Monday, July 28, 2014

CFManuscripts: Southeast Asia in the Humanities and Social Sciences Curricula

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Education About Asia (EAA), now in its 19th year of publication, is the peer-reviewed teaching journal of the Association for Asian Studies. Our readers include undergraduate instructors as well as high school and middle school teachers. High school and undergraduate instructors also utilize a significant number of EAA articles as student readings. Our articles are intended for both specialists interested in teaching and for a large non-specialist audience. Qualified referees evaluate all manuscripts submitted for consideration.
We are developing a special section that will be published in spring 2015 entitled “Southeast Asia in the Humanities and Social Sciences Curricula.” We hope to publish a special section that includes articles and essays representative of a wide range of academic disciplines. Manuscripts selected for publication should be written in prose that is accessible for high school and/or undergraduate instructors and students. The number of endnotes in manuscripts should be minimal compared to more traditional scholarly journals.
Prospective authors should be aware that there is almost an even division between the percentage of our readers who are undergraduate instructors and the percentage of our readers who are secondary school teachers. We are especially appreciative of manuscripts that are potentially useful at both the undergraduate and secondary school levels. Please consult the EAAguidelines, available on the website under my signature, before submitting a manuscript for this special section. Pay particular attention to feature and teaching resources manuscript word-count ranges. Prospective authors are also encouraged to send possible manuscript ideas or any questions to me via email at The deadline for initial submission of manuscripts is November 20th 2014.
Lucien Ellington
Editor, Education About Asia            
302 Pfeiffer Stagmaier Hall
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone (423) 425-2118
Web Site

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CFP: Famines during the Little Ice Age (1300-1800)

Global climate change has put famines back on the agenda. The predicted rise of extreme weather raises the question, how similar events were met in historical societies. However, such studies are challenged by disciplinary constraints. Famines occur at the interface of nature and culture. They involve both the bio-physical as well as the social sphere. Their entanglement highlights the co-evolvement of natural environment and social actions. This broad socio-ecological character extends beyond the reach of individual disciplines. As a result, popular references to the dramatic impact of famines during the premodern era are often based on conjectures.
  • Which data, sources and case studies can make integrative approaches work?
  • Which concepts and research designs overcome both climatically and culturally deterministic models?
  • How can we improve our understanding of the entanglement and co-development of environment and society as well as the cultural consequences of extreme natural impacts?
  • How can we uncover the complex historical perceptions, interpretations and coping strategies?
Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, Universität Bielefeld, Methoden 1, D-33615 Bielefeld
Dr. Maximilian Schuh, Heidelberg Center for the Environment, Historisches Seminar, Grabengasse 3-5, 69117 Heidelberg, Ph. +49-6221-54-6560,
The workshop will bring together researchers from the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities. With reference to recent interdisciplinary concepts (disaster studies, vulnerability studies, environmental history) it will examine, how the dominant opposition of natural and cultural factors can be overcome. Such an integrated approach includes the "archives of nature" as well as "archives of man". In this way, deterministic models can be tested and replaced with a dynamic, historicising approach to the events. During the discussion we are seeking answers to the following topics:
The workshop covers the agrarian societies of the "little ice age" (1300-1800), where famines constituted the "normal exceptions" to every-day life. The focus is on contributions that treat cases in Europe as well as Asia. We also welcome comparative, inter-cultural studies, interdisciplinary approaches and methodological considerations.
The event is organised by the research group "Environment and Society. Facing Famine in the Early Modern World” at the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) and will be held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) in Bielefeld. Travel costs and hotel accommodation of the speakers will be covered by the ZiF. The conference papers are scheduled to be published in an edited volume.
Researchers interested in joining us, are asked to send an abstract of the paper (max. 500 words) as well as a short biography by September 15th

Monday, July 21, 2014

CFP: Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs

SFS Asian Studies Program • Box 571040 • 37th and O Streets NW • Washington, DC 20057 • Phone: (202) 687-6636 • Fax (202) 687-7397

The Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs is a new initiative launched by the Asian Studies Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. The Journal is now accepting research articles from undergraduate and graduate students for its inaugural issue, which is scheduled to be printed in fall 2014. We welcome papers written on any topic pertinent to countries in Central, Northeast,Southeast, and South Asia. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2014.

