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2014 AAG CFP: Geography of Religions and Belief Systems

Justin Tse (谢坚恒) is a Ph.D. Candidate in Human Geography at the University of British Columbia at Vancouver (UBC).  His research interests revolve around geographies of religion in the Pacific region. 

His recent book reviews of “His Dominion” and the “Yellow Peril” are featured in SANACS Journal #4, available HERE.

Justin K.H. Tse

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Geography of Religions and Belief Systems (GORABS) Specialty Group
Call for Papers
AAG 2014: Tampa

The AAG’s Geography of Religions and Belief Systems (GORABS) Specialty Group invites papers and session to be submitted for sponsorship for the AAG’s Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL in 2014.

GORABS promotes the use of religion as a geographical analytic. Historically, the group has focused on how religion impresses a human impact on the environment and vice versa. Complementing these environmental approaches, more recent work in geographies of religion have revealed that religion is a productive lens through which to understand and debate secularization processes, the intersection of religion in social identity formation, the role of religion in cultural processes of placemaking, and issues of religion in political geography. Geographers of religion are contributing to current conversations and challenges in race, gender, sexuality, age, migration studies, critical geopolitics, global development studies, political…

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CFP: AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community


This special NEXUS issue seeks to uncover Asian American experiences in global cities by engaging in a comparative study of Los Angeles and New York.  The demographic facts are astonishing – over a quarter of the 15.7 million Asian Americans reside in either of the two greater metropolitan regions, where they comprise over a tenth of the total population in each metropolis. Drawn by potential opportunities, Asian Americans are integral to these global cities, contributing to the rich cultural, economic, social, and political landscape and serving as links to their home countries.  Within each region, Asian Americans have established vibrant urban neighborhoods and ethno-burbs that serve as a foundation for newer immigrant groups to pursue upward mobility for their families and future generations; mobilize to build a political voice; and create unique identities.

This LA-NY issue Call is for papers that use a comparative approach to generate exciting and significant new insights into transnationalism, migration studies, regional development, ethnic places, immigrant economies, political and civic engagement, and social movements occurring within these bi-coastal metropolitan areas.  Professor Tarry Hum, Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York and Professor Paul M. Ong, University of California, Los Angeles, will be the consulting Guest Editors working with the editorial staff on this volume. Our objective is to share information and insights to enhance the ability to take action in the areas of advocacy, strategic planning, policy development and programming. The following are examples of possible articles, although we are interested in other topics:

  • Asian-specific place-based social, political, and economic institutions and practices that sustain and build community.
  • What distinguishes Asian places and neighborhoods in Los Angeles and New York?
  • Are there internal and external structures and dynamics that transcend location?
  • How do similarities and differences in community formations relate to the Asian diaspora and racial/ethnic group dynamics?
  • Cultural productions and collective actions as a means to inform, mobilize, and build community and/or expose socioeconomic inequities for efforts to achieve parity.  How are Asian Americans working to build broader multi-racial coalitions?
  • How does global economic restructuring influence Asian American neighborhoods?

The publication will also contribute to Asian American Studies vis-a-vis theorizations of global cities and engaged practices.

We encourage paper submissions that provide perspectives of practitioners, academic researchers, and applied policy analysts.  To facilitate an active dialogue and exchange, we encourage co-authored papers ideally from LA and NY based authors, but will also accept single authored papers that focus on one or both regions.

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, please send or email a Letter Of Intent with the title and a very short descriptive paragraph of the proposed paper to the editors for review. If you have a prepared paper, you may also submit the paper at the same time. For submission guidelines, please visit: and click on STYLE SHEET for Article Submissions (PDF Document).

AAPI Nexus is a peer-reviewed, national journal published by UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center focusing on policies, practices and community research to benefit the nation’s burgeoning Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The journal’s mission is to facilitate an exchange of ideas and research findings that strengthens the efforts through policy and practice to tackle the pressing societal problems facing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Since the inception of ethnic studies, the goal of “serving the community” has been at the heart of Asian American Studies and Pacific Islander Studies.

Previous issues have focused on Community Development, Civil Rights, and Voting. The table of contents and editors’ notes can be found at:

Deadline for Letter of Intent for LA-NY issue: December 15, 2010.

Deadline for Manuscript Submissions for LA-NY issue:  February 28, 2011.

