Travel, Migration, and Mobility in the Asia-Pacific
Call for Papers Deadline:
Submissions are invited for a special issue of the _Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies_: 'Navigating the Future: Asia-Pacific pathways.'
The Asia-Pacific region has historically been shaped by the massive movements of peoples, technologies, and cultures. The Pacific Rim is criss-crossed with ancient trade routes, with the traces of great seafaring migrations, with the displacements of warfare, and with the scars of European exploration and subsequent imperialist expansion. The contemporary Asia-Pacific retains the historical consequences of these movements, but at the same time, the globalised condition of the twenty-first century world appears to reconfigure in many ways our conceptions of geographical space, mobility and travel. Phrases such as 'spaces of flows', 'borderless worlds' and even 'liquid modernity' evoke the apparent hyper-mobility of the contemporary condition.
Yet we know that the contemporary world is also characterised by continued stasis, and that the freedom to move is not shared equally. The consequences of both free and forced movement, as well as the inability to move, contribute considerably to changing power relations, and perceptions of self and other. Moreover, movements in space are not limited to the macro-level of voyages, displacements and migrations. What about the experience of travelling through everyday spaces? How does one experience one's nation or neighbourhood through the act of moving from one place to another in the course of our everyday lives?
For the new issue of _GJAPS_, contributors are invited to consider contemporary cultures of travel, migration and movement in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as continued stasis and friction. Contributors are encouraged to examine these phenomena at all scales -- from migratory passages to everyday pathways, the tourist to the refugee, wartime to peacetime, local to global, home and belonging to estrangement and exile. How is travel experienced? How is it represented and narrated? What are its consequences? How does the recent burgeoning of academic interest in travel writing and tourist cultures help us to understand these conditions? What about movement not just within, but also into and out of the Pacific Rim?
Contributions are welcome from all fields of the arts, social
sciences, and humanities, including anthropology, literature, art history and visual culture, film and media, cultural studies, performing arts, gender studies, queer theory, history, linguistics, political studies, psychology, and sociology. _GJAPS_ interprets the designation "Asia-Pacific" in the broadest possible sense, to encompass East, Northeast and Southeast Asia, the Malay Archipelago, Australasia, Polynesia and Oceania, the West Coast of the Americas, including California, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, British Columbia, Central and South America, and so on.
Email submissions to the Editor, Francis Collins, f[dot]collins[at]auckland[dot]ac[dot]nz, as attachments saved in RTF or DOC format using a standard word processor. Deadline: February 28, 2006. _GJAPS_ is a fully peer-reviewed journal.
We are also seeking book reviews. For a list of current book titles available for review (these include books on Asian cinema, history, and politics), please contact the Editor at the above address or the Review Editors, Eu Jin Chua eujinchuaemail[at]gmail[dot]com, or Ann Pistacchi ann[at]pozo[dot]org.
For more information, go to http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/gjaps
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