Asian Studies Conference and Festival

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
University of Central Oklahoma
contact email: 

A one-day conference on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK.  Conference theme: "The Multicolored Tapestry of Asia: Traditions, Conversations, and Development." We welcome individual papers, thematic panels, and poster presentations exploring and examining topics relating to Asian cultures and societies for a multidisciplinary reflection on and conversation about Asia’s past, present, and future.

Registration includes a luncheon featuring authentic Asian foods and an exquisite martial arts performance by real Japanese ninjas!

Further information can be found at

The conference will be preceded by a National Asian Studies Faculty and Graduate Student Workshop on 20-21 September, hosted by Dr. Peter Hershock, Director of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) and Education Specialist at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i.  If you are interested in attending the workshop, please let us know so we can make arrangements.

Conference presenters are encouraged to re-situate their understanding of Asian aspects and influences in a multicultural context and show how Asian Studies can give insight into the future development of the world’s largest continent. Submissions from students, both graduate and undergraduate, are welcome.

We suggest panels and papers on the following subjects, though we are open to suggestion on others:

suggested, but not limited to:

· Agriculture

· Business and Finance

· Food!!! (and drinks)

· Geography and History

· Literature, Languages, and Cultural Studies (manga, anime, K-pop, etc.)

· Philosophy

· Politics and Political History

· Popular Culture and Contemporary Trends

· Religion and Mythology

· The Arts and Humanities

· The Sciences

· Traditional Medicine, Health Beliefs and Practices