CALL for proposals : AAS-in-ASIA 2018

Call for proposals : AAS-in-Asia 2018 : Asia in Motion: Geographies and Genealogies, 05-08/07/2018, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

On behalf of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and Ashoka University, India we are pleased to invite you to submit organized panels and roundtable proposals (no individual paper proposals accepted) to be presented at the fifth AAS-in-ASIA Conference to be held between the 5th and 8th of July, 2018 at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, India.

Keynote speaker : James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and co-Director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University.

The Program Committee for the AAS-in-ASIA conference seeks proposals dealing with all regions of Asia on subjects covering a wide range of scholarly disciplines and professional fields under the broad theme: Asia in Motion: Geographies and Genealogies.  Derived from the Greco-Roman conception of the world, the concept of Asia has a perverse genealogy as Europe’s other.  Asians have thus experienced ‘Asia’ in ephemeral, uneven, and fleeting modes.  At its heart lie the limits of inherited geographical categories. Nevertheless, the concept of Asia retains great power in the political imagination. It serves as a critique of geography as a historical category and of the Asian nation-states that are today asserting themselves politically, economically, and geographically by invoking older and mythic forms of Asian culture and genealogies. We particularly invite proposals that interrogate received ideas of Asia and conceive of new spatial and temporal imaginings, and that explore, understand, and reassert those Asias that exist beyond conventional political geographies.

The Delhi venue of the AAS-in-Asia, is an opportune place to pose these questions as, being on the margins of Asia, the subcontinent has always confounded the geographic and genealogical imagination of Asia.  Panels are welcomed from scholars in disciplines across the field of Asian studies, wherever they may be based academically, and are especially encouraged from scholars representing academic communities that are relatively underrepresented in international meetings. One of the goals of this AAS-in-ASIA conference is to foster lines of dialogue and scholarly communication that cross the ordinary (often nation-specific) boundaries of academic networks. Please note: The program committee will strongly favor and give preference to proposals that include participants from two or more countries, whether the panel focuses on a single nation or culture or focuses on some comparative dimension. The program discourages panel proposals from a group of scholars coming from the same institution. Generally speaking, panels with diverse (gender, academic rank, national origin, disciplinary approach) participation will be favored over narrowly constructed panels. Panels with topics that make some link to the conference theme also will be favored. 

The deadline for proposal submissions is November 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the proposal submission website.

After submission, your proposal will be forwarded to the program committee for review. You will find detailed instructions for submissions below. You may also access detailed information about the conference (FAQs, venue, transportation, program, accommodations, etc.) on the full 2018 AAS-in-ASIA conference website.

If you have any question regarding panel participation that is not answered in this Call for Proposals or FAQ, (pre-submission questions concerning format, possible participants or relevance of a potential panel topic to the overall conference theme) please submit your questions to Dr. Krisna UK, AAS Director of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives, at

For technical assistance regarding use of the online application submission system, contact the AAS at

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