CFP 4th Annual UC Santa Cruz APARC Grad Student Conf on Mobility in the Asia-Pacific-Americas (Feb. 21, 2009)

CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline: Dec 1, 2008)

UC Santa Cruz Asia-Pacific-Americas Research Cluster Graduate Student Conference on Mobility in the Asia-Pacific-Americas

CONFERENCE DATE: Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the University of California,  Santa Cruz

The Asia-Pacific-Americas Research Cluster (APARC) at the University of  California, Santa Cruz is pleased to present its fourth annual Graduate  Research Conference on the theme of how mobility in Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific produces discourses.  APARC invites submissions from graduate students from any discipline on topics that address, complicate, or illustrate issues  surrounding mobility, including
(1) the movement of ideas, people, and tangible and intangible goods along networks of people, technology, and water which are not necessarily bound to the nation and nation-state,
(2) how mobility plays in the making of conceptual frameworks in which ethnic, transnational, gendered, indigenous and other identities are construed, and
(3) how borders, boundaries, and other spatial categories can interfere with or arise from  mobility.

We also welcome submissions related to this theme that address pedagogical challenges and new ways in which multi-media can be used in the classroom.


Hyung Il Pai, Associate Professor in East Asian Languages & Cultures and the  History Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will deliver a keynote address entitled “Touring Japan’s Mythical Homelands: The Search for Authenticity and the Marketing of Heritage Destinations in the  Empire (1905-1945).”

Professor Pai’s research is interdisciplinary and has been  published in the Journal of Korean Studies, the Journal of East Asian  Archaeology, and in several Korean and Japanese journals. She is the author of Constructing “Korean” Origins: A Critical Review of Archaeology, Historiography, and Racial Myth in Korean State Formation Theories and is  currently working on a manuscript titled “The Re-discovery of Japan’s Antiquity: Nationalism, Colonialism and Heritage Management.”

Papers from any discipline are welcome. Please send to the following:

Your abstract (300 word limit), institutional and departmental  affiliation, and class year no later than Monday, December 1, 2008. Abstracts  will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Important note: Due to budgetary constraints and policies, we are unable to  fund student travel and accommodation expenses. Participants are asked to  secure funding at their home institutions. We sincerely hope that this will not prevent contributions to this promising event.

From: Amanda Shuman

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