Call For Papers

The School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) is excited to announce the 2018 SPAS Graduate Student Conference on Asian Studies here at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa from March 14-16, 2018 at the Center for Korean Studies.

We are interested in proposals for papers, panels, and performances, reflecting on what scholars and others deem “The Asian Century.”  Through historical rotation of power, Asia is taking prominence on the global stage. We are interested in research that examines this concept, especially the ways that smaller countries across Asia have gained power. We are also looking for presentations that address inter-Asia and hegemonic interactions, whether through politics, economy, or culture, and can support or contest disciplinary and regional approaches to the study of the Asia Pacific region. With this goal in mind, we also encourage those with a background in the arts to apply.

We are especially looking for papers that:

  • Involve original research in all areas of Asia and Asian Studies
  • Incorporate interdisciplinary methods and frameworks
  • Engage comparative studies or transnationalism
  • Explore new and emerging trends in Asian Studies
  • Critically re-examine existing methodologies and frameworks
  • Present Asian performance practices

We invite and encourage you to share our announcement for the Call for Papers to your graduate students who are doing work on Asian Studies. Our theme is “The Asian Century: Emerging Stories” and our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Sophal Ear, from Occidental College.

Attached is our call for papers. The abstract and application deadline is February 1, 2018.

The submission form can be accessed at