Asian Studies Conference

45th Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies Conference: “Pivot to Asia: Poetics, Progress, and the Popular”



The College of Liberal Arts of Towson University and the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies announce the call for papers for the 45th annual conference.  The conference theme Pivot to Asia: Poetics, Progress, and the Popular” follows the revival of interest in Asia in the United States and encourages fresh examinations of the region in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Specific areas of inquiry may include but are not limited to: politics, territorial issues, natural resources, the environment, migration, history, philosophy, gender, popular culture, sexualities, and religious practices.


We encourage proposals from any discipline, and welcome participation from faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, independent scholars, and professionals. We especially encourage panels with innovative combinations of individuals and fields.

Katherine Bowie, incoming AAS President and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will deliver a keynote address.

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 30, 2016. Please send any other inquiries to the Conference Co-Chair Erik Ropers (

Acceptance notices will be sent by June 15, 2016. Travel assistance for graduate students and international scholars up to $100 is available on a competitive basis. Include your request for travel funding with your proposal. Further information on the conference is available on (click on “Conferences”).

Contact Info:

Conference Co-Chair:  Erik Ropers

Department of History
Towson University

8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252
410-704-3709 (O) | 410-704-5595 (Fax)

Questions may also be directed to Rachael Hutchinson, (Vice-President of MAR/AAS)

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