The regional conference hosted at Waseda University in a few days is quickly approaching. The organizers have released the final PDF program to browse, download, or printout. Conference overview is at http://seaa.americananthro.org/2018/11/seaa-regional-conference-august-2019-tokyo/ and the PDF program is here.
Society for East Asian Anthropology
Regional Conference 2019 – Tokyo
East Asian Anthropology Now and into the Future:
Transformations, Dynamics, and Challenges
[update 29 April 2019: registration begins on June 1]
The region of East Asia offers a fertile ground for anthropologists who seek to understand the pulse of a new modernity, whether it be the effects of economic restructuring, new modes of living and being, new ways of relating, technologies and human interfaces, population dynamics, understandings of well-being, the life well lived or the ‘good’ death, mobilities in the region, and much more. We hope to assemble a variety of papers from the latest anthropological research on the transformations and dynamics as well as challenges people in the region face as they go about their daily lives in the 21st century.
August 2-3, 2019 hosted at Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) of Waseda University
The conference aims:
- to provide a platform for anthropology teachers and students and scholars in related disciplines to share their latest research findings;
- to provide an opportunity for building academic networks and for exploring possibilities of research collaboration among scholars and between institutions; and
- to promote anthropology in East Asia.
The Society of East Asian Anthropology (SEAA), an officially recognized section within the American Anthropological Association (AAA), consists of close to 400 anthropologists whose primary area of study is East Asia. SEAA is committed to developing international channels of communication among anthropologists throughout the world. It seeks to promote discussion and share information on diverse topics related to the anthropology of Taiwan, PRC, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea; other societies/cultures of Asia and the Pacific Basin with historical or contemporary ties to East Asia; and diasporic societies/cultures identified with East Asia. Its website is http://seaa.americananthro.org/
Call for papers
The Executive Committee of the Society of East Asian Anthropology (SEAA) invites proposals for panels and individual papers to be presented at the conference. All presentations are to be delivered in English.
Proposals for panels or for individual papers should be submitted to [email protected]gmail.com before February 28, 2019. Results of the selection of papers will be made by March 31, 2019.
A panel will consist of either 3 or 4 paper presenters and 1 discussant (non-presenter); however, double-sized panels of up to 8 papers and 2 discussants will also be considered.
To submit a panel, please provide a 200-word abstract for each individual paper and a 200-word statement for the theme of the panel. Only full panels will be considered for acceptance. In middle January an online form to help self-organize panels (interested individual papers seeking fellow presenters to form a full panel) will be hotlinked here.
To submit an individual paper, please provide a 200-word abstract. We will cluster together papers that broadly fit theoretically. Junior scholars are given priority.
Registration starts on June 1, 2019. Refer to the information page of instructions here.
Participants will arrange and pay for their own lodging and transportation. Some general advice will be developed for Tokyo at http://bit.ly/about2019seaa-tokyo
Many restaurants near the conference venue are available at lunchtime.
A reception, the cost of which will be included in your registration fee, will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
I look forward to welcoming you at GSAPS!
Glenda S. Roberts, SEAA President
Professor, GSAPS at Waseda University
Ahead of the AAA submission portal details, below, the SEAA is experimenting with an online form for you to post your title and abstract being proposed in order to discover possible co-presenters. Sessions that are seeking an additional presenter, but also individuals looking for others to form a new session, will be able to see what topics are in play during the run-up to the AAA’s submission deadline. Enterprising individuals or session chairs can use the online form to discover others to work with.
After the AAA’s submission deadline closes and final program decisions are made later in the summer, then the SEAA will again experiment by posting those finalized titles and abstracts online so that Annual Meeting attenders can look ahead to the presentations. And those who can’t be in San Jose in person can also get a glimpse of the line-up, or enter into correspondence with some of the presenters. As well, this online experiment will serve as a kind of archive as years go on.
Therefore, please join this SEAA experiment by going to the google-form to fill-in your individual subject in search of others; to to fill in your session in search of an added presenter:
<><> Supply your presentation information at https://goo.gl/forms/MeRE3fxp7AIEPaq93
<><> After your form is filled, the results will appear at bit.ly/seaa-2018-april
=-=-= ANNOUNCEMENT of AAA Submission Portal =-=-=
The Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA) welcomes proposals for the 117th American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, to be held in San Jose, CA from November 14-18, 2018.
Proposals submitted to SEAA for review should explore issues of contemporary anthropological importance and relevance concerning East Asia (including China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, other areas of the world with historical or contemporary ties to East Asia, and diasporic societies/cultures identified with East Asia).
Submission/session types may include the following:
> Oral presentation sessions (standard and retrospective)
> Roundtables (standard and retrospective)
> Individually-Volunteered Papers
> Group Gallery submissions
> Individual Gallery submissions, and
> Group Flash presentations.
All presentation types are welcome, but note that organized panels (such as the oral presentation sessions and the roundtables) have a greater likelihood of being accepted on the program. Individually volunteered paper and gallery submissions will be grouped together by the SEAA program committee into cohesive sessions if possible; these sessions will then be evaluated by both the SEAA as well as the AAA’s Executive Program Committees.
The deadline for submission is Monday, April 16 at 3:00 pm EDT (no new submissions will be accepted after 2:00 pm EDT). You must also register and pay for the 2018 AAA Annual Meeting before this deadline.
