2017 EAAA Call For Papers

 East Asian Anthropological Association

Annual Meeting

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
14-16 October 2017

 The East Asian Anthropological Association is a scholarly association of teachers and students of anthropology based in East Asia and engaged in anthropological work on East Asia. It has its conferences in China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan in recent years. Its upcoming meeting will be in Hong Kong 14-16 October 2017. We hope that you will propose a panel or an individual paper for this conference. You do not need to be a member of EAAA at present in order to submit a panel or paper; you become a member automatically by attending this conference.

Please fill out a EAAA panel proposal or EAAA individual paper proposal, which will require an abstract from you in English. (We regret making English the conference’s language, but because of the prohibitive expense of hiring simultaneous translators, this is necessary.) You can submit either a panel proposal, which should have 3-6 participants speaking on a common topic, or an individual paper proposal, which is your paper alone. Individual paper proposals we will subsequently organize into panels. Submitted panels have a somewhat better chance of being accepted for the conference than individual papers. Panels that cross national boundaries rather than only dealing with one society are preferred, but we realize that such panels may not always be possible.

If you cannot access the online forms, please complete the attached panel or paper proposal form and send it to eaaa.hk.2017@gmail.com by 1 May 2017. The program committee will make its decisions by 15 May, and will then send out acceptance notices, conference registration forms, and payment instructions to all participants.

The conference will be held on 14-15 October at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, followed on 16 October by a tour of interesting Hong Kong places.  Registration will be US$100, and participants will pay for their own lodging. We will arrange lodging at a CUHK guesthouse (for which there are limited spaces), or at the Hyatt hotel; you will have the chance to choose which of these you would prefer. We will provide lunches and dinners and refreshments at the conference. For more details, please visit http://arts.cuhk.edu.hk/~ant/EAAAconf/index.html.

We look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong in October!

EAAA 2016 Registration and Paper/Session Proposal Submission Site Now Open!

Dear Colleague

The online registration and paper/session proposal submission are now
available on the following site:

Hotel booking and post-conference tour reservation are also available on the
above site.  You are strongly advised to book your accommodation as soon as
possible for October is one of the busiest tourist seasons in Hokkaido.

And we now call for individual papers and organized sessions for the
Sapporo meeting.

The deadline for submitting paper/session proposals is June 24.

And the extension of deadline is July 31.

The conference theme is: Culture, For or Against?: Thirty Years after
“Writing Culture”

The concept of culture, once the hallmark of modern anthropology, has been
questioned, critiqued, defended, and debated by anthropologists for three
decades since the publication of Writing Culture and Anthropology as
Culture Critique in 1986. Yet the notion of culture as a way of life is
alive and well in both political as well as everyday discourses throughout
the world. For example, governments in East Asia enthusiastically and
competitively apply to UNESCO for recognition of their traditions as
“intangible cultural heritage.” Increasing number of East Asian people
travel within the region and around the world to experience “different
cultures.” What should we do about this disparity between academic
anthropology and the world outside the academia? Is the anthropological
concept of culture still relevant? Or, is the concept obsolete? We invite
anthropologists in East Asia to address the relevance or irrelevance of the
concept of culture in the 21st century.

Theoretical as well as ethnographic papers and sessions related to the
conference theme are welcome. Those related to other themes and topics are
also welcome. We look forward to diverse papers and sessions representing
entire East Asian anthropology.

For further information please contact: Ichiro Numazaki
eaaa2016sapporo@gmail.com (or numazaki16@m.tohoku.ac.jp if you have trouble using Gmail)
The Organizing Committee for 2016 EAAA Meeting
Ichiro Numazaki, Tohoku University
Takami Kuwayama, Hokkaido University

Call for Papers 2015

2015 Annual Meeting of East Asian Anthropological Association (EAAA) &

The Annual Meeting of Taiwan Society for Anthropology and Ethnology (TSAE)

Conference Theme: Multiple Landscapes of Anthropology

EAAA/TSAE Joint Meeting Date: October 3 & 4, 2015 (Sat. & Sun.)

Venue:National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan

No registration fee required for EAAA paper presenters and discussants.

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015 (Click here for individual submission or proposed panel )

Housing and Post-conference Tour Registration Deadline: June 15, 2015 (Click here for registration form)

Travel Itinerary for Housing Confirmation Deadline: September 1, 2015 

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the East Asian Anthropological Association (EAAA) will be held jointly with the Annual Meeting of the Taiwan Society for Anthropology and Ethnology (TSAE). The conference theme of the joint meeting is Multiple Landscapes of Anthropology. We invite anthropologists and anthropology students in the East Asian region to participate in the meeting. Please submit your proposed panel or individual paper abstracts (in English) to Dr. Shao-hua LIU at  taipeimeeting@gmail.com.

Abstracts related to the conference theme are particularly welcome. The culturally embedded landscape has always been a research topic for anthropology. This reflection of reality, either lived or imagined, allows anthropologists to approach it by ways of theoretical analysis. Its implications can be so complex as to facilitate the anthropological mapping of a natural, social, ethnic, or gender dimension of fieldwork in its diversity. More significantly, such multiple implications allow anthropologists to engage in cross-disciplinary endeavors such as geography, psychology, environment studies, and science and technology studies. We hope the joint meeting of the EAAA and TSAE will highlight the multiple implications of East Asian landscapes and envision an anthropology that goes beyond boundaries.

More information for EAAA participants:

There is no registration fee for EAAA paper presenters and discussants. Presenters and discussants are also provided with meals during the conference and a post-conference tour on Oct. 5, 2015. For other participants, a registration fee of US $100 is required. The method of payment will be announced shortly. All EAAA participants are responsible for their own airfares and lodging. Two guesthouses are recommended for EAAA participants: the Activity Center of Academia Sinica and the International Housing of National Chengchi University. The conference will arrange a roundtrip shuttle bus between the Academia Sinica and the conference venue on Oct. 3-4. Since the living accommodation of these two housing is limited, so please register as soon as possible. We can only help reserve a room once we receive your registration. In addition, housing accommodation on these two campuses is not guaranteed. So we highly suggest that you register at your earliest convenience. Otherwise, you may need to arrange your own lodging in Taipei. To confirm your room reservation on the campus, we will need your travel itinerary by September 1, 2015.

Call for chapters (proposals)

Modern Wilderness: Mobility, Friction, and Frontiers in Asia and the Americas from 1800


The present book seeks to investigate the role of the frontier in the making of modern Asia and the Americas, and it does so through the study of movement, contact, and networking. The volume will bring together scholars from several areas of study (Central, East, South and South East Asia, US, Latin America and the Caribbean). The result will be an innovative collection of essays, bridging two continents that are usually studied separately. The aim of this book is twofold. Firstly, Modern Wilderness is an invitation for the scholarly community to read, think and write beyond the limits of traditional area studies. Secondly, in the wake of the digital revolution, when geographical frontiers seem to have been replaced by virtual non-places, this book reclaims the importance of physical space in the making of modern history.

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