Manchester Architecture Research Center, University of Manchester)

Deadline: 15 June 2013

This conference investigates the transnational transfer of architectural expertise to, from, and within Asia from 1960 to the present--as well as its consequences for contemporary conditions of urbanization in the region today. The goal of the event is to uncover the multidirectional exchanges in architecture, planning, engineering, design pedagogy, and building technology that have taken place in Asia over the past 50 years; and to show how this acquired knowledge has been developed, appropriated, mixed and modified in professional practice. Through academic research papers and the insights of practitioners, conference participants will examine a range of transnational interactions: including, but not restricted to, the training of South and Southeast Asian architects under Australia's Colombo Plan; Eastern European conservation and urban development schemes in Laos, Vietnam, and India; the dissemination of European design curricula in Mainland China; and the more recent circulation of Singaporean expertise across the region.

In so doing, the conference will focus on the agents, networks, and objects of knowledge transfer:

agents include governments, private and state enterprises, local and international institutions, and individual go-betweens crossing boundaries and cultures;
networks consist of economic ties and geopolitical dependences, but also development aid and traditional cultural exchanges;
objects include specific designs as well as new types of architectural commissions, such as type-designs, prefabricated systems, regulatory proposals, and teaching methods.

Ultimately, the conference has two goals. First, by investigating the interaction between local clients and foreign architects, planners, and engineers, the event will offer a heterogeneous genealogy of the current material, economic, and institutional conditions of urbanization in the contemporary Asian city. Second, through the development of an innovative historical framework, the conference aims to contextualize examples of cross-cultural knowledge transfer that are taking place in Asian cities such as Singapore today.

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract of 300-500 words and a 1-2 page CV. Please send all materials to Max Hirsh (hirsh@arch.ethz.ch) and Lukasz Stanek (lukasz.stanek@manchester.ac.uk) no later than 15 June 2013.

Partial or full reimbursement of travel costs may be made to successful applicants depending on the overall availability of funding. However, we encourage applicants to seek travel funding from their home institutions.

For any inquiries, please contact Max Hirsh and Lukasz Stanek at the email addresses above.

Dr. Max Hirsh
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)
Future Cities Laboratory Singapore
Email: hirsh@arch.ethz.ch
Visit the website at http://www.south-of-eastwest.net/index.php?id=12

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Southeast Asia in Transition

3rd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2014

"Southeast Asia in Transition"
22 - 23 March 2014
Keble College, University of Oxford

We are pleased to invite proposals for Panels and Papers for the 3rd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium at Keble College, University of Oxford, 22-23 March 2014.

We are accepting proposals for Academic Panels, Roundtables, Workshops, and Cultural Events. Proposals should be sent through the Project Southeast Asia website (preferably) or via email to symposium@projectsoutheastasia.com. Please review all instructions and guidelines carefully before submitting your proposals.

In particular, panels which focus on contemporary Southeast Asian issues; transnational Southeast Asian studies; interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations; and methodological issues relating to Southeast Asian studies, are highly encouraged.

Please note that the deadline for proposal submission is 15 September 2013. Final details for all sessions are due by 15 December 2013.

For guidelines and complete details, please visit our website at http://projectsoutheastasia.com/academic-events/sea-symposium-2014/call-for-panels

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you to Oxford in 2014!


Organising Committee
Southeast Asian Studies Symposium
University of Oxford
Email: symposium@projectsoutheastasia.com
Visit the website at http://www.projectsoutheastasia.com

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June 11, 2013

CFP: Environmental History and Disaster STS

Call for papers, Environmental History and Disaster STS
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From: "Brown, Philip"

We would like to use the opportunity of the 2014 ASEH
conference to encourage and foster a stronger dialogue between Environmental History and the new emerging field of Disaster STS. The theme 'Crossing Divides' offers a wonderful opportunity to connect different disciplines as well as different geographical regions. In order to succeed in this task, we are looking for co-panelists who would be interested in discussing the following topics:

1 – How did earthquake emerge as seismic risk during the 19th and 20th
centuries along the Pacific Rim?
This session could bring together scholars from each side of the Pacific and several disciplinary fields (seismology, earth sciences, structural engineering, history, anthropology, urbanism, etc.…) to give a perspective on the relatively recent developments of sciences addressing different aspect of seismic risk and their impact on the understanding of dwelling, nature and environment. Ideally this session will gather one/two US/EU and two/three Asian Scholars.

2 – Nuclear disasters in comparative perspective
How have nuclear accidents affected how we think about disasters, risk, and resilience and response in the context of environmental history? How do specific accidents—including, but not limited to Three Mile Island, to Chernobyl, to Fukushima Dai-Ichi—as well as national conversations about the risk of nuclear accidents play into regional and global dialogues about sustainability and technological governance? We are interested in assembling a set of papers that explore these and related issues. The panel is intended to shed light on the ways how nuclear accidents have been interrelated, for example through memories of previous accidents that live on in debates about new occurring accidents, through transfer (or non-transfer) of knowledge, through actors that have shaped the debates about the impact of these accidents, etc.

3 – What is a disaster?
This session could bring together scholars interested in sharing
methodological and conceptual definition of risks and/or disaster through an historical perspective. Papers could address the question of memorialization – or the loss of memories – of risks and disasters and their impact on the constitution of various human environment: agrarian, industrial, urban, rural, etc. This session could be opened to a more diverse geographic areas.

The general ASEH Call for papers is provided below. If you’re interested, please send us a title and a brief (1-2 line) description of your talk. A brief abstract (150-300 words) can follow later (by June 23rd). (Please note that because of ASEH’s stated preferences for panels of mixed rank and geographic diversity, we may need to make appropriate choices to balance each panel, depending on the responses received).

Karena Kalmbach, European University Institute, Florence
Charlotte Cabasse, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées
Atsushi Akera, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Please reply to: Karena.Kalmbach@EUI.eu;
charlotte.cabasse@gmail.com;
akeraa@rpi.edu

2014 ASEH Conference, "Crossing Divides"
San Francisco, March 12-16, 2014

Graduate students and faculty are invited to submit session proposals
(deadline July 1, 2013) for the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) to be held March 12-16, 2014 in San Francisco at the Parc55 Wyndham Hotel (Powell St. BART station). The meeting theme is "Crossing Divides." Proposals should ideally include participants from more than one institution. They should be submitted through the ASEH website (http://www.aseh.net). Graduate students who wish to assist with the registration and other conference tasks in exchange for complementary registration should contact Lisa Mighetto
(director@aseh.net) in Fall 2013.

ASEH CALL FOR PROPOSALS-2014 CONFERENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO
The program theme, "Crossing Divides," calls attention to new scholarship in environmental history that bridges geographical and disciplinary differences. We seek panel and roundtable proposals that engage with this theme in creative ways: studies in environmental history from comparative regional and cultural perspectives; investigations in such topics as food culture, urban and rural sustainability, labor and migration, bodies and toxicity, and the past and future of political ecology. The program committee seeks to further discussions that cross disciplinary or conceptual divides in new ways. We especially invite proposals that span gender, generational, and geographic differences among presenters as well
as topics. We see the location of the conference in San Francisco as a
special opportunity to encourage panels that study the wider Pacific
world, and we welcome proposals that involve non-historians with shared interests.
Submission Guidelines
The program committee invites panel, roundtable, individual paper, and
poster proposals for the conference. We strongly prefer to receive
complete session proposals but will endeavor to construct some sessions from proposals for individual presentations. Sessions will be scheduled for 1.5 hours. Please note that it is ASEH policy to allow at least 30 minutes for discussion in every session. No single presentation should exceed 15 minutes, and each roundtable presentation should be significantly shorter than that, as roundtables are designed to maximize discussion among the speakers and with the audience. Commentators are allowed but not required.

The committee invites proposals in formats beyond the typical paper
session where presenters offer something other than verbatim recitals of written papers. To maximize participation, we encourage session proposals with more participants giving shorter presentations (e.g., four presenters at 12 minutes each). Please note that individuals can be a primary presenter in only one panel, roundtable, or other session proposal, but can also serve as chair or commentator in a second session proposal.

Proposals can be submitted electronically beginning in late May 2013. See www.aseh.net "conferences".

[The Ohio State University]
Philip C. Brown, Ph.D.
Professor of Japanese and East Asian History
Graduate Chair, Interdisciplinary M.A. in East Asian Studies
College of Arts and Sciences Department of History
146 Dulles Hall, 230 West 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210-1234
6140292-0904 Office / 614-292-2282 Fax

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CFP: Chinese-Indonesians: Their Lives and Identities

Chinese-Indonesians: Their Lives and Identities

November 14-16, 2013
Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia
Organized by the Center for Chinese-Indonesian Studies (CCIS), Petra Christian University with Soegijapranata Catholic University Semarang and Maranatha Christian University Bandung

The past fifteen years, since the demise of the New Order regime in 1998, have witnessed a significant emergence of new perspectives on the study of the Chinese in Indonesia. The major objectives of this conference are to challenge the ways people study and write about the Chinese in Indonesia and re-examine the studies of Chinese Indonesian community in light of the tremendous changes that affect this community.

Papers can be written and presented in Indonesian, Mandarin or English (there will be three separate tracks based on language of presentation). Deadline for abstract submission: July 31, 2013. Email: ccis@petra.ac.id. There will be an optional study tour to the town of Lasem, believed to be an early site for Chinese settlement in Java. The town has preserved traditional Chinese architecture and traditions. See the full CFP on the CCIS website ccis.petra.ac.id/index.php/kegiatan/22-call-for-paper-english.

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Council on Thai Studies

Council on Thai Studies

October 18-19, 2013
Northern Illinois University

The Council on Thai Studies (COTS) is an informal organization of scholars interested in all aspects of Thai studies. COTS annually provides scholars with a venue for reporting preliminary findings, opportunities to receive prepublication feedback and a forum to discuss field and archive challenges. Please consider giving a paper or gathering a small group for a roundtable discussion or panel. Graduate students are always encouraged to submit papers. Individual topics or groupings of papers are also welcome. An effort will be made to group individual papers into panel sessions around a common theme, issue, methodology or discipline. Each person will have a maximum of 15 minutes for an oral presentation and should be prepared to field questions after the talk. Since the agendas of COTS meetings have grown over the past several years, we will try to adhere to these time limits. Scholars are free to distribute copies of their papers.

Traditionally, COTS has subsisted without collecting registration fees. We have depended on the goodwill of our institutions and the generosity of the Thai government. If you are inclined to donate to Thai Studies at Northern Illinois University, however, we will not refuse your gift.

Deadline for abstracts: July 1, 2013

Please send brief abstracts (including contact information and institutional affiliation) to Grant Olson: golson@niu.edu
Acceptance of paper proposals, information regarding scheduling of panels and assignment of panel moderators and discussants will be sent via email.

Please note, our COTS committee will be making a limited number of subsidies available to graduate students planning on attending COTS. If you are planning on attending and presenting a paper related to your dissertation work, please send us a one-page proposal. Include your institutional affiliation, travel plans and an abstract and title for your presentation. We will offer as many $200 - $300 subsidies as possible. (Students must be traveling from outside the Chicago area.)

A block of rooms will be held at the Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University for conference participants to make their own reservations (815-753-1444). These rooms will be held until September 27; please visit www.niu.edu/hsc/hotelinfo/index.shtml

Please contact Julia Lamb, Center for SE Asian Studies, concerning logistical questions: jlamb@niu.edu

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Integrating Knowledge: The Multiple Ways of Knowing Vietnam

Integrating Knowledge: The Multiple Ways of Knowing Vietnam

December 16-17, 2013
Thai Nguyen University, Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam
Conference website: www.engagingwithvietnam.com/

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 15 August 2013
For this 5th Engaging with Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue Conference, we are encouraging participants to reflect on the issue of integration, particularly as it concerns the production of knowledge. What does it mean when we say that there is scholarly integration between Vietnam and the rest of the world? What is it that scholarship in Vietnam is integrating with? Is there only one form of “world scholarship” that can be integrated into? Or are there many? Are there some forms of knowledge that cannot be integrated into other ways of knowing? And finally, to what degree has the production of knowledge in Vietnam actually already become integrated with the production of knowledge in other parts of the world? Is the degree of integration the same across the disciplines?

These are some of the questions that the keynote speakers at the conference will be addressing. Participants are welcome to present on their own disciplinary research, but we encourage all participants to reflect on the issues that the conference seeks to address and to include their reflections in their papers and presentations.

Conference organisation partners: Monash University - Australia, Thai Nguyen University - Vietnam, The University of Hawaii at Manoa - USA, and University of Social Sciences and Humanities - Vietnam National University Hanoi

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Mobilities of Craft since 1900: Economics, Politics, Aesthetics

FP: Mobilities of Craft since 1900: Economics, Politics, Aesthetics
(proposed panel, AAS Meeting, Philadelphia, March 27-30, 2014)
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From: "Rebecca Brown Johns Hopkins University"

CFP: Mobilities of Craft since 1900: Economics, Politics, Aesthetics
(proposed panel, AAS Meeting, Philadelphia, March 27-30, 2014)

The twentieth century saw a heightened interest in the intersection
between craft, design and high art, both in Asia and elsewhere, with
productive intersections across national borders (such as American artists in residency in India and Japan), possibilities of (limited) cultural preservation through commercial distribution (e.g. Madhubani painting), and the means to shore up political relations (as in Southeast Asia during the Cold War). This panel investigates the mobility of craft in the context of twentieth and twenty-first century global flows of capital and asymmetrical power relations.

Focused on craft in relation to Asia (conceived broadly), we also seek
innovative scholarly approaches to questions of the movement of crafts and aesthetics, questions of authenticity, and engagement with commerce. Does the framework of Orientalist appropriation and romanticization as articulated by early twentieth-century scholars and critics such as Coomaraswamy and Yanagi remain useful? Or, do we require new methods to raise questions about the movement of craft objects and related processes of creation, distribution, display and use across the globe—in cultures of migration, as mobilized by varieties of transport, as outsourced goods in transnational export/import flows, as traded for cultural diplomacy, or as
contextualized in relations of aesthetic agency and constraint?

How has craft objects' mobility impacted craft’s participation in
economies and political orders? Does the circulation of craft preclude
other forms of visual and material culture? What expectations about the significance of its makers do craft demonstrations produce and reify? How do the locations where craft processes are demonstrated—rural areas, regional cities, national museums, festivals, (aspiring) cultural hubs in Asia and abroad—contribute to or limit craft's significance? Later in the century, the rise of "fair trade" movements seem to rework the role of craft. Did the rise of neoliberalism reshape the significance of craft materials and processes along with links to tradition and locality? Has attention to craft in its materiality overshadowed or potentially erased other, less physical modes of cultural expression such as dance, music, or storytelling? Does craft remain associated with folk or the vernacular along with discourses of authenticity and ethnic purity?

We welcome papers that address any of these trajectories at the
intersection of craft, commerce, and the movement of material culture and aesthetics around Asia and around the world, from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

Rebecca M. Brown, Johns Hopkins University, rmbrown@jhu.edu
Jennifer Way, University of North Texas, Jennifer.Way@unt.edu

Please send abstracts (250 words) and a short cv to both of the above
email addresses by July 15, 2013. We will be submitting a panel to the AAS Annual Meeting held March 27-30, 2014 in Philadelphia.

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June 06, 2013

State Policy and the Cultural Politics of Heritage-Making in East and Southeast Asia

CFP State Policy and the Cultural Politics of Heritage-Making in East and Southeast Asia, Singapore - Deadline: 15 July 2013
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IIAS - together with ISEAS and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
(NUS) - organizes a conference on cultural politics and heritage-making in East and Southeast Asia. We cordially invite you to discuss with us the role of the state and its international extensions (like UNESCO, Asian Development Bank, World Bank) in determining which cultural attributes are considered "legitimate" in the articulation, preservation and promotion of "heritage". We are looking forward to receive your paper proposal before 15 July 2013.

** State Policy and the Cultural Politics of Heritage-Making in East and Southeast Asia Deadline **

Application deadline: 15 July 2013.
Conference dates: 16 - 17 January 2014
Venue: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
Keynote speaker: Michael Herzfeld (Harvard University)
Organizers: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore
International Institute for Asian Studies

Conveners:
Dr Hui Yew-Foong, Senior Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Dr Daniel Goh, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore
Dr Philippe Peycam, Director, International Institute for Asian Studies

The conference:
Heritage, though suggestive of an immanent sense of that which is
inherited, is not given. What is construed and articulated as heritage
is embedded in a cultural politics where different actors jostle to
determine which inherited objects, sites and practices are to be valued above others and represented as markers of identities. Very often, the actors involved in this process of heritage-making include the state, civil society and international organizations. The relationship between them can swing from constructive engagement and negotiation to contestation, though in most situations the state and social elites attached to it have the final say.

While we recognize that the making of "heritage" is embedded in
multi-vocality and the power of definition does not reside with the
state alone, the state and its international extensions, such as the
UNESCO, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and other inter-state agencies, remain key actors in the articulation, preservation and promotion of "heritage". This conference will focus on the multifaceted role of the state in determining which cultural attributes are considered "legitimate".

The relation of the state to heritage is thus an ambivalent and critical one. On the one hand, in being embroiled in the politics of representing the nation, the state is readily projected as guardian of the "official" narrative of the nation. Indeed, the preservation, curation, governance and promotion of heritage are largely dependent on the resources and legitimacy of the state. On the other hand, the state, in having to allocate space and resources to different developmental needs, may be inclined to subject heritage to an ideological system of values such as the current neoliberal sway in favor of the "market", with the corollary of creating a murky boundary between what is "public" and what is "private". Furthermore, heritage is itself a contested thing-in-the-making within the state. We do not see the state as a unitary actor, but as a set of institutions providing arenas for competing claims, into which non-state local and international actors enter to articulate and lobby their interests.

The multiple arenas of the state, where policies related to the
governance of heritage are debated, formulated, legislated and enforced, need therefore to be subjected to critical examination. For instance, what is the legal framework governing the preservation of heritage? How does the state bureaucracy(ies) frame and administer heritage sites -- material and immaterial (e.g. language policy)? Do governments have a penchant for privileging material heritage to the detriment of the socio-cultural life revolving around sites, leading to their gentrification and therefore social exclusion? Conversely, what is the meaning of the recent focus by numerous Asian states on "intangible" heritage (e.g. food, dance, etc.)? On a related front, while tourism contributes to the commercial sustainability of heritage, how does it augment its meaning in the national landscape as sanctioned by the state? In other words, we need to scrutinize state policies on heritage and ask if they are framed in a sustainable and socially accountable way. We also need to investigate the different modalities of state-centered politics that complicate policy framing and execution over time, as heritage itself evolves in the nexus of the competing claims of state and non-state actors, locally and internationally.

With these issues in mind, we invite papers looking into the following
themes:
- Neoliberalism, the state and heritage
- Heritage and representing the nation
- Heritage governance: legal framework and administration
- Policies and sustainability
- Tourism and heritage sites
- Memory and identity in vernacular landscapes
- Politics of language
- Heritage diplomacy

Papers can engage or compare the more general discursive contexts of
nation-states in East and Southeast Asia, or focus on the heritage
politics of major cities in these regions.

Requirements:
Paper proposals should include a title, name of author, institutional
affiliation, email address, an abstract (250 words) and a brief personal biography (150 words). The proposal should be submitted by 15 July 2013 to Dr Hui Yew-Foong (yfhui@iseas.edu.sg).
Successful applicants will be notified by 15 August 2013 and will be
required to send in a completed draft paper (5000 - 8000 words) by 15
December 2013.

Accommodations:
Accommodations will be provided for all participants. For participants
traveling from Asia, economy class airfare will be provided.
Participants traveling from beyond Asia may receive partial funding for air travel.

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Thomas Voorter
Communication Coordinator
International Institute for Asian Studies
+31-71-5272917 | www.iias.nl

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Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS

8th Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference:
“Codes, Kitsch, Camp: Genre in/and Southeast Asian Cinemas”
July 7 – 10, 2014, Thai Film Archive, Salaya, Thailand.


Issues of genre have had long-term and continuing importance for the film studies field, but the concept has received little serious critical attention in the specific context of Southeast Asian film. The 8th Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas conference will therefore be interested in interrogating in the broadest terms the relevance and usefulness of the concept for the analysis of Southeast Asian cinema. We seek proposals both for papers that address concepts of genre, in a Southeast Asian context, from a theoretical perspective and for studies of specific Southeast Asian genre trends with industrial and/or textual emphases. Some possible topics for papers along these lines include the following (though the list is by no means intended as exhaustive):

-Relevance of “genre” for the Southeast Asian context (e.g., are
theorizations of genre based upon Hollywood examples still viable, or do they need to be reworked or jettisoned altogether?)
-Redefining the concept of genre for a Southeast Asian context
-Transnational generic exchange or flow
-Reworking of global (Hollywood, Bollywood, the kungfu comedy, etc.) genres in Southeast Asia
-Genre evolution
-Genre mixing
-Economics of genre in Southeast Asia (e.g., how genre bears upon
production, distribution, exhibition)
-Case studies of specific genres, genre trends, genre films in Southeast Asia
-Genres specific to Southeast Asia
-Genre and nation
-Genre and issues of identity (gender, class, ethnicity)
-National or regional genre aesthetics
-Genre and censorship

We also welcome submissions for the open call. Please check our website archives and conference programs for past paper topics as we are less likely to accept topics that have been covered before:
http://seaconference.wordpress.com/

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30, 2013

Please send an abstract (max. 300 words) and short bio (max. 100 words) to:
Sophia Siddique Harvey (soharvey@vassar.edu), Khoo Gaik Cheng (
gaik.khoo@gmail.com) and Katinka Van Heeren (cvanheeren@hotmail.com). We are currently attempting to get funding for travel subsidies and
accommodations but cannot offer any as of yet.

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June 05, 2013

Postgraduate Conference on New Actors and Institutions in Development and the Governance of the Environment

Second Call for Papers: Postgraduate Conference on New Actors and
Institutions in Development and the Governance of the Environment

Held jointly by the Department of Social Sciences at Northumbria University in Newcastle and the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University
Funded by the British Academy and the National Science Council
Venue and date: Northumbria University in Newcastle, 3 July 2013
The contemporary world faces a wide array of intractable social and
environmental problems that often transcend established social and
intellectual boundaries. Thus modern governance is marked by constant
attempts at reorganization and rescaling as well as further specialization in hope of finding optimal answers. This has resulted in the emergence of a host of new actors, including new forms of state-society relations, hybrid public institutions and networks of multi-sector partnerships, while questions of accountability and legitimacy remain unresolved. These developments necessitate a fresh look at the question of governance. Focusing on pressing issues in development and environmental governance, this postgraduate conference aims to create a space for interdisciplinary dialogues and critical methodological reflections, and to take stock of novel analytical approaches to new governance problems.

Postgraduate students from all relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The organisers will consider all submissions for inclusion in the
conference. We particularly welcome papers that employ a conceptual
discussion and/or focus on South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia.

A number of bursaries are available to cover travel within the UK.

Deadlines: 15 June 2013 for paper proposals (200-word abstracts), 25 June 2013 for full papers.

To submit a paper proposal and to express your interest in a travel
bursary, please contact the joint organisers Dr Wang Ting-jieh (
tjw93@ntu.edu.tw) and Dr Oliver Hensengerth (
oliver.hensengerth@northumbria.ac.uk).

Dr Ting-jieh Wang
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Political Science
National Taiwan University

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June 04, 2013

Asian Studies Conference Japan

Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ), June 29-30, 2013

All scholars of Asia are invited to attend the seventeenth annual meeting of the Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ), which will be held on the Machida campus of J.F. Oberlin University, Tokyo, Japan, on June 29-30, 2013.

The Preliminary Program is posted on the ASCJ webpage. The conference
consists of 44 sessions on a variety of topics relating to Asian Studies. All sessions are in English. Professor Thongchai Winichakul, the President of the Association for Asian Studies, will deliver the keynote address: “Asian Studies across Academies.”

The program, registration details and other information are available on the ASCJ website: http://www.meijigakuin.ac.jp/~ascj/

Online registration for ASCJ 2013 ends on June 21. Online registration is encouraged. However, participants may register at the door on June 29 or June 30 and pay the onsite registration fee.

All persons interested in Asian Studies are welcome. Please address
inquiries to the ASCJ Secretariat: ascj20xx@gmail.com

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M. William Steele
International Christian University

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May 31, 2013

UK Association for Buddhist Studies Annual Conference

The UK Association for Buddhist Studies Annual Conference 2013

Friday 12th July 2013, 9.15am-5.30pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H.0XG.

Registration fee: £10 (£5 unwaged) for UKABS members; £25 (£15 unwaged) for non-members.

Further Information: UKABS Secretary, Dr. Cathy Cantwell (catherine.cantwell@orinst.ox.ac.uk).

Registration: To pre-register, please contact UKABS Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Naomi Appleton (naomi.appleton@ed.ac.uk), so that we have accurate numbers for refreshments. Payment (by cash or cheque) will be on the door.

Featuring lectures by:
Professor Stefano Zacchetti, Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Oxford, the author of several studies, including the monograph In Praise of the Light (International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology, Soka University, Tokyo 2005). His research focuses on early Chinese Buddhist literature (particularly translations and commentaries), and the history of the canon.

Dr Elizabeth Harris, Liverpool Hope University, the author of Theravada Buddhism and the British Encounter: religious, missionary and colonial experience in nineteenth century Sri Lanka (Routledge 2006) and What Buddhists Believe (Oneworld 1998). Her research interests are Buddhism and Conflict, Buddhism in Sri Lanka, the encounter between Buddhism and the West, particularly in the 19th Century, and Buddhism and religious plurality.

Programme

Registration from 9.15 a.m.

9.50 President's Welcome.

10.00-11.00 Professor Stefano Zacchetti (University of Oxford) The dream of a thing: some reflections on the nature, functions, and formation of the Buddhist canon in China.

11.00-11.30 Coffee break.

11.30-1.00 Postgraduate Panel:

11.30-12.00 Anastasia Gritsenko (Goldsmiths College, University of London) On Buddhist Happiness and Aristotle?s eudaimonia: A Paradoxical Account?

12.00-12.30 Chris Jones (University of Oxford) The tatha?gatagarbha as a?tman in the Maha?ya?na An?gulima?li?ya Su?tra.

12.30-1.00 Caroline Starkey (University of Leeds) The Crossing and Dwelling of Ordained Buddhist Women in Contemporary Britain. 1.00 -2.15 LUNCH (in the SOAS canteen).

2.15 -3.00 UKABS AGM

3.00-4.00 University of Durham Research Project Presentation: S?a?stravid: A New Electronic Research Tool for Studying Indian Philosophical Texts (Dr Jan Westerhoff; European Research Council funded project).

4.00-4.30 Tea break.

4.30-5.30 Dr Elizabeth Harris (Liverpool Hope University) Buddhism, Space and Conflict in Colonial and Postcolonial Sri Lanka.

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May 30, 2013

Council on Thai Studies

We would like to invite you to present a paper at the Council on Thai Studies meeting - 2013, in DeKalb, Illinois.
Conference date: October 18-19, 2013.

Information is available here : www.thaistudies.org

Please note that our COTS committee has recently offered some subsidies to make it easier for US-based graduate students to attend.

We hope to see you in DeKalb, Illinois, this fall...
Cheers,

Grant Olson
Foreign Languages & Literatures
Northern Illinois University
(815) 753-6455

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May 24, 2013

TAIWAN IN DYNAMIC TRANSITION CONFERENCE

TAIWAN IN DYNAMIC TRANSITION CONFERENCE
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
May 25-26, 2013
Stollery Executive Development Centre 5-40A

Description

The international conference “Taiwan in Dynamic Transition,” hosted by the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta, will take place on May 25-26. At the conference, distinguished scholars from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States will present original research on some of the most salient aspects of Taiwan’s social, political, and cultural transformation in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The experts participating in this interdisciplinary conference represent a range of academic disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Their presentations pertain to such topics as the influence of political discourse and education on the imagination of Taiwanese history and identity; democratization and political reform at local and national levels; cultural, racial, and gender tensions as seen through the lens of popular literature; Taiwan as a provider of foreign aid and developmental expertise; the influence of global norms on Taiwanese society and political institutions.

For the full conference program, see
http://www.eastasianstudies.ualberta.ca/en/Conferences%20and%20Research%20Activities.aspx

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Buddhist Meditation: Tradition and Transformation

*Buddhist Meditation: Tradition and Transformation*

2013 Buddhist Studies Graduate Conference
at the University of Virginia
September 13-15, 2013


The Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia is pleased to
announce an interdisciplinary graduate student conference to be hosted onthe UVA Grounds in Charlottesville, VA on September 13-15, 2013 on the theme of "Buddhist Meditation: Tradition and Transformation." The
conference will include panels and paper presentations by graduate students from across North America and lectures by a number of the world?s foremost Buddhist Studies scholars (lineup TBA). This conference is designed to be a collaborative forum in which young scholars can test new approaches, bridge disciplines in creative ways, and expand the scope of sources that we bring to our studies.

*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 - not only in Buddhist Studies, but also in other disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, and history - that speak directly to the study of Buddhist meditation. The papers selected for presentation will be organized into panels, each chaired by a faculty respondent. Presentations will not exceed twenty minutes.

We strongly encourage proposals that stretch received boundaries and
challenge the way we think about and study Buddhist Meditation in its many forms and contexts. We encourage papers that approach Buddhist meditation from a diverse range of methodological approaches - literary, historic, ethnographic, sociological, political, and educational/pedagogical, to name a few.

We are particularly interested in the following topics:
- Problems in the *historical study* of Buddhist meditation.
- Innovative *Interdisciplinary* investigations into contemplative
practice in Buddhist societies (e.g.: historically-informed ethnography)
- How *the body* has been conceptualized and represented 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 *in Buddhist societies*.
- Institutional and pedagogical frameworks.
- The role of *the literary* in Buddhist meditation traditions (e.g.: biographical literature, meditation manuals, philosophical literature, 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.com by *June 15, 2013.* You will be notified by the end of June of the status of your proposal, after which we will publish a detailed schedule of the conference.

University of Virginia may potentially be able to provide funding to cover the costs of lodging and meals for students presenting papers. Travel funds, however, should be obtained from the students' home institutions or other sources. We also warmly welcome and encourage non-presenting students to attend at their own cost. Regrettably, we cannot provide letters of invitation to international observers for visa purposes because we are not equipped to take legal responsibility for international observers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the
conference organizers:
Eric Fry-Miller: ef6ab@virginia.edu
Christopher Hiebert: ch7wt@virginia.edu
Naomi Worth: nw3ca@virginia.edu

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Fifth International Graduate Students Conference Graduate School of University of Gadjah Mada

Term of References
The Fifth International Graduate Students Conference
Graduate School of University of Gadjah Mada

Theme:
The MDGs to 2015 and Beyond: Successes and Challenges in Developing Localized Strategies and Self Reliance

Introduction

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are time-bound quantitative goals to decrease selected aspects of human poverty by 2015. These goals are results of the Millennium Declaration, agreed upon by 189 Heads of States and Governments during the Millennium Summit in 2000. The MDGs are analytically framed with the human development and the human rights paradigm. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provide a new consensus for development towards 2015. They aim to "address the problems of extreme poverty in its many dimensions - income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion, while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability"(UN Millennium Project 2005:1). More specifically, the goals are to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality rates; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development. The first seven goals are meant for developing countries while the eighth goal is for the developed countries to meet their obligations (IDB, 2011).

