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Call for Papers: 2014 SPAS Graduate Conference

Call for Papers: 2014 SPAS Graduate Student Conference 

The School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) seeks papers, performances, and panel proposals for its 25th annual graduate student conference. The conference will be held on the UHM campus in Honolulu, HI on April 2-4, 2014. The theme this year is “PUSHING BOUNDARIES, SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES: REMAPPING ASIA AND THE PACIFIC THROUGH A TRANSNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY LENS.”

We are looking for applications that:

  • Push the boundaries of existing knowledge of Asia and the Pacific
  • Challenge conventional perspectives on Asia and the Pacific
  • Incorporate interdisciplinary approaches
  • Contest approaches based on a national or regional focus
  • Engage new and emerging trends in Asian and/or Pacific Studies
  • Involve original research on Asia and/or the Pacific
  • Present Asian and/or Pacific performance practices

As this year’s theme indicates, we are interested in accepting papers, panel proposals, and performances that challenge traditional boundaries and perspectives within the study of Asia and the Pacific. With this goal in mind, we also encourage those with a background in the arts to apply with performance proposals.

We are pleased to announce this year’s speaker is Dr. Nancy Lee Peluso, a Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy at University of California, Berkeley. In her current position, Dr. Peluso teaches courses on environmental science, policy and management. Her primary research areas look at how social differences—such as ethnic identity, class, and gender—affect resource access and control. Dr. Peluso’s current projects include the History of Political Forests in Southeast Asia and Violence, Territorialization, and the Production of Landscape.

Please complete the application form according to the listed guidelines and instructions and submit it to

by FEBRUARY 1, 2014. The form may be downloaded here. 

Additionally, all accepted papers/panels will have discussants, so presenters should be prepared to submit their papers by February 28th, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference planning committee at For more information, please refer to our website at and our Facebook page: SPAS Graduate Conference..

Thank you and we look forward to reading your submissions!

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