The online submissions system has been problematic in the past, so please submit your proposals as soon as possible to avoid any potential technical issues.
For more Annual Meeting information and to submit your proposal online to AAA, please visit the AAA 2018 submission portal:
We look forward to receiving your submissions and hope to see you in San Jose!
The SEAA 2018 Program Committee:
–Society for East Asian Anthropology
(a section of the American Anthropological Association)
At the SEAA business meeting at the AAA annual meeting in Denver the winners were announced for Book Prize, Best Student Paper, and (even numbered years) Media Production.
A short description follows, together with a link to the full description by the selection committees.
The 2015 Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize Winner is Rian Thum. 2014. The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History. Harvard University Press.
Rian Thum’s The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History is an extraordinary accomplishment that advances our understanding of sacred traditions of pilgrimage, local senses of history, and politics of nationalism. The book redefines the fields of Xinjiang history and Uyghur studies in a way that scholars in these fields will now have to take into account…
… Indeed the relative paucity of historical sources on the region in Turkic languages that Thum works with (rather than Chinese) may well be a source for the book’s creative methodology and a reason the book is so good.
Amazon entry, http://tinyurl.com/hsu2015thum
The 2015 Theodore C. Bestor Prize for Best Student Paper was tied between:
“Modeling History: How Chinese Local Officials and Designers Meet in Museums” (Leksa Chmielewski Lee, U.C.-Irvine) and
“Negotiating Masculinities through the Game of Distinction: A Case Study of MOBA Gamers at a Chinese University” (Siyu Chen, U. Oslo)
For this year’s Theodore C. Bestor Prize for Outstanding Graduate Paper, there were 23 applicants. Most of these were remarkably good papers indeed, and could, with a little polishing be publishable within a wide range of anthropological journals. In a unanimous decision the three judges for the Bestor Prize—Sealing Cheng, Joshua Hotaku Roth, and Gordon Matthews— found that three papers stood out for closer comparison. The result was an award tie and one honorable mention.
In a tied vote the judges awarded this year’s prize to Leksa Chmielewski Lee (University of California, Irvine) who wrote “Modeling History: How Chinese Local Officials and Designers Meet in Museums” and to Siyu Chen (University of Oslo) who wrote “Negotiating Masculinities through the Game of Distinction: A Case Study of MOBA Gamers at a Chinese University.”
For honorable mention the judges chose Suma Ikeuchi (Emory University):
“Of Two Bloods: Nation, Kinship, and Religion among Nikkei Brazilian Pentecostal Migrants in Japan.” Like the authors above, this paper is another example of the artful weaving together of ethnography and theory in a whole that transcends the sum of its parts.
Full discussion and description by selection committees [Annual Awards 2015 from SEAA: MS-Word document downloads to view or print]
This year’s theme is at the heart of the anthro project – making the familiar strange (and the strange familiar)
Our annual business meeting takes place at 7:45 p.m. Friday, November 20.
The room location does not display online, but on-site you should have all session room locations.
Come to learn this year’s awardees:
—Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize
—Theodore C. Bestor Prize for Outstanding Graduate Paper
—David Plath Media Award
4-1560 SOCIETY FOR EAST ASIAN ANTHROPOLOGY (SEAA) BUSINESS MEETING
Organizer: Li Zhang (University of California – Davis)
See the full list of SEAA sessions in the online program, “browse by section”
Our parent association, the American Anthropological Association, has revised its website with the address “AmericanAnthro” at www.americananthro.org and so, too, of the many sections the URL has changed, as you see in your address bar above.
During the transition your bookmark to the old address will automatically take you to the new one: http://seaa.americananthro.org
SEAA has had great success in hosting meetings independent of AAA sessions at the Annual Meeting.
Come to Hong Kong to engage with colleagues from 19 to 22 June 2016, where the conference theme is “East Asia and Tomorrow’s Anthropology.”
Download proposal forms for paper or panel at the “Call for Papers” tab, http://arts.cuhk.edu.hk/~ant/SEAAconf/
Deadline for registration is Dec. 1. After the program is announced in January, the conference registration will begin and accommodations will be arranged.
Consider presentations you can make or panels to join in. Please, also invite colleagues near and far to participate.
announcement for Inter-Congress of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences
May 2016, the Institute for Anthropological Research from Croatia, in collaboration with Slovenian colleagues (Department for Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Ljubljana, and Association KULA), will organize the Inter-Congress of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES). As the IUAES’s fields of interest are similar to the ones SEAA has, we would like to invite them to participate in the Inter-Congress.
The IUAES Inter-Congress will be held from May 4th to 9th 2016 in Hotel Palace Dubrovnik, Croatia, under the title World anthropologies and privatization of knowledge: engaging anthropology in public.
Please note that the Call for panels is open until September 30th 2015 and submission of panel proposals is made via online form at www.iuaes2016.com.
We hope to see you in Dubrovnik! We are looking forward to many SEAA panels!
With best regards,
Saša Missoni, Ph.D. President of IUAES Inter-Congress 2016
INSTITUTE FOR ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH Ljudevita Gaja 32 10 000 zagreb; P.O. Box 290 C R O A T I A
Phone: +385 1 5535 100 Fax: +385 1 5535 105
Send questions to:
Lucija Dodigović, [email protected]
IUAES Inter-Congress 2016 Organizing Committee
Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb (Croatia)
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