Earlier submission of a Letter or Manuscript is encouraged. Internet communication is preferred. Please address to Managing Editor Melany Dela Cruz-Viesca and send to AAPI Nexus Journal at:

Melany Dela Cruz -Viesca [Email]

and send an electronic copy to:

Senior Editor Marjorie Kagawa-Singer
Guest Editor Professor Paul Ong
Guest Editor Professor Tarry Hum
Co-Managing Editor Christina Aujean Lee

For regular mail, send all correspondence to:

Christina Aujean Lee, Managing Editor
AAPI Nexus Journal
UCLA Asian American Studies Center
3230 Campbell Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546

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David K. Yoo, Ph.D. [Email]
Director & Professor
Asian American Studies Center & Department
University of California, Los Angeles
310.825.2974 (Center)
310.206.5592 (Department)

SANACS Journal Call for Papers: Asian American Biblical Interpretation

The Society of Asian North American Christian Studies Journal (SANACS)

Call for Papers

“Asian American Biblical Interpretation”

SANACS invites submissions for the next journal under the theme of “Asian American Biblical Interpretation.”  In addition to professional Biblical scholars, those working in other fields are encouraged to submit papers on this topic.  Given the focus of this journal, papers ought to demonstrate relevance to Asian North American Christianity.  The due date for submissions is Sept 1, 2010.

All articles should follow the SANACS Manuscript Submission Guidelines with the following change:  rather than sending your paper to Russell Yee, email submissions to Bo Lim at the information below.

Bo H. Lim
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119
Email Bo Lim


Call for Papers: Association for Asian American Studies annual conference (UT Austin, TX, Apr. 7-11, 2010)

Emergent Cartographies: Asian American Studies in the Twenty-first Century

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown @ 700 San Jacinto St.
Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Annual Conference
UT Austin, Texas April 7-11, 2010
Conference Co-chairs: Madeline Hsu (UT Austin) & Cathy Schlund-Vials (UConn Storrs)

The interdisciplinary Association for Asian American Studies invites presentation proposals from the fields of literature, geography, sociology, political science, history, cultural studies, the applied social sciences, education, anthropology, media and film, ethnic studies, public policy, psychology, and communications.

The 2010 conference site is lodged squarely between the east and west coasts and abutting Mexico.  How might this location inspire us to reinscribe the terrain of Asian American Studies to capture twenty-first century realities and subjectivities?  For example, to the surprise of most, Texas now holds the third highest population of Asian Americans, surpassing even Hawai’i, Illinois, and New Jersey. Journeying away from the traditional AAS strongholds on the coasts and Hawai’i suggests the urgency of regional perspectives reflecting newer, post 1965 populations and communities that may fragment the field between its oldest and newest parts. We argue that a process of dismantling is necessary so that a twenty-first century vision of Asian American Studies might be reassembled from its many messy and morphing parts.

From its origins in the civil rights era, Asian American Studies has been an emergent project intellectually and institutionally. It tracks the growth and evolution of a highly heterogeneous population constantly shifting in location, arrival narratives, socioeconomic class, cultural formations, political identifications, and demography. UT Austin presents opportunities to highlight these transformations, as well as continuities, in student activism and program building, intersections with gender and sexuality studies, hemispheric conceptions of migration, transnational and diasporic practices, transformative communications technologies, economic crises, new sites of labor and employment, communities emerging from war and refugee flight, and teaching for non-Asian populations.

To encompass the full range of research on Asian Pacific Americans, we encourage contributions from scholars at every level of seniority and papers ranging from community studies, pedagogical strategies, and programmatic models to the most experimental, and integrative, of theoretical ponderings.

All proposals must be submitted on-line by Oct. 23, 2009.  For instructions on submitting proposals and other conference information, visit For more information, you may contact the AAAS Secretariat at or the Center for Asian American Studies at UT Austin at

*AV equipment will be available on a limited basis by request. Please make your requests when sending in your proposals although the Association cannot guarantee that equipment will be provided.
*To be included in the conference program, participants must be AAAS members who have paid registration fees.

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Asian American Studies Institute
Assistant Professor of English and Asian American Studies
215 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4025
Department of English
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269
860-486-3950 / 860-486-9412

CFP: Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Call for Papers
Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

The joint organizing committee of the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference Modern Chinese Humanities invites currently enrolled graduate students to submit paper proposals for its inaugural meeting on April 16-17, 2010 at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

The conference will bring together a keynote speaker and approximately twelve graduate students to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in any humanistic discipline. We encourage interdisciplinary scholarship within and between literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, film and media studies, musicology and sound studies, as well as the interpretative social sciences.

Conference registration is free; lodging in Berkeley will be provided by the Berkeley-Stanford organizing committee for all conference presenters. Please submit a 300-word paper proposal and a short bio by email attachment to by October 31, 2009.

