2015 SPAS Graduate Student Conference

image: SPAS graduate student conference logoThe Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies wel­comes pro­pos­als for papers, per­for­mances, and pan­els for its 26th annu­al grad­u­ate stu­dent con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence will be held at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies on the Mānoa cam­pus March 18–20, 2015. The con­fer­ence theme is “Against the Cur­rent: Trans­form­ing Per­spec­tives in Asia.”

The keynote speak­er for the con­fer­ence is Dr. Rha­cel Par­renas, pro­fes­sor of soci­ol­o­gy and gen­der stud­ies and chair of the Depart­ment of Soci­ol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. She is known for her work on women’s labor and migra­tion in eco­nom­ic glob­al­iza­tion. Her lat­est book is Illic­it Flir­ta­tions: Labor, Migra­tion and Sex Traf­fick­ing in Tokyo (Stan­ford, 2011).

Con­fer­ence orga­niz­ers invite papers, per­for­mances, and pan­el pro­pos­als that con­tin­ue, change, or con­test dis­ci­pli­nary and region­al approach­es to the study of the Asia-Pacific region. Those with a back­ground in the arts are espe­cial­ly encour­aged to sub­mit per­for­mance or paper pro­pos­als. Espe­cial­ly desired are papers that:

  • Involve orig­i­nal research in all areas of Asia and Asian stud­ies
  • Incor­po­rate inter­dis­ci­pli­nary meth­ods and frame­works
  • Engage com­par­a­tive stud­ies or transna­tion­al­ism
  • Explore new and emerg­ing trends in Asian Stud­ies
  • Present Asian per­for­mance prac­tices

Appli­ca­tions to par­tic­i­pate in the con­fer­ence pro­gram should be sub­mit­ted on line by Jan­u­ary 10, 2015. The appli­ca­tion form may be found here.

All accept­ed papers/panels will have dis­cus­sants. Pre­sen­ters should be pre­pared to sub­mit their papers by Feb­ru­ary 16, 2015.

In addi­tion to awards for dis­tin­guished papers, lim­it­ed par­tial trav­el grants to the con­fer­ence site may be avail­able.

For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it the con­fer­ence Web site at http://spasconference.wordpress.com/.

Ques­tions may be direct­ed to the con­fer­ence plan­ning com­mit­tee at gradconf@hawaii.edu.