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Imag(in)ing Asia and the Pacific: Emerging Visualities and Art Perspectives
Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies Annual Graduate Symposium
Cornell University
February 20-21, 2009

The symposium addresses the 20th century processes of decolonization, modernization, and nation-building that characterized the regions of Asia and the Pacific. These structures are revisited in the 21st century in the wake of globalization, and art practice in recent years has sought to address these questions, variously embracing or resisting their assumptions, politicizing their implications, or challenging discourse around such formulations. Not only are the cities of Asia and the Pacific growing, but have also become major centers of art, with mega-exhibitions and biennales that crucially forge regional identities and affinities. The symposium aims to explore these emerging visualities in the light of the complex, and changing socio-political and economic issues that affect countries, peoples, institutions and practice in the region.
Keynote speaker to be announced

We encourage submissions that focus on visuality and can be from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to Asian Studies, Pacific Studies, History of Art, History, Visual Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Studio Art, Architecture, Literature, Theatre, Film, and Dance.
Of the many possible engagements with our theme, some include, but are not limited to:
·         Classifications, geographies and identities – Possibilities of “Asian” and/or “Pacific” art: art and the archive (Hong Kong), and the museum (Fukuoka, Wellington, etc.).
·         Forging regional “cultural” alliances: Inter-Asia theatre, Asia Pacific Triennial, Pacific Arts Festival, etc.
·         Art and the city – cities as sites, cities as centers. Global cities and new urbanities (e.g. Shanghai, Mumbai, Auckland, Sydney, etc.) Cities as sites of public art. Exhibitions such as Cities on the Move, Paradise Now?, etc. Biennales such as Singapore, Gwangju, Sydney and new biennales and triennials being planned.
·         Traditional Practices, New Media, and Art against the grain. Negotiation of tradition and technology in practice. Space for national heritage and culture and emerging alternative spaces/media for art.  
·         Economies of Art: The movement of art from the region across the global art market and the recent booms. The role of museums, galleries and auction houses.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words for all proposals, along with brief biographical information and special equipment requests if necessary. Submissions should be sent electronically to the organizers, Bernida Webb-Binder and Brinda Kumar ( and The application deadline for abstracts is December 1, 2008 in order to be considered for this year’s symposium.

2009 Annual Conference
Olympic Volunteer Centre in Calgary, Alberta
26 - 28 February 2009

The Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America will
hold its annual conference in Calgary, Alberta from 26 February through 1
March 2009.  ANZSANA is a multidisciplinary organization and welcomes papers
on any aspect of Australian or New Zealand studies and comparative studies
involving Australia, New Zealand, and North America.  ANZSANA will meet
simultaneously with the annual meeting of the American Association of
Australian Literary Studies (AAALS).  Shared events will include an evening
reception on 26 February and a formal banquet on 27 February.  More
information on ANZSANA and the conference, including a registration form,
will soon be made available at

The DEADLINE for submission of paper proposals is 5 DECEMBER 2008.
Conference organizers will send notices of acceptance no later than 1
January 2008.  Proposals should include the author¹s name and institutional
affiliation, the title of the paper, and an abstract of no more than 500
words attached as either a Word or PDF document.  ANZSANA welcomes
submissions from graduate students and offers a limited number of travel
grants to facilitate their participation.  Graduate students must indicate
their status as such in order to be considered for a grant.  Please send
paper proposals to:

Dr. Greg Brown
Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Box 571021, Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057-1021

The registration fee of $125.00 (CN or US) includes a one-year ANZSANA
membership, a wine and cheese reception, and other conference meals.
Participants are also invited to attend a formal banquet on Friday, 27
February at an additional cost of $55.00 (CN or US).

Pacific Alternatives: Cultural Heritage and Political Innovation in Oceania
24-27 March 2009
Imin Conference Center
Honolulu, Hawai`i

This international conference explores innovative social, cultural, and
political responses to global processes in Oceania. Speakers will discuss
viable local alternatives to the institutions and practices commonly
advocated in development discourse but difficult to implement in Pacific
settings. There will be a particular focus on expanding perceptions of
cultural heritage in Pacific societies, and how this awareness intersects
with local political forms emerging in response to the challenges of global
political economy. "Pacific Alternatives" features situations from many
parts of Oceania, with some emphasis on Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

The "Pacific Alternatives" conference is a milestone event in an ongoing
research and educational project of the same name coordinated by the Bergen
Pacific Studies group at the University of Bergen, Norway, in collaboration
with institutional partners at the University of Hawai'i, East-West Center,
Solomon Islands National Museums, Vanuatu Cultural Center, British Museum,
University College London, James Cook University, New York University, and
University of Tulsa. The conference is cosponsored by the Center for Pacific
Islands Studies and Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i at
Manoa; East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program and the
Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen.

