CFP: Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs: Call for Papers (11 June; 1-3 Oct; Columbus, Ohio)

The East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University is pleased to host the 59th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) from October 1-3, 2010 at the new Ohio Union in Columbus, Ohio. A regional conference of the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), MCAA has provided a forum for scholars and teachers of Asian Studies in the Midwest to gather and exchange knowledge about the history and cultures of Asia for over a half-century. The conference will feature panels and roundtables at which faculty and graduate and undergraduate students present and discuss new research and pedagogical tools.

Proposals for panels and individual papers from all academic disciplines on any topic involving Asia are currently being accepted. Submission of panels and individual papers that address the full range of literary production and consumption in print, performance, film, and digital media across the span of Asian history are especially encouraged. Panels and individual papers that cross boundaries, be it in regional, temporal, linguistic, disciplinary or other terms, are also particularly welcome.

The final deadline for submission is Friday, June 11, 2010. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the conference website at http://easc.osu.edu/mcaa. Presenters must be members of MCAA and must have pre-registered by Friday, September 3, 2010 to attend and present. The membership fee will be collected as part of the registration fee for the conference. Registration instructions are forthcoming.

For academic questions, please contact Dr. Patricia Sieber, 2010 MCAA Program Chair, at sieber.6 at osu dot edu. For general questions, please contact Amy Carey, 2010 MCAA Conference Coordinator, at carey.189 at osu dot edu.

East Asian Studies Center
The Ohio State University
314 Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 688-4253
Visit the website at http://easc.osu.edu/mcaa

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CFP: Japan Studies Association Journal, Volume 8 (15 June))

Call For Papers
Japan Studies Association Journal, Volume 8 (2010)

JSAJ, a juried professional journal published annually, accepts essays on a wide variety of topics related to Japanese Studies across the disciplines, Pedagogical Notes and Essays which reflect on aspects of teaching Japanese material, and book reviews and review essays of relevant research for our membership and for all those engaged in infusing Japanese and Asian material into their curricula.

For our next volume, a general number, we invite submissions, inquiries, and proposals, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, on any topic related to Japan.

General guidelines
--up to 5,000 words, formatted in a style consistent with your discipline(s)
--use roman script as much as possible and severely limit graphic images, especially color images
--try to include in your bibliography helpful sources for anyone teaching the material you discuss in your paper
--include at the beginning of your paper an abstract of 250 or so words, single-spaced?
--minimize use of footnotes and endnotes
--send your paper as a Word document attached to an email to:painestover at gmail dot com
--send in a second attachment a brief Contributor's Note including your name, academic affiliation, relevant publications, areas of research, etc.
--make sure you include in your email message a current and reliable email address, as well as your postal address
--please use current MLA style, or the current style manual adopted by your discipline

Deadline for all submissions in completed form is June 15, 2010. The issue will be presented at the JSA Conference in January 2011.

John H. E. Paine, Editor, Japan Studies Association Journal
Department of English, Department of Foreign Languages
Belmont University?
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212
Tel. 615-794-2341 (home), 615-460-6244 (office)
preferred email: painestover at gmail dot com

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CFP: Sex and Love in Asian Contexts: Film & History Conference (Milwaukee; 1 Mar; 10-14 Nov)

This is drivable!

Sex and Love in Asian Contexts: Film & History Conference: Representations
of Love in Film and Television

November 10-14, 2010

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee


Extended Deadline: March 1, 2009

AREA: Sex and Love in Asian Contexts,

Asia has, perhaps, the richest history of cultural and commercial exchange
in the world, resulting in deeply layered religious, political, and artistic
traditions. In cinema, for example, sex and love often are bound up in
complex rites, taboos, negotiations, honor codes, pieties, and spiritual
allegiances. How do Asians themselves see or represent love? How do
non-Asians see or represent love in Asian contexts?

