Seeking panelists for Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Seattle, March 25-28, 2021

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Call for Papers
July 15, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, East Asian History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies

Proposed Panel Title: Anticolonialism and Internationalism in Asia
We are two graduate students putting together a panel that examines the intersections of broad themes of anticolonialism and internationalism in Asia from the late 19th to the 20th centuries. Our two papers explore 1) how the Indian National Army promoted a particular strand of Indian nationalism and Japanese Asianism in Southeast Asia during the Second World War and 2) how V.K. Krishna Menon of India and Carlos Romulo of the Philippines used the Delhi Conference of 1949 to strengthen the "One World" ambitions of the United Nations and build a "Third World" alliance.

While our papers attend to anticolonialism and Asianism on one hand, and political connections between South and Southeast Asia on the other, we are open to papers that deal with other parts of Asia and address one or some of the following issues:

    1.    When, why, and how did internationalism become an important force in anticolonial movements?
    2.    What were the meanings and expression of internationalism?
    3.    What were the meanings and expression of Asianism?
    4.    How did political actors negotiate internationalism with other political ideas, such as nationalism, in anticolonial movements?
    5.    How did anticolonial ideas circulate across various parts of Asia?
Themes: Anticolonialism, internationalism, Asianism, circulation of political ideas, inter-Asian relations

If you are interested in participating, please reply to Mark Reeves ( and Zardas Lee ( by July 15, 2020 (Eastern Time). We will respond by the end of July 17, 2020.