CFP: Colonial Mobilization in Africa and Asia during the Second World War: soldiers, labourers and women, March 22-23, 2018, Kyoto

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Call for Papers
March 22, 2018 to March 23, 2018
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, World History / Studies

International conference on Colonial Mobilization in Africa and Asia during the Second World War: soldiers, labourers and women

Kyoto University, Japan, March 22-23, 2018.


Organized by the research project “Colonial Soldiers in World War II: war, labour and gender under colonialism,” at Kyoto University, funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)



Keynote and main speakers:

David Killingray (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Tekeste Negash (Uppsala University)

Yasmin Khan (Oxford University)

Ruth Ginio (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)




The international conference focuses on the policies and praxis of empires in the mobilization and deployment of colonial subjects as well as the various strategies employed by the mobilized people and societies to protect themselves and their dignity during WWII. Emphasis is laid on:

1) the overall features of mobilization and deployment of soldiers and other forms of labourers as well as women per continuum; the continuity of  “wartime” and “peacetime” mobilization under colonialism. The aim of the conference is to see the Second World War as part of colonial violence and reconsider it from the perspective of the colonial world of Africa and Asia.

2) the globality and interconnectedness of colonial mobilization; trans-colonial and trans-imperial mobility of people and the meaning of these experiences to colonial societies. Papers of comparative nature are encouraged.

3) gender aspect of colonial mobilizations; mobilization of female labourers, forced recruitment of women for sexual purpose or sexual slavery such as “comfort women”; and sexual violence.



Deadline for submission of abstract with CV:  September 30, 2017.

The abstract ought not to exceed 300 words.

The result will be announced within a month.


Deadline for submission of paper: February 1, 2018.

The paper should not exceed 5000 words.


The organizers welcome scholars from all over the world, particularly from African and Asian countries.

Publication of the conference papers is planned.



For more information: (Yoko Nagahara, Kyoto University, the project leader)


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