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CfP: Modes of Authority and Aesthetic Practices from South to Southeast Asia

Deadline: 30 September 2017

The French program Autoritas, a project funded by PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres University), is focused on the study of the relationship between modes of authority and aesthetic practices from South Asia to Southeast Asia.

The project is conducted jointly by four French research units: The CASE (Center for Southeast Asian Studies), the CEIAS (Center for South Asian Studies), the LAS (Social Anthropology Laboratory) and the GSRL (Societies, Religions & Secularities Group). By opening a dialogue among historians, art historians, epigraphists and archaeologists on the one hand, and anthropologists and ethnomusicologists on the other, the EHESS, the EFEO, the Collège de France and the EPHE pool their resources to bring together research results coming from a multidisciplinary approach aimed at examining the relationship between the aesthetic phenomenon and authority.

The conference intends to think comparatively about the relationship between aesthetic phenomena and authority in a region, South and Southeast Asia, where the aesthetic dimension plays a particularly important role in the legitimation strategies of different types of authority, be they religious, political or artistic, and where the diversity of societies range from stateless communities to kingdoms and sultanates via various models of states.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts : September 30, 2017

Conference date : May 23-25, 2018

Conference venue : Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

For more informations and submission of abstracts please visit our website :

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CfP: Jewish Communities in Asia


Asian Sphere Program Conference, University of Haifa, 23-25 April 2018

CfP Deadline: 15 October 2017

We are delighted to announce that the third annual conference of the Asian Sphere Program will take place on Monday-Wednesday, 23-25 April 2018, at the University of Haifa, Israel.

The Asian Sphere Program takes a fresh look at the continent of Asia as a concept and as a reality. It aims at exploring and analyzing the numerous interconnections that have tied its people, cities, and nations. Our third conference is devoted to a critical examination of Jewish communities in the Asian Sphere (exclusive of the Middle East region); their emergence and development; common and idiosyncratic characteristics; mutual connections; cultural contacts with host societies; similarities and differences with other foreign communities in the Asian Sphere; and relevance to broader theories with regards to minorities.

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CfP: AAS 2018, Washington DC

Association for Asian Studies 2018 Annual Conference, 22-25 March 2018, Washington DC

Deadline: 8 August 2017

The Association for Asian Studies is now accepting proposals for its 2018 annual conference, to be held March 22-25, 2018 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

We are pleased to invite colleagues in Asian studies to submit proposals for Organized Panels, Roundtables, and Workshop sessions, in addition to Individual Papers. 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.

The deadline for submission of all proposals and Late-Developing Countries travel grant requests is Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 5pm Eastern Time. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the AAS electronic submission application. We will not accept proposals submitted via email.

The full CFP, as well as the electronic application, can be found at the AAS website.

If you have any questions regarding panel participation that are not answered in this Call for Proposals or the FAQ's, please contact the AAS secretariat at

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CfP: PSA convention 2017

Postcolonial Studies Association Convention 2017

Senate House, University of London

18-20 September 2017

CfP Deadline: 28 February 2017

Confirmed keynote speaker:
Dr. Sharae Deckard (University College Dublin)

The special topic of the 2017 convention is Globalisation. Proposals for panels and papers on this theme are particularly encouraged.

Paper and panel proposals are invited from academics, scholars and postgraduates with research interests in any area of postcolonial studies from any disciplinary, cross- or interdisciplinary perspective.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words for 20-minute individual papers and 500 words for panels of three, along with a brief biographical note of participants (2-3 sentences max), to

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