Poverty has is a stubborn problem and the MDGs address it in a comprehensive manner. This has been the strongest point of the MDGs. They tackle both income and non income poverty such as healthcare, education, food, environmental sustainability and work. The most critical and contentious issues in development are environmental degradation and inequality. However, they are often absent in development discourse, or if they appear at all, they are only lip service. Global inequalities have reached "grotesque" levels (UNDP 2003: 39). Regional, national and sub-national inequalities are all on the increase.

Achieving the Goals cannot be done by merely infusing money at the problems in sector programs (Kabeer, n.d.). Financial support from donor, labelled by some as a “Big Push” (Easterly, 2006) has proven to be ineffective in tackling issues of inequality. Meetings the Goals will require strategies that are locally owned and developed, with full participation from all relevant constituents, including CSOs, the private sector, and other key stakeholders (Lowres, n.d.). In other words, self reliance, along with sense of ownership, play a pivotal role in the success of the achievement of the MDGs

Throughout the years, the world has seen initiatives at global, regional and country-levels to achieve the MDGs. The Goals have been incorporated as long-term objectives in a number of national development plans and poverty reduction strategies; policies, strategies. The MDGs in Indonesia have been a key priority and in the latest National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2010-2014 of the Government of Indonesia (GoI) and the corresponding sectoral Strategic Plans (Renstra, Rencana Strategis. The MDGs achievement in Indonesia has been mixed. Indonesia demonstrated improvement in primary education, increased gender equality and decreased child mortality rates. However, Indonesia is lagging behind the goals to achieve the fifth MDG, on maternal health; the sixth MDG, on HIV/AIDS and other public health issues; and the seventh MSG, on environmental sustainability (Jakarta Post, May 31, 2010)

The roads to MDGs achievement have been bumpy. There has been rapid economic growth in some South East Asian countries, including Indonesia, but the economic achievement was derailed by economic shock. There are other types of shocks, such as food, energy and financial shock. Achievement of the MDGs seems to be more difficult in most countries; countries which have been on track, now seem to be off-track. Resource flows from the developed to the developing world are shrinking and market access is not expanding (IDB, 2011). Meanwhile the 2015 deadline is fast approaching. Hence, it is very timely to discuss about the success, challenges and lesson learned from the MDGs, particularly those that are related to localized strategies and self reliance.

The list of topics for the conference will include the following. The list serves as a guidance only, and other topics pertinent to the theme are welcome.
Development, industrialization, environmental and climate changes
Situational analysis and policies on tropical diseases and HIV/AIDS
Women, education, employment and maternal health
Fulfilling children’s rights in time of peace and conflict
Income/non income poverty and inequality
International development: between theories and praxis
Culture, arts and human development
Resilience, and localized strategies, to achieve MDGs

Keynote Speakers
1. Dr. Iwu Dwisetyani Utomo (Australian National University, Australia)
2. Prof. Dr. Saville Kushner (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
3. Prof. Dr. Sofian Effendi (Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia)
4. Prof. Dr. Nila Moeloek (special envoy of the President to the MDGs, Indonesia)

Date and Venue
The conference will be held in the Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University (Sekolah Pascasarjana UGM), Jalan Teknika Utara Pogung Yogyakarta 55281on 30th -31st of October 2013.

The Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University invites all of the participants to attend the cultural night that will be held on the 30th of October 2013. This activity is free of charge.

Language
The conference will be held in English. Only those who submit their abstracts and papers in English would be considered.



Inscription
Please submit your abstract with a maximum of 300 words to the organizer. The deadline of the submission is on the July 12th 2013. A full paper is required and has to be sent to the organizer on the 30th of August 2013. The articles will be published in the conference proceedings which will be available on the day of the conference. The proceeding is free for all the presenters.

REGISTRATION
This conference includes a registration fee. The fees are as follow:
Indonesian Presenters : IDR. 500.000
Foreign Presenters : USD 100.00
Indonesian Participants (non-presenters) : IDR 250.000
Foreign Participants (non-presenters) : USD 50.00

The presenters and participants from outside Indonesia should make their payments during the conference but are required to register by sending the Registration Form before the 30th of September 2013.

The participants from Indonesia have to send the payment through the bank account. The schedule arrangement will be based on the complete registration, including the bank payment. Please send your payment through this bank account: Direktur Sekolah Pascasarjana UGM, BNI Branch UGM Rek. No. 0039227315

The organizers will provide the seminar kits, certificates, coffee breaks and lunch for the 2 conference days and one dinner on the 30th of October 2013 during the cultural night.

The participants are required to pay their own transport and accommodation of any mobilization they make during their stay at Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta is one of the cheapest cities in Indonesia and you could easily find cheap and delicious foods as well as the cheap hotels and accommodation for your stay here. For more detail information about the hotels, the organizers would recommend the guest houses of the universities and the hotels close to the university. We recommend the guest houses below since they are cheap and located close to the conference venue:
1. Wisma MM UGM (http://housing.mmugm.ac.id Telp (+62) 274 557 988
2. Wisma UC UGM (http://www.ugmclub.com. Telp (+62) 274 557216
3. Wisma Kagama http://kagama.ugm.ac.id/wisma/ Telp: 0274-560142 Fax. 0274-560186 - email: pphkagama@ugm.ac.id
4. Wisma ICRS-Yogya ( www.icrsguesthouse.ugm.id, icrs@ugm.ac.id Telp: +62 274 565 425 or +62 (0) 85215334393)
5. Indraloka homestay (http://www.yogyes.com/id/yogyakarta-hotel/budget/indraloka-homestay/ Telp (+62) 274 544428)

For more detail information please contact:
Batari Oja Andini
E-mail : igcindonesia@gmail.com/ igsci@ugm.ac.id
Telp / Fax : +62 274 564239
Mobile Phone : +62 8152567902
Website : http://igsci.pasca.ugm.ac.id
http://pasca.ugm.ac.id

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May 21, 2013

Citizenship Projects in Transnational Asia: Gender, Belonging and Care

http://www.aas.asn.au/conf13/index.php

Citizenship Projects in Transnational Asia: Gender, Belonging and Care

Panel Convenors: Adelyn Lim and Bo Kyeong Seo

This panel explores the expansive, multifaceted, and sometimes
contradictory conceptions of citizenship in transnational Asia. In
anthropological scholarship on citizenship, the political significance
of cultural differences, legal regulation on migration, and neoliberal
rationalities of labour and markets have been extensively analysed.
However, political mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion often fail to
acknowledge the affective dispositions of citizenship. Drawing on the
2013 AAA conference theme of “The Human in the World, the World in the
Human”, this panel focuses on citizenship as articulated and
represented by agency, subjectivity, and embodied struggles. By
engaging with concrete and everyday experiences, we emphasize the
dialogical and relational dimensions of citizenship in Asia through
the lens of gender, embodiment, health, reproduction, care, and
activism.

We welcome papers that address these themes, including but not limited
to the following questions:

- What kinds of aspirations, desires and sensibilities are enmeshed
within contemporary citizenship formation and other forms of belonging
in democratising or post-democratic Asia?
- How does the gendered dimension of citizenship mediate ideas of
domesticity and normativity?
- How does the biological and social reproduction of citizen and
non-citizen subjects reflect state technologies of belonging?
- What might we learn from the feminist ethics of care (Nira
Yuval-Davis 2011) to navigate new modes of political being?
- How do notions of care, hospitality, humanitarianism, and sympathy
intertwine with contemporary practices of liberal democratic
citizenship?

Together, we aim to contribute not only to enriching our understanding
of Asia in its various aspects of citizenship formation, but also to
the scholarship on citizenship by emphasizing Asia as the embodiment
of global and local forces through particular historical trajectories,
regulatory practices, socio-cultural norms, and forms of resistance.

Contacts:
soclla@nus.edu.sg
bo.seo@anu.edu.au

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Emerging Philippines: New Frontiers, Directions, Contributions

Call for Papers
Emerging Philippines: New Frontiers, Directions, Contributions

February 28 - March 1, 2014
Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Submission deadline: June 30, 2013

This conference aims to highlight the diversity of perspectives, debates, and practices that go into thinking about, and rethinking, Philippine politics, economy, society, and culture in historical, contemporary, comparative, regional, and transnational terms. We welcome individual paper and panel proposals on topics ranging from state (including theories of the state), security, economic transformation, culture and society, the arts, popular democracy, transnationalism, governance, business process outsourcing, demography, and finance to migration, religion and spirituality, the rise of China and territorial disputes, urbanization, informal sector, poverty, environment issues, regionalism and regionalization, and others. Keynote speakers: Prof. Resil Mojares and Prof. Cayetano Paderanga, Jr.

Please observe the following format when submitting your finalized individual paper or panel information: 1. Title of Individual Paper or Panel, 2. Paper/Panel Abstract (no more than 250 words), 3. Individual presenter/list of panel members (including organizer - include name, affiliation, complete mailing address, and e-mail address of each member), 4. Abstracts of the individual papers (no more than 250 words) included in the panel. Inquiries and proposals should be sent to all three e-mail addresses: Prof. Hiromu Shimizu (shimizuh@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp), Prof. Caroline Hau (hau@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp), Dr. Mario Ivan Lopez (marioivanlopez@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp).

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New Research in Southeast Asian History

Call for Papers
New Research in Southeast Asian History

Graduate Student Conference, Yale University
October 18-19, 2013
Submission deadline: July 1, 2013

The Council on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University invites submissions of abstracts for its inaugural graduate student history conference, “New Research in Southeast Asian History.” The conference aims to establish a forum at Yale dedicated to the exchange of graduate-level historical work that spans Southeast Asia.

For information and updates, see conference website: www.yale.edu/seas/SEAHistoryConf

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May 07, 2013

Ecologies of Urbanism in Asia II: Cities, Towns, and the Places of Nature

Call for Papers
Ecologies of Urbanism in Asia II: Cities, Towns, and the Places of Nature

June 9-12, 2014
Hong Kong
Application deadline: July 15, 2013
Convenors: Anne Rademacher (NYU) and K. Sivaramakrishnan (Yale)

The organizers seek submissions for a conference to investigate urbanism, nature, and ecological sustainability in Asian cities and towns. The papers will engage cases grounded in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and south China in the following thematic areas: the political ecology of the city, urban environmentalism, nodes and networks, and the social lives of infrastructure. Paper proposals of no more than 300 words (1 double spaced page) and a two-page author's CV showing current institutional affiliation with postal and email addresses, should be sent via email attachment as pdf documents, to Sahana Ghosh, sahana.ghosh@yale.edu. All selected participants will be provided RT economy airfare to Hong Kong and up to six nights' accommodation. This conference follows on Urban Ecologies in Asia held in Hong Kong in 2010.

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Theorising Mobilities in/from Asia

Call for Papers
Theorising Mobilities in/from Asia

November 14-15, 2013
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Proposal deadline: June 14, 2013

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. Yet the mobilities literature has remained rooted in the Anglo-American context. This conference invites scholars to explore ways of retrieving lost knowledges of mobilities through a deliberate (re)turn to Asia. In particular, the region is taken as a collective of centers for re-understanding and re-theorizing mobilities in their plurality and, especially, how migration and transport have compelled new social outlooks and modes of organisation in Asian contexts. Conference convenors: Prof. Brenda YEOH, National University of Singapore and Weiqiang LIN, University of London. See the ARI website for full details and for submission information www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1425.

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Penang and the Hajj

Call for Papers
Penang and the Hajj

August 17-18, 2013
George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Keynote address by Prof. Eric Tagliacozzo (Cornell)

From the 18th century until the 1970s, Penang was a port of embarkation for aspiring pilgrims travelling by ship to the holy lands. The conference organizers seek papers for a workshop on the Penang and the Hajj, for example: the businesses of Penang Sheikh hajis/pilgrim brokers especially Hadhrami operators and the service industry at the port cluster; religious, social and cultural change stimulated by Hajj returnees; colonial regulations on hajj travel; travel preparations for the pilgrimage; socio-economic dimensions of hajj travel. Paper proposals should consist of an abstract of 300-500 words and short biographical information (100-150 words) and should be sent to Abdur-Razzaq Lubis at namorasende@gmail.com. Abstracts should be submitted by May 6, 2013. The workshop is organised by Penang Heritage Trust www.pht.org.my/ and Think City www.thinkcity.com.my/.

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Sites of Knowledge: Space, Locality, and Circulation between Asia and Europe

Call for Papers
Sites of Knowledge: Space, Locality, and Circulation between Asia and Europe

Heidelberg, Germany
August 4-8, 2013
Application deadline: May 31, 2013

The Cluster of Excellence for Asia and Europe in a Global Context at Heidelberg University Summer School 2013 is intended for graduate students with an interest in theories and practices of knowledge production in Asia and Europe. The academic program combines informal lectures with more interactive elements such as reading groups and writing workshops. Confirmed speakers include Christian Jacob (Paris), Dhruv Raina (Delhi), Ruth Rogaski (Vanderbilt), Stephan Günzel (Berlin), Fan Fa-ti (Binghamton) Henrique Leitao (Lisbon), Martin Dusinberre (Newcastle), Eric Hayot (Penn State) and, from Heidelberg University, Frank Grüner, Rui Magone and Joachim Kurtz. For application information see the website www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en/students/summerschool.html.

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Vietnam and World History

Call for Papers
Vietnam and World History

Hanoi, Vietnam, December 29-31, 2013
Deadline for submissions: August 15, 2013
Web announcement: www.thewha.org/files/conference_2013/Hanoi-Call-for-Papers.pdf

The World History Association, in association with the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi, the Vietnam History Association and Hawaii Pacific University, and the Vietnam Center and Archive, is issuing an initial Call for Papers for a Symposium on Vietnam in World History.

The program committee can help find 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 via the WHA website link on the organized panel submission site: thewha.org/abstract-submission/hanoi/group.php

Individual paper proposals abstracts must include 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 on the individual paper submission site: thewha.org/abstract-submission/hanoi/individual.php

At the request of the conference hosts, the Vietnam National University, Hanoi, University of Social Sciences and Hmanities and the Vietnam History Association, a workshop for Vietnamese teachers on world history will be held immediately prior to the symposium.

Please contact thewha@hawaii.edu for further information or answers to any questions you may have.

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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
Macau
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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THEORISING MOBILITIES IN/FROM ASIA

THEORISING MOBILITIES IN/FROM ASIA
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?

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

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.

CONTACT DETAILS

Convenors

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

Secretariat

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

CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: 20 MAY 2013)
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


SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

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.

CONTACT DETAILS

Organizers:

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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March 19, 2013

8th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline: 25 March 2013)

8th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies
Organised by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Date:22 – 26 July 2013
Venue: Faculty of Law, Block B, Level 4, 469 Bukit Timah Rd
National University of Singapore @ Bukit Timah Campus
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1404

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications from postgraduate students who are engaged in research on Southeast Asia to attend the 7th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies on 22 – 26 July 2013.

This 3-day forum will be part of ARI’s 5-day Graduate Development Institute and Forum, which in addition to the forum will include two full days of sessions aimed to develop graduate student understandings of academia and relevant skills, through roundtable discussions with faculty, focused practical seminars and breakout group discussions.

This event coincides with the Asia Research Institute’s Asian Graduate Student Fellowship Programme 2013, which brings some 35 graduate students to ARI for a two and a half month period. These students will also participate in the Graduate Forum.

Postgraduate students working on Southeast Asia are invited to submit abstracts based either on work in progress that is at an advanced stage (i.e. already completed data collection and analysis), or on completed work. NUS students are encouraged to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with students from ASEAN as well as those from other regions whose interests focus on Southeast Asia.

This three-day forum, the seventh of an annual series of forums for graduate students who work on Southeast Asia, will be organised thematically. Themes broadly reflect (but are not limited to) the core research strengths of the Asia Research Institute, including the Asian dynamics of religion, politics, economy, gender, culture, language, migration, urbanism, science and technology, population and social change.

In addition to student presentations, experts from the region will also be invited to give keynote speeches, sharing their insights on challenges and issues facing contemporary social science scholarship.

Students whose proposals are selected for presentation at the forum will participate in the full 5 days of the Graduate Development Institute and Forum. Partial or full funding may be available for selected students. Funding will cover board and lodging for the duration of the forum, and in selected cases, air travel to Singapore by the most economical means.


SUBMISSION OF PAPER PROPOSAL

Graduate students should submit a 300-400 words abstract of their proposed paper using the attached form to Mr Jonathan Lee at jonathan.lee@nus.edu.sg no later than 25 March 2013. Click here for the Application Form.

The abstract should clarify the substantive issues which your paper will address and be firmly grounded in your own research project. Please include information on objectives, methods, and findings, as well as explain the original contribution the research makes to the field of study.

One confidential letter of recommendation from a supervisor should also be forwarded along with your form by the same date. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 April 2013.

Those selected will have to submit full-length papers, of around 4,000-5,000 words in length, by 14 June 2013.

CONTACT DETAILS

Convenors:
Dr Michelle MILLER, Asia Research Institute, NUS (Chair)
Dr Jonathan BENNEY, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Johan LINDQUIST, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Kay MOHLMAN, Dept of Sociology, NUS
Dr Kumiko KAWASHIMA, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr LIANG Yongjia, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Maria Wendy PLATT, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Nausheen ANWAR, Asia Research Institute, NUS
A/P Titima SUTHIWAN, Centre for Language Studies, NUS
Dr ZHANG JUAN, Asia Research Institute, NUS

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March 13, 2013

International Conference on Indonesian Development

CALL FOR PAPER
The International Conference on Indonesian Development (ICID) 2013 is a conference designed to become a hub between the Indonesian scholars, policy makers (executive and legislative), professionals, and the public. It will be an exciting opportunity for Indonesian scholars to exchange their ideas through interactive and comprehensive
discussions. The conference aims to create a “blueprint” of an ideal Indonesian development. It will take place at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Erasmus University, The Hague, The Netherlands.

The conference committee invites researchers from relevant disciplines to submit and to present their scholarly works at ICID 2013. The main theme of the conference is “Innnovation-driven Economy as the Fundamental of the Indonesian Economic Growth”

Major topics to be included are (1) policy towards competitive economy and (2) innovation-driven economy from the perspective of social sciences, management, and technology. However, researches on overlapping and relevant topics are also accepted.

Abstract (max. 300 words) must be written in English and include background of the research, research questions, methods, findings, conclusions and keywords. Deadline for abstract submission is April 15th, 2013. The accepted authors should submit their full papers and register to the conference by June 30 th, 2013 in order for their
abstracts to be included in the final program. Abstracts and papers can only be submitted electronically through the conference website at http://icid.ppibelanda.org under “Abstract and Paper Submission” tagline.

The conference will feature 48 oral presentations and 24 poster presentations. In total, the conference will bring together 150 participants from all over the world, in their capacities as researchers, academicians, professionals, as well as Indonesian policy makers’ representatives.

We are looking forward to seeing you in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Best Regards,
Chairman of ICID 2013
M. Rihan Handaullah
Email: info@icid.ppibelanda.org.

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March 12, 2013

Asian Approaches to Heritage Conservation

Call for Papers
Asian Approaches to Heritage Conservation
Journal of Environment Design and Planning

Cultural heritage throughout Asia is under threat due to rapid expansion of urban development. Environmental, economic and social factors together have contributed to the degradation of the region’s valuable heritage. Heritage is increasingly being used as a resource in economic-driven industry and considered a commodity to serve modern demand. Conservation of heritage is challenged with a twofold task. On the one hand it is a mean for protecting cultural values, authenticity and integrity. On the otherhand, conservation is seen as a process for managing changes that response to community interests and economic needs.

Nakhara: Journal of Environmental Design and Planning invites papers that critically examine the challengesin striking a balance between the conservation of heritage value and the potential of cultural heritage toserve modern development. Papers are sought which raise issues on Asian concept and practice in builtheritage conservation, the intertwining of tangible and intangible heritage in Asian context, and integrated approach to heritage conservation that recognize the importance of local community in order to safeguard the built-heritage as well as traditional practices and ensure the cultural sustainability.

Manuscript Deadline: April 30, 2013
First enquiry to: jnakhara@chula.ac.th
Web announcement: www.aj.arch.chula.ac.th/en/index.php/CU

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Innovation in Teaching Languages and Culture

Call for Papers
Innovation in Teaching Languages and Culture

The conference will be held from July 17-18, 2013 at Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Organized by : Institute of Language, Art and Culture (ILAC) of Suan Dusit Rajabhat University

Contact person : Ms. Lalita Poolsup poolsupl@hotmail.com
website: www.ilac.dusit.ac.th/conference/
Deadline: April 15, 2013

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Transformation towards the Future: Continuity versus Change in Indonesia

Call for Papers

Sunan Kalijaga University
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
August 21-22, 2013

Deadline for abstracts: March 31, 2013.
For details, see the website iif.or.id/.

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March 05, 2013

Maritime Frontiers in Asia: Indigenous Communities and State Control in South China and Southeast Asia, 2000 BCE – 1800 CE

Conference Announcement
Maritime Frontiers in Asia: Indigenous Communities and State Control in South China and Southeast Asia, 2000 BCE – 1800 CE

April 12-13, 2013
The Pennsylvania State University

This conference provides a platform for discussing maritime frontier zones in premodern China and Southeast Asia. Specialists from around the globe will convene to examine the historical and archaeological records of South China and Southeast Asia as part of a single cosmopolitan trade network, referred to by recent scholars as the “maritime silk road,” or the “Jiaozhi Ocean trade network.” In particular, this conference highlights techniques of state control in conjunction with local ways of avoiding, inverting, or adapting to such techniques in the regional cultures of the South China Sea. The main mega-group under examination will be the various peoples who inhabited the frontier zones of what is now China and Vietnam. Other peoples, such as Taiwanese (aboriginals and Min-nan), Japanese, Cham, Khmer, Indian, Muslim, and European peoples will also enter into our discussions, adding an even greater comparative, transnational perspective and demonstrating the strategic importance of this region throughout history.

Please contact Erica Brindley, efb12@psu.edu; or Kate Baldanza, ktb3@psu.edu for more information.

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Recent Advances in the Archaeology of East and Southeast Asia

Conference Announcement
Recent Advances in the Archaeology of East and Southeast Asia

March 15-16 2013
Assembly Room at the Madison Concourse Hotel (1 W. Dayton Street)
Madison, Wisconsin

This conference will highlight the recent archaeological discoveries in Southeast and East Asia that have begun to transform our understanding of prehistoric and proto-historic societies and cultural trajectories in these closely linked regions. It will bring together a diverse group of researchers from the US and other regions that work on a wide range of topics related to regional culture histories, anthropological theories, and modern-day issues of national identity and cultural heritage management. Paper topics will include discussions of subsistence practices, specialized craft production, emergent complexity and urban forms, inter-regional interaction and exchange, and the nature of ancient violence.

Please see our website for more details and a schedule with abstracts: coloavietnam.com/sea-archaeology-conference/
Or contact the conference organizer, Nam Kim, with any questions: nckim2@wisc.edu

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Council on Thai Studies

Call for Papers
Council on Thai Studies

October 18-19, 2013
Northern Illinois University

The Council on Thai Studies (or COTS) is an informal organization of scholars interested in all aspects of Thai studies. COTS annually provides scholars with a venue for reporting preliminary findings, opportunities to receive prepublication feedback and a forum to discuss field and archive challenges. Please consider giving a paper or gathering a small group for a roundtable discussion or panel. Graduate students are always encouraged to submit papers. Individual topics or groupings of papers are also welcome. An effort will be made to group individual papers into panel sessions around a common theme, issue, methodology or discipline.

Deadline for abstracts: July 1, 2013

Please send brief abstracts (including contact information and institutional affiliation) to Grant Olson: golson@niu.edu. Acceptance of paper proposals, information regarding scheduling of panels and assignment of panel moderators and discussants will be sent via email. A block of rooms will be held at the Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University for conference participants to make their own reservations (815-753-1444). These rooms will be held until September 27; please visit www.niu.edu/hsc/hotelinfo/index.shtml.
Please contact Julia Lamb, Center for SE Asian Studies, concerning logistical questions: jlamb@niu.edu

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The Study of Southeast Asia Today: Dialogue at NUS

Call for Papers
The Study of Southeast Asia Today: Dialogue at NUS

August 14-16, 2013
National University of Singapore

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the National University of Singapore invites submissions of abstracts for its inaugural conference from scholars working on any aspect of the cultures, societies, politics, and economies of Southeast Asia, past and present. We are looking for completed research as well as works-in-progress; we encourage the submission of research that offers new empirical findings as well as new interpretations of established scholarly positions. Papers that propose to compare this region with other parts of the world or that offer transnational perspectives on Southeast Asia are equally welcome. Our primary objective in this inaugural conference is to create an annual forum for scholarly exchange and debate among the Southeast Asian Studies community.

Paper titles and abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to Mr. Marcel Bandur marcel@nus.edu.sg by April 15, 2013.

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February 22, 2013

CFP: Framing the Global

Call for Papers
FRAMING THE GLOBAL
Indiana University-Bloomington
September 26-28, 2013
Sponsored by
Center for the Study of Global Change, Indiana University
and
Indiana University Press

Global studies emerged in the 1980s as scholars, policymakers, and the general public began to take note of the increasingly transnational flows of people, ideas, and goods that have come to be identified under the rubric of globalization. Interest in global phenomena has since spread to every discipline in the social sciences and humanities, to become an intellectual touchstone in the academy and beyond. Despite increasing popular and scholarly attention to global issues, no clear consensus has emerged regarding the most fundamental definitions of terms or appropriate empirical methods for studying the global. This conference will explore emerging directions and methodologies for global research. The scholars in the Mellon Foundation-funded Framing the Global project have been addressing this question collaboratively and through their own work, which is characterized by interdisciplinarity, empirical grounding, and a concern with tracing the links between the transnational and the local in a variety of lived, political, discursive, cultural, and social domains. The conference will extend that conversation to include other scholars and practitioners with similar concerns.

We invite proposals for panels or individual papers that are empirically grounded while addressing important theoretical and methodological issues in studying the global. Scholars in all academic and professional fields are encouraged to participate. Preference will be given to papers that complement the Framing the Global project’s approaches. Work that addresses public understanding of global studies, global issues, and globalization is especially welcome, as are proposals from scholars who are asking ontological and epistemological questions about their global research.

Framing the Global is a five-year collaboration between the Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University and Indiana University Press funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Papers that show promise for being developed into books that meet the project's aims may be considered for publication in the Global Research Studies book series, part of the Framing the Global initiative.

Invited Keynote speakers:

Arjun Appadurai, Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication - Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development - New York University
Gillian Hart, Professor of Geography, University of California Berkeley
Yasmina Zaidman, Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships, Acumen Fund

Proposal submission deadline: April 15, 2013
Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2013

Prospective participants should submit their proposals through our online submission page:
http://www.indiana.edu/~global/framing/abstractForm.php


PANEL SUBMISSIONS: Proposals for 90-minute panels of 3-4 15- or 20-minute presentations should include an abstract of up to 300 words describing the panel’s focus and rationale and the titles and 250-word abstracts of the individual presentations. The online submission form will also require the panel’s title, a list of the names, and a list of keywords.

INDIVIDUAL SUBMISSIONS: Proposals for 15- or 20-minute presentations are also invited. Individual proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Title and keywords will also be requested on the submission form. Individual presentations will be organized into sessions around common themes. Final determination of the length of the presentations (whether 15 or 20 minutes) will be confirmed by conference organizers when session configurations are finalized.

Please be sure to include all information requested on the abstract submission page, though please omit identifying information from your abstract.

Email: framing@indiana.edu
Website: http://www.indiana.edu/~global/framing/conference.php

Hosted by the Indiana University Center for the Study of Global Change and Indiana University Press, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Kelley School of Business Institute for Social Impact and the School of Global and International Studies.

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February 08, 2013

KNOWING, MAKING, GOVERNING

Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network (APSTSN) Biennial Conference 2013
KNOWING, MAKING, GOVERNING

Date: 15-17 July 2013
Venue: Tembusu College, National University of Singapore
Website: http://www.apstsn2013.com/

This conference is jointly organized by the STS Research Cluster of the Asia Research Institute (ARI), the STS Research Cluster of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), and Tembusu College (at University Town), all at the National University of Singapore (NUS); with funding support from the Humanities and Social Science Research Fund at NUS.

The National University of Singapore is pleased to open the Call for Papers for APSTSN’s Biennial Conference 2013. The Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network is an association of regional scholars for fostering collaboration and encouraging science, technology and society research, teaching, and critical discussion on current STS themes and issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

Knowing, Making, Governing - across Asia and the Pacific, the work of science, technology and society calls attention to the region’s plurality of socio-technical projects and ways of knowing. The conference accepts proposals for all themes pertaining to science, technology and society, including the following:
· Biosciences
· Gender
· Modeling and Numbers-work
· Business, Finance, & Markets
Indigenous Knowledges
· Normativity and Normalization
· Care
· Information & Media
· Publics & Participation
· Citizenship & Activism
· Inter-Species Relations
· Posthumanities
· Disaster
· Government, Policy & Politics
· Risk
· Energy
· Limits of Knowledge
· Theory & Method
· Environment & Ecology
· Medicine
· Food & Agriculture

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

The deadline for submitting proposals is 15 February 2013. Proposals will be reviewed by the NUS Conference Organizing Committee, with the objective to accept all properly prepared proposals. Please see full conference details, including submission options and registration requirements, on the conference webpage at http://www.apstsn2013.com/

CONTACT DETAILS
Conference Organizing Committee:
Dr Jerome Whitington
A/P Gregory Clancey
Dr Haidan Chen
Dr Axel Gelfert
Dr Honghong Tinn

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January 29, 2013

7th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline: 25 March 2013)
7th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies
Organised by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Date: 22 – 26 July 2013
Venue:
Faculty of Law, Block B, Level 4, 469 Bukit Timah Rd
National University of Singapore @ Bukit Timah Campus
Website:
http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1404

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications from postgraduate students who are engaged in research on Southeast Asia to attend the 7th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies on 22 – 26 July 2013.

This 3-day forum will be part of ARI’s 5-day Graduate Development Institute and Forum, which in addition to the forum will include two full days of sessions aimed to develop graduate student understandings of academia and relevant skills, through roundtable discussions with faculty, focused practical seminars and breakout group discussions.

This event coincides with the Asia Research Institute’s Asian Graduate Student Fellowship Programme 2013, which brings some 35 graduate students to ARI for a two and a half month period. These students will also participate in the Graduate Forum.

