MLA New Permanent Forum in SE Asian Literature

The Modern Language Association (MLA) has approved our proposal for a permanent Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (CLCS) forum in Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian Diasporic literature and culture.  The forum welcomes proposals on any aspect of literature and cultural production related to Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian diasporas, including Sinophone studies (the 2018 Convention in New York City will feature several panels related to Southeast Asia, including presentations on Sinophone topics).  The inaugural forum chair is Cheryl Narumi Naruse of Tulane University.

All MLA members are invited to the first business meeting of this newly established forum at the 2018 MLA Convention on 4 January 2018, 8:45-10:00 p.m., room Clinton, in the New York Hilton Midtown. This meeting will be an opportunity to meet other scholars working on Southeast Asian related topics as well as a time to discuss future MLA sessions, elect executive committee members, and plan forum activities.

We look forward to seeing you.


The Executive Committee of the Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian Diasporic CLCS Forum

Cheryl Narumi Naruse (chair)
Ben Vu Tran (secretary)
Sheela Jane Menon
Brian Bernards <>

AAS Workshop on the Second Book–cfp

Our field, like the rest of the humanities and social sciences, directs most of its developmental resources to supporting the younger generation of scholars through the doctoral and postdoctoral phases of their careers up to the publication of the first book. This is appropriate, as the challenges of turning the dissertation into that first monograph, clearing the path to promotion to tenure, are formidable. Beyond that phase, however, lies the mid-career challenge of writing the second book that, in most universities, marks the dividing line between associate and full professor. Of scholars in the humanities and social sciences who publish a first book, most do not publish a second. This is often by choice, as some of us elect to prioritize others aspects of our professional careers. For others, though, not publishing a second book is less a matter of choice than the product of circumstances. Research continues, writing gets done, and yet the book remains elusive, and with it, the rewards of promotion to full.

To help mid-career members who find themselves in this position, the AAS will offer its first workshop on the challenges of writing the second book on the afternoon of Thursday, March 22 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, prior to the opening of the annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The workshop will be jointly run by Beth Berry, Tim Brook, Josh Fogel, and Tobie Meyer-Fong. Members of the Association who are working in any of the areas and disciplines represented by the Association are invited to apply. The participants will be limited in number. No cost is involved. Continue reading

Critical Asian Humanities Workshop 2018–cfp reminder

Reminder: Critical Asian Humanities Workshop 2018-cfp
Call for Papers: Fourth Annual Critical Asian Humanities Workshop (deadline, November 20, 2017)
Duke University, April 6-7, 2018

Duke University will host a select graduate student conference in conjunction with its fourth annual Critical Asian Humanities workshop, which will be held on April 6-7, 2018. Integrating approaches and methodologies from cultural studies, critical theory, and area studies, we identify Critical Asian Humanities as an interdisciplinary field that emphasizes humanistic inquiry while critically interrogating many of the assumptions on which the humanities have traditionally relied.

The 2018 Workshop’s keynote speakers will be:

Thomas Lamarre (McGill), “Media Studies, Area Studies.”
Tina Lu (Yale), “Toward a Psychology of the Seventeenth Century”
Jennifer Ho (UNC), “Transnational and Transpacific Intimacies: A Family/Familiar Story.” Continue reading

KFLC 2018–cfp extension

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the abstract submission deadline for the 2018 Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, i.e. “KFLC: The Languages, Literature, and Cultures Conference, 2018” has been extended.

Abstract submission will remain open until November 20th, 2017 @ 11:59 PM, EST.

As in the past, this year’s conference will hold sessions in the following divisions:

*   Arabic and Islamic Studies
*   East Asian Studies
*   French and Francophone Studies
*   German-Austrian-Swiss Studies
*   Hebrew and Jewish Studies
*   Hispanic and Romance Linguistics
*   Indigenous Studies
*   Intercultural Studies
*   Italian Studies
*   Language Studies for the Professions
*   Linguistics (General)
*   Lusophone Studies
*   Neo-Latin Studies
*   Russian and Slavic Studies
*   Second Language Acquisition
*   Spanish American (Latin American) Studies
*   Spanish Peninsular Studies
*   Translation Studies Continue reading

Chinese Internet Research Conference 2018–cfp

ICA Pre-Conference: The 16th Chinese Internet Research Conference in Leiden

List members may be interested in the following call: The Leiden University Institute for Area Studies and Leiden Law School welcome scholars from the area studies, social sciences, law, humanities, computer sciences, and from multi-disciplinary backgrounds to the 16th annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC), to be held in Leiden, the Netherlands, on 22-23 May 2018.

