Call for applications: The 6th Next-Generation Global Workshop (January 11-13, 2014)

The 6th Next-Generation Global Workshop and 1st KUASU International Conference
“Revisiting the Intimate and Public Spheres and the East-West Encounter”

January 11-13, 2014

I. A New Era of the Next-Generation Global Workshop
This is the sixth consecutive workshop. The five previous workshops were organized and hosted by the GCOE project of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Letters’ Global Center for Reconstruction of the Intimate and Public Spheres in 21st Century Asia. This one is organized and hosted by a newly established organization: Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit (KUASU). The spirit and purpose of this workshop is basically the same as before: to provide early career scholars with an opportunity to deliver presentations to an international audience, to exchange opinions with their peers from various parts of the world, and to learn how to participate and communicate in an international academic setting. However, reflecting the highly interdisciplinary nature of KUASU, which consists of four divisions of humanities, social sciences, economics, and environmental studies, it is open to next-generation researchers from a wider range of academic fields. At the same time, the size of the workshop will be smaller to allow a clearer focus and more intensive discussions.
This workshop has a double theme; “Revisiting the Intimate and Public Spheres and the East-West Encounter.”

Section 1: Revisiting the Intimate and Public Spheres
This section deals with the reconstruction of intimate/public spheres and the policy mix, a theme continued from the GCOE. This is to look at how changes of institutional framework interact with intimate/public spheres. Boundaries between intimate and public spheres are fluctuating in many ways and for various reasons. Demographic changes and the global free trade framework, for example, are causes of the reconstruction of the role of the state, market, and family and other intimate units in the process of macro- and micro-level changes such as welfare retrenchment, casualization of work, changing household structures, low fertility and population ageing, and the wealth gap.
The establishment of new social systems or institutions is an urgent issue. Social innovation is needed for the change from an old existing system to a new system based on social needs, by introducing new ideas, methods, strategies, actions or policies.
Many Asian countries have followed the paths of more “developed” countries in the West but this is becoming more complicated, firstly because Western countries are also searching for new direction after economic recession and welfare retrenchment and secondly because Asian countries are going through highly varied and mixed processes due to different economic and political circumstances as well as the influence of both traditional and invented local ideas and values.
This section welcomes analyses of social innovations from the East or West regarding, for example, work-life balance, gender equality, social integration of immigrants, social inclusion of vulnerable groups, or community oriented policies.

Section 2: The East-West Encounter
The other section, on “The East-West Encounter” goes deeper into the historical and philosophical background of the different conditions that different regions of the world are currently facing. The East-West encounter took place under various unbalanced political, economic, social and cultural circumstances. In many cases, the East was forced to encounter the West. The encounter also embodied various forms of colonialism and post-colonialism. One can observe this in the many faces of orientalism and reverse-orientalism. Both sides in the encounter were transformed or metamorphosed.
This section aims to investigate nuanced aspects of the East-West encounter, debunk numerous myths surrounding it, and envisage what cultural and social cross-fertilization should be.
Possible topics include: the adoption and transformation of western ideas by Asian thinkers of various backgrounds, comparative studies of modern Asian philosophies, mutual influences between western and eastern traditions, cultural interchanges among Asian countries in the modern era.

The Next-Generation Workshop will be organized for two days. Each section in the workshop will consist of several sessions. The number of paper presenters in each section will be less than ten and they will be selected from applicants. We look forward to receiving highly qualified applications.
The workshop will be followed by the 1st KUASU International Conference on the same theme. The Conference will take the form of round table discussions and the professors who attend the Next-Generation Workshop will take part. All participants in the workshop including students are expected to contribute to the round table discussions.

II. APPLICATION GUIDELINES for Next-Generation Scholars
Workshop Schedule (Japan Standard Time)
Application deadline: Midnight 1st October 2013
Each applicant must prepare a 350-word maximum abstract in English. The abstract should be sent as a PDF file to
Email subject: Application for NGGW 2014
The applicant should also provide the following information:
a) Name (please capitalize your family name)
b) Affiliation
c) Title/ Position
d) Postal Address, Telephone Number, and Email Address
e) The year of PhD completion (full time tenured researchers only)
f) The name of a referee who is a faculty member of one of the KUASU overseas partner universities (if available).
g) Please let us know if you would attend or not without travel award from KUASU.

The notification of the results of applications will be e-mailed to each applicant by the middle of October 2013.
Deadline for the submission of the full paper (4,000-6,000 words) : Midnight 10th December 2013.

Eligibility for application
Ph.D. students, Ph.D. candidates, post-doctoral fellows and researchers at a similar career stage. Researchers on a full time tenure track who finished their PhD within the past 6 years are also eligible. The Organizing Committee will screen the applications by candidates’ qualifications as well as the content of their abstracts.

Travel Award
The Organizing Committee will nominate approximately 10 participants who will be endowed with a travel award. The award covers a round-trip air ticket for the direct and most economical route to Kyoto for one person. The Organizing Committee will also arrange participants’ accommodation from the 10th till 14th of January (check-out on the 14th). However, due to university regulations, extensions of stay, open jaw air tickets, and changes of schedule are not allowed.

III. For Professors
To support active discussion in the Next-Generation workshop and International Conference, we would like to ask KUASU partner professors to participate in the workshop and international conference. Hotel accommodation will be arranged and partly covered by the organizers. However, we request that you cover transportation costs by yourselves.
We may ask all professors to join in discussions in the Next-Generation workshop on the 11-12th, in the International Conference on the 13th, and a business meeting on the 13th.
Please kindly inform us of your attendance plans, including your name, affiliation, and position, not later than November 1, 2013. We all appreciate your cooperation in the KUASU program.

Contact: Organizing Committee of the Next-Generation Global Workshop, Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit.

The PDF version of this application guideline is here.