[URBANTH-L]Journal CFP: Navigating the Future: Asia-Pacific pathways

Benito Vergara bvergara at sfsu.edu
Thu Jan 5 08:04:11 EST 2006

Call for Papers Deadline:	2006-02-28

Submissions are invited for a special issue of the _Graduate Journal of
Asia-Pacific Studies_: 'Navigating the Future: Asia-Pacific pathways.'

The Asia-Pacific region has historically been shaped by the massive movements of
peoples, technologies, and cultures. The Pacific Rim is criss-crossed with
ancient trade routes, with the traces of great seafaring migrations, with the
displacements of warfare, and with the scars of European exploration and
subsequent imperialist expansion. The contemporary Asia-Pacific retains the
historical consequences of these movements, but at the same time, the globalised
condition of the twenty-first century world appears to reconfigure in many ways
our conceptions of geographical space, mobility and travel. Phrases such as
'spaces of flows', 'borderless worlds' and even 'liquid modernity' evoke the
apparent hyper-mobility of the contemporary condition.

Yet we know that the contemporary world is also characterised by continued
stasis, and that the freedom to move is not shared equally. The consequences of
both free and forced movement, as well as the inability to move, contribute
considerably to changing power relations, and perceptions of self and other.
Moreover, movements in space are not limited to the macro-level of voyages,
displacements and migrations. What about the experience of travelling through
everyday spaces? How does one experience one's nation or neighbourhood through
the act of moving from one place to another in the course of our everyday lives?

For the new issue of _GJAPS_, contributors are invited to consider contemporary
cultures of travel, migration and movement in the Asia-Pacific region, as well
as continued stasis and friction. Contributors are encouraged to examine these
phenomena at all scales -- from migratory passages to everyday pathways, the
tourist to the refugee, wartime to peacetime, local to global, home and
belonging to estrangement and exile. How is travel experienced? How is it
represented and narrated? What are its consequences? How does the recent
burgeoning of academic interest in travel writing and tourist cultures help us
to understand these conditions? What about movement not just within, but also
into and out of the Pacific Rim?

Contributions are welcome from all fields of the arts, social sciences, and
humanities, including anthropology, literature, art history and visual culture,
film and media, cultural studies, performing arts, gender studies, queer theory,
history, linguistics, political studies, psychology, and sociology. _GJAPS_
interprets the designation "Asia-Pacific" in the broadest possible sense, to
encompass East, Northeast and Southeast Asia, the Malay Archipelago,
Australasia, Polynesia and Oceania, the West Coast of the Americas, including
California, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, British Columbia, Central and South
America, and so on.

Email submissions to the Editor, Francis Collins,
f[dot]collins[at]auckland[dot]ac[dot]nz, as attachments saved in RTF or DOC
format using a standard word processor. Deadline: February 28, 2006. _GJAPS_ is
a fully peer-reviewed journal.

We are also seeking book reviews. For a list of current book titles available
for review (these include books on Asian cinema, history, and politics), please
contact the Editor at the above address or the Review Editors, Eu Jin Chua
eujinchuaemail[at]gmail[dot]com, or Ann Pistacchi ann[at]pozo[dot]org.

For more information, go to http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/gjaps

	Francis Leo Collins
Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
c/- School of Geography and Environmental Science
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
New Zealand
Email: f[dot]collins[at]auckland[dot]ac[dot]nz
Visit the website at http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/gjaps

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