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Submissions for ICAS 12 and EWV 12 are now closed

International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS)
Submissions for ICAS 12 are now closed. The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is a global platform enabling individuals and institutions from all over the world to come together to exchange views on a variety of issues pertaining to Asia. The Convention attracts participants from around 75 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. The meeting place for the twelfth edition of ICAS is Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto is famous for its world-heritage sites, temples, gardens, palaces, and craft centres. Kyoto Seika University (SEIKA) will be the main host of ICAS 12; it will partner with the city, Kyoto Prefecture, The Consortium of Universities in Kyoto, and the city’s museums and craft centres. The main venue for ICAS 12 will be the iconic modernist Kyoto International Conference Center, set in a beautiful garden. Around 2000 Asia specialists and representatives of civil society are expected to attend.

Events will include: panels and roundtable discussions, the Engaging With Vietnam 12 special event, craft exhibitions, an Asian film festival and the ICAS Asian Studies Book Fair. With all these activities ICAS contributes to the decentring of Asian Studies while convening a global space in which Asia scholars and social and cultural actors from the whole world can directly interact. Participate at ICAS 12 and enjoy the multitude of networking opportunities, possibilities to share your research and to meet with publishers.

In light of the current global pandemic ICAS 12 will offer alternative formats including virtual presentations. At the time of submission you do not need to decide yet on a virtual presentation or an in-person presentation in Kyoto.

Participants of ICAS 12 are expected to fund their own registration fee, travel and accommodation. Limited financial support is available for selected PhD students and early career scholars (PhD degree obtained after 1 January 2018). The grant application process will only start after the review process. Further information about registration fees, accommodation, and logistics will be provided after completion of the review process. For more information on ICAS 12, please visit the ICAS website or contact us by email.

Engaging With Vietnam special event
We are pleased to announce that the Engaging With Vietnam 12 (EWV 12) Conference will be held in conjunction with ICAS 12 and will be integrated in the ICAS 12 programme. For more information on EWV, please visit EWV website.

ICAS Book and Dissertation Prize 2021
The ICAS Book Prize (IBP) was established by ICAS in 2003. The IBP is awarded for outstanding publications in the field of Asian Studies. It has created an international focus for publications on Asia which has increased their visibility and recognition worldwide. The IBP received 750 submissions in 2019 and has grown into the leading book prize in the field of Asian Studies. For this ninth edition, books in Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese will be eligible.
For the English language edition of the IBP 2021 we also welcome dissertations on Asia in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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