Postgraduate students working on Southeast Asia are invited to submit abstracts based either on work in progress that is at an advanced stage (i.e. already completed data collection and analysis), or on completed work. NUS students are encouraged to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with students from ASEAN as well as those from other regions whose interests focus on Southeast Asia.

This three-day forum, the seventh of an annual series of forums for graduate students who work on Southeast Asia, will be organised thematically. Themes broadly reflect (but are not limited to) the core research strengths of the Asia Research Institute, including the Asian dynamics of religion, politics, economy, gender, culture, language, migration, urbanism, science and technology, population and social change.

In addition to student presentations, experts from the region will also be invited to give keynote speeches, sharing their insights on challenges and issues facing contemporary social science scholarship.

Students whose proposals are selected for presentation at the forum will participate in the full 5 days of the Graduate Development Institute and Forum. Partial or full funding may be available for selected students. Funding will cover board and lodging for the duration of the forum, and in selected cases, air travel to Singapore by the most economical means.

SUBMISSION OF PAPER PROPOSAL
Graduate students should submit a 300-400 words abstract of their proposed paper using the attached form to Mr Jonathan Lee at jonathan.lee@nus.edu.sg no later than 25 March 2013. Find the Application Form on the website.

The abstract should clarify the substantive issues which your paper will address and be firmly grounded in your own research project. Please include information on objectives, methods, and findings, as well as explain the original contribution the research makes to the field of study.

One confidential letter of recommendation from a supervisor should also be forwarded along with your form by the same date. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 April 2013.

Those selected will have to submit full-length papers, of around 4,000-5,000 words in length, by 14 June 2013.

CONTACT DETAILS

Convenors:

Dr Michelle MILLER, Asia Research Institute, NUS (Chair)
Dr Jonathan BENNEY, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Johan LINDQUIST, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Kay MOHLMAN, Dept of Sociology, NUS
Dr Kumiko KAWASHIMA, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr LIANG Yongjia, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Maria Wendy PLATT, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Nausheen ANWAR, Asia Research Institute, NUS
A/P Titima SUTHIWAN, Centre for Language Studies, NUS
Dr ZHANG JUAN, Asia Research Institute, NUS

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January 27, 2013

Indonesia Council Open Conference 2013

Call for Papers
Indonesia Council Open Conference 2013

University of Tasmania

July 11-12, 2013

Deadline: 12 April 2013

The Indonesia Council Open Conference is a multi-disciplinary conference which provides a forum for the presentation of new and innovative work on Indonesia with particular emphasis on encouraging engagement between newer Indonesianists and established scholars. For conference information and abstract submission details, see the website asaa.asn.au/indonesiacouncil/icoc2013.php

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UW/UBC Graduate Student Asian Studies Conference

Call for Papers
UW/UBC Graduate Student Asian Studies Conference

University of Washington-Seattle

April 12-14, 2013

The Jackson School of International Studies China Studies Program at the University of Washington invites graduate students to submit papers for its annual conference co-hosted with the University of British Columbia. Research which explores modern political, social, linguistic, religious, economic and security developments in Asia is welcomed. Papers that focus on a broad Asian context and consider cultural, historical and political connections will be prioritized. The conference will also conduct a discussion roundtable for working papers. Graduate students may submit proper research papers to the traditional presentation forum as well as the working paper roundtable. Applicants must be currently engaged in graduate study and papers must be related to East, Central, South, Southeast and/or Southwest Asia. Applicants should submit abstracts of no more than 300 words, and a short bio of no more than 100 words by January 31, 2013 to uwubcasianstudies@gmail.com.

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Conference on Inter-Asian Connections VI

Call for Workshop Papers
Conference on Inter-Asian Connections VI: Istanbul

October 2-5, 2013

Koç University, Turkey

Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2013

Web announcement: www.ssrc.org/programs/pages/interasia-program/conference-on-inter-asian-connections-iv-istanbul-october-2-5-2013/

Co-organized and co-sponsored by 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 – collectively the “Conference Organizing Committee.”

Workshop Topics:

-"After Neoliberalism?" The Future of Postneoliberal State and Society in Asia

-Asian Early Modernities: Empires, Bureaucrats, Confessions, Borders, Merchants

-Contemporary Art and the Inter-Asian Imaginary

-Inequalities in Asian Societies: Bringing Back Class Analysis

-Porous Enclaves: Inter-Asian Residential Projects and the Popular Classes from Istanbul to Seoul

-Rescuing Taste from the Nation: Oceans, Borders and Culinary Flows

-The Sounds and Scripts of Languages in Motion

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January 22, 2013

Beyond Borders: Building a Regional Commons in Southeast Asia

Beyond Borders: Building a Regional Commons in Southeast Asia

3rd International Conference on International Relations and Development (ICIRD 2013)
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
22-23 August 2013

Please submit to icird2013@icird.org by 1 March 2013. More information at www.icird.org and www.facebook.com/ICIRD

We welcome papers on the themes of development, international relations and human rights in Southeast Asia, in particular those that interrogate the various forms of 'commons' (norms, values, concepts and institutions), including from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

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January 17, 2013

Social Dynamics of Sustainable Development in Indonesia

Yale Indonesia Forum Council on Southeast Asia Studies

The 10th BIANNUAL NORTHEAST CONFERENCE ON INDONESIAN STUDIES
Call for Papers
Yale Indonesia Forum (YIF) and Cornell Indonesian Association (CIA) invite submissions for their 10th Northeastern Student Conference on Indonesia. This event will be held on March 29 - 30, 2013, with a workshop by invited scholars on the first day and a student conference at Henry R. Luce Hall, Yale University on the second day. (See http://www.yale.edu/seas/YIF-CIA_Workshop2013.htm for program information and updates)

We welcome submissions from graduate and undergraduate students at any stage engaged in original research related to Indonesia. The theme of the conference is ‘Social Dynamics of Sustainable Development in Indonesia’ and participants are encouraged to discuss the impact of development, broadly interpreted, on societies, environment, language, ideologies, public policy and other aspects. Papers related to a wide variety of subjects related to this theme are encouraged.

Interested participants should submit abstracts to the following email address: northeastconference10@gmail.com

All abstracts should be limited to 250 words and sent in MS Word format. Please name your abstract using your first initial and last name (for example, jsmith.doc for John Smith’s abstract). The subject of the message should specify “Abstract” and the body should include the following information:

• Author’s name(s), affiliation(s) and a primary email address
• Title of paper
• Paper topic and at least 2 keywords

Submission Deadline: February 22nd, 2013

The Yale Indonesia Graduate Committee will review the abstracts, select presenters, and organize sessions by theme. Selected authors will present their work as part of a panel at the conference and paper abstracts will be included in the Conference Program.

Notification of Acceptance: February 29th, 2013

Confirmation of Attendance: March 4th, 2013

We regret that no travel subventions are available for participants in the conference and encourage applicants to seek travel funding from their home institutions. YIF will provide presenters with one night’s accommodation in New Haven. Please contact the organizers at northeastconference10@gmail.com with any questions.

Sponsored by the
COUNCIL ON SOUTHEAST ASIA STUDIES, YALE UNIVERSITY

Conference Co-Coordinators:
Rauf Prasodjo, Corey Pattison and Faizah Zakaria, Yale University

See/bookmark
http://www.yale.edu/seas/YIF-CIA_Workshop2013.htm
for conference information and updates.

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Continuity, Change, and Contestation: Multidisciplinary and Transnational Perspectives on the Asia-Pacific

The School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) seeks papers, performances, and panel proposals for its 24th annual graduate student conference. The conference will be held on the UHM campus in Honolulu, HI on April 3-5, 2013. The theme this year is “CONTINUITY, CHANGE, AND CONTESTATION: MULTIDISCIPLINARY AND TRANSNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE ASIA-PACIFIC.” 

In particular, we are looking for papers that:

· Incorporate multidisciplinary approaches
· Challenge approaches based on a national or regional focus
· Engage new and emerging trends in Pacific and/or Asian Studies
· Involve any original research on Asia and/or the Pacific
· Present Asian and/or Pacific performance practices

As this year's theme indicates, we are interested in accepting papers, performances, and panel proposals that continue, change, and/or contest disciplinary and regional approaches to the study of the Asia/Pacific. With this goal in mind, we also encourage those with a background in the arts to apply with performance proposals.

We are happy to announce that we have two keynote speakers joining us this year: Dr. Naoki Sakai (Cornell University) and Dr. Barbara Andaya (University of Hawai'i at Manoa). More information about our keynotes will be added to our website soon.

Please submit the application form by February 1, 2013. When submitting the application, please rename the file from “2013 SPAS Abstract Submission Form.doc” to “Applicant’sLastName_Applicant’sFirstName.doc” and email it to gradconf@hawaii.edu by the submission deadline.

Additionally, all accepted papers/panels will have discussants, so presenters should be prepared to submit their papers by March 18, 2013.

Abstract submission deadline: February 1, 2013

For the submission form, please visit the 2013 SPAS Graduate Conference Website: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/spas/?page_id=881

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, “2013 SPAS Graduate Conference.”

We look forward to receiving your abstracts!

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Center for Japanese Studies
School of Pacific & Asian Studies
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Phone 808-956-2665
Fax 808-956-2666
http://www.hawaii.edu/cjs

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January 16, 2013

Southeast Asia Student Conference: Growth and Development

Call for Papers
Southeast Asia Student Conference: Growth and Development
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois
The Southeast Asia Club and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University cordially invite you to participate in this year's Southeast Asia Student Conference, held on Saturday,
April 13, 2013 at Altgeld Hall Room 315 from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Our keynote speaker this year is Allen Hicken, Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Associate Professor of
Political Science at University of Michigan.

We invite papers and presentations on all aspects of Southeast Asia, including anthropology, art history, environment, health, history, literature, linguistics, music, political science, popular culture,
religion, and area studies. This year's conference theme is "Growth and Development," but papers do not need to be related to the theme.
We are accepting proposals for papers by February 15, 2013.

Each abstract submission should be no more than 250 words. Please provide your name and affiliation, your status (graduate or
undergraduate), your field of study, your address, a title for your paper, and an email address. Send this information to our email: niuseaclub@gmail.com or to Nicole Loring, the conference coordinator, at naloring@hotmail.com. Full papers will be due March 15, 2013. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best graduate and undergraduate papers.

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January 15, 2013

How Global Migration Changes the Workforce Diversity Equation

Call for Papers
How Global Migration Changes the Workforce Diversity Equation

May 31-June 1, 2013
UCLA

Sponsored by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and ADAPT, an Italian research center on workforce issues.

Web announcement: www.irle.ucla.edu/documents/Call-Globalmigration-Workforcediversity-DeadlineJan2013.pdf

IRLE and ADAPT invite professors, researchers, doctoral students, experts, practitioners and all those interested in the conference topics, from the perspectives of multiple disciplines - including, but not limited to, economics, history, sociology, political science, labor and employment law, industrial relations, and human resource studies - to submit papers focused on the issues of this conference. Deadline for abstract submission is January 31, 2013 via website moodle.adaptland.it/course/view.php?id=22. (You will need to go to the Login page and click on "Create a New Account"). We particularly encourage graduate students to submit papers, and anticipate organizing one or more panels especially for graduate students.

It is expected that the best papers among those selected for the conference will be published in a volume of ADAPT Labour Studies Book Series edited by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Six scholarships of up to $1,500 for those traveling from outside the USA, $500 for those traveling within the USA, will be granted to abstract authors based on excellence of the abstract, representation of various regions of the world, and representation of doctoral students as well as more senior researchers.

For more information, write to uclairle@irle.ucla.edu with questions.

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January 11, 2013

Friendship and the Convivial City

Date:5-6 September 2013
Venue: FASS Research Division Seminar Room (06-42)
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, National University of Singapore
AS7 Shaw Foundation Building, 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
Website:
http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1394


This workshop is jointly organised by Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity; Cities Research Cluster at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore.

The study of diverse and multicultural cities has gained considerable interest in recent years, reflecting a growing concern with migrant populations and the implications of 'strangers' in crowded urban societies. In this literature, one of the key considerations centers around understanding how ethnically, linguistically and culturally diverse peoples "rub along" and live together in tight and dense metropolises. One strand of this research is interested in the quotidian encounter – ranging from the fleeting non-verbal to more sustained engagements over longer periods of time. In this research however, friendship as a form of social relation and interaction has been largely unexamined.

While research on friendship as a social phenomenon has been limited, our intention in this workshop is not to urge a general resurgence in the literature. Instead, we posit that friendship ties interrogated in conjunction with understandings of the diverse city, offer innovative ways to understand the urban politics of co-existence. Following Amin's (2012) recent work in Land of Strangers, we conceive of friendship networks as social ties that make possible a functioning, yet convivial, society of strangers. Friendships, in this sense, are seen as tangible ways in which the larger "urban unconscious" can be felt, linking the intimate sphere of private lives and relationships with a public urban commons.

We seek in this workshop to bring the geographical literature around the politics and spatiality of quotidian encounter together with more sociological understandings of relationships, networks and ties built on trust, respect and reciprocity. We do so in order to initiate a research agenda around the social and spatial configurations of friendship, which have implications for urban dwellers' experiences of city life, and in opening up potentialities for new ways of living together with diversity. We intend for the papers from this workshop to make contributions to contemporary understandings of everyday encounters in the diverse city, as well as further debates on the potential convivialities of dense urban spaces.

While we are most interested in friendship networks between migrant, 'strange' and marginalized Others, we are also open to readings of more traditional friendship affiliations. We are also particularly seeking papers based on empirical research on friendships in cities of the Global South. We urge contributions from scholars who have been working on issues raised here but have not explicitly articulated their work within the frames of friendship relations. All material submitted must not have been previously published as the papers will be collated for an intended publication. We seek paper submissions based on original unpublished research that reinvigorates the discussion around the social relations and spaces of friendship in cities, and their relationship to a larger urban commons.

Papers can address (but are not limited to) one or more of the following areas:
· How do ties of friendship and convivial relations characterize rapidly changing urban zones, especially in the 'Global South'?

· How do different migration and governmental regimes shape the formation and functioning of friendship networks?

· How does friendship across lines of ethnicity, class, religion and language populate the city and leave a mark on the 'urban unconscious'?

· How is 'convivial habituation' learned and communicated through friendship networks?

· When does friendship break down and how is the work of 'repair' carried out, and by whom?

· When and how do convivial relations generated through friendship networks provide possibilities to challenge dominant values and structures of power, and transcend differences in a city?

· Which types of spaces/ 'third places' in the city facilitate the formation and ongoing sustenance of convivial friendship relations?

· What are the various technologies and everyday geographies that enable and encourage the formation and maintenance of friendships and convivial relations between strangers?

· What are the affective registers, emotions and 'atmospheres' of place that characterize the spaces of conviviality and friendship?

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
Abstracts of 200 words, together with names, email addresses and affiliations of presenters, are to be submitted to kathiravelu@mmg.mpg.de no later than 1 March 2013.

Selected participants will be notified by the end of March 2013. Short papers of between 3,000-4,000 words are expected by mid-August 2013. Revised full papers incorporating insights from the workshop are expected by December 2013, as a condition of being funded to attend.

Workshop organizers aim to fund all travel for participants from the Asian region, and partial travel expenses for other participants. Accommodation for the duration of the workshop in Singapore will be provided for all workshop participants.

CONTACT DETAILS
Workshop Convenors:
Dr Laavanya Kathiravelu
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
kathiravelu@mmg.mpg.de

Assoc Prof Tim Bunnell
Department of Geography and Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
geotgb@nus.edu.sg

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January 08, 2013

Negotiating Independence: new directions in the histories of decolonisation and the Cold War

Call for Papers
Negotiating Independence: new directions in the histories of decolonisation and the Cold War

3-4 May 2013
University of Cambridge
The advent of decolonisation shares more than a chronological partnership with the Cold War. While the general economic, political, social, and ideological connections between decolonisation and the Cold War have been acknowledged, a more detailed interrogation of the confluence of these two phenomena is now beginning to emerge. The ideological battle between communism and capitalism encompassed not only political systems of power but also contentious ideas about states’ social structures and economies. Both decolonisation and the Cold War were also imaginative projects. This conference will interrogate what role differing ideas about political, economic and social organization played in how individuals involved in decolonisation negotiated the bid for independence. The aim is to draw together Cold War and imperial historians in a scholarly discussion that is too often isolated into separate fields of study. It will bring together the latest research from young scholars and established academics who are leading the way in this new approach to twentieth century history that sees the Cold War and the end of empire not only as diplomatic phenomena but as ideologically driven political, economic and social projects as well.
This conference reassesses the impact of the Cold War on colonial administrators and anti-colonialists while further considering how Cold War leaders also were forced to wrestle with decolonisation’s outcomes. Anti-colonial nationalists negotiated a complex system of international relations complicated by distinct ideological binaries: their rhetoric and policies consequently assumed Cold War overtones as they struggled to define their place in the postcolonial world. Political leaders in the Soviet Union, the United States, and their allies also sometimes framed early Cold War tensions in terms of arguments for or against the continuation of Europe’s empires. Some questions the conference hopes to address include: To what extent did Cold War rhetoric dictate bids for independence? How did the politics of anti-racism and colonial solidarity fit into international relations dominated by an ideological battle between communism and capitalism? How did those involved in decolonisation decipher ways to employ the new world power alliances to their advantage? How did Cold War binaries influence postcolonial social and economic development and nation-building? In what ways did anti-colonial leaders attempt to resist the Cold War environment and develop independent identities for themselves and their countries? And how did decolonisation force the Soviets, Americans, and their allies to revise their own global strategies?
In particular, the conference aims to identify new themes and directions in scope, as well as different methodological approaches to studying decolonisation and the Cold War. A keynote address on methodology will be given by Matthew Connelly (Columbia University) and Caroline Elkins (Harvard University).
The deadline for submitting paper proposals is 4 February 2013. Proposals should include a title and an abstract of no more than 400 words, as well as the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation, and should be emailed to el317@cam.ac.uk and l.e.james@lse.ac.uk.

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Intersecting Belongings: Cultural Conviviality and Cosmopolitan Futures

Call for Papers
Intersecting Belongings: Cultural Conviviality and Cosmopolitan Futures

May 24-26 2013
Osaka, Japan
Deadline: 1 February 2013
Contemporary contexts of the local, regional, national and global raise urgent questions about cultural conviviality and cosmopolitan futures across Asia. These are times when trans-cultural, trans-national and multicultural belonging are particularly being tested through environmental catastrophe, economic volatility, parochialism, fundamentalism, notions of cosmopolitan and multicultural exhaustion, and war. Belonging has become a fundamental dynamic of preservation, atavism, tradition and survival as well as hybridity, possibility, change and transformation. The aim of this conference theme is to open up discussion, exploration and analysis in Asian Studies about emerging social, economic, political and cultural trends formed at the intersection of multiple and multi-sited belongings.
The aim of this International Conference on Asian studies is to encourage academics, scholars and practitioners representing a exciting diversity of countries, cultures, and religions to meet and exchange research, ideas and views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue. ACAS 2013 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.
Web announcement: acas.iafor.org/

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Sustainable Island Futures

Call for Papers
Sustainable Island Futures

July 10-13, 2013
Tual, Kei Islands, Eastern Indonesia
The Asia-Pacific Islands Program (a joint venture of Southern Cross University, Australia and Universitas Pattimura, Indonesia) present a call for papers for ISIC 9, an international conference organised in collaboration with the Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI). Submissions for papers are invited on the following topics: management and development of sustainable tourism on small islands; maintenance and development of the cultural heritage of small islands in an increasingly globalised environment; or, social practice of food security through agriculture and fisheries. Details and contact information available at the SICRI websitesicri-network.org/.

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Hmong Across Borders

Call for Papers
Hmong Across Borders

October 4-5, 2013
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Sponsored by the Consortium for Hmong Studies
Submission deadline: April 15, 2013
This interdisciplinary, international conference will gather scholars around the globe who are interested in critical Hmong studies and related ideas. Although the central focus of this conference is on the Hmong, papers of a comparative nature that focus on the Hmong and other ethnic groups are equally welcome. Full details available at the Hmong Studies Consortium websitehmongstudies.wisc.edu/index.htm.

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Healing, Belief Systems, Cultures and Religions of South and Southeast Asia

Call for Papers

May 16-19, 2013
Manila, Philippines
South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion (SSEASR)
This Conference covers various aspects of healing beliefs and practices in the cultures and religions of South Asia and Southeast Asia. In an age of intolerance, religious tension, and cultural conflict, the 5th SSEASR Conference is dedicated to providing an academic platform for discussing the relationship between culture and religious healing through various scholars from all over the world.
For details, and registration, please visit the website www.sseasr.org or email us at SSEASRphilippines@yahoo.com
Important Deadlines:
• Early Registration Deadline: January 15, 2013
• Last Submission of Abstract: February 24, 2013

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Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies

Call For Papers

June 9-10, 2013
Malikussaleh University, Lhokseumawe, North Aceh, Indonesia
Submission deadline: January 18, 2013
The fourth ICAIOS conference is being organized in cooperation with the research project under Inter-University Partnerships for Strengthening Health Systems in Indonesia: Building New Capacity for Mental Health Care of Harvard University. While the third conference looked at consolidation and transformation processes in post-disaster and post-conflict regions, this conference will explore Social Recovery in broad terms. Unlike physical reconstruction, social recovery takes longer time to shape after a disaster or a conflict. ICAIOS invites submissions and panel proposals that address the psycho-socio-cultural dynamics of recovery following major disasters or conflicts. Themes, submission details and other information available at the conference websitewww.icaios2013.acehresearch.org/.

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Critical Histories of Activism: Indonesia’s New Order and its Legacies

Call for Papers

UCLA Indonesian Studies Conference
April 13-14, 2013
Conveners: Jeffrey Hadler and Nancy Peluso (University of California, Berkeley)
Web announcement: www.international.ucla.edu/cseas/indonesia/article.asp?parentid=128788
Deadline: January 7, 2013
This conference will give scholars and activists an opportunity to reassess the emergence or resurgence of new forms of activism and protest during the New Order period in Indonesia. In the face of state violence and repressive actions towards large segments of the population political and cultural activists developed techniques of action and expression that survived policing or thrived in its constant presence. Some of these modes of action and activism lasted beyond the fall of Suharto but for others the new political era required different critical tactics.

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Continuity, Change, and Contestation: Multidisciplinary and Transnational Perspectives on the Asia-Pacific

Call for Papers

April 3-5, 2013
Web announcement: manoa.hawaii.edu/spas/?page_id=881
Deadline: January 15, 2013

The School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM) seeks papers, performances, and panel proposals for its 24th annual graduate student conference. The conference will be held on the UHM campus in Honolulu, HI. 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, “2013 SPAS Graduate Conference.”

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The History of Medicine in Southeast Asia

9-11 January 2014
Conference Host: Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, The Philippines

All proposals on the subject of the history of medicine and health in Southeast Asia will be considered, but preference will be given to those on the following themes in Southeast Asia:

• The history of medical education
• Indigenous medical traditions
• History of military medicine
• Medical biographies
• Organising the medical profession
• Women’s health and family planning
• Medicine and social development
• Travel, contact, exchange, and circulation of medicine
• Colonial and national medicine
• Historical medical texts
• Medicine and religious practices
• Chinese and Indian medicine
• Early medical professionals

Please submit a one-page proposed abstract for a 20-minute talk, and a one-page CV, by 1 March 2013 to: Laurence Monnais: laurence.monnais-rousselot@umontreal.ca

Please note that it may be possible to subsidize some of the costs of participation for scholars from less wealthy countries, and for graduate and postgraduate students.

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November 01, 2012

Asia Intertwined: 16th Annual Harvard East Asia Society Conference

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Asia Intertwined: The 16th Annual Harvard East Asia Society Conference
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
February 22nd - 24th, 2013

The Harvard East Asia Society invites currently enrolled graduate students from around the world, working across all disciplines to submit papers for its annual conference, which will be held on the weekend of February 22nd -24th, 2013 at Harvard University.

This year, the committee invites papers that are interdisciplinary in scope, and which explore and challenge the notion of East Asia as a discrete geographical region that can be cleanly and definitively periodized. Preference will be given to papers that locate their subjects within a broader Asian context, and which reconsider cultural, historical and political connections across space and time.

The HEAS Graduate Student Conference is an annual event which provides an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to exchange ideas and discuss current research on East Asia. The conference allows young scholars to present their research to both their peers and to eminent scholars in East Asian Studies. All panels will be moderated by Harvard University faculty. The conference will also allow participants to meet others in their field conducting similar research and to forge new professional relationships.

Eligibility Application Guidelines:
1. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a program of graduate study ("postgraduate" in British degree classification systems).
2. Papers must be related to East or Inner Asia.
3. Please complete and submit the HEAS Individual Paper Application Form (found at: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~heas/conference/index.html) with an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a short bio of no more than 100 words, to heas.absracts@gmail.com by November 18th, 2012. Abstracts over 300 words will not be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to submit their abstracts as early as possible, to allow for processing.

For general conference inquiries, please contact: heasconference@gmail.com
For abstract submission inquiries, please contact: heas.abstracts@gmail.com

Harvard East Asia Graduate Student Conference
heasconference@gmail.com
www.hcs.harvard.edu/~heas/conference

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September 18, 2012

Call for Dissertation Workshop Proposals Theravada Civilizations

Call for Dissertation Workshop Proposals
Theravada Civilizations

Theravada Buddhism is practiced throughout the world with over 150 million practitioners settled primarily in Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nepal, and Thailand. The South and Southeast Asian diaspora communities as well as the rise in global interest in vipassana meditation has led to the growth of Theravada Buddhism in the Americas, Australia, Japan, and Europe. The scholarly study of Theravada Buddhism began with the scrutiny of Pali literature, but now covers many disciplines including literature, ethics, anthropology, philology, philosophy, history, cultural studies, political science, urban studies, and art and material culture.

This workshop is intended to bring together doctoral students and/or post-doctoral academics in the humanities and social sciences who are (1) developing dissertation proposals or are in early phases of research, dissertation writing, or revising dissertations for publications; and who are (2) engaging some aspects of Theravada classical and/or vernacular literature and/or researching aspects of Theravada history and cultural practice among South or Southeast Asian communities.

The workshop will be limited to 6 doctoral students and/or post doctoral academics, ideally from a broad array of disciplines and working on a wide variety of materials in a variety of time periods on themes related to Theravada traditions and communities in Southeast Asia. It will provide a day of intense discussion, presentation, and close review of dissertation proposals, outlines, and/or draft review on March 6, 2013. Priority will be given to doctoral candidates at North American universities.

The /Theravada Civilizations Project/ will be able to provide 1,000 US dollars in support for participants to help cover travel and accommodation. Meals will be provided at the workshop. Students needing additional funds to attend the workshop are encouraged to approach their home institutions for support.

Applicants need not have advanced to candidacy but must have at least drafted a dissertation research proposal to apply. Applications are also welcome from doctoral students in the early phases of writing their dissertations. Applications consist of two items only:

(1) A current Curriculum Vitae, and

(2) A dissertation proposal, or a statement of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied.

Neither the proposal nor statement should exceed 10 double-spaced pages in length.

Application materials must reach Ashley Thompson at a.c.thompson@leeds.ac.uk no later than November 30, 2012. Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of the submitted projects, the potential for useful exchanges among them, and a concern to include a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, intellectual traditions, and regions. Applicants will be notified in early January 2013. For further information about the workshop, or eligibility, please contact Dr. Thompson at the above email address.

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Call for Papers The Afterlives of Empire

2013 Association of Asian American Studies Conference

April 17-20, 2013
Seattle, Washington

Deadline for Submission: October 15, 2012
See AAAS website for abstract submission details at aaastudies.org/content/index.php/conference/call-for-papers

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Call for Papers (Re)Constructions: Researching and Rethinking Asia

York Centre for Asian Research, Toronto, Canada
April 26 and 27, 2013

PDF version: www.yorku.ca/ycar/Events/reconstructions_call.pdf

How does scholarship of or about "Asia" contribute to dispelling geographies of ignorance?* How can our own work better contribute to understanding, and pointing out the misunderstandings, of the categories, spaces and frameworks constructed as part of Asian Studies within and beyond the territorial limits of "Asia"?

The question of reconstructing the conceptual frameworks for research in Asia and Asian Diaspora has been actively debated in the last few decades, reflecting dynamic changes in both scholars' and broader society's notions of "Asia." These discussions pay critical attention to the modern politics of constructing Asian spaces and identities, and of disseminating knowledge of the area throughout the world. The disciplinary divides traditionally associated with Area Studies are also being contested, and more interdisciplinary approaches are being demanded for researching Asia.

Taking up this challenge, the conference seeks graduate student research that can speak to ways of rethinking the epistemologies and methodologies of researching Asia, and reconstructing conventional categories and frameworks from a broad range of disciplines. The theme for this conference seeks to build upon the successful YCAR Graduate Student Conference in 2008.

Interested participants should submit a paper title, abstract with keywords (250 words maximum) along with brief biographical information (name, affiliation, stage of graduate study) by December 1, 2012. Successful candidates will be contacted by January 15, 2013 and must submit completed papers by March 25, 2013. Please email submissions to the conference organizers at: YCARreconstructions2013@gmail.com

More information about the conference can be found on the conference web site:
www.yorku.ca/ycar/Events/reconstructions_graduate_conference.html

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September 13, 2012

Transnationalism, Gender Hierarchies and Masculinity in Asia

Date: 11-12 March 2013
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1355

This workshop will address issues of masculinity and men’s experiences in contexts of heterosexuality, migration, and transnationalism. Studies that theorize gender in transnational contexts have overwhelmingly focused on women’s experiences. These include the feminization of migration, foreign domestic workers, marriage migration, and transnational sex work among others. Men and masculinity often figure peripherally in such studies. Although attention to masculinity has increased substantially over the past decade, the marginalization of men in gender theory and related scholarship remains prevalent. Our objective is to place masculinity, and especially heterosexual masculinities, at the center of analysis.

The specific analytic for this workshop to address is the (re)ordering and (re)valuing of status hierarchies in relationship to heterosexual masculinities. Social status is of particular importance to men. Such hierarchies have to do not only with mere socioeconomic status, but are also ordered through ideas of race, nationality, citizenship, and other non-economic or not purely economic indexes. A second, and related focus of the workshop will be the ways in which men establish and sustain relationships with women and other men through family, kinship and other social institutions. We seek to understand how men become embedded and disembedded within social relationships.

Our workshop aims to build explicitly on the existing and emergent literature on masculinity, while at the same time going beyond existing contributions. The workshop will examine following questions:

• How masculinities are constructed under particular conditions, including particular contexts of migration and regimes of neoliberal commodification and value?
• How do heterosexual men live their lives in relation to women and other men?
• How are men’s experiences embedded or disembedded vis-a-vis traditional or newly emergent assemblages of gender, power, economics and cultural ideals.
• How do states or other institutions shape masculine ideals and practices?


SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Paper proposals should be submitted using this form and include a title, abstract (500 words maximum) and a brief personal biography (150 words) by 19 October 2012. Please send the form in word document format to Drs Lee and Zhang at arilho@nus.edu.sg and arizj@nus.edu.sg

Successful applicants will be notified by 26 October 2012 and will be required to submit a draft paper (approximately 6,000-8,000 words) by 22 February 2013.


CONTACT DETAILS

Convenors

Dr LEE Hyunok
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
E| arilho@nus.edu.sg
Dr ZHANG Juan
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
E| arizj@nus.edu.sg

Assoc Prof Eric THOMPSON
Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore
E| socect@nus.edu.sg

Secretariat

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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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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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

Convenors:
* 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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July 17, 2012

Indigenous Communities and the Projects of Modernity in Indonesia

Call for Papers

4th International Graduate Students Conference on Indonesia
The conference will be held in the Postgraduate School of Gadjah Mada University (Sekolah Pascasarjana UGM), Jalan Teknika Utara Pogung Yogyakarta 55281, 30-31 October 2012.

This Conference is aimed at exploring how the indigenous communities in post-Suharto Indonesia are negotiating with the ‘the projects of modernity’ initiated by the state, the trans-national capitals, and the institutionalised religions – three actors whose interests are to some extents intertwined, but to another extent are in contradictory. These ‘projects of modernity’ have in fact been undertaking since the colonial era. However, the political reform after the fall of Suharto’s New Order has witnessed not only the different ways the indigenous communities deal with these ‘projects of modernity’, but also the rising issue of ‘indigenity’ as such and its relation to contested various interests. It is the concern of this Conference to explore and critically discuss these issues.

Abstract submission deadline: 17 August 2012

For more detail information please contact: Ana Zahida or Woelan Sejathi, E-mail: igsci@ugm.ac.id; igscindonesia@gmail.com; Tel / Fax: +62 274 564239
Website: pasca.ugm.ac.id/v2.1/agenda/id/56

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Self-fashioning in Southeast Asia

Call for Papers
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference
March 21–24, 2013
San Diego, California

Philosophers, historians and literary theorists have produced an impressive corpus dedicated to understanding the sources and creation of the modern self/subject in Western history. By contrast, in Southeast Asian studies there has been very little done on this topic.

How have ideas of self-authority, personal dignity, individual rights and free thought been constructed in the region? How have religious and political movements, aesthetics and art helped shape the modern self? Do Western formulations of the self make useful comparisons or are they largely irrelevant? This panel for the 2013 AAS meeting in San Diego (March 21-24, 2013) seeks papers that research the modern history (c.1800 to 1950) of any country in the region. Please send a proposal (not more than one page) to Arjun Subrahmanyan, asubrahm@berkeley.edu by July 23, 2012.

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Southeast Asian Cultural History through Law

Call for Papers
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference
March 21–24, 2013
San Diego, California

All-call for panel participants for an Association for Asian Studies Southeast Asia Council-sponsored panel on Southeast Asian cultural history through law.

Scholars of Southeast Asia have been fortunate to benefit from the groundwork laid by legal historians of the region who have analyzed and made available Southeast Asian legal codes and texts. Much of this history, however, has been written from the vantage point of proscriptive law. By contrast, members of this panel offer new cultural and social histories that spring from court cases and other socially embedded legal documents. Their work focuses the social, cultural and political milieu within which law was manipulated, imposed upon, and implemented by individuals from all walks of life.

Through legal sources, panelists offer a window onto vibrant, albeit partial, narratives of conflict and resolution in a variety of Southeast Asian locales. The panelists also investigate the limitations on their historical narratives based on legal documents. If you are interested in joining this panel, please send a one page abstract to Tamara Loos, TL14@cornell.edu by July 25, 2012. We encourage scholars working on any time period and place in Southeast Asia.

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July 02, 2012

Myanmar Roundtable 2012: Understanding the Changes, Realising the Opportunities

Date : 9 July 2012
Venue: Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur
The Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia is organising the Myanmar Roundtable 2012 with the theme “Understanding the Changes, Realising the Opportunities”.
The recent suspension of sanctions by the US, EU and other countries have led to a common governmental advice to businesses in developed and developing countries alike to ‘Invest in Myanmar and do it responsibly’. This has signalled a heightened interest in investing in Myanmar in a variety of context and dimensions. Consequently, Myanmar is now on the radar screen of many governments and businesses.
This Roundtable aims to highlight recent political, economic and business developments in the ‘Golden Land’, touching on current trends and future directions as well as challenges and responses by a select group of Myanmese speakers, comprising of advisors, director general of planning, think tank directors, prominent and dynamic businessmen and a well-known Myanmar watcher. This line-up is probably the most distinguished assembled in Malaysia in recent times.
ISIS Malaysia is privileged in bringing together key personalities from Myanmar to talk at the above Roundtable. We are expecting 150 participants, consisting of corporate executives, government officials and Myanmar watchers. We believe the Roundtable can offer excellent networking opportunities and engagement due to its high-level speakers and participants.
This Roundtable is supported by CIMB Group Berhad and Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad.
To register : http://www.isis.org.my/attachments/MyanmarRT2012_RegForm.pdf
Programme : http://www.isis.org.my/attachments/MyanmarRT2012_Prgrm_13Jun12.pdf

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June 04, 2012

CFP: Southeast Asia as Crossroads for Buddhist Exchange: Pioneer European Buddhists and Asian Buddhist Networks, 1860-1960

Web announcement buddhistcrossroads.wordpress.com/

University College Cork, Ireland
13-15 September 2012

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 9 July 2012, but abstracts will be considered as they are submitted from now on to facilitate your travel planning. If you hope to attend the conference we would appreciate an email indicating this a.s.a.p.

The recent discovery of the extraordinary life of ‘The Irish Buddhist’ U Dhammaloka (documented in the special issue of /Contemporary Buddhism/ 11:2, December 2010) has stimulated new avenues of research into numerous significant but neglected East-West and global Buddhist encounters. This conference focuses on forgotten or under-represented Buddhist pioneers, their connections and collaborations, and the contribution of these individuals and networks to the construction of Buddhist modernities.

We intend to produce a journal special issue or edited volume based on papers presented at the conference. Some limited financial support for postgraduates may be available. If you wish to apply for this, please submit your abstract by 2 July 2012 to Dr Phibul Choompolpaisal, email: phibulart [at] yahoo.com, indicating this.

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CFP: Historiography and Nation since Pasyon and Revolution (Philippines)

Call for Papers
Historiography and Nation since Pasyon and Revolution (Philippines)

Conference in Honor of Professor Reynaldo C. Ileto Organized jointly by Philippine Studies, Ateneo de Manila University; and Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

To be held at the Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines, 8–9 February 2013

The publication of Professor Reynaldo C. Ileto’s Pasyon and Revolution: Popular Movements in the Philippines, 1840–1910 by the Ateneo de Manila University Press in 1979 was a watershed event in Philippine historiography.

This defining moment has reshaped the contours and directions not only of Philippine history but also of many other disciplines. Professor Ileto’s ideas on the writing of “history from below” were trail blazing, inspiring an entire generation of Filipino historians to critically evaluate historical sources, interrogate long-held theoretical assumptions, and adopt fresh perspectives in the study of Philippine nationalism and social movements. Deservedly, Professor Ileto is one of the most awarded and recognized Filipino historians of the contemporary generation.

Beyond the Philippines, Pasyon and Revolution has been considered one of the most influential books on Southeast Asian Studies by the editorial team of Sojourn: The Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. It is the only book written by a Southeast Asian scholar and published by a Southeast Asia-based university press that found inclusion in the prestigious list. Beyond Southeast Asia, the book has caused scholars specializing on other countries in other parts of the world to take notice of Philippine studies and its relevance to their own fields of scholarship.

Over three decades have passed since the publication of Pasyon and Revolution. This international conference aims to assess the influence of Professor Ileto in general, and of Pasyon and Revolution in particular, on Philippine historiography, on studies of nationalism and social movements, on theories of colonialism and postcolonialism, and on area studies and scholarship beyond the Philippines.

Scholars and academics with papers and panels related to, but not limited to, the following topics are invited to participate in this conference:

-Historiography: Theories and Concepts
-Nation, Nationalism, and Nation formation
-Language, Literature, and History
-Social Movements
-Asian, African, and Latin American Histories
-Histories from Below
-Religion and Popular Consciousness
-Symbolic Representations and Mass Movements
-Colonial, Imperial, and Postcolonial Histories
-New Methodologies and New Sources in Historical Studies
-Folk Traditions and Popular Narratives
-Revolutionary Texts and Radical Literature
-Heroes and Heroism
-Peasant Histories and Rural Social Movements

Selected papers that pass the refereeing system will be included in a festschrift in honor of Professor Reynaldo C. Ileto to be published jointly by Philippine Studies and Southeast Asian Studies. Other publications may also be planned.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 1 August 2012

Registration fee (inclusive of meals, refreshments, and conference materials)
For Philippine participants: Until 1 October 2012: P3,500. After this date: P4,000.
For overseas participants: Until 1 October 2012: US$85. After this date: US$100.

Inquiries as well as panel and paper proposals can be addressed to:

Dr. Francis A. Gealogo fgealogo@ateneo.edu; Philippine Studies Journal Office; Telephone (632) 4673656 • Telefax (632) 4266001 extn 4619
or
Dr. Caroline Sy Hau hau@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp; Southeast Asian Studies Journal Office; Telephone (075) 7537344 • Fax (075) 7537356

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CFP: Healing, Belief Systems, Cultures and Religions of South and Southeast Asia

Healing, Belief Systems, Cultures and Religions of South and Southeast Asia

5th SSEASR Conference, Manila, Philippines
May 16-19, 2013
A Regional Conference of the IAHR, member CIPSH under the auspices of the UNESCO organised bySouth and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion(SSEASR) hosted and organised by
National Museum of the Philippines.

Bodies, made up by different elements and substances, are sites of and vehicles for the expression of our existence. It is not surprising, therefore, that the peoples of South and Southeast Asia have long expressed the belief that religious practice can facilitate (and at times, hinder) healing. The diverse
beliefs systems and cultural practices of South and Southeast Asia offer many ways to reach this goal, but all reflect the premise that healing is related to spirituality. This is the philosophy of our life and belief in South and Southeast Asia. Coming under various names such as guru, albularyo, achariya, sages and sufi, the healers and their methods reflect the distinctive cultures of this region. Today, several healers come out to combat diseases and restore our health. However, does this process include the treatment to our body only? The answer is pure NO. For us, health and healing go beyond our mortal body. Healing, in this context, however, encompasses more than just the body; it also includes healing the mind, the conscience, the soul and the “essential self.” We South and Southeast Asians encompass the traditional, alternative ways and the conventional methods of healing. Our various beliefs systems and religions and cultures offer many ways to reach this goal.

This Conference covers various aspects of healing beliefs and practices in the cultures and religions of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The Philippines is a cultural playground of inter-ethnicity and an amalgam of hundreds of native belief systems that are spread over 7,113 islands. It is a place that displays ethnic harmony and showcases the cultural values of unity, humility, compassion, and peaceful co-existence. In an age of intolerance, religious tension, and cultural conflict, the 5th SSEASR Conference is dedicated to providing an academic platform for discussing the relationship between culture and religious healing through various scholars from all over the world.

The National Museum of the Philippines invites you to participate in this multinational conference. This 5th SSEASR Conference has been also declared as an IAHR Regional Conference for the year 2013, thus
attracting a large number of international experts on the subject.
Sessions and paper proposals dealing with the study of this phenomenon through various academic disciplines are invited. The papers to be submitted on the following suggested sub-themes (but not
limited to these only) include:
• Health, Healing, and Healers in South and Southeast Asia
• Healing in South and Southeast Asian Transnational Communities
• Science and Traditional Healing Systems
• Sacred Sounds of South and Southeast Asia
• Traditional and Alternative Means of Healing
• Suffering and Penance Through the Bodily Practices
• Plants, Peoples, and Sacred Practices
• Belief Systems and Island Cultures
• Folk Christianity in South and Southeast Asia
• Pilgrimage and Spiritual Well-being
• Rites, Rituals and Sacredness in South and Southeast Asia
• Beliefs and Survival among South and Southeast Asian Diasporic Communities
• Routes as Carriers of Cultures and Religions
• Literature of Prayers and Invocations
• Indigenous Religions of South and Southeast Asia
• Festivals of the Ethnic Groups of South and Southeast Asia
Other papers are also welcomed covering the study of any area of culture and religion in the region.
Note:
• The SSEASR operates under the policies and principles of the parent body International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), which seeks to promote the activities of all scholars and affiliates that contribute to the historical, social, and comparative study of religion. As such, the IAHR is the preeminent international forum for the critical, analytical and cross-cultural study of religion, past and present. The IAHR is not a forum for confessional, apologetical, or other similar concerns.

• On 15th May 2013, the Philippines celebrates the “San Isidro Labrador Festival”, the annual event for the Filipinos to respect the patron of farmer prosperity. The festivity and watching of
ritual performance and parade connected to this Festival would be our pre-Conference one day tour for the participants. We are also working on post conference tours. Other details regarding the accommodation, the amount of registration fees and the mode of payment would be announced very soon. For details, and registration form online filling, please visit the website www.sseasr.org or email us at SSEASRphilippines@yahoo.com

Important Deadlines
• Show of Interest: November 24, 2012
• Early Registration Deadline: January 15, 2013
• Last Submission of Abstract: February 24, 2013

Dr. Amarjiva Lochan
Dr. Ana Maria Theresa Labrador
Jeremy Barns, CESO III
President Coordinator Co-Chair
SSEASR Organizing Committee Director IV, National Museum

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May 29, 2012

CFP: Comedy and Satire as Discourses of Protest in East Asia

Call for Papers: Comedy and Satire as Discourses of Protest in East Asia (August 16-17, Louisville, KY)

Center for Asian Democracy Annual Workshop
University of Louisville, August 16-17, 2012

This year’s workshop seeks to examine the relationship between political protest and comedy in East Asia. In particular we are interested in the ways in which comedy has and is being used to critique and parody authoritarianism, corruption and political leadership. Recognizing that in the West comedy and satire have a long tradition of not just speaking truth to power but also as a powerful tool of public criticism, this workshop aims to analyze the role of comedy in East Asia. Is it analogous to the role it plays in the West? Are there unique forms of comedy and protest?
Are there cultural obstacles to parody and satire?

The Center for Asian Democracy invites and encourages participants from a broad range of disciplines to the workshop to explore a feature of Asian politics and society that receives comparably limited attention. Possible areas of investigation include, but are not restricted to: comedy/satire/farce in music, film and TV; in contemporary literature; in cartoons and comics; online forms of comedic protest and satire; culture and comedy – specific or transcultural.

Please send abstracts (300 words) and a short bio to: amanda.leduke@louisville.edu. The deadline for proposals is May 30, 2012.
CAD will provide travel and accommodations to the participants selected to take part in the event.

For more information on CAD, or the workshop, visit: http://louisville.edu/asiandemocracy

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Inter-Religious Dialogue on Climate Change

Conference Announcement
Inter-Religious Dialogue on Climate Change

September 23-27, 2012
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Conference organizers:
International Network of Engaged Buddhist (INEB) - Bangkok, Thailand
Sewalanka Foundation (Sewalanka) - Sri Lanka
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Sri Lanka

The conference organisers have collaborated to convene an inter-religious conference on climate change. The conference is one component of a larger programme identified for Asia and other regions on religion and climate change to include: theological work, hard science and action planning at the same time. The conference will focus on connecting Buddhist environmental activists across Asia for the first time while bringing in leaders from other religions to begin a wider process of coordination.

Web announcement: www.inebnetwork.org/conference/306-the-climate-change-conference-

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CFP: Vietnam on the Road to Integration and Sustainable Development

Call for Papers
Vietnam on the Road to Integration and Sustainable Development

Vietnam National Convention Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam
26 - 28 November, 2012

Web announcement www.vass.gov.vn/icvns2012/default.asp?lang1=2&time=0.148715277777228

The Organizing Committee would like to invite scholars and scientists who are interested in Vietnamese Studies, especially in the integration and sustainable development process of Vietnam, to contribute papers and participate in the Conference.

- Registration Forms and abstracts are welcome until 30 June 2012.
Please send your comments, registration form, abstract and full paper to: ICVNS2012 Organizing Committee Office; Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS); Room 102, Block A, No.1A Lieu Giai Street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi, VIETNAM; Tel / Fax: +84.4.62730472; Email: icvns2012@vass.gov.vn

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CFP: Orders and Itineraries: Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian Networks in Southern Asia, C. 900-1900

CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: 15 JULY 2012)
Date : 21 – 22 February 2013
Venue : Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Website : http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1312

The presence and importance of orders, as corporate structures of ritual and interpretive religious specialists, has long been noted in the history of South and Southeast Asia. Most often, however, these discussions have been compartmentalized within fields of study focused on a single religious tradition. This workshop seeks to open new lines of conversation by bringing together scholars working on Buddhist monastic lineages, Sufi tariqas, and Christian orders in Southern Asia, to bring their own specialized research into conversation with recent developments in the broader field of trans-regional history. The workshop seeks to understand better the motivations for extending religious communities geographically in the southern Asian region, as well as conceptions of affiliation that have shaped the movement and localization of religious specialists. The workshop will also explore the ways in which the presence of religious orders shaped processes of recognition and competition within and across the expansionary religious traditions of Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words using the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Please send your form to Ms Valerie Yeo at valerie.yeo@nus.edu.sg by 15 July 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by mid August 2012 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by 31 January 2012.


CONTACT DETAILS
Workshop Convenors
Assoc Prof Michael Feener (arifm@nus.edu.sg)
Cluster Leader, Religion and Globalisation in Asian Contexts, Asia Research Institute
& Department of History, National University of Singapore

Prof Anne M. Blackburn (amb242@cornell.edu)
Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Professor, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University, USA

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May 07, 2012

CFP: Language Contact in Asia and the Pacific

Call for Papers
Language Contact in Asia and the Pacific

University of Macau, Macau, S.A.R. (P.R.China)
6-Sep-2012 - 7-Sep-2012
Website: lcap2012.blogspot.com/search/label/Conference%20-%20call%20for%20papers

As highly multilingual and diverse regions, Asia and the Pacific have over time witnessed intense language contact. Though not new, scholarly interest on the subject has been gaining momentum in recent times. This two-day conference will be dedicated exclusively to studies of the multiple facets of language contact and multilingualism in Asia and the Pacific.

Abstracts should be sent in an attachment .doc or .pdf document, no later than May 15, 2012, to marioN@umac.mo.

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CFP: Asia-Europe Encounters: Intellectual and Cultural Exchanges, 1900-1950

Call For Papers
Asia-Europe Encounters: Intellectual and Cultural Exchanges, 1900-1950

Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
December 7-8, 2012
Proposal deadline: May 20, 2012

An international conference organised by IIAS (Leiden), the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS (Singapore), the Asia-Europe Foundation and the Asian Civilisations Museum (Singapore).

This conference aims to explore the intellectual and cultural flows between Asia and Europe which occurred during, and in part were formative of, the political and social changes over the first half of the 20th century. The conference committee consists of Philippe Peycam (IIAS), Tansen Sen (ISEAS), Geoff Wade (ISEAS), Sabina Santarossa (ASEF), Elizabeth Chandra (IIAS-ISEAS), and Tracy Ng (ACM). Abstracts and inquiries should be directed to nscconferences@iseas.edu.sg. A full CFP is posted on the ASEF website.

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CFP: South-East Asia as a Crossroads for Buddhist Exchange

Call For Papers
South-East Asia as a Crossroads for Buddhist Exchange:
Pioneer European Buddhists and Asian Buddhist Networks 1860-1960

University College Cork, Ireland
September 13-15, 2012

This conference focuses on forgotten or under-represented Buddhist pioneers, their connections and collaborations, and the contribution of these individuals and networks to the construction of Buddhist modernities. Deadline for submission of abstracts is July 9, 2012. Correspondence should be directed to Prof. Brian Bocking, b.bocking@ucc.ie or to Dr. Phibul Choompolpaisal, phibulart@yahoo.com.

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CFP: Vietnam Beyond the Boundaries

Call for Papers
Vietnam Beyond the Boundaries

Co-organised and co-sponsored by Monash University, the East-West Center, and the University of Hawaii
Venue: the Imin Conference Center, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
November 8-9, 2012

The conference organizing committee will focus on several areas of keen interest to Vietnam in its relations with outside countries: historical and contemporary international relationships (including with Australia, China, and the United States); issues of language, culture, ideology and identity that has placed Vietnam scholarship in heated academic debates among scholars; issues of economic development and business relationships; issues concerning educational reforms with regards to nation building, globalization, internationalization and social justice; and climate change and other related environment and resource issues. The committee is interested in both cutting-edge academic research as well as policy issues.

We invite proposals for panels that address any of these issues or any other issues that you believe are significant in Vietnam’s external engagement. These might include, for example, relationships in the South China Sea, the TransPacific Partnership negotiations, Vietnam foreign investment policies and practices, international student flows, Vietnam’s climate change strategy and adaption efforts, disaster management issues, and urbanization issues. We would like to invite proposals of 200 – 300 words for individual presentations, or up to 500 words for a panel, that address the conference focus and any of the above topics. Topics that lie outside the main themes but fall within social sciences, humanities and education are also welcome.

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 July 2012
The Conference Website www.engagingwithvietnam.com will be available on May 5th 2012. Submission of proposals should follow the guidelines on the website and should be sent to engagingwithvietnam@gmail.com with the subject title "Abstract Submission". Please address all queries regarding the conference to engagingwithvietnam@gmail.com.

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CFP: 4th International Graduate Student Conference on Indonesia

Call for Papers
The 4th International Graduate Student Conference on Indonesia

Date: October 30 – 31, 2012
Venue: Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University

Theme:
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND “THE PROJECTS OF MODERNITY”

Keynote Speakers
1. Prof. Dr. Wiendu Nuryanti (Gadjah Mada University &Vice Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs)
2. Dr. Suraya Afiff (University of Indonesia)
3. Mr. Amrih Widodo (Australian National University)
4. Associate Professor Maribeth Erb (National University of Singapore)

Sub Themes
• Indigenous Communities’ Responses to the Activities of the Mining, Plantation and Forest Industries
• Indigenous Communities and the Issue of Regional Autonomy
• Indigenous Communities and Local Knowledge System
• Religious Missions, Local Religions and Indigenous Communities
• Tourism and the ‘Cultural Conservation’ of Indigenous Communities
• Intersection of Customary Laws and State Laws
• Media and the Representation of Indigenous Communities
• Advocating Movements of the Indigenous Communities and Their Relation to Trans-National Agencies
• Indigenous Communities and the Politics of Identity
• Indigenous Communities and the Introduction of Modern Life Style
• Climate Change, Environmnet, and the Everyday Life of Indigenous Communities
• Indigenous Communities and the Introduction of ‘Modern’ Health and Education Systems
• Indigenous Communities and the Introduction of Modern Technologies
• The National Language and the Extinction of the Languages of the Indigenous Communities
• Migration, Indigenous Communities and Ethnic Conflict.
• State Policies on Indigenous Communities

Important Dates
Abstract submission deadline: July 12, 2012
Announcement : July 30, 2012
Paper submission deadline : August 30, 2012

Conference Fees
Participants (Indonesian): Rp 250.000,-
foreign participants): USD 50.00
Paper presenters (Indonesian): Rp 300.000,- (foreign presenters): USD 75.00
Paper presenters plus proceeding (Indonesian): Rp 500.000,- (foreigners): USD 100.00

Information and Registration
Ana Zahida (+62 856 4096 7107)
Woelan Sejathi (+62 812 4909 5566)
Telp/Fax: +62 274 564239
Email: igsci@ugm.ac.id; igscindonesia@gmail.com
Website: http://igsci.pasca.ugm.ac.id
http:// pasca.ugm.ac.id

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4th International Conference on Vietnamese Studies

THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
ON VIETNAMESE STUDIES
Hanoi, 26-28 November 2012

After twenty five years of reform, development and integration, Vietnam has gained enormous achievements with historical significance. Since 2011, Vietnam’s entered a new stage of a middle income developing country in the new context of the region and the world with rapid, complex and unpredictable changes. Great opportunities blended with great challenges are in many aspects affecting Vietnam, a country is pushing up the overall process of reform and putting utmost effort in developing fast and sustainably, proactively and actively integrating in depth with the world to create the strong foundation so that by 2020 she will basically become a modern-oriented industrialized nation for the highest objective of comprehensive development for the Vietnamese people.

From the requirement to develop the country in the new context of the region and the world,the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam has assigned the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and Vietnam National University, Hanoi to co-organize The Fourth International Conference on Vietnamese Studies with the theme Vietnam on the Road to Integration and Sustainable Development. The Conference will be held at Vietnam National Convention Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam from 26 till 28 November, 2012.

The Conference is a Forum for scholars of Vietnamese Studies all over the world to present their research findings and make academic exchanges with colleagues about the Theme which is much interested by Vietnam. At the same time, the Conference is also a great opportunity for Vietnamese and international Vietnamologists to meet and discuss to strengthen research collaboration among scholars inside and outside Vietnam.

The Conference is divided into the following fifteen panels:
1. Vietnamese history: tradition and modernity
2. Culture and cultural exchanges in intergration and sustainable developement
3. Vietnamese economy in integration and sustainable development
4. Society and social management in integration and sustainable development
5. Ethnicity and religion in integration and sustainable development
6. Environment and climate changes in sustainable development
7. Renewal of the legal system in integration and sustainable development
8. Language, Literature and Art in integration and sustainable development
9. Education, training, sciences and technology and human resource development in integration and sustainable development
10. Vietnam rural areas in integration and sustainable development
11. Urban and urbanization in integration and sustainable development
12. Training on Vietnamese studies in integration and sustainable development
13. Area studies
14. Vietnam’s relations with the region and the world in integration and sustainable development
15. Resources for Vietnamese studies.

The Organizing Committee would like to invite scholars and scientists who are interested in Vietnamese Studies, especially in the theme: Vietnam on the Road to Integration and Sustainable Development, to contribute papers and participate in the Conference.

The official languages to be used in the Conference are Vietnamese and English.
- Registration Forms and abstracts are welcome from 1st May to 30th June 2012.
- The full papers should be submitted from 1st August to 15th September 2012.
- The official invitation letter will be sent to participants from 15th September to 15th October 2012.

Please send your comments, registration form, abstract and full paper to the address below:

ICVNS2012 Organizing Committee Office
Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS)
Room 102, Block A, No.1A, Lieu Giai Street, Ba Dinh district,
Hanoi, VIETNAM
Tel / Fax: +84.4.62730472
Email: icvns2012@vass.gov.vn
Website: http://www.vass.gov.vn/icvns2012
http://www.vass.gov.vn/icvns2012/default.asp?lang1=2
--
Vu Duc Liem
武德廉

History Department,
Hanoi National University of Education, VIETNAM
& Southeast Asian Studies Program
Chulalongkorn University, THAILAND
http://www.seachula.com/index.htm

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April 24, 2012

Language Proficiency Testing in Less Commonly Taught Languages

The Sirindhorn Thai Language Institute (formerly The Sirindhorn Thai Language Center), Chulalongkorn University would like to invite you to join in a conference entitled The International Conference on Language Proficiency Testing in the Less Commonly Taught Languages which will be held from August 17-18, 2012 at the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel Bangkok, Thailand.
For more detail, please follow the following link : http://www.stc.chula.ac.th/Conference.html
The abstract submission deadline has been extended to May 31, 2012


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CFP: Lao Studies

Call for Papers
Lao Studies

19 April 2013 to 21 April 2013
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Web announcement: www.laostudies.org/research-programs/icls

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) are pleased to announce that the Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS) will be held on April 19-21, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The theme is ‘Lao Studies’ as well as ‘The diverse ethnic groups of Laos’. However, this conference intends to accommodate all academic scholarship in the social sciences and humanities related to Laos, and peoples linked either to identifying as Lao or to the country of Laos more generally, including people from all ethnic groups in Laos, and diaspora communities all over the world.

Please submit abstracts in English before October 31, 2012.

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CFP: Burma Studies

Call for Papers
Burma Studies

Conference: October 5-7, 2012, Northern Illinois University

The Burma Studies Foundation, the Burma Studies Group and the Center for Burma Studies invite papers on all aspects of Burma Studies. Panels and papers should be devoted primarily to new research, including recent events in Burma. Proposals accepted for either individual papers or whole panels by April 30, 2012. For more information visit the conference website at
niu.edu/burmaconference/callforpapers.html

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CFP: Thai Studies

Call For Papers
Thai Studies

Ohio University
October 26-27, 2012

The Council on Thai Studies invites students and scholars of Thailand and the broader Tai world to submit paper abstracts of no more than 300 words to Jeffrey Shane at shane@ohio.edu by August 3, 2012. The 2012 conference keynote speaker will be Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri, distinguished Thai historian and former Rector of Thammasat University. Associate Professor Chusak Pattarakulvanit, Department of English Language and Literature, Thammasat University, will give a special guest lecture.

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Philologies across the Asias: the Translation, Transmission and Transformation of Knowledge in the Early Modern World

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Center for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in Delhi invite scholars to apply for an international Winter School to be held in Delhi from 10 -21 December, 2012 on the theme “Philologies Across the Asias: The Translation, Transmission and Transformation of Knowledge in the Early Modern World”.

The Winter School is organized in the framework of the project ZUKUNFTSPHILOLOGIE: REVISITING THE CANONS OF TEXTUAL SCHOLARSHIP and addresses postdoctoral researchers and advanced doctoral students from the field of language studies, history and cultural studies. The winter school aims to explore, from an intellectual and global history perspective, the role that textual practices, language studies and archival policies have played in the constitution of knowledge across Asia roughly since 1500.

Call for Applications:
Zukunftsphilologie Winter School 2012 in Delhi
10—21 December 2012, Delhi
(Deadline: 20 May 2012)

Within the framework of the research project Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Center for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in Delhi invite scholars to apply for an international Winter School to be held in Delhi from 10—21 December, 2012 on the theme

PHILOLOGIES ACROSS THE ASIAS:
THE TRANSLATION, TRANSMISSION AND TRANSFORMATION OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE EARLY MODERN WORLD

The winter school aims to explore, from an intellectual and global history perspective, the role that textual practices, language studies and archival policies have played in the constitution of knowledge across Asia roughly since 1500.

The winter school will be steered by a group of scholars including Manan Ahmed (Zukunftsphilologie/Freie Universität Berlin), Muzaffar Alam (University of Chicago), Rajeev Bhargava (CSDS, Delhi), Whitney Cox (SOAS, London), Islam Dayeh (Zukunftsphilologie/Freie Universität Berlin), Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit (Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies/Freie Universität Berlin), Michael Lackner (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen), Shail Mayaram (CSDS, Delhi).

