2021 ASDP 28th National Conference



Knowing Practices Intersecting

4-6 March 2021

Virtual Conference


The conference theme of Knowing Practices Intersecting invites reflection on how ways of knowing develop, intersect and evolve. These include the practices of embodied knowledge in, for example, traditional healing and martial arts, calligraphy and meditation, but also scientific and historiographical methods,  emotional and aesthetic ways of knowing, the interaction of education and neuroscience, and the creation of intelligent technology innovation hubs in Korea and China. We encourage both scholarly and pedagogical approaches in examining the diversity of Asian cultures and societies, as well as the diversity of perspectives on Asia, especially those that adopt interdisciplinary lenses. Since its inception the Asian Studies Development Program has worked to forge and highlight intersections between Asian and Western traditions and proposals highlighting such intersections are especially welcomed.


The ASDP program committee is now accepting proposals for its 2021 National Meeting program. Proposals can be for individual papers, panels, poster sessions, or round-table sessions and should not exceed 250 words. Early submissions greatly facilitate putting together meaningful panel and sessions and all proposals should be submitted by February 1, 2021.

CFP Flyer

Please submit a 250-word limit abstract by 1 February 2021 (Deadline Extended):


All presenters and attendees must register for the program.

Registration fee: $150

Online Registration and Credit Card Payment

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:  Daralyn Yee
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96848-1601


mage: A Chinese luó​pán reacting to the magnetic field of magnetite.
Image: A Chinese 罗盘 luó​pán reacting to the magnetic field of magnetite.


Matthew Marone

Mercer University, Department of Physics

March 6, 2021| 5 PM EST

Through the construction of magnetic compasses, this workshop will explore Song Dynasty observations about magnetic declination and show how they relate to what we know now about different sources of magnetic fields. 

Cost: $5. A kit will be mailed to participants before the conference and the workshop will take place via zoom. 

Limited to 15 participants. First come, first serve and you must register for the conference in order to register for the workshop. 

Workshop Registration Deadline: February 1


Coming Soon


Ian Johnson

Credit: Sim Chi Yin

Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer focusing on society, religion, and history. He is a winner of the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars program for an upcoming book that will detail China's unofficial history. Johnson has lived in China for over 20 years as a student and journalist, writing for The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and other publications. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of China, two awards from the Overseas Press Club as well as multiple others.