[csaa-forum] CFP: Recalibrating Diasporas: Asia Pacific and the Spaces Beyond

Baden Offord baden.offord at curtin.edu.au
Wed Feb 27 19:08:46 ACST 2019

Call for Conference Abstracts

Recalibrating Diasporas:

Asia Pacific and the Spaces Beyond

An Interdisciplinary, International Conference organised by

Murdoch University, in cooperation with the

Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

June 27-28, 2019

Murdoch University, Perth Campus, Western Australia

** NEW ABSTRACT DEADLINE: March 25th, 2019 **

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Paul Arthur<https://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/arts-and-humanities/staff/profiles/professors/professor-paul-arthur>, Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty<https://history.uchicago.edu/directory/dipesh-chakrabarty>, Professor Gunlög Fur<https://lnu.se/en/staff/gunlog.fur/> and Professor Ann McGrath<http://history.cass.anu.edu.au/centres/acih/people/professor-ann-mcgrath>

Call for Submissions:

Recalibrating Diasporas critically interrogates the geopolitical recalibrations and power formations that produce diaspora today throughout environmental, socio-economic, geopolitical, and technological shifts. Such shifts have widely affected the culture, literature, philosophy, and identity of spaces linked to diasporic affiliations. Robust debates concerning immigration, citizenship, indigenous versus hegemonic cultures, gender and sexuality, legacies of racism, global ecosystems, and the definition of “The Global South” warrant a rigorous return to the term 'diaspora'.

This return is especially significant in the frame of diaspora’s relation to particular global pathways and spaces. It is perhaps more important now than ever before with respect to the Indian Ocean and its conjunction with other waterways such as the Arabian Sea, the Persian Gulf, Southern Ocean, Tasman Sea, South China Sea, Pacific Ocean, etc.

We welcome interdisciplinary scholarship on race, space, power, the Anthropocene, and diaspora in the wake of decolonisation movements into and beyond the 21st century around the theme of Re-Thinking Diasporas in the broadest possible sense.

Paper topics may address but are not limited to:

-- Redefining migration, diaspora, postcolonial studies

-- The Anthropocene and its effect on diaspora

-- Reconceptualizing the globe and globalisation

-- Diaspora in (post)colonial history

-- Indigenous peoples and limitations on domestic movement

-- Indian Ocean Studies along and beyond the rim

-- Diaspora and deep history

-- Digital humanities, media, and culture/ cultural studies

-- Identity studies dealing with race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, nationality

-- Queer (LGBTQI+) subject formations and oceanic identities

-- New currents of xenophobia, racism, orientalism, otherness, and exclusion

-- Language, citizenship, employment status treaties

-- Policy, law, and trade issues that re-shape comparative Asian Studies

-- Lines of migration and postcolonial enquiry from Europe to Australasia

-- New media studies and communication paradigms

-- Diasporic religions and rituals, and belief systems on the move

-- Innovation and threats around nuclear technology, war, holocaust, contamination

-- Mining, fracking, and other forms of resource extraction from the earth

-- Ecological humanities, including environmental literature, history, and philosophy

-- New genealogies and historiographies of migration and citizenship

-- Re-thinking area studies and field formations

-- Human trafficking and sex work with reference to illegal movement

-- Tactics and strategies of tourism, trade, and marketing

-- Surrogate mothers, midwifery, adoption, reproduction, and parenting across borders

-- Political economies, food security, job security, and threats to the aforementioned

-- Endemic wildlife and ecosystems and the looming threat of extinction

-- Gaps in trauma studies, especially how it relates to Africa and Australasia

We encourage proposals from postgraduate students and early career researchers in addition to institutionally-affiliated academics.

Delegates will have the opportunity to submit a written version of their paper after the conference for possible inclusion in a special issue of a relevant journal and/or edited collection of essays.

Please submit a 300-word abstract along with a 50-100 word bio as one document by 25th March, 2019to: RecalibratingDiasporas at gmail.com<mailto:RecalibratingDiasporas at gmail.com>

Conference location: Murdoch University, South Street, Murdoch, WA

Contact/enquiries: RecalibratingDiasporas at gmail.com<mailto:RecalibratingDiasporas at gmail.com>

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