Thursday, October 30, 2014

Looking for Scholars! Call for Paper Proposals

Call for Paper Proposals

Writers’ Workshop and Publication Project:

Chinese Natural Resource Extraction in Southeast Asia: Cooperation or Conflict?

Date: May 25-26th, 2015

Venue: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), 30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Singapore

Convenors: Jason Morris-Jung & Zhao Hong

Application deadline is January 15, 2014

Southeast Asia has long been a region for Chinese trade and procurement of natural resources.  However, China’s rapid rise as a regional political and economic power has generated both new opportunities and complex tensions over resource extraction in Southeast Asia.  Academic literature on Chinese resource extraction in Africa and Latin America has highlighted the vast complexity and rapidly shifting context of Chinese resource extraction abroad, notably due to the wide range of Chinese actors and institutions involved in resource extraction projects, their variegated relations with different local actors, and the evolving business, regulatory and discursive contexts in which they are taking place.  In Southeast Asia, these issues are further accentuated and, in many cases, complicated by regional economic integration and competitiveness, growing geo-political competition, and historical patterns of cooperation and conflict with transnational Chinese communities. Taking stock and critically assessing how these new trends and phenomena are taking shape in Southeast Asia will provide important academic insight and policy lessons for the future prospects of Chinese natural resource extraction in Southeast Asia and beyond.

The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) would like to invite proposals for a Writers’ Workshop and publication project on Chinese natural resource extraction in Southeast Asia.  Proposals may address the following topics:

Challenges and opportunities of Chinese natural resource extraction for regional political and economic integration both with and within Southeast Asia
Responsiveness and adaptability among Chinese firms to diverse economic, political and socio-cultural contexts of resource extraction in Southeast
Diverse forms of local-level cooperation, contestation or other forms of confronting Chinese resource extraction projects
Nationalist discourses and racialized politics (re)emerging in Southeast Asian countries through Chinese resource extraction projects

Writers’ Workshop and Publication Project

ISEAS will convene a Writers’ Workshop with a view to developing a set of high quality research papers for joint publication in a relevant peer-reviewed journal and/or an ISEAS book volume.

The main purpose of the Workshop will be for participating writers to discuss and provide constructive feedback on each other’s paper.  Papers will be collected and circulated to all participants one month prior to the Workshop for each participant to read and prepare comments for all papers in advance.  During the workshop, each participant will be allocated 45-60 minutes to hear and discuss comments from other participants on their own papers.

The Workshop will be held at ISEAS over a period of one and a half days.

Implementing organization

The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) is a leading international research center and think tank in the study of socio-political, security, and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia.  Its aims are to stimulate scholarly debate, enhance public awareness, and search for viable solutions to the problems confronting the region.  The proposed research is part of ISEAS’s broader research and policy interests in examining the political and economic implications of the “rise of China” in Southeast Asia.

Eligibility and selection criteria

ISEAS invites academics (faculty or students), researchers, and practitioners from diverse backgrounds with relevant research or experience to submit paper proposals.

Selected candidates will be expected to participate in the full project all the way to publication.

Travel costs and funding

A limited Travel Fund will be available to support travel costs for participants, who are unable to find other sources of support.  Applicants seeking travel cost support should include a brief statement of need in their application materials.  ISEAS travel funds to Singapore may also be used in conjunction with other travel grants or research plans in the region, whose dates may extend beyond or before the Workshop.    

While attending the Writers’ Workshop, ISEAS will cover costs for two nights of accommodation in Singapore, and meals during the workshop sessions.

Application deadline and procedures

Applications should be sent by email by January 15, 2014. 

Applications should contain:

(1) Abstract for proposed paper (no more than 300 words)
(2) Curriculum Vitae or short bio of relevant experience (no more than 300 words)
(3) Short statement of need and amount requested for travel support, if applicable

Selected applicants will be contacted by January 31, 2014.

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