The 4th Annual Conference of Macao Studies 2024

The Centre for Macau Studies cordially invites researchers to submit panel proposals and paper abstracts for the conference which will be held on 2-3 December 2024 in Macao. The theme of the 2024 conference is “Macao in Global China and Global Asia”. Papers should represent original works by the authors and submitted to cms.conference@um.edu.mo by 31 May. The paper should not be published previously or currently under review by publishers. The language could be either Chinese or English.

Call for papers – International Colloquium “Transpacific Studies” – November 4-5, 2024, La Rochelle University (France)

Synthetic presentation:
The international colloquium to be held on November 4 and 5, 2024 at La Rochelle University aims to develop a field of transpacific studies, focusing on cultural, social, political, economic, and environmental dynamics within the Pacific Rim. It will examine migrations and cultural transformations, Orientalism, and Otherness, challenges faced by indigenous populations, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Oceania and Latin America, Sino-American relations and anthropogenic pressures threatening the sustainability of marine ecosystems.

Proposals for papers must be sent by June 14, 2024 at the latest (replies by June 28) to the following address: etudestranspacifiquescolloque@gmail.com

Call for Papers – New York Conference (NYCAS)

The 2024 conference theme, Life in the Asian Century, explores the evolving idea of the 21st century as the Asian century based on economic growth and cultural influence — and the implications of these changes.

A Century of Influence & Growth

The notion that the twenty-first century would be considered the “Asian century” emerged prior to the turn of the millennium and gained prominence in the early years of this century. The concept was initially fueled by the rapid economic growth of the so-called “Asian tigers”—Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and later China, all of which have become major players in the global economy. Considering India’s growth, Asia is now home to three of the five largest economies in the world. The idea of an Asian century, however, has taken on newer and more unexpected meanings in the past couple of decades due in part to the cultural influences emanating from places like South Korea, where the production of music, movies, and television dramas have captured global attention.

Interconnectedness: Opportunities & Challenges

Both of these economic and the cultural transformations rest upon the technological advances that have shaped our increasingly interconnected world. This interconnectedness creates opportunities, but it also brings with it undeniable challenges: geopolitical tensions, environmental devastation, financial shocks, rapid social change, public health emergencies and numerous other highly complex problems that have the potential to significantly affect life in the Asian century.

NYCAS welcomes panel and individual paper proposals that may, but are not required to, address the roots, conditions, problems, promises and possible future outcomes of living in the Asian century from our current vantage point nearly one quarter of the way through it.

Call for Submissions- Special Issue of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas

Portrait of the Contemporary Artist: Process, Identity, and Social Construction in the Asian Diaspora

The genre of self-portraiture can be practiced and interpreted in a myriad of ways. From the more traditional format of a figural painting of the artist to installations presenting indexical marks of an artist’s experiences, contemporary diaspora artists use self-portraiture to process different aspects of their diasporic experience. Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso created several sketches of himself in his Daily Doodle series (2018-present). For decades, Gyatso’s work in exile grappled with buddha images and pop-culture references, but few self-portraits. The more recent presence of these intimate images seemingly marks a shift to interior spaces and self-reflection. The installations of contemporary Tibetan artist Sonam Dolma Brauen that address the passing of her parents–My Father’s Death and Sehnsucht–activate materials as a means to not only collapse time but to include stories of her community that seem to belie the confines of language. As a record of her family’s past and her own life, the installations present the rarely-acknowledged tactile, object-based experience of displaced people forced to choose what can be taken and what must be left behind. This special issue of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, scheduled to be published in Spring 2025, asks the following questions: in what ways do Asian diaspora artists grapple with issues of process, identity, or social construction through self-portraiture? How does technology and social media factor into these images? What can we gain by examining and re-examining self-portraiture through the lens of the diaspora experience? We welcome papers which examine conventional notions of self-portraiture as well as those that expand the boundaries of what might be considered a self-portrait.

We welcome submissions for consideration in the format of scholarly articles, artist pages or curated artist pages, or artist statements. For more information on author guidelines, see: https://brill.com/view/journals/adva/adva-overview.xml?language=en&contents=artsub

Please submit a draft by (June 1). We will inform you within 1-2 weeks of our tentative issue contributors.

