Call for Papers: Structure and Subordination: Law, Science, and Religion in East Asia

call for papers [150-2]April 22nd, 2017 at the University of Pennsylvania 

The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania presents its first annual graduate student conference: Structure and Subordination: Law, Science, and Religion in East Asia. This one-day conference provides a forum for graduate students from regional institutions to examine how the legal, scientific, religious, and sociopolitical boundaries of East Asia (China, Korea, Japan, and Mongolia) have been interrogated in the past and explore how they are being redrawn in the present.

We welcome applications from currently enrolled graduate students in all disciplines related to the study of East Asia and especially encourage those that address the following conference themes:

  • The relationship between policy, technology, and thought in East Asia
  • The mobilization of art and visual culture to challenge political authority in East Asia
  • The construction and performance of gender, race, and other group identities in East Asia
  • The influence of differing conceptions of the body in East Asia
  • The translation of texts across borders and the discovery of self in East Asia

Submission Requirements

Please submit for review an abstract of no longer than 250 words and a short biography of 100 words or less by February 1st, 2016. Application materials may be sent to:


Limited funding is available for conference participants. Please indicate your need at the time of application and include both the location from which you will be traveling and whether you require lodging.

Contact Information

Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
University of Pennsylvania
255 S. 36th Street, 847 Williams Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104

About Paula

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