ASPAC 2017 Conference
“Reflecting (on) the Asia-Pacific: Places, Relations, Systems”
On behalf of the program committee for the 2017 Conference of the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) at Willamette University, we invite college and university faculty, K-12 teachers, independent scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in Asian or Asian diaspora studies to submit proposals for organized panels, roundtable discussions, individual papers or poster presentations on historical or contemporary topics in the humanities, arts, social sciences, education, health, law, business, environmental sciences or other allied disciplines related to East, South, or Southeast Asia and their diasporas.
Both our Association’s name and the Pacific Northwest’s image as a North American gateway to trans-Pacific interactions highlight the importance of concepts and discourses of “region-ness”, and the ways that the enterprise of Asian studies reflects and reproduces interactions that span geographies, cultures, and histories. We invite papers on all topics, with the hope of stimulating discussions that help us to critically reflect upon, and even de- and re-center, the territorial and temporal frames by which we apprehend Asia. How does our work situate the region in wider conceptual terrains of the study of “world” or trans-territorial history, culture, politics, economics, society, art, language and humanism? How do our concepts of regional “relations,” “systems,” and “place” inform our work to understand Asia and Asian diaspora, and how might our diverse ideations be brought into dialogue?