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Transnational Asian Studies —
Multi-Level Dynamics of Identity Formation and Institution Building

Call for papers

The organising committee has selected the panels for the DGA Conference on Contemporary Asia 2021 and is now inviting submissions for paper proposals.

To submit a paper abstract, please select a panel from the list below to which you want to contribute and click on the panel title. Follow the instructions. Paper proposals should specify the topic, explain its relevance with regard to the panel topic, as well as provide an overview of the core idea (max. 400 words). Please also be sure to include your contact details. Since each panel will only be able to accommodate 3-4 papers, we strongly advise early submission of paper proposals.

Please feel also encouraged to submit a proposal for an individual paper that does not seem to fit into any of the selected panels, please click at the respective link at the end of the list. Only a limited number of papers that are not assigned to one of the panels will be accepted.

The deadline for all paper proposal submissions is 8th November 2020, 12:00pm (CET).

List of panels

Please click on a panel to get detailed information and to submit your paper proposal.

  Panel title Panel organiser(s) Region
001A Populismus in Ost- und Südostasien. Auf der Suche nach einem Phänomen Axel Klein (University Duisburg-Essen) Asia, South-East- Asia
002A Transnational Economies, Digital Labor and Globalization: Exploring Chinese Entrepreneurs’ Mobilities and Connections Beatrice Zani (University Tuebingen; ENS Lyon)
& Yu-chin Tseng (University Tuebingen)
Asia, South-East- Asia, Europe, Africa
003A Post-Imperium Identity Formation and Institution Building: Taiwan, Hong Kong and Central/Eastern Europe Compared Thomas Gold (University of California, Berkeley, USA) China, Taiwan Hongkong, Central/Eastern Europe
004A Civil Society in Identity-Formation and Institution-Building Processes in Asia Kamila Szczepanska (University Turku, Finland) & Anna Caspari (University Bochum), Anja Ketels (University Münster) Asia
005K Defenders of Empire in Late Nineteenth Century East Asia: Qing-Chosŏn (淸-朝鮮) Negotiated Sovereignty and De Facto Protectorate CHUN, Jihoon (AREA Ruhr) East Asia, Qing, Chosŏn
006SA Transnational (ecological) knowledge mobilities and -carriers in Southeast Asia Patrick Keilbart (University Passau) & Friederike Trotier (University Passau) South-East-Asia
007J Die“Manzhouguo-Identität“ – Akteure, Institutionen und Diskurse zur Schaffung einer transnationalen Identität für die Bewohner des Staates Manzhouguo (1932-45) Anke Scherer (University Bochum) Japan, Asia
008J Transnational Migration and Contemporary Japan: Flows and Realities Aimi Muranaka (University Duisburg-Essen)
& Huy Tran An (AREA Ruhr)
Japan, Asia
009A Sustainable Urban Regions: Synthesizing Current Research Endeavours In East And South-East Asia Katharina Borgmann (Hafencity University Hamburg) Asia, South-East-Asia
010A East Asian Futures: Past and Present Christine Moll-Murata (University Bochum) Asia, Europe
011A Convergence with and Divergence from Eurocentric Regional Institutional Integration JOE, UnHye (University Jena)
& Francis M. Cao (Frankfurt University)
Asia, Europe
012SA Transnational religious connections across and beyond Southeast Asia Mirjam Lücking (Hebrew University Jerusalem & Southeast ASIA working group of the DGA) Asia, South-East-Asia
013SA Beyond national borders – Citizenship and belonging in Southeast Asia in the 21st Century Mirjam Le (University of Passau)
& Mandy Fox (University of Passau)
South-East- Asia
014A Asienwissenschaften in der Relevanzfalle? Wege zu größerer gesellschaftlicher Wirksamkeit Marina Rudyak (University Heidelberg)
& Bertram Lang (Frankfurt University)
015A Transnational Mobility in East Asia and beyond and its Institutional Actors Kwon, Jaok (University Heidelberg)
& Momoyo Hüstebeck (University Duisburg Essen)
Asia, Republic of Korea, Japan, Germany, China
016A Industrialization in Northeast Asia: A Long-Term Perspective, 1900 to Now Christine Moll-Murata (University Bochum)
& Flemming Christiansen (University Duisburg-Essen)
North East Asia, Central Asia
017A Klimawandel, Pandemie, Autoritarismus, De-Globalisierung und Reaktionsmöglichkeiten der Regionalstudien Markus Taube (University Duisburg-Essen) Asia

We strongly encourage you to submit your paper proposal to one of the specified panels, since we will consider only a very limited number of paper proposals that are not related to any of the selected panels.

Paper proposal without assignment to one of the selected panels

For further questions or comments about the call for papers, please contact us at: Please include the code of the panel (e.g. 001A) in the subject of your email

Deadline for paper submission is November 8th, 2020, 12 p.m. (CET).

Paper proposals will be reviewed by the panel organizers in cooperation with the conference organizers. Please note that the conference organizers may re-organize or merge panels, form new panels or assign individual papers to panels other than the one selected by the submitter.

Notification of paper acceptance/rejection will be sent until November 27th, 2020.
Registration for the conference will start December 01st, 2020.

Final acceptance as panel organizer and paper presenter requires conference registration before December 15th, 2020. 

This is necessary to facilitate further planning and preparations and ensures that full information on all panels can be timely provided among all participants.

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