Other Bodies: Disability and Bodily Impairment in Early and Medieval China

  • 04/19/2021 at 3:00 pm 04/21/2021 at 4:45 pm
  • Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK (Map)

What constituted ‘disability’ in early and medieval China? What were the limits of ability and disability in the eyes of Chinese society of the time? How were physical and mental impairments perceived and how (or to what extent) were the disabled to be cared for? This workshop brings together academics to discuss these questions and examine topics relating to disability and bodily impairment in early and medieval Chinese history, with an eye on their socio-political implications. Drawing on the field of Disability History, we examine ‘disability’ not merely as an individual ailment but as a social construct, which in turn sheds light on the cultural values and worldviews of a given society.

Please join us online, 19-21 April 2021. Attendance is free (but registration required).

For registration, please contact Dr Avital Rom at ahr33@cam.ac.uk or fill in the form in the following link:


Roel Sterckx (University of Cambridge)
Robin D.S. Yates (McGill University)
Olivia Milburn (Seoul National University)
Mark G. Pitner (Elmira College)
Leslie Wallace (Coastal Carolina University)
Michael Hoeckelmann (Friedrich-Alexander Universität)
Jesse Chapman (NYU)
Avital Rom (University of Cambridge/ Needham Research Institute)

Session Moderators:
Wai-yee Li (Harvard University)
Uffe Bergeton (University of North Carolina)
Christian Laes (University of Manchester)

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Dr Avital Rom ahr33@cam.ac.uk

Global Asias Cyber Chats

  • 04/23/2021 06/04/2021

Verge: Studies in Global Asias—in partnership with the AAS and with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation—is hosting a second series of virtual conversations or “Cyber Chats” this spring to continue developing the conceptual horizons and institutional possibilities of Global Asias scholarship. We aim to bring scholars working with Global Asias approaches, topics, and orientations into conversation to identify some of the opportunities and challenges inherent in this emerging multidisciplinary knowledge formation.

We would love to be in conversation with you and look forward to using these Cyber Chats to create collaborative spaces for people to think through these issues together. This is an open format conversation via zoom but to limit the size of the group we will use an application process. Application forms due by Friday, April 2.

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Kendra McDuffie krm30@psu.edu

“Writing the Supernatural into History” Graduate and ECR Online Symposium

  • 04/24/2021 04/25/2021
The supernatural features in history and historiography as a phenomenon, an omen, a cause or consequence, a tool, or a re-purposing of historical memory. It can also be a silence, omitted through censorship or disbelief. In these diverse ways, the supernatural was an integral part of the pre-modern East Asian worldview.
This two-day symposium brings together graduate students and early-career researchers who are interested in history, historiography, and the role that the supernatural plays in shaping both. The aim is to promote discussion about how we as scholars talk about the supernatural, how we juxtapose ‘fact’ against ‘fiction’, and how we study the supernatural in national and regional context.
Please see the conference schedule for more details. 

Tham Chui-Jun
On behalf of The Graduate Association of East Asian Studies
An informal group of UK-based postgraduate students studying East Asia


Tham Chui-Jun (GAEAS) gradaeas@gmail.com

1st ALTERSEA Videoconference: From Social Regulation to Social Movements—Alter-political Engagements Across Southeast Asia.

  • 07/07/2021 at 9:00 am 07/09/2021 at 6:00 pm
  • Virtual format (Map)

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the international conference ALTERSEA in its digital format. Through cross-disciplinary approaches, the contributors will dialogue on social movements and social activism, as well as less visible initiatives, marginal or infra-political forms of protest and resistance and what we could consider as social systems of political regulation. Presentations that highlight issues related to the COVID-19 crisis are welcome, though we also encourage contributions that do not exclusively address this topic, as well as presentations with theoretical approaches.

The format consists of 15-minute pre-recorded presentations (videos or animated power points, that should be sent to us in MP4 format, 500Mb max.). The video presentations will be posted on our Youtube channel so that all speakers and external audiences can view them. Each panel discussion will last 90 minutes and will take place on ZOOM (live streaming) on Wednesday July 7th, Thursday July 8th, & Friday July 9th 2021. A full detailed program will be shared with all speakers and the public on our website by June 1st 2021.

Please find all the relevant details at :

We are looking forward to exchanging views and ideas with you!

