College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Call for Papers

SWCAS & MCAA Joint Conference

CEAS will host a joint conference of the Southwest Conference of Asian Studies and the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs on the campus of the University of Kansas on October 3-5, 2014.

CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite scholars and students from any discipline to submit papers
for panels and individual papers on their research on any topic related to Asian studies.

Panel proposals should include the following: 
(1) A panel summary (250 words max.) that includes a brief description of each paper
and makes clear the connection between the papers; 
(2) A list of participants, their paper titles, their affiliations and their
contact information, including email addresses.

Individual paper proposals should include the following:
(1) Paper title and summary (150 words max.);
(2) Presenter's name, affiliation, and contact information, including email addresses.

Please send proposals to ceas@ku.edu

Deadline for proposal submissions: June 15, 2014.


New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit www.ceas.ku.edu/degrees, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email (ceasma@ku.edu) or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

KU Works for Kansas: A Free Undergraduate Study Tour of Japan

CEAS conducted a Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow study tour to Japan for 23 students from colleges and universities throughout Kansas in summer 2014. The tour, which was funded by the Japan Foundation and led by CEAS members Maggie Childs (core faculty) and Nancy Hope (staff), visited selected sites in Tokyo and Shizuoka June 23rd - July 3rd.  For more about the Project, view the video, the itinerary, or excerpts from participant reports. This fall, the Kansas students will make presentations about Japan at local elementary and secondary schools, while CEAS will host 23 students from Shizuoka University who are visiting KU in early spring as part of their Kakehashi tour of America.  

This NPR blog discusses what Christmas cake is all about in Japan, and why it's more complicated than it seems. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/12/16/369830094/a-christmas-cake-that-isn-t-about-christmas-at-all
Japan's Beloved Christmas Cake Isn't About Christmas At All
The Japanese Christmas cake takes its name from the Christian holiday, but it actually symbolizes building a life of prosperity from nothing. And it's ubiquitous (it's even in your smartphone).

Tomorrow is another World Wednesday: Learn about world cultures in these events at the Lawrence Public Library! https://t.co/zF2nYzZWSq
Curiosity sparks KU paleontologist Chris Beard’s quest for man’s ancient cousins When he’s not scrutinizing ancient primate fossils in his KU lab, world-renowned paleontologist Chris Beard (http://bit.ly/1w3TQSj) is out stalking human evolutionary ancestors in remote corners of Libya, Turkey, China, Myanmar, Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Egypt, Tunisia, or Kenya. Beard, who came to KU as a Foundation Distinguished Professor, has a passion for being out in the middle of nowhere and making a discovery — “There’s nothing better than that. It’s fabulous.”


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