Full submissions are expected by (July 1). Please submit to the guest editors. All submissions should be addressed to Sarah Magnatta (sarahmagnatta@gmail.com) and Yi Yi Mon (Rosaline) Kyo (yiyimon.kyo@gmail.com).

6th BAAS (Baltic Association for Asian Studies) conference

The 6th BAAS (Baltic Association for Asian Studies) conference on the “Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Accelerated Globalization” to be held at University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia from May 23-26, 2024.
Abstract submission deadline: 25.03.2024.

Dear esteemed colleagues and scholars,
We are delighted to invite you to present your paper at our upcoming conference on the dialogue of Asian civilizations, which have experienced intense transformations, from a new angle evaluating their ancient traditions along with Western influences and offering universally relevant ideas based on the Asian heritage in times of accelerated globalization. This event aims to bring together scholars, researchers, and experts from diverse fields to explore the possibilities for the further evolution of the world from the perspective of the strategies proposed by Asian countries.
Conference Details:
· Date: May 23-26, 2024
· Venue: University of Latvia, Raiņa bulvāris 19, Riga, Latvia
Latvian Academy of Sciences, Akadēmijas laukums 1, Riga, Latvia
· Theme: Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Accelerated Globalization
· Working language: English
Conference homepage address with a link to the registration sheet:
https://www.baas2024.lu.lv/
conference e-mail: baas2024lv@gmail.com

Beyond Borders: Trends in World Children’s Literature and Children’s Literature in Translation

A quick survey of recent scholarship reveals considerable gaps in the study of world children’s literature and children’s literature in translation. What is needed then is a widening of scope and encouragement to maintain the momentum that has been gained. Considering questions regarding local and ‘glocal’ poetics; viewing childhood through diverse socio-cultural lenses; expounding theories and definitions that extend beyond Western notions; and highlighting unique forms and genres, all offer ways in which the borders of world children’s literature and children’s literature in translation can be traversed. Besides, as we bear witness to the condition of contemporary childhood wherein children in numerous countries face on-going challenges such as war, strife, genocide, disease, and poverty, it further becomes imperative to foster such conversations and provide a platform to showcase various types of childhoods and their literatures. This conference aims to encourage academic and creative works that go beyond geographical and cultural boundaries to create a more inclusive space, revealing larger issues, trends, and innovations in children’s and young adult literature.
Topics may include, but are not limited to
• Canon studies and challenging the dominance of the Anglo-American canon
• Definitions and boundaries of world children’s literature
• Historical approaches to world children’s literature
• Post-colonialism and world children’s literature
• National and international politics in children’s narratives
• Mythologies, folktales and oral traditions
• War, asylum, and refugee narratives
• Native epistemologies and traditions
• Comparative children’s literature
• Approaches to and dilemmas of translating children’s literature
• Politics of language in children’s literature
• Language revitalization and preservation through children’s literature
• Use of world children’s literature in global education and pedagogy
• Transnational adaptations and new media (film, theatre, art, video games, and any other formats)
• International bodies and institutions of children’s literature
• World children’s literature and the global market
Please note these topics are suggestions, as we are open to proposals on any aspect of world children’s literature and young adult literature, and children’s literature in translation.

For submission guidelines please see our website – https://blogs.ubc.ca/beyondborders2024/

Korea in the Context of US-China Competition: Negotiating the Growing Tensions between Economics and Geopolitics

The Department of International Relations at the University of Sussex together with the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Bologna is inviting scholars whose research focuses on the intersections of contemporary geopolitics and economic statecraft on the Korean peninsula in the context of growing tensions in the region to submit a proposal for an upcoming international workshop. Senior and early career scholars as well as doctoral candidates are encouraged to apply.
The workshop is scheduled to take place at the University of Sussex, UK, on the 6th November 2024.

