11th Annual Conference on Asian Studies (October 21, 2017) - registration & paper proposal
Commemorating October 1917: Re-thinking Marxism and the Russian Revolution in East and Southeast Asia

Organizers: Department of Asian Studies, Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic
Conference date: October 21, 2017
Conference venue: Palacký University Olomouc, Křížkovského 14, Czech Republic
Conference language: English

It is undoubtable that Marxism and the Russian Revolution of 1917 changed the nature and course of the entire Russian empire. However, the revolutionary wave also spread to different places as the news of it reverberated around the globe, including East and Southeast Asia. However, Asian governments, social groups, organizations, artists, activists, intellectuals, and last but not least workers interpreted both the Marxian revolutionary ideas as well as the Russian Revolution in divergent ways. Hence, the objective of this conference is to analyze how Marxism and the Russian Revolution were communicated, understood and interpreted in East and Southeast Asia (with special emphasis on China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia). More concretely, the conference aims to discuss the following questions:

How did Marxism and the Russian Revolution transform East and East Asian societies? What kind of changes did they trigger in local societies? How did they reflect in politics, economics, language, literature, culture and art in East and Southeast Asia?
How did the leaders of revolutionary movements in East and Southeast Asia respond to Marxism and the Russian Revolution? How did they perceive Marxism and the Russian Revolution and integrate them into their discourses? How did they conceptualize both the phenomena?
Which strategy did the Asian Marxists use to popularize and spread the notions of Marxism and the Revolution of 1917 to the masses? Why had Marxism become a relevant ideology for Asian activists?
What kind of reactions/actions did revolutionary events in Russia trigger in East and Southeast Asia among different governments, social groups, organizations, artists, activists, intellectuals, and workers?
Papers on the above-mentioned topics but also other related topics are welcome.

This conference is inter-disciplinary and welcomes research findings in fields such as political science, history, sociology, literature, art history, anthropology, gender studies and cultural studies. We welcome not only individual presentations that can be part of conventional panels, but also proposals for roundtable debates. We cordially invite teachers, researchers, and postgraduate students to propose presentations, which should be 20 minutes in length.
The application for the conference should include: (1) title and abstract of the paper, 300 words maximum; and (2) full name, title, affiliation and contact details of the presenter(s).

The deadline for the call for papers abstracts: July 30, 2017
Information for notification of acceptance of abstracts: August 15, 2017
Participants will cover all their personal costs, including transportation, accommodation, visas, etc. Our staff can provide you with an invitation letter for embassies if necessary.

Conference fee:
* Standard Fee: 60 EUR/1600 CZK
* Student Fee: 30 EUR/800 CZK
Payment instructions will be sent with your abstract acceptance.

For further details visit our website: http://chinet.cz/conferences/11th-annual-conference-on-asian-studies or contact us at the e-mail konference.kas@gmail.com.

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