Submissions should be emailed to in a form of Word document. Please do NOT submit in PDF format. All submissions must include an abstract (100-200 words). Authors should include a short bio in the email text, but should avoid any self-identification in the manuscript as we send our articles out for anonymous review.

• Length: Manuscripts should be 5,000-7,000 words in length.
• Font: Please use Times New Roman, 12-point size, and 1-inch/2.5-centimeter margins on all sides.
• Style: Authors should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition.

Submissions must NOT be plagiarized, copyrighted, or under review elsewhere.  Citations should be formatted as footnotes. Please also include a full bibliography at the end.

The Journal reserves the right to accept or reject submissions. By submitting content to the Journal, the author agrees to transfer copyright as well as exclusive rights to publication.
• All submissions are subject to initial screening by the Editorial Board. Manuscripts that violate the Journal’s submission guidelines, exhibit notable mistakes, and/or carry no relevance to Asia are rejected at this point.
• Manuscripts that passed the initial screening are sent to faculty and outside reviewers. Articles approved by our reviewers are accepted for publication, conditioned on the proper revision of the piece along the lines suggested by the Journal’s Editorial Board.
• Editorial exchanges occur between the editors and the authors in order to improve the argument and structure of the articles.
• Copy edited drafts are submitted to the Editor in Chief for final review.

CFP: Korea and Vietnam in the 20th Century

Deadline: July 31, 2014

The Center for Korean Studies of the University of Washington is planning a small conference on Korea and Vietnam in the 20th Century to be held in the Fall of 2015 at the University of Washington, Seattle. We are interested in papers in any field that involves intersection or comparison of Korean and Vietnamese experience in the twentieth century with an eye to using these intersections and comparisons to highlight similarities and differences between the two countries’ culture and historical experience. We anticipate publishing the best papers in a conference volume in our series Korea Studies at the Center for Korea Studies, University of Washington.

The disciplinary background of participants can be in either the humanities or social sciences. (We would welcome papers in history, anthropology, literature, and film at a minimum). We would ask that papers, so far as possible, to be based on authors’ own primary source research. We recognize, however, that few scholars will be able to do primary source research in or on both countries, so papers based on primary sources in one’s country of specialization that use secondary sources (or use literature in translation) to extend the analysis to the second country are quite acceptable. We hope to invite well-known scholars as discussants.

The Center for Korea Studies at the University of Washington will provide transportation and three nights lodging for the duration of the conference. Interested parties should send a paper proposal and abstract of 300 to 500 words outlining the sources the writer proposes to use and why they expect a Korea/Vietnam comparison will be productive for their project.

Korea/Vietnam Conference, Center for Korean Studies, Jackson School of International Studies, Box 353650, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195–3650; Email: Participants will be informed by the end of August 2014 if their paper has been accepted

CFP: Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference

March 26-29, 2015
Chicago, Illinois

Proposal Submission Deadline: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm EST

The AAS Program Committee is accepting Organized Panel proposals, Roundtable proposals, Workshop proposals, and Individual Paper proposals for review and consideration. All proposals should be sent electronically via the abstract submission link posted on the AAS website. Please make sure to review ALL instructions and guidelines carefully before submitting your proposals.

For complete and detailed submission instructions, including Call for Papers and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please visit the conference web page  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CFP: Workshop on Ethnographic Approaches to Cross-Border Livelihoods and Networks in Mainland Southeast Aia

December 18-19, 2014, Hanoi

Organized by the Australian National University and the Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

Supported by recent ASEAN and ADB policies and investments, mainland Southeast Asia's socially and environmentally significant border landscapes are becoming more politically and economically connected. In these rapidly changing environments, social actors negotiate complex social relations and livelihoods, new markets and the opportunities and risks of greater connectivity. Cross-border commodity flows, movements and infrastructure are central to this. Smaller scale flows of commodities and people may not be well covered in national statistics, but their aggregated impacts on local economies and landscapes may be substantial.

