• 09/25/2021 at 9:00 am 09/26/2021 at 5:00 pm
  • Pusey Lane, Oxford, England OX1 2LE, (Map)

The Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, with support from Glorisun, is pleased to invite scholars to submit paper titles and abstracts to the forthcoming conference on ‘Reading Mahāyāna Scripture,’ to be held on 25-26th September 2021. Our Keynote Speaker will be Prof. Paul Harrison, George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University.

The last century of Mahāyāna Buddhism research tended to focus on its origins and history, the translation of key texts, and mapping the broad field of its religious content. While these themes are by no means exhausted and much fruitful scholarship continues to this day, such background work provides a foundation upon which further studies of Mahāyāna literature can proceed. A key element of this is the ways in which the reading of such scripture has and does take place. We therefore welcome submissions of paper proposals related to the reading of Mahāyāna sūtra, śāstra and other literature in Sanskrit, Chinese, Tibetan and any other classical and modern languages. This includes but is not limited to the following broad categories:

• Practice-oriented and scholarly modes of recitation, reading and study
• Orality, language and rhetoric of the texts
• Philological and text-historical readings
• Critical editing and translation as close reading
• Reader reception and reading communities

Scholars at all stages of their careers as well as graduate students are welcome and encouraged to make submissions. We are presently planning on using a hybrid format of both in-person and online paper presentations pending on conditions at the time. An option for remote online presentation will remain open whatever the circumstances. Subsidies for travel and accommodation will be available.

Paper titles and abstracts no longer than 400 words should be submitted by 29th May 2021, via the online form. Any related correspondence or queries should be directed to

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Matthew Orsborne

Blackness and Interwar Asia: A Mobius Strip of Identity Building

  • 09/28/2021 at 5:00 pm 09/28/2021 at 6:00 pm
  • Online (Map)

Join Asia Society Southern California for a discussion on the interplay between Blackness, Asia, and identity formation in the Interwar period with author Amy Sommers and historian Keisha A. Brown. Professor Brown will further explore the context for how anti-imperialism and Black internationalism of that period shaped both Black Americans’ sense of identity, as well as emerging ideas of Asian nationalism and identity. The conversation will be moderated by Cleopatra Wise, Director for Asia Society’s Center for Global Education, China Learning Initiatives.

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Asia Society Southern California

UNSW ASEAN Conference – Conflict and Cooperation

  • 10/01/2021 10/02/2021

The UNSW ASEAN Conference is a one of a kind, youth-led event that brings together youth and professionals around the world to build a stronger ASEAN-Australia and global community.

Join the Conference and be part of the discourse on ASEAN’s priority socio-cultural, economic, and political issues on an interactive online platform.

This 1st and 2nd October, UAC 2021 is proud to feature 30 panelists from diverse backgrounds, with three keynote speakers to comprehensively discuss around the Conference theme, “Conflict and Cooperation”.

Network with global citizens and organisations, like AIESEC Singapore and the Asia Society Australia, through the networking breaks!

For consistent updates on UAC 2021, be sure to click “Going” on their event page or subscribe to their newsletter

For more information on UAC 2021 visit their website

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34th Annual Conference of Japanese Association of South Asian Studies

  • 10/09/2021 10/10/2021
  • Virtual conference (Map)

The 34th Annual Conference of Japanese Association of South Asian Studies (JASAS) will convene on October 9-10, 2021. The executive committee of the JASAS welcomes proposals (for both individual papers and panel sessions) from all members of international South Asian Studies community.

The submission deadline for proposals is on April 22 (JST), 2021.
Please click on the URL below for further information.

JASAS website:
Call for Papers:

If you have any inquiries, please contact the 34th JASAS Annual Conference Office.

