Call for papers

The Department of Asian Studies at Palacký University Olomouc is currently accepting proposals for its 16th Annual Conference on Asian Studies to be held on November 25–26, 2022 in Olomouc, Czech Republic and online via the conference (web)app Whova.

The general theme of the conference this year is “Bodies, Gender, Identities”. We welcome contributions that concern any region or culture in Asia and that address an issue related to any of the three sub-themes, such as the variety of experiences of the lived bodies; the governance of life; embodiment and affect; gendered experiences; gender diversity and sexualities; language and body/gender/identity; performance and the construction of identities; gender and naming practices; human life and the environment; social and cultural practices concerning birth and death, food, spirituality, love and intimacy, pain, etc.

We seek both synchronic and diachronic approaches grounded in a range of disciplines, including anthropology, arts, cultural geography, history, international relations, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, religion studies, sociology, and other fields in humanities and social sciences.

We invite proposals in the following formats: ① individual papers, ② organized panels consisting of 3–4 papers, ③ research posters, and ④ alternative formats (e.g., roundtable discussion, book presentation, film screening). The language of the conference is English.

The proposals should be submitted in the form of abstracts. The deadline for abstract submission is July 31, 2022. Please submit your abstract via our EasyChair Submission Page. You will need to create an account at the EasyChair website to be able to make a submission. In the submission form, please state whether you intend to participate in the conference on-site or online.

Below, you can find more information regarding each format.

① Individual papers: Abstracts should be up to 300 words long (excluding references from the word count). At the conference, you will get 20 minutes to present your paper, followed by 10 minutes for discussion and Q&A.

② Organized panels: Organized panels must consist of 3–4 papers. A panel consisting of 3 papers will get a 90-minute-long time slot, while a panel consisting of 4 papers will get a 120-minute-long time slot. It is up to the panel convenor how the panel will be organized. Abstracts should provide (1) the title of the panel, (2) a short description of the whole panel, (3) titles of the papers that are included in the panel together with abstracts for each one of them. The names and contact details of presenters should be provided in the submission form but not within the text of the panel proposal. Altogether your abstract submission must be up to 1,000 words long. In case you wished to organize a larger panel, you need to divide it into parts consisting of 3–4 papers and submit a separate proposal for each part. Each part should bear the same title, which should further include a specifier, such as “(Part 1/2)” and “(Part 2/2)”.

③ Research posters: Abstracts should be up to 300 words long (excluding references from the word count). Your poster will be displayed for the duration of the conference. In addition, there will be a designated time slot specifically for the Poster Session during which you will be expected to stand next to your poster and answer questions or present your research to those interested. Please see the poster formatting guidelines (available here), especially in case you are not yet familiar with this format of research presentation.

④ Alternative formats: In case you would like to participate in the conference (also) in a different capacity than that of a paper/poster presenter, you may submit a proposal for an alternative format, such as a roundtable discussion, a book presentation or a film screening. Please specify in your proposal what exactly you would like to offer, how much time you would need, and explain how it would benefit other participants in the conference. Your proposal should be up to 300 words long (excluding references from the word count). You can submit a proposal for an alternative format in addition to a paper/poster/panel proposal.

In addition, there is also an option to submit a proposal for ⑤ an open panel seeking more panelists. If you wish to organize a panel that other people could apply for, please send the following to acas(at)upol.cz by June 26, 2022: (1) your name, affiliation, email address that can be displayed online and shared with others, (2) title of your panel proposal, (3) a short description of your intended panel (up to 150 words), (4) titles and abstracts of papers that are already a part of the panel (each abstract can be up to 300 words long), (5) information on your intended form of participation (on-site/online). Our Scientific Committee will decide on the relevance of the proposed panel for the upcoming conference and in case of a positive decision, your panel proposal will subsequently be advertised here on our website as well as on Facebook and via other channels for others to apply. The abstract submission of papers whose authors wish to have them considered for acceptance into the pre-accepted open panels is administered via the same EasyChair Submission Page as other formats and the same deadline applies (i.e., July 31, 2022). The titles of the pre-accepted open panels will appear in the submission form for others to check only after June 30, 2022. Please note that applying for the pre-accepted open panel does not mean automatic acceptance. Such papers will also undergo a double blind peer-review process.

Decisions on the abstracts will be sent by September 18, 2022. In order to be able to take part in the conference, the accepted participants have to register and pay the conference fee by October 2, 2022. Details are available here.

We do not require full papers to be submitted to us at any time prior to the conference. After the conference, participants will have an option to submit their paper for consideration to be included in our open access (print on demand) edited volume. The submitted papers undergo a standard double-blind peer review process. The volume is published by Palacký University Press within our recently established Olomouc Asian Studies series.

Any questions can be addressed to acas(at)upol.cz.

We look forward to your proposals!

The Organizing Team of ACAS 2022