Call for Papers: Conference – Asia at Work and Play

New York Conference on Asian Studies – NYCAS 2011

The University at Buffalo, State University of New York
September 16-17, 2011
Conference theme: Asia at Work and Play

Plan now to participate in NYCAS 2011!

EARLY submission of panels and papers is encouraged!
The deadline for submitting proposals is May 2, 2011.

The University at Buffalo, State University of New York, will host the 47th annual meeting of the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), September 16-17, 2011.

The NYCAS 2011 program committee invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers on all aspects of Asian and Asian-American history, culture, and contemporary life, representing disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools. Interdisciplinary proposals are also welcome.

We encourage scholars from New York State, neighboring states and provinces, and beyond to share their research at the conference.

In formulating proposals, participants are encouraged to consider the NYCAS 2011 theme —ASIA AT WORK AND PLAY— which calls attention to the ways in which the labor and creativity of people in and from Asia have transformed the world. The conference will feature an address by Dr. Gail Hershatter, noted historian of Chinese gender and labor and president of the Association for Asian Studies, as well as a wide range of presentations and performances.

Panels and roundtables will be held at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, adjacent to the university’s North Campus, at 2402 North Forest Road in Amherst, New York. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Ramada for conference participants.

On Friday evening, September 16, NYCAS attendees will enjoy a plenary speech by Melissa Chiu, Vice President for Global Art Programs at the Asia Society, and an exhibition opening of work by students from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. The Friday evening events will be held at the Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo North Campus, and cosponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo. A Saturday morning teacher workshop on “The Arts in Asia” is also planned.


All panel, roundtable, and paper proposals must include the name and full contact information of all participants, and should be submitted online by visiting and clicking the link at the top that says “Propose a panel, roundtable, or paper.”

INDIVIDUAL PAPER proposals should include the full title and a brief abstract of 200 words or less. Individual papers will be assigned by the NYCAS 2011 program committee to a panel according to topic and should be short enough to present in 15-20 minutes. Word-for-word reading of papers is discouraged.

A PANEL consists of 3 or 4 papers organized around a common topic or theme, and a chair (who may also be one of the panelists). All panel proposals should include a title and brief abstract of the panel (200 words or less), and a title and brief abstract of each paper. Panels will run for 90 minutes, and paper presentations should be short enough to allow for questions and discussion. Creative panel formats that encourage discussion and exchange are especially welcomed.

ROUNDTABLE format may vary, but could include introductory remarks by each roundtable participant, followed by comments and discussion among participants and the audience. All roundtable proposals should include a title, content summary, and description of the anticipated contributions of each roundtable participant.

NYCAS 2011 website:

Please address all inquiries to .

Ron Knapp
Executive Secretary
New York Conference on Asian Studies–NYCAS

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