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34th JASAS Annual Conference Office


  • 10/11/2021 at 9:00 am 10/12/2021 at 4:00 pm
  • Islamabad ICT 44000, (Map)

Pakistan is a holy land for millions of Buddhist devotees around the world. The country is the birthplace of Mahayana Buddhism and patriarchs of the faith who preached Buddhism far and wide. Pakistan’s Gandhara region not only fostered the Mahayana Buddhism but it also became the cradle of the Gandharan Civilization. Gandhara is home to ancient and highly sacred Buddhist stupas in Peshawar Valley, Swat, Taxila and Islamabad. It holds the Buddhist heritage sites of unmatched significance for devotees, scholars and travelers.

The Silk Road Centre and Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations, Quaid-i-Azam University are cohosting an engaging international conference on Buddhism in Pakistan along with an art festival and Buddhist site visits to promote the understanding and value of Pakistan’s Buddhist heritage that flourished here between the 3rd century BCE and 10th century CE.

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Silk Road Centre (332) 850-2241

Call for Papers: 4th World Congress of Taiwan Studies

  • 10/20/2021

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 4th World Congress of Taiwan Studies (WCTS). The 4th WCTS will be held at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, from June 27th through 29th, 2022. This event is jointly hosted by the Academia Sinica and the University of Washington Taiwan Studies Program, and the general theme is “Taiwan in the Making.” Abstracts are due by October 20th, 2021 Taiwan time.

Our theme explores the processes, forces, and dynamics that made and continue to make Taiwan. We welcome applicants to propose research papers on Taiwan from the social sciences and humanities. The Congress will highlight a number of sub-themes throughout various panels and roundtables, such as (but not limited to):

“Worlding” Taiwan: Taiwan in Global Context

Contested Sovereignty: Taiwan in Comparison

New Directions in Taiwan Studies

Consolidating Taiwan’s Democracy

Gender and Society in Changing Taiwan

Environment, Ecology, and the Future of Taiwan

Ethnic Identity and Diversity in Taiwan

Taiwan History through Primary Sources

These topics are merely examples, and we encourage applicants to submit applications in any field or area of focus broadly under Taiwan Studies.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: October 20 (Wednesday)

Acceptance notification: November 30 (Tuesday)

Presentation paper (6000 words) due: May 16 (Monday), 2022

Abstract Submission

Please submit a one-page long abstract (no more than 600 words) and include the following information: Author(s) Name, Paper Title, Email, Current Position(s), and Affiliation(s) to: []

Accepted participants will be provided on campus accommodations for up to 3 nights from June 27 to 29. Accepted participants traveling from outside of North America will receive up to 4 nights (June 27 to 30). Breakfast and box lunches are provided, as well as dinners on the first two days of the conference.

For junior scholars (PhD candidates, postdoctoral fellows, adjunct faculty, and independent scholars) who do not have access to institutional funding, the WCTS may be able to offer a modest, partial subsidy toward airfare. Details will be arranged after proposal acceptance.

Please refer to the WCTS webpage for additional details:

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University of Washington Taiwan Studies Program

Social Justice and Morality: International and Interdisciplinary Conference

  • 01/05/2022 at 9:30 am 01/07/2022 at 1:30 pm
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University Campus Street, New Delhi New Delhi, India (Map)

Call for papers
International and Interdisciplinary conference
Topic: Social Justice and Morality
Dates: January 5-7, 2022
Place: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Due date for abstract (150 words): July 31, 2021
Send to:

Subtopics: Social Justice as a Moral Imperative, Principles of Social Justice, Rights and Justice Ethics, A Global View of Ethics and Social Justice, Role of Moral Principles, Deontic Justice, Distributive Justice, Justice and Fair Trials, Environmental and Economic Justice, UN Sustainable Development Goals, Social Justice and Moral Imagination, Social Justice and Human Rights, Equality, Gender and Race, Feminism and Ethics of Care, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Poverty and Social Justice, Immigration Ethics, Ethics and Politics, Social Justice and Amnesty, Justice in a Pandemic, Social Justice, Popular Sovereignty and Disinformation, Mass-Media Campaigns, Morality in Worldwide Crisis, Child Labor, Human Trafficking, etc.

