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IUAES Ottawa conference — IDAS panel — May 2-7, 2017

I am happy to announce that Dr. Blundell and I have arranged for a panel for IDAS students at the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences to be held in my home town of Ottawa, Canada. Here is the main IUAES website:

The theme of this year’s conference is “Movement.” The company that manages the application process for this conference likes to complicate things with labyrinthine web sites, so for your convenience here is the direct link to the Papers Proposal Form for our IDAS panel:

The call for papers closes soon: on 19th December 2016, so send in your abstracts right away … I hope to see you in Ottawa!

– Dean


International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2016

Dr. Blundell is putting together a panel for this international conference at Academia Sinica. It is an ideal opportunity for IDAS and IMAS students.

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2016 will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan from 13-18 March 2016, with co-located events and workshops. The conference is hosted by the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre (ASGC).

The theme of ISGC 2016 focuses on“Ubiquitous e-infrastructures and Applications”. Contemporary research is impossible without a strong IT component – researchers rely on the existence of stable and widely available e-infrastructures and their higher level functions and properties. As a result of these expectations, e-Infrastructures are becoming ubiquitous, providing an environment that supports large scale collaborations that deal with global challenges as well as smaller and temporal research communities focusing on particular scientific problems. To support those diversified communities and their needs, the e-Infrastructures themselves are becoming more layered and multifaceted, supporting larger groups of applications.

More information here:

Or contact Dr. Blundell about participating.

Dynamic Borderlands conference in Kathmandu

Dynamic Borderlands: Livelihoods, Communities and Flows

12-14 Dec 2016, Katmandu, Nepal


5th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network


Dr. Bundell is putting together a panel proposal for this conference: the panel’s focus will be on Taiwan and the region, with the keywords: “borderlands, state, history, community.”

If you are interested in taking part in this panel, contact Dr. Blundell.

Borderlands in Asia are often seen as marginal, isolated and remote. Social scientists are now recognising that borderlands generate a dynamism in and of themselves, and that cross-border linkages are far more central to historical change than previously acknowledged. In recent times, development across Asia has been markedly unequal and this has led to new borderland dynamics – both productive and destructive – that urgently need to be addressed.

Borderlands are also ‘dynamic’ in the sense that the realignment of borders and the creation of new kinds of borders are recurrent processes throughout history. Think of the exchange of hundreds of enclaves in India and Bangladesh, disputes over the construction of new island territories in the South China Sea, or the liberalisation of some Asian airline services.

In this conference we would like to place special emphasis on borders and cross-border flows of people and objects that have not been highlighted in previous conferences. Examples could be air and maritime borders, high-altitude borderlands, borderlands with a high risk of natural disasters, nomadic and migratory communities, and control over cyberspace.

For this upcoming 5th Asian Borderlands conference in Kathmandu, we invite submissions that address the following questions:

What new borderland flows, corridors, and paths are (or have been) taking shape, and what impacts do they have on livelihoods and communities? How can we use these Asian cases to rethink social theories of various kinds?

More information at the conference website:


Call for Papers: International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP) Milan, Italy, July 1-4, 2015

There has been a call for papers for the forthcoming International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP) to be held in Milan, Italy, July 1-4, 2015.

This panel seeks to examine developments in the higher Education sector in Asia in terms of 1) the achievements of the sector over the last thirty years or so (participation rates – access and equity, resources, research, impact and quality); 2) recent developments in the sector in terms of funding (public versus private), policy innovation, research, internationalization and rankings, and 3) challenges and future prospects for higher education in Asia.
Comparative and case study country papers are welcome.
Further information about the panel can be found at:

Information about the conference can be found at:

The deadline for paper proposals is January 15, 2015.

PNC ECAI workshop Oct 22nd-23rd at National Palace Museum

Hi all,

All IMAS and IDAS students are cordially invited to attend the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium and the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative workshop Oct 22nd-23rd, Taipei – at the National Palace Museum.

Please put it on your calendar, and invite your friends.

There is no registration fee, we will talk about our own projects.