The Delhi Winter School builds on the success of Zukunftsphilologie’s first Winter School held in Cairo, December 2010 on “Textual Practices Beyond Europe: 1500-1900”. The Cairo Winter School focused mainly on the recovery and recuperation of instances of marginalized textual practices beyond Europe at a time of vast European imperial expansion, formations of national canons and in the context of the disciplinary history of Orientalism. The 2012 Delhi Winter School, Philologies Across the Asias, will further this research programme by shedding light on the mobility of texts, languages and textual practices across the cultural geographies of Asia - focusing on Arabic, Syriac, Armenian, Turkish, Sanskrit, Persian, Urdu, Chinese, Japanese, Malay, Tamil, the vernaculars across India and East Asia, among other linguistic and cultural realms.

This particular emphasis on cross-Asian philological and intellectual relations is not to undermine European encounters with Asia, but rather to consciously provincialise it, and thereby to approach it as one among many historical experiences of Asia. The fundamental question that we ask is: how could a history of Asia without Europe as its single point of reference actually look like? How was, for example, seventh and eighth century Greco-Syriac-Arabic literary culture viewed by Indo-Persian intellectuals in the early modern period? What role did Arabic script or Arabic intellectual traditions play across various locations - from the Mediterranean to the Malay world - to help bring about a sense of intellectual cosmopolitanism. Looking at any exemplary Ottoman or Chinese literary scholar in the early modern period, what can we deduce about the linguistic tools and methodologies at their disposal. What theories and notions of history, of language, and of cultural heritage determined their vision of translation and transformation from one register to another? What was at stake, in these movements across Asia? Where modern scholarship has looked at ancient or early medieval forms of politico-linguistic encounters - in the Late Antiquity of the Near East or the Renaissance of tenth century Baghdad, we have yet to grapple with the ways in which texts, materials, and methodologies of philological encounters shaped the ideas of self and community in the early modern period. The rise of vernaculars and colloquial writing from the courtly cultures and urban spaces of such places like Vijayanagar, Aceh, Seoul, Istanbul and Damascus created new scribal practices, new imaginations of cultural spread and hegemonies, and new ways of opening the world to text and vice versa.

The role of these vernaculars in facilitating modes of translation in the philological practices across Asia will be a key concern of the Winter School. Our focus will be on the historical and cultural dimension of philological practices, to underline the ways in which textual culture (formation of archives, circulation of manuscripts, consolidation of expertise), political economy (rise of regional powers and patronly courts), and cultural imagination (a valence and value to the role of knowledge and knowledge systems) informed and governed Asian worlds prior to and during European colonial encounters.

By situating such practices in the larger context of the global histories of Asia and the complex geographies and polities that formed it, a doubly necessary discursive and historiographical move is intended: to disrupt any lingering notions of a monolithic Asia fabricated by western imperial imagination, and to challenge any assumption that philological knowledge originated in Europe and traveled - via the Colonial encounter - to Asia. Asias, in the plural, therefore, refers to the countless geographical locations, landscapes and seascapes, maps, boundaries and frontiers that make up territorial Asia, and it also refers to the countless number of representations, imaginations and historiographies that continue to shape its contours and delineate its differences.

The Winter School will engage in a transregional and historical perspective that transcends current national, colonial, religious and ethnic boundaries, real and imagined. This will be carried out by bringing together the expertise of scholars of various textual cultures to explore the ways in which Asia can be properly seen as a variegated, complex, and entangled whole. The Winter School aims to explore the early modern interconnections and entanglements of the Asias through an investigation of the philologies that connected them and also brought them apart.

Location
Delhi from the eleventh century provided a nodal point linking histories and cultures across Asias - from China Sea to the Red Sea - via the polities that called it their Capital. The movement of intellectuals after the Mongol disruption linking the Western Asian world echoed in the linking of Cairo and Istanbul and Delhi during the early modern period. Similarly, the movement of Chinese, Tibetan and Sanskritic texts across northern Asia benefited greatly from the political lines stretching across Delhi. We hope that the choice of Delhi will enrich and continue the conversation we started at Cairo.

Conditions of Application and Procedure
The International Winter School is open to postdoctoral researchers (within 7 years of completion) and advanced doctoral students from the field of language studies, history and cultural studies, whose philological work promotes an inter-Asian perspective. Particular preference will be given to applicants whose proposals exemplify a conscious dovetailing of comparativist methodology and historiographical reflection. Before submitting an application, interested applicants are strongly advised to visit the Zukunftsphilologie website (www.zukunftsphilologie.de) for a description of the project and a list of previous events, including a report of the Cairo Winter School.

Participants receive a stipend covering travel and accommodation. They will be expected to give at least one presentation of their research, actively participate in discussion groups and seminars, and assist in chairing sessions. In order to create common intellectual ground and to ensure fruitful conversations, participants will receive a collection of preparatory essential readings in the form of an online reader, which they will be required to read carefully prior to their arrival in Delhi. These readings will be discussed extensively during the Winter School. Unlike similar events where the burden is on a team of tutors, the ultimate success of the Delhi Winter School however depends to a great extent on the engagement and contribution of all its participating members.

The researchers' work should be clearly relevant to the themes of the Winter School. The working language is English. The application should likewise be in English and consist of

— A research expose of no more than 5 pages, which includes an outline of your project, and states clearly why you think this Winter School is pertinent to your research, with a brief summary thereof (max. 200 words)
—‘relevant readings’, Please provide citation of one or two academic articles or works you find relevant to the overall themes and objectives of the winter school and would propose discussing at the Winter School
—Curriculum vitae plus a short biography (max. 150 words)
—The names of two university faculty members who can serve as referees (no letters of recommendation required)
— While we do not require official proof of English fluency, applicants whose native tongue is not English will be expected to have a strong command of the language

Send by e-mail as one pdf file or in one word document.

The application should be submitted in English and should be received by May 20, 2012 addressed to zukunftsphilologie@trafo-berlin.de.

Zukunftsphilologie aspires to support research in marginalized and undocumented textual practices and literary cultures with the aim of integrating texts and scholarly traditions from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East as well as from Europe itself. The project takes as its point of departure the increasingly growing concern with the global significance of philology and the potential of philology to challenge exclusivist notions of the self and the canon. Zukunftsphilologie endeavours to promote and emphasise primary textual scholarship beyond the classical humanistic canon by a critical recuperation of philology. In an age of advanced communication, intellectual specialisation and unprecedented migration of knowledge and people, the discipline of philology assumes new relevance. The project draws on the recent calls for a return to philology as particularly emphasised by Sheldon Pollock in his essay “Future Philology? The Fate of A Soft Science in a Hard World” and the late Edward Said's essay “The Return to Philology”.
More information: www.zukunftsphilologie.de

The Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS or Centre) is a premier institute of India in the social sciences and humanities. The Centre provides a unique institutional space which seeks to nurture intellectual interests and interdisciplinary modes of enquiry outside the entrenched boundaries of academic disciplines. Since its inception in 1963 the Centre has been known for its skepticism towards any one conception of modernity and received models of development and progress and has sought ways to make creative use of local traditions in the making of multiple and alternative modernities, much before these ideas become fashionable in intellectual discourse. The CSDS has always promoted conversations between and within cultures. It has tried to delink cultural resources from violent expressions of political identities and promoted the idea that dissent is crucial for creative conversation between cultures and societies. The CSDS has carved out a space for itself in the field of democratic politics and its futures, politics of culture and knowledge, contextually relevant political theory, media and urban experiences, critical discourse on science and technology and violence, ethnic diversity.
More information: www.csds.in

The Forum Transregionale Studien is a Berlin-based research platform designed to promote research that connects systematic and region-specific questions in a perspective that addresses entanglements and interactions beyond national, cultural or regional frames. The Forum works in tandem with already existing institutions and networks engaged in transregional studies and is supported by an association of directors of universities, research institutes and networks mainly based in Berlin. The Forum Transregionale Studien is funded by the Land of Berlin.
More information: www.forum-transregionale-studien.de

Contact
Zukunftsphilologie
c/o Forum Transregionale Studien
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Wallotstrasse 19
14193 Berlin
Germany
zukunftsphilologie@trafo-berlin.de

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1st Graduate Workshop on Language Contact in Asia and the Pacific

Location: University of Macau, Macau SAR, China
Start Date: September 3rd 2012 to September 5th 2012
Contact: Mário Pinharanda
Email: marioN@umac.mo
Meeting URL: lcap2012.blogspot.com

Description: The goal of this graduate workshop is to expose interested young researchers to up-to-date research and theories of contact linguistics with a specific focus on the Asia-Pacific region, an area of high linguistic diversity and a wealth of contact settings. This 3-day workshop consists of 3 intensive courses taught by invited external tutors, each one a renowned specialist in their field, and a local tutor from the University of Macau:

Session 1: Anthropology of Creole Languages. Tutor: Prof. Christine Jourdan (Concordia University)
Session 2: Language endangerment and language maintenance: working with communities Tutor: Prof. David Bradley (LaTrobe University)
Session 3: Portuguese in contact in Asia - Tutors: Dr. Hugo Cardoso (University of Coimbra) & Dr. Mário Pinharanda (University of Macau)

The topics of the three courses will allow the participants to broaden their knowledge of general issues in the research of language contact, as well as expose them to specific case-studies based on the tutors’ expertise. The workshop is geared towards graduate Linguistics students or advanced undergraduates. It is open to anyone; if, however, we receive more expressions of interest than we can accommodate, preference will be given to students of Asian-Pacific institutions and students researching or planning to research Asian-Pacific contact settings.

Registration of attendees to this workshop is now open until 31st May 2012. All those interested should e-mail their CV and a short paragraph introducing themselves, their course of study and their research interests to: marioN@umac.mo

The registration fee will be MOP 600.00 (+/- 75 USD; 57 EUR).

The workshop precedes the 1st Conference on Language contact in Asia and the Pacific (6-7 September 2012), which all participants are highly encouraged to attend and submit an abstract to.

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Language Contact in Asia and the Pacific

Location: Macau S.A.R.
Start Date: 6-Sep-2012 - 7-Sep-2012
Contact: Mário Pinharanda
Meeting Email: marion@umac.mo
Meeting URL: lcap2012.blogspot.com

Meeting Description:
1st Conference on Language Contact in Asia and the Pacific

University of Macau
Macau, S.A.R. (P.R.China)

6th – 7th September 2012

See http://www. lcap2012.blogspot.com for more details and regular updates

As highly multilingual and diverse regions, Asia and the Pacific have over time witnessed intense language contact. Though not new, scholarly interest on the subject has been gaining momentum in recent times. This two-day conference will be dedicated exclusively to studies of the multiple facets of language contact and multilingualism in Asia and the Pacific.

The conference will include keynote addresses by:
Jeff Siegel (University of New England, Australia)
David Bradley (Latrobe University, Australia)
Christine Jourdan (Concordia University, Canada)

The conference will be preceded by a graduate workshop for young researchers working on instances of language contact in the Asia-Pacific region, from the 3rd – 5th September, at the University of Macau. See separate announcement.

Call for Papers:
Call Deadline: 15th May 2012
We invite abstracts in the field of language contact and multilingualism in Asia and the Pacific for 20-minute talks followed by a 10-minute discussion period. The recommended length is 300 words, and no longer than 500 words (excluding references). The abstract should: (i) state the topic of the paper clearly; (ii) indicate the methodology; (iii) include the main findings; and (iv) indicate their relevance to the field.

Abstracts should be sent in an attachment .doc or .pdf document, no later than May 15th 2012, to marioN@umac.mo

Authors’ names must not be given in the abstract or the file name. In the email, authors are requested to include the following information:

Name of author/s
Title of paper
Affiliation
Postal & email address

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April 10, 2012

Salvage and Salvation: Religion, Disaster Relief, and Reconstruction in Asia

CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: 15 MAY 2012)
Organized by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Date: 22-23 November 2012
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1290

What does it mean to offer salvation in the midst of catastrophe? What dynamics are in play at the intersection of religion and disaster relief in Asia? Over the past few years, Asia has witnessed frequent massive and high profile disasters, notably the Indian Ocean tsunami (2004), the Kashmir earthquake (2005), Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (2008), the Pakistan floods of 2010, and most recently the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters in northeast Japan. In the wake of these tragedies – and the numerous smaller-scale disasters that also afflict the region – religious organizations have played pivotal roles in disaster response initiatives. Millions of relief workers and billions of dollars in aid have been mobilized through their networks. However, despite having a profound impact on the lives of disaster victims, these initiatives have gone largely under-reported, and there has been no comprehensive attempt to present research on religion and relief in contemporary Asia. ‘Salvage and Salvation’ will be the first interdisciplinary conference to bring together researchers, humanitarian workers, and policy makers to address this theme.

Analysis of religion and disaster relief introduces practical and theoretical concerns. Understanding the full ramifications of disaster requires attention to specific religions involved in recovery and the different positions they assume. Additionally, it cannot be presumed that Asian states are religiously neutral. Disasters and relief efforts open new forms of communality among affected populations, thereby altering religion and politics and inspiring novel social and spiritual trajectories. Humanitarian actors and grassroots mobilizations are also deeply implicated in these shifts. Even self-consciously secular humanitarian organizations inevitably engage with the religious realities they encounter in their disaster responses through varying strategies of collaboration, accommodation, or exclusion of different religious activities. A region-wide comparative approach to disaster and recovery should be concerned with the broadest possible spectrum of what ‘salvation’ may comprise, whether associated with the state or non-governmental actors or whether designated ‘religious’ or ‘secular.’

We are seeking paper presentation proposals that will address the following topics (and related themes) as they relate to the Asian region:

• Analysis of the types of humanitarian work undertaken by Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, and other religious groups in response to disasters, including rescue operations, medical and post-traumatic care, fundraising, reconstruction, mitigation, proselytizing, spiritual counseling, and other interventions
• Doctrinal, ritual, clerical, and/or institutional innovations occasioned by religious disaster responses
• How do states and mainstream humanitarian organizations perceive religion and what logics adjudicate their assessments?
• Collaborations between religious organizations, state actors, humanitarian organizations, and community groups in disaster response initiatives
• Emerging transnational networks forged between religious groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donor organizations, and other actors engaged in disaster responses
• Reconfigurations of local communities following religious and/or secular disaster relief initiatives
• Contrasting visions of ‘salvation’ offered in response to disasters and the ramifications of these visions

Papers from any field in the humanities or social sciences that employ any type of methodology are welcome. We are particularly interested in submissions that employ data from fieldwork. Analytical papers by development practitioners or representatives of religious institutions/groups drawing on field experience relevant to this topic are also encouraged.


SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Paper proposals must be for original, previously unpublished work. Selected papers from the conference proceedings will be compiled for an edited volume. Proposals should include a title, abstract (250-300 words), and a brief personal biography (150 words). For more detailed guidelines or questions regarding specific paper proposals, and for obtaining a Paper Proposal Submission Form, please contact the conference organizers.

Please submit all applications to Dr Philip Fountain (aripmf@nus.edu.sg) by 15 May 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 June 2012 and will be required to send a draft paper (5,000-8,000 words) by 15 October 2012. Travel and accommodation support is available from the Asia Research Institute, depending on need and availability of funds.

CONTACT DETAILS
Conference Convenors
Dr Philip FOUNTAIN
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
aripmf@nus.edu.sg
Dr Levi MCLAUGHLIN
North Carolina State University
lmclaug2@ncsu.edu

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April 05, 2012

CFP: Marriage in Asia Trends, Determinants, and Implications

DEADLINE: 21 May 2012
Date :15-16 November 2012
Venue :Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Website :http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1291

This conference is jointly organised by the Changing Family in Asia Cluster, Asia Research Institute, the Family, Children and Youth Cluster, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, & Scientific Group on “Marriage Transition in Asia”, Asian Population Association.

Asian countries have witnessed significant social, political, economic and technological changes over recent decades, albeit from widely differing starting points and at vastly different rates. While similar forces continue to shape changes in Asian societies, including the institution of marriage, sharp differences in marriage patterns and systems persist throughout the region. This conference aims to explore why these differences in marriage endure in light of similar forms of social change across the region. In doing so, the conference aims to foster a more in-depth analysis of marriage. Marriage here is understood to refer more broadly to union formation which can also include both cohabitation and unions which take place without formal marriage ceremonies.

This conference aims to enhance our understanding of the processes at work in marriage and their determinants. It also seeks to investigate changing trends in marriage and the implications they are having upon the societies in which they occur. We invite submissions of papers that consider changes in marriage patterns throughout the Asian region. It is anticipated that these studies will consider issues such as age at and timing of marriage; the arrangement of marriage (considering the spectrum of self-choice to fully arranged); barriers to marriage (including caste, educational homogamy, distorted sex ratios); the influence of technology upon spouse selection; labour market, kinship and other cultural factors that influence marriage. Studies which consider the often-neglected male perspective will be particularly welcome.

Participants are also encouraged to consider one or more of the following question in their paper presentations:

• What are the key forces leading to changing trends in marriage in Asia?
• What forces act to stabilise union formation and arrangement of marriage (including but not limited to kinship systems and cultural norms)?
• What role does cross border marriage play in both responding to and altering marriage patterns and gender relations in Asia?
• What are the implications of rising age at marriage?
• What underpins the persistence of very young age at marriage in some countries despite legal restrictions on minimum age at marriage?

We invite submission from both young and established academics across a range of disciplines, including demography, anthropology, sociology, geography, history and economics. We encourage submissions to consider empirical case studies as well as theorization of marriage trends in the Asian region.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Paper proposals should include a title, abstract (400 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words using the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Please send your form to Sharon at arios@nus.edu.sg by 21 May 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by 8 June and will be required to submit a draft paper (approximately 6,000-8,000 words) by 15 October.

CONTACT DETAILS

Conference Convenors

Professor Gavin JONES
Asia Research Institute and Global Asia Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr LEE Hyunok
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr Maria PLATT
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr HO Jeong-Hwa
Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore

Secretariat

Miss Sharon ONG
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
#10-01 Tower Block,469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
Email: arios@nus.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 6516 8784
Fax: (65) 6779 1428

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April 02, 2012

CFP: Healing, Belief Systems, Cultures and Religions of South and Southeast Asia

5th SSEASR Conference, Manila, 2013
May 16-19, 2013

Web announcement: www.sseasr.org/

Sub-themes (but not limited to these only) include:

* Health, Healing, and Healers in South and Southeast Asia
* Healing in South and Southeast Asian Transnational Communities
* Science and Traditional Healing Systems
* Sacred Sounds of South and Southeast Asia
* Traditional and Alternative Means of Healing
* Suffering and Penance Through the Bodily Practices
* Plants, Peoples, and Sacred Practices
* Belief Systems and Island Cultures
* Folk Christianity in South and Southeast Asia
* Pilgrimage and Spiritual Well-being
* Rites, Rituals and Sacredness in South and Southeast Asia
* Beliefs and Survival among South and Southeast Asian Diasporic Communities
* Routes as Carriers of Cultures and Religions
* Literature of Prayers and Invocations
* Indigenous Religions of South and Southeast Asia
* Festivals of the Ethnic Groups of South and Southeast Asia

Other papers are also welcomed covering the study of any area of culture and religion in the region.

Important Deadlines:
Show of Interest: November 24, 2012
Early Registration Deadline: January 15, 2013
Last Submission of Abstract: February 24, 2013

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March 26, 2012

Buddhist Traditions: New Directions; 9/14-16/2012

This is a reminder to submit your paper proposal for the 2012 North American Graduate Student Conference in Buddhist Studies, "Buddhist Traditions: New Directions," hosted by the University of Virginia on September 14-16, 2012. The submission deadline is now extended to April 10. Please email your 500-word proposal, along with a brief bio, to buddhiststudiesgroup@virginia.edu.

We are delighted to announce that Gregory Schopen, esteemed scholar and pioneer in Buddhist Studies, will deliver our opening keynote address. The model he has forged of bringing economics, legal studies, and social history to bear on the study of Buddhism was an early harbinger of the "New Directions" toward which this conference aspires.

Please visit the conference website for ongoing information about the schedule. We look forward to hearing from you.
-The Officers and Members of the Buddhist Studies Group at UVa

P.S. We have received inquiries from several international applicants; please know that graduate students worldwide are welcome to apply.

--
Christina Kilby
Ph.D. Student, History of Religions
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia USA

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March 16, 2012

Call for Papers (4/20/12): Diaspora Strategies of Migrant-Sending Countries

Call for Papers (Deadline: 20 April 2012)
The ‘Diaspora Strategies’ of Migrant-Sending Countries:
Migration-as-Development Reinvented?
Date :8 – 9 November 2012
Venue :Asia Research Institute Seminar Room, Tower Block Level 10
469A Bukit Timah Road, National University of Singapore @ BTC
Website :http://www.ari.nus.edu.s/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1280

Jointly organized by Asia Research Institute and the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore.

Over the past decade there has been growing scholarly interest in the ‘diaspora strategies’ of migrant-sending countries in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in how these strategies are constituted and played out through an increasingly dominant migration and development, or migration-as-development, discourse in the international development policy sphere. The latter, migration-as-development (MAD), emphasizes the way migration is mobilized actively by the state and other actors to advance development goals. The MAD discourse argues that (transnational) migrants are actual and potentially powerful agents of economic and social development in their home countries and communities. It promotes a policy vision (usually articulated at the state level) that aims to both encourage higher levels of migrant remittances, as well as to more effectively control, capture and allocate migrant contributions to national prosperity and welfare. As such, MAD is shaped by key assumptions about which countries are in need of development, which (migrant) actors can or should contribute to national development, including under what circumstances, and what constitutes ‘development’.

This workshop will critically interrogate the assumptions underlying the MAD discourse by examining the currently under-studied relationship between MAD and the growing popularity of the ‘diaspora strategies’ promoted by migrant-sending countries spanning the development spectrum. ‘Diaspora strategies’ refer to purposeful initiatives by migrant-sending countries aimed at mobilizing their citizens (and even former citizens) abroad to contribute towards advancing the country’s economic and political interests. These initiatives include using rhetoric to emphasize the significance of citizens-in-migrancy, and implementing legislation and policies to extend rights and responsibilities to them. The label, ‘diaspora’, attached to such strategies can be, however, problematized for the very acting of naming the diaspora cements a national and diasporic imagination where it may not have been salient amongst citizens-in-migrancy previously. Additionally, contemporary proliferating emigrant mobilities (e.g. transnational sojourning patterns) may further complicate national claims of affiliation, identity and belonging on which ‘diaspora strategies’ are premised.

Our workshop will highlight ‘diaspora strategies’ trends in the Asia-Pacific region and, in particular, Southeast Asian countries. This approach opens up theoretical space for exploring and re-connecting the conceptual divide between so-called ‘developing’ countries (usually incorporated into the MAD discourse) and ‘developed’ countries (largely detached from the MAD discourse and framed as brain circulation instead). In addition, the regional focus will bring into view the distinctive logics and aspirations underpinning ‘diaspora strategies’ by member countries as well as draw out the commonalities shared with countries implementing similar policies in other regional contexts such as Africa, the Americas and Europe. Significantly, selected papers will focus specifically on discursive, legal and policy mechanisms aimed at engaging with diasporas, usually promoted at the state-level, while keeping in view its interactions with migrants, migrant associations and other groups.

In addition, participants are encouraged to consider one or more of the following questions in their paper presentations:

1. How are ‘diaspora strategies’ shaped, or not shaped, by the MAD discourse in specific country contexts and in the broader Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asian regional contexts? Why?

2. In what ways are strategies to mobilize a national ‘diaspora’ complicated by proliferating emigrant mobilities that generate multiple affiliations, identities and belonging amongst citizens-in-migrancy?

3. What are the methodologies appropriate for studying ‘diaspora strategies’ given the way such initiatives, and concomitantly the field-site, extend beyond the confines of national territories?

4. To what extent are ‘diaspora strategies’ an effective and/or sustainable policy formulation for furthering development and/or nation-building goals?


SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Paper proposals must be for original previously unpublished work, as selected papers from the workshop proceedings will be compiled for a journal special issue.

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words using the Paper Proposal Submission Form.

Please send your form to Mr Jonathan Lee at jonathan.lee@nus.edu.sg by 20 April 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by 20 May 2012 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by 20 September 2012.


CONTACT DETAILS

Conveners:
Dr Maureen Hickey
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Email: arimhh@nus.edu.sg

Dr Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho
Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
Email: geoehle@nus.edu.sg

Secretariat:
Mr Jonathan Lee
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Email: jonathan.lee@nus.edu.sg

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International Convention of Asia Scholars Conference

It is our pleasure to inform you that International Convention of Asia Scholars Conference 8 will be organized by the University of Macau. It will take place from 24-27 June 2013 in the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel.
The more than four century long interaction between Western and Chinese traditions in Macao, the first and last European colony in China, has left the city with a unique blend of cultural diversity, modernity, and cosmopolitanism. Join us at this world heritage site for ICAS 8.

Please check out our Call for Panels and Papers below or online. The deadline to submit proposals is 15 July 2012.
Visit the ICAS booth 103 at the AAS Annual Meeting in Toronto (15-18 March 2012).

The ICAS Team
Dr. Paul van der Velde - Chief Executive Officer
Martina van den Haak, MA - Executive Officer
Thomas Voorter, MA - Communication Coordinator
Call for Panels and Papers

ICAS 8
Macao, P.R. China
24-27 June 2013
The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is the premier international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. It attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. Since 1998, ICAS has brought more than 15,000 academics together at seven conventions.
ICAS 8 will be hosted by the University of Macau (UM) and will be held in the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel. Some 1,500 to 2,500 Asia specialists are expected to attend. This city is located in the heart of East Asia and successfully merges its long history of culture and tradition with diversity and cosmopolitanism.

Deadline Proposals: 15 July 2012

Submission of Individual Papers, Organized Panels (organized by a group of varying (national) backgrounds), Institutional Panels (constituted and sponsored by an institution, association, network or company), and Roundtable proposals.

Please note that all abstracts and presentations should be in English. Submission of abstracts for panels, roundtables and papers can be made using ICAS 8 registration forms, available from http://www.icassecretariat.org. General information about ICAS 8 can be found at http://www.umac.mo/icas8 .

ICAS Colleagues Calling
You can connect with colleagues through our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AsiaScholars, where you can share information or discuss the possibilities of forming a panel.
ICAS Book Prize

The ICAS Book Prize (IBP) was established by the International Convention of Asia Scholars in 2004. It aims to create an international focus for publications on Asia while increasing their worldwide visibility. The biennial ICAS Book Prize is awarded for outstanding English-language works in the field of Asia Studies.

The five awards are:
Best study in the Humanities;
Best study in the Social Sciences;
Best dissertation in the Humanities;
Best dissertation in the Social Sciences; and
The Colleagues' Choice Award.

Deadline IBP: 15 October 2012
Information
Participants are expected to fund their own travel and accommodation.
For more information on ICAS 8 and requirements for participation, please visit http://www.icassecretariat.org or http://www.umac.mo/icas8

The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is the premier international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. ICAS founded in 1997, is a platform for representatives of academia and civil society to focus on issues critical to Asia and by implication to the rest of the world. ICAS is an active active accelerator of research. The ICAS Secretariat is hosted by the International Institute for Asian Studies.

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March 14, 2012

14th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists

UCD School of Archaeology will host the 14th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA 14) from the 18th-21st September 2012 in Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library. This is the first time that the conference is being held in Ireland and we anticipate a truly successful and memorable event.

We would like to direct you to the conference webpage where you can find panel themes and registration information: http://www.ucd.ie/archaeology/euraseaa14/index.html

Kind regards

Dr. Helen Lewis
http://www.ucd.ie/archaeology/staff/drhelenlewis/

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March 13, 2012

The Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies

April 19-21, 2013 University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
http://www.laostudies.org/conferences

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) are pleased to announce that the Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies
(ICLS) will be held on April 19-21, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
The main objective of the conference is to promote Lao studies, broadly defined, by providing an international forum for scholars to present and discuss various aspects of Lao Studies.

THEME

The theme of the Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies is
'Lao Studies' as well as 'The diverse ethnic groups of Laos'.
However, this conference intends to accommodate all academic scholarship in the social sciences and humanities related to Laos, and peoples linked either to identifying as Lao or to the country of Laos more generally, including people from all ethnic groups in Laos, and diaspora communities all over the world.

DESCRIPTION

The conference will bring together Lao Studies scholars and researchers from all disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, and all intellectual and political perspectives, to share paper presentations, panel presentations, exhibits, performances, and cultural activities.

The following are included within the target groups of the conference:
1) All self-identified ethnic groups of Laos (e.g. Lao, Khmu,
Hmong, Ieu-Mien, Akha, Phouan, Phou Tai, Nyouan, etc.);
2) Lao/Thai Isan and other ethnic Lao groups in Thailand (e.g. Lao
Song, Phouan, Phou Tai, etc.)
3) Ethnic Lao living in Cambodia
4) Cross-border ethnic groups living in Vietnam, China, Burma,
Thailand and Cambodia (e.g. Akha, Hmong, Phouan, Ieu-Mien, Khmu, Tai Lue, Tai Dam, Lahu, Brao, etc.)
5) Overseas diaspora originally from Laos or descendents of people
from Laos (including Lao Americans, Hmong Americans, Khmu Americans, French Lao, Australian Lao, Canadian Lao, etc.)

The following are some, but certainly not all, of possible topics of interest to the conference organizers:

* Architectural Transformations
* Art and Music
* Border Trade and Interactions
* Buddhism and Other Religions
* Community
* Cultures of Ethnic Groups in Laos
* Education
* Environment and Health
* Ethnic Groups and Economic and Social Change
* Extractive Industries
* Families and Children
* Gender Relations
* Identity Politics
* Internet-Based Communications and Networking
* Irredentism and Regionalism
* Language, Linguistics and Literature
* Lao American Issues
* Lao Heritage
* Lao History
* Lao People in the Regional/Global Economy
* Lao Politics
* Lao Relations with People from Other Ethnic Groups
* Large-Scale Economic Land Concessions
* Livelihood Changes
* Nature Conservation (including Wildlife and Protected Area Management)
* Nature-Society Interactions
* Research Methodologies in Lao Studies
* Rural Development
* Transnational Networks and Relations
* Urbanization and Development

PROCEDURES and TIMELINES

1) Please submit abstracts in English before October 31, 2012
2) Submit abstracts electronically, sending preferably a Microsoft
word file (document) in an e-mail attachment to 4thinternationallaostudiescon@gmail.com (see below for specific instructions regarding preparing abstracts)

General Contact information:
The Fourth International Conference on Lao Studies Center for Southeast Asian Studies University of Wisconsin-Madison
207 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, Wisconsin
USA 53706-1397

Tel: +1-608-263-1755
Fax: +1-608-263-3735
www.laostudies.org/conferences

3) The conference abstract committee will review abstracts and send
an acceptance letter with scheduling information and other instructions for submitting final abstract statements and full versions of papers.
4) Abstracts of panels, and individual papers and full versions of
conference papers will be collected for distribution on-line.

