Call for Papers

Horizons of Hope

Asia confronts a diverse array of challenges: environmental degradation and the effects of natural disasters, economic inequality within and between nations, xenophobic nationalism, territorial disputes, and rising military tensions fueled in part by nuclear weapons. Much academic work on these and other issues could end in despair. Yet, in case after case, resilient communities and societies have harnessed creativity and collaboration in response to turmoil, conflict, and alienation. That is, hope emerges - - often fitfully and often thwarted - - but, nonetheless, it emerges, and shapes how alternative futures might be achieved.

The Call for Papers is closed

The AAS-in-Asia Program Committee seeks panel proposals dealing with all regions of Asia on subjects covering a wide range of scholarly disciplines and professional fields under the theme "Asia in Motion: Horizons of Hope." Panels may be focused on historical issues, contemporary problems, religious or philosophical perspectives, or literary and artistic representations. Proposals addressing this theme are encouraged on diverse topics such as political and economic change, literary and cultural expression, ethnic animosity and cooperation, environmental sustainability, media and pop cultural production, food and energy policy, migration and population displacement, armed conflict and terrorism, Asian models for enterprises and businesses, as well as the effects of globalization and urban growth.

Important Dates

OCTOBER 30, 2015Deadline for submission of all conference proposals 
LATE JANUARY 2016E-mail notification of conference proposal acceptance/rejection 
APRIL 1, 2016Deadline for pre-conference participation registration and refunds
MAY 1, 2016Deadline to submit panel participant/abstract changes

Listed below are general guidelines about the conference and panel proposal process, but it is essential that applicants also read and follow the full instructions. Please direct all questions about the panel proposal submission process or AAS travel subsidies to Robyn Jones ( ) at the AAS secretariat.

Read the full Guidelines here

Submission Guidelines

General Guidelines

The language for conference presentations is English. Non-English presentations may be included in a panel but it is the responsibility of the panel organizer to provide English translation.

Although an individual may serve on the same panel as both chair and discussant, or presenter and chair, one participant cannot be on the program in more than one session.

The content of a proposal should match its final appearance in the printed program, and its delivery at the conference.

To ensure inclusion in the printed program all participants in accepted panels must register by April 1. (Please note that no refunds will be given for participants withdrawing after APRIL 1, 2015. )

Those participants who need a visa to travel to Japan must begin the application process immediately after the acceptance notice. (AAS cannot make exceptions for refund requests, including those submitted on the basis of denied funding and/or visa applications.)

Types of Proposals

A. Panels

Panels are proposed around a common subject or theme. A 250-word (maximum) abstract is required for each panel proposal, as well as a 250-word (maximum) abstract for each paper on the panel.

Panels last for two hours and must include ample time for audience participation. The organizer may submit more than one panel/roundtable proposal, but the program committee cannot guarantee specific scheduling requests for accepted "two-part" or "back-to-back" panels.

B. Roundtables

A roundtable is a panel format lasting for two hours and in which no formal papers are listed. Please submit a 350-word (maximum) abstract explaining the purpose, issue/theme, and scope, as well as the role of each participant.

C. Creative Formats

The program committee supports innovative formats that will encourage creativity, bold thinking, lively dialogue, and audience involvement. Those submitting under this category should follow the same guidelines as those for roundtables.

Selection Criteria

The AAS-in-ASIA fosters dialogue and communication crossing ordinary boundaries. The program committee therefore strongly favors proposals with participants from two or more countries or from relatively underrepresented academic communities. Moreover, panels with gender, academic rank, national origin, and disciplinary diversity will be favored.

Audio Visual (A/V) Equipment

We will provide each panel session with a PC, LCD projector, screen (or large LCD monitor), and BD/DVD player to aid in your paper presentations. However, if you are using your own laptop, please be aware that there will only be a HDMI monitor connection for connecting to the LCD projector: no VGA (RGB) monitor connection will be available.

If you are using your own Macintosh laptop, please bring along your own VGA display adapter (for connecting to the LCD projector).

Travel Assistance

AAS-in-ASIA Travel Subsidies

We are pleased to announce the availability of limited funding for partial travel grants for the Kyoto conference.

  • Support is limited to those scholars who are active participants on regular panels and roundtables that have been accepted on the formal program.
  • Only one participant per panel will be considered for funding.
  • Panel organizers must apply on behalf of the intended subsidy recipient.
  • All subsidy recipients must be an AAS member in good standing by the conference registration deadline.
  • Subsidy recipients who have not met this requirement will forfeit their awards.
  • All applicants must indicate the city/country they will be traveling from to attend the conference.
  • Travel expenses eligible for reimbursement will be limited to international round-trip discounted (minimum 30-day advance purchase) airfare and airport transfers, up to three night's hotel accommodations at the conference rate, and/or conference registration.
  • Individual grant amounts will be "need-based" and vary depending on the recipient's circumstances, point of departure and distance traveled. Grants for scholars traveling from North America likely will range from $1,200-$1,500; from Europe $800-$1,000; and from Asia $600-$1,000, but the AAS reserves the right to adjust these amounts as needed.
  • Due to the anticipated demand and limited amount of available funding, grant requests will be awarded on a competitive basis. Preference will be given to junior scholars and presenters (rather than chairs or discussants).
  • Panel organizers should submit their request as part of the online panel proposal by the October 31, 2015 deadline.

All grant funds will be handled after the conference and be paid in US dollars. Receipts will be required for all claimed expenses. Individual scholars or their respective panel organizers are responsible for arranging purchase of tickets, hotel accommodations, registration, etc.