cfp: Creating a Community of Scholarship on APA Issues

Call for Paper or Panel Proposals

Creating a Community of Scholarship on Asian Pacific American Issues:
A Graduate Student Conference
University of California, Berkeley
April 4-5, 2008

A National Conference
Current scholarship on Asian Pacific American issues is expanding beyond traditional disciplinary and regional boundaries, signaling a movement toward establishing new paradigms of understanding aspects of APA experiences. This conference highlights emerging scholarship of graduate students examining issues pertaining to the Asian Pacific American community as they partake in shaping the future of the field.
What new projects or research questions are emerging? What are new communities of study, modes of analysis, pedagogies, and possibilities for collaboration and comparative research? We hope that interested graduate students will use this conference to become familiar with each other’s research themes and methodologies and come to challenge traditional notions of research in Asian Pacific American scholarship.

We believe this conference will be an excellent way to build a community of scholars because graduate students working in the field of Asian Pacific American studies are most often scattered in different departments at every university. This conference will provide a space for interdisciplinary and intercollegiate exchanges through the presentation and discussion of cutting-edge projects in the field. Following University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2006 and University of Illinois Chicago in 2007, this conference marks the third year of organizing efforts specifically in support of graduate student-centered scholarship and research in Asian Pacific American studies.

We welcome paper or panel proposals that advance the knowledge of Asian Pacific American experiences by graduate students at any stage of their research and in any discipline. The proposal should include an assessment of where this scholarship fits within the current literature of the chosen field and how the work contributes to and/or expands the knowledge of APA experiences.

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2007

Email: communitiesofscholars@gmail.com

Paper submissions should include (1) contact information (including university, year in school, address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address); (2) a 300-word abstract summarizing the paper’s argument and assessing its relation to the field; and (3) a one or two page curriculum vitae and a brief biography for each presenter.

Panel proposals should include (1) a cover sheet with contact information for the chair and each panelist (including university, year in school, address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address); (2) a one-page rationale explaining the relevance of the panel to the theme of the conference; (3) a 300-word abstract for each proposed paper, summarizing the paper’s argument and relation to the field; and (4) a one or two page curriculum vitae and a brief biography for each presenter.

Submission guidelines:

  • Please submit individual paper proposals or full panel proposals via e-mail attachment by November 15, 2007 to communitiesofscholars@gmail.com with the subject line, “Conference Submission.” Please also direct any questions to that email address.
  • Attachments should be in Word, pdf, or rtf formats.
  • Submissions should be one document (i.e. include all required information in one attached document).

Notification of acceptance or rejection of all submissions will be by made by December 15, 2007.

Limited support for graduate student travel to attend the conference may be available.
For more information, contact communitiesofscholars@gmail.com

Sponsored by the Critical Filipino/a Studies Working Group, the Asian Cultural Studies Working Group, the Graduate Asian Pacific Islander Collective, and the Asian Pacific American Studies Working Group at the University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, Davis Asian American Studies Graduate Student Group.


Ligaya R. Domingo
Washington State Jobs With Justice Annual Dinner Coordinator and Auction Coordinator
Ph.D. Candidate
University of California, Berkeley
Graduate School of Education
Social and Cultural Studies

Mobile: (206) 390-1422
Home: (206) 829-9884
Email: Ligayadomingo@gmail.com

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