HomeNewsCall for Papers – Identity Politics in East Asian Popular Culture, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, July 20-21, 2020
Call for Papers – Identity Politics in East Asian Popular Culture, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, July 20-21, 2020
10 November, 2019
The East Asian Popular Culture Association (EAPCA) is planning its second international conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the International Center of Taiwan Studies (ITSC), College of Liberal Arts, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). The conference is organised in collaboration with the Kyushu University Taiwan Studies Program, and will be held at Kyushu University’s Nishijin Plaza, Fukuoka, Japan, on July 20th -21st 2020. We are seeking up to 75 paper presenters. A highlight will be two keynote lectures and an extended session on Taiwanese popular culture. Names to be disclosed asap.
EAPCA II is seeking panel sessions that investigate the role
of East Asian popular culture in shaping and reflecting the politics of
identity in societies across the region. This could include sessions dealing
with Asian film (past and present), television, music, celebrity and fandom,
the body, fashion, digital media, comics and popular literature, gender
mainstreaming studies, sport, heritage, and curation. We are interested in
papers that adopt not only historical, but especially comparative and
culturally situated perspectives that engage with ideas of intersectionality,
inclusivity and marginalised voices.
The deadline for submission of panel or individual paper
proposals is January 6th 2020.
There will be opportunities for networking, publishing, and
developing caucus groups within the EAPCA. Presenters will be encouraged to
develop their papers for publication in East Asian Journal of Popular Culture
(EAJPC), and the journal editors will be working closely with session convenors
to identify suitable papers.
Paper and panel proposals will be subject to peer review.
Individual presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in length, while each panel
will be allocated a total of 90 minutes. In case of panel proposals, please
provide a short description of the panel along with abstracts for each
Each paper proposal should include a 300-word abstract, the
presenter’s full name, affiliation, and contact details (as a Word-file
attachment, not a PDF). Please submit to Alessandra Ferrer by January 6th 2020
at firstname.lastname@example.org with in the subject line: NAME OF THE
APPLICANT, TITLE OF THE PROPOSAL.
Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via e-mail.
Accepted abstracts will be notified by February 28th 2020. Presenters who would
like to be considered for publication in the East Asian Journal of Popular
Culture, are highly encouraged to submit their paper by mid-June 2020.
The conference draft program will be announced by April 30th
2020 along with registration and accommodation details on the EAPCA website.
Papers and panels will be grouped into the following
(A) Imagining Japan
in Contemporary Asian Popular Culture
Japanese popular culture remains highly salient and
influential across East and Southeast Asia, and important to the ways in which
many societies conceive of their collective cultural identities. The changing
portrayal of Japan as an ‘Other’ in the public and popular cultures of East
Asian societies was the subject of an international study coordinated by Paul
Morris, Edward Vickers, Naoko Shimazu and Christine Han from 2010 to 2013
(resulting in the 2013 edited volume Reimagining Japan in Postwar East Asia).
This session will bring together scholars from across the region and beyond to
discuss recent developments in the reception and interpretation of Japanese
popular culture, the portrayal of Japan itself in local popular cultures, and
implications for identity discourse in Asian societies. For example, we welcome
presentations that look comparatively and historically at how Korean identity
as expressed through popular culture has incorporated, adapted or reacted
against, Japanese images or tropes, and portrayals of Japan as an ‘Other’.
(B) Imagining ‘China’
and ‘Chineseness’ in Popular Culture within and beyond the People’s Republic of
This session will feature discussion of understandings of
‘China’ and ‘Chineseness’ in Asian societies. But rather than focusing solely
or primarily on the portrayal of China as an ‘Other’, we also seek
presentations that consider how ‘Chineseness’ is constructed through popular
culture within as well as beyond the borders of the PRC. This raises especially
contentious and interesting issues with regard to societies such as Taiwan and
Hong Kong, which have traditionally seen themselves as quintessentially
‘Chinese’, but where the popular culture realm has in recent years witnessed
growing challenges to established notions of ‘Chineseness’. A particular focus
of this session will therefore be on the diverse, and possibly divergent, ways
in which Chinese identity is constructed through popular culture in Taiwan and
Hong Kong by comparison with the PRC.
(C) Beyond Gender:
Identity Politics, Sexualities, Social Movements and Citizenship
How we define and engage with categories such as ‘male’ or
‘female’ permeate all societies at every level. How gender intersects with
other dimensions of identity in any society is crucial to an understanding of
its identity politics. This session will bring together scholars who study the
gendered aspects of discourses of citizenship in various Asian contexts in
order to analyse how official and popular discourses of gender in all its
forms, interact, both shaping and reflecting evolving notions of citizenship,
subjecthood and identity. We are interested in exploring how more traditional
modes of gender and sexuality engage and intertwine with the complexities of
modern identity politics, how to interrogate ideas of citizenship and social
movement as expressions of local, national, and even international political
strategies. How has democracy and freedom been narrated from a gendered
perspective? How have those who are often neglected in the literature (LGBT,
non-binary, trans, intersex) been vicariously mobilised, villainised, ignored,
and represented in the East Asian context. We welcome alternative forms of
conference presentation panels to be proposed for this session.