Advisory Board Members: Distinguished Academicians, Vice-Chancellor and Principal from the countries listed below.
Gordon Haist (USA), J. Fritzman (USA),Randy Groves (USA), George Leaman (USA), Andrew Ward (UK), Yolanda Espina (Portugal), Panos Eliopoulos (Greece) Isaac Nevo (Israel), He Chuan (China) Ming Shao (China), Susan Wu (Taiwan), Rizwanur Rahman (India), Dibyendu Talapatra (India), Debkumar Mukherjee (India). Conference Directors: Chandana Chakrabarti and Kisor Chakrbari (USA)

The conference will have plenary sessions and also round table discussions on topics below:

Plenary sessions will include scholars from:
Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, History, Criminal Studies, Law, and Philosophy.

1. Round Table discussion:
Social Justice and Morality as Represented in Media
Distinguished international and local Journalists will be engaged in an interactive dialogue
2. International Summit of Poets and Artists:
How different literary works talk about Social Justice
3. Social Justice and Morality as Portrayed in Film:
Distinguished Hollywood and Bollywood movie directors will be invited
4. How distinguished corporate world and personnel deal with issues related to Social Justice morality

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Chandana Chakrabarti (336) 417-1153

Holy Waters: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Religion and Alcohol

  • 03/04/2022 03/06/2022
  • Western Michigan University, 1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008, (Map)

With an increase in academic programs related to viniculture and brewing science, the time is ripe for contributions from the humanities and social sciences. We believe the theories and methods of religious studies have important contributions to offer studies of alcohol. Thus, we seek to bring together scholars from across disciplines to examine the historical, social, ritual, economic, political and cultural relationship between religion and alcohol across time periods and around the world. The goal of the workshop is to create an edited volume with broad appeal that will advance research on religion and alcohol.

Participants will be selected from submissions. Care will be given to ensure broad interdisciplinary representation as well as a balance of junior and senior scholars and we will seek to assure representation of underrepresented groups. The workshop will be held on March 4-6, 2022 at Western Michigan University. Funding will be available to help offset travel costs.
Manuscript drafts will be pre-circulated to all participants. Participants will be asked to revise their manuscripts based on workshop feedback and to submit a revised manuscript to the editors by July 1, 2022 with the goal of submitting the book manuscript to the publisher by spring 2023.

Submissions: To submit a proposal for consideration, please email an abstract of approximately 250 words and a brief C.V. (2 pages) to The title of your abstract should be your last name and be sent as a PDF. The subject line of the email should appear as follows “Holy Waters.” The deadline to submit is October 1, 2021. Those selected for inclusion will be notified by the organizing committee by October 11, 2021.

Read full Call for Proposals announcement (PDF).


Ryan Lemasters

CFP: RADICALISM and REFORM | 19th-C. Studies Assoc. Conference

  • 03/16/2022 03/19/2022
  • Rochester NY (Map)

The 43rd Annual Conference
Nineteenth-Century Studies Association
Rochester, New York
March 16-19, 2022
Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2021

Conference Website:
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Inspired by the history of radicalism and reform in Rochester, New York, the NCSA committee invites proposals exploring the radical possibilities of the nineteenth-century world. From the aftershocks of the French and American revolutions to mutinies and rebellion in colonies across the globe, the nineteenth century was a period of both unrest and possibility. Abolition, suffrage, and reform movements reshaped prisons, education, and housing, marking this century as a period of institutional making and unmaking: a reckoning with ills of the past that was also profoundly optimistic about a more just and prosperous future.
Radicalism is also a generative term for considering transitional moments or social tensions: “radical” is often used interchangeably with “extreme,” but its earliest definitions describe not what is new or unusual, but what is foundational or essential. “Radical” is used to describe literal and figurative roots: the roots of plants, roots of musical chords, and the roots of words. To be radical is to embody tensions between origins and possibilities: to be anchored in what is foundational while also holding the potential for paradigm-shifting change. We welcome papers that consider these tensions in nineteenth-century culture, as well as those that consider possibilities for reforming nineteenth-century studies or academic life. Topics on nineteenth-century literature, history, art, music, or other cultural forms might include political movements or divisions, activism, resistance, labor, collective and direct action, or mutinies and rebellion. We also encourage broader interpretations of the conference theme: outsiders and outcasts, visionaries, agents of change, utopias, breakthroughs, failed reforms, conformity, or stagnation.

