[CFP] 2009 SPICES conference (13-15 November, 2009)


Call for Paper announcement

  • Conference Theme: Agency, Activism, and Alternatives
  • Date: November 13-15, 2009
  • Venue: SungKongHoe University and Vabien Suites(Seoul, Korea) 1
  • Host: Institute for East Asian Studies (IEAS), SungKongHoe University
  • Contact: 2009spices@gmail.com
  • Address: Institute for East Asian Studies (IEAS), SungKongHoe University, 1-1 Hang-Dong, Guro-Gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Tel: +82 2 2610 4707 / 2610 4739 | Fax: +82 2 2610 4708
  • Website: under the development (TBA until the early June)
  • Accommodations: Vabien Suite (Seoul, Korea)Important Information! 3 nights accommodations will be provided for those who present papers from ‘developing countries’.

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Statement: Agency, Activism, and Alternatives

Ten years later a crisis hits Asia again! Since late 2008, the rosy promises of neo-liberal globalization have faded away under the global economic recession initiated by the U.S. financial crisis. If this is the end of neo-liberal globalization as we know it, what are we being thrown into? What is certain is that it brings us to another historical conjuncture; perhaps just as serious as in the near past and we never know in advance at this moment.

We currently maintain hope that the crisis offers us a new source for reimaging various socio-cultural changes, just as former crises that occurred throughout the modern period in Asia were transformed into opportunities for change, and as always, that new types of subjectivities will emerge. Faced with an upcoming era of shifts and challenges, one can sense that the location of culture within Asian societies can be repositioned, and that activism for exploring alternatives for broader socio-cultural change has to be rethought. This year’s conference will explore how cultural practices have responded to the processes of the present crisis, as well as those of past crises.

The conference also aims to facilitate not only new mappings of cultural reconfigurations of different parts in Asia, but also common grounds for critical reflection by intellectuals in the region. With common interests and desires articulated from different places, we anticipate new insights into the age of global crisis, and the pursuit of multiple and alternative ways of repositioning culture.

Panel Streams include:

  • Alternative Media Activism, and Communication Democracy
  • Emerging New Subjectivities and Agencies
  • Alternative Forms of Cultural Production and Representation
  • The Politics of Memory and History and (Post) Colonial Criticism
  • Border-crossing, Transculturation and Cultural Hybrids/Nomads
  • Cultural Industries and Cultural Policy and Publicness of Culture
  • Critical Language and Gender Studies in Asian Contexts
  • Critical Cultural Studies-at-large

Open Call for Papers

  1. Those who wish to participate in 2009 SPICES conference should pre-submit individual paper proposal before 30 July 2009.
  2. individual paper proposal should include the following materials using the form;
    1. general statement of paper
    2. individual paper abstract(max. 300 words)
    3. brief C.V. for each participant plus some personal information
  3. After processing for proposal review, we will select the best ones. Accepted papers will be announced on 15 August 2009.
  4. Accepted presenter should register by 30 August 2009.
  5. Full papers should be about maximum 4,000 words in length. Final papers will be due 30 September 2009 for inclusion in program book. Detailed guideline of full paper format will be offered to accepted persons in proposal review process later.
  6. Language: English is the only official language during the conference.


Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand | Faculty of Communication Arts, Bangkok University, Thailand | Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia | Department of English, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong/China | The Institute for East Asian Studies, SungKongHoe University, Korea

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Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2008 in Osaka

Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2008 in Osaka: Call For Papers

Date: 26 (Sat)-27 (Sun) July 2008
Venue: Osaka City University, Takahara Hall
(3-3-138, Sugimoto-cho, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, JAPAN)

Organized by:
Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (https://interasiapop.org/)
Urban Culture Research Centre (UCRC), Osaka City University

Conference theme: Globalizing Music Industry in Asia

We are pleased to announce the first Inter-Asia Popular Music Conference in Osaka in collaboration with Osaka City University, Urban Culture Research Center (UCRC) in July 2008.

Over the last two decades, the study of popular music has been dramatically developed in the interdisciplinary fields from musicology, sociology, literature, history, education, anthropology, to media & communications and cultural studies since the establishment of the International Association for Study of Popular Music (IASPM) in 1981. A similar trend has also been observed in the Asian continent where more and more scholars are involved in the critical studies of popular music.