The conference Web site at contains
registration information and a draft program, as well as logistical

For further information about the conference contact Terence Wesley-Smith
(, Tisha Hickson (, or Edvard Hviding

For more information about the Pacific Alternatives project, you can visit
Letitia Hickson
Outreach Coordinator
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
1890 East-West Road, Moore 215
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96822

Tel: 808-956-2652
Fax: 808-956-7053

Visions of the Anglican Communion,
past, present and future:
a symposium in honour of G.A. Selwyn
Friday 17 April 2009, 10am – 6.30pm
Faculty of Divinity, West Road, Cambridge

This is a one-day symposium hosted by the Faculty of Divinity and Selwyn College to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Augustus Selwyn, first bishop of New Zealand and joint secretary to the first Lambeth Conference.

Location and programme
The symposium will take place at the Faculty of Divinity, West Road, Cambridge. A provisional programme is overleaf. The Faculty is about half a mile from the city centre, close to Selwyn and Newnham colleges. A map can be provided for those who need one, or see the Faculty’s website at

Registration and cost
Full registration for the day is £25.00. A registration form is attached. The fee will cover tea and coffee, and a lunch which will be served at Selwyn College.

Regular train and bus services to Cambridge run from London and other major cities. There is some limited parking available at the Faculty of Divinity, and in neighbouring roads. Otherwise, the City Council encourages anyone driving to Cambridge to use the Park and Ride service. There are five Park & Ride sites around the Cambridge, with buses running to the city centre from about 7am to about 8pm every day. Fares are £2.20 day return to the city centre.

As this is a one-day symposium, there are no formal accommodation arrangements. Those who wish to make their own arrangements to stay overnight, however, are invited to consider individual colleges, some of which offer basic, low cost overnight accommodation during the vacation. Contact can usually be made via the appropriate website.

Contact & form
If you have any particular queries about the day, please address them to:

The Revd Dr J.N. Morris
Dean, Trinity Hall
Cambridge CB2 1TJ

Tel: (01223) 332548

Land and Identity
A One-Day Symposium
Saturday, May 16th 2009,
University of Derby

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Stephen Daniels
(University of Nottingham)

Professor Donna Landry
(University of Kent)

This one-day event aims to gather academic researchers, artists, writers,
and other creative practitioners whose work focuses on land and identity. The
aim of the symposium is to investigate the complex issues surrounding
contemporary cultural discourses on land and identity ­ their production,
construction, and reconstruction. The symposium will be structured around
papers that offer disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches opening up
discussion and new routes for research in a number of interrelated areas.

For any further queries, please contact the organizers
Dr. Robert Hudson,
Dr. Christine Berberich,

Faculty of Arts, Design & Technology
School of Humanities
University of Derby
Kedleston Road
Derby DE22 1GB

or visit our website at

2009 Native American and Indigenous Studies Conference
May 21-23, 2009
University of Minnesota ­ Twin Cities
Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2008

The American Indian Studies Department at the University of Minnesota is
hosting an interdisciplinary meeting of Native American and Indigenous
Studies.  The steering committee is inviting proposals from scholars around
the globe for submissions of individual papers, panel session proposals, or
roundtables on any topic in Native American and Indigenous Studies. All
persons working in the field are invited and encouraged to submit proposals.
Only complete proposals will receive full consideration.  The limit on
proposals is two proposed appearances on the program in any capacity.

Submission of a Proposal
Proposals are to be submitted electronically by December 1, 2008, at Proposals will not be accepted after this date.

1. Use the electronic template to prepare a 250 word abstract in English.
2. Follow the instructions and submit your proposal online.
3. Choose an individual paper, a panel, or a roundtable proposal.
-      Individual paper must contain a presenter name, title, affiliation,
brief précis and abstract of no more than 250 words.
-      Panel proposals must contain a title of the panel, presenter names
and affiliations, titles of individual presentations, and a brief précis for
all individual presentations; a person designed as chair, and an abstract of
no more than 250 words for the panel as a whole.
-      Roundtable proposals must include the same information as a panel
presentation, except the individual presentation titles.
1. You will receive an email confirmation after submitting your proposal.
2. Proposals will be reviewed by the review committee. All presenters will
be notified by late January 2009. Presenters are required to register and
attend the conference.