This area, comprising multiple panels, welcomes papers treating the
representations of love and sex within, or from the perspective of, Asian
contexts (East, West, Central, South, Southeast). Proposals for full panels
should include the individual proposals for 3-4 presenters. Possible topics:

* traditional and customary practices--loved or hated--treatments of
historical and modern extra-marital sex and sex workers

* love and sex--including homosexuality--as indexes of modernity,
cosmopolitanism, or the status of women

* love and sex in pre-modern inter-Asian narrative

* modern international influences (American and European)

* stinctively indigenous traditions (Bollywood, Japanese studios, etc.)

* new developments in contemporary pan-Asian cinema

* nsw developments in the films of Islamic cultures

* adaptations

Please send your 200-word proposal by e-mail to the area chair:

S.A. Thornton
Department of History
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-4302

Email: Sybil.Thornton at asu dot edu (email submissions preferred)

Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each
presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. For updates and
registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History
website (www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory).

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35th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association (15 Feb; 18-21 Nov; Chicago))

This one's close by.

Chicago, Illinois, 18-21 November, 2010
Submission deadline: 15 February, 2010
Power and Politics

The 2010 Program Committee seeks panel proposals that will focus on Power and Politics. Power is a foundational concept in history and the social sciences, and just as clearly a contested one. Traditionally, the understanding of power as the capacity to enact one’s will against resistance and images of the coercive, central state apparatus held sway, and these are still compelling visions. More recently, we have seen the emergence of a rather different conception of power as a diffuse set of forces, at work in the practices of everyday life, which may entangle actors in their own subjection. Here, the analysis of power has expanded to include the constitution of domination outside the formal polity, in forms of inequality and difference such as race, gender, or sexuality, or in terms of capillary processes working through classification systems, therapeutic discourses, and other technologies of regulation. Similarly, notions of politics and the political are debated. Some focus on collective practices, formal and informal, directed at states, while others stress the ways in which “the personal is political,” or examine individual or smallscale acts of compliance, resistance or inauguration that may be carried into the polity. And which issues and relations are considered political is historically specific. Power and politics, then, have many faces, and we may trace their institutionalization in forms of rule and the formation of subjects in a broad array of spatial, national and historical contexts.

As historical social scientists and social science historians, we hail from many traditions and disciplines. But we share common ground in the weight we assign to historicizing our understandings of power and politics. SSHA is a site in which we may use our collective intellectual resources and disciplinary traditions to help us to challenge foundational concepts and conventional understandings within our own fields. More broadly, still, we can ask what the streams of social science history and historical social science imply for understanding power and politics in today’s world, and in the future.

The 2010 conference will be held in downtown Chicago, in the Palmer House Hilton. Chicago has served as a stage for some of America’s most memorable political events and has a rich history as a site of civil rights, labor, feminist, anti-war, student and other social movement organiz ing; many are fascinated by its municipal politics, its role in national partisan battles, and its emergence as one of North America’ s global cities. Thus, we also encourage panels and papers organized around Chicago themes. As ever, papers and panels on themes not related to the conference theme are also welcome.

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CFP: Transnational Asia Graduate Student Conference (10 Dec; 5 Feb; Rice U, Houston, TX)

Transnational Asia Graduate Student Conference
Friday, February 5, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University
Keynote: William Mazzarella, University of Chicago Dept of Anthropology

Phenomena that accompany the movement of individuals, ideas, and goods across the boundaries of nation-states are often glossed as "transnational." Individuals in Asia are evermore bound to each other and to the rest of the world. This increase in transnational encounters has both tested and strengthened national boundaries. We are interested in how intra- and inter- regional, transnational flows impact Asian societies and their interlocutors. While telecommunications technology and convenient air travel facilitate the forging of trade, educational, and cultural links, they may also presage the development of new conflicts and frictions. Our Transnational Asia Conference seeks a cross-disciplinary approach for exploring the processes and effects of "transnationalism" within contemporary and historical periods. We also aim to interrogate the very usefulness of the concept itself.

We are seeking paper proposals for the following panels. Abstracts of no more than 250 words may be sent to transnationalasia at gmail dot com by Thursday, December 10, 2009. Please indicate which panel you are submitting to in the body of your e-mail.

