2014 Annual Conference of the East Asian Anthropological Association
Theme: The Future of East Asia and Public Anthropology
Date: November 14-16, 2014
Venue: Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, South Korea
The annual meeting of the East Asian Anthropological Association covering five East Asian regions (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan) first began in 2008 in Beijing to discuss the issues related to the historical connections, contemporary situations, and future directions in the mutual involvement and reciprocal understandings among East Asian anthropologists. What became clear among East Asian anthropologists gathered was the need to develop East Asian anthropology that is grounded in the region with alternative historical trajectories from that of the West and at the same time attentive to diverse world anthropologies.
Seismic structural changes that are taking place in East Asia in the midst of global economic changes commonly referred to as globalization provide the backdrop to the search for the possibility of East Asian anthropology. In the 21st century East Asia has emerged as a central driver of economic globalization becoming an engine of global growth. Although the appearance of regional integration is not quite visible yet, the interdependence among different regions of East Asia is not limited to the global economic market but extends to social, cultural and policy spheres. But the specter of rising nationalism in the area now threatens to undo the gains that global interdependence has brought to the region and to the world.
In light of this the Korean Society for Cultural Anthropology and the East Asian Anthropological Association (EAAA) are planning to jointly organize the 7th annual conference of the EAAA at Yeungnam University in Gyeongsan South Korea with the theme of “The Future of East Asia and Public Anthropology” to bring together anthropologists and policy experts in East Asia to illuminate the current situation and the roles anthropologists play in public issues including policy makings that would shape or influence the future of East Asia. To do so, the organizing committee would like to focus on the following three sub-themes:
1) Political Production of Nationalism and Historical Memory during the Age of Interdependence
Health policies like organ transplant, energy policies like nuclear power plant, labor policies like migrant labor implemented in one country has significant ramifications in other East Asian countries. Moreover, these issues demand new kinds of networks (formal and informal) for interdependent East Asia. But the specter of rising nationalism in the area now threatens to undo the gains that global interdependence has brought to the region and to the world. It is critical to recognize that cultural conflicts around historical memories, juxtaposition of historical territory and present sovereign territory, and rise of popular nationalism are not a natural phenomenon but politically motivated and produced.
2) Transnational Cooperation in Public Policy and the Role of Anthropology
In the new millennium anthropologists began dealing with and attempted to reframe many contested political, social, cultural and economic debates, in particular those concerning the shape of the post-Cold War world. Public anthropology is a sub-discipline of anthropology that sought to play a role in the policy making and implementation of both government and corporation for the public good.
However, in East Asia, any work and discussion on the use of anthropological knowledge in the public or policy making tended to remain in the confinements of a single nation-state. However, the recent events in East Asia such as regional development, human trafficking, food shortages, uneven development of healthcare system and environmental calamities simultaneously effecting the East Asian region are demanding multi-positional, regional and/or transnational approaches to the use of anthropological understanding on the public and policy makings.
3) Transnational Everyday Life Spaces and New Anthropological Paradigm
In the 21st century East Asia has emerged as a central driver of economic globalization becoming an engine of global growth. Although the appearance of regional integration is not quite visible yet, the interdependence among different regions of East Asia is not limited to the global economic market but extends to social, cultural and policy spheres. Flows of people as tourists or migrant labor and of popular culture in East Asia are the case in point. Here, ideologies, systems, and lifestyle are no longer integrated but are fragmented. Such changes demand re-examination of existing anthropological paradigms at a fundamental level.
Please send your panel and individual paper proposals by no later than May 25, 2014.
Contact: Christian J. Park firstname.lastname@example.org
EAAA2014 will be held as a parallel event with the Annual Conference of Korean Society for Cultural Anthropology (November 14-15). It would be a great opportunity to meet and connect with anthropologists working and researching in South Korea.
The details of the post-event tour and the direction to the venue will also be announced in the future circulation.
The details of the post-event tour will also be announced in the future circulation.