Call For Papers: Graduate Student Conference on East Asia

Twenty-first Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia
Columbia University in the City of New York
Friday February 10 to Saturday February 11, 2012

Graduate students are invited to submit papers for the Twenty-First Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia. This two-day conference provides a forum for students from institutions around the world to meet and share ideas and research with their peers. The 2012 conference marks the beginning of a new decade in the conference’s history. As such, this year’s participants will have the opportunity, in the spirit of reinvigoration, to use this year’s conference as a forum for the promotion and circulation of new ideas within East Asian Studies. In addition, participants will gain valuable experience in presenting their work for discussion with other graduate students as well as Columbia faculty.

We welcome applications from graduate students engaged in research on all fields in East Asian Studies, including history, literature, political science, economics, art history, religion, sociology, archaeology, law, environmental studies and anthropology.


Participants can take part in the conference as presenters and/or discussants:

Presenters deliver talks no longer than 15 minutes that summarize research in progress.

Discussants introduce the panelists and facilitate the 20-minute discussion session following the presentations.

APPLICATIONS (due November 27, 2011):

Please fill out the application on with the required

Your full name as you would like it to appear in the abstract booklet and conference schedule
Contact info (e-mail)

Institutional affiliation
Major area of study (region and discipline)
Title of your paper
One-page (250 words max.) abstract in print-ready format, including your name and institution
We will not accept applications without abstracts (Please provide five keywords for your paper in the abstract).

Notification of acceptance – within two weeks of application deadline.

Final Papers (5-7 pages maximum) are due January 8, 2012.


Please indicate any audiovisual equipment you will need for your presentation. Please note that our A/V resources are quite limited, and we may not be able to satisfy everyone’s needs. Presenters must bring their own laptops and VGA adapters for computer presentations.

Since presentations will be limited to 15 minutes, full-length research papers or theses will not be accepted.

There is a required $7 registration fee payable on arrival at the conference.


We encourage everyone to arrange their own accommodations. The conference runs from Friday afternoon to late Saturday evening. Travel and lodging information can be found on the conference website.

Joshua Batts
Glenda Chao
Jae Won Chung

Clay Eaton
Matthieu Felt
Nicole Kwoh


Graduate Student Conference on East Asia
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
407 Kent Hall, Mail Code 3907
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027

FAX: 212-678-8629

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