• Proposal submission deadline (maximum 300-word abstract): 28th February 2024.
• Acceptance notice: 6th March 2024.
• International Workshop at the University of Sussex: 6th November 2024.
• Submit papers to k.gray@sussex.ac.uk

Two nights accommodation will be provided along with up to GBP 120 for participants within the UK and GBP £330 (inclusive of transfers) for participants from outside of the UK.
Online participation in the workshop will also be accommodated.
The goal is that the papers presented at the conference will be included in a special issue/edited volume.

Aims of the Workshop
This proposed workshop seeks to provide an interdisciplinary in-depth examination of the emergent tensions between the two Korea’s security and economic imperatives arising from the deepening competition between the US and China. On the one hand, this involves examining the various forms of economic statecraft that the Korean states are deploying to deal with the challenges posed by the rise of the so-called “new Cold War.”

Kevin Gray (University of Sussex)
Antonio Fiori (University of Bologna)

CALL for Papers, When Global East Meets Global South: East Asia & Latin America Conference

The Center for Global and International Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas are pleased to announce a call for papers for the “East Asia and Latin America” conference, to be held virtually on Friday, March 29th, at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars from a variety of fields, including politics, history, economics, religion, anthropology, business, literature and the arts, to explore the historical and contemporary links between East Asia and Latin America and to rethink dominant narratives and knowledge production by the West and Global North.

We welcome individual papers or complete panels that will examine the historical and contemporary political, economic, cultural, and social interactions between East Asia and Latin America, and to explore how these interactions complement, complicate, or challenge such dominant narratives as the rich and the poor, East and West, and North and South based on Euromerican-centered binary thinking.

Papers can be delivered in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. The event will be hybrid, with most sessions online. However, we welcome participants to visit us on our KU campus in Lawrence, Kansas, where we will have an in-person audience.

The due date for submission is February 20, 2024. Accepted panels or papers will be notified by March 1, 2024. You can submit individual paper and panel proposals at www.global.ku.edu/conference_EALC

If you have questions, please contact Professors:
Luciano Tosta (lucianotosta@ku.edu)
Ayako Mizumura (mizu@ku.edu)
Megan Greene (mgreene@ku.edu)

American Association for Chinese Studies Annual Meeting

The American Association for Chinese Studies (AACS) annual conference program committee invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers on topics concerning China, Taiwan, other Chinese-speaking communities, and the Chinese diaspora for the 66th Annual Conference, hosted by the Department of Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, on October 4-6, 2024. We welcome panels and papers from across a wide range of disciplines, including economics, history, literature, political science, and sociology.

The program committee will give preference to proposals for panels (a chair, 4 papers, and a discussant) and roundtables (a chair and 4 other panelists). We also encourage individual paper proposals in these areas. Panel proposals and individual submissions should include contact information, paper topics, and brief abstracts (not exceeding 250 words). Panel proposals should specify the names and roles of panel/roundtable participants.

All proposals should include complete contact information (address, telephone number, and email) for all participants. The deadline for panel and individual proposals is March 29, 2024. Scholars submitting proposals by the deadline will be notified of decisions by May 17, 2024.
All panelists must register for the AACS 2024 conference and renew or apply for AACS membership before August 23, 2024.

Call for Small Grant Proposals: God and Consciousness in Indian Traditions

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CALL FOR SMALL GRANT PROPOSALS: PAPER INCUBATOR

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Deadline: January 5, 2024

Website: www.god-and-consciousness.com/grants

The project Concepts of God and the Variety of Theisms in Indian Traditions: Towards a Theistic Theory of Consciousness is an initiative that has as general goals (1) to philosophically reconstruct concepts of God in Indian theistic (or theistically inclined) traditions, namely from Vaishnava, Shaiva, Shakti, indigenous or other religious perspectives on the subcontinent, and (2) to investigate the extent to which issues explored by such traditions can contribute to the philosophy of consciousness. It is supported by funding totaling $260,000 from the John Templeton Foundation.

As part of the project, we will organize a paper incubator: a systemized and sponsored mentorship program designed to help junior and mid-career philosophers and scholars of Indian studies to develop submitted papers proposals into publishable articles. Each selected researcher will work in cooperation with a tutor, who will help the candidate transform their text into a high-quality publishable article. Each successful applicant will receive a grant of 3,000 USD. They will have 18 months to write their article, which must be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. Each researcher must present their work in at least one of our three conferences (a bonus of 1,000 USD will be given to those who attend the conference in person). The grant will be awarded through bank transfer, on which bank and federal revenue fees may apply.