Today, however, we face two major problems to be considered generally among scholars of non-Western(Asian) popular music cultures: Firstly, while it has been well established academically as an distinctive field of study in Western campuses, research efforts on popular music in the Asian contexts remains largely scattered, limited without. There are currently no institutions devoted to popular music studies within Asian universities, and the more sustained interactions of scholars in this field in the region have also been hampered by language barriers. Secondly, in spite of its more globally diffused patterns of distribution, appropriation and consumption, scholarly accounts on Asian popular music has been predominantly centered within contemporary national boundaries Such existing paradigms would have to be revised in light of the recognition of the socio-cultural fluidity arising from developments in communication technologies as well as more intensified rates of human migration.

As part of our preliminary efforts to address theses issues these problems, we launched an online based, transnational research portal, Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group in 2007, and have also started discussions among about 40 scholars not only in Asia but also in Europe and the United States.

In the first international conference has a main theme entitled ‘Globalizing Music Industry in Asia’, by which we would like to focus on the recent situation and historical trajectory of popular music genres in Asia like rock, pop music to hip hop and dance music which have been heavily influenced by globalization of music industry, in particular, the restructuring of global capital, the radical change of distribution network including media and internet and the transformation of fan’s practices.

Possible session themes:
Music, internet and piracy (Copyright)
Beatles in Asia
Hip hop in Asia
Transnational flow and consumption of popular music
Border-crossing Pop stars and their mediation of Asian modernities
Recycling of old Asian pop in film/drama
Asians in global experimental music scenes
Transformation of creative labour in music industry
Inter-Asian collaboration/adaptation of popular music
Music consumption by/of trans-Asian migrants
iPod and mobile music
Music for Practical uses (film, drama, game soundtrack)
Asian diasporic music outside Asia

*Any other suggestions will be welcomed.

30 May The first deadline of application
26-27 July Conference

Call for papers
The organizers of Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2008 in Osaka would like to invite paper presenters to send their abstracts (not more than 250 words) before 31 May, 2008 to; IAPMS2008@yahoo.co.jp

If you have any inquiries, please be free ask Yoshitaka Mori:

Registration Fees:
Faculty member and staff: 3000 JPY (=US$ 30)
Student:2000 JPY (=US$20)

Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2008 in Osaka Organizing

Professor and Director of Urban Culture Research Center Osaka Ciity
University, Japan

Hyunjoon SHIN, Professor, Sungkonghoe University, Korea

Yoshitaka MORI, Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts

Anthony FUNG, Associate Professor, Chinese University, Hong Kong

Kyoko KOIZUMI, Associate Professor, Aichi University of Education, Japan

Tunghung Ho, Associate Professor, Fu-jen University, Taiwan

Satoshi MASUDA, Associate Professor, Osaka City University, Japan

Kai Khun LIEW, Postdoctoral Fellow, National University of Singapore,

Jung-Yup LEE, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA/Korea

SPICES 2008: Commercialization, Contestation and Creative Culture: The 3rd International Conference on Inter-Asian Culture, Communication, Conflict and Peace

by homey81

SPICES 2008: Commercialization, Contestation and Creative Culture

The 3rd International Conference on Inter-Asian Culture, Communication, Conflict and Peace
7-8 August 2008 (Thursday-Friday)

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

Hosted and Organized by

Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS), Universiti Sains Malaysia

Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Department of English and Communication, City University of Hong Kong

The Institute of East Asian Studies, Sungkonghoe University, Korea

Human Rights Studies and Social Development, Mahidol University, Thailand


This ongoing series of international conferences was first convened in Bangkok in 2006. It was agreed in Bangkok that the organizers would host this conference annually at different venues, and in the following year, 2007, the conference was held at the City University of Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, we also agreed to henceforth name our collective SPICES – to reflect the diversity and richness of Asian cultures. Hence, SPICES 2008. This third conference, with the theme Commercialization, Contestation and Creative Culture,will be held at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang in August 2008.

