The annual conference of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) in 2013 will be held in the beautiful city of Monterey on California’s Central Coast, hosted by the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a Graduate School of Middlebury College, on June 7-9, 2013.
This year’s conference theme is “Asia: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” Asian societies have changed and continue to change in myriad ways, while memories of the past also continue to inform understandings about them. Goods, services, capital, information, and people have moved and continue to move both within Asia and beyond. Proposals for individual or panel presentations on these temporal and spatial aspects of Asian societies are encouraged, although proposals on any other aspect of Asia will be also considered. The theme is designed to encourage discussion of any aspect of Asian experience and any approach to understanding Asian societies that evokes or involves a sense of time or movement. Welcome are reflections on what has already transpired in the political, economic, and social-cultural life of an Asian people or peoples, on what is desirable, possible, or probable in the future or in a geographic space where it has not yet happened, on how a sense of time and spatial movement is conveyed in an Asian language or languages and how it has changed or may be changing, on social-cultural practices that have or are moving into new territories and communities within Asia and without, and on sources of individual and community identities found in the history or in their future aspirations and prospects of Asian societies, etc.