Call for Papers – East of California Asian American Studies Conference (Oct 1, 2007 deadline)

August 20, 2007

We’re sending out a Call for Papers for EOC panels for the April 16-20, 2008 AAAS annual conference (to be held in Chicago, IL–please see the AAAS conference website, (http://www.aaastudies.org/index.tpl ). Attached is a description of the CFP (due date, Monday–Oct. 1), but we are also pasting it below (although the formatting may be off). Please forward to any interested parties and list serv–we’d like to see many new people come to AAAS and be part of EOC.

Best wishes,
East of California Caucus Co-Chairs
Jennifer Ho (UNC Chapel Hill) & Cathy Schlund-Vials (UCONN, Storrs)

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CFP: Annual Association of Asian American Studies Conference (AAAS)
Chicago, IL, April 16-20, 2008 [http://www.aaastudies.org/index.tpl]
East of California / Roundtables and Panels

Brief Overview:
Taking advantage of this year’s conference theme, “Where is the Heart of Asian America?: Troubling American Identity and Exceptionalism in an Age of Globalization and Imperialism” and location (Chicago, IL), the East of California caucus proposes two roundtables and two academic sessions that consider new directions for the field with regard to professionalization, further institutionalization, and academic practice. Mindful that Asian American Studies was founded on both theory and practice, the proposed roundtables and panels acknowledge the extent to which the field continues to grow and expand, particularly East of California.

“Centering the Margins: Revising and Re-envisioning East of California” (Roundtable)
Asian American Studies has historically been focused on work and scholarship in California. However, as the emergence of programs across the country suggests, geographic considerations of the field no longer adequately accommodate for the heterogeneity of scholarship in Asian American Studies. Nor does such a location – “east” of California – immediately enable conversations of the field outside of simple geographic designation. This roundtable brings together administrators, faculty, and graduate students whose work reflects the need for further dialogue about the future of Asian American Studies. What are struggles that exist on the institutional or programmatic level? What about the issue of resources and the often lack of resources with regard to faculty numbers and student demands? How do these struggles suggest a potential for a larger Ethnic Studies collaboration in various sites? Additionally, we are interested in hearing from scholars whose main field of inquiry may not be Asian American studies but who nonetheless have an academic and/or activist interest in Asian American issues and in teaching Asian American subjects.

“Surviving in Academia: From First Year Graduate Student to Tenured Faculty Member” (Roundtable)
This roundtable is focused on the multiple levels of professionalization that occur from the graduate to the post-graduate level. Given that the field has grown considerably and that positions and programs are in new locations, how does thinking in terms of East of California shift the conversation about professionalization? How does one select a program? What about the job market? How does one negotiate a postdoctoral position? What about the ever-pressing need to publish? How does one broker a contract or negotiate an often complicated terrain of politics and missions? The experiences of graduate students to tenured faculty will allow this roundtable to present shared knowledge as a means of negotiating and surviving Academia as Asian Americanists.

“Re-Centering Asian American Narratives” (Panel)
As reflected in the larger field of Asian American Studies, Asian American scholarship about narrative is often located on the West Coast. However, as demographic shifts occur with regard to APA populations, and as more and more Asian American bodies move to locations like the Midwest (and the South), what is the impact on cinematic or literary narrative between the two coasts? In other words, how do narratives that take place outside of both the West Coast and the Eastern Seaboard , M. Evelina Galang’s collection of stories set largely in Chicago, Her Wild American Self, Ruth Ozeki’s second novel set in Idaho, All Over Creation, Susan Choi’s The Foreign Student, which moves between Sewanee, TN, Korea, and Chicago, the newly released memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, set in Grand Rapids, Michigan, or films like Renee Tajima-Pena’s My America or Honk if You Love Buddha or the groundbreaking documentary by Tajima and Rea Tajiri Who Killed Vincent Chin? force a reconsideration of narrative that brings us as scholars and academics back to Lisa Lowe’s now famous assertion of heterogeneity, hybridity, and multiplicity? What is the unique shape of narratives that take place in the heartland, away from the coasts, and how does a repositioning of Asian American narratives influence our understanding of where Asian America exists?

“Alternative Spaces in Asian America” (Panel)
EOC was founded as an alternative space to discuss issues of Asian American studies outside of the West Coast. Similarly, the internet, with its proliferation of blogs, social sites like Facebook and MySpace, and a growth of on-line journals, has become yet another alternate space to discuss Asian American issues. This panel brings together scholars, activists, and intellectuals, whether formally trained or home grown, to discuss the internet as an alternative space to explore Asian American identity, epistemology, pedagogy, activism, and social networking. What are the limits to using different spaces (blogs, on-line journals, social networking sites) to explore Asian American identity? What are the pleasures, perils, and pitfalls of doing Asian American studies in these alternative spaces? How can “traditional” academics make effective use of the internet to engage with more “organic” intellectuals to promote social justice and change as well as to create networking across the blogosphere and internet communities?

Requirements for Submission:
*Roundtable
–1 page cv
–1 page outline for 5-7 minute remarks

*Panel
–1 page cv
–1 page abstract (250 words) for 15 minute paper/presentation

Please send electronic copies of all materials to both Cathy Schlund-Vials and Jennifer Ho by Monday, October 1, 2007.

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