Call for Papers: Middle Classes in East Asia’s Global Cities

Truman Institute global cities workshop logoThe Har­ry S. Tru­man Research Insti­tute for the Advance­ment of Peace at The Hebrew Uni­ver­si­ty of Jerusalem invites pro­pos­als for pre­sen­ta­tions at an inter­na­tion­al work­shop titled “Mid­dle Class­es in East Asia’s Glob­al Cities: Spaces, Com­mu­ni­ties, and Lifestyles.” The work­shop will take place June 21–23, 2016, at The Hebrew Uni­ver­si­ty of Jerusalem, orga­nized by the Tru­man Research Insti­tute, the Louis Frieberg Cen­ter for East Asian Stud­ies, and the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies.

The orga­niz­ers solic­it orig­i­nal, unpub­lished papers that draw on empir­i­cal research or offer new con­cep­tu­al­iza­tions of the study of middle-class spaces, com­mu­ni­ties, and life-styles in East Asian glob­al cities. Papers may focus on the mid­dle class­es in a sin­gle city, but com­par­isons of dif­fer­ent cities and region­al per­spec­tives are par­tic­u­lar­ly wel­come.

Glob­al cities are defined as large met­ro­pol­i­tan cen­ters that serve as dynam­ic hubs of eco­nom­ic, social, and cul­tur­al activ­i­ties not only on a nation­al and region­al lev­el but also on a glob­al scale. Shang­hai, Bangkok, Seoul, Jakar­ta, Taipei, and Kuala Lumpur are cit­ed as exam­ples. These glob­al cities also con­sti­tute major sites for the emer­gence of new mid­dle class­es, con­sist­ing of busi­ness and cul­tur­al entre­pre­neurs, man­agers, pro­fes­sion­als, and white-collar work­ers.

Prospec­tive par­tic­i­pants should sub­mit abstracts of three hun­dred words, with five lines of bio­graph­i­cal infor­ma­tion, elec­tron­i­cal­ly to by Jan­u­ary 15, 2016. Noti­fi­ca­tion of accep­tance will be issued by Feb­ru­ary 1, 2016. Pre­sen­ters will be expect­ed to cir­cu­late their papers by June 1, 2016.