Association for Asian Studies 2020 Conference: Asia at the Crossroads

Association for Asian Studies 2020 Conference: Asia at the Crossroads

Call for Proposals for the AAS Annual Conference to be held June 22-24, 2020 in Hong Kong at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Asia has never been as high-speed and integrated, yet charged with dynamic tension and even regional conflicts, in the modern history of the world as it is now. She hosts not only a large majority of the human population, but also the largest, and fastest-growing continental economy. The dynamics in economies and societies across Asia is not the result of conforming to one path, model, or ideology. On the contrary, its rich and diverse cultural traditions, political systems, natural environments, and human interactions form the Asia we know today. Such diversity and energy, however, can lead to confusion or even anxiety in our age of economic globalization; if simply because forces of globalization often drive contradictory claims and visions. “Asia at the Crossroads” invites scholars of all academic disciplines and fields to reflect on and examine the multiple realities, histories, challenges, and opportunities that we face in Asia and beyond today. Such crossroads are as much about viable and/or desirable choices with regard to the future as they are about narratives re-framing the past.     

As an international centre of trade, finance, communication and tourism, Hong Kong connects the Pacific and the Indian Ocean, and embodies the interaction of Asia and beyond in the modern world. Given its rich history and recent transformations, the city provides a perfect location for us to exchange different views of Asia at the crossroads. In proud partnership with the Association for Asian Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong will host the AAS-in-Asia conference in June 2020. In keeping with the goals of previous AAS-in-Asia conferences, the Organizing Committee encourages dialogues across conventional (often nation-specific) boundaries of academic networks and inquiries. We welcome proposals that include participants from two or more countries and discourage proposals from a group of scholars affiliated with the same institution.

Asianists interested in participating at the 2020 AAS-in-Asia may submit proposals for Organized Panels and Roundtables sessions for consideration. No Individual Papers will be included for this conference. The program committee seeks sessions that will engage panelists and audiences in the consideration of ideas, information, and interpretations that will advance knowledge about Asian regions and, by extension, will enrich teaching about Asia at all levels. AAS Membership is not a requirement for the submission of a proposal or participation.

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