Proposals must be written in English in the form of an extended abstract of a maximum of 2,000 words, clearly describing (1) the problem that will be addressed, (2) the context in which the problem has been approached (preferably through a brief literary review), (3) the goal of the paper, and (4) the way the proponent wants to achieve this goal. The proposal should also contain (5) a list with the relevant bibliography. The general intended approach must be consistent with analytic philosophy of religion. Proposals must address some of the questions and general goals of the project. Applicants must be PhD candidates, or have completed their PhD within a maximum of 6 years.

Call for Papers: Dynamics of Labor Migration in Southeast Asia

Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies
A SEAC/AAS Initiative for AAS-in-Asia 2024

Association for Asian Studies in Asia Conference 2024 (AAS-in-Asia 2024@Yogyakarta)

The Southeast Asia Studies Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is seeking paper proposals from up-and-coming scholars – including graduate students – to join a “Rising Voices” panel on the topic of “Dynamics of Labor Migration in Southeast Asia.” (See below for eligibility). We seek to recruit emerging scholars from Southeast Asian countries to form a panel for inclusion in the 2024 AAS-in-Asia Conference to be held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia with the partnership of Universitas Gadjah Madah from 9th to 11th July 2024. SEAC will provide partial financial assistance for presenters to attend the meeting.

In addition to receiving financial support from AAS/SEAC, the Rising Voices Panel also has financial support provided by TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia (http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=TRN). Panelists are expected to submit their papers to the journal after the conference.

Panel Topic Description

Labor migration is a global phenomenon that has taken shape in very distinctive ways in Southeast Asia. The region has seen the flows of migrants from poorer to richer countries, from rural to urban areas within a nation-state, and through both formal and informal channels, whether through navigating complex visa regimes or slipping past the gaze of the state while crossing borders. These movements have created a class of workers that are generally clustered in a low-wage zone, although some would eventually attain mobility up the social ladder. The journeys they undertake in search of new opportunities can be perilous, exacerbated by loose labor protection laws in many Southeast Asian states and in some cases, a backlash of nativist sentiment.

This panel invites papers that examine the lived experiences of such migrants, the processes that shaped these experiences and probe the fraught question of rights for migrant workers. We welcome studies from a wide range of perspectives, including history, politics, anthropology, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies. Geographical focus is open though we encourage papers with an Inter-Asian slant. Panelists may study labor migration flows within Southeast Asia or they may opt to examine outflows and/or inflows of migrants between Southeast Asia and other parts of the world. If the latter, the focus of the paper should be on the Southeast Asian aspect of these labor migrations.

Some questions the panel may consider include:

  1. How can we characterize labor migration patterns in a Southeast Asian context – either within a Southeast Asian country or across borders in Southeast Asia and the world?
  2. Can migration promote labor mobility, broadly construed? How do states, employers and technology facilitate or impede such mobilities?
  3. What challenges do migrant workers face? What types of protection, rights and opportunities are they afforded?
  4. How does gender impact labor migration? How might gender and/or sexuality affect the vulnerability of migrant workers?
  5. How might we understand the co-existence and interaction across different groups of workers – eg. between migrant worker and local colleagues; between free and unfree migrants?

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

We seek papers by Southeast Asian scholars who are early career scholars, or “rising voices.” Rising voices are defined here as advanced graduate students (currently writing dissertations based on original field or archival research) or untenured faculty members (including tenure- track assistant professors, adjuncts, and lecturers, or the approximate equivalent based on the academic tradition from which the scholar is coming). Applicants may be currently enrolled as students in, or employed by, any institution of higher education in the world. However, preference may be given to students or faculty currently based at underfunded institutions in Late Developing Countries (LDC) in Southeast Asia. (Please note that the definition of LDC used by the AAS excludes the following Asian countries: Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of China (Taiwan), Republic of Korea (South Korea), and Singapore). In addition to the stated goal of supporting rising voices from Southeast Asia, the primary criteria for selection will be the quality of the paper proposals as well as the way selected proposals work together as a viable panel.

