Call for papers: Conference on Inter-Asian Connections II: Singapore – December 8-10, 2010 / University of Singapore

Posted on 2010/05/01


Co-organized and co-sponsored by The Hong Kong Institute for Humanities and the Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at the University of Hong Kong, the National University of Singapore (NUS), and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).
DEADLINE: Monday, May 31, 2010

The Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at the University of Hong Kong, the National University of Singapore (NUS), and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) (the Organizers) are pleased to announce an open call for individual research paper submissions from researchers in any world region, to participate in a 3-day thematic workshop at an international conference, “Inter-Asian Connections II: Singapore.”

To be held in Singapore, December 8-10, 2010, the conference will host concurrent workshops, coordinated by individual directors and showcasing innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines. Workshops will focus on themes of particular relevance to Asia, reconceptualized as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia and South Asia, to East Asia.

The conference structure and schedule have been designed to enable intensive ‘working group’ interactions on a specific research theme, as well as broader interactions on topics of mutual interest and concern. Accordingly, there will be a public keynote and a plenary session in addition to closed workshop sessions. The concluding day of the conference will bring all the conference participants together for a public presentation and exchange of research agendas that have emerged over the course of the conference deliberations.

Individual paper submissions are invited from junior and senior scholars, whether graduate students or faculty, or researchers in NGOs or other research organizations, for the following five workshops. For the full Calls for Papers and detailed descriptions of the individual workshops, click below.


  • Participants are selected by workshop directors in consultation with the Organizers, and must present a research paper related to the theme of their conference workshop, to be submitted in advance.
  • Applications must include: (a) a Cover Sheet, (b) 1-2 page C.V. (academic qualifications and employment history; list of publications), (c) a 350-word abstract of research paper to be presented at the workshop, and (d) a short statement (200-300 words) explaining how the paper fits the theme of the workshop.
  • Applications must be submitted by Monday, May 31, 2010 by e-mail Please indicate Inter-Asian Connections II application in the subject line. The four aforementioned application documents (a. – d.) should be collated in the order listed above and attached as one single file (.doc or .PDF).
  • Selection decisions will be announced by June 25, 2010. All selected participants must confirm their decision to participate by e-mail ( within 10 days of receiving the selection notification.
  • Selected participants agree to the following conditions: (a) Preparation and submission of a final research paper of 20-25 pages by October 15, 2010. Papers should be high-quality original research in line with the workshop description available on the conference’s website. Papers should correspond to the original abstract/proposal submitted by the author, and should take into account any guidelines and suggestions received from workshop directors. (b) Reading the pre-circulated papers of all other participants in their workshop prior to arrival in Singapore. (c) Guaranteed participation at all sessions of their workshop and at all mandatory conference events.
    Download Full Application Instructions (including Cover Sheet) (pdf)