2021 ASDP 28th National Conference


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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.


2021 ASDP National Conference Schedule


March 4, 2021| 7:00 PM EST
Register here: https://bit.ly/3d1zeEs

Writing a New History of China: How Chinese Intellectuals are Trying to Fill in Blank Spaces in Contemporary Chinese History

At a time when many in the West are convinced that China has perfected the art of dictatorship, a growing number of writers, artists, bloggers and filmmakers are challenging the Chinese Communist Party on its most sensitive turf: its control of history. These grassroots historians are using digital technologies to document the party's missteps, from its ascent to power in the 1940s to its coverup of the coronavirus. The result: a remarkable outpouring of samizdat publications and underground films that is slowly breaking the state's monopoly on the truth and challenging its right to rule.

Credit: Sim Chi Yin
About Ian Johnson

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 TimesThe 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.


All presenters and attendees must register for the program.

Registration fee: $150

Online registration is closed. Please contact [email protected] for late registration. 

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


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):


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. 

Registration is closed