Call for Applications: Boundary Pushing in Asian Studies – A Workshop to Prepare Articles for Publication

Organized under the auspices of The Journal of Asian Studies to help increase the range, breadth and quality of journal article manuscripts, the theme for this workshop is “Boundary Pushing.” Significant new work in Asian Studies often runs counter to or across traditional categories of scholarly conversation. For this reason, work that pushes boundaries is often difficult to frame effectively for publication. The workshop is designed and conducted by the editors of JAS to help early career scholars prepare manuscripts for successful peer review. 

We seek prospective authors whose manuscripts push or cross geographical, methodological, disciplinary, or linguistic boundaries in Asian Studies. Working together with experienced editors, authors will gain concrete advice on how to effectively revise their manuscripts for submission to a major journal.

The virtual workshop will be hosted by the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh and held on February 10 – 12, 2023. All sessions will be held remotely. Sessions on each day will be in different formats, including author presentations, discussant critiques, one-on-one meetings with members of the JAS editorial board, and a roundtable with editors. Each selected manuscript will be commented on and critiqued by two editors. Selected participants will be the focus of different virtual meeting formats to engage with peers, senior scholars, and experienced editors. Presentations during a portion of the workshop will be open to the public. A roundtable session will be with editors from JAS and editors from other well-established journals for a vibrant discussion on boundary-pushing writing and scholarship.

To apply, please submit a brief cover letter providing biographical details, affiliation, a statement of research interests and information on disciplinary training. The letter should be no more than 300 words. To be considered for participation scholars must also submit completed essays of no more than 10,000 words, inclusive of abstract, references and notes. Please submit your application to by December 1, 2022. Selected participants will be notified by December 15. Applicants are encouraged to attend the AAS Annual Conference, where there will be an opportunity to meet informally with editors and other workshop participants.