CALL FOR PAPERS & PANELS: Texas Asia Conference: Tradition and Transition

Texas Asia Conference: Tradition and Transition
Department of Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference
The University of Texas at Austin
Friday November 1st & Saturday November 2nd 2013

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Asian Studies Graduate Conference (i.e. the 2013 Texas Asia Conference) will be held this year on Fri and Sat, November 1st & 2nd, 2013 in Austin, Texas (USA). The Texas Asia Conference (TAC) is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students to present their original research on all aspects of Asia (ancient and modern), become familiar with other graduate students’ work, and meet burgeoning scholars within the broad and interdisciplinary field of Asian Studies.

Our keynote speakers will be:

  • Prof. Patrick Olivelle, Professor Emeritus of Sanskrit and Indology at the University of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Asian Studies, and
  • Prof. Daniel Stevenson, Professor of Chinese Buddhism at the University of Kansas, Dept. of Religious Studies.

The Texas Asia Conference (TAC) is a biennial and international graduate student conference organized by the graduate students of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. This year’s conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, November 1st & 2nd 2013. Our theme is Tradition and Transition. We welcome papers that explore various definitions of and approaches to the term “tradition” in the study of Asia as well as the ways in which change has been enacted and negotiated within and across traditions. Traditions encompass a broad scope of overlapping modes and contexts including socio-cultural, literary, religious, economic, artistic, and performative, as well as traditions in academic research investigating these areas.

We are accepting individual paper abstracts as well as proposals for group panels. The deadline for both is August 10th, 2013. Individual abstracts must include a title and topic. For panel proposals, the organizer of the panel must email the panel abstract, proposed title, topic, and names of presenters. Each panel can include 3 or 4 presenters who are also required to submit individual abstracts. All abstracts should be limited to 300 words. For abstract submissions and additional information or questions, please contact TAC conference co-chair Vibha Shetiya at

The Texas Asia Conference provides graduate students with a platform to present their research and to benefit from a scholarly exchange of ideas. We welcome applications from graduate students in all academic disciplines engaged in research on South, Southeast, Central, and East Asia. These disciplines include, but are not limited to, anthropology, art history, communication, ethnomusicology, history, literature, philology, political science, religion, sociology and women’s studies. Our previous conference, held in 2011, drew over 100 participants and 30 academic panels, from both the United States and abroad.