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 >                       Call for Papers
>               Gender Myths, Gender Meanings:
>          An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
>       On Gender in East, South and Southeast Asia
>                     Harvard April 28-29th 2006
>
> The conference will address gender issues as they relate to East, South
> and Southeast Asia, with priority given to theoretically aware approaches.
> The conference is intended to enable scholars and researchers in a variety
> of fields to communicate across disciplinary boundaries so as to provide
> mutual awareness of ideas, issues and data in a more rich and productive
> way.  All topics and theoretical ideas are welcomed.  Postdocs and grad
> students are encouraged to submit abstracts of maximum 300 words to the
> organizers by February 24th 2006.  Notification of acceptance will be made
> by March 3rd.  Please send abstracts (and any questions) to: Nick Tustin
> at [log in to unmask]  Abstracts must include: your name,
> department, academic institution, contact information, working title, and
> summary of your paper in a maximum of 300 words.  Presentation time will
> be 15 minutes.  Please see the second page of the call for more detail
> regarding the conference.
>   Theoretical basis of the conference:
> Gender Myths, Gender Meanings. How much of gender is a myth, especially
> when considered within another society?  How much of gender is a meaning,
> in the sense of praxis that possesses significance within political,
> social, legal, and interpersonal frameworks?  In viewing East, South, or
> Southeast Asian society and their diaspora communities from a Western
> academic perspective, are we just re-inventing an Asian version of
> ourselves?  What is the role of indigenous scholarship that emerges from a
> non-Western paradigm?  In what ways is it useful or helpful to theorize
> gender?  Can we even talk of gender as a single unitary concept?  Should
> we engage in recuperative history without first re-evaluating our own
> theoretical perspectives?
>   A key aim of this conference is to promote dialogue between the diverse
> disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences that engage in the study
> of gender in East, South and Southeast Asia and their related diaspora
> communities.  This is an emerging field of considerable potential
> significance rather than a fully established discipline, and as such,
> requires an extended theoretical debate to strengthen and augment its
> range of critical and theoretical tools.
>   We hope to create a conference with as much diversity as possible, so
> we are open to a full range of topics across the humanities and social
> sciences, provided that it relates to any of the countries in our
> geographical range -- for example Indonesia, the Philippines, India,
> China, Japan, or Korea and their diaspora communities.  If you are unsure
> whether we might include your country, just ask! Please submit questions
> (and abstracts) to [log in to unmask]  Note that the deadline for
> submitting abstracts is February 24th 2006.
>
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> Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies
> University of Cambridge
> 17 Mill Lane
> Cambridge
> CB2 1RX
> United Kingdom
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> Web: http://www.gender.cam.ac.uk/
> Tel: +44 (0)1223 763593
> Fax: +44 (0)1223 767272
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