USC graduate conference

Memory, Moment, and Mobility in East Asia
East Asian Languages and Cultures Graduate Student Conference
University of Southern California
April 11-12, 2015
Proposal Submission Deadline: November 30, 2014

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California Graduate Student Conference invites graduate students from around the world conducting research in all disciplines related to East Asia to submit abstracts for our 2015 conference, to take place April 11 – 12, 2015. Co-sponsored by the East Asian Studies Center, the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, the Korean Studies Institute, the Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies, and the Center for Transpacific Studies, this conference aims to investigate and formulate new theorizations of memory, moment, and mobility as well as rethink how communities and individuals construct narratives in the context of East Asia. All three topics can be interpreted widely in relation to various fields, including linguistics, history, religion, literature, visual studies, new media, and cinema.

Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • The role of mobility in second language acquisition
  • Constructed narratives of history or remembering in film, literature, and/or language
  • Intersection between transpacific movement and religion
  • Construction of memory in transnational cinemas
  • The interplay between memory and moment in literature
  • Representations of memory and history in East Asia
  • Examining local communities in relation to global migration

The conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to exchange ideas and discuss current research on East Asia with each other and invited faculty panelists. All panels will be moderated by USC faculty. The keynote panel will address the topic of “Memory, Moment, and Mobility in East Asia.” The conference provides a venue for participants to meet other scholars in their fields conducting similar research and to forge new professional relationships. Submissions are welcome from graduate students in all disciplines. Papers should be related to East Asia, including East Asian interactions with the wider world.

Applicants should submit an abstract (max. 300 words) and a short biography (max. 150 words) to uscgsea[at]gmail[dot]com by November 30, 2014 (5:00 p.m. PST).


Proposals due: November 30, 2014 (5:00 p.m. PST)
Notification of acceptance: January 17, 2015
Acceptance response due: February 1, 2015
Full papers due: March 11, 2015
Conference date: April 11-12, 2015

Melissa Chan <chan.missy[at]gmail[dot]com>