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CFP: Agency, Activism, and Alternatives in Asia after the meltdown

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Call for Paper

Conference Theme: Agency, Activism, and Alternatives

Date: November 13-15, 2009

Venue: SungKongHoe University and Vabien Suites(Seoul, Korea) 1

Host: Institute for East Asian Studies (IEAS), SungKongHoe University

Contact: 2009spices@gmail.com

Statement: Agency, Activism, and Alternatives

Ten years later a crisis hits Asia again! Since late 2008, the rosy promises of neo-liberal globalization have faded away under the global economic recession initiated by the U.S. financial crisis. If this is the end of neo-liberal globalization as we know it, what are we being thrown into? What is certain is that it brings us to another historical conjuncture; perhaps just as serious as in the near past and we never know in advance at this moment.

We currently maintain hope that the crisis offers us a new source for reimaging various socio-cultural changes, just as former crises that occurred throughout the modern period in Asia were transformed into opportunities for change, and as always, that new types of subjectivities will emerge. Faced with an upcoming era of shifts and challenges, one can sense that the location of culture within Asian societies can be repositioned, and that activism for exploring alternatives for broader socio-cultural change has to be rethought. This year’s conference will explore how cultural practices have responded to the processes of the present crisis, as well as those of past crises.

The conference also aims to facilitate not only new mappings of cultural reconfigurations of different parts in Asia, but also common grounds for critical reflection by intellectuals in the region. With common interests and desires articulated from different places, we anticipate new insights into the age of global crisis, and the pursuit of multiple and alternative ways of repositioning culture.
Panel Streams include:
Alternative Media Activism, and Communication Democracy
Emerging New Subjectivities and Agencies
Alternative Forms of Cultural Production and Representation
The Politics of Memory and History and (Post) Colonial Criticism
Border-crossing, Transculturation and Cultural Hybrids/Nomads
Cultural Industries and Cultural Policy and Publicness of Culture
Critical Language and Gender Studies in Asian Contexts
Critical Cultural Studies-at-large

Open Call for Papers

Those who wish to participate in 2009 SPICES conference should pre-submit individual paper proposal before 30 July 2009.
individual paper proposal should include the following materials using the form;
general statement of paper
individual paper abstract(max. 300 words)
brief C.V. for each participant plus some personal information
After processing for proposal review, we will select the best ones. Accepted papers will be announced on 15 August 2009.
Accepted presenter should register by 30 August 2009.
Full papers should be about maximum 4,000 words in length. Final papers will be due 30 September 2009 for inclusion in program book. Detailed guideline of full paper format will be offered to accepted persons in proposal review process later.
Language: English is the only official language during the conference.

Address: Institute for East Asian Studies (IEAS), SungKongHoe University, 1-1 Hang-Dong, Guro-Gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel: +82 2 2610 4707 / 2610 4739 | Fax: +82 2 2610 4708
Website: under the development (TBA until the early June)
Accommodations: Vabien Suite (Seoul, Korea) Important Information! 3 nights accommodations will be provided for those who present papers from ‘developing countries’.


Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand | Faculty of Communication Arts, Bangkok University, Thailand | Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia | Department of English, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong/China | The Institute for East Asian Studies, SungKongHoe University, Korea
PROPOSALS SHOULD BE SENT to 2009spices@gmail.com

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