For More Information
Heather Dorr
College of Continuing Education

Please continue to check the conference website for program and location
details at

Important Dates
December 1, 2008     Deadline for paper proposal submissions
Late January 2009     Presenters notified of acceptance

Online registration open

February 23, 2009     Deadline Early registration rate and deadline for
presenters to be included in final program

Steering Committee:

Ines Hernandez-Avila (University of California-Davis)

J. Kehaulani Kauanui (Wesleyan University)

K. Tsianina Lomawaima (University of Arizona)

Jean O'Brien (University of Minnesota)

Robert Warrior (University of Oklahoma)

Jace Weaver (University of Georgia)

School of English and Humanities and the School of Law
Birkbeck, University of London, U.K.
May 22, 2009

This interdisciplinary one-day conference will explore expressions of Indigenous cultural identity/identities and political activism in literature, law and debates about sovereignty or self-determination. The conference is particularly concerned with articulations of the relationship between Indigenous subjectivity and political agency in literature, and the law; as well as the ways in which past and present Indigenous literature presents theoretical and conceptual challenges to contemporary literary, legal, and political thought and opportunities for cross-disciplinary dialogue.  We are also interested in all aspects of Indigenous sovereignty which includes representational, cultural, intellectual, and rhetorical sovereignties, as well as issues of religious/spiritual practice.  
We invite papers which explore Indigenous writings, both “fiction” and “non-fiction”, by Native American, First Nations, Indigenous Australian, and Maori authors and/or narratives which explore the historical, political, and legal aspects of (post)colonial peoples in settler-state nations.  
We also invite papers which examine the legal constructions of indigeneity as a part of a colonial hegemony; the modes by which such narratives may be deconstructed; and Indigenous voices and/or bodies within the legal narrative.
We would particularly welcome contributions from Indigenous scholars/researchers.  
Approaches may include the following:

- Indigeneity in Indigenous and non-Indigenous literature
- Indigeneity in the law
- Indigenous storytelling/ Indigenous histories
- Indigenous sovereignty/ies and political autonomy
- Indigeneity and land
- (Post)colonial Indigenous identity/ies
- Indigenism as resistance/activism
- Indigenous studies and the academy
- “Theorising” Indigenous cultural production—“Indigenising” theory

Papers should be 20 minutes long.  Please e-mail a 300-word abstract and short biographical note to both Dr. Sharon Holm ( and Kathleen Birrell ( by December 15, 2008.

18th New Zealand Asian Studies Society International Conference 2009
Victoria University of Wellington,
6-8 July, 2009.

The organising committee has put out a call for papers, due 29 March

This will be an open, multidisciplinary conference. Participants are
invited to submit panel or paper proposals presenting original
research on any Asia-related topic. Proposals for panels are welcome.
We can accept only one paper submission per person. Emerging scholars
and postgraduate students are particularly welcome.
Paper presentations will be allocated 30 minutes (20 minutes
presentation and 10 minutes discussion). Shorter papers with more
time for discussion are welcome. Panels will normally comprise three
paper presentations.

Submission of Abstracts
Paper abstracts, single spaced and no longer than 200 words, must be
submitted electronically as Microsoft Word email attachments before
29 March 2009 to:

On your abstract please indicate the following:
- Title of paper or panel
- Author(s) and/or panelists
- Contact details for the author(s) and panelists
- Three to four keywords

Antipodes: New Directions in New Zealand Culture and History
Victoria University of Wellington
3-5 September 2009

To mark its 25th anniversary the Stout Research Centre is holding a conference
on new directions in the study of New Zealand culture and history. Please find
attached the Call For Papers.

Louise Grenside
Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

+64 4 463 5305

Christchurch Convention Centre, New Zealand
October 12-14

The LIANZA 2009 Conference Committee invites the submission of abstracts
for this year's conference at the Christchurch Convention Centre, New

Our theme this year is "he tangata, he tangata, he tangata", and we are
looking for contributions that celebrate the importance of people, both
within and outside our profession. The Conference will "Acknowledge the
past, Embrace the present, and Advance the Future".

In 2009 we are encouraging participation from all parts of our
* young and not so young;
* first time presenters and seasoned campaigners;
* recent graduates;
* those new to the profession and experienced librarians;
* representatives from all aspects and sectors of librarianship
and related fields.

To support this we are offering opportunities for local mentoring to
assist with nurturing your idea into an abstract and then into an
engaging presentation. We are also offering a wide variety of formats,
so that hopefully there is something for everybody.

Don't be shy - if you've got something you're passionate about, a great
idea, something that has worked for you and might have wider
applicability, or something controversial; please consider presenting at
LIANZA 2009. This is your chance to interact with the people in your
profession, engage in some healthy debate, and contribute to our
collective future.

Please visit the call for abstracts for more
details on:
* Oral presentations (30 mins is standard length, but let us know
if you'd like shorter or longer);
* Posters (especially suited to recent MLIS & BAppSci graduates
and other research presentations);
* Workshops (90 minute interactive learning opportunity - let us
know if this will require access to a computer suite)
* Other (this is your chance to design your own format)

For detailed abstract requirements and submission instructions, please

* Now - abstract submission is now open
* Friday 22 May - Deadline for abstract submission
* Monday 15 June - Notification of abstract acceptance

Queries - Please contact the Conference Secretariat -