Topics on the state of nineteenth-century studies might include politically engaged teaching and scholarship, academic labor practices, harassment or prejudice in the academy, or new approaches to humanities education.

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Nineteenth-Century Studies Association

Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Pre-modern Chinese Humanities

  • 04/01/2022 at 9:00 am 04/02/2022 at 5:00 pm
  • Center for East Asian Studies 521 Memorial Way, Stanford, CA 94305, (Map)

Initiated in 2014, the annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Pre-modern Chinese Humanities brings together graduate students from around the country and around the world who specialize in the pre-modern period to discuss innovative research on China.

The conference, alternating sites each year between Stanford and Berkeley, features up to fourteen competitively-selected graduate student presentations of original research on any aspect of pre-modern (technically, beginnings to 1911) Chinese humanistic culture, drawing on but not limited to the traditional disciplines of history, literature, religion, art, social sciences, and thought. We encourage proposals that explore new methodologies and critical perspectives, utilize recent developments in digital technology, or either reconfigure or cross disciplinary boundaries. This year’s conference will be co-hosted by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University, on April 1-2, 2022 (Friday and Saturday). We are planning to hold an in-person conference, but those plans may change (to a hybrid or virtual meeting) depending on the COVID situation in the months ahead and university and local government regulations regarding group events in the spring of 2022.

The conference will cover lodging expenses for the conference presenters, who are encouraged to seek the coverage of transportation costs from their home institutions or other sources. Confirmed presenters who demonstrate that no such funding is available may apply for a travel subsidy.

Conference registration is free.

Interested students from all institutions within the U.S. and abroad must complete the online application form, including a required proposal of up to 800 words and a 1 to 2 page c.v. The link for the on-line application form is: It will soon be accessible through the website for Stanford’s Center for East Asian Studies. The proposal should explain the paper topic, identify the questions or problems to be addressed, and comment on the paper’s significance and contribution to the larger field of study. The deadline for application submission is November 26, 2021. Each conference has benefited from the presence of international students, as well as domestic ones.

Papers will be selected by a joint faculty-student committee of China specialists at the two institutions.

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Ronald Egan (650) 725-1775

Conference on Tang-Song Transitions

  • 06/16/2022 06/18/2022
  • Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544, (Map)

Call for papers for Conference on Tang-Song Transitions, June 2022

Since 2015, the annual Workshop on Tang-Song Transitions has been the venue for innovative and interdisciplinary work on the multiple changes encompassing the eighth through thirteenth centuries in China. For June 16-18, 2022, we plan a larger three-day conference at Princeton University to deepen our discussions and extend them in new directions. We envision as many as eight topical panels, typically of four papers each, ranging across multiple fields, comprising scholars of all ranks including advanced PhD students, and scheduled sequentially so that all Conference participants are present at every panel.

Topics on which we would welcome contributions include: literary culture; society and social change; religious culture and practice; institutions and institutional history; art and architecture; regional differences and dynamics; interactions with or among border states and peoples; historiography and the problem of “transition.” On these or other pertinent topics we invite individual-paper abstracts or whole-panel proposals (in the latter case with abstracts of all included papers), with individual papers to be assembled into panels by the organizers. Panels will not include dedicated discussants, as on the model of the Workshop we expect discussion to come from the whole group of participants. Because the focus of the Conference is on the problem of change from Tang through Song, each paper should draw on sources from at least two of three historical periods: Tang, tenth century, and Song.

