UPDATE: [Cultural-Historical] Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies 34.2

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Asia and the Other (A special issue in conjunction with the international
conference on “Asia and the Other”)

Website: http://www.concentric-literature.url.tw/

Date of Publication: Sept. 2008

Deadline for Submissions: May 10, 2008

The year 1984 witnessed the taking place of a pioneering conference
entitled “Europe and Its Others.” With the publication of Edward W.
Said’s Orientalism only a few years apart, the conference organized by
the University of Essex engaged in discussions heralded in Said’s
monumental work and presented some of the most groundbreaking writings in
the then emerging field of “postcolonial theory,” with the participation
of numerous thought-provoking scholars, Said himself included. Now, two
decades later, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies invites
proposals for a special issue on “Asia and the Other,” in conjunction
with the international conference on the same topic, organized by the
Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, to solicit
input on Asia’s positioning in light of the question of the other.

Presenting a similar-sounding theme with slight revision to the Essex
conference, we would like to examine whether or not the idiom of the
self/other demarcation is still relevant in the context of Asia. If yes,
relevant in what ways? Is the present-day Asia still imagined in the same
fashion as the Orient once was? Does the rising economic force of Asia
grant Asian countries the “Occidentalist” optics through which they
represent their others as Orientalists did them? Without fixed conceptual
presumptions, “Asia and the Other” is interested not only in Asia’s
relations with “its” others, but also in Asia’s relations with “the
Other/other” as an ethical, political, epistemo- logical, or ontological
problematic. “Asia and the Other” seeks to revisit issues taken up by
earlier postcolonialist theorists with a different geo- political focus;
reexamine and update theoretical apparatuses often adopted in the
discussions of the self/other issue, employing the realities of Asia,
past and present, as examples; and stimulate conversations regarding the
tensions or mutual productivity in cross-cultural, cross-national

We welcome proposals from various disciplines, including (but not limited
to) anthropology, art history and theory, cultural studies, film and
media studies, gender studies, geography, history, linguistics, literary
studies, performance studies, philosophy, political science, religion
studies, and sociology. We are particularly interested in submissions
that not only provide historically-grounded reflections, but also boldly
reassess predominant theoretical concerns in their specific fields.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines
1. Manuscripts should be submitted in English. Please send the
manuscript, an abstract (about 300 words), a list of keywords (5-6), and
a vita as Word-attachments to concentric.lit_at_deps.ntnu.edu.tw.
Alternatively, please mail us two hard copies and an IBM-compatible
diskette copy. Concentric will acknowledge receipt of the submission but
will not return it after review.

2. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the latest edition of
the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Except for footnotes in
single space, manuscripts must be double-spaced, typeset in 12-point
Times New Roman.

3. To facilitate the Journal’s anonymous refereeing process, there
must be no indication of personal identity or institutional affiliation
in the manuscript proper. The name and institution of the author should
appear on a separate title page or in the vita. The author may cite
his/her previous works, but only in the third person.

4. The Journal will not consider for publication manuscripts being
simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

5. If the paper has been published or submitted elsewhere in a
language other than English, please make available two copies of the non-
English version. Concentric may not consider submissions already
available in other languages.

6. One copy of the Journal and fifteen off-prints of the article
will be provided to the author(s) on publication.

7. It is the Journal’s policy to require assignment of copyrights
form by all authors.

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