CIRC annually brings together leading experts in the field of China Studies and many disciplines concerned with ICT in China. The 2018 iterations of CIRC will explore the theme ‘modes of connection’, through three sub-themes: modes of community, modes of productivity, and modes of organization. The field of China internet research has fruitfully tracked communication patterns across the Chinese speaking world, generating lively discussion about different discourses, voices, and media types in Chinese society. This conference will augment these efforts by asking how media and communication are bolted to the world. The internet has rapidly become more than a venue for the exchange of information. It is closely intertwined with social interactions, economic exchanges, and the practice of governance. Simultaneously, concerns surrounding the internet are no longer merely confined to free expression and access to information, they have come to include the impact of the internet on the integrity of political systems, personal data protection, terrorist use of ICTs, and cybercrime. There is now much greater complexity in the nature of connectivity that ICTs permit, and therefore the social, economic, and political questions they generate, which CIRC 16 will aim to explore. Continue reading

Harvard East Asia Society Annual Conference–cfp

Dear all,

The Harvard East Asia Society is seeking paper proposals for its 21st annual conference! This year’s theme will be “(De)Constructing Boundaries,” and the conference will be held at Harvard University from February 9-10, 2018.

The application deadline for this conference is November 12th, 2017. For more information, please refer to the Call for Papers document attached herewith, or visit our page at:

Best regards,
The HEAS Conference Committee

Harvard East Asia Society
Harvard East Asia Society 21st Annual Conference

Journal of Chinese Cinemas–cfp

Call for Papers: Chaotic Formats: Video, Moving Images, Cinematic Displays
Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Special Issue 2019

In postsocialist China, the boundaries between the practice of artmaking and filmmaking, and the spaces of contemporary art and cinema, have rarely been distinct. Instead, artistic practices in China are characterized by a chaos of formats, an ambivalence about presentational modes and an implicit or explicit acknowledgement of mainstream representational and presentational formats. Moving image art has become a potent analytic and practical category for art history and film scholars to examine the alternative production, exhibition and funding models that facilitate the migration of filmmakers into the spaces of art and artists into the spaces of film. In Europe and North America, this migration produced anxieties about medium specificity that were exacerbated by the introduction of digital technologies, and many of these anxieties shape the discussion around artist’s cinema and filmmaker’s art exhibitions. Such concerns, central to European and North American discussions of “crossing the black box and the white cube,” are largely absent in the Chinese context. Continue reading

Institute of Network Society 2017

Another Walk with Lefebvre – The Second Annual Conference of the Institute of Network Society (Hangzhou, 11-12 Nov. 2017)
China Academy of Art
Hangzhou, China
11-12 Nov. 2017

Our collective celebration will bring together researchers from the U.K., Canada, Italy, France, Australia, Japan as well as China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. This year, we draw our critical impetus from one key thinker of modernity: Henri Lefebvre. Our aim is to rediscover his work through today’s urban and algorithmic mutations. Inspired by Lefebvre, our four panels will engage in the creative act of depicting and re-inventing urban space and everyday life:

1-Marxist Philosophy and Critical Methods
2-Today’s (Digital) Everyday
3-Urban Imagination and New Geographies
4-Global Algorithmic Production. Continue reading

Critical Asian Humanities Workshop 2018-cfp

Call for Papers: Fourth Annual Critical Asian Humanities Workshop (deadline, November 20, 2017)
Duke University, April 6-7, 2018

Duke University will host a select graduate student conference in conjunction with its fourth annual Critical Asian Humanities workshop, which will be held on April 6-7, 2018. Integrating approaches and methodologies from cultural studies, critical theory, and area studies, we identify Critical Asian Humanities as an interdisciplinary field that emphasizes humanistic inquiry while critically interrogating many of the assumptions on which the humanities have traditionally relied.

