The 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The organizers solicit original, unpublished papers that draw on empirical research or offer new conceptualizations of the study of middle-class spaces, communities, and life-styles in East Asian global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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.