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CFA: SAGE Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World (31 Dec)

FYI.... encyclopedias are a great, relatively easy way to get your feet wet in academic publishing.

We are inviting academic editorial contributors to the Multimedia
Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, a new print and electronic
reference that will look at women today around the world and delve into the
contexts of being female in the 21st century. Thus the scope of the
encyclopedia will focus on women’s status starting in approximately 2000
and look forward. The work will present state-of-the-art research,
ready-to-use facts. The 1,000 signed entries (with cross-references and
recommended readings) will cover issues in contemporary women’s and gender
studies and the articles will include information relevant to the following
academic disciplinary contexts: women in different cultures/countries; arts
and media; business and economics; criminal justice; education; family
studies; health; media; military; politics; science and technology; sports;
environmental studies; and religion. We are making assignments with a
submission due date of December 31, 2009.

This comprehensive project will be published in stages by SAGE Reference
and will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a print and
digital product available to students via the library’s electronic
services. The General Editors, who will be reviewing each submission to the
project, are Dr. Mary Zeiss Stange of Skidmore College, and Dr. Carol K.
Oyster of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it is
a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature,
redefining women’s issues in today’s terms. Moreover, it can be a notable
publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits.
SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for
smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product or access to the
online product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.

The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we
will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select
topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Style and
Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference
with the Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, please contact
me by the e-mail information below. Please provide a brief summary of your
academic/publishing credentials in women’s and gender issues.

Thanks very much.

Sue Moskowitz
Director of Author Recruitment
Golson Media
women at golsonmedia dot com

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CFP: EAS Grad Student Conference on "Desire" (21 Dec; Mar 13; U of Toronto)

How might the understanding of “East Asia” – be it in terms of a geographical, historical, and cultural locus or as a space of fantasy and the imaginary – be illuminated by accounting for the ways in which desires are produced, structured, regulated, and mobilized through various institutions and discursive formations? Whether understood as lack or a productive force or a form of affective labor, desire is a concept that intersects with and imbricates a range of complex issues operating on the level of the libidinal as well as the material economy. Nationalism and imperialism, genders and sexualities, aesthetics and consumer culture, and the politics of alterity are but a few, yet are all significant to the study of East Asia.

The East Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference at the University of Toronto invites paper submissions for its 10th annual conference titled DESIRE, to be held on March 13, 2010. We seek papers that can critically interrogate the operations of desire, articulating how they are embedded in different modes of social organization at historically specific moments and bringing them into relation with larger issues of how East Asia is situated in the world. Submissions from graduate students around the world in all disciplines within and beyond the field of East Asian Studies, including history, sociology, anthropology, economy, art, literature, cultural studies, philosophy, and others are welcome.

Possible topics for papers include (but are not limited to):
– theories of desire and their complications in the East Asian context;
– literary and cultural representations and mediations of desire;
– the mobilization of desires and affects through cinema and other visual spectacles;
– intersections of nationalism and the construction of national identities with the constitution, regulation, and circumscription of desire;
– the interplay of capitalism, commodity culture, and desiring production in East Asia;
– gender, sexuality, and the regimes through which desire is disciplined;
– the construction of East Asia as a space of fantasy, and its consequent structuring as object of desire.

We invite all those interested in presenting papers to submit an abstract (300 words maximum) along with brief biographical information by December 21, 2009. Submissions from both individuals and panels of three (panelists should send individual abstracts and a panel abstract) are encouraged. Submitted papers are also eligible for consideration for the East Asia Forum, a journal edited and published by graduate students in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. Please indicate whether you wish to have your completed paper considered for publication.

Selected participants will be asked to submit completed papers by February 15, 2010. Those who wish their papers to be considered for publication should submit a publication-ready copy (about 4000 words). During the conference, participants will be given 20 minutes to present their work; actual presentation papers should be about 1500-2500 words long.

Please e-mail submissions and queries to easgsc2010 at gmail dot com. Further information as it becomes available will be posted on the conference website at http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/easgsc/

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