Conference on Inter-Asian Connections II: Singapore - December 8-10, 2010

The SSRC, in partnership with The Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at the University of Hong Kong, and the National University of Singapore (NUS) (the Organizers) organized and hosted an international conference, "Inter-Asian Connections II: Singapore."

This conference hosted concurrent workshops, coordinated by individual directors and showcasing innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines. The five workshops focused 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 (additional details on individual workshops below).

The conference structure and schedule were designed to enable intensive ‘working group’ interactions on specific research themes as well as broader interactions on topics of mutual interest and concern. Accordingly, the concluding day of the conference brought all the conference participants together for a public presentation and exchange of research agendas that emerged over the course of the conference deliberations.

In addition, the third and final day of the conference featured a public keynote address delivered by Dr. Ackbar Abbas (Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California – Irvine) “‘Poor Theory’ and Asian Cultural Practices”, a Plenary In celebration of Professor Wang Gungwu’s 80th Birthday with an address delivered by Philip A. Kuhn (the Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Emeritus, Harvard University) “China and Chineseness: Civilization as Historical Storehouse,” and a Plenary devoted to “Electronic Media and Academic Interaction among Scholars in Asia” led by Paul H. Kratoska, Managing Director, NUS Press & Michael Duckworth, Publisher, Hong Kong University Press.

Please click on the links below for additional details on the five conference workshops and note that additional details will appear on this site shortly.

Details on the application process and responses to FAQs appear below for information only, as applications are no longer being accepted for Inter-Asian Connections II.


  • Participants are selected by workshop directors in consultation with the Organizers, and must present a research paper related to the theme of their conference workshop, to be submitted in advance.

  • Applications must include: (a) a Cover Sheet, (b) 1-2 page C.V. (academic qualifications and employment history; list of publications), (c) a 350-word abstract of research paper to be presented at the workshop, and (d) a short statement (200-300 words) explaining how the paper fits the theme of the workshop.

  • Selected participants agree to the following conditions: (a) Preparation and submission of a final research paper of 20-25 pages by October 15, 2010. 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, and should take into account any guidelines and suggestions received from workshop directors. (b) Reading the pre-circulated papers of all other participants in their workshop prior to arrival in Singapore. (c) Guaranteed participation at all sessions of their workshop and at all mandatory conference events.


  • Please read the list of workshops carefully before selecting a workshop for participation. You can only apply to ONE workshop. Multiple submissions will be disqualified from the selection process.

  • While we are able to accept co-authored paper proposals, it may be possible for only one author per accepted submission to participate in the conference due to financial and logistical constraints.

  • 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.

  • All papers will be circulated electronically in advance, and will be made available to all conference participants on a password-protected webpage.

  • Although the Organizers cannot guarantee full financial coverage for all participants, they have obtained some funding to contribute towards participants’ travel and accommodation costs. All final funding decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis after the selection process has been completed. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding for at least a portion of their expenses from external agencies (such as their home institutions).