Yours sincerely,
Gabriel Facal, Gloria Truly Estrelita & Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux
Contact: altersearn@gmail.com

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Gabriel Facal, Gloria Truly Estrelita & Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux altersearn@gmail.com

The 12th International Conference on Hanzi Shufa Calligraphy Education

  • 07/16/2021 at 8:00 am 07/17/2021 at 10:00 pm
  • Zoom (US Based; EST) (Map)

The 12th International Conference on Hanzi Shufa (Chinese Calligraphy) Education will be held via Zoom, July 16th -17th, 2021 (US EST). Sponsored and organized by American Society of Shufa Calligraphy Education, this conference explores the theories and practices of Chinese calligraphy education from interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives against the background of globalization, digitization and internetization.

Featuring the overarching theme of “calligraphy without borders: a global approach and vision of hanzi shufa calligraphy education,” this conference aims to further promote crosscultural innovation and dissemination of hanzi shufa education and hanzi shufa art in pursuit of “win-win collaborations” in the era of globalization. Topics of the conference are:

1. Between the virtual and the real: hanzi shufa education and technological innovation in the era of digitalization and internetization.
2. Global classrooms; global endeavors: current situation and vision of hanzi shufa education overseas: opportunities, challenges, and strategies.
3. Calligraphy without borders: theory, practice and effectiveness of the globalized education and dissemination of hanzi shufa: teacher training, resource building, and disciplinary development.
4. Common ground with differences: aesthetic comparison and integration of hanzi shufa and Western art.
5. The brush vs. the bug: hanzi shufa education and emotional health amid the pandemic.

Conference format consists of keynote lecture, panel presentation, and Chinese calligraphy work exhibition. You are encouraged to participate in the conference by attending its events, presenting research, and/or exhibiting calligraphy work. Conference papers or Chinese calligraphy works are to be submitted, along with conference registration, to http://assce.org/http-assce-org-2021-international-conference/. Inquiries concerning conference matters are to be sent to 12ICHSE@gmail.com. Deadline for registration and submissions: May 15th, 2021. Detailed information about online registration and submission is available at https://assce.org.

Event website


Daan Pan dpan@cpp.edu

“China and Global History” International Online Workshop

  • 09/01/2021 09/03/2021
  • Online (Map)

Since the late 20th century, the concept of “Global History” has gained increasing popularity in Western academia. Global History generally denotes a perspective of history which includes various levels of analysis beyond the nation-state-focused mainstream of modern-era historiography. In recent decades, translations of the term and discussions of its relevance have increasingly entered the academic discourse in China as well.

The aim of the present workshop is to support academic networking, exchange, and discussion among young researchers interested in China-related global history and historiography. Participants will be invited to present their research and act as commentators, as well as session chairs.

A non-exhaustive list of possible research questions includes the following:
• How can terms like “empire”, “world-system(s)”, “world-region” and other analytical approaches/categories of Global History be used to explain historical events and developments in dynastic/modern China in a global context?
• How does a regional East Asian perspective of history contribute to the global view?
• Did China have a pre-modern tradition of world/global historiography? If yes, how can it be characterized (in terms of geographical scope and perspective, ideology, etc.)?
• How is the growing interest towards a global perspective of Chinese history related to China’s (re)emergence as a global power?

The workshop will be held online on 1-3 September 2021. Submitting a research paper is not a requirement for participation. If you are interested in presenting at the workshop, please send your name, academic degree, current academic affiliation, and an abstract of 300-500 words to the organizer of the workshop Sebestyén Hompot (sebestyen.hompot@univie.ac.at). The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2021.

A committee consisting of Ph.D. candidates from the University of Vienna and University of Graz will decide on the final selection of the presentations and organize the program so that colleagues from various time zones will be able to participate. The finalized program will be announced by July 1, 2021 and the deadline for registration will be August 1, 2021. A decision on the potential publication of the presentations will be taken in a final round of discussions at the end of the workshop.

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Sebestyén Hompot sebestyen.hompot@univie.ac.at

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:https://jasas.info/new-en/the-jasas-34th-annual-conference/
Call for Papers: https://confit.atlas.jp/guide/event/jasas2021/static/submission

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

Event website


34th JASAS Annual Conference Office jasas-34th-annual-conference@googlegroups.com


  • 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.

Event website


Silk Road Centre support@silkroadcentre.org (332) 850-2241

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: Chandanachak@gmail.com

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

Event website


Chandana Chakrabarti chandanachak@gmail.com (336) 417-1153