The Conference will continue the practice of the Workshop, which has been to require papers and relevant primary texts to be submitted to the Conference website for circulation a month before we meet; panel time will thus be dedicated to the discussion of papers rather than their presentation. Transportation, lodging, and meals will be covered for all accepted panelists. We also welcome attendance by interested guests of all academic ranks, space allowing. Please send individual-paper or panel proposals by October 1, 2021, to the organizers, Professors Anna Shields and Robert Hymes, at For information on a sample past meeting of the Workshop, see


Anna Shields, Robert Hymes

Call for Papers – Workshop on the History and Practice of Archaeology in China

  • 08/22/2022 at 9:00 am 08/24/2022 at 6:00 pm
  • Oxford China Centre, ,United Kingdom Oxford, (Map)

Call for Papers – Workshop on the History and Practice of Archaeology in China
Dates: 22-24 August 2022
Location: University of Oxford (hybrid: online and in person)
Languages: English and Chinese
Organizers: Anke Hein (University of Oxford) & Julia Lovell (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Steering Committee and Discussants: Chen Xingcan, Lothar von Falkenhausen, Rowan Flad, Ye Wa

This call for papers invites contributions for a workshop to prepare an edited volume on the topic “The History and Practice of Archaeology in China”. If you are interested in being involved in this project, please submit an abstract (250-300 words) and a biographical note (50-100 words) to Anke Hein ( and Julia Lovell ( The deadline for submission of abstracts is 3 December 2021 and submissions will be reviewed by mid-January 2022.

The successful applicants will participate in a workshop to be held at the University of Oxford 22-24 August 2022. Depending on the situation, the workshop may be in person, online, or in a hybrid format. The organizers are currently looking into sources of funding, but the presenters may have to cover their own airfare and accommodation; the organizers can help with providing information on travel itineraries and housing. The presenters are expected to prepare written drafts of their papers ahead of time to circulate among the group for feedback and comments as well as cross-referencing. After the conference, the presenters will rework their initial draft and prepare their work for inclusion in an edited volume. The final papers are to be submitted in January 2023.

时间: 2022年8月22-24日
地点: 牛津大学 (线上线下混合会议)

组织者: 安可(Anke Hein, 牛津大学)、蓝诗玲(Julia Lovell, 伦敦大学)
指导委员会: 陈星灿(中国社会科学院)、罗泰(Lothar von Falkenhausen, 加州大学洛杉矶分校)、傅罗文(Rowan Flad, 哈佛大学)、叶娃(加州大学洛杉矶分校)

我们目前正处于中国考古学的黄金时代。近期中国和国际媒体对三星堆等考古新发现都进行了大量宣传 。国际学术期刊关于中国考古研究的论文也逐年增加。不过这些英文文献只占了中国考古研究的一小部分。专家圈之外的外国人对中国考古的历史和进程知之甚少。中国目前正在投入大量时间、资本和媒体报道来庆祝中国考古100周年。其支持力度远远大于包括欧美在内的其他国家对本国考古的投资。同样,专家圈以外的外国人对这次百周年纪念活动及其意义的了解也很有限。考古在中国的重要性由此可见一斑。除了国家机构的大力扶持,考古研究在中国的广大群众中也有着很高的热度。中国以外的世界需要更好地理解这一现象。
本研讨会的组织者真诚邀请海内外学者提交论文。研讨会结束后,安可和蓝诗玲计划将论文汇编成集,以 “中国考古学的历史与实践”为主题出版。我们非常希望此次研讨会和论文集能促进国际学界更好地理解中国考古学的历史和实践。提交论文的主题包括但不限于:中国现代考古学的学术史;重要理论及研究方法的发展过程分析及研究;对重要机构和有影响的发掘的分析和研究;对中国语境下考古学实践的分析,如不同性别如何参与田野工作、专家与公众如何互动、博物馆和媒体如何展示考古成果等。
如果您想参与此次会议,请将摘要(250-300 字)和个人简历(50-100 字)提交给安可( 和 蓝诗玲 (


Anke Hein