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The Graduate Conference in Political Theory at Princeton University

Call for Papers: 6th Annual Graduate Conference in Political Theory 2013
Date: April 5-6, 2013
Venue: 301 Marx Hall, Princeton University

The Committee for the Graduate Conference in Political Theory at Princeton University welcomes papers addressing any topic in political theory, political philosophy, or the history of political thought. Papers should be submitted via the conference website by January 11, 2013. Approximately six papers will be selected.
The conference offers graduate students from across institutions a unique opportunity to present and critique new work. Each session, led by a discussant from Princeton, focuses exclusively on one paper and features an extensive question and answer period with Princeton faculty and graduate students. Papers are pre-circulated among conference participants.
Assistance for invited participants’ transportation, lodging and meal expenses is available from the Committee, which acknowledges the generous support of University Center for Human Values, the Department of Politics, and the Graduate School at Princeton University.

Due Date: January 11, 2013
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The 1st Asia Future Conference 2013

The 1st Asia Future Conference 2013: Asia in the World–Potential of Regional Cooperation
Conference Dates: March 8 to 10, 2013
Venue: Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, Thailand

Aim of the Conference
Entering into the 21st century, the entire world has been plunged into a maelstrom of change. While harboring high hopes for new technologies, people are losing their bearings with the severe changes in social structures. Though internationalization and globalization have been highly advocated for a long time, a new direction that could be shared globally has yet to be found, and this serves only to heighten confusion. In such an era, it is thus necessary to analyze and evaluate matters from a new and multi-dimensional perspective. Each one of us is perhaps being asked to reform our awareness and behavior so as to possess a firm ideology and see through its implementation.

■ Natural Science Symposium “Regional Cooperation in Environmental and Energy Technologies”
Theme: Environment and Energy
Language: Japanese, English
■ Social Science Symposium “Regional Cooperation in Asia”
Theme: Politics and Foreign Policy, Economic Development, Corporate Management, Education and Human Resource Development and others
Language: Japanese, English
■ Humanities Symposium “Regional Exchange in Asia”
Theme: Language/Language Education, Literature/Culture/Arts/History, Social/Day-to-Day Living and others
Language: Japanese, English

For Student Observers: No charge
Those who register prior to the symposium will be provided with presentation materials and lunch.

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Dear all,

Thanks to Kaja for sharing with us this info about the 11th biennial Conference of the Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS), themed “Responsible China” at the University of Turku, 11.-14th of June 2013.

Details here:

Happy New Year!





Austrian Economics Research Conference 2013

Austrian Economics Research Conference 2013
DATE: MARCH 21-23 2013

A very limited number of scholarships are available for qualified full-time students, including complimentary sessions and dinners.

The Austrian Economics Research Conference (formerly ASC) is the international, interdisciplinary meeting of the Austrian School, bringing together leading scholars doing research in this vibrant and influential intellectual tradition. The conference is hosted by the Ludwig von Mises Institute at its campus in Auburn, Alabama.

The field of Austrian economics has grown dramatically since the first annual Austrian Scholars Conference in 1996. To recognize the increasing importance of Austrian economics research, not only within the university but also in research institutes and among business professionals, the Mises Institute has renamed its annual academic conference the Austrian Economics Research Conference. The aim is to focus more closely on the research tradition of Menger, Boehm Bawerk, Mises, Hayek and Rothbard in economic theory, economic history, and political economy.

Proposals for individual papers, complete paper sessions or symposia, and interactive workshops are encouraged. Papers should be well developed, but at a stage where they can still benefit from the group’s discussion. Preference will be given to recent papers that have not been presented at major conferences. All topics related to Austrian economics, broadly conceived, and related social-science disciplines and business disciplines such as management, strategy, and entrepreneurship are appropriate for the conference. Proposals from junior faculty and PhD students are especially encouraged.

Proposals are due by December 31, 2012,
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Asian Cities: Colonial to Global

Date: April 2013 (exact day TBA)
Venue: The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, Netherlands
Deadline for papers: 31 January 2013

‘Asian Cities: Colonial to Global’ is intended to be a multi-disciplinary seminar. Contributions are welcome from the fields of architecture, urbanism, geography, area studies, history, linguistics, religious studies, social science, anthropology, etc., but please remember that the point of departure will always be the built environment. Note also that this seminar is not intended to be an investigation into theoretical issues relating to the field of postcolonialism, rather it seeks to investigate more practical issues relating to the more literally ‘post-colonial’ (in the sense of the era following independence from erstwhile colonial or imperial powers), and the effects this has had on the built environment. Contributions are invited that cover the regions of East, Southeast and South Asia (including countries that were not colonized (such as Japan or Thailand) or were only partially colonized (such as China).

1. How colonial networks enabled certain cities to take the lead in the second half of the twentieth century to become global cities.
2. Underlying factors that encouraged colonialism in the first place (for example, geographical: Hong Kong’s natural harbour, Shanghai’s location at the mouth of the Yangtze, or Singapore’s command of the tip of the Malay Peninsula; social: the Dutch use of pre-existing Chinese networks in their colonization of Indonesia; or others: religious, military, access to raw materials, etc.).
3. The move from colonialism to imperialism in the Western empires, and the differences between them.
4. Use of colonial networks or systems (e.g. Singapore’s continued use of its British civil-service apparatus since independence).
5. Architecture’s role in colonial and/or global cities; how it can create identity and ethos, whether this be the colonial-era courthouse or grand hotel or the global era’s skyscraper and shopping centre.
6. Post-colonial networks.