  1. The panel is intended to be a Southeast Asia-focused panel. Submissions that do not substantively address issues pertaining to the region will not be considered.
  2. To submit a paper proposal, please submit the following, in the order listed below, all in a single Microsoft Word file or PDF document, by October 20, 2023:
  1. Applicant’s Name, affiliation, and contact information, clearly indicating applicant’s current country of residence.
    1. Paper abstract. 250 words in the format of the standard AAS paper proposal.
    2. Brief bio-sketch of 200-300 words describing current and recent scholarly positions, a brief sentence or two about current research, and any significant publications. The model for this should be the standard blurb one sees on a faculty or graduate student website.
    3. Current curriculum vitae.
  1. Please save the file with the following filename convention: RisingVoicesAASAsia2024_ApplicantsFamilyName.doc
  2. Please send your submission to Dr. Taomo Zhou at soh-shenzhen@ntu.edu.sg

Representations of East Asian Migrants and Settlers in the Western United States ca. 1850-1929

Call for Papers

Representations of East Asian Migrants and Settlers in the Western United States ca. 1850-1929

Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT — 26-28 September 2024

This amazing conference funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art builds on recent scholarly trends by ascertaining how Asian and European artists who journeyed through or resided in the American West between 1850 and 1929 contributed to a rich array of representations of Asian sojourners and settlers in different genres (e.g. documentary, picturesque, academic, expressive, illustrative, satirical) that promoted a range of views (e.g. ethnographic, nationalistic, empathetic, propagandistic, associational, filial, ethnic, gendered). The organizing scholars, Professors Hua Li and Todd Larkin, welcome paper proposals that illuminate not only how Euro-American artists imposed naturalized, stereotyped, racist, and other identities but also how Asian American artists and individuals deflected, contested, or rejected such images to constitute their own identities.

In the first half of the conference, “Daily Life in the West,” participants will discuss images of Asian migrants and immigrants in contexts of work, leisure, worship, or celebration; in the second half of the program, “Contested Claims,” participants will discuss representations of Asians in contexts of discrimination, scapegoating, and violence as well as strategies employed to overcome these circumstances in the form of community organization, public protest, and legal application. On the last day, “Modern and Contemporary Artists,” scholars will reveal how the earliest migrants and settlers constructed identities to negotiate their new surroundings and Asian American artists will share how they have engaged with, referenced, or distanced the past from their unique experiences as generational, transnational, expressive, and/or activist individuals.

The deadline for proposals is 15 October 2023. For information about the eight chairs and their sessions, click here –> https://art.montana.edu/conference_call_for_papers.html

With best wishes for a productive academic year,

Hua Li, Professor of Chinese Language & Culture
Todd Larkin, Professor of European & American Art

C/O Dept. of Art History – School of Art
Montana State University
213 Haynes Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
huali@montana.edu
(406) 994-6449
tlarkin@montana.edu
(406) 994-2720

Sponsored Chinese art history panel at AAS 2024 Annual Conference

The Association for Chinese Art History (ACAH) seeks submissions for one sponsored panel at the 2024 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference (virtual: March 1, 2024; in-person: March 14-17, 2024). With support from the Bei Shan Tang Foundation, ACAH is pleased to provide funding to one virtual or in-person panel for which the majority of the papers (two out of three; three out of four) focus on Chinese art and architectural history and the visual cultures of global and diasporic Chinas, from any historical period.

Costs for conference registration and attendance will be reimbursed up to a maximum of USD$1500.00 for the panel. Participants on a virtual or in-person panel who register for the in-person conference may reimburse costs for participation at the in-person conference. Participants on a virtual panel who register for the virtual conference only may reimburse costs for the virtual conference.

To apply, please submit the following in one pdf file by October 6, 2023 to achinesearthistory@gmail.com: (1) confirmation of panel acceptance, (2) panel and paper abstracts, (3) CVs of each panelist. Panel chairs will be notified by November 3, 2023 if their panel has been accepted for sponsorship. In addition to this open call for submissions, the ACAH board of directors is pleased to support a commissioned roundtable session, “Perspectives on Curating Chinese Art Today.” Both ACAH-sponsored panels will be listed in the print conference program. For more information regarding ACAH, please visit: https://acah.info/.

