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Call for papers International Conference What is Asia? Changing Boundaries and Identities in Contemporary Asia

Event date : 30 June 2016
Contact : GIS - Réseau Asie et Pacifique E-mail
Location : Bâtiment le France, salle CNRS 638-640, 6e étage, 190 avenue de France, 75013 Paris
Area : Asia
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Call for papers

International Conference

What is Asia? Changing Boundaries and Identities in Contemporary Asia

Paris, 26-27 September, 2016



Venue: Room 638-640, 190 avenue de France, 75013 Paris, France

Organiser: GIS Asie (French Network for Asian Studies), CNRS


Today, ‘Asia’ has become a key term in academic, economic, and political discussions alike. Despite the frequency of its use, however, the content of the notion of ‘Asia’ is extremely complex and diverse with its borders and definitions constantly renegotiated and reinterpreted. In order to explore such complexity and diversity in the region, GIS Asie, together with its international partners, proposes an initiative “EURASIA” as a means to enhance communication and leverage the expertise among Asian studies researchers in Europe and beyond.


As part of the EURASIA initiative, this multilateral and interdisciplinary conference aims to provide an arena to discuss various contemporary issues in Asia with a particular focus on its changing boundaries and identities. We also have a plan to publish a journal special issue based on the contributions to the conference. Detailed information on publication terms will be given to the authors during and after the conference.


We invite paper proposals from various fields of Asian studies. Proposals can be related, but not restricted to:

  • Geographic and conceptual maps of Asia
  • Cultural identities of Asia
  • Economic and demographic challenges in Asia
  • Regionalism in Asia


Paper proposals (maximum 1,000 words in English) together with a short description about the author(s) should be submitted as an email attachment to by the end of 30 June, 2016 (CET). The scientific committee will review the proposals and the result will be out in mid-July. Selected authors will be asked to submit papers by the end of 20 September, 2016 (CET).


The meals during the conference will be covered by the organiser and some travel grants will be available on the competitive basis.


We look forward to receiving your proposals.

GIS Asie - Réseau Asie & Pacifique
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75013 Paris-France
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