The 2018 Workshop’s keynote speakers will be:

Thomas Lamarre (McGill)
Tina Lu (Yale)
Jennifer Ho (UNC) Continue reading

KFLC 2018–cfp

Dear List Members,

The 2018 KFLC conference will take place from April 19th to April 21st at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Deadline for abstract submission is November 6th, 11:59 pm EST.

Please find detailed call for papers at the link below:

Please submit your abstract here by November 6th:

You need to create an account and login to submit your abstract if this is your first time attending KFLC.
Please visit the conference website for other detailed information:

We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Lexington next April!


羅靚 Luo, Liang Ph.D. <>
Faculty Director, International Village Living and Learning Program
Associate Professor of Chinese Studies
Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and CulturesUniversity of Kentucky

The Moving Target: Translation and Chinese Poetry–cfa

Call for abstracts | The Moving Target: Translation and Chinese Poetry

On 1-2 June 2018, Maghiel van Crevel and Lucas Klein will convene a workshop entitled “The Moving Target: Translation and Chinese Poetry” at Leiden University, toward the publication of an edited volume in 2019.

Participants will arrive on 31 May and depart on 3 June. Hotel accommodation and all meals will be funded by the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and other local funding bodies.

The workshop aims to conjoin critical engagement with the notion of translation with deep linguistic, literary and cultural knowledge on poetry in Chinese: written in Chinese, translated into Chinese, or translated from Chinese into other languages. Continue reading

TAP “Voyages” issue–cfp extension

The Trans Asia Photography Review seeks proposals for articles and projects relating to the theme of “Voyages”.

New deadline for proposals: November 5, 2017. Full projects due December 28, 2017, when they will be sent out for peer review. Final selections will be published in our spring 2018 issue. Please to go the style guide on the TAP websitefor details on how to format submissions.
The term “voyages” here includes the voluntary and involuntary movement of individuals and groups, as well as the movement of photographic ideas and technologies, from one city, region or nation in Asia to another. How and why do people, ideas and technologies move about, and what are the aftereffects of these voyages?

Questions? Contact

Sandra Matthews
Editor, Trans Asia Photography Review

China-Africa in Global Comparative Perspective–cfp

“China-Africa in Global Comparative Perspective”: call for proposals for a panel on China-Africa fiction writing

Dear All,

The 5th Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network Conference will be hosted by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB -Belgium), from June 26 to June 29, 2018. Details and call for papers can be found here:

I am looking to set up a panel on the representations of Chinese in African fiction literature and/or the representations of Africans in Chinese fiction literature.

If you are interested, please contact me at


Vanessa Frangville

AAP 2018–cfp

Association for Asian Performance (AAP) Sponsored Sessions
at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2018 Conference

AAP invites full paper panel and multidisciplinary session proposals that explore the 2018 ATHE theme and its manifestations in Asian performance, including but not limited to performance traditions of Asian regions and the theory, practice, and/or pedagogy of Asian performance from transnational and multidisciplinary perspectives.  We encourage and welcome creative engagements with the 2018 ATHE theme.  To learn more about the AAP and membership benefits please visit the AAP website:

Conference Dates and Location
AUGUST 1 – 5, 2018

Submission Deadline
November 1, 2017 (midnight, Central Time)
(complete session proposals and technology requests; direct submission at
Guidelines for submission (with link to online form) is at Continue reading

Disability Aesthetics and Politics–cfp

ACLA Seminar: Disability Aesthetics and Politics in East Asian and Transnational Contexts–Call for Papers (ACLA link:

To further extend disability studies beyond the Euro-American context, this seminar seeks to bring together papers that examine disability representations in East Asian and transnational contexts—paying general attention to their politics, aesthetics, and ethics. These representations can be literary, visual, or draw upon popular culture; all historical periods are welcome. What are the manners in which dominant ideologies such as nationalism and neo-liberalism establish and reinforce the ideology of ableism by casting the disabled body as the Other? How do disability subjectivities help generate new forms of embodied knowledge and collective consciousness? Why does disability figure prominently in our cultural and moral imagination— what purposes does it serve, and at whose cost? How do larger forces such as globalization and colonialism shape the ways in which disability is represented, and what are the historical conditions and political economies in which they are grounded? How do literary and cultural studies of disability contribute to disability justice? Continue reading