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Cultural Connections, Convergences, and Collisions: Past and Present

How should we approach Asian Studies in a globalizing world? How have circulations of people, images and commodities across the borders of nation-states and regions affected notions of Asia and Asianness? How do contemporary processes of interconnection resemble or differ from the border crossings of other historical eras? What form should Asian Studies take institutionally as the field confronts a world in motion? In an effort to explore these and other related questions that seek to re-"orient" the field of Asian studies broadly construed toward compelling new questions, the 2008 New York Conference on Asian Studies, to be held at Hamilton College from September 26-27, 2008, presents the theme, "Cultural Connections, Convergences, and Collisions Past and Present." We invite multiple, fluid, and innovative readings of this theme, including, but not limited to:

  • Rethinking Boundedness: Interconnection in Asian History and culture.
  • South-South connections in contemporary and historic frames.
  • Trans-regional connections "within" Asian Histories.
  • "Global" Asian communities and cultures.
  • Asian-American Studies and the Asian Studies Curriculum

As hosts of the 2008 NYCAS, the Asian Studies Program at Hamilton College invites panel and paper proposals to explore the theme of , "Cultural Connections, Convergences, and Collisions Past and Present"   along with any other notable aspects of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Central Asian, West Asian, Asian American, and Asian diasporic studies.

Scholars based not only in New York, but also in other states and countries are welcome. Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Submission Guidelines

ROUNDTABLE/OPEN FORUM: We especially encourage proposals for roundtable discussions devoted to research or pedagogical themes of interest to broad spectra of the NYCAS membership. Such proposals could feature more speakers than a typical panel who would speak for shorter periods of time with the aim of encouraging dialogue between panelists and the audience. Themes might fall under several categories: conducting research in Asian archives; conducting research on comparative projects; "Intro to Asian Civ."; getting published*; undergraduate research in the humanities; returning from language study programs abroad; etc.

A COMPLETE PANEL consists of 3 or 4 papers. plus a chair. (A panelist may serve also as the chair.) All panel proposals should include: full title of panel; brief abstract of panel (less than 250 words); each panelist's (and chair's, if applicable) complete name, institutional affiliation, position, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address; and brief abstract of each paper (less than 250 words).

INDIVIDUAL PAPER proposal's should include the full title and brief abstract of the paper (less than 250 words) and the participant's complete name, institutional affiliation, position, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Email all proposals to: 08NYCAS@hamilton.edu

Deadline: May 1, 2008