IACS GRADUATE CONFERENCE 2013
Cultural Studies Transcending Borders: Shifting Perspectives in Asia
Date: July 1st and 2nd July 2013
Venue: National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge Campus
Organizers: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society, Asia Research Institute, and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS
Submission deadline: Dec 1st 2012 – online submission of abstracts
Announcement of accepted papers: Jan 1st 2013
This year, the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies conference is hosting a two day graduate conference before the main session starts on the 3rd of July. Our objective in doing so is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to present their ongoing work and to have interactive sessions with peers and faculties in a favorable learning environment.
Cultural Studies in Asia is a relatively new field of teaching and research which aims to question the traditional disciplinary classifications as well as re-examines some of the pertinent issues and concerns that are brought on by the emergence of global capitalism. Where the West has traditionally been seen as an effective benchmark for comparison, Cultural Studies in Asia aims to create a more self-sufficient field of research by shifting the viewing lens to within the region. This year’s main theme, therefore, sits perfectly in line with this new approach and hopes to bring to the table some fresh perspectives. Adopting a multidisciplinary foundation, we invite papers that offer altered conceptualizations of the flows and exchanges of popular cultural practices in contemporary Asia, across fluid and porous national and cultural boundaries.
We welcome papers that focus on any of the following issues, but are not necessarily limited to:
Diasporic relationships and migration
Issues of gender, race, sexuality
Changing identities (national, cultural, political or social)
Popular culture: tradition vs. modernity
East meets west
Those who are interested in participating should submit abstracts no longer than 150 words along with their institutional affiliations to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘IACS GRADUATE CONFERENCE’ as the subject. We will then organize the papers into panels; where each panel will have a discussant and four presenters, with about 10-15 minutes allocated to each presentation. Please note that this is a call for individual proposals only, not for panels. Also, abstracts submitted by graduate students will not be considered for the IACS main conference, unless they are part of the panels proposed by faculty members of tertiary educational or research institutions. Therefore graduate students are encouraged to submit their abstracts specifically for this conference.
The registration fee for the graduate conference (excluding food and accommodation) will include registration for the main conference. There are food courts and cafeterias within the university premises that provide subsidized meals. Accommodation will be provided in one of the student hostels on campus for the duration of the graduate conference and the main conference for a nominal charge. Registration and accommodation fees and details will be confirmed in October.
For further information and clarification, please contact:
Arnab Roy Chowdhury
Department of Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
11 Arts Link
Tel : (65) 6516-3822 / 6275 / 8983
Fax: (65) 6777 9579
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