Call for Papers: Discussions on Asia: The Midwest Graduate Student Conference

call for papers [150-2]April 11-12, 2014

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Call for Papers in Brief:

The graduate students of the Critical Asian Studies Collaborative invite proposals for our first graduate student conference, Discussions on Asia. The theme for this conference is contact. Coming into contact with someone or something is vital to human relationships. Beyond this everyday dimension of contact, narratives and representations of contact have also been foundational for knowledge production in the humanities and social sciences. Disciplines such as anthropology and area studies have been framed through stories and images of contact with foreign people, places, and objects. In this regard, “Asia” itself was constructed as an object of knowledge through stories, images, and concepts of contact.

This conference will focus on contact as it pertains to the study and construction of “Asia.” We welcome presenters across disciplines who work in modern or pre-modern Asia to discuss narratives, images, or concepts of contact between people, places, or things. We are particularly interested in alternative perspectives on the common narratives of contact in Asian studies.

Essential Information:
*       Date: April 11-12, 2014
*       Location: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus
*       Sponsors: University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies
*       Website:

Keynote Speaker:

We are pleased to announce that Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University, will be delivering the keynote speech, titled: “Patterns of Change: A Grand Unified Theory of Japanese History.” She is best known for her book Japan’s Modern Myths, and in 2009 edited Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon with Anna Tsing.

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words and a brief bio of no more than 100 words to Blair Williams at by December 1, 2013. Conference applicants will be notified by January 1, 2014. We welcome submissions from graduate students at all stages. Questions and comments can be submitted to the same e-mail address or left via one of the social networking links found on the website.

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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