[KS] CfP: GEAS Graduate Conference "Transnational Trajectories in East Asia: Nation, Citizenship, and Region" (October 20th 2017)

GEAS Events events at geas.fu-berlin.de
Wed Jul 19 08:41:04 EDT 2017

With apologies for cross-posting.
Dear all,
we are delighted to invite proposals for the Graduate Conference on "Transnationalism and Institutions in East Asia" taking place on October 20th in Berlin, Germany, at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS). This one-day conference is organized by GEAS graduate students for fellow graduate students doing research in this field. The conference will be a great opportunity to exchange, discuss dissertations projects and connect with peers. Furthermore, we are happy to announce that Professor Yasemin Soysal from Essex University will be the keynote speaker. She has been working extensively in the field of transnationalism in East Asia, and has among other publications edited "Transnational Trajectories in East Asia: Nation, Citizenship, and Region" (published with Routledge).
Please find the call for papers below and please feel free to share the call with anyone who might be interested in the conference!

GEAS Graduate Conference:
Transnationalism and Institutions in East Asia

Date: 20th October 2017
Venue: Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

   Transnationalism - understood as the exchanges, connections, and practices across borders - has transgressed national boundaries and challenged nation states. In an interconnected world, the meaning and sovereignty of nation states has been increasingly blurred and bounded institutions have been questioned. Institutions are an essential element of society, as they organize social, political, economic, cultural, religious, and normative activities. Our conference seeks to explore the relationship between transnationalism and institutions in East Asia. Does transnationalism create a space for actors to negotiate existing structures? Does it provoke, on the contrary, a mobilization around local/national institutions to protect themselves from an openness experienced as a threat? More generally, how do institutions emerge, transform, resist, or disappear within the dynamics of transnationalism?

   We, the PhD candidates of the Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) at the Freie Universität Berlin, are pleased to organize the second GEAS Graduate Conference in October 2017 on institutions and transnationalism in East Asia. We invite young scholars to present their research on how individuals, groups, institutions and states interact with each other in a new global space where cultural, social and political characteristics of national societies are combined with emerging multilevel and multinational activities in China, Japan, and South Korea.

Application requirements:
   The conference is open to doctoral candidates and recent PhDs in area studies or social science disciplines related to East Asia. We welcome all disciplines, including but not limited to social and cultural anthropology, political science, economics, law, history, and sociology. Each participant is asked to hand in a paper in English and prepare a presentation, which will be followed by a discussion with invited scholars and specialists.

Application process and schedule:
1)      Applicants are to submit the paper title and abstract (no more than 300 words) by the 31st of July 2017 at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=geas2017.
2)      The selected participants will be notified by the end of August 2017.
3)    The final paper (5000-8000 words) should be sent to the organizers by 15th September 2017.

Contact: grad-conference at geas.fu-berlin.de<mailto:grad-conference at geas.fu-berlin.de>
Organizers' website: <http://www.geas.fu-berlin.de> http://www.geas.fu-berlin.de

Kind regards,

The GEAS Graduate Conference 2017 Team

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