AAS in Asia 2018 New Delhi
The AAS-in-Asia conferences have been conceptualised with an aim to give our members and others interested in Asian Studies, who are unable to attend the Annual Conferences held in North America, an opportunity to participate in panel sessions and network with colleagues in a more intimate setting. Although smaller in magnitude, these conferences include the same exciting features as the Annual Conference including sessions, keynote speakers, book exhibits and receptions. Each year, AAS-in-Asia conferences are a joint production between the Association for Asian Studies and a local host university and committee.
On behalf of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and Ashoka University, India, we are pleased to invite you to submit proposals for organized panels and roundtables to be presented at the fifth AAS-in-Asia Conference being, held between 5th and 8th of July 2018 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India.
The Program Committee for the AAS-in-Asia conference seeks proposals pertaining to all regions of Asia, on subjects covering a wide range of scholarly disciplines and professional fields under the 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, thus, have experienced ‘Asia’ in ephemeral, uneven, and fleeting modes. At its heart lie the limits of inherited geographical categories. Nevertheless, the concept of Asia retains notable 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 invite proposals that interrogate received ideas of Asia and conceive of new spatial and temporal imaginings, and that explore, understand, and reassert those Asia’s that exist beyond conventional political geographies.
Delhi, the 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 that address topics of broad relevance will also be preferred.
We are happy to announce the following sessions that will be held during the conference:
1) Keynote speaker: James C. Scott, Professor, Yale University
2) Special Roundtables:
Forgotten Geographies: A Journal of Asian Studies Roundtable
Organizer – Jeff Wasserstrom (University of California, Irvine) Editor
Forgotten Genealogies: A History and Theory Roundtable
Organizer – William Pinch (Wesleyan University) Editor
3) Workshop for South Asian Archivists and Librarians
Organizer- American Institute of Indian Studies and Ashoka Archives of Contemporary India
Call for Proposals opens: August 31st, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST.
Deadline for proposal submissions: November 15th, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST.
Program Commitee for AAS-in-Asia 2018