2018 ASDP National Conference



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ASDP 24th National Conference

Understanding Asia:  Past and Present

Date:   March 1 - 3, 2018


Washington Marriott Georgetown  
1221 22nd Street NW
Washington, DC  20037-1203
Tel:  800.228.9290 (Central reservations for Asian Studies Development Program National Conference)

Conference room rate is $169/night + tax.  Book by January 31, 2018 to secure the conference rate.

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Understanding Asia:  Past and Present invites reflection on diverse Asian cultures and societies as seen through an interdisciplinary lens from past to present and around the globe. The conference intends to spur a broader conversation among participants, teachers, learners, scholars, and administrators, who aim to achieve a better understanding of how Asian studies as an academic field continues to evolve across interdependent spheres of investigation and analysis.

We encourage papers, panels, and posters examining both pedagogy and scholarship focusing on the past and present philosophical and historical debates, as well as topics relating to colonialism, imperialism, militarism, and revolution across Asia. Presentations, may, for example, investigate how new scholarship sheds distinctive light on familiar aspects of the Asian cultural, historical, and social canons; or, how an understanding of Asian narratives addressing art, music, culture, philosophy, and the social sciences gain depth when re-positioned within interdisciplinary perspectives.


ASDP invites proposals for individual papers, panels, poster sessions, or round-table sessions for the 2018 conference.  Please submit a 250 word limit abstract by October 1st to both Dona Cady [email protected]u and Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen [email protected].  Early submissions greatly facilitate putting together meaningful panel sessions.

CFP submission deadline:  Extended to December 1, 2017

Proposal submission guidelines:  (Guidelines) (Flyer)



  • Dr. Jennifer L. Turner (The Woodrow Wilson Center)
    March 2, 2018

    Jennifer Turner has been the director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center for 18 years where she creates meetings, exchanges and publications focusing on a variety of energy and environmental challenges facing China, particularly on water, energy and green civil society issues. She leads the Wilson Center’s Global Choke Point Initiative, which together with Circle of Blue, has produced multimedia reports, films, and convening on water-energy-food confrontations in China, India, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States. Other major initiatives include: Cooperative Competitors: Building U.S.-China Clean Energy Partnerships, From Farm to Chopsticks: Food Safety Challenges in China, and Storytelling is Serious Business Workshops For Chinese Environmental Professionals. Jennifer also serves as editor of the Wilson Center’s journal, the China Environment Series and most recently coauthored China’s Water-Energy-Food Roadmap. She received a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Comparative Politics in 1997 from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her dissertation examined local government innovation in implementing water policies in China.
  • Dr. Daqing Yang

    Talk Title:  "The Weight of History in East Asia"
    March 3, 2018

    History seems to have never weighed so much in East Asia as we have witnessed in the last two or three decades. Conflicting memories of events in the past have led to diplomatic protests and cancellation of regional summits, ignited street protest and vandalism, and heightened tensions between close neighbors in general. All of these have serious implications for the United States at national and local levels, for policy-makers as well as educators. What factors have contributed to such a state of affairs? Is this phenomenon unique to East Asia? What roles can historians and history educators play to diffuse such ongoing conflicts? Yang proposes we should take into consideration a combination of global, regional and internal factors in order to understand the burden of the past that East Asia has been wrestling with in recent decades. A better understanding of the modern history of East Asia as well as how historical memories work in that region and beyond is of critical importance to preserving peace and prosperity in Asia Pacific in the 21st century.

    Daqing Yang is an Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University, where he teaches modern Japanese history. A co-director of the Memory and Reconciliation in Asia Pacific, he writes extensively on the memory and historiography of the Asia-Pacific War, modern Japan's relationship with Asia, and postwar reconciliation. His monograph, Technology of Empire, examines telecommunications networks and prewar Japanese expansion in Asia. He is also a co-editor of Rethinking Historical Injustice and Reconciliation: The Korean Experience in Regional Perspective and Contending Issues in Sino-Japanese Relations: Toward a History Beyond Borders (also in Japanese and Chinese). His co-edited book, Anniversary Politics: War Commemoration and Identity in Asia Pacific, will be published in early 2018. He served as a historian consultant for the Interagency Working Group on Nazi German and Imperial Japanese Government Documents at the U.S. National Archives from 2004 to 2007. A native of Nanjing, China, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and has been a visiting scholar/professor at several Japanese and Korean universities as well as the Institute for Contemporary History in Germany.

All presenters and attendees must register for the program.

Registration fees:

Early Registration:   $250 (through December 1, 2017)

Late Registration 1:  $300 (after December 1, 2017)

Late Registration 2:  $350 (after January 31, 2018)

Student Registration:  $75 (ID required at time of registration)

Online registration link here.

For payment by check, click here to download and print the registration form.

Make your check payable to East-West Center with the notation ASDP National Conference.  Mail your payment and form to:

East-West Center
Asian Studies Development Program
Attn:  Audrey Minei
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601

*** Early Registration Deadline is December 1, 2017 ***


The conference will be held at:

Washington Marriott Georgetown
1221 22nd Street NW
Washington, DC  20037-1203
Tel:  202-872-1500

The hotel conference rate is $169/night.  Conference attendees must make reservations on or before January 31, 2018 to secure the conference rate.

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