ORGANIZED PANELS

Organized panels, composed of 3-4 scholars presenting formal papers and 1 or 2 discussants that can be scheduled into one-and-a-half-hour time slots are also invited. Panel organizers are requested to supply the following information:
* Title of the panel
* Conference theme(s) related to the panel
* Name, institution, address and email of the panel organizer
* Name, institution, address and email of each paper presenter
* Names, institutions, addresses and email of the panel discussants
* Abstract (250 words or less) describing the panel as a whole
* Title of each paper and abstract (250 words or less) for each paper

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS

Individual papers will be grouped into coherent panels. The papers must include the following:
* Title of the paper
* Name, institution, address and email address of paper presenter
* Abstracts (250 words or less) with identified keywords.
* Related conference topic(s)

REGISTRATION

All participants are requested to register online. The registration fee includes the conference program, and morning and afternoon snacks for the three-day conference. Early registration deadline is January 15, 2013. Please note that there will be no refund for cancellation or absence.

Conference and Conference Banquet Registration
Non students
US $175 Early registration fee (on or before January 15, 2013) US $200 Late/on-site registration fee (after January 15, 2013)

Students*
US $90 Early registration fee (on or before January 15, 2013) US $115 Late/on-site registration fee (after January 15, 2013)

Center for Lao Studies Members or Senior Citizens* (with low income)
Center for Lao Studies Membership information is available at:
http://laostudies.org/support-us/membership
US $150 Early registration fee (on or before January 15, 2013) US $175 Late/on-site registration fee (after January 15, 2013)

Community participants (Upper Midwest: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota) US $125 Early registration fee (on or before January 15, 2013) US $150 Late/on-site registration fee (after January 15, 2013)

Note: 90% refunds are possible up to March 1, 2013. After this time refunds are not possible.

* Center for Lao Studies Fundraiser Banquet: Friday April 19, 2013
at 7PM. US$25. Tickets are available for purchase separately at
https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=50776

* Conference Banquet: Conference Participants US$25/Non-Conference
Participants US$35

Note: CLS Fundraiser Banquet must be purchased through CLS website at:
https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=50776
Tickets will also be sold at time of registration on Friday, April 19, 2013.

Conference Banquet tickets for Saturday, April 20, 2013 must be purchased before March 1, 2013. There will be no refunds for banquet tickets after March 1, 2013.

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March 06, 2012

Religion in Southeast Asia - AAR 2012

Call for papers for the AAR (in Chicago November 17-20, 2012)
Religion in Southeast Asia
This Group invites both individual paper and panel proposals on the following two topics:

- Change and religious culture in Southeast Asia ? how changes in the social, economic, and political climate have elicited changes in the nature of religious culture in Southeast Asia. Please note that this topic in effect reverses a common way of talking about religious culture; i.e., we are not interested in how changes in religious culture prompt other changes in society. Instead, we are particularly interested to learn about shifts in religious belief and practice relative to the wider social, political, and economic dynamics that prompt them. Papers can address any society or sociopolitical grouping in Southeast Asia and topics can relate to any element of Southeast Asian religious culture.

- Media and religious culture in Southeast Asia and in Southeast Asian diasporas ? for a cosponsored session with the Religion, Media, and Culture Group. What roles do various types of media ? comedic performances, film, television shows, digital medias, comic books ? play in the constitution of local, national, and transnational religious cultures among Southeast Asian communities? Papers that address this question about media and religious culture in light of such topics as performative content, employment of tradition, use or development of new sources, the construction of authority, and institutional aspects of state and local control would be welcome

This link takes you to the login page for submitting papers: http://papers.aarweb.org/;

Deadline is March 13, 2012 11:59PM EST.

Mission of the Group
Situated at the nexus of several civilizational influences, including Indian, Chinese and Middle Eastern, Southeast Asia, as a region, remains understudied in terms of its relevance to the theoretical and methodological study of religion. This neglect is in part due to the tendency to reduce Southeast Asian religious systems to the named ?world religions,? often identified with other regions. As a result, indigenous practices are not viewed in terms of their conceptual and other linkages, and in some cases the dynamic interactions between those practices and the religious practices brought over by different classes of immigrants are frequently overlooked. However, and especially in the last fifteen years, exciting materials addressing different religious cultures in Southeast Asia have emerged. Hitherto, there has been little scholarly conversation at the AAR on Southeast Asia. And, perhaps even less commonly, are Southeast Asian religious cultures (e.g., Buddhist, Islamic, Christian, Hindu, ?animist,? Chinese, and Pacific) put into conversation with one another. In light of this need in the field, we strive to provide a context for this conversation as well as to foster critical thinking about Southeast Asia as a region.

Please contact either of the following with any questions:
Vivienne Angeles
La Salle University
angeles@lasalle.edu

Jason Carbine
Whittier College
jcarbine@whittier.edu

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March 01, 2012

Imagining Cambodia: Cambodia Studies Conference

Conference abstracts are due March 15, 2012.
Please send title and abstract and all queries to: CambodiaConf2012@niu.edu.
For more details, see the conference website at: http://www.niu.edu/cseas/conferences/cambodiaconf2012/index.shtml

Conference panels will be September 14-15.
Papers are welcome in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The conference honors renowned Cambodian-American composer Dr. Chinary Ung with an evening program of his music for soloists and small chamber groups on Saturday, Sept. 15.

We invite submissions of conference papers or panels (four presenters and a discussant, fifteen minutes per paper). We also invite special topics panels for which papers will be circulated in advance to all registered participants to allow for in-depth discussions. The conference concludes with a visit to the Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial in Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Conference registration ($175) includes all meals, performances, and transportation to the museum on Sunday. Funds are being sought to subsidize transportation and registration costs for students and for Cambodian scholars and artists.

Conference Organizers: Northern Illinois University Cambodia Studies Working Group and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies; Co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ohio University, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and the Center for Khmer Studies.

Cambodia Studies Working Group: Kenton Clymer, Trude Jacobsen, Kheang Leang, Judy Ledgerwood and Kheang Un

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February 28, 2012

Pacific Triangles: Australia, China, and the Reorientation of American Studies

A symposium at the University of Sydney, Australia,
10th-11th August 2012.

Plenary speakers:

Kuan-Hsing Chen, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.
Jacqueline Lo, Australian National University
Donald E. Pease, Dartmouth College, USA

In the period after World War II, the development of American Studies in Britain and other parts of Western Europe was crucially shaped by the efforts of U.S. cultural diplomacy to expand the country’s influence in the face of perceived Soviet threats during the Cold War. In the twenty-first century, as more U.S. political and diplomatic energies are focused on the rise of the People’s Republic of China, it is likely that Australia will be positioned in a similar triangular situation, with the United States keen to preserve and increase ties to its traditional “Western” ally and Australia itself caught between different political, economic and geographical pressures.

This symposium will examine ways in which the twenty-first century has already reoriented the field of American Studies in relation to the PRC and Australia, and how this process is likely to continue and develop. It brings together scholars from around the world working within and across American Studies, Asian Studies and Asian diasporic studies, to look not only at shifting relationships between the Chinese mainland and the West, but also how these shifts resonate in the Asia Pacific region (i.e. Australasia, Southeast Asia and East Asia). In the process, the symposium takes the transnational turn in American Studies outside the national boundaries and ideological frameworks of the US. At the same time, it attempts to promote intercultural dialogue around the ongoing processes of deimperialization and decolonization throughout the Pacific Rim in the post-9/11 era.

We seek papers about the historical, political and economic dynamics of the triangular relationships among the Chinese mainland, Australia and the U.S. In particular, we invite research that examines how representations of Asia and Australasia increasingly are working their way into the U.S. body politic and how these representations, as well as those of the U.S., are being produced, consumed and reworked in the Asia Pacific region. The symposium will consider developments in transnational history, literature, film and media, as well as political and cultural history, and it will aim to make a critical intervention across a broad range of transpacific cultures.

Proposals for 20-minute presentations should include a title and an abstract of no more than 200 words. All proposals should include your name, institution, and e-mail address. Send proposals to pacifictriangles@gmail.com by 15 April 2012.

Conference convenors: Paul Giles (English); Jane Park (Cultural Studies), in association with the U. S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

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February 10, 2012

The Small Powers in World Politics: Asian and African Perspectives

Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong,
Hong Kong SAR, China
http://ssweb.cityu.edu.hk/apss/home.aspx

In collaboration with the international journal:
African and Asian Studies (http://www.brill.nl/african-and-asian-studies)
Date of conference: Friday 22 June 2012

Conference rationale
Situated at the eastern and western edges of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the post-WWII states in Africa and Asia have witnessed the decline of the Soviet Union and the rise of the U.S. Empire. Since the 1990s, driven by the state-led agenda for fostering national economic development and industrialization, China has gradually extended its reaches not just to its Asian neighbors, but also to the states in Africa. Most scholarly works have been established for us to understand the different post-WWII trajectories for the great powers (e.g. Britain, China, European states, Japan, Soviet Union/Russia and U.S.A.) to emerge. However, very little works have been done so far for us to understand how the post-WWII small powers in Africa and Asia reacted to and participated in these critical junctures and changes, and even constituted the great powers and the present global system. Furthermore, the consolidation of economic and political relations between these countries, which are located in world politics of the global south, would support the current dynamics of economic development.

The power of the small powers
A small power refers to any state which, apart from interacting with its society, has been conducting external relations with foreign countries and enjoyed memberships in international institutions. As a result, apart from the post-colonial African and Asian sovereign nation-states, we also qualify the post-colonial Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau as small powers, though within the sovereign territories of the People’s Republic of China.
Small powers can also be the states that occupy the bottom stratum in the international division of power based on the composite of their power capabilities – military, economic, cultural and political, etc. Without the participation of the small powers, the great powers and the global system would not be possible. Moreover, the small powers’ impacts on the great powers and world politics have been greatly underestimated in scholarly and journalistic works, which have inhibited the policy-makers to realize the potential of the small powers in designing and crafting their endeavors of external relations and foreign policies.

Small powers are defined here in terms of the nature of their political influences in the global system and their relative weight, their demographics and many social and economic indicators to effect the direction of major politics by themselves and the relative size of their individual trades. However, the impact of their collective efforts to progress cannot be underestimated even from power-politics perspective. The studies of small powers have generally been neglected when compared to midsize political powers in the broader scholarship of world politics. This situation has led policymakers to rely on too many generalizations with consequence of leaving out relevant and detailed accounts needed for making policy more relevant.
Studying small powers is instructive in several senses. First, we can be able to determine the context-specific formation processes and characters as well as the natures of the small powers. Second, we can be able to determine the different context-specific formation process and characters as well as the natures of the great powers. Third, we can be able to map out the global political, economic and cultural structures that have been shaping, either enabling or constraining the state actions of the great and small powers, which in turn re-constituted the global system. Fourth, we can be able to identify and determine the key concepts and analytical logics that will be relevant for the policy-makers of the small powers to disentangle human security challenges in domestic and foreign arenas.

Conference objectives
To gather interested local and international scholars to interrogate the theoretical, conceptual, methodological and empirical issues pertaining to “small power politics” in comparative politics and international relations.
To gather interested local and international scholars to prepare and present original research papers.
Excellent papers will be published in the journal African and Asian Studies (http://www.brill.nl/african-and-asian-studies) in 2013.

Conference themes and questions
Although many states in Asia and Africa have gained independence from western colonial rules since WWII, in parallel with their various post-colonial state-building projects, they have been actively interacting with the former colonial masters and post-colonial states and therefore contributing to the formation of the post-WWII global system. By geo-politically focusing on the state affairs in Asia-Pacific and African regions where the U.S. Empire has been consolidating its reaches, we are proposing to organize this conference to address the following themes and questions:

Theoretical and conceptual issues: What can we learn from the existing theoretical paradigms in international relations? What are the promises and pitfalls of the existing paradigms? How could we conceptualize “small power politics”?
Methodological issues: How could we methodologically approach “small power politics”? What are the major methodological issues for studying “small power politics”? How could we address these issues?
Linkages between domestic politics and external/foreign relations: How could we effectively conceptualize the links between the small powers’ domestic politics and foreign relations? How are these two realms constituted by internal, external and transnational forces? What would be major analytical concepts and logics for us to understand the complex interplays between domestic politics and external/foreign relations?
Comparing small powers in African and Asian regionalism: How could we conceptualize the relationships between the small powers and the great powers as well as the emerging regional institutions in Africa and Asia? How could we conceptualize the emergence and consolidation of post-WWII regional institutions such as Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS) against larger background?
Public policy implications: What would be the major concepts and analytical logics that could we propose for the security practitioners and policy-makers to conceive the complex interplays between domestic politics and foreign relations of the contemporary small powers? What could we advise them to properly position their organizations along the volatile interface between domestic politics and foreign relations? What are the major aspects that the small powers’ policy-makers should consider in their crafting of policies of external relations or foreign relations? What factors should be counted in the external/foreign policy-making process? How should the small powers’ external/foreign policy process be conducted?

Extensive literature review from this work will produce new knowledge. In short, political actors, scholars and international and regional organizations can comparatively learn a lot from political practices and policy formulation and implementation in these countries, which can provide more data and information about them. Against this background, the papers to be presented at the conference will focus on:

a) Thematic issues surrounding human security in the transnational and developmental contexts, which may include but not limited to:
* Conflict and violence
* Food and water security
* Energy and resource politics
* Natural disasters
* Democratization and state-building
* Crisis coping and management
* Epidemics and public health
* Crime and corruption
* Economic, trade and financial governance
* Transnational labor relations
* Environment and sustainable development
* External relations with big powers and international institutions
* Insurgency, riot and secessionism
* Public and security policy making process analysis
* Civil-military relations
* Reception of foreign investments

b) Case studies of Asian and African states: either single country-based case study or comparative case analysis is desirable.

Submission of abstracts and papers
Interested individuals may submit a 250-word abstract to the conference secretary and editor Dr. Pak Nung WONG’s email address: pnwong@cityu.edu.hk by Friday 9 March 2012 for consideration.
Once an abstract will be accepted, the participant will be invited to submit a full paper of 7,000-10,000 words (including references and notes) by Friday 1 June 2012. Citation and referencing styles should be prepared in accordance with the following document: http://www.brill.nl/files/brill.nl/specific/authors_instructions/AAS.pdf

Reimbursement of traveling and/or accommodation expenses
Participants who will be able to submit their full papers may be entitled to reimburse their traveling and/or accommodation expenses, subject to funding availability.

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January 31, 2012

Social Media and Cross-border Cultural Transmissions: Technologies, Policies, Industries

CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: 24 FEBRUARY 2012)
Organized by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Date: 21-22 June 2012
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Website:http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1252

This interdisciplinary workshop takes a transcultural approach to exploring newly emerging online practices of cultural transmission. Culture industries across Asia have been dynamically transformed during the past decades, and are significantly affected by multilayered economic, socio-political and technological turbulence occurring on both global and domestic levels. This workshop explores how social media, online consumer practices and transcultural pop flows have facilitated the emergence and development of new global cultural distribution avenues and transformed the cultural industry landscape, and how Asia is at the centre of this newly emerging global cultural economy. The workshop will focus on three specific areas:

1. Technologies: this workshop identifies key moments in the development of cultural distribution in the era of Web 2.0 technology. In particular, it focuses on the increased use of mobile social media in Asia, and its socio-politico-economic implications in the region—in both the positive and negative perspectives.

2. Policies: this workshop explores the relationship between changed consumer practices and market environments in Asia, and its influence on the re/formation of media cultural policies and governance in various Asian countries (such as policy-making around the copyright and online piracy issues).

3. Industries: this workshop expands current theorisations on the global cultural distribution dynamics, dynamics that were once predominantly centred on the Euro-American axis. Dynamics that are now empowered by Web 2.0-driven user participation on social networking sites (SNS), yet are still under the significant influence of dominant corporate media chains.

The primary intention of the workshop is to examine both positive and negative connotations of the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on cross-border cultural transmission and the transformation of cultural industries in Asia. This workshop aims to explore the following questions:

• How have contemporary cultural flows formed by particular combinations of globalisation dynamics and technological innovations, and how and why has Asia become the emerging hub of such a phenomenon?
• Who is at the centre of these changed cultural distribution dynamics, and how do they combine and appropriate old and new modes of cultural distribution?
• To what extent is such a newly emerging mode of cultural distribution still a tool employed by powerful groups (e.g., corporate media and state governments) attempting to support their control and domination of pop consumer groups?
• In what ways has web user participation, particularly online youth activities on social networking sites, shifted the mode of “transcultural flows” in the global cultural market environment?
• How have such shifts demonstrated the expansion of the dynamics of global cultural flows, considering they were once predominantly centred on the Euro-American axis?
• How have changes in these paradigms affected the cultural industries in Asia and elsewhere in the context of transformations in industry structure, technology, market development and policy-making?

The workshop is intended to be an intimate gathering of scholars across all social science fields and disciplines, both within and outside Asia. We invite the submission of theoretical and empirical contributions to the study of transcultural flows of Asian popular products in the era of Web 2.0 technology. In this, we encourage papers that reflect the diverse media cultural dynamics active within the different areas of creative industries and markets.


SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words using the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Please send your form to Dr JUNG Sun at arijs@nus.edu.sg by 24 February 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by mid March 2012 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by 15 May 2012.

CONTACT DETAILS

Convenor:
Dr JUNG Sun
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Email: arijs@nus.edu.sg
Tel (Office): 65 6516 8568


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January 30, 2012

Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline: 19 March 2012)

7th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies
Organised by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Date: 16 - 20 July 2011
Venue: Faculty of Law, Block B, Level 4, 469 Bukit Timah Rd
National University of Singapore @ Bukit Timah Campus
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1257


The Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications from postgraduate students who are engaged in research on Southeast Asia to attend the 7th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies on 16 – 20 July 2011.

This 3-day forum will be part of ARI’s 5-day Graduate Development Institute and Forum, which in addition to the forum will include two full days of sessions aimed to develop graduate student understandings of academia and relevant skills, through roundtable discussions with faculty, focused practical seminars and breakout group discussions.

This event coincides with the Asia Research Institute’s Asian Graduate Student Fellowship Programme 2012, which brings some 35 graduate students to ARI for a two and a half month period. These students will also participate in the Graduate Forum.

Postgraduate students working on Southeast Asia are invited to submit abstracts based either on work in progress that is at an advanced stage (i.e. already completed data collection and analysis), or on completed work. NUS students are encouraged to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with students from ASEAN as well as those from other regions whose interests focus on Southeast Asia.

This three-day forum, the seventh of an annual series of forums for graduate students who work on Southeast Asia, will be organised thematically. Themes broadly reflect (but are not limited to) the core research strengths of the Asia Research Institute, including the Asian dynamics of religion, politics, economy, gender, culture, language, migration, urbanism, science and technology, population and social change.

In addition to student presentations, experts from the region will also be invited to give keynote speeches, sharing their insights on challenges and issues facing contemporary social science scholarship.

Students whose proposals are selected for presentation at the forum will participate in the full 5 days of the Graduate Development Institute and Forum. Partial or full funding may be available for selected students. Funding will cover board and lodging for the duration of the forum, and in selected cases, air travel to Singapore by the most economical means.


SUBMISSION OF PAPER PROPOSAL

Graduate students should submit a 300-400 words abstract of their proposed paper using the attached form to Mr Jonathan Lee at jonathan.lee@nus.edu.sg no later than 19 March 2012. Click here for the Application Form.

The abstract should clarify the substantive issues which your paper will address and be firmly grounded in your own research project. Please include information on objectives, methods, and findings, as well as explain the original contribution the research makes to the field of study.

One confidential letter of recommendation from a supervisor should also be forwarded along with your form by the same date.
Successful applicants will be notified by 9 April 2012.

Those selected will have to submit full-length papers, of around 4,000-5,000 words in length, by 18 June 2012.

CONTACT DETAILS

Convenors:
Dr Michelle MILLER, Asia Research Institute, NUS (Chair)
Dr Jonathan BENNEY, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr CHEE Heng Leng, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Kay MOHLMAN, Dept of Sociology, NUS
Dr LIANG Yongjia, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Maria Wendy PLATT, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr SUN Jung, Asia Research Institute, NUS
A/P Titima SUTHIWAN, Centre for Language Studies, NUS
Prof Thongchai WINICHAKUL, Asia Research Institute, NUS

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January 19, 2012

The Philippines and the World - 9th International Conference on the Philippines

28-30 October 2012
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: 0919-4905371
nitachurchill@hotmail.com

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
asiansc@msu.edu

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Social Media and Cross-border Cultural Transmissions: Technologies, Policies, Industries

Organized by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Date: 21-22 June 2012
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Website:
http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1252

CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: 24 FEBRUARY 2012)

This interdisciplinary workshop takes a transcultural approach to exploring newly emerging online practices of cultural transmission.
Culture industries across Asia have been dynamically transformed during the past decades, and are significantly affected by multilayered economic, socio-political and technological turbulence occurring on both global and domestic levels. This workshop explores how social media, online consumer practices and transcultural pop flows have facilitated the emergence and development of new global cultural distribution avenues and transformed the cultural industry landscape, and how Asia is at the centre of this newly emerging global cultural economy. The workshop will focus on three specific areas:

1. Technologies: this workshop identifies key moments in the
development of cultural distribution in the era of Web 2.0 technology. In particular, it focuses on the increased use of mobile social media in Asia, and its socio-politico-economic implications in the region-in both the positive and negative perspectives.

2. Policies: this workshop explores the relationship between
changed consumer practices and market environments in Asia, and its influence on the re/formation of media cultural policies and governance in various Asian countries (such as policy-making around the copyright and online piracy issues).

3. Industries: this workshop expands current theorisations on
the global cultural distribution dynamics, dynamics that were once predominantly centred on the Euro-American axis. Dynamics that are now empowered by Web 2.0-driven user participation on social networking sites (SNS), yet are still under the significant influence of dominant corporate media chains.

The primary intention of the workshop is to examine both positive and negative connotations of the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on cross-border cultural transmission and the transformation of cultural industries in Asia. This workshop aims to explore the following
questions:

How have contemporary cultural flows formed by particular combinations of globalisation dynamics and technological innovations, and how and why has Asia become the emerging hub of such a phenomenon?

a. Who is at the centre of these changed cultural distribution dynamics, and how do they combine and appropriate old and new modes of cultural distribution?
b. To what extent is such a newly emerging mode of cultural distribution still a tool employed by powerful groups (e.g., corporate media and state governments) attempting to support their control and domination of pop consumer groups?
c. In what ways has web user participation, particularly online youth activities on social networking sites, shifted the mode of "transcultural flows" in the global cultural market environment?
d. How have such shifts demonstrated the expansion of the dynamics of global cultural flows, considering they were once predominantly centred on the Euro-American axis?
e. How have changes in these paradigms affected the cultural industries in Asia and elsewhere in the context of transformations in industry structure, technology, market development and policy-making?
The workshop is intended to be an intimate gathering of scholars across all social science fields and disciplines, both within and outside Asia. We invite the submission of theoretical and empirical contributions to the study of transcultural flows of Asian popular products in the era of Web 2.0 technology. In this, we encourage papers that reflect the diverse media cultural dynamics active within the different areas of creative industries and markets.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words
maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words using the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Please send your form to Dr JUNG Sun at arijs@nus.edu.sg by 24 February 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by mid March 2012 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by 15 May 2012.

CONTACT DETAILS
Convenor:
Dr JUNG Sun
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Email: arijs@nus.edu.sg
Tel (Office): 65 6516 8568

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January 12, 2012

Buddhist Traditions: New Directions

2012 North American Graduate Student Conference in Buddhist Studies
September 14-16, 2012

The Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce a conference to be hosted on the UVa Grounds September 14 -16, 2012. Our interdisciplinary graduate student conference, entitled “Buddhist Traditions: New Directions” (see conference website), seeks to elicit a robust diversity of approaches to Buddhist Studies. In addition to approximately 15 paper presentations, for which this announcement serves as a call for proposals, we will also host two special events — an introduction to UVa Buddhist Studies faculty initiatives in the digital humanities and a workshop on teaching Buddhism to undergraduates. UVa’s more than thirty graduate students in Buddhist Studies look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be an enriching collaborative experience.

Paper Proposals
We are seeking paper proposals from students currently enrolled in M.A. or Ph.D. programs in Buddhist Studies or related fields. The fifteen papers selected for presentation will be organized into panels, each chaired by a faculty respondent. Presentations will not exceed twenty minutes. Please submit your proposal of 500 words, along with your name, university and department affiliation, and a brief bio, to uvabuddhiststudies@virginia.edu by April 1, 2012. You will be notified in May of the status of your proposal, after which we will publish a detailed schedule of the conference.

Funding
University of Virginia entities have allocated generous funding to cover the costs of all lodging and meals for students presenting papers. Travel funds, however, should be obtained from the students’ home institutions or other sources. We also invite non-presenting students to attend at their own cost.

Contact
Please submit your proposals and any questions to uvabuddhiststudies@virginia.edu. Graduate students Manuel Lopez (mal5f@virginia.edu), Matt Zito (mjz3pm@virginia.edu), and Christie Kilby Robinson (cak9pn@virginia.edu) are the conference organizers whom you may also contact with questions.

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Christina Kilby Robinson
Ph.D. Student, History of Religions
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia USA

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January 11, 2012

CFP: Militia, Religion and the Legitimation of Violence in Southeast Asia

Militia, Religion and the Legitimation of Violence in Southeast Asia 14-15 June 2012
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Deadline for the abstracts and bio data is 13 FEBRUARY 2012.

Workshop website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sgevents_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1245

Militia and other forms of local non-state security arrangements across Southeast Asia typically emerge in response to state weakness and political instability. In such circumstances, it is not unusual for religious groups to implement their own law enforcement and security arrangements. Given that the state seldom encompasses the entire field of justice and security provision, it is important to examine the internal dynamics of non-state security groups and how they assert authority, resolve conflicts and re-establish order. In some cases, when responding to the social and political vacuum caused by state weakness, militias actually contribute to volatility and violence. However, security groups can also play an important role in local communities, and promote a sense of security that the police or other state instrumentalities are unable to offer. For instance, on the Indonesian island of Lombok many communities over the past decade felt they had no alternative with the collapse of the authoritarian government but to rely on local militia when faced with a perceived crime wave. The militia gave them some degree of comfort; however, these same groups elsewhere on the island were causing havoc (even attacking police stations). It is within this complex and often ambiguous law enforcement environment across the Southeast Asian region, within which the state has either vacated their responsibilities or provides limited support, to which this workshop will engage.

This workshop focuses on militia in Southeast Asia that are affiliated with religious groups or utilise religious iconography. An important consideration is how militia express their religiosity and what are the consequences for individual personal piety of participation in these groups. Interconnected with this is how do these groups use religion to recruit members, justify their behaviour and what kinds of religious practice and discipline underpin their activities. This workshop seeks papers that draw upon rich empirical and ethnographic research about these security groups that operate outside the boundaries of direct state control. A significant issue underpinning this workshop is an examination of the effect of these non-state security groups whether they be in the Philippines, Thailand or Indonesia. An essential part of this assessment is to review whether religious groups are, in fact, alternatives to formal state authority, and if they are, what are the consequences of this governance arrangement. This workshop intends to consider these issues from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

The key questions guiding the papers to be presented at this workshop are:
1. What is the rationale and political motivations for the development of militia? Are militias connected to religious educational institutions? If so, how does this relationship affect these educational institutions and their theology?

2. How do members of these groups experience their participation in militia and how does it influence their sense of religiosity? What kinds of religious practice, bodily discipline and training are practiced within these groups?

3. Militia in many parts of Southeast Asia have been accused of criminal behaviour and human rights violations, as a consequence, how has religiosity been used by militia to recruit or justify their actions? Are there other sources of legitimation of violence in the region? (such as nationalism, ethnicity, etc). Why is it that some militia are violent while others maintain a relatively peaceful role within the community? Is there any difference between “religious” militia and other types of militia in Southeast Asia?

4. How does the existence of non-state militia affect local community perceptions of state authority?

Dr Jeremy Kingsley
Asia Research Institute
National University Singapore
469A, Tower Block, Bukit Timah Road, #10-01, Singapore 259770
65-6516 1283 (DID) :: 65-6779 1428 (Fax)
arijjk@nus.edu.sg
www.ari.nus.edu.sg

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January 10, 2012

Thailand in the World: 12th International Conference on Thai Studies

University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia
Tuesday 22 - Thursday 24 April 2014

The University of Sydney is pleased to announce the dates of the
Twelfth International Conference on Thai Studies (ICTS12). The
conference will be held in 2014 during Easter Week, which is the week after Songkran and is a teaching break at most universities around the world.

Since 1981, ICTS has been held every three years at different universities in and outside Thailand. This will be the first ICTS to be held in a city outside Thailand that has a significant Thai population, and this will help define the over-arching theme of the conference. Thailand in the World also anticipates the ASEAN Community in 2015, recognizes the globalization of the Thai economy, and follows a longstanding interest of ICTS in the broader world of Tai cultures beyond Thailand?s borders. As previously, the conference will be also open to a wide range of themes in the field of Thai Studies.

The first full conference announcement and call for papers will be sent in August 2012. In the meantime, please ask to be put on the
ICTS12 email list and direct any other enquiries to brenda.kranz@sydney.edu.au.

The conference website will be launched in mid-2012.

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney in 2014!

Philip Hirsch
Professor of Human Geography, University of Sydney
ICTS12 Organising Committee Chair

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January 09, 2012

Religious Studies in Cambodia: Understand the Old and Trace the New

Conference
Siem Reap, 9th - 10th June 2012
http://www.siemreapconference.org

Call for paper
We are pleased to announce that following previous successful conferences on Epigraphy & Databases (2010) and Archaeometallurgy (2011), the Siem Reap Conference on Special Topics in Khmer Studies organised jointly by the APSARA, École française d'Extrême-Orient, Center for Khmer Studies and University of Sydney, will be dedicated, in 2012, to the History of Religions.

The epigraphical, architectural and iconographical material available to understand premodern Cambodia's society and history all attest to the centrality of religion. Despite this importance, however, very few studies have been dedicated exclusively to the topic of religion.
Indeed, the complexity held by this topic has many sources. The process once referred to as Indianization involved the transmission of the already composite system of Indian religions (?aivism, Vai??avism and Buddhism) into a barely known local system of beliefs. Recent discoveries from Buddhist studies - whether on discrepancies among texts and religious practices or on unveiled tantric texts and the wider recognition of tantric Buddhist aesthetic forms - add further layers to this complexity.

The aim of this conference is to take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of religion in order to render the richness of pre-modern Southeast Asian religions, and in particular, Khmer religion. By comparing pre-modern Southeast Asian civilisations, what can be understood of the common or characteristic choices of Indian religious features they each made? Consequently, what can be concluded about the local systems of beliefs followed at the time? How do contemporary religious systems reflect the strata of the Indian borrowings and reveal their own essence throughout their own evolutions?

The conference will bring together international specialists, colleagues and students from all the disciplines, who share a common interest in Cambodian and Southeast Asian religions, from prehistory to the modern period.