It will be fun and interesting – focusing on the collaboration between digital, media technology, with the theme of “Museums: An Approach to Bridging Cultures, Communities and Science.”

The PNC 2014 Conference registration system is open. Attached please refer to the instructions for Step 1 and 2 of the online registration process for Workshop-Only participants.

PNC 2014 Registration Information Page:

Choose “Register Here if you don’t have a PNC account” to enter the registration system.

Participants may choose to purchase lunches onsite at the museum’s restaurants. Discounts will be offered when a conference badge is presented at the counter.  As each lunch will be 1 hour and the restaurants may be crowded due to the number of visitors, participants may choose to purchase set lunch tickets for the two days of the workshop by emailing by Sept 30th. As for the $80 banquet – skip that part, and continue with the no-fee registration.

For those who register for our workshop, the museum will be open free.

2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS)

The Asia Pacific Cities Summit, which will be organized by Kaohsiung City Government, is one of the leading platforms for market cooperation between governments and business sectors in the Asia Pacific region and is expected to attract over 1,000 elites from more than 100 global cities. The event will feature Panel Discussions, Mayors’ and Young Social Entrepreneur Forums, the first-ever APCS Young Social Entrepreneur Campaign, City Partners Exhibition, Business Matching, Social Events and Business Tours. Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, and Cher Wang, co-founder and chairperson of HTC, Gunter Pauli, Founder-Director of the ZERI Foundation and author of “The Blue Economy” and Michael Braungart, Founder of EPEA International Umweltforschung GmbH and “Cradle to Cradle” Designer are invited to offer inspiring keynote speeches.

2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS)
Theme: Reshaping the Urbanomics of Cities – City Challenges, City Solutions
Date:  September 9th to 11th, 2013
Venue: Kaohsiung Arena, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Call for Papers: Participatory and Popular Culture 2013 Summer Conference

The International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies is hosting a conference on 31 July to 2 August, 2013 in Nagoya, Japan, and has issued a call for papers. They want to see abstracts of no more than 200 words in English for presentations, sent to their website along with a short Bio. More details here.

Penghu Conference – Free airfare

There’s a conference in October being held on Penghu. Having just visited the island, I can personally vouch for its awesomeness.

Most importantly, this is looking like it could be an all-expenses paid trip, so I highly recommend that you submit an abstract.

Professor Blundell is organizing an IDAS/IMAS panel on the topic of “Contextualizing Island Taiwan in the Asia Pacific,” and Professor Kuan would like to make the event an IDAS/IMAS -sponsored outing.

That means we students won’t have to pay airfare.

If you need to attend an international conference in order to graduate, and you don’t have lots of money floating around, then I highly recommend signing up for this.

Remember, the abstracts are due soon, so act now! Here are the details:

The International Geographical Union Commission on Islands is pleased to announce the international conference on Island Development – Local Economy, Culture, Innovation and Sustainability for Island Development.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for paper abstracts: April 30, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2013
  • Full papers due: August 15, 2013
  • Date of Conference: 1-5 October 2013

Since we are running an IMAS/IDAS panel, there is a little wiggle room on that abstract deadline, but not much! You can send your abstracts, and address any questions you have, to Dr. Blundell, or to myself.

Conference on Penghu

The International Geographical Union Commission on Islands recently announced that the ISISA 2013 International Conference on Island Development will be held in Penghu on October 1 – 5, 2013. They have issued a call for papers. Dates and other information can be found at this link:

Cross strait relations study group at IIR

Any IMAS or IDAS students whose research is focused on Cross-Strait Relations, you are invited to attend the biweekly study group at the Institute of International Relations.

I’m told they meet every couple of weeks, and include scholars and former government officials in an informal and accessible setting. The next meeting is on April 24 (Wednesday) at 10:30 AM. This is a great chance to talk to experts in the field and help you advance your research, both substantively and by expanding your network of personal connections.

If you have any questions, please contact Vivian [chuiir(at)nccu(dot)edu(dot)tw] at IIR.

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