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2-3 April 2016

Call for Papers

The Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong (ASAHK) invites scholars, researchers and postgraduate students from all disciplines in humanities, education and social sciences to propose papers and panels for its Eleventh Annual Conference to be held at Kobe University, Japan from 2 to 3 April 2016. Conference participants are welcome to address various issues in the study of Asia from a whole range of fields, including anthropology, business studies, communication, creative arts, culture, economics, education, environment, film, gender and sexuality, health, history, language, literature, management, media, philosophy, politics, psychology, religion and sociology.

Previous ASAHK conferences were held at the City University of Hong Kong in 2006, the University of Hong Kong in 2007, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2008, the Open University of Hong Kong in 2009, the University of Hong Kong in 2010, the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011, the Hong Kong Shue Yan University in 2012, the Hong Kong Institute of Education in 2013 and the University of Hong Kong in 2014, and the Chu Hai College of Higher Education (Hong Kong) in 2015.

Theme and Sub-themes
The main theme of the April 2016 conference will be “Japan, Hong Kong, Asia and Alternative Modernities.”

The sub-themes include the following areas:

(1) Business and social entrepreneurship;
(2) Creativity, media and culture;
(3) Digital culture;
(4) Education, social change and culture;
(5) Environment and sustainable development;
(6) History of Hong Kong, China and Asia;
(7) Literature and culture;
(8) Managing urbanization in Asia;
(9) Public policies and governance; and
(10) Sustainability and education.

Participants are very welcome to submit paper proposals on other themes.

Panels, Individual Paper Proposals, and Deadline for Submission of Your Paper Abstract
The panel organizer should provide a list of all the papers proposed (including email address and affiliation of the presenter/chair/discussant) plus an abstract of 200 words for each paper to the Organizing Committee by email at:

Individual paper proposals are equally welcome. The title of the proposed paper and its abstract of 200 words should also be sent to:

Official languages: English and Chinese (Putonghua and Cantonese). Other languages, such as Japanese and Korean, are also welcome. Please mention in your panel proposal the specific language that panel members will use.

The deadline of submission will be January 8, 2016. If your panel or paper proposal is accepted, the letter of acceptance will be sent to you by email before January 11, 2016.

Joining the ASAHK
Conference participants and paper presenters who would like to join the ASAHK as members should contact Dr. Wong Heung Wah, the President of the Association, whose email is:

Membership form can be downloaded from:

Registration Fees and Deadline
Conference registration fee: US$80 for each presenter, panel chair and discussant; US$60 for retired resident and student; Free for ASAHK permanent members

Conference participants who have paid the registration fee will automatically become the annual member of the ASAHK. For papers to be presented by more than one author, at least one of the co-authors must pay for the registration fee.


For those who do not register by February 1, 2016, their names and papers will not be listed in the conference programme.


We highly encourage presenters to submit their full paper to our official journal Asian Studies for consideration after the conference. For submission, please visit

Presented by
The Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong
Graduate School of Humanities, Kobe University, Japan

Co-organized by
Creative Push, Hong Kong

For conference details, please contact the Organizing Committee via email:

Conference Website:

Important Dates
Deadline for Abstract Submission: January 8, 2016
Notice of Acceptance: January 11, 2016
Registration Deadline: February 1, 2016

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