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Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference (TAGS)

Sixth Annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference: Within and Beyond Asia

Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706
University of Wisconsin-Madison

We are pleased to announce the sixth annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student (TAGS) Conference to be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday, April 12, 2019 - Sunday, April 14, 2019. The aim of this conference is to facilitate greater communication among disciplines, approaching Asia from multiple viewpoints. Participants will have a valuable opportunity to share work and receive feedback from peers and professors, as well as to gain insight into recent developments in Asia-related research across various disciplines.

The TAGS Conference was established by graduate students of East Asian Languages and Literatures (now part of the Asian Languages and Cultures) and History Departments in 2013. It is a forum where graduate students and advanced undergraduates studying Asia can present their research.

The theme of the conference this year is “Within and Beyond Asia.” This year’s conference aims to invite critical examinations into the past and present of “Asia” that bridges local and global, and transcends regionalism and nationalism. The theme speaks to the recent paradigm shift of Asian studies in general, driven by the increasing exchange of bodies, ideas and capitals that move within and beyond various forms of conventional borders. Therefore, our goal is to open up a broader horizon for reimagining different “Asias” in the global context. Taking the participants’ specific fields of study as a starting point, we want to look for various opportunities of transregional and transdiscipline conversations and cooperations.

Two keynote speakers, Dr. Erin Collins (American University) and Dr. Rivi Handler-Spitz (Macalester College) have been invited. The talk by Dr. Erin Collins would be collaborated with Friday Forum organized by the Center of Southeast Asian Studies. The Conference Schedule will be posted as events and sessions are confirmed.

In addition to the plenary sessions, we invite papers from but not limited to the following disciplines, related to either Asian or Asian-American studies:

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Asian American Studies
  • Central Asian Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Composition & Rhetoric
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Film & Media Studies
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Law & Legal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • South Asian Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Translation Studies
  • Visual Arts

Organizing Committee

Teresa Görtz (PhD student, Chinese literature, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures), Wenting Ji (PhD candidate, Chinese literature, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures), Hae Ree Jun (PhD candidate, Japanese linguistics, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures), Kelly Wanjing Chen (PhD candidate, Department of Geography), Joe Yizhou Xu (PhD student, Media & Cultural Studies, Department of Communication Arts)

Keynote speakers

Dr. Erin Collins (School of International Service, American University)
Professor Collins is a human geographer. Her work focusses on the political economy and cultural politics of transformation in Southeast Asian cities. Her current research looks at how people claim and defend space in Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh, in and through moments of political, social and economic remaking. Professor Collins has recent publications in Environment and Planning A and Development and Change. In SIS Professor Collins teaches courses on Geographies of Uneven Development, Critical Social Theory, Development in Theory and History and Qualitative Methods for Studying the City. In her research and teaching Professor Collins draws on post-colonial, critical race, feminist and global urban theory. 

Dr. Rivi Handler-Spitz (Asian Languages and Cultures, Macalester College)
Rivi Handler-Spitz studies and teaches Chinese literature and intellectual history as well as comparative literature. Her book Symptoms of an Unruly Age: Li Zhi and Cultures of Early Modernity (University of Washington Press, 2017) compares writings by the late Ming dynasty radical intellectual Li Zhi to works by several of his best-known European contemporaries including Shakespeare, Montaigne, and Cervantes. Although these authors wrote independently on opposite ends of Eurasia, their works grapple with remarkably similar questions, among them how to differentiate between truth and falsehood, genuine articles and fakes. By examining the historical context in which these questions arose, as well as the culturally specific responses they generated, Symptoms of an Unruly Age highlights correspondences between early modern Chinese and European literature.

Call for Proposals

We invite proposals on the main theme of the conference or any topics relevant to Asian or Asian-American studies.

Interested graduate students may submit individual abstracts for paper presentations or proposals for panels of three papers. Each paper presentation is 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question & answer session.

You will need to upload your abstract (max. 300 words, 12 pt. font in Times New Roman, double-spaced lines) in one document (.pdf or .doc/.docx), including:

  1. Panel Name (panel submission only)
  2. Main Title
  3. Subtitle (optional)
  4. Author Name(s)
  5. University Affiliation(s)
  6. Keywords
  7. Abstract

Proposals for group panels should also be submitted in a single document by a designated organizer and should include a 300-word abstract for the panel as a whole in addition to abstracts for each individual paper.

This year, we are also accepting proposals from undergraduate students interested in presenting quality academic papers. Undergraduate proposals should be centered on a well-researched academic project of a senior thesis or honors thesis project caliber.

The full papers themselves should be about 8-9 pages double spaced in 12-point Times font. Those presenting audio-visual or performance projects should submit a 4-5 page discussion of their work.

Submit Proposals: CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT
Abstract Due: 15 February 2019
Acceptance Notification: 1 March, 2019
Full paper due: 1 April, 2019
Conference Date: 12-14 April, 2019

Questions about the abstract submissions should be directed to:

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