Call for Contributions to Edited Book: SINOPHONE COMICS: NEW PERSPECTIVES

This project explores comics art addressing issues pertaining to ethnic Chinese groups, produced in Asian countries with a predominantly Chinese population (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore), but also beyond Asia. It considers texts and practices of production, dissemination or reception. With special emphasis on recent comics, it is also open to contributions adopting an outlook with contemporary resonance upon earlier comics.

This project is also envisioned as a platform for reflection on the contemporary world. Contributors are encouraged to consider new social, political, cultural processes or issues of current concern, and to engage in dialogue with ongoing debates in cultural and media studies, on topics such as neoliberalism, postcolonialism, environment and the anthropocene, (media) technologies and their effects etc.

Suggested themes:

• the concept of 漫畫/漫画and its implications: blurring distinctions between comics and cartoons; connections with (and dis-connections from) manga and their potential ideological or economic motivations;
• the concept of Sinophone; its localized nature in various multilingual/multicultural configurations; artists’ self-positioning with regard to this sphere;
• relevance of the nation and transnational connections: what kinds of actors are involved in claiming/shaping cultural identification within and beyond the nation, how and for what kinds of audiences?
• the role of comics in reproducing/challenging colonial cultural hierarchies;
• mediality – historically situated ways and means of mediation shaping access to social reality
• materiality of comics – meanings and impact on marketing, purchase, consumption, reading experiences etc.
• formal strategies employed to represent recent disruptive changes affecting larger groups or individuals’ personal lives;
• new practices or genres as outcomes of institutional changes at various levels (national, regional, global) and of transnational exchange;
• new patterns of practice involving creative professionals; cultural capital articulated in comics – possessed, constructed and perceived by producers and/or consumers;
• new patterns of funding for comics – forms; sustainability; transmedia networks

Chapter length: 8,000 words.
Abstract submission (300 words, with 100-word bio): by 20 August 2022.
Manuscript submission: by 20 January 2023.

For further information, please contact the book editor, Dr. Adina Zemanek (

Francis L. K. Hsu Book Prize for East Asian Anthropology

The Society for East Asian Anthropology invites submissions for the 2022 Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize. A prize of $300 is given to the English-language book published in the previous calendar year (2021) judged to have made the most significant contribution to the field. The prize is named for the late Francis L.K. Hsu (1909-2000), renowned cross-cultural anthropologist and former president (1977-78) of the American Anthropological Association.

Book submissions from all four fields of anthropology as they relate to East Asia, as well as books that venture beyond standard ethnographic modes of writing, are very much encouraged. Nominations for the prize may be made by authors, publishers, or interested third parties (with the consent of the author). Reference works, translations, textbooks, edited works, and anthologies are not eligible. Both members and non-members of SEAA are eligible.

The submission deadline for this prize is May 2, 2022.
Submission information can be found here:

Call for Book Chapters – Interdisciplinary Edo: Toward an Integrated Approach to Early Modern Japan

Edited by Joshua Schlachet and William C. Hedberg

We are seeking chapter proposals for an edited volume titled Interdisciplinary Edo: Toward an Integrated Approach to Early Modern Japan, to be published with an academic press.

This proposed volume seeks to bring together scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum to explore new approaches to innovative humanistic research on early modern Japan. As vibrant and wide-reaching as the field of Edo-period Japanese studies has become, scholarship has often been divided into disciplinary silos, limiting the potential for collaborative work and productive interaction between areas of specialization. As part of our ongoing Interdisciplinary Edo project, this book aims to make an intervention in the field by thinking across conventional disciplinary boundaries toward a holistic and cohesive approach to Japan’s early modern period. The editors welcome proposals from scholars working in all fields, including literary studies, political and cultural history, art history, religion, philosophy, history of science, economics, environmental history, etc.
Rather than arranging entries around academic discipline, the proposed volume will comprise four to five sections that interrogate the broader categories, constructions, and binaries that have traditionally structured the study of the early modern period. In addition to showcasing their own research, contributors are asked to use their essays to make a critical intervention or argument about the way in which early modern / Edo / Tokugawa Japan has traditionally been defined and studied, and provide a case study in support of that argument. Possible section themes include: periodization, place and geography, political economy and everyday life, popular culture, and genre / translation.

To be considered for inclusion in the volume, please email an expression of interest to and by August 1st, 2021. Please include:

1. A 250-word abstract of your proposed chapter, including which section theme(s) you plan to address.
2. A short CV (two-page max.), including an indication of your preferred disciplinary approach.

Selected contributors will be notified in late August. We ask that completed chapters, approximately 6,000–8,000 words including notes, be submitted by May 1st, 2022.

Call for Papers – Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City

The Urban Affairs Association is delighted to announce our new journal, the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City (JRE), and we are now ready to accept manuscripts for review.

The journal will:
• Serve as an outlet for ground-breaking theoretical and empirical approaches that explore race, ethnicity, identity and social justice;
• Examine the complex relations between race, ethnicity and other vectors of identity, including gender, class, religion and sexuality;
• Explore the influence of these complexities in shaping the social, economic, political, environmental, and cultural dimensions of urban spaces;
• Deconstruct the role of colonial and post-colonial practices and discourses on race and ethnicity in shaping the urban spaces of everyday life within a global context;
• Expand the global discourse on race, ethnicity and other vectors of identity;
• Promote interdisciplinary and comparative insights into race and ethnicity.

We are particularly interested in groundbreaking theoretical, empirical and engaged scholarship manuscripts that meet the aims and scopes of the journal and set the tone for future issues of JRE. It is our intention to have all manuscripts reviewed within a reasonable timeframe, allowing authors to receive timely comments and suggestions from reviewers. JRE uses a double-blind review process and asks all authors and reviewers to avoid self-recognizing information within their manuscripts.

Our goal is to publish the first issue of JRE by Spring of 2020. Taylor and Francis will treat the inaugural issue as open-source, making all manuscripts available online.

To be considered for the first issue(s), the full article should be submitted here by January 15, 2020.

For further questions, please contact the editors:
Yasminah Beebeejaun, University College London (United Kingdom)
Ali Modarres, University of Washington, Tacoma (USA)