Conference on Inter-Asian Connections IV: Istanbul (October 2-5, 2013)
CALL FOR WORKSHOP PAPERS
Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2013
Co-organized and co-sponsored by the Social Science Research Council, Yale University, the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at the University of Hong Kong, Göttingen University and Koç University – collectively the “Conference Organizing Committee.”
The Inter-Asian Connections Conference Organizing Committee is pleased to announce an open call for individual research paper submissions from researchers in any world region, to participate in a 4-day thematic workshop at an international conference, Inter-Asian Connections IV: Istanbul.
To be held in Istanbul and hosted by Koç University, the conference will host seven concurrent workshops led by two or three directors and showcasing innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines. Workshops will focus on themes of particular relevance to Asia, reconceptualized as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia and South Asia, to East Asia. Six workshops were chosen competitively from among 43 applications while one was organized by the host institution. We are now accepting applications for all seven workshops.
The conference structure and schedule have been designed to enable intensive ‘working group’ interactions on a specific research theme, as well as broader interactions on topics of mutual interest and concern. Accordingly, there will be a public keynote and plenary sessions in addition to closed workshop sessions. The concluding day of the conference will bring all the conference participants together for the public presentation and exchange of research agendas that have emerged over the course of the conference deliberations.
Individual paper submissions are invited from junior and senior scholars, whether graduate students or faculty, or researchers in NGOs or other research organizations, for the following six workshops. For the full Calls for Papers and detailed descriptions of the individual workshops, click the links below.
(click to see full descriptions and calls for the individual workshops)
"After Neoliberalism?" The Future of Postneoliberal State and Society in Asia
Workshop Directors: Emel Akçali (Department of International Relations and European Studies, Central European University), Ho-Fung Hung (Sociology, Johns Hopkins University) and Lerna Yanik (Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Kadir Has University)
Asian Early Modernities: Empires, Bureaucrats, Confessions, Borders, Merchants
Workshop Directors: Kaya Sahin (Department of History, Indiana University) and Hendrik Spruyt (Department of Political Science, Northwestern University)
Contemporary Art and the Inter-Asian Imaginary
Workshop Directors: Alice Jim (Department of Art History, Concordia University) and Henry Tsang (Faculty of Culture + Community, emily carr university of art + design)
Inequalities in Asian Societies: Bringing Back Class Analysis
Workshop Directors: Deniz Yükseker (Sociology, Koç University) and Ching Kwan Lee (Sociology, UCLA)
Porous Enclaves: Inter-Asian Residential Projects and the Popular Classes from Istanbul to Seoul
Workshop Directors: John Friedmann (School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia) and Erik Harms (Anthropology and Area & International Studies, Yale University)
Rescuing Taste from the Nation: Oceans, Borders and Culinary Flows
Workshop Directors: Krishnendu Ray (Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health, New York University) and Cecilia Leong-Salobir (School of Humanities, University of Western Australia and The Institute for Social Transformation Research at University of Wollongong)
The Sounds and Scripts of Languages in Motion
Workshop Directors: Jing Tsu (East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University) and Ronit Ricci (School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia-Pacific, The Australian National University)
- In order to apply, applicants must submit: (a) on-line application, (b) a 500-word abstract of research paper to be presented at the workshop, (c) a short statement (200-300 words) explaining how the paper fits the theme of the workshop, and (d) 1-2 page C.V. (academic qualifications and employment history; list of publications).
- Participants will be selected by workshop directors in consultation with the Conference Organizing Committee.
- Selection decisions will be announced in March 2013. Selected participants must confirm their decision to participate within 10 days of receiving the selection notification.
RESPONSES TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do you mean by Inter-Asia?
Applicants are encouraged to think about “Inter-Asia” in the context of connections, convergences and comparisons. We are interested in developing the study of connections - the exploration of historical and/or contemporary transnational/cross-national/trans-regional processes, structures, practices, and flows within and across the territorial and imaginative space of Asia, secondly convergences or the responses of different Asian societies to common processes, and finally comparisons involving the investigation of societies/polities within Asia especially those that explore diverse and innovative units of comparison.
Can I apply to participate in more than one workshop?
No. Please read the list of workshops and individual workshop CfPs carefully before selecting a workshop for participation. You can only apply to one workshop. Multiple submissions will be disqualified from the selection process.
Can I apply to participate if I have participated in a previous Inter-Asian Connections event?
Can I submit a joint application with another researcher?
Yes. However, while we are able to accept co-authored/joint paper proposals, we can only provide support for one author per accepted application to participate in the conference due to financial and logistical constraints. Those submitting co-authored paper proposals should indicate the primary author.
Are there language requirements for this event?
Yes. A working language of English is required, and the papers and presentations will be in English. No translation/interpretation services will be available at the conference.
If my paper proposal is accepted, what will be required of me as a conference/workshop participant?
The responsibilities of the conference participants include:
- Submission of a DRAFT research paper of 20-25 pages by June 24, 2013. Papers should be high-quality original research in line with the workshop description available on the conference’s website. Papers should correspond to the original abstract/proposal submitted by the author.
- Submission of a REVISED, final research paper by September 6, 2013, taking into account any guidelines and suggestions received from workshop directors (directors’ comments due July 22, 2013).
- Reading the pre-circulated papers of all other participants in their workshop prior to arrival in Istanbul. Papers will be circulated electronically in advance to all fellow workshop participants (~10), and made available to all conference participants (~80) at the time of the workshop.
- Participation in all workshop sessions and attendance at all conference events – including the Welcome & Closing Sessions, the Keynote Address and all Conference Plenary Sessions. Final details, including the conference agenda, will be available at least six weeks in advance.
Will financial support be provided for conference participants?
The Organizers are making every effort to insure some level of funding for participants toward the costs associated with attending Inter-Asian Connections IV: Istanbul. At this point we plan to offer the following financial assistance: (a) single room accommodations including breakfast; (b) local transport to/from the conference site daily; (c) lunch on-site; (d) one group dinner and (e) partial airfare stipend We cannot currently cover full airfare costs or any other incidentals, including meals not provided by the Organizers, ground transportation, visa processing fees, etc. Therefore we encourage participants to seek funding from external agencies (such as their home institutions). We will not be able to confirm details about final funding amounts until after the selection process has been completed (spring 2013).
What are the anticipated research outcomes of the workshops and conference, and plans for follow-on activities, if any?
Anticipated research outcomes of the workshops vary, and will be determined largely by the individual workshop directors, often in collaboration with the selected workshop participants. While there are no conference-wide plans for follow-on activities, individual workshops may wish to pursue various options – including the production of edited volumes and special journal issues. Towards this end, the Organizers are developing a publication subvention program (more details to follow). In addition, the Organizers hope to facilitate collaborations among the expanding network of “Inter-Asian” scholars, and will work to develop these cross-workshop and cross-conference collaborations on an ongoing basis, including through the development of a scholar database and other on-line resources.
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