We invite submissions for topics on all aspects of religions in Cambodia, including History, Archaeology, Art History, Religious Studies, Anthropology, etc. Comparative papers on pre-modern Southeast Asian religions are also encouraged. By the collation of recent scholarship in multiple fields and the presentation of the latest theoretical works in Religious Studies, this conference will improve our understanding of Southeast Asian religions.

Colleagues who wish to participate in the Conference, to be held in Siem Reap on the 9th and 10th of June 2012, should submit the title of their paper and an abstract (around 150 words) by the 15th of February 2012.


The organising committee
Julia Estève, Damian Evans, Khoun Khun-Neay, Im Sokrithy, Dominique Soutif and Michael Sullivan.

For any questions regarding the Conference, please contact:
Julia Estève
École française d?Extrême-Orient; Phum Beng Don Pa, Khum Sla Kram, Siem Reap; PO Box 93300, Siem Reap; Cambodia Phone: (+855) 89 709 810; Fax: (+855) 63 964 226;
Email: esteve.julia@yahoo.fr

Damian Evans
The University of Sydney; Robert Christie Research Centre, 195 Phum Treng, Khum Sla Kram, Siem Reap; Cambodia Phone: (+855) 63 760 416; Fax: (+855) 63 760 416;
Email: damian.evans@sydney.edu.au

Khoun Khun-Neay
APSARA Authority, Siem Reap; Deputy Director General.
Email: kaqc2004@yahoo.com

IM Sokrithy
APSARA Authority, Siem Reap & Faculty of Archaeology, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh.
Email: imsokrithy@hotmail.com

Dominique SOUTIF
École française d?Extrême-Orient; Phum Beng Don Pa, Khum Sla Kram, Siem Reap; PO Box 93300, Siem Reap; Cambodia Phone: (+855) 92 993 502;
Email: dominique.soutif@gmail.com

Michael Sullivan
Center for Khmer Studies; Wat Damnak, Siem Reap; PO Box 9380, Siem Reap; Cambodia Phone: (+855) 063 964 385; Fax: (+855) 063 963 035;
Email: msullivan@khmerstudies.org


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January 03, 2012

World Wide Asia: Asian Flows, Global Impacts

In August 2012, Leiden Global Interactions (LGI), Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT) and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) will host an international conference on the theme of ‘World Wide Asia’ to critically explore Asian migrations as a globalizing force.
Date: 31 August - 1 September 2012

Venue: Leiden, the Netherlands

Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2012


Confirmed Speakers:
Adam McKeown (Columbia University, USA)
Radhika Singha (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
Leo Lucassen (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Call for Papers:
The theme of Asian migrations, in the broadest sense, touches upon a wide array of practices, infrastructures, social issues and configurations of power. The mobility and influence of Asian peoples and productions have been a driving force in reshaping global and local landscapes from ancient to modern times, as demonstrated, for instance, by the historical trade networks that facilitated European colonialism, the intensified global trajectories of commodities, ideas and technologies, and the redefinition of urbanization by processes emerging from the ‘Global South’.
This conference seeks to gain a nuanced understanding of Asia’s role in historical and modern articulations of the global. It seeks to explore the problematics of place, dislocation/connectivity, and culture from diverse Asian perspectives on travel, exchange, circulation, translation, identity, and global power. We are particularly interested in the following topics and issues with respect to Asia:
• Migration and the City
• Mobility, Markets & Human Capital
• Regimes of Identification
• Migrant Lives and Global Labor
• Borderlands
• Commodities and Migration
• Expanding Empires
• Disaster, Development and Aid
The conference will be preceded by a four-day master class on the same theme.
Submissions:
The deadline for submission of paper proposals is 1 February 2012. Please send an abstract of not more than 250 words, along with the proposed title, author’s name, affiliation and email to: worldwideasia2012@gmail.com. We will send out notifications in March.
Contact:
Carolyn Nakamura, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
c.m.nakamura@hum.leidenuniv.nl, +31(0)71 527 26 55


LGI: http://www.research.leiden.edu/research-profiles/global/
AMT: http://research.leiden.edu/research-profiles/amt/
IIAS: http://www.iias.nl

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December 05, 2011

Asian/Pacific Junctures:Challenging Notions of Regionalism and Interdisciplinarity

Call for Papers: 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.

We are pleased to announce this year’s speaker, Dr. Caroline S. Hau. Caroline S. Hau is Associate Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. Her books include Necessary Fictions: Philippine Literature and the Nation, 1946-1980, On the Subject of the Nation: Filipino Writings from the Margins, 1980-2004, (ed.) Intsik: An Anthology of Chinese Filipino Writing, (ed.) Carlos Bulosan's All the Conspirators, and (co-ed. with Kasian Tejapira) Traveling Nation-Makers: Transnational Flows and Movements in the Making of Modern Southeast Asia. She has published articles on Asianism, Hong Kong film, and Cold War Asia, and is currently working on three book projects--a study of the politics of Chineseness and mestizoness in contemporary Philippines, a book with Takashi Shiraishi on the rise of China and the transformation of Southeast Asia, and a literary anthology on the Filipino querida (mistress), co-edited with Katrina P. Tuvera.

Please complete the application 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 to gradconf@hawaii.edu by the submission deadline.


Abstract submission deadline: December 20th, 2011




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,” or our website at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/spas/?page_id=875.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts!

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November 30, 2011

CFP: Indonesia in Global and Transnational Perspective

April 27-28, 2012
UCLA Indonesian Studies Conference
University of California, Los Angeles

The UCLA Indonesian Studies Program invites submissions from U.S.-based graduate students to participate in a 2-day interdisciplinary conference focused on Indonesia. Though we will accept submissions from a wide range of disciplines, we ask that participants explicitly address the themes of transnationalism, global integration or diffusion within their conference papers.
Themes to Consider:
-Problems of democratization, demilitarization and human rights
-Migration, internal and international
-Social media and telecommunications
-Environment and community
-Constructing, maintaining and policing ethnic/religious boundaries
-Fluctuations in gender/sexual identity
-New developments in Indonesian arts, literature, and performance

What to Submit:
1. CV/Resume
2. 500 word-abstract of conference paper that addresses one or more of the above themes
3. Writing Sample (10 pp., double-spaced, 12 pt type): may be an excerpt from a journal article, dissertation chapter, or conference paper that reflects your academic interests

Please submit electronically to indoconference@gmail.com by January 15, 2012. Questions can also be directed to this email address.

Other dates:
-February 10, 2012: Notification of acceptance for participants
-February 20, 2012: Confirmation of attendance from participants
-March 30, 2012: Conference memo due from participants (5 pp. summary/outline of conference paper, double-spaced, 12 pt type)
Financial aid: Student participants coming from a distance will be reimbursed for travel up to $500 with receipts and offered two nights lodging double occupancy.

Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies. A special thanks to Dr. Robert Lemelson for his generous support of this conference and the Indonesian Studies Program.

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November 10, 2011

Bali in Global Asia - Between Modernization and Heritage Formation

Bali in Global Asia -
Between Modernization and Heritage Formation
Conference dates: 16 - 18 July 2012

Host: Universitas Udayana, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. At the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Universitas Udayana.Sponsored by Universitas Udayana; KITLV, Leiden; IIAS, Leiden and University of Göttingen.

We invite participants to propose panels or individual papers on ‘Bali in global Asia’, with special reference to processes of modernization, urbanization and heritage formation.

Please visit http://iias.nl/event/bali-in-global-asia to submit proposals.
Deadline proposals for panels and papers: 31 January 2012

Executive organizers: Prof. Nyoman Darma Putra (UNUD) and Prof. Henk Schulte Nordholt (KITLV) in cooperation with IIAS.

Conference fee: 50 U$ for non-Indonesian, and RP 200.000 for Indonesian participants. Further information about registration fees, the venue, and logistics will follow.

Participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

For more information, please contact Prof. Henk Schulte Nordholt at schultenordholt@kitlv.nl
Advisory board: Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin, Helen Creese, I Wayan Ardika, Thomas Reuter, Mark Hobart and Adrian Vickers.

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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

CALL FOR PAPERS
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

CALL FOR PAPERS, PANELS & PRESENTATIONS
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
nitachurchill@hotmail.com
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
asiansc@msu.edu

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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
USA

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
History
War experiences in Laos
Leadership
Politics
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
ISEAS
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

CALL for PAPERS
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

Deadlines:
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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September 07, 2011

CFP: Connections, Corridors, and Communities

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

Deadline for applications: 1 December 2011
Conference dates: 12 - 15 October 2012

Host: Centre for Southwest Borderland Ethnic Minority Studies, Yunnan University (YU), Kunming, China

Convenors:
Prof. He Ming (YU), Dr. Joy Bai (YU), Dr. Tina Harris (University of Amsterdam, UvA), Prof. Willem van Schendel (UvA) and Dr. Erik de Maaker (Leiden University)


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 Kunming, we invite submissions that 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?

Since one of the main goals of this conference is to spur collaboration and conversation across diverse fields in the hope of building up a more nuanced picture of the intersections and relationships across Asian borderlands, submissions are invited from scholars, writers, policy studies researchers, artists, filmmakers, activists, the media, and others from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds. We invite conceptually innovative papers, based on new research, in order to develop new perspectives in the study of Asian Borderlands.

Only a small number of individual papers will be selected. We therefore encourage you to submit a full panel or roundtable proposal. We will consider proposals for panels and roundtables that have a thematic focus, are of a comparative character, and involve scholars or practitioners affiliated with different institutions.*

*New to this Asian Borderlands conference, the roundtable format is intended to allow for a more open forum on a broader theme. Typically, panelists will each address the main issue or topic of the roundtable, and the remainder of the time is open for an informal discussion between the panel members and a more extended question-and-answer period with the audience. Some examples of wide themes in relation to Asian borderlands may include, but are not limited to: migration; security; gender; technology; environmental issues, etc.

Please visit http://asianborderlands.net to submit proposals. The deadline is 1 December 2011.
Participants will be notified towards the beginning of the year 2012.

Very limited financial support may be made available to specific scholars residing in Asia and some junior or low-income scholars in other parts of the world. If you would like to be considered for a grant, please submit along with your abstract for a panel and/or paper a short letter stating the motivation for your request. Please also specify the kind of funding that you have applied for or will receive from other sources. Please note that the conference operates on a limited budget, and will not normally be able to provide more than a partial coverage of the costs of travel.
Further information about registration fees, the venue, and logistics will be provided on the ABRN website once the panels have been accepted.

For more information, please visit the website at http://asianborderlands.net, or email info@asianborderlands.net

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September 06, 2011

CFP for Edited Volume: Religious Minorities Project

Call for Papers for an Edited Volume on:
Religious Minorities in Muslim-Majority Localities of Southeast Asia: Areas of Toleration and Conflict

Institute Of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)
Deadline for Abstracts: 15 September 2011

Organisers/Editors:
Bernhard Platzdasch
Visiting Research Fellow, ISEAS
Email: platzdasch@iseas.edu.au

Johan Saravanamuttu
Senior Visiting Fellow, ISEAS
Email: saravanamuttu@iseas.edu.au

We, the editors, are seeking contributors to a volume that will address significant areas of inter-religious dealings in the public sphere and in everyday life in Muslim-majority localities in Southeast Asia. The book intends to give a comprehensive account and provide nuanced analysis of social, economic and political contexts of areas of conflict and toleration between various minority communities and the majority religion. Addressing these areas will allow for a timely reflection on the challenges inter-religious relations are facing today in Muslim-majority localities in Southeast Asia. The editors would like to bring a novel approach to the table, concentrating on cutting edge case studies from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Brunei. At the same time, we encourage submissions that approach the subject from a variety of perspectives and across a number of disciplines and fields related to the following streams: Religion in public space, religion in everyday life, inter-faith dialogue, religion and politics, and comparative religion.

Potential contributions may include selected areas covered by the following list of topics:

Religion in public space:
• The legal framework for freedom of religion in Indonesia & Malaysia
• The dynamics of shari’ah and civil law in Malaysia
• Case studies of Islamisation and the non-Muslim responses in Muslim-majority localities in Thailand, Southern Philippines, etc.
• Case studies about the situation of Muslim minorities in Eastern Indonesia, North Sulawesi etc.

Inter-faith Issues and Dialogue
• Inter-faith relations in peninsular Malaysia seen through the MCCBCHST (Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism)
• The Allah controversy in Malaysia and its implications
• Rivalry over permissions to built places of worship and Muslim-Christian relations in various areas in Indonesia
• The situation of the Christian communities of Sabah and Sarawak
• The controversies over conversion from Islam in Malaysia

Religion and Politics
• The politics of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and other minority religious in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei
• The position of the Ahmadiyah within Indonesian Islam after the 2008 decree
• Transmigrant – Indigenous Relations in Kalimantan since 2000
• Dynamics of Islamisation and local mystical/syncretist belief systems in Central and East Java
• The implications of Indonesia’s “Pornography Bill” revisited

Interested scholars are requested to submit a 200-400 word abstract for a paper contribution. Abstracts should include your paper’s title as well as your name, affiliation, and contact information along with a short biography up to 100 words submitted to the editors. Proposals are required to give an indication of the arguments likely to be advanced. Notification of acceptance will be by 1 October 2011.

Bernhard Platzdasch
ISEAS

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September 01, 2011

CFP: The Art of Neighbouring: Old Crossroads and New Connections along to PRC's Borders

CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: 15 OCTOBER 2011)
Jointly organized by the Asian Migration Cluster and the Open Cluster, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Date: 1 – 2 March 2012
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Websites: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1209

http://www.neighbouringchina.net/conference

What does China’s rise mean for its immediate neighbours? This simple question is what this workshop hopes to address. Reflecting on the PRC’s rapid economic growth, its strategic decisions to foster trade, secure influence and access to natural resources, and its efforts to prevent unrest in the borderlands, this workshop explores the ways in which people’s lives and futures are affected by living along the PRC’s borders.

For local societies situated within zones of contact, the close proximity to the PRC is becoming increasingly relevant. As rising China (the nation, the notion, the buzzword) channels aspirations, triggers fears, and creates opportunities, “the art of neighbouring” becomes a crucial skill in the borderlands – a skill that includes evading, openly opposing, making use of, or renegotiating the border situation.

The shared experience of neighbouring is shaped by the making of borders and their “closures” and “openings”. In the first half of the 20th century, the fuzziness of erstwhile frontier zones was replaced by sharp contours of the ‘geo-bodies’ of nation-states. Political and military conflicts between the PRC and its neighbouring states brought many long-established trans-border relations to a halt; more recently, new stimuli of economic growth and material prosperity readily impelled a momentum of “opening up”. As ancient crossroads emerge as zones of contact and translation again, borderland communities actively engage with new possibilities; they also become targets of new regulatory regimes to “manage” the flows of people and goods between nation states.

This workshop explores the ways in which the closure and re-opening of China’s borders condition the myriad realities of making as well as being China’s neighbours through peace and turmoil. By theorizing “the art of neighbouring”, this workshop offers an alternative perspective to observe the ordering of border practices and strategies, as well as to understand relations between nations, territories, geo-political positionalities, and historical connections.

We invite anthropologists, geographers, historians, political scientists and scholars from associated disciplines to submit paper abstracts to explore the following questions:

• How do new dreams and aspirations about China provoke desires of migration? How are migratory flows to and across national borders encouraged and facilitated?
• How are new regulatory regimes implemented? How do they redefine legality and illicitness, and how are these locally negotiated?
• What are the economic, political and social impacts of Chinese investment, development aid and designated special zones?
• How do newly arrived actors at the periphery engage with “native” borderlanders?
• What are the roles of rekindled ties of friendship, kinship, common religion or ethnicity in forging efficacious networks that promote greater cross-border mobility? How do remembering and forgetting, private and collective interpretations of “closure” and “opening up” as well as desire and anxiety shape borderland identities?
• And finally, how do imagined borders and fictive ties animate the dynamics between the “mainland” and the “diaspora”?


SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (500 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words using the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Please send your form to Ms Valerie Yeo at valerie.yeo@nus.edu.sg, by 15 October 2011.

Successful applicants will be notified by 10 November 2011 and will be required to send in a draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by 10 February 2012.

PHOTOGRAPH EXHIBITION
To accompany this workshop, we plan to organize a small-scale photo exhibition at the main venue. The objective of the photo exhibition is to attract attention and interest of people who are less familiar with the various borderlands adjacent to China. We hope that with a collection of photographs that portray everyday life in the borderland, the audience will appreciate the diversity, the transformations, the vulnerability and resilience of these diverse border zones.

We invite submissions of photographs on China’s borderlands, the cultural practices of border-crossings (literal as well as symbolic), and images that reflect the theme of “neighbouring”.

Submissions could be in both digital and non-digital forms. Please include copyright and caption information in your submissions. Digital photographs must be at least 2,400 pixels wide if a horizontal image or 2,400 pixels tall if a vertical image, in high-quality JPEG or RAW. We prefer original, unmodified camera images. If your files are larger than 5 MB, or if you wish to submit photographs in printed form, please contact the workshop convenors Dr Martin Sazxer (arijms@nus.edu.sg) and Dr Zhang Juan (arizj@nus.edu.sg).

CONTACT DETAILS
Workshop Convenors

Dr Martin SAXER
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Email: arijms@nus.edu.sg

Dr ZHANG Juan
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Email: arizj@nus.edu.sg

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August 22, 2011

CFP: Intercity Networks and Urban Governance in Asia

CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: 15 NOV 2011)
Intercity Networks and Urban Governance in Asia
Organized by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Date: 8 – 9 March 2012
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1200

This multidisciplinary conference examines urban governance in Asia from the perspective of intercity networks. Asia is home to around half of the world’s urban population and many of the most populous cities. Over recent years, urbanization has been fueled by rapid economic growth, industrialization and shifting global trade flows towards Asia, as well as by issues relating to rural poverty, unemployment and environmental degradation. Across Asia, mayors, city administrations and urban residents have been trying to keep pace with urbanization by initiating networks of cooperation to deal with shared challenges such as public service delivery for burgeoning populations, community building and the management of limited resources for livable and sustainable cities. In the process, some cities are emerging as centers of innovation and best practice in urban governance within and beyond the Asian region, or are perceived as such.

This event explores the relationship between urban governance and intercity networks in Asia, as well as the structures and processes of intercity network formation and how such cooperative arrangements are maintained, strengthened or dissolved over time. Intercity networks of collaboration are not a new phenomenon, having long preceded the modern nation-state in the form of myriad formal and informal networks between imperial city-states. Today, intercity networks are being reconfigured by globalization and the unprecedented movement of information, peoples, technologies, commerce and cultures between cities, which in turn open up new possibilities for urban governance in increasingly diverse societies.

We invite the submission of theoretical and empirical contributions to the study of modern Asian intercity networks in different areas of urban governance. In this, we encourage papers that reflect the diverse character of Asia’s intercity networks in relation to local governance issues. Some Asian cities form part of global networks with a worldwide presence and global membership base through extensive usage of internet technologies (for example, Metropolis [World Association of Major Metropolises], United Cities and Local Governments [UCLG], and WeGo [World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments]). Others emphasize more traditional and personalized connections to protect and promote cooperative agreements between cities through travel, educational and cultural exchange programs (for example, through ‘twin town’ and ‘sister city’ schemes, and via study tours). Many other city networks have emerged in direct response to common challenges around specific issues of good governance, sustainable urban development, cultural heritage and environmental protection (such as Cities Alliance [Cities Without Slums], ICLEI [Local Governments for Sustainability]; CITYNET, Cities Development Initiative for Asia, Asian Productivity Organization, and Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center).

Questions that will guide the conference proceedings to speak across integrated themes include:

- To what extent are new forms of association and engagement through intercity networks complementing and/or replacing more traditional forms of governance in Asian cities?

- Who, or what, speaks for ‘the city’ in the establishment of collaborative networks about urban governance?

- To what extent are intercity networks inclusive of diverse members of civil society? Are the representatives of intercity networks receptive and responsive to the viewpoints of their key community stakeholders?

- Are Asian cities passively or actively mapped into broader networks of intercity collaboration, and to what degree does meaningful dialogue and exchange actually take place?

- In what ways are Asian cities able to assert themselves as cities of global prominence and as models of best practice in good governance through the mobilization of intercity networks?


SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words using the Paper Proposal Submission Form.

Please send your form to Dr Michelle Miller at arimam@nus.edu.sg by 15 November 2011.

Successful applicants will be notified by 30 November 2011 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by 10 February 2012.

CONTACT DETAILS
Conference Convenors
Dr Michelle MILLER
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Email: arimam@nus.edu.sg

Assoc Prof Tim BUNNELL
Asia Research Institute and Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
Email: geotgb@nus.edu.sg

Secretariat
Miss Sharon ONG
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
#10-01 Tower Block,469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
Email: arios@nus.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 6516 8784
Fax: (65) 6779 1428

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August 12, 2011

CFP: Southeast Asia: Between the Lines

Call for Papers
Southeast Asia: Between the Lines
Graduate Student Conference at the University of Michigan
December 9-10 2011
Abstract submission deadline: October 28, 2011.

In 2010, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at the University of Michigan celebrated its 50th anniversary with an interdisciplinary conference on the state of Southeast Asian Studies. CSEAS is now hosting Southeast Asia: Between the Lines, a graduate student conference and workshop. The conference aims to continue conversations on Southeast Asia across disciplinary lines, build connections between graduate students at different institutions, and facilitate intensive interactions between participants, both faculty and students. Support for this event comes from the Henry Luce Foundation and U-M’s Rackham Graduate School.

Southeast Asia: Between the Lines invites submissions from graduate students to participate in the two-day conference. The first day features presentations in four moderated panels. The second day features discipline-focused workshops facilitated by invited moderators. Graduate students submitting papers will be expected to attend both days and prepare for the workshop according to the facilitator’s request.

Invited moderators/workshop facilitators are: Ian Baird, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Vicente Rafael, University of Washington; Dan Slater, University of Chicago; and Anna Tsing, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Graduate students are asked to submit original work that falls under one of the following categories:
• Anthropology and Culture, Sociology (Ian Baird)
• History and Pre-Modern Legacies, (Vicente Rafael)
• Politics and the State (Dan Slater)
• Environmental Sustainability and Local Resources. (Anna Tsing)
Please submit abstracts (500 words or less) to Kate Wright at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies: katemw@umich.edu. The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday, October 28, 2011.

If accepted, graduate students will receive a modest travel subvention and meals during the conference. There are a number of hotels in the Ann Arbor area, and students can arrange to stay for free at the homes of local graduate students.

Notification of acceptance will be on or before Friday, November 4, 2011, and we request that participants confirm their attendance by Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Papers will be due to the organizers by Monday, November 28, 2011.

Please direct questions to Kate Wright at katemw@umich.edu or 734-764-5261.

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August 11, 2011

Mahidol University Conference: Re-making Historical Memory in Southeast Asia

Welcome to..

“Re-Making Historical Memory in Southeast Asia”
1-2 December 2011

Venue:
Salaya Pavilion Hotel and Training Center
Mahidol University International College (MUIC)
Salaya Campus, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.

Keynote speakers:
Prof.Dr.Charnvit Kasetsiri
Asst.Prof.Dr.Michael Montesano

Jointly organized by:
Social Science Division,
Mahidol University International College,Thailand &
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities,
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

See website: http://www.muic.mahidol.ac.th/conference/ssd/
for call for papers and registration form

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August 08, 2011

CFP: On Cosmopolitanism and Southeast Asia: imaginings, mediation and movement

Conference: On Cosmopolitanism and Southeast Asia: imaginings, mediation and movement
16 -18 February 2012
Organised and hosted by Island Southeast Asia Centre, School of Culture, Language and History, The Australian National University.
ABSTRACTS DUE: 15 September 2011
Keynote speaker: Prof. Pheng Cheah (University of California, Berkeley)

This conference follows a series of conversations started in the first “Intersections of Area, Cultural and Media Studies Workshop” hosted by the Southeast Asia Centre at The Australian National University in February 2010. The aim of the workshop was to focus debates and discussions on potential benefits of Southeast Asian studies engagement with cultural studies and media studies. The present conference focuses on the notion of “new cosmopolitanism”, the juncture of the social, political and cultural aspects of cosmopolitanism.

Cosmopolitanism, as a concept, has engendered much discussion, mainly in the last decade or so, in social, postcolonial and some areas of cultural studies. Many scholars agree that there are different forms/modes of cosmopolitanism. They recognise the Western (European) origin of the concept and its association with elitism, but increasingly recent theorisations agree on the need to accommodate diversity brought about by colonialism (in the past) and globalisation, and notions such as 'cosmopolitanism from below', ‘alternative cosmopolitanism’, as well as ‘rooted cosmopolitanism’. Concepts of ‘situated cosmopolitanism’ and ‘cosmopatriots’ have been raised specifically to the region of Asia and/or Southeast Asia.
This conference aims to contribute towards furthering our thinking on the concept of ‘new cosmopolitanism’, aiming to examine and enquire into Southeast Asia’s (nations and the region) membership of the global community. It recognises Southeast Asian nations are emerging nations with economic and political leverage within the region, and as a region vis-à-vis the rest of the world. This conference is interested in the process of socio-cultural changes that such inter-connectedness may foment or produce. The topics of discussion will necessarily evolve around issues of travel, hybridity, identities, social diversity, race and ethnicity, language, international politics, political economy and gender.

In conjunction with the series theme of “intersections” of the three areas of studies: culture, media and area, this conference organising committee calls for papers that deals with the following topics, focusing on the region’s inter-connectedness with cosmopolitan issues of human rights, democracy, identity, diversity:
• Travel/diaspora/migration
• Media, media industries and politics
• Global culture and identity
It will ask questions such as:
• How do we imagine ourselves as Southeast Asians within the global/cosmopolitan environment we live in today? How have these imaginings affected the everyday life of Southeast Asians? How important is regionalism in the everyday imaginings?
• How are the individual states within the region negotiating with issues of people, social and political movements that have reverberations across the region and the rest of the world, and/or vice versa? Is regionalism a solution or deterrence?
• How are these issues mediated between Southeast Asia and the rest of the world? What role (if any) has global media (including new social media) in the social and political changes within the region? How effective has this new global media been to local socio-political change?
• How have recent events (political, technological, etc.) in the region change the way we think of concepts such as “cosmopolitan patriotism”, “rooted” or “alternative cosmopolitanism”?
• In answering some of these questions, what new light can we throw onto our reconceptualization of the idea and practice of “area studies”? How should we do “area studies” in an era of ‘world openness’ and global connectedness?

Inquiries can be directed to sea-cosmopolitan@anu.edu.au We welcome abstracts of up to 250 words by September 15, 2011.

For further information, visit us at: http://chl.anu.edu.au/islandseasia/conference/

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Dr. Amy Chan
South/Southeast Asia & Middle East Collection
Division of Information
Scholarly Information Services/Library
R G Menzies Building (#2)
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia
T: +61 2 6125 1753
F: +61 2 6125 0734
W: http://anulib.anu.edu.au

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CFP: Indonesian Urban Cultures and Societies

The Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta will organize the third International Graduate Student Conference on Indonesia. The international conference will be held on November 8-9, 2011 at the Graduate School Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, with the theme INDONESIAN URBAN CULTURES AND SOCIETIES

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
This conference will invite 3 experts on these related issues. These tentative Keynote Speakers are:
Assoc. Prof. Goh Beng Lan (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Prof. Dr. Danang Parikesit (Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia)
Assoc. Prof. Freek Colombijn (Vrije University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

We invite all Graduate Students from various disciplines working on Indonesia to submit abstracts and papers on the basis of current research on the contemporary issues of Indonesia. The themes of submitted abstracts/papers can cover various aspects of people's life in relation to the main theme of the conference, such as:
history, philosophy, law/legal aspect, social, culture, language, literature, religion/beliefs, environment, politics, democracy/human right, education, economics, management, agriculture, health, international relations, media studies, arts, gender issues, and others.

Panels will be organized later according to particular themes/issues of students' abstracts/papers. We also welcome any proposal to organize a panel on a particular theme with its panels' coordinators (scholars), a number of students' abstracts under the same theme, and discussants for each session in the panel (if any). The Steering Committee would review both the individual abstracts and the proposed panel/s. Selected papers in each panel will be considered for publication in edited manuscripts.

The conference will be held bilingually (English and Indonesian).

IMPORTANT DATES
Abstract submission deadline : August 30th, 2011
Abstract Review : September 1st-14th, 2011
Announcement : September 16th, 2011
Paper submission deadline : October 15th, 2011
Registration for presenters : October 15th, 2011
Registration for participants: November 2nd, 2011

Please send abstract (maximum 350 words) to the Organizing Committee:
Nina Mariani Noor, MA : igsci@ugm.ac.id & igscindonesia@gmail.com


Sent by: Nina Mariani Noor, M.A (Organizing Committee)
Handphone: +62 87838656575
Email: igsci@ugm.ac.id and isgcindonesia@gmail.com
Website: www.igsci.pasca.ugm.ac.id
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Administrator 3rd International Graduate Students Conference on Indonesia
The Graduate School
Gadjah Mada University
Jl. Teknika Utara, Pogung, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Telp/Fax: +62 274 564239

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August 02, 2011

CFP: Politics of Religion in Asia: An International Conference

Politics of Religion in Asia: An International Conference
Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, International Programs
University of Iowa
Date: May 12-13, 2012

This conference will focus on the relationship between religion and
politics in Asia, including but not limiting to China, Hong Kong,
Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and India. It intends to address
two related topics: the development of religion and the role of
religion in politics. We encourage paper proposals examining the above
topics by relating to any aspect of state policy, economic
modernization, and traditional culture. Both single-country and
cross-country studies are welcome. We are particularly interested in
theoretically informed studies using primary research materials.

The conference will pay for the participant’s airfare and lodging if
his/her paper is accepted. The final papers will be published in an
edited volume. The deadline for submitting the paper proposal is
October 1, 2011, and the deadline for submitting the conference paper
is April 13, 2012.

The proposal should include:

* Author’s name
* Current job title
* Institutional affiliation
* Contact information (email, mailing address and phone number)
* Paper abstract (100-300 words)
* Author’s CV (no more than 3 pages)

Please send your proposal via email to:
Professor Wenfang Tang
wenfang-tang@uiowa.edu,
Department of Political Science
University of Iowa

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July 25, 2011

AAS 2011 Call For Papers:Blurred boundaries: Bureaucratic activists, grassroots experts, and emergent politics in Southeast Asia

Experts and expert knowledge have become critical to contemporary state craft in Southeast Asia. Increasingly, engineers, architects, community leaders, urban planners, and scientists – drawing both legitimacy and power from their claims to “expertise” – are not simply seen as technical consultants. Across the region experts are now involved with the administration of overtly political state procedures including planning and administering policies that claim to implement new practices of community, participation, justice, and environmental stewardship. These roles both problematize the analytically clear fields of “state,” on the one hand, and “civil society” on the other while also signaling important changes in the strategies of governmentality. Indeed, experts now find themselves in the center of an emerging form of politics that has created complex entanglements between fields of expertise and claims of justice. This panel questions these changes regionally by considering the implications of these transitions in multiple sites: What are the emerging roles of these experts in Southeast Asia? How have transformations in state forms led to the increased importance of expertise and expert labor? How are new forms of expertise tied to transformations in fields of governance in the region? What are the social, political, and economic implications of these new forms of governance for citizens, communities, social movements, and the environment?

