International Conference: Modernity in Korean Art Reconsidered!

  • 01/27/2022 01/29/2022
  • Online / Freie Universität Berlin (Map)

We cordially invite you to join our upcoming international conference “Modernity in Korean Art Reconsidered!” as a virtual audience member. The conference is organized by the East Asian Art History division of the Art History Institute at Freie Universität Berlin, with the generous support of the Korea Foundation and the Gerda Henkel Stiftung.

Date: January 27 – 29, 2022. Please see the flyer (https://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/khi/schwerpunkte/abteilung_ostasien/aktuelles/Modernity-in-Korean-Art-Reconsidered_flyer.pdf) for a more detailed schedule.

The conference takes place in a hybrid format. Due to health regulations, the onsite conference room will not be open to the public. To register for the online meetings (held via Webex), please send your name and e-mail address to: z.steiner@fu-berlin.de

The conference focuses on the global effect of modernity on local Korean developments and artistic manifestations. The transcultural and transmedia aspects of modern Korean art is object to a multifaceted examination. Reconsidering latest research topics, the meeting relates to the translation of knowledge, social systems, aesthetic practices and artifacts across regions and times in the course of the development of modern Korean art, and the figures involved in the transmission, perception, translation, exhibition, production and modification of ideas and objects of modernity.

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Organizer

Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch / Piaopiao Yang p.yang@fu-berlin.de

Call for Papers: 10th Annual KSI Graduate Symposium at USC

  • 02/10/2022 at 1:00 pm 02/10/2022 at 5:00 pm

10th Annual USC KSI Virtual Graduate Symposium: Korea, East Asia, and/or Asian Diasporas

Symposium Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022, 1-5 PM PDT (via Zoom).

The USC Korean Studies Institute is pleased to announce the tenth annual virtual graduate student symposium and invite paper proposals and discussant applications. This symposium aims to professionalize graduate students, nurture their scholarship, and create interdisciplinary networks of Ph.D. students working on research related to Korea, East Asia, and/or Asian diasporas. The symposium provides students from various institutions with the chance to meet and share research in progress with their peers and participating faculty. In addition, participants can engage with a faculty panel that will build their professional and research skills.

Graduate students from any department and any university are encouraged to submit paper proposals or serve as discussants. We hope to achieve an interdisciplinary mix of research papers from both the social sciences and humanities. Particularly encouraged are research papers that include Korea in a larger comparative or theoretical framework.

Paper Proposals and Applications for Discussants Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021

Participation: Students can take part in the symposium as presenters or discussants. Please indicate in your cover letter which role you are applying for by October 15th to uscksigradsymposium@gmail.com.

For paper proposals: please e-mail your CV, a short cover letter, and 250-word abstract.
To apply as discussant: please submit your CV and short cover letter.

Questions can be directed to the organizing committee at uscksigradsymposium@gmail.com.

Organizer

USC Korean Studies Institute uscksigradsymposium@gmail.com

Rethinking Trans-Pacific Ties: Asia and Latin America

  • 02/15/2022 02/19/2022
  • Virtual (Map)

LASA and EANLAS are jointly organizing an international congress on Feb. 15– 19, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 LASA-EANLAS Congress will be held as a fully online Congress.

The exchange of goods and people between Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) dates back roughly to the 16th century, and from the mid-19th century, the arrival of large-scale Asian immigrants and laborers into the LAC region gave further impetus to the cross-cultural exchange and multicultural identity constructions that followed. Further beyond the migration, the encounters between Asia and LAC through multiple points of contact across time and space are diverse enough to incorporate such issues as Orientalism and Occidentalism in the Hispanic world and Asia, and the trans-pacific exchanges that disrupt the boundaries of singular notions of identity.

In the modern history, both Asia and LAC have traveled the bumpy road toward economic development, political stability, social cohesion, and cultural diversity. The footsteps of the two regions present both shared similarities and distinct uniqueness. However, interactions were largely hindered by the tyranny of distance.

Partnership between Asia and LAC have reached a turning point in the 21st century. Asia has emerged as the LAC’s second largest trading partner whereas this dynamic relationship has significantly increased LAC’s strategic and economic importance to Asia. The key pillars of integration initiative on diverse trade patterns, sustained investment, and cooperation partnerships are leading the way in strengthening and balancing the relationship. Rich cultures of both regions also have interacted intensively. Brazilian Army of BTS has become so passionate when they sing the entire song with BTS at the concert. Perhaps there’s no better literary works describing the life of Chinese migrants in the mid-19 century California than Isabel Allende’s novel.

Both regions have large domestic markets. Despite strong economic development, both still have large populations living in poverty and inequality. Both regions also have unique strengths in natural resources, industry, or services. Building on these complementarities, countries will continue to underpin interregional relationship.

