CIACSI e-Newsletter, Vol.IV No.14 (November 29, 2013)

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  Volume IV No.14 / November 29, 2013

 Schedule for 9th Steering Committee Meeting fixed      

Title: the Ninth CIACSI Steering Committee Meeting in Surabaya
Date: January 24-25, 2014
Place: the University of Erlangga

The schedule for the 9th Steering Committee Meeting in Surabaya has been fixed on January 24-25 next year. Except for the committee meeting, the tentative schedule includes meeting with the University of Erlangga representatives, campus site visit, and a preliminary visit for the next IACSS conference.

 Call for Applications for the 2014 IACSS Summer School

We now call on you to apply for the 2014 IACSS Summer School. You can apply directly from this website: (All applications need to be accompanied by a recommendation letter from the teacher/ supervisor from the student’s home institution.)

Deadline of application: Dec. 15, 2013
Announcement of acceptance: Feb. 15, 2014
Confirmation of participation: April 15, 2014

The 2014 IACSS Summer School in Hsinchu: “Introduction to Modern Asian Thought”

Date: July 1-15, 2014 
Course Design: The 3rd Biannual Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society (IACSS) Summer School, in collaboration with the Modern Asian Thought project initiated by Inter-Asia School, will be held in Hsinchu, Taiwan in July 1-15, 2014. It brings together faculty and students from different background to engage with in-depth learning and discussion on key issues in "Modern Asian Thought."

Core Course: Introduction to Modern Asian Thought. An eight-day core course consisting of 4 units of key issues and concepts in modern Asian thought (1. National cultures: To analyze the conditions of the colonized nation in the early context of colonialism and imperialism, 2. Gandhism and Maoism: Looking at the two political leaders’ truncated relation with popular thought before and after national independence, 3. Asia as Method: pinpoints the shifting concerns of the mode of knowledge from Takeuchi Yoshimi to Mizoguchi Yuzo, 4. Division and its overcoming: questions the shaping and the lingering of the Cold War division system in the postcolonial configuration of the Asia region) will be introduced to students through taught classrooms and in-depth group discussions.


 CFP: The 4th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2014 in Chiang Mai (Thailand)

Date: 8-9 August 2014, (Friday-Saturday)
Venue: College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
(Campus Map:

Organized by: Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS group), College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Introduction of Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS group) 
Founded in 2008, Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS group) is a research network that at the moment includes 120 scholars not only in Asia but also in Europe, America and Oceania. Through its biennial conferences and related activities, the group provides a platform to foster scholarly conversations and collaborations arising from the growing academic interest in Asian popular music both inside and outside Asia. 


How to Perform Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies
Nowadays, Asian popular music is strong and serious investigation on it is growing, in the academy and elsewhere. More importantly, the cultural economy of popular music in Asia has become transnational or border-crossing in a literal sense. There are quite a few case studies that show that the consumption and mediation as well as the production and distribution easily cross national borders. 

However, most of ‘inter-Asia’ popular music studies restrict themselves to a ‘national’ base. Most researchers are specialized in the popular music of one nation or language group and it has proven to be quite a challenge to adopt a truly ‘inter-Asia’ perspective. This perspective of comparative or cross-cultural research is unfortunately still a somewhat distant ideal, with only handful successful texts that light the way. Given this situation, is it enough for each researcher to write about his/her ‘own’ music and leave the comparison to the readers of a ‘special issue’ or ‘edited volume’ that covers different ‘cases’? Or should we rather find out a ‘collective’ or ‘collaborative’ approach to doing research and writing papers? How can it be done, when you do not have sufficient international connections, when there is no agreed upon vocabulary and periodization, when your time schedule or life cycle does not match? Finally, is collective or collaborative writing really necessary?

The 4th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies conference will address the possibilities and difficulties of adopting an ‘inter-Asia’ perspective. We especially welcome papers that consider comparative and/or collaborative research, in the future as well as in the present. The conference engages with all the scholarly debates of the emerging fields of Inter-Asia popular music studies, in the following categories or streams:

Stream 1: Theory and Methodology
Stream 2: Production, Circulation and Consumption
Stream 3: History, Geography, Politics
Stream 4: Genre, Identity, Ideology

The organizer of Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2014 in Chiang Mai would like to invite paper presenters to send their abstract (not more than 250 words) to before 25 January 2014. Please don’t forget to write down the ‘stream’ in which you think your paper fits.

Please use the attached Proposal Form (click to download) when submitting your proposal. Please use your surname as file name (ex. Chua.doc, Douglas.doc). If you plan to organize a panel with more than two people, please coordinate with the panelists to put all the necessary information on one form (e.g., panel title, paper titles, individual abstracts, and panelists’ information). A panel description is not necessary.

Please email all inquiries to:
2014. 01. 25          Deadline for abstract submission
2014. 02. 25          Acceptance of papers
2014. 04. 25          Registration
2014. 07. 25          Submission of full paper
2014. 08. 08 - 09  Conference Days\

English is the only language in the conference as there is no common language among Asia language. Translation service can be provided only during Q&A, in case  the presenters need it.

For the updated information about submission, registration, accommodation, transportation etc, please keep visiting our website:

Consortium of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Institutions (CIACSI)
Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society (IACSS)
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