This workshop aims to facilitate scholarly comparative discussion on mainland Southeast Asia's cross-border flows (of commidities, people), their connection to borderland livelihoods and identities, and their role in connection border regions to wider national and transnational domains. The workshop will consider the significance of small to medium scale cross-border trade for local livelihoods, landscapes and mainland Southeast Asia's dynamic societies.

Paper proposals are invited on the following workshop themes: 

• borderland livelihoods
• migration and mobility
• gendered trade
• border networks and minority ethnicity in SEAsia
• timber and land-based commodity flows
• cross-border wildlife trade

Proposals should be no longer than 300 words and should be accompanied by a brief 1-2 page curriculum vitae. Please send these to by 15 August 2014.

Travel grants are available for a limited number of regional  and Vietnam-based presenters, and will be discussed after abstracts are selected.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Association for Asian Studies Western Conference

Conference Announcement
Association for Asian Studies Western Conference

Dear Asia Studies colleagues in the Association for Asian Studies Western Conference (WCAAS) and friends,

We’ve had a robust response to our call for papers for the October WCAAS Conference at Arizona State University and will be hosting more than twenty panels on East, South, and Southeast Asia on Friday and Saturday, October 3-4, 2014. Past AAS President Thongchai Winichakul and eminent Thai historian will be giving the keynote address, and there are several special events including a Thursday night, October 2, welcome reception; an annotated screening of Joshua Oppenheimer’s Act of Killing;a gala reception at the Phoenix Art Museum featuring a lecture by Leedom Lefforts on the museum’s new Vesantara Jatakascroll; and, on Saturday afternoon, a curated tour of the excellent Asia collection at Phoenix’s new Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). 

Let me share with you the registration site for the conference.  This site has information on the conference hotel, the Marriott Courtyard Tempe, and on conference events.

Regional conferences like this one offer an opportunity for relaxed collegial camaraderie that larger conferences often do not.  Please join us in Tempe, Arizona!

James Rush
Chair, WCAAS 2104 

CFP: Philippine Studies in the 21st Century: Mapping the Shifting Terrains of Inquiry

November 12-14, 2014
The National Museum of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

Conference paper abstracts (200-250 words) and panel proposals will be vetted by the Program and Review Committee based in Manila, and should be addressed to: Bernardita R. Churchill, Ph.D., President, Philippine Studies Association, and C.C. Camposano: Deadline for Submission of abstracts and panel proposals: 30 June 2014

Suggested themes for both individual paper and panel presentations:
-Transforming politics: Prospects for constitutional reform, democratic citizenship, and ICT-enabled governance
-Civil society, social movements, and democratic values in the age of social media
-Disasters and calamities: Risk reduction, recovery, and rehabilitation
-The other dimensions of climate change: Political economy, anthropology, and sociology
-Media ethics, media literacy, and freedom of information
-Exporting the "Filipino": Telenovelas, noontime shows, and music
-The promise of Philippine cinema
-Engaging the Filipino diaspora(s)
-Exploring the indigenous
-Understanding the peace process in Mindanao
-ASEAN 2015: Prospects and pitfalls
-Maritime flashpoints in the South China Sea and the East China Sea
-Economic growth and chronic inequality: Aquino’s legacy?
-Investigating official corruption: Revisiting “daang matuwid”
-Art initiatives in crisis situations
-Tradition and change in Philippine arts
-Reforming Philippine education: Trends and travails
-Philippine studies: Assessing the state of the field
-The PSA Review Committee is also open to submissions from the applied sciences, engineering, sports, and tourism.