  1. To bring together scholars and civil society workers from across Asia to debate and dialogue on the state of research and study in the area of culture, communication, conflict and peace.
  2. To discuss papers with new ideas and agenda that would move forward the trajectories of Inter-Asia culture and communication with open borders
  3. To network between research institutions and universities, and individual scholars, researchers and civil society workers of diverse experience and interdisciplinary background
  4. To create focal points for future exchange of knowledge and people who share common interests


Commercialization and globalization have undoubtedly impacted on the development of cultural forms and strategies in the region. All too often the impact has been deemed ‘negative’, principally by local politicians and self-appointed cultural guardians, guided by their own political agendas. Such assertions, many times nostalgically yearning for a mythical past, assume the domination of certain cultural forms and practices and the subordination of ‘national’ cultures. Yet, despite some evidence to suggest the possible ‘levelling-down’ of cultures, at the same time, we see everywhere around us in the region the emergence and even development of alternative cultural forms and strategies. The young have been particularly adept at incorporating globalized cultural products and coming up with hybridized forms that speak of and from their own daily cultural experiences.

These developments pose contemporary challenges, both theoretically and politically.

Theoretically, these developments force us to reconsider possibly simplistic notions such as cultural domination and subordination, cultural authenticity and cultural autonomy. They also require us to analyze current cultural and communications practices and strategies and possibly come up with alternative forms of explanation which look at the linkages between the global, the national and the local.

Politically, the emergence and development of these new cultural strategies, not guided by official exhortations and often creatively challenging them, raise questions about the liberating potential of creative culture, often developed by members of civil society. Official discourses about ‘authentic’ cultures and the links with, for example, ethnicity and religion, are challenged.

Apart from addressing these developments, Spices 2008 aims to explore the sustainability of such indigenous developments and the capacities required for their expansion.


    1. Contestations and Indigenous Cultures
    2. Youth Cultures: Communicating Across Borders
    3. Popular Music: Commercialization, Cooptation and Consumption
    4. Gender and Popular Culture
    5. Big Media and Small Media: Commercialization and Independent Media
    6. Creative Culture: The Global, the National and the Local
    7. Transnational Film Culture and National Cinema
    8. Television, Genres and Authenticity
    9. Cultural Rights and the New Media

Groups or individuals who wish to propose other panels or present material related to the general theme of the conference, but not included in the above panels, are also invited to submit abstracts or panel proposal.

The organizers of SPICES 2008 would like to invite paper presenters to send in a soft copy of their abstracts (not more than 250 words) before 29 February, 2008 to SPICES2008@gmail.com

For further information please contact Soraya or Mahyuddin at:

Tel: +604 6532778 or +604 6533455

Fax: +604 659 1624

Email: SPICES2008@gmail.com


The Secretariat


Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS)

Universiti Sains Malaysia

11800, Penang


CFPs: Crossroads, IAMCR (July, 2008)

by homey81

Crossroads 2008 call for papers and official website is up:


Crossroads Conference 2008
University of the West Indies, Mona
Kingston Jamaica, W.I.

Crossroads 2008 will be hosted by the UWI Cultural Studies Initiative which is headed by the Vice Chancellor Emeritus, Prof. Rex Nettleford.The conference dates are July 3-7, 2008 and the venue is the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus.

Proposals on any key, general or related theme will be considered. Please submit abstracts of no more than 150 words in length via the website. All abstracts are being accepted via the website at http://www.crossroads2008.org . The absolute deadline for submission of abstracts for consideration by the programme committee is Friday, November 30, 2007.

Please note that accepted SESSION proposals can be viewed on the website. Potential participants are invited to view the list of accepted sessions and send abstracts to the Organizers of open panels if there is a fit with your paper. Additional sessions will be created based on the papers proposed.

Also, check out IAMCR congress if you’re interested:

the 26th world congress of the International Association for Media and Communication Research


Stockholm University and the Department of Media, Journalism and Communication
Stockholm, Sweden
July 20-25, 2008
“Media and Global Divides”

Call for papers to be presented at the IAMCR World Congress in Stockholm, July 2008. Abstracts are due to January 31, 2008, to be submitted to heads of sections and working groups. Programme will be available here on March 31, 2008.