CFP: Travel, Migration, and Mobility in the Asia-Pacific (grad) (2/28/05; journal issue)

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E J Chua
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Submissions are invited for a special issue of the _Graduate Journal
of Asia-Pacific Studies_: 'Navigating the Future: Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region has historically been shaped by the massive
movements of peoples, technologies, and cultures. The Pacific Rim is
criss-crossed with ancient trade routes, with the traces of great
seafaring migrations, with the displacements of warfare, and with the
scars of European exploration and subsequent imperialist expansion.
The contemporary Asia-Pacific retains the historical consequences of
these movements, but at the same time, the globalised condition of the
twenty-first century world appears to reconfigure in many ways our
conceptions of geographical space, mobility and travel. Phrases such
as 'spaces of flows', 'borderless worlds' and even 'liquid modernity'
evoke the apparent hyper-mobility of the contemporary condition.

Yet we know that the contemporary world is also characterised by
continued stasis, and that the freedom to move is not shared equally.
The consequences of both free and forced movement, as well as the
inability to move, contribute considerably to changing power
relations, and perceptions of self and other. Moreover, movements in
space are not limited to the macro-level of voyages, displacements and
migrations. What about the experience of travelling through everyday
spaces? How does one experience one's nation or neighbourhood through
the act of moving from one place to another in the course of our
everyday lives?

For the new issue of _GJAPS_, contributors are invited to consider
contemporary cultures of travel, migration and movement in the
Asia-Pacific region, as well as continued stasis and friction.
Contributors are encouraged to examine these phenomena at all scales
-- from migratory passages to everyday pathways, the tourist to the
refugee, wartime to peacetime, local to global, home and belonging to
estrangement and exile. How is travel experienced? How is it
represented and narrated? What are its consequences? How does the
recent burgeoning of academic interest in travel writing and tourist
cultures help us to understand these conditions? What about movement
not just within, but also into and out of the Pacific Rim?

Contributions are welcome from all fields of the arts, social
sciences, and humanities, including anthropology, literature, art
history and visual culture, film and media, cultural studies,
performing arts, gender studies, queer theory, history, linguistics,
political studies, psychology, and sociology. _GJAPS_ interprets the
designation "Asia-Pacific" in the broadest possible sense, to
encompass East, Northeast and Southeast Asia, the Malay Archipelago,
Australasia, Polynesia and Oceania, the West Coast of the Americas,
including California, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, British Columbia,
Central and South America, and so on.

Email submissions to the Editor,
f[dot]collins[at]auckland[dot]ac[dot]nz, as attachments saved in RTF
or DOC format using a standard word processor. Deadline: February 28,
2006. _GJAPS_ is a fully peer-reviewed journal.

We are also seeking book reviews. For a list of current book titles
available for review (these include books on Asian cinema, history,
and politics), please contact the Editor at the above address or the
Review Editors, Eu Jin Chua eujinchuaemail[at]gmail[dot]com, or Ann
Pistacchi ann[at]pozo[dot]org.

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