2015 ASDP National Conference


"Rethinking Asian Studies: Taking Asia as Method"

Dates:    March 19-21, 2015

Venue:  Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel
              200 East Main Street
              Branson, MO 65616
              Room rate is $126/night

Conference Program (download PDF)

Conference Theme

Asian cultures and societies are now regularly studied in undergraduate humanities, social science, and business courses in an effort to create a more internationalized curriculum. Addressing the histories and contemporary dynamics of Asia as objects of study in building global cultural literacy is a useful beginning. But how do we enable Asian perspectives to take on a greater role in informing and shaping our critical engagement with both the historical and contemporary dynamics of Asia? In keeping with the growing movement toward “Asian studies in Asia,” the 2015 ASDP National Conference invites papers that “think through” how to bring Asian perspectives to bear in diversifying the undergraduate experience. Faculty and students are invited to submit papers discussing their efforts to understand and incorporate Asian perspectives in their own teaching and learning.

Conference Location

This year, the ASDP National Conference will be hosted by Missouri State University and held in Branson, Missouri at the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel. The ASDP National Conference is an annual event that provides an opportunity for ASDP alumni and other interested college and university faculty members to share research related to Asian cultures and societies, as well as strategies for effectively infusing Asian content into undergraduate humanities, social science, business, and science curricula.

Branson. MO is accessible by air but many may find it more convenient to arrive via Springfield, MO. For those who do, Missouri State University is making available a shuttle service to Branson for $25 roundtrip.  Those who wish to take advantage of this service should contact local arrangements coordinator Dr. Weirong Schaefer (weirongyan@MissouriState.edu) to schedule pick up and drop off.  You can pay for the shuttle service when registering either online or by mail.

Keynote Talks

Speaker:  Dr. Pheng Cheah

Talk:  "Asia as Question:  Rethinking Asian Studies in Contemporary Globalization"

Our keynote speaker this year is Pheng Cheah, Professor of Rhetoric and Chair of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1999. Professor Cheah has written extensively on the theory and practice of cosmopolitanism, and is currently focusing his research on postcolonial literature, globalization and human rights. Deftly blending perspectives from literature, philosophy, political economy and history, his work make good on the great promise of interdisciplinary research and writing in a powerful marriage of scholarship and political commitment. He is the author of Inhuman Conditions: On Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights(Harvard, 2006) and Spectral Nationality: Passages of Freedom from Kant to Postcolonial Literatures of Liberation (Columbia, 2003), and has co-edited a number of books including: Derrida and the Time of the Political (Duke, 2009), Cosmopolitics: Thinking and Feeling Beyond the Nation, (co-edited, University of Minnesota Press, 1998); and Grounds of Comparison: Around the Work of Benedict Anderson (Routledge, 2003). He has recently completed a book on normative conceptions of world literature in contemporary globalization and is currently working a book on human rights and human capital.

Speaker:  William M. Tsutsui, President, Hendrix College

Talk:  "After 3.11:  Hope, Resilience, and Resignation in Twenty-First Century Japan"

Many oberservers, both inside and outside Japan, regarded the tragedy of March 11, 2011 as a potential turning point for a nation mired in seemingly endless economic, political, and social dilemmas.  But even though the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis stirred deep emotions among the Japanese people, 3.11 seems not to have had the galvanizing impact that many had hoped for.  This paper survey's Japan's responses to the triple disasters, arguing that national trauma led not to extraordinary change, but instead to very ordinary muddling through.

Proposal Submission 

The ASDP 2015 Program Committee welcomes proposals for papers, panels, and roundtable discussions on content and/or teaching topics related bringing Asian perspectives to scholarly research and the teaching of Asian studies to undergraduates. Submissions are invited in all areas and fields within Asian Studies from faculty and students. Proposals and program inquiries should be sent to the 2015 National Conference Program Co-Chair, Dr. Paul Dunscomb at pedunscomb@uaa.alaska.edu


PROPOSAL DEADLINE: January 15, 2015


Conference Registration

All Conference attendees must register for the program, even if not presenting a paper. This year, we are hoping most attendees will use our one-stop online registration and payment procedure. Simply click on the link below (available September 15) and fill in all of the data fields to register for the Conference and pay your registration fee by credit or debit card. Early registration is $200, late registration is $225, and student registration is $75. If you would prefer to pay by check, please download and print a registration form here, fill in all the requested information and send both the form and your check payable to:  

Missouri State University
Office of China Programs
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Click here for online registration.


A shuttle service between the conference center and the airports will be provided by Missouri State University.  For more information please contact Mr. Peng Zhang, shuttle service coordinator, at pengzhang@missouristate.edu.  Click here to register online for the shuttle service.


Hotel Reservations

The conference will be held at the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel. Reservations can be made online here or by phone. Be sure to mention the Group Name (Missouri State University) and Group Code (MSU) when booking your reservation. Conferees must make reservations by February 17, 2015 to secure the conference rate. 

Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel (general website)
200 East Main Street
Branson, MO  65616
417-336-5400, fax 417-336-5413
Room Rate: $126 (single/double occupancy, if booked by 2/17/2015; includes wi-fi access)