Call for Papers: Asia Unmapped

Asia Unmapped:

Featuring Dr. Kerry Ward (Rice University) as Keynote


The TAGS-C Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the fourth annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference, encompassing Asia-related research across a wide range of fields. The aim of this conference is to facilitate greater communication among disciplines, approaching Asia from multiple viewpoints in literature, linguistics, art history, geography, anthropology, political science, religious studies, sociology, history, folklore, gender and women’s studies, performance studies, visual culture studies, and other related fields.  Participants will have a valuable opportunity to share work and receive feedback from peers and professors in the UW system, as well as to gain insight into recent developments in Asia-related research across various disciplines. The "mapping of Asia" is no doubt an enterprise that is fraught with the intertwined histories of colonialism and hypernationalism. Growing out of these colonial pasts, the academic disciplines within 'Asian Studies' as a whole have since become increasingly interested with how exactly we re-imagine our spaces of study, push the bounds of our disciplines, draw parallels across spaces and times, and twist about the foci of bodies and language, in order to better suit our contemporary post-colonial circumstances. "Asia Unmapped" is therefore not necessarily a reference to those parts of Asia that were not "mapped" by colonialism, but rather a reference to the process by which, in the field of Asian Studies, individuals draw connections beyond borders, bounds, and regions.

Submission guidelines:

Interested graduate students may submit an individual or panel proposal. This year, we are also accepting proposals from undergraduate students interested in presenting quality academic papers. Undergraduate proposals should be centered on a well-researched academic project of a senior thesis or honors thesis project caliber.

Proposals for group panels should be submitted in a single email by a designated organizer and should include a 300-word abstract for the panel as a whole in addition to abstracts for each individual paper. 

All proposals should be sent in an email as an attached MS Word file.  They should include title (20 word limit) and abstract (300 word limit).  Do not include your name or affiliation in the MS Word file.  In the body of the email, please include the following information in the following order:  
1) Name and contact information
2) Presentation title (20 words or less)
3) University affiliation
4) General research interests.

The papers themselves should be about 8-9 pages double spaced in 12-point Times font. Those presenting audio-visual or performance projects should submit a 4-5 page discussion of their work. Each participant will have 20 minutes to present, and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Submit proposals to:

Submission deadlines:

Abstract Due: December 1, 2015

Acceptance Notification: December 16, 2015

Full paper due: February 5, 2016

Conference Date: 26-28 February, 2016


Questions about the abstract submissions or the conference in general should be directed to: