MARAAS Call for Papers

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Call for Papers
May 15, 2023
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Asian American History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies

Call for Papers

“Fragility and Resilience: Asian Studies and the Pandemic”


51st Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies Conference

September 30-October 1, 2023

Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA



Elizabethtown College and the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies announce the call for papers for the 51st annual conference. This year’s conference theme is, “Fragility and Resilience: Asian Studies and the Pandemic.”


The last three years have been devastating for the study of Asia and its cultures. The pandemic has affected how Asia is perceived in the world and the popularity of its study in universities. However, we have also witnessed a reaction against this trend as the effects of the pandemic subside. This is both a pushback against the manner in which Asian people have been treated during the pandemic and an appreciation for the strategies adopted by Asian cultures to deal with this situation. This conference promotes a discussion of Asia within the broader context of the pandemic and its academic impacts. This theme lends itself to interesting scholarly approaches, including energy, environment, public health, territorial issues, migration, popular culture, gender, sexuality, religious practices, and more.


We encourage proposals on all topics related to Asia from any discipline, and welcome participation from faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, independent scholars, and professionals.


To propose a panel, individual paper, or poster presentation, please create an account on our website ( and follow the instructions for proposal submission. Proposal deadline is May 15, 2023. Please send any other inquiries to Dr. Mahua Bhattacharya at


Acceptance notices will be sent by July 15, 2023. Limited travel assistance for graduate students up to $125, in the form of reimbursement following the conference, is available on a competitive basis. Graduate students interested in travel support should send their request once they have been accepted to present at the conference by emailing Treasurer W. Evan Young at


Conference Chair:

Dr. Mahua Bhattacharya

School of Arts and Humanities

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA 127022


Contact Info: 

Peggy Kong or Mahua Bhattacharya

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