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2013 International Conference on American and Chinese Southwest Studies


  • Kehuayuan Hotel, Chengdu South 141 North Kehua Road, Wuhou District Chengdu, Sichuan, 610041 China (map)
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Sichuan University and Arizona State University cordially invite scholars from all disciplines to participate in the International Conference on American and Chinese Southwest Studies to be held on November 8 - 10, 2013, at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. 

This conference is based in the belief that Chinese students and scholars, as well as American students and scholars, need to understand more about the world from a variety of academic perspectives.

Conference Theme
This collaboration between ASU and SCU is focused on regional/Southwest studies, since Arizona is in the southwest of the United States and Sichuan Province in is the southwest of China. We especially urge comparative studies, although we welcome proposals that deal with southwestern topics in either China or the U.S. Suggested themes include: 

1. Border Regions in SW China and SW United States

2. Border Cultures and Communities: Literary Images and Stories

3. Dynamics of Regional Economic Growth in SW China and SW United States

4. Comparative Study of the Southwest Regions: Sichuan vs. Arizona

    We also welcome contributions from other fields that provide comparative focus on regional issues in Sichuan and Arizona. Interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome since the topics themselves stretch across several disciplines.

    We also welcome contributions from other fields that provide comparative focus on regional issues in Sichuan and Arizona. Interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome since the topics themselves stretch across several disciplines.

    Application Guidelines
    Please submit applications to Josh.Cheng@asu.edu by May 1, 2013. Click here to download the application: 2013 American and Chinese Southwest Studies

    The Conference Committee will evaluate the applications on the basis of relevance to the conference theme and notify applicants of their status by June 1, 2013. 

    If you are notified that your application has been accepted, please email your full paper (about 5,000 words in English) to Josh.Cheng@asu.edu by October 1, 2013. We hope to publish the papers in a volume of conference proceedings.

    Important Dates (2013):
    May 1: Applications due 
    June 1: Notification of application acceptance
    October 1: Full Papers due (MSWord .doc format)
    November 8: Conference Registration 

    Session Format
    Papers, once accepted, will be organized into concurrent panels, each featuring four presenters and one facilitator. Each presentation is to be approximately 15 minutes long, followed by questions and discussion. American scholars who are able to stay longer after the conference may join Sichuan University colleagues for classes, lectures and academic discussions. We can also provide information on pre- and post-conference tours.

    Registration Fee
    The registration fee of 600 RMB (approximately $100) covers meals, conference program, a museum visit, and admission to all sessions. To register for the conference, please complete this application and submit to Stephanie.Wynn@asu.edu and ascscu@163.com.

    Accommodation
    A preferential rate will be offered to all conference participants at the Kehuayuan Hotel of Sichuan University. Click here to download the Kehuayuan hotel reservation form.  Shangri-la Chengdu is also offering a discounted room rate, to secure your reservation, please email reservations.slcd@shangri-la.com and let them know that you would like the ASU Corporate Rate. Click here for more corporate rate information.

    Please submit your proposal to (Josh.Cheng@asu.edu ) no later than May 1, 2013. Here is a tentative conference agenda.