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Call for Papers: “Conflict and Globalization”

THEME: Conflict and Globalization
DATE: 22 February 2013
VENUE: Webb Center, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

The Graduate Society for International Studies and the Center for Regional and Global Studies, in collaboration with the Graduate Program in International Studies, are pleased to announce the 11thAnnual Graduate Research Conference to be held at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. The conference title this year is Conflict and Globalization. An inclusive event, we welcome abstracts from all programs including political science, economics, communications, humanities, history, public administration, business studies, criminology, women’s studies, modeling and simulation, foreign languages, and intercultural studies. This multidisciplinary conference is intended to be a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas among students interested in examining the nature of conflict in the international system and the processes of globalization (including security and defense, trade, finance, migration, human rights, environment, and energy).

Please send a 250-300 word abstract (double-spaced and clearly titled) to the Conference Coordinator. Include a cover sheet with the following information: name, mailing address, telephone numbers and e-mail address, academic affiliation, and paper title. Presentations will be organized into three to four person panels. Each of the presenters will speak for 10 minutes, and then respond to feedback from faculty and peers. While there is no upward limit for paper length, thorough yet concise discussion of the topic is encouraged.  Work may be cited in any recognized format (APA, Chicago, etc), as long as it adequately credits sources. The three best papers will receive prizes.


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Lecture of Prof Dr. Lin: All Roads Lead to Beijing.

Title: All Roads Lead to Beijing: The Fiscal Politics of China’s Highway Boom

Speaker: Dr. Kun-chin Lin (University Lecturer in Politics, University of Cambridge)

Time: 12/26 (Wed.), 12:10 pm-2:00 pm

Venue: 1st Conference Room, 13th Floor, South Wing, General Building, College of Social Sciences

Dr Kun-Chin Lin joined the Department in 2011 from King’s College London where he was a Lecturer at the China Institute, with affiliation with the Department of Political Economy. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and obtained his PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Kun-Chin was a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore.
His research activities focus on the politics of market reform in developing countries, industrial organisation and labour relations, federalism and public goods provision, energy security, transport infrastructure development, foreign direct investment, political risk analysis, and regional and urban-rural distributive issues in the process of urbanisation. He is working on a book o n the corporatisation of large Chinese state-owned enterprises into shareholding concerns in the late 1990s, using the case study of national oil and petrochemical companies to examine the political and macroeconomic conditions that enabled a radical reorganisation of the commanding heights, and the ensuing legacy of contentious state-market relations. He has also written on Asia-Pacific regionalism and China’s changing role in international organisations. Kun-Chin is an editorial board member of Business Politics, a member of the Frost Sullivan’s Board of Economic Advisors, and a collaborating partner of the Global Biopolitics Research Group based at King’s College London.



Remarks: Lunch Box provided.

IPSA & ISA Future Upcoming Conferences & Call for Papers

Dear all,

Just following what we discussed today in Janet’s Workshop, I would like to share with you the websites of two of the most prestigious academic organizations (specially in the field of Political Science):

International Political Science Association (IPSA)

International Studies Association (ISA)


Juan Uriburu

Conference “Transitions: State, Society and Culture in China” at Delhi University, India

Dear all, 

Thanks to Kaja for sharing the info below with us: 

Conference: “Transitions: State, Society and Culture in China”

Organizer:  Department of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Delhi University

Place: Delhi University, India

Date: April 5-6, 2013.

Info & Contact:



In ‘Madame Park,’ S. Korea sees its first potential female leader.

SEOUL — South Korea has the chance Wednesday to elect a woman to its top office, an unprecedented step in a nation long dominated by boardrooms of men and ranked only slightly ahead of most Islamic countries when it comes to gender equality.

The outcome of the presidential election is hardly clinched: Conservative Park Geun-hye — known to her supporters as Madame Park — must hold off liberal Moon Jae-in, who in recent weeks has slashed Park’s lead in polls from several percentage points to nearly zero.

But a Park victory would represent a major symbolic breakthrough in a region underpinned by Confucianism, a Chinese-born philosophy that says women should be obedient to their husbands. Until seven years ago, South Korean women did not have equal inheritance rights. South Korea’s wage gap between men and women is the widest among fully industrialized countries.

This presidential election, according to most analysts, is not a referendum on gender issues. Voters have judged the two leading candidates mostly on their economic agendas, and to a lesser extent on their strategies in dealing with North Korea. Moon and Park have outlined competing policies to help women in the workplace, but in her 16 years as a legislator, Park showed no particular passion for women’s issues.

Park is viewed by South Koreans not as a feminist but as a traditional power figure. Her father, Park Chung-hee, gained power in a 1961 military coup and ruled the country for 18 years. Park Geun-hye, who has never married, served briefly as the nation’s first lady after her mother was killed in an assassination attempt that missed its real target, her father.

If she becomes president, Park could help normalize the idea of women holding positions of power, opening the door for others at universities, in the corporate world or in government. But some gender studies experts here say her rise would offer few applicable examples for women about how to break Korea’s glass ceiling. The greatest lesson might be a dispiriting one: If you want to become a female leader, it helps if you’re the child of a president.
Koreans young and old can rattle off the female virtues traditionally held in high esteem here. Women are viewed as disciplined, competent and skilled at managing money, a responsibility they undertake in both traditional and modern households.
According to a recent report from the World Economic Forum, South Korea ranks 108th among 135 countries in gender equality. Two of five college-educated women don’t have jobs. The male dominance is still ingrained in business culture, and many major companies still routinely end nights of mandated drinking at “room salons,” where hostesses flirt with the customers.

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