CONF./CFP- Owen Lattimore Inner Asian Studies Conference, August 20-21, 2008
Posted by: Brian White <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS), together with the
International Association of Mongolian Studies (IAMS) will organize a
conference entitled, "Owen Lattimore: The Past, Present, and Future of
Inner Asian Studies" in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on August 20 and 21,
2008. This posting serves as an announcement of the conference, and a
Call for Papers.
Owen Lattimore played an important role in the development of
political and cultural relations between Inner Asia and the West, and
he is widely recognized as the father of Inner Asian Studies in the
United States and England. His research and writing continues to have
a profound impact on generations of scholars and intellectuals
interested in Inner Asia. This conference has a duel purpose. First,
it is meant to help record the memories of those who knew Owen
Lattimore or were directly influenced by him, and offer scholars who
are new to the field the opportunity to learn more about Owen
Lattimore's role in the development of cultural and political
relations between Inner Asia and the West in the 20th century. Second,
the conference is intended to build on Owen Lattimore's legacy by
providing a forum for new research related to the region. The
conference marks the first of a series of annual conferences planned
by the ACMS in Inner Asia to promote scholarly exchange between local
and international scholars and to explore emerging research topics
related to the region.
Scholars from any discipline working in Inner Asia are invited to
submit paper, poster or panel presentations related to one of the
three themes of the conference.
The three general themes of the conference include:
* Owen Lattimore's role in the development of cultural and political
relations between Inner Asia and the West (including Japan)
* An examination of the scholarship of Owen Lattimore his ideas and
his influence (past, present, and future) on the field of Inner Asian
* The continuing development of Inner Asian Studies as new scholars
redefine and reshape Owen Lattimore's legacy
The first day of the conference will focus on personal recollections
by scholars, diplomats and others from Mongolia and other countries
who knew Owen Lattimore or were directly influenced by him. Topics
might include discussions of Lattimore's life and travels in the
region, his role in the development of cultural and political
relations between Inner Asia and the West, and his work to support
scholarly exchange and develop the field of Inner Asian Studies.
Submissions of photographs and other media are welcome for inclusion
in the conference.
The second day of the conference will focus on the scholarship of Owen
Lattimore and how new generations of scholars are extending his
legacy. Presenters are invited to offer papers that discuss the
influence of Owen Lattimore's publications and ideas, critique works
or ideas produced by Owen Lattimore, or extend his ideas in new
directions. Research posters or presentations by the new generation of
students and scholars working in Inner Asia are encouraged to examine
the continued development of the field.
A field trip for interested conference participants will take place
after the close of the formal conference.
Participants may put forward individual papers or panel proposals with
topics and potential presenters. Panels may comprise scholars from
multiple disciplines, and they should have three to four paper
presenters, including a panel moderator, with a coherent unifying
topic related to the themes of the conference. Individual papers may
be assigned to appropriate panels by topic if space allows.
--The deadline for receipt of paper or panel proposals is March 15, 2008.--
Paper and panel proposals should include:
* A description of up to 250 words
* The name, title, affiliation, and contact address, phone and email
for the paper or poster presenter and/or panel chair and all proposed
Proposals by graduate students and junior scholars are encouraged.
The working languages of the conference will be English and Mongolian.
Submitting a proposal indicates your commitment to participate in the
conference. Due to limited funding, conference participants will be
expected to pay for their own travel and accommodations for the
conference. The ACMS is available to assist conference participants
with logistical arrangements for the conference and academic contacts
in the region. You will be required to confirm your commitment in
April if your proposal is accepted.
For more information, please contact the ACMS at
email@example.com or see the ACMS webpage at
www.mongoliacenter.org. Additional conference details will be
announced in spring 2008.
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