REQUEST FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
We are pleased to announce that InterAsian Connections V: Seoul, the fifth in this international conference series, will be held April 27-30, 2016, in Korea, at Seoul National University Asia Center.
This series showcases innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines and explores themes that transform conventional understandings of Asia. Crossing traditional area studies boundaries and creating international and interdisciplinary networks of scholars working to theorize the intersection of the "global" and the "regional" in a variety of contexts, the conference reconceptualizes Asia as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from West Asia through Eurasia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, to East Asia.
Following the model used in previous conferences, the 2016 Seoul conference--comprising both closed director-led workshops and plenary sessions open across workshops and to the general public—will be structured to enable intensive working group interactions on specific research themes as well as broader interactions on topics of shared interest and concern. Each workshop will have two directors with different institutional affiliations, preferably representing different disciplines as well.
Joint proposals are invited from faculty members at accredited universities and colleges in any world region who are interested in co-organizing and codirecting a thematic workshop that addresses one of the following broadly conceived workshop themes:
- State Sovereignty and the Reconfiguration of State-Society Relations in Asia
- Refugees in the Remaking of Asia
- Mobilizing Religious Identities in InterAsian Perspective
- Hubs, Mobilities, and the Asian Urban
- Disaster Governance
- Urban Ecology and Health
- Natural and Cultural Heritage in Asia
- Global 1970s
- Late Twentieth-Century Asian Modernities
- Asian Engagement with Modern Technology
- Area Studies in the Anthropocene
Following the selection of workshop directors, we will issue a Call for Papers for individual paper submissions for all conference workshops--including thematic workshops and workshops organized by the host institution, Seoul National University Asia Center, and the Organizers themselves. The responsibilities of the workshop directors include:
- Helping to recruit individual paper submissions from interested international workshop participants (senior and junior scholars, graduate students, and other researchers) competitively from across relevant disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and related fields;
- Collaborating with the Organizers to select ten to twelve participants for their workshop;
- Communicating with workshop participants once they have been selected, including providing feedback on participant draft paper submissions approximately four months in advance of the conference;
- Preparing a workshop agenda and workshop concept note;
- Convening daily meetings of the workshop at the conference as well as participating in a plenary session;
- Presenting a research statement at the conclusion of the conference and submitting a final workshop report.
The Organizers will cover all costs of directors’ attendance, including economy class travel and accommodations. Workshop directors will each receive a $1,000 honorarium. Funds will also be available to cover partial expenses of the workshop participants, based on an assessment of needs.