Contested Spaces: The 13th Annual East Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference takes place at the University of Toronto Saturday, March 2, 2013. Prof. Lisa Kim Davis of UCLA will deliver the keynote speech.
Using East Asia as a point of departure, the conference challenges speakers to interrogate our understanding of space and society in all disciplines, including history, geography, sociology, literature, and anthropology. Possible topics for papers include imperialism, colonization, and decolonization; urbanization, gentrification, and uneven development; spaces of production and reproduction; virtual spaces and real spaces; gendered spaces; nationalism and/or social movements; and East Asia as discursive space.
Those interested in presenting papers should submit an abstract (300 words maximum) along with some brief biographical information (name, affiliation, and research interests) by December 7, 2012. Presentations should be 20 minutes in length (1,500–2,000 word papers). Selected participants will be asked to submit completed papers by February 15, 2013. Submissions may be for an individual or a panel. Panel submissions must include one abstract per participant, up to three persons.