[Call for Papers]: Southeast Asia and Taiwan Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS
Southeast Asia and Taiwan Conference
April 25-26, 2024
University of Washington, Seattle
Co-hosted by the UW Center for Southeast Asia & its Diasporas, Taiwan Studies Program, and East Asia Center

CfP online, conference in-person.

Southeast Asia and Taiwan have been linked for millennia by migrations of indigenous peoples and maritime trade. Today, both have become rising economies and embroiled within global political conflicts. This conference seeks to bring together scholars working on broad issues between Southeast Asia and Taiwan, historically and contemporary.

We invite scholars working in social sciences and humanities disciplines to present their ongoing research projects in a two-day workshop.

Participants will be expected to pre-circulate substantive works-in-progress, such as dissertation/manuscript chapters or journal articles.

Three nights of local accommodation, up to $250 in airfare subsidy, and meals will be provided for all participants. We especially welcome junior scholars (such as PhD candidates, postdoctoral fellows, non-tenure track and adjunct faculty).

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send an abstract (250-350 words), title, and brief academic biography (1-2 paragraphs) as a single PDF file to seataiwan@uw.edu by September 1, 2023. If the abstract is for a part of a larger project (i.e. a manuscript, dissertation, etc.), please also provide brief context (2-3 sentences) of the larger project.

Submission deadline: September 1, 2023

Decision notification: September 15, 2023

Please send any inquiries to seataiwan@uw.edu

25th New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASIA) Conference

The 25th New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASIA) International Conference will be hosted by the School of Language, Social & Political Sciences, University of Canterbury from 29 November to 1 December 2023.
Our biennial conference is multidisciplinary and aims to bring together scholars working in all areas of Asian studies. We encourage papers and panels that explore any aspect of Asian studies, from any disciplinary or theoretical perspective.
Paper/Panel proposal submission deadline: extended to 31 August 2023.
More information is available at: https://www.nzasia.org.nz/conferences.html#forthcoming

Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations Asia Conference

The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations will be organizing its 32nd Asia Conference in Hong Kong this August, with the spotlight now transfixed on challenges and opportunities in the Greater China and Asia-Pacific regions. How will inert institutions adopt to an ever-globalizing and ever-digitalizing population? How will office spaces and workspaces acclimate to a post-COVID world? And what do trailblazers and policymakers have to say about innovation and sustainability across the rapidly developing continent?

With the theme “Architects of Asia: Building Tomorrow”, HPAIR hopes to bring together global and community leaders, young professionals and changemakers — both current and future — to deliberate these issues over a 5-day forum at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. Join us from August 22nd to 26th, 2023 for lively firesides, thought-provoking keynotes and mind-bending impact challenges.

Applications are open until July 15th at my.hpair.org.

Call for Papers for Verge Issue 12.1 “Trade in Humans”

Verge: Studies in Global Asias invites submissions for Issue 12.1 “Trade in Humans,” edited by Kristin Roebuck, Johanna Ransmeier, and Jessamyn Abel.

Convergence proposals are due March 15, 2024. Essays are due August 30, 2024.

For complete information visit https://bit.ly/verge121cfp.

Call for papers | From Koreanness to K-ness: Contemporary Korean Language, Culture and Society

From Koreanness to K-ness: Contemporary Korean Language, Culture and Society

Call for papers for an edited volume

Deadline for abstracts: 30 July 2023

Book editors
Dr Seryun Lee (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)
Dr Youkyung Ju-Zaveroni (SOAS University of London)

The popularity of Korean cultural content, which used to be limited to Asian countries in the past or sporadic fads such as ‘Gangnam Style’ in 2012, has now turned into a cultural phenomenon that attracts global attention. Beginning with the rise of the ‘Korean wave’, i.e. the so-called Hallyu, driven by Korean dramas in the 1990s, followed by the popularity of ‘K-pop’ in the 2000s and then the emergence of ‘K-culture’ as a broader cultural phenomenon from the 2010s onwards, the global appeal of South Korean culture has sparked an interest in various facets of Korean language, culture and society. These recent changes present a unique opportunity to reassess and reshape our approach to Korean studies, which has historically contributed to the theorisation of ‘Koreanness’ as a strong national identity significantly influenced by Confucian values. The evolving landscape of contemporary Korean culture and society invites new perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches.

