Call for Papers: Animals and Human Society in Asia

call for papers [150-2]The Asian Sphere: Trans-Cultural Flows
An Inter-University Graduate Program of
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Haifa

Call for Papers for an International Conference on

Animals and Human Society in Asia
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
26 February to 2 March 2017

We are delighted to announce the second conference of the Asian Sphere Program. The conference will take place from February 26 to 2 March 2017, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

We invite proposals for novel or integrative (unpublished) papers in one of the following thematic domains:

# Animal Domestication and Animals in Prehistoric Societies in Asia
# Animals, Medicine, Diet and Culinary Taboos in Asia
# Draft Animals and their Place in Asian Society
# Animals and their Representations in Asian Cultures, Religions and Ideology
# Animals in Wars and Diplomacy Across Asian History
# Pets in Asian Societies
# Animals in Asian Economies

Proposals, as well as further enquiries, should be sent by email to the conference secretariat (

Proposals should include:

  • Name and affiliation
  • Name of the domain the paper is applicable.
  • Title and a short abstract (150-200 words)
  • Brief CV (1-3 pages).

The deadline for submitting proposals is 15 August 2016. Accepted proposals will be notified by15 September 2016. We require participants to send a full paper (4,000-5,000 words) by 15 January 2017.

The organizers will cover five-night accommodation in Israel including participation in a 1-2-day study trip). Pending on available funding we will also assist in airfare costs (priority to early-career and/or Asian scholars).

The conference will be conducted in English. It is open to the public and participation is free of charge. We would be grateful if you could distribute this call for papers among your colleagues.

Please save the dates!

Conference steering committee:

Prof. Gideon Shelach:
Prof. Guy Bar-Oz:
Prof. Meir Shahar:
Prof. Michal Biran:
Prof. Rotem Kowner:

Conference’s secretariat:

The Asian Sphere program:

This new journal has just been launched under the editorship of Cynthea Bogel. The premier issue includes articles relevant to premodern Japanese studies by Ellen Van Goethem, Florian Reiter, Lindsay DeWitt, William Matsuda, Lisa Kochinski, and Yuzhi Zhou.

The full text is available at:

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