Third Asian Conference on Asian Studies: Conference Theme: Intersecting Belongings: Cultural Conviviality and Cosmopolitan Futures, Osaka, Japan, May 24-26, 2013

Contemporary contexts of the local, regional, national and global raise urgent questions about cultural conviviality and cosmopolitan futures across Asia. These are times when trans-cultural, trans-national and multicultural belonging are particularly being tested through environmental catastrophe, economic volatility, parochialism, fundamentalism, notions of cosmopolitan and multicultural exhaustion, and war. Belonging has become a fundamental dynamic of preservation, atavism, tradition and survival as well as hybridity, possibility, change and transformation. The aim of this conference theme is to open up discussion, exploration and analysis in Asian Studies about emerging social, economic, political and cultural trends formed at the intersection of multiple and multi-sited belongings.

The aim of this International Conference on Asian studies is to encourage academics, scholars and practitioners representing a exciting diversity of countries, cultures, and religions to meet and exchange research, ideas and views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue. ACAS 2013 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.

We welcome papers that focus on (but not limited to):

* Seeking refuge
* Unruly belonging(s)
* Intersections of gender, race, religion, sexuality
* Transforming cultures
* Trans-cultural displacement/belonging
* New imaginings/formations of home
* Citizenship beyond borders
* Communication, new technologies and belonging
* Cultural narratives of belonging/not belonging
* Cultural politics of survival/transgression
* Cosmopolitan exhaustion/renewal
* Belonging in the Anthropocene
* Construction of identities
* Multiple and complex belongings
* Intersecting narratives and identity
* Re-locating culture across borders

Deadline for call for papers: 1 February 2013.

Professor Baden Offord
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Southern Cross University
PO Box 157 Lismore
Phone: 61 2 66 203 162
Email: baden.offord@scu.edu.au
Visit the website at http://acas.iafor.org/


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