CFP: Animals in Asian history, society, thought

Call for papers: Animals in Asian history, society, thought

Workshop, January 24-26, 2013
Manchester, Centre for Chinese Studies, BICC
Deadline for Submission: December 15, 2012, send to:

While rice dominates the modern view of Asia, animals have always played a crucial in Chinese and Japanese society, history and thought. This workshop attempts to shift the perspective and discuss Asian notions of animals in their understanding and management of nature. Are animals an overlooked topic in Asian studies? What role did they actually play in Asian thought, as a resource, as a living being, and in state politics and individual lives? What was the relation between humans and animals and how can such an approach be used to understand changes in Asia society and approaches to fields of scientific and technological development? The workshop aims at historical and cross-cultural comparison. It has identified three core perspectives (1) Rites and resources; (2) Planning living beings, state management of animals and people. (3) Scholarly things, living creatures: animals in literature and art. Scholars across the humanities, Chinese history, art, social sciences and science studies are invited to submit proposals on any topic pertaining to the study of animals in Asia.

The conference will operate as a workshop (works-in-progress are welcome). Each paper will be discussed individually following a brief presentation by the author and discussion. Confirmed participants include Roel Sterckx (Cambridge, UK), Vincent Goossaert (CNRS, France), and Han Yi (IHNS, China). Proposals must include a title and an abstract of no more then 250 words and can be submitted electronically to Participants will be notified of their selection by Dec, 15, 2012. Limited funding is available to help cover travel and lodging for participants.

Date of workshop: January 24-26 January, 2013, Manchester

3 thoughts on “CFP: Animals in Asian history, society, thought

    • Looks like mythical creatures could fit well under “animals in literature and art.” (Joshua, nice to see you are not being spammed into oblivion on the new server!)

  1. “rice dominates the modern view of Asia”

    –Yeah, and animals have always played a crucial role in Chinese and Japanese society, history and thought!

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