Asia: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Monterey Institute of International Studies, June 7 – 9

Conference Description:

The annual conference of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) in 2013 will be held in the beautiful city of Monterey on California’s Central Coast, hosted by the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a Graduate School of Middlebury College, on June 7-9, 2013. The conference organizing committee welcomes the participation of university/college teachers and researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and independent scholars interested in any aspect of Asia, defined to include Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, and Southwest Asia. ASPAC encourages inter/multidisciplinary discourse among Asia-focused scholars and students and invites those trained in Political Science, Economics, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Linguistics, Language Teaching, Law, Business Administration, Psychology, and other disciplines to participate in its annual conferences.

This year’s conference theme is “Asia: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” Asian societies have changed and continue to change in myriad ways, while memories of the past also continue to inform understandings about them. Goods, services, capital, information, and people have moved and continue to move both within Asia and beyond.  Proposals for individual or panel presentations on these temporal and spatial aspects of Asian societies are encouraged, although proposals on any other aspect of Asia will be also considered. The theme is designed to encourage discussion of any aspect of Asian experience and any approach to understanding Asian societies that evokes or involves a sense of time or movement.  Welcome are reflections on what has already transpired in the political, economic, and social-cultural life of an Asian people or peoples, on what is desirable, possible, or probable in the future or in a geographic space where it has not yet happened, on how a sense of time and spatial movement is conveyed in an Asian language or languages and how it has changed or may be changing, on social-cultural practices that have or are moving into new territories and communities within Asia and without, and on sources of individual and community identities found in the history or in their future aspirations and prospects of Asian societies, etc.

DEADLINE: First deadline – April 7, 2013; final deadline (see below) – May 7, 2013. Early submissions are encouraged as approval of a proposal allows the author to register for the conference and also secure a hotel room at a discounted rate. In exceptional cases, submissions after the May 7 deadline may be reviewed.

SUBMIT PROPOSALS BY EMAIL TO: Professor Tsuneo Akaha, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 460 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940, U.S.A.   E-mail:

SELECTION PROCEDURE: A faculty committee at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, in consultation with the ASPAC Board, will review and accept or reject proposals as soon after submission as possible.  Submissions by the first deadline will be given priority. Additional submissions will be reviewed as panel space allows until May 7.

SPECIAL NOTES FOR STUDENTS: (1) Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. If accepted, the student author must present his/her paper in person. (2) ASPAC is proud to offer an ASPAC-Esterline Student Paper Award to the best student paper presented at its annual conferences. The paper must be accompanied by a brief note of recommendation/endorsement by the faculty advisor/supervisor who is familiar with the student’s work. (3) Students are also encouraged to register for the conference early to take advantage of the early registration fee.