Call for papers: Margins and Peripheries in East Asian Cultures

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Call for Papers
October 17, 2022
Arizona, United States
Subject Fields: 
East Asian History / Studies, Literature, Religious Studies and Theology, Cultural History / Studies

Margins and Peripheries in East Asian Cultures

Call for Papers


Arizona State University East Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference

January 13–14, 2023


Margins and peripheries in East Asian cultures have long been an underlying motif downplayed by conventional social and cultural discourses. While the concepts of margins and peripheries are often perceived in terms of geography, their extended denotations are ubiquitous in social, economic, cultural, and political contexts.

In the 2022–23 ASU East Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference, we encourage innovative ways of conceptualizing East Asian margins and peripheries through history, whether they are defined by political borders, religious and cultural identities, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, social class, disability, technology, life cycle, generative energy, porousness, among others. The keynote speakers are Prof. Kang Xiaofei (Associate Professor of Chinese at the Department of Religion at the George Washington University) and Prof. Oh Young Kyun (Associate Professor of Chinese at the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University). We invite papers from humanistic fields that address these issues from different perspectives, including but not limited to ethical studies, feminism, critical race theories, social studies, religious studies, art history, linguistics, selfhood, textual editorial intent and transmission, diasporic identities, comparative studies, and media studies. In the spirit of inclusivity, we also welcome any interpretations of margins and peripheries. Travel awards may be available to graduate student presenters.

Graduate student presenters will receive feedback from their panel’s respondents, who will read and comment on the papers. Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present their work, followed by a 20-minute response for papers presented in the panel and a Q&A session. Each panel will consist of three papers. The conference itself will take place over two days.

For those interested in participating, please submit an abstract (max. 250 words) by Oct. 17, 2022. Please also state your intention to apply for a travel award along with abstract submission. Successful applicants will be notified on Nov. 2, 2022. Please direct any questions as well as submissions to the conference organizers from the East Asian Studies Graduate Student Association at


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President and Vice President of ASU EASGrad Association:

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