Hong Kong Inside Out–cfp

Call for Papers: Hong Kong Inside Out – Hong Kong Studies Postgraduate Conference 2024

*All dates and times are in Hong Kong Standard Time if not specifically mentioned (GMT+8)
Conference dates: 26-27 April 2024 (Friday–Saturday)
Format: Online
Languages: English, Cantonese, and Mandarin
Eligibility: Students who are currently enrolled in master’s or doctoral programmes at the time of conference
Deadline for abstracts: 15 December 2023 (Friday)
Paper due: 1 April 2024 (Monday)
Keynote speaker: Dr John D. Wong (Associate Professor, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences & School of Modern Languages and Cultures, HKU)

Hong Kong Studies has emerged from being a fledgling field primarily centred in the city of Hong Kong itself into a sprawling network of researchers, centres, postgraduates, and programmes across continents. At the same time, growing interest in Hong Kong and its historical and contemporary dilemmas has proliferated across a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. While the rapid growth of the field has brought considerable resources, vitality, and urgency to scholarly research and discussions about Hong Kong, it has also come at the cost of fundamental conversations about how to define the field itself. What is gained and what is lost when we study Hong Kong while situated within the city itself, or while working from far away? Who has belonged in the study of Hong Kong, and who has been excluded? How do the key terms and concepts by which various disciplines approach Hong Kong past and present differ from each other, and how might these be reconciled? In short, how might we understand or even reconceptualise the subject of our collective inquiry—Hong Kong—inside out?

This online conference, organised by a global team of postgraduates, aims to provide a platform and community-building space for all postgraduates studying Hong Kong from around the world and a variety of disciplines. It particularly aims to encourage postgraduates to develop how their work intervenes in crucial debates over the scope, definition, and practices of the field, and to map out and reconcile the ways in which different scholarly disciplines and traditions approach Hong Kong studies.

To maximise accessibility and diversity of voices, the conference will be held virtually across a variety of time zones, and presentations in English, Cantonese or Mandarin are welcome. Panels will be formed and scheduled after the announcement of accepted papers, and faculty scholars will be invited to serve as discussants.

Interested participants are invited to submit an abstract (English: max. 300 words; Chinese: max. 500 words), five keywords, and an 100-word biographical sketch (to be combined in 1 PDF file named in the format: “[family name]-[given name]-abstract-2024”) to hkgspgc@gmail.com by 15 December 2023. Please use “Abstract 2024” for the subject line in your email, and be sure to indicate the language you would like to present. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 January 2024, and full papers (English: max. 8,000 words; Chinese: max. 10,000 words, excluding notes and bibliography) are expected by 1 April 2024. For inquiry, please contact at hkgspgc@gmail.com.

Organising Committee: [in alphabetical order] Justin Chun-Yin Cheng (UM-Ann Arbor), Brandon Fung (UBC), Quinton Huang (UBC), Ng Sum Leung (Oxford), Jacqueline Liu (Cornell), Tim Hok-Yau Pit (CUHK), Tommy C. K. Tong (UBC), Fiona Wong (Edinburgh), Shing Kit Wong (HKU)

PDF and bilingual version of the CFP: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RJ_WYDKtSENFJ308XXhv4w07tmKS7Owr/view?usp=sharing

Posted by: Justin Chun-Yin Cheng justincy@umich.edu

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