CFP of Interest: Ecologies of Urbanism in Asia II: Cities, Towns, and the Places of Nature

Came across this amazing call for papers just now on a listserv for Asian American studies. This conference on Asian urbanism will take place in Hong Kong next summer, but CFPs are due in July. A previous one, with a focus on India, was held in 2010.

Ecologies of Asian Urbanism

Not sure what kinds of scholars they are looking for, but it looks like a great option for grads with limited funding as travel expenses are covered if you’re accepted! Here’s a link to the CFP as a PDF.


Ecologies of Urbanism in Asia II: Cities, Towns, and the Places of Nature
June 9-12, 2014
Hong Kong

Anne Rademacher and K. Sivaramakrishnan

We invite paper submissions for a conference to investigate urbanism, nature, and ecological sustainability in Asian cities and towns. We will explore the ways that urban social processes intersect with assessments of urban environmental order and disorder in specific cities by asking, how are relationships between urban environments and urban societies made, and made meaningful? How do biophysical properties, rules, and histories of nature matter in the city? How is the urban environment used to construct social identities and demarcate political spaces?

The papers will engage cases grounded in the cities and towns of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and south China. We seek submissions in the following thematic areas: the political ecology of the city, urban environmentalism, nodes and networks, and the social lives of infrastructure.

Paper proposals, of no more than 300 words (1 double spaced page), and a two-page author’s CV showing current institutional affiliation with postal and email addresses, should be sent via email attachment as pdf documents. Applications must be sent in by July 15, 2013, and invitations to participate will be sent by August 15, 2013. Applicants should send their material to Sahana Ghosh (sahana.ghosh@yale.edu).

All selected participants will be provided a round-trip economy airfare to Hong Kong, and up to six nights accommodation, as well as invitations to the conference dinner and associated field trips. Only those able to stay for the whole conference and field trips should apply; this would mean arriving Sunday, June 8, 2014, and staying through Friday, June 13, 2014.

This conference follows Urban Ecologies in Asia, which convened in Hong Kong in 2010 with the support of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. A detailed conference description and program from Urban Ecologies in Asia are posted here: http://www.ihss.hku.hk/.

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