Elinor Levine
Program Director
Center for Chinese Studies
2223 Fulton Street, room 505
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2328

Call for Papers: Religion and Globalization in Asia International Conference (San Francisco)

Call for Papers

“Religion and Globalization in Asia: Prospects, Patterns, and Problems for the Coming Decade”
International Conference
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA (USA)
13-14 March 2009

Few scholars or policy makers twenty years ago could have imagined that the first decades of the 21st century would be a time of explosive and wide-spread religiosity. As modernity progressed and societies became more secular and democratic, religion was supposed to loosen its hold on the ways men and women envisioned their place in the world. On the contrary, the dynamics of globalization—such as communication technologies, immigration and migration, capital flows, transnationalism, and identity politics—have contributed to social conditions in which religious belief and practice not only survive but prosper and proliferate.

A growing body of scholarship and reportage has documented this phenomenon in the western hemisphere, but are these patterns applicable to Asia as well? With an estimated 300 million religious adherents in China (home also to the world’s fastest growing Christian population), the world’s largest and most diverse concentration of Muslims in Indonesia, and the rise of a more assertive and nationalistic Hinduism among India’s 1.3 billion people, the role of religion in globalizing processes in Asia requires sustained analysis and elucidation rather than a mention in passing.

The objective of this conference is to muster the intellectual resources and research of experts in a variety of fields to better understand the prospects, patterns, and problems of religion and globalization in Asian societies in the near future. As noted in the recent edited volume Religions/Globalizations, how can we better understand the dialectical tension of codependence and codeterminism between religion and globalization? With a focus on the populations of South and East Asia–densely concentrated, increasingly well-informed and technologically-sophisticated–the conference participants and its keynote speakers will reference and address the following questions and themes:

– How can religious pluralism and tolerance be promoted and practiced?
– What social, economic, and political scenarios contribute to peaceful religious proliferation in Asia? – Can global trends and dynamics increase the range of choices for individuals to determine their own religious and cultural identities?

– Are there identifiable characteristics for situations where religion is (or could become) a strategic political resource in Asian nations?
– How can we better understanding the codependent and codeterminative dynamics and patterns of religion and globalization?
– Does religious conservatism always compromise the more positive characteristics of globalization that are egalitarian, diverse, hybrid, and cosmopolitan?

– Are there substantial differences in how we regard religious fundamentalism in Asia and in western nations, especially concerning the belligerent kind that resorts to violence?
– Does the globalizing character of religion impede human rights in Asia?
– Are there regional conflicts that, aided by globalizing forces and religious ideologies, might grow into large-scale wars?

Conference Structure
Friday, the conference will start with a keynote lecture, then break for paper sessions. After lunch, a second paper session will follow, with a concluding lecture preceding a general reception.
Saturday will start with paper sessions, then conclude with a final lecture before lunch and adjournment.

The end result of the conference will be a strategically edited volume that will appeal to courses in history, religious studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies. We will also develop a website that summarizes the conference proceedings, details the key contributors and their work, and provides links to organizations and institutions that promote the study of globalization.

Keynote speakers
Mark Juergensmeyer (UC Santa Barbara)
Sassia Sasken (Columbia)
Nayan Chanda (Yale)

If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 200 word abstract and brief CV to John Nelson no later than August 30, 2008.

Each presenter will be awarded an honorarium of $350 to help defray travel and conference expenses.

Open registration for the conference will begin August 15 and end November 30, 2008. The total number of conference participants is limited to 120.


John Nelson, Conference Chair
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: +1 (415) 422-5093
Fax: +1 (415) 422-5356

Call for papers: The Voice of Southeast Asian Diaspora (Boston, February 26-March 1, 2009)

NeMLA 2009 Convention: The Voice of Southeast Asian Diaspora (2/26-3/1,  2009, Boston, MA)

This panel invites papers discussing the literature written by and about  Southeast Asian diaspora, including Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians,  Hmongs, Thais, and Burmese. We will be discussing how these diasporic  groups inscribe their North American experiences and sociopolitical  issues. Any disciplines and approaches are welcome: literary studies,  cultural studies, anthropology, history, sociology, psychology, and the  like.

Please send an abstract of 500 words and a brief bio in doc. or pdf.  format to Brian Guan-rong Chen at

Deadline: September 10, 2008

Please include with your abstract: Name and Affiliation, Email address,  Postal address, Telephone number, A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling  fee)

The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention will be posted in  June: Interested participants may submit abstracts to more  than one NeMLA panel; however panelists can only present one paper.  Convention participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also  present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

Brian Guan-rong Chen
University of Texas at Arlington
English Department
503 W. Third St., Carlisle Hall #203
Arlington, TX 76019
TEL: 817-272-0966