(D) Popular Culture
and Civic Activism in Asian Societies
Popular culture is not just a mirror for the reflection or
display of discourses of identity, but also a stage on which various actors
seek to shape related narratives through their performance. The role and scope
of civil society remains highly restricted or problematic in many Asian
societies, but nowhere does the state shape identity discourse in a cultural or
political vacuum. Presentations in this session will therefore analyse the role
and extent of popular agency and civic action in molding a sense of collective
selfhood in contemporary Asian societies. We also welcome comparative and
historical panels that address popular depictions of politics. Examples of this
could include how the CCP was portrayed in Martial Law era Taiwan, the
portrayal of the KMT in Maoist and post-Mao China, and comparisons of the
portrayal of politicians in nominally democratic Asian countries, such as Japan
or the Philippines, with their depictions in more authoritarian societies.
(E) Historical and
Comparative Perspectives on Modernity as Mediated through Asian Popular Culture
Modernity is generally seen as comprising a new stage of
human experience, though what precisely is new or distinct about it remains the
subject of fierce debate. A central aim of studies of popular culture has been
to examine how modernity (however conceived) has impacted everyday life, and
ways in which it is perceived and understood. The aim of this session is to
accommodate presentations that address the broad theme of the conference (to do
with the role of popular culture in shaping or reflecting identity in modern /
contemporary Asian societies), but do not fit neatly into the sessions outlined
above. These could encompass topics from the study of religious change to
fashion and shopping, sport, martial arts, storytelling, and work. Papers
adopting historical and/or comparative perspectives are encouraged.
We are looking for submissions to two additional special
panels that deal with particular topics of interest: ‘The Occult in Everyday
Life’ and ‘Money and Business’
(1) Modern life has brought traditional beliefs about the
nature of the universe into contact with the scientific method, modern
engineering and new conceptions of man’s relationship with nature that these
have ushered in. How have individual beliefs about magic, religion and the
supernatural adapted to cope with this? Topics of interest here include
contemporary understandings of creatures such as ghosts, monsters and demons;
the evolution of practices such as fengshui, astrology or qigong (and popular
perceptions of them); the influence of Asian occult practices or beliefs in the
West, and of the Western occult in Asia; and the role of religion in politics.
The potential for this topic is very large and interested presenters are
encouraged to submit abstracts that they think might be related.
(2) What has been the cultural impact of the introduction
and spread of modern financial instruments? These could include a wide range of
practices from modern adaptations of traditional savings organizations to
pyramid schemes and business studies such as leadership, business management
connections, pop leadership, business motivation books, and bestselling
business programs. It could also include, research on self-help,
self-development, and spiritual growth. Researchers interested in presenting
papers covering other topics that explore the contemporary consumer and
professional lives of people in Asia are encouraged to submit abstracts.
(F) Beyond East Asia:
Asian and African Screen Worlds in Dialogue
This panel is specifically designed to bring African and
Asian film scholars (as very broadly defined) into conversation with one
another, to explore cinematic sources, themes and aesthetics that both link and
divide these regions. Contrary to visualising ‘Africa’ and ‘Asia’ as
essentialist categories (as they are so often figured in the Euro-American
imagination), the idea that inspires this panel is to challenge the homogenisation
encouraged through a ‘world cinema’ approach by inviting scholars to explore
how East Asian screen worlds engage with the screen worlds of South East Asia,
South Asia and Africa. This panel wishes to move away from the Euro-American as
the oscillation point around which global cinema operates and instead focus on
the narratives, co-production, audiences, aesthetics and histories that exist
between Asia and Africa. Geographically we defined these vast regions as
inclusively as possible – with Africa as extending from South Africa to the
Maghreb, and with Asia including East, South, and South East Asia, as well as
the Middle East. Papers can be both contemporary and historical in focus and we
welcome practice-based research.
East Asian Popular
Culture Association (EAPCA)
The East Asian Popular Culture Association (EAPCA) is the
leading international community of scholars researching East Asian popular
culture. The idea of forming EAPCA was first conceived by participants at the
2009 International Popular Culture Conference in Finland. While the board of
EAPCA is based in Taiwan and Japan, the Association includes scholars working
on popular culture throughout East Asia, based across the region and beyond.
The EAPCA Inaugural Conference (EAPCA I) was held in Taipei in September 2011.
EAPCA II will take place July 20-21st 2020 at Kyushu University, Fukuoka,
EAPCA & EAJPC
TEAM (in alphabetical order):
Yin C. Chuang, Alessandra Ferrer, Ann Heylen, Nathalie
Mingboupha, Scott Sommers, Kate Taylor-Jones, Edward Vickers (National Taiwan
Normal University, Kyushu University, Sheffield University, Ming Chuan