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Ethnicity, Race and Racism in Asia

Call for Papers

Theme: Ethnicity, Race and Racism in Asia
Type: 2019 Situations International Conference
Institution: School of the Humanities, Nanyang Technological
  Department of English, Yonsei University
Location: Singapore
Date: 24.–26.10.2019
Deadline: 1.9.2019

In recent years, the questions of ethnicity, race and racism have
come to assume an increasing prominence in scholarly as well as
social discussions in Asia. In response to the turbulent global
economy, the fracturing of international barriers, and a renewed
surge in flows of migrants and displaced persons worldwide, national
populist movements have suddenly become a potent and growing
political force. Longstanding liberal values such as pluralism,
tolerance, and multicultural coexistence have come under challenge,
as fears of economic crisis and cultural conflict have given strength
to extremist stances across the political spectrum. Finally, the fact
that historical barriers have come down between different population
groups has resulted in some cases in the intensification of conflicts
between them over other explosive fault-lines, such as differences of
religious belief that too can take on a racial or ethnic dimension.

The current rise of populist anger across the West portends a
potential revival of the nation- state, which has often had a
relatively homogeneous population as its foundation. Alternatively,
the fragmentation of social and political systems may indicate a
return to older institutional arrangements that could be surprisingly
peaceful and tolerant compared to modern multi-ethnic or
multi-cultural states because they were more willing to recognize
hard cultural differences. What kind of relationship between the old
and the new are we likely to see as the nations and cultures of Asia
attempt to adjust to new social and economic realities?

In the Asia of today, what does ethnic diversity and pluralism mean?
What kind of impact has globalization had on the relations between
different ethnic groups in multi-ethnic states such as Malaysia,
Singapore, and Indonesia? What kinds of conflicts – as well as new
modes of coexistence – are being generated by the flow of peoples in
accordance with the demand for labor and patterns of investment? How
are more ethnically homogeneous nations such as China, South Korea,
and Japan affected by this dynamic? Are there already signs of
impending change in these latter, more socially homogeneous,

In exploring this topic, the 2019 Situations conference welcomes
papers on such subjects as:

- The history of race and ethnicity as Asian ideas
- Non-Western models of pluralism and diversity
- Refugee flows and crises around the globe
- Racial divides and religious differences
- Diaspora and identity
- Race, equality, and democracy
- The future of cosmopolitanism
- Race and models of beauty
- Race, culture, and the high-trust society
- Multiculturalism, pluralism, and empire
- Race, ethnicity, and biomedical technologies
- Belonging and exclusion
- Flows of labor and capital
- Challenges to multiculturalism

Among our confirmed keynote speakers are:

Dr. Lawrence Grossberg (UNC)
Dr. Meaghan Morris (U of Sydney)
Dr. Chua Beng Huat (NUS)


1. Early inquiries with 200-word abstracts are appreciated. The
deadline for a 4,000-word presentation is September 1 2019.

2. Please include a Bio-Statement with your original submission, your
affiliation, and a viable email address. All submissions should
follow the Chicago Manual of Style (16thed.). Endnotes recommended.
Refer to

3. Each invited participant is expected to turn his or her initial
presentation into a 6,000-word paper for possible inclusion in a
future issue of the SCOPUS-indexed journal, Situations: Cultural
Studies in the Asian Context (

4. We will provide hotel accommodation for each invited speaker. Upon
acceptance of the proposal, a partial defrayment of the airfare will
be available (while funding lasts).

5. All correspondence should be addressed to Terence Murphy, Editor: and cc’d to Rhee Suk Koo, Managing Editor:


Terence Murphy, Editor
Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context