Asia and Latin America are among the world’s most fascinating laboratory of social science and humanities. They have many useful lessons to share. Asia has shown a remarkable resilience and rapid economic development despite a series of global economic crisis. Latin America and the Caribbean has gained political autonomy and has diversified its international relations and its markets, but still faces great challenges in the field of development and social equity. Asia and LAC have also recently confronted the dual challenges of a global economic recovery and policy uncertainty stemming from the aftermath of post COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

In the light of this critical juncture, this brave new initiative is made to bring together two regions’ academic assets, to exchange ideas that address the same problems from different perspectives. Hereby, LASA and EANLAS jointly open a venue for both intensive and extensive intellectual dialogue in the following three tracks:

  1. Asian and LAC relations
    The track will cover a wide range of topics on trans-Pacific relations from political, social, economic, business to cultural dimensions.
  2. Asian and LAC, Comparative Studies
    The track promotes comparative studies on both regions from diverse academic backgrounds.
  3. Asia and LAC intellectual encounters
    The track accepts scholarly works on Latin America by researchers from diverse regions of the world, especially Asia, in any field of humanities and social sciences. Asian studies by scholars based in the Americas are also welcome. It promotes Asia-LAC intellectual encounters to further networking.

Submissions and Panels

You are invited to submit an individual paper or session proposal (panel, workshop, or roundtable) addressing any topic related to one of the program tracks. The most important part of LASA-EANLAS will be the sessions, which will take place during the five days of the Congress and will be comprised of submissions selected through this call. We invite the submission of both fully formed sessions and individual papers addressing all areas of the three tracks listed above.

All proposals must be submitted to the LASA secretariat via the online proposal system from September 20 to October 20, 2021. 

Event website

Organizer

Latin American Studies Association/East Asian Network of Latin American Studies

CFP: New Perspectives on the History of Books and Reading in Korea

  • 03/01/2022 at 12:00 am 03/01/2022 at 12:00 am
  • Harvard University, Boston, MA (Map)

Ever since Maurice Courant, a French diplomat-turned-scholar, published his monumental Bibliographie Coréenne in 1894, much ink has been spilled on the study of books in Korea. But where is the field headed now? In current research on the history of the book, especially in English-language scholarship, the Korean experience is more often than not written out or treated as an aberration: How was it that a country that had developed and widely used the technology for movable metal type printing as early as the thirteenth century had to wait until the turn of the nineteenth century to witness the rise of commercial printing of vernacular-language materials? The Eurocentric, print-oriented view tends to overlook the historical validity of various non-print forms of the book, as well as the physical instantiation of literacies and practices of writing and reading that flourished in Korea from the fourteenth to the early twentieth centuries.

We invite papers committed to twin projects: critically revisiting existing characterizations of Korea’s book culture while also conducting in-depth bibliographical and physical examinations of original texts that register the practices of pertinent genres, people, and institutions. For example, we look forward to receiving proposals that will shed light on questions like the following: What cultural perceptions and attitudes were reflected in books and the wide range of activities pertaining to their production (paper supply, carving, binding, design, illustration, etc.), circulation, collecting, commercialization, transcription, personalization, de- and re-construction, honoring and discrediting, vernacularization, translation, annotation (glossing, marginalia, commentary, illumination, etc.), documentation, note-taking, anthologizing, republication, reprinting, and digitization? What books were involved in the defining events that shaped the materiality of books and changed practices of reading?

The conference will take place on December 8, 2022 at Harvard University. The one-day conference will consist of a half-day workshop to discuss each paper, hands-on examination of select materials held by the Harvard-Yenching Library, and a roundtable discussion. If you are interested in participating in the conference, please send a paper proposal (250-300 words) accompanied by a CV to Si Nae Park (sinaepark@fas.harvard.edu) and Suyoung Son (ss994@cornell.edu) by March 1, 2022. Selected participants are expected to send in a paper draft by the end of August 2022.

Organizer

Si Nae Park and Suyoung Son sinaepark@fas.harvard.edu

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 ryan.r.lemasters@wmich.edu. 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).

Organizer

Ryan Lemasters ryan.r.lemasters@wmich.edu

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

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

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

Conference Website: https://ncsaweb.net/conferences/2022-ncsa-conference-information/
Join NCSA’s mailing list: https://mailchi.mp/4b3379af336e/ncsamailinglist

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.

Event website

Organizer

Nineteenth-Century Studies Association ncsa2022@gmail.com

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: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/43c1151ebf45425ea2b2fa87aa197ade 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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Organizer

Ronald Egan ronegan@stanford.edu (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 ctst2022@princeton.edu. For information on a sample past meeting of the Workshop, see https://tang-song-workshop.princeton.edu/.

Organizer

Anna Shields, Robert Hymes ctst2022@princeton.edu

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 (anke.hein@arch.ox.ac.uk) and Julia Lovell (ubra235@mail.bbk.ac.uk). 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.

中国考古学历史与实践学术研讨会征文通知
时间: 2022年8月22-24日
地点: 牛津大学 (线上线下混合会议)
语言:英文、中文

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(anke.hein@arch.ox.ac.uk) 和 蓝诗玲 ( ubra235@mail.bbk.ac.uk

Organizer

Anke Hein anke.hein@arch.ox.ac.uk