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69th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA 2020) 

ONLINE

October 16 - 18, 2020

Co-hosted by a
Consortium of MCAA-affiliated universities

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*The schedule is a draft and subject to change. Finalized schedule will be announced via WHOVA.


MCAA 2020: A Virtual Conference

Adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MCAA Planning Committee has decided that this year’s conference will be held in a fully virtual format. Taking advantage of available virtual platforms and communication technologies, the MCAA virtual gathering will allow for expanded participation among scholars, academics, and students in not only the Midwest area, but also the U.S. and globally.

The conference will similarly feature a keynote speaker session, special panels and sessions, and individual paper and panel presentations. Registration is available now and will remain open throughout the conference dates.

Michigan State University Asian Studies Center is pleased to co-host and manage the virtual platform through WHOVA. Please refer to the Virtual Conference Guide for more information.

Abstract Submission is now CLOSED. 


MCAA 2020 Contacts 

Program Chair - Dr. Taylor Easum, Indiana State University

Call for Papers & Abstract Submission - Dr. Michael Brose, Indiana University

Planning Committee: Dr. Isabella Tirtowalujo, Michigan State University

MCAA Executive Committee

vConference Guide

A Guide to MCAA Virtual Conference

Welcome to virtual MCAA!

Please find some basic information on the MCAA 2020 below to hopefully help you navigate the online experience and fully benefit from your active engagement.

When? 

October 16 - 18, 2020

The MCAA 2020 virtual format will allow for expanded participation among students and scholars from the different regions of the U.S. and the world. While a majority of the conference participants will be in the Central (UTC-05:00) and Eastern time zone (UTC-04:00), the MCAA’s scheduling will be mindful of international participants joining in from other parts of the world. Plenary sessions will be scheduled during times that as much as possible may accommodate the participation of US-based and international audience. Please periodically check the MCAA Program Schedule site. 

While the official conference start date is October 16th, 2020 MCAA conference registrants will be able to start accessing the online MCAA conference site (on WHOVA) starting mid- September. We welcome participants to start engaging and networking with each other at the MCAA’s Community segment of the MCAA conference site. 

How and Where? 

The MCAA 2020 Virtual Conference will have decentralized, synchronous, and asynchronous sessions.

The online conference will be organized centrally through WHOVA. The MCAA conference site on WHOVA can be accessed through both a web-based app and mobile app. The site holds the conference Agenda, event links to the different Virtual Sessions including synchronous plenary sessions and parallel panel sessions (synchronous and asynchronous), list of conference attendees and direct messaging function, Community forums to connect with MCAA organizers and other attendees, and MCAA Election poll and surveys.

The MCAA Parallel Virtual Panel Sessions are managed in a decentralized manner. The Panel Sessions will be held through Zoom. A number of MCAA-affiliated universities will host different Session Rooms through their respective institutional and password-protected Zoom event links throughout the conference dates. Each Panel Session will be linked to a unique Zoom event link.

MCAA will accommodate hybrid (asynchronous & synchronous) sessions with presenters submitting pre-recorded paper presentations to the Planning Committee. Please find more information in the Pre-Recorded Presentation section below, or contact the MCAA Planning Committee with your questions.

Recordings of general plenary sessions will be made available on the MCAA conference site (on WHOVA) throughout and beyond the conference dates.

In addition to participating in the main events and panel sessions, we understand the importance of developing connections and expanding your professional network at a conference. We encourage MCAA attendees to engage in existing discussions or initiate new discussion threads using the Community Board on the MCAA conference site.

Pre-Recorded Presentations at MCAA 2020

You may submit a pre-recorded paper presentation to MCAA. Recommended length of presentation is 15 minutes. The recorded presentation will be shown during the paper's designated parallel (synchronous) session. It will also be made available to all MCAA participants to access from a secure media site hosted by Michigan State University prior to the session and beyond the conference dates. 

Submission deadline: October 9, 2020.

The recommended specifications for a high-quality video are as follows:

  • Dimensions : 1280x720
  • Bitrate: 4000kbps
  • File Type (Most common video file types are bolded): 3GP, ASF, AVI, F4V, FLV, M1V, M2V, M4V, MKV, MOVMP4, MPG, MPEG, MVB, MXF, OGG, QT, RM, RV, TS, VOB, WEBM, WM, WMV

Submit the pre-recorded presentation to the MCAA Planning Committee at asiansc(at)msu.edu.

If the content file size exceeds attachment size limitations, you may send the file via a shared online folder (e.g. GDrive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.).

 

About

MCAA History

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Executive Committee

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Past Presidents

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Studies on Asia Journal

Studies on Asia - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Asian Studies

Studies on Asia is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA), a regional conference under the Association for Asian Studies—the world's largest non-profit scholarly organization in the field with approximately 8,000 members worldwide.

Visit the website for the Studies on Asia Journal

For more information contact:

Jinhee J. Lee, Ph.D.
Editor-in-chief, Studies on Asia
Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs
Association for Asian Studies
Email: studiesonasia(at)eiu.edu

Prizes and Awards

MCAA Annual Prizes and Awards

The Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs offers three prizes for papers written by students - the Percy Buchanan Graduate Prize, the Sidney DeVere Brown Prize and the Mikiso Hane Prize for papers written by undergraduates. MCAA also offers the Jackson and Caroline Bailey Public Service Award for outstanding work in the advancement of Asian Studies. These prizes are awarded at the MCAA Annual Meeting held each fall.

The prize coordinator for 2020 is MCAA Vice President Poshek Fu. Please contact Professor Fu with any questions about the undergraduate or graduate paper prizes; he can be reached at poshekfu(at)illinois.edu.

Submission Requirements for All Papers

Graduate and undergraduate students may compete for these prizes if they attend a college or university in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Decisions of the judges are final.

Deadline: June 22, 2020.

Percy Buchanan Graduate Prize

Four Percy Buchanan prizes of $100 each, plus travel expenses of up to $100, will be awarded for the best original graduate student research papers. Papers should be no longer than 35 pages double spaced including the bibliography. Students will have an opportunity to present winning papers at the conference. There is one prize for each of the four main AAS regions: China and Inner Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Graduate student winners have the opportunity to publish their papers in Studies on Asia. Papers will be reviewed by scholars in the appropriate field. Graduate winners have the opportunity to publish their papers in Studies on Asia. To apply please visit our Percy Buchanan Graduate Prize Submission Portal

Sidney DeVere Brown Prize and the Mikiso Hane Prize

The Sidney DeVere Brown Prize, and the Mikiso Hane Prize are awarded to the two best original papers composed by undergraduates. Prizes of $100, plus travel expenses of up to $100, are awarded to the authors of the winning papers. Paper submissions should be between 10 and 30 pages double spaced and must be accompanied by a letter from the student's professor or advisor confirming that the paper was written while the author was an undergraduate. Papers will be reviewed by scholars in the appropriate field. Undergraduate winners have the opportunity to publish their papers in The Wittenberg East Asian Studies JournalTo apply please visit our Sidney DeVere Brown Prize and the Mikiso Hane Prize Submission Portal

Jackson and Caroline Bailey Public Service Award

This award commemorates the lifetime exemplary service to MCAA by Professors Jackson Bailey and Caroline Bailey. It recognizes and honors those members of MCAA who have assiduously contributed to outreach, extra-curricular instruction, and public service in their communities. Successful nominees should have made efforts beyond the normal and expected contributions of scholarship and teaching in order to bring Asian Studies to the community at large. Such activities might include: the creation of teaching materials to be used by K-12 teachers; production of Asian-centered audio-