We are seeking papers that critically examine these new forms of expertise from sites across Southeast Asia. Potential paper topics might include (but are not limited to): bureaucracies, NGOs, environmental/conservation planning, urban planning and urban governance, lawyers, human rights, scientists and new forms of knowledge, transnational activists, community leaders, or regional elites.

Please send abstracts to both Eli Elinoff, (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego) eelinoff@ucsd.edu and Vanessa Lamb (PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, York University, Toronto) vlamb@yorku.ca by July 31st.

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July 22, 2011

PH.D. & SENIOR FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH IN CAMBODIA

The Center for Khmer Studies, the American Overseas Research Center in Cambodia, invites applications from U.S. scholars in all disciplines, who wish to conduct research in Cambodia. Ph.D. fellowships are for a maximum of eleven months for doctoral dissertation research. Senior long-term (6 to 9 months) and short-term (4 to 6 months or less) fellowships are for scholars who already hold a Ph.D. The fellowship is open to U.S. citizens only. Application forms are available on the Internet at:
http://khmerstudies.org/fellowships/senior-fellowships/

Application deadline: November 15th, 2011.

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Center for Khmer Studies
Yem Yoeun
Publishing and IT coordinator
# 234 Street 450, Tuol Tumpung II, Phnom Penh
H/P : (855) 089 61 2003
Tel/Fax : (855) 023 991 937
E-mail : publishing@khmerstudies.org
Website : www.khmerstudies.org

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July 20, 2011

OPEN CALL for Entries Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival Chiang Mai, Thailand
2 - 5 February 2012

Submission Deadline: 31 October 2011

The South East Asian Institute of Global Studies (SEAIGS) at Payap University is proud to announce the second Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival to be held 2-5 February 2012!

A lifescape is an expanse ? life, livelihood, and reality ? that can be seen in a single view. The Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival screens contemporary films ? documentary, docu-drama, or dramatized ?
to showcase thoughtful work with a social conscience. The festival hopes to raise awareness of film culture and filmmakers of mainland Southeast Asia who make meaningful social commentary with their work ?
showing the beautiful without flinching from grim reality.

Selected films will explore regional issues and topics within mainland Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Lao, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The program will be interactive, offering directors, producers, media representatives, NGO representatives, and audience members the opportunity to join together in post-screening Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and evening social functions throughout the program.
Lifescapes is an all-inclusive experience and we are looking for inspiring films for its second run. Wherever you may be based, if you have a film focused on one of the 5 mainland SE Asian countries, we encourage your submission. In addition, this year we hope to include more work from filmmakers of the Mekong Sub-Region and highly encourage local submissions.

For more information, visit the Lifescapes website. The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2011.

For inquiries, please email lifescapes@seaigs.org. Feel free to distribute this announcement. We look forward to receiving and viewing your submissions!

Sincerely,

The Organizing Team

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Payap University
South East Asian Institute of Global Studies Pentecost Building, Rm 115 Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand Tel. +66.(0)53.851.478 Ext. 7231, 7240 Fax +66.(0)53.245.353 http://ic.payap.ac.th http://www.seaigs.org/

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April 12, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS Muslim Religious Authority in Contemporary Asia

Date: 24 – 25 November 2011
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Website:http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1165

Most of the world’s Muslim population lives in Asia, but to date this important region continues to be underrepresented in studies of contemporary Islam. Contemporary Muslim leaders across Asia confront major changes in their diverse socio-political environments, experiencing varying degrees of democratization, the rise of populist religious movements, and the (re-) assertion of autocratic rule. Within these contexts, Muslim religious leaders face complex questions regarding how to exercise authority in the public sphere. This workshop will develop a nuanced assessment of the developing roles of Muslim religious leaders (ulama) in modern Asia, pursued through contextualized studies of social, legal and political dynamics of Islamic religious leadership in diverse Asian contexts. In doing so, it will address questions including, but not limited to:

• How do ulama and their religious organizations engage with electoral politics?

• What is the involvement of ulama and their religious organizations with political parties, politicians and the state bureaucracy?

• How are political activities undertaken by ulama and their religious organizations regulated by the state?

• What are the public perceptions of religious leaders who participate in politics?

• What are the potential consequences of ulama involvement in politics? How does their involvement in political activities bolster or compromise their spiritual and communal roles?


SUBMISSION DETAILS
We invite those interested in participating in the workshop to submit original paper proposals which should include a title, an abstract of 250 words, a short biography of 100-150 words, and should be submitted using the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Please submit your proposal to Sharon Ong at arios@nus.edu.sg by 1 July 2011. Papers that have been selected will be notified by 1 August 2011. If accepted, the full paper must be submitted by 30 September 2011. Participants are encouraged to seek funding for travel from their home institutions. However, a limited number of travel grants will be available for the participants.


CONTACT DETAILS

Workshop Convenors

Dr Jeremy KINGSLEY (arijjk@nus.edu.sg)
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Assoc Prof Michael FEENER (arifm@nus.edu.sg)
Asia Research Institute and Department of History, National University of Singapore
Secretariat

Miss Sharon ONG
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
#10-01 Tower Block, 469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
Email: arios@nus.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 6516 8784
Fax: (65) 6779 1428

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April 04, 2011

CFP: Crossing Borders, Traversing Boundaries: Bridging the Gap between International and Internal Migration Research and Theory

Date: 13-14 October 2011
Venue: Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore – Bukit Timah Campus
Seminar Room, Level 10 469A Tower Block, Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1159

Within the inter-disciplinary field of migration studies, the division between internal and international migration research and theory has persisted over the past three decades, despite increasing calls to bring these two bodies of literature into engaged scholarly conversation with one another. It is undeniable that a distinction between internal and international migration is important in a world in which national sovereignty is determined both by a state’s ability to determine who might enter and leave, as well as by the ability to enact and enforce the laws that regulate those within its geographic boundaries. Nevertheless, the internal/international division within migration studies is a problematic one, given the highly varied kinds of migration that take place within each of these categories. For example, an internal migrant in China may move thousands of kilometers from a northern village to work in a factory in one of the country’s prosperous southern provinces, while a Shan highlander may move only a short distance across the unmarked Thai-Myanmar border to become an international migrant and refugee in Thailand. Furthermore, internal and international migration, like other migration categories, are linked through complex chains of political, economic, social and cultural processes that shape migration and the experiences of migrants.

Given this complexity and the growing importance of migration in the contemporary world, this conference will provide an important forum for bridging the persistent academic “gap” between these two migration literatures and for working towards more nuanced and theoretically rich research of migration that crosses disciplinary and categorical boundaries. The primary aim of this workshop is to provide an important intellectual space for scholars working on internal and international migration in the region to come together to exchange knowledge, share research findings, explore theoretical points of convergence and divergence within migration studies, and to map possible pathways for future collaboration. Participants will work together in a workshop setting order to:

• Critically interrogate the conceptual divide between internal and international migration through a close investigation of both “macro” processes and “micro” decisions that drive and shape migration within and across national boundaries.

• Identify and develop “nodes” of theoretical convergence where internal and international migration can be linked, compared, and conceptualized as part of larger political-economic processes, particularly in discussions of the relationship between migration and development.

• Promote collaborative exchange, research and writing between scholars working on issues of internal and international migration in Asia by fostering innovative methodological and conceptual approaches to bridge the internal/international migration divide.

• Carefully map out the changing, contradictory and still crucial role of the nation-state in contemporary migration of all kinds, in order to create a more nuanced picture of the ongoing relevance and power of the state (and the limits to state power) in shaping migration in Asia in the current “age of migration.”

We encourage submissions from scholars and researchers working in all aspects of migration research; participants may focus primarily in either international or internal migration, but should have a strong interest in exploring the empirical and theoretical linkages between these two areas while at the conference. Papers from scholars in the region, particularly from China, South Asia and Southeast Asia, are especially welcome.

Among other topics, we are actively seeking papers that address one or more of the following four themes:

1) Underlying Political-Economic Drivers of Internal and International Migration across the Region and World-Wide
Within this theme, we seek contributions on the role of structural political-economic processes operating at and through different spatial scales in “driving” both internal and international migration and in identifying the linkages between them (for example: uneven development, internal displacement and landlessness, national development policies designed to encourage/discourage migration, political turmoil, and regional and global financial crises over the past several decades).

2) Empirical Linkages between Different Groups of Migrants and between Different “Waves” of Migration, Both Within and Between Countries
Participants presenting within this theme will have an opportunity to engage directly with other scholars researching different types of migration in different locations and to explore the intersections, parallels and divergences of migrants’ decision-making processes, migration across the life-cycle, and migrant household strategies. Such an engagement could strengthen theories of migration decision making (for example: whether to migrate internally or internationally, or which household members should migrate and when). Scholars investigating direct and indirect linkages between internal and international migrants, whether through processes of chain migration or “knock on” effects are particularly encouraged to participate under this theme.

3) The Increasingly Complex Role of the State and of National Borders in Contemporary Global Migration
How is the role of the state changing – within borders, at borders, and across borders - in contemporary migration? Papers within this theme will investigate and complicates the role of national borders in migration studies through an examination of the theoretical linkages, parallels and divergences in considerations of citizenship, identity, integration and rights for international and internal migrants.

4) The Need for Critical Evaluation of “Migration and Development” Programs and Policies in Both National and International Settings
The so-called “Migration and Development Nexus” is a major theme in both internal and international development research and policy. This conference will provide an opportunity to critically evaluate the ongoing linkage of migration and development in international development policy and scholarship by utilizing empirical data and current research in two key areas that cross-cut internal and international migration, namely: (a) economic remittances and economic development impacts, and (b) social remittances, social costs, and the global “care crisis.”

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Academics, researchers, policy-makers and graduate students are encouraged to submit paper proposals to the conference. Proposals should include a title, an abstract (300 words max.) and a short bio-note of the author(s) (200 words). Please submit and address all applications and enquiries to Dr Maureen Helen Hickey (arimhh@nus.edu.sg) and Dr Melody Lu Chia-Wen (arilcw@nus.edu.sg) by 31 May 2011. Please click here for the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Partial funding will be available for some presenters, particularly from within the region, depending on need and the availability of funds.

Successful applicants will be notified by 30 June 2011 and will be required to send in a completed paper (5,000-6,000 words) by 20 September 2011. Selected papers will be developed and included in an edited journal issue or book.


CONTACT DETAILS
Convenors:
Prof Brenda Yeoh
Head of Migration Research Cluster, Asia Research Institute, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
Professor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

Dr Maureen Hickey (arimhh@nus.edu.sg)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Migration Research Cluster, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

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March 29, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: 2 APRIL 2011) Film and Cinema in Singapore

Date: 6-7 October 2011
Venue: To be announced
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1122

Jointly organised by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University From the first recorded public screening in the early 1900s to local feature films in multiplexes of the 21st century, the motion picture has been present in Singapore for more than a century. Even as it occupies a highly intimate aspect of daily living, the cinematic text and experience have been accorded greater legitimacy and scholarly attention in the recent decade as part of the critical recognition of the broader significance of screen cultures. The recent decade has witnessed the burgeoning of popular and scholarly interests in the evolution of film and cinema in Singapore, with studies ranging from industry networks, analysis of film texts and film archiving to unearthing of socio-cultural memories of audience experiences with the big screen. As a multidisciplinary phenomenon, critical research and writings on Singapore cinema have involved scholars coming from diverse academic backgrounds from Communications Studies to History, Geography, and Sociology. Accompanying this growing scholarly interest has also been the increasing inclusion of Film studies in educational curriculums from the primary to tertiary levels.

In this respect, this conference will serve as a platform for both scholars and practitioners to review existing paradigms in addition to charting new approaches and directions into the study of film and cinema in Singapore. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:
- Historical Evolution
- Geographies of Cinema
- Audience Reception
- Archiving Film
- Cultural and Media Policies and Politics
- Cultural Economy and Film Industry
- Semiotics
- Film Genres (Mainstream/Independent Films)
- Film & Visual/Installation Arts
- Cinematography
- Filmmakers & Artistes
- Film Research

Paper proposals should include a title and a 300-word abstract. A short biography should also be submitted on the attached form by 2 April 2011. Click here for Paper Proposal Submission Form.

Full papers for accepted abstracts should be submitted by: 18 September 2011. We welcome both individual papers as well as panel proposals. Each presenter will be given 20 minutes to read their papers followed by a ten minutes discussion session. Preference will be given to original papers that have not been published elsewhere as we intend to integrate selected papers into a planned Anthology of Singapore Film and Cinema that would serve as a useful authoritative sourcebook for both research and teaching purposes.

If funding is available for travel and accommodation for presenters coming from outside Singapore, priority would be given to participants based in universities, research institutes and media/film companies that are based in developing parts of Asia.

Queries or submission of abstracts should be directed to the following email addresses:
Dr Liew Kai Khiun
Assistant Professor
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University
kkliew@ntu.edu.sg

Dr Stephen Teo
Associate Professor
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University
STEO@ntu.edu.sg

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March 21, 2011

Asia's Civil Spheres: New Media, Urban Public Space, Social Movements

CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: 1 JUN 2011)
Asia’s Civil Spheres:
New Media, Urban Public Space, Social Movements
Date: 29 – 30 September 2011
Venue: National University of Singapore
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1160

Jointly organized by Asia Research Institute, Office of Deputy President (Research & Technology) and Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Cities Cluster, National University of Singapore.

Urban Asia buzzes with vibrant new media cultures. In a world in which virtual and physical space have become interdependent dimensions of political consciousness and activity, media-savvy civil society activists have come to play crucial roles in advancing state and corporate accountability and transparency as well as the rule of law. In the Philippines, in Indonesia, in China, and, more recently, in the Middle East, virtual discourse has proven its potential to channel anger into action and to evoke explosive social mobilizations in physical space that alter societal structures from below. At the frontiers of new media-augmented urbanity, ever-new forms of (cyber-) urban public spaces emerge, imbued with potential for individual and collective civic renewal and solidaristic action. The dialectical relationship between cyber and urban space becomes increasingly significant for urban cultural politics and place-making processes that have historically functioned as conduit for social movements and political transformation.

This workshop aims to revisit the ever-shifting spatialities and connections between political participation and social change in urban Asia and to explore re-imaginings of what ‘political action’, ‘public space’, ‘place-making’, and ‘social movements’ mean in our globally networked societies. The workshop brings together young scholars and leading experts working on empirical urban realities, in different cultural and national contexts, to discuss how political transformation is initiated, negotiated, and resisted, in order to advance our understanding of the challenges that precede and follow highly visible insurgencies and the ways in which new media are deployed by various actors to either strengthen or stifle these processes. We invite submission of papers pertaining to cutting edge research at the nexus of new media, social activism and movements, and public space.

Central questions include (but are not limited to):

- How do activisms and public space (online and offline) shape each other in diverse urban settings in Asia?

- How do shared meanings and social actions evolve, both independent of and in interaction with state and corporate actors?

- How do new forms of cyber-urban institutions and networks emerge, and how do these alter the meanings of urban spaces?

- To what extent do these institutions and social movements have the substance and impetus to sustain broader societal change?

- How can organically grown aspirations, initiatives, movements, and institutions inform and influence urban planning, policy, laws, and governance?

- How do the contested dialectics of cyburbanity create Asia’s civil (and uncivil) spheres?

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
We invite paper proposals which should include a title, an abstract of 300 words, and a short biographical sketch of 150 words. Please submit your proposal to Sharon Ong at arios@nus.edu.sg using the Paper Proposal Submission Form by 1 June 2011. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 July 2011 and will be required to send in a completed paper (5,000 to 8,000 words) based on unpublished material by 20 August 2011. Selected papers will be developed and included in a monograph or special journal issue. Details upon request.

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 board and lodging for the duration of the conference. Priority will be given to participants that are based in developing parts of Asia.

CONTACT DETAILS
Workshop Convenors
Dr Peter MAROLT (marolt@nus.edu.sg)
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Dr Rita PADAWANGI (spprp@nus.edu.sg)
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Secretariat
Miss Sharon ONG
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
#10-01 Tower Block, 469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
Email: arios@nus.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 6516 8784
Fax: (65) 6779 1428

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March 10, 2011

CFP: The Philippines and the World 9th International Conference on the Philippines at MSU

CALL FOR PAPERS, PANELS & PRESENTATIONS
ICOPHIL-9: The Philippines and the World The Ninth International Conference on the Philippines
22-25 May 2012 at Michigan State University

The Ninth International Conference on the Philippines will be held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA, May 22-25, 2012. 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 Filipinos in the homeland and its diasporas. Depending upon funding, it is anticipated that some of the sessions will be internet-based to incorporate presenters located outside the United States.
We seek proposals for full panels and individual papers, as well as demonstrations of useful technologies and cultural presentations. Papers should be original works that have not been published or presented elsewhere. Most panels will run for 2 hours, with 30 minutes allocated to discussion. So in proposing panels, organizers should keep in mind a 90-minute window for all presentations, including introductions. When a panel includes a designated respondent (not required), that should also be figured within the 90 minutes of presentation. Individual papers that are not proposed as part of a panel will be scheduled within an appropriate disciplinary or problem-centered session. One or more poster sessions will also be scheduled. Innovative formats, including those utilizing social media, will be considered.
In addition to traditional disciplinary areas, papers and panels are sought on non-traditional topics and areas, such as agriculture, arts and humanities, banking and finance, criminal justice, design, education, engineering, food security, human and animal health, journalism and communications, law, literature, material culture, military affairs, music, natural resources, science and technology. All topics germane to the Philippines are welcome!
Submit panel and paper proposals by November 1, 2011 to:
ICOPHIL Committee
Asian Studies Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1035
asiansc@msu.edu

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February 22, 2011

Fourth Annual Education Conference, April 11, 2011, Hanoi

The U.S. Embassy in Vietnam and the Vietnam Education Foundation are organizing the Fourth Annual Education Conference “Cementing Cooperation and Overcoming Obstacles to U.S.-Vietnam Education Partnerships” to be held April 11, 2011 in Hanoi. The purpose of this conference is to bring together American and Vietnamese universities, colleges, companies and NGOs active in higher education in Vietnam to discuss how to increase U.S. educational opportunities in Vietnam; how to encourage external partnerships for universities; and how to promote U.S. style higher education in Vietnam.

I encourage you to click on this link http://educationconference.vef.gov to view some of the preliminary information on the conference. You can log in with your own email and password to have future access to your personal data. In addition to registering for the conference, please consider presenting a paper as part of a panel discussion. In order to be considered as a panel participant, please prepare an abstract of your proposed paper and submit via the conference website above. The deadline for submitting an abstract of your proposed paper is February 28. If you are interested in attending the conference but do not want to present a paper, the registration deadline is March 11, 2011. Please check the site for more details about the call for papers and conference registration as well as for future updates on the venue.

Please note that space is limited for this conference. As our conference will be a platform for policy discussion and for formulating recommendations for the Vietnamese government and U.S. education partners, priority must be given to participants who have relevant experience in establishing education partnerships in Vietnam and other countries. Decisions regarding participant selection will be made as quickly as possible.

Your participation will help ensure the success of this conference. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,

Elisabet Garriga

Conference Coordinator
Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Hanoi
Tel (84-4) 3850-5196
Cell (84-4) 90-400-8657
Fax (84-4) 3850-5120
GarrigaE@state.gov

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February 09, 2011

Call for Papers: History as Controversy: Writing and Teaching Contentious Topics in Asian Histories

CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: 30 MARCH 2011)
History as Controversy:
Writing and Teaching Contentious Topics in Asian Histories
Date: 14 - 15 December 2011
Venue: Seminar Rooms A, B & C
AS7 Shaw Foundation Building Level 1, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore @ Kent Ridge Campus
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1138


This conference is jointly organized by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; Humanities and Social Studies Education, National Institute of Education, Singapore; and the Singapore Heritage Society.
Recent decades have witnessed a remarkable expansion of debates over the content of history textbooks and the ways in which contentious historical issues and topics are being taught in schools. In Asia, the attempts by the Japanese government to whitewash the crimes of Imperial Japan in newly commissioned school textbooks were met with strong protests by civil society organizations and state politicians across the continent. No less cogent and significant were the protracted disputes in the United States over proposed revisions to the Texas social studies curriculum, which were viewed by most Americans as a bold stratagem on the part of a minority religious group to downplay the role of the country's founding fathers and the importance of maintaining a secular society which allows for a diversity of views and beliefs.

One key issue that emerges from these and other similar polemics is that, in an increasingly digitized and globalized world, there is a need for professional historians, students of history and educators to confront rather than ignore or sidestep historical themes and topics that may be viewed as 'controversial' or 'sensitive'. Young people especially need to learn how to adjudicate competing accounts and deal with the range of controversies they are likely to encounter in public life. The teaching of historical controversies can help foster active citizenry and widen our understanding of the past; it can help open up new possibilities for the creation of a knowledge-driven, cosmopolitan and mature society.

Indeed, controversy, debate, and argumentation are central to disciplinary work and participating in academic controversy involves contestation, challenge, and rigorous debate as part of progressive knowledge building and the advancement of fields of study. History writing and teaching, being one of many forms of disciplinary work, involves a continual evaluation of the strength of claims and accounts and consideration of rival as well as competing perspectives. This work is central to citizenship as well.

Bringing together students, teachers and scholars of history, History as Controversy aims to shed light on philosophical, methodological and practical questions concerning the teaching and writing of historical controversies in Asia. The conference takes on a comparative country perspective, seeking to interrogate controversial events, ideologies and personalities that defined the contours of the past and the present in countries across Asia and seeks to mark out differences and commonalities, connections as well as disjunctures between them. Another reason why comparative and global perspectives are pertinent for this workshop is to encourage the audience and presenters to view controversy as something that is addressed differently in different contexts.

Among other themes, papers should address one or more of the following topics concerning historical controversies:

(1) The Nature of Historical Controversies in Asia
What are the factors that resulted in a particular topic to be advertently or otherwise viewed as controversial? Are restrictions and constraints that were put in place by states and governmental bodies crucial in this regard? Or are civil society, non-state bodies and autonomous individuals central in the manufacturing of controversies through historical analogies? To what extent are historical controversies constructed to deal with larger anxieties affecting a given society or were they products of the play of language and images by the media and known writers?

(2) Writing Historical Controversies
How have historical controversies been written and what are forms and language that were employed that have implications upon students and the public sensibilities? What are analytical/interpretive frameworks and historiographical problems that historians and educators should consider or have considered when writing about controversies and the types of different sources they employ to understand a particular controversy in its entirety?

(3) Strategies of Teaching Historical Controversies
What is the value of teaching controversies? How can controversial issues be taught in such a way that would encourage dialogue and empathy? What are various moral and political problems with which educators will be confronted in teaching historical controversies in schools? What are the pedagogical strategies that could be tapped to manage these problems? How can historical controversies be taught in ways that help students understand the role they play in academic work?

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
Academics, teachers, educators, and adjuncts are encouraged to submit paper proposals to the conference. Proposals should include a title, an abstract (300 words max.) and a short bio-note of the author(s) (200 words). Please submit and address all applications and enquiries to Dr Khairudin Aljunied (mlsasmk@nus.edu.sg) and Dr Mark Baildon (mark.baildon@nie.edu.sg) by 30 March 2011. Please click here for the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Partial funding will be available for presenters from Southeast Asia.

Successful applicants will be notified by 30 April 2011 and will be required to send in a completed paper (5,000-6,000 words) by 15 October 2011. Selected papers will be developed and included in an edited book.

PAYMENT FOR PARTICIPANTS
All participants will be required to pay a conference participation fee of SGD 250. Special discounts/waiver will be given to students upon requests and consideration by the conference committee. Details of payment (credit, cheque or cash) will be provided in due course.

CONTACT DETAILS
Convenors
Dr Khairudin Aljunied (mlsasmk@nus.edu.sg)
Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore

Dr Mark Baildon (mark.baildon@nie.edu.sg)
Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice and Humanities and Social Studies Education, National Institute of Education, Singapore.

Secretariat
Miss Sharon Ong
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
#10-01 Tower Block,469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
Email: arios@nus.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 6516 8784
Fax: (65) 6779 1428

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February 08, 2011

Thai Studies Grant Competition Open

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies offers modest funding opportunities to students and faculty who work on Thailand. This funding is made possible by the Amnuay-Samonsri Viravan Endowment for Thai Studies housed at the University of Michigan.

Funding for graduate students is available for:
- conference travel support funds
- research fellowships
- internship support.

Funding for faculty is available for:
- research grants
- course development grants
- conference travel grants
- research collaboration grants

Preference will be given to those who have not received funding in the past.

All awards must be fully spent by April 2012.

Brief narrative reports of the project and outcomes are due to CSEAS (katemw@umich.edu) one month after funds are spent, or May 2012, whichever comes first. Please also inform us of any publications or presentations that come from supported research.

The competition deadline is February 25, 2011. All application materials must be submitted to katemw@umich.edu by 5:00pm on that date. Please see our website for more details: http://www.ii.umich.edu/cseas/resources/fundopp

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February 04, 2011

Call for Applications: Framing the Global Research and Publication Fellowships Deadline: March 10, 2011

Scholars pursuing research in global studies are invited to apply for participation as Fellows in the Framing the Global working group. Framing the Global is a 5-year project at Indiana University, Bloomington, that will develop new interdisciplinary knowledge, approaches, and methods in the field of global research and apply them to the study of global processes. The project is a joint initiative of Indiana University Press and the Center for the Study of Global Change. During the project period, each fellow will be expected to participate in working group meetings; reconsider approaches to global studies; prepare a theoretical working paper, to be published in print and electronically by IUP; and to develop a book manuscript, also to be published by IUP.

Submission deadline for complete applications is March 10, 2011. Access online application at http://www.indiana.edu/~global/framing.

Fifteen fellows will be selected from social science, humanities, and professional fields. Scholars with any disciplinary or regional expertise will be considered. Successful applicants will fulfill the following criteria:

• be engaged in an active, significant research project involving globalization, global studies or transnational phenomena;
• have an interest in theoretical and methodological issues in the study of global processes;
• have a history of publication dealing directly with the subject of globalization, global studies or transnational phenomena;
• be prepared to begin a book manuscript within one year, drawing on the interdisciplinary conversation of the working group;
• commit to participating in the project for five years.

Fellows will receive a total of $15,000 for their sustained commitment to the project. This includes $4,000/year for participation during the first two years; $5,000 during the third year to conduct empirical research that employs the analytical frameworks and methods developed during the first two years; and $2,000 as they are completing their manuscripts.


Required application materials
The following application materials, including letters of support, must be submitted by March 10, 2011:
• Research project statement (500-600 words). Describe a research project or topic that you would pursue as a participant in Framing the Global that would result in a theoretical paper and a book manuscript. Explain how this project relates to or expands on your current or recent work or moves in a different direction.
• Explain how the project would advance our understanding of globalization, global studies or transnational phenomena (300 words).
• Include a brief summary of how your past work has been global in scope (300 words).
• Curriculum vitae.
• Letters of support from three people familiar with your work – including, if relevant, one from the chair of your department (submitted separately by letter writers).

Application Procedures
Applications must be submitted electronically. Signed letters of support must be submitted separately either electronically or on paper.

Electronic submission of application:

By March 10, 2011, the applicant should submit the fellowship application as instructed on the website: http://www.indiana.edu/~global/framing.

Fellowship offers will be made in spring 2011.

Framing the Global is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation .

If you have questions, please contact the Framing the Global Coordinator, Deborah Piston-Hatlen (framing@indiana.edu).
Framing the Global
201 N. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408-4001
Phone: (812) 856-0532
Fax: (812) 855-6271
E-mail: framing@indiana.edu

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February 03, 2011

Call For Papers: Singapore Grad Forum on SEA Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline: 15 March 2011)

6th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies

Organised by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Date: 11 - 15 July 2011
Venue: Faculty of Law, Block B, Level 4, 469 Bukit Timah Rd
National University of Singapore @ Bukit Timah Campus

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications from postgraduate students who are engaged in research on Southeast Asia to attend the 5th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies on 11-15 July 2011.

This 3-day forum will be part of ARI’s 5-day Graduate Development Institute and Forum, which in addition to the forum will include two full days of sessions aimed to develop graduate student understandings of academia and relevant skills, through roundtable discussions with faculty, focused practical seminars and breakout group discussions.

This event coincides with the Asia Research Institute’s Asian Graduate Student Fellowship Programme 2011, which brings some 35 graduate students to ARI for a two and a half month period. These students will also participate in the Graduate Forum.

Postgraduate students working on Southeast Asia are invited to submit abstracts based either on work in progress that is at an advanced stage (i.e. already completed data collection and analysis), or on completed work. NUS students are encouraged to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with students from ASEAN as well as those from other regions whose interests focus on Southeast Asia.

This three-day forum, the sixth of an annual series of forums for graduate students who work on Southeast Asia, will be organised thematically. Themes broadly reflect (but are not limited to) the core research strengths of the Asia Research Institute, including the Asian dynamics of religion, politics, economy, gender, culture, language, migration, urbanism, science and technology, population and social change.

In addition to student presentations, experts from the region will also be invited to give keynote speeches, sharing their insights on challenges and issues facing contemporary social science scholarship.

Students whose proposals are selected for presentation at the forum will participate in the full 5 days of the Graduate Development Institute and Forum. Partial or full funding may be available for selected students. Funding will cover board and lodging for the duration of the forum, and in selected cases, air travel to Singapore by the most economical means.

SUBMISSION OF PAPER PROPOSAL

Graduate students should submit a 300-400 words abstract of their proposed paper using the attached form to Ms Valerie Yeo at valerie.yeo@nus.edu.sg no later than 15 March 2011.

The abstract should clarify the substantive issues which your paper will address and be firmly grounded in your own research project. Please include information on objectives, methods, and findings, as well as explain the original contribution the research makes to the field of study.

One confidential letter of recommendation from a supervisor should also be forwarded along with your form by the same date.

Successful applicants will be notified by 4 April 2011.

Those selected will have to submit full-length papers, of around 4,000-5,000 words in length, by 20 June 2011.

CONTACT DETAILS
Convenors:
Prof Gavin JONES, Asia Research Institute and Department of Sociology, NUS (Chair)
A/P Michael FEENER Asia Research Institute and Department of History, NUS
Dr Patrick DALY, Asia Research Institute & University Scholars Programme, NUS
Dr CHEE Heng Leng, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Maria Wendy PLATT, Asia Research Institute, NUS
A/P Titima SUTHIWAN, Centre for Language Studies, NUS
Prof Thongchai WINICHAKUL, Asia Research Institute, NUS

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