Against this backdrop, this edited volume aims to conceptualise ‘K-ness’ as a way of understanding the underlying characteristics that shape the semiotic, cultural and sociological representations of contemporary Korean culture and society. By exploring themes, topics and theories linked to ongoing discussions and emerging trends in Korean studies, we seek to illuminate the multidimensional nature of ‘K-ness’. This exploration may provide not only an in-depth understanding of South Korea but also insights into interdisciplinary research on the intersection among the evolution of language, cultural diffusion and the representation of contemporary society.

Submission instructions

Contributions should be up to 6,000 words (inclusive of references, tables, figures, appendices and endnotes). Contributors must obtain copyright permission, where necessary, prior to publication. Abstracts of 400 words and a brief bio should be submitted through this form by 30 July 2023. Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact us (seryunlee@hufs.ac.kr and yj7@soas.ac.uk).

Abstract submission: 30 July 2023
Notification of acceptance: 15 September 2023
Tentative publisher: Routledge
Webpage
https://sites.google.com/view/

CFP: “Transforming Asia with Food: Women and Everyday Life”

We invite abstracts for a conference that will explore the role of women in effecting change across Asia by engaging in everyday practices of food production, handling, preparation, and
consumption. Over the past few decades, the study of food has burgeoned and attracted increasing scholarly attention. However, we see a stark polarization across geographic foci and disciplinary
engagements. We propose an interdisciplinary and transtemporal analysis in which women— whom we see as a heterogenous category, intersecting with class, education, etc.—displayed
autonomous agency, with their “domestic” practices effecting significant impact on “public spaces” in a variety of locales across Asia. We plan to investigate how women’s daily practices
restructured familial, social, cultural, and at times political relations in the transition to “modernity.” Papers will examine the central themes of the conference: Identity, Movement, Media, Nation-Building, and Modernity in different sub-regions of Asia (South, East, and South-East).

If you are interested in participating in the conference, please send a paper proposal (250–300 words abstract) accompanied by a brief CV to Chiara Formichi (cf398@cornell.edu) and
Suyoung Son (ss994@cornell.edu) by July 1, 2023. Selected participants are expected to send in a paper draft by 15 March 2024. We especially encourage abstract submissions from junior scholars, and those based at institutions located in Asia. Travel expenses to Ithaca, NY and lodgings will be covered.

CFP: MAR/AAS Regional Conference

“Fragility and Resilience: Asian Studies and the Pandemic”
51st Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies Conference

The last three years have been devastating for the study of Asia and its cultures. The pandemic has affected how Asia is perceived in the world and the popularity of its study in universities. However, we have also witnessed a reaction against this trend as the effects of the pandemic subside. This is both a pushback against the manner in which Asian people have been treated during the pandemic and an appreciation for the strategies adopted by Asian cultures to deal with this situation. This conference promotes a discussion of Asia within the broader context of the pandemic and its academic impacts. This theme lends itself to interesting scholarly approaches, including energy, environment, public health, territorial issues, migration, popular culture, gender, sexuality, religious practices, and more.
We encourage proposals on all topics related to Asia from any discipline, and welcome participation from faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, independent scholars, and professionals.
To propose a panel, individual paper, or poster presentation, please create an account on our website (maraas.org) and follow the instructions for proposal submission. The proposal deadline is May 15, 2023. Please send any other inquiries to Dr. Mahua Bhattacharya at bhattacharm@etown.edu.

Acceptance notices will be sent by July 15, 2023. Limited travel assistance for graduate students up to $125, in the form of reimbursement following the conference, is available on a competitive basis. Graduate students interested in travel support should send their request once they have been accepted to present at the conference by emailing Treasurer W. Evan Young at youngw@dickinson.edu