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Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast

Asian studies on the pacific coast by Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. Submission deadline: Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast

Hosted by Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

June 17-19, 2005

Submission deadline: Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kali, and Kuan Yin:
Metaphors for Change 

ASPAC, Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, is an association of Asian Studies specialists encompassing every academic disciplines. Although most participants come from colleges and universities located along the U.S. Pacific Rim, a third or more come from elsewhere in North America, Europe and Asia. One in ten is a senior graduate student recommended by the student’s professor.  Although this year’s themes center on religion and women in  Asia, we encourage submission of papers from all disciplines regardless of specialization or region.

As deities Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kali, and Kuan Yin are traditionally associated with wealth, wisdom, power, and compassion respectively.  Can they also be seen as metaphors for change in present-day Asia.  They underscore the importance of women’s movements and the changing role of women in Asia today.  As deities they remind us the the important role that religion plays in everyday life throughout the region.

For the 2005 conference in Claremont, we particularly encourage submissions in, but not limited to, the following three categories:

The role of religion, particularly the impact of religion in all aspects of life in Asia today.
The evolving roles and status available to women (e.g. Sonia Gandhi, Megawati Sukarnoputri, Gloria Macapagal, Sheikh Hasina, Begum Khaleda Zia, the burgeoning literature on Asia’s Women’s Studies.)
The traditional, wide ranging interests of scholars in every area of Asian studies for which ASPAC is noted.
ASPAC is very pleased to have the Foundation for Indic Philosophy and Culture, and the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University host the conference.  Complete proposals (three presenters and their paper titles, plus moderator/discussant) ensure panel coherence. Individual paper proposals, round table discussions and poster sessions are also encouraged. Paper and poster session proposals must include presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, paper title, and a brief synopsis. Panel proposals must additionally include the name and affiliation of the moderator and/or discussant.

Graduate students should include a statement of support from their supervising professor and are encouraged to enter the competition for the Esterline Prize.  Graduate students should review the Esterline page before submitting a proposal.  Submission deadline: Tuesday, March 15, 2005.

Proposals and queries, preferably via e-mail, should be directed to:

Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D., Conference Chair
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
Tel: 909-607-9362, Fax: 909-607-8419

Dedicated conference telephone & fax:
     Tel:  909-607-9592
     Fax: 909-607-9587

Conference highlights include:

Tour of the Exhibition of Asian Art from the Permanent Collection of Scripts College
Attendance at the Exhibition reception
Participation in a cultural program
All these events are included in the price of registration.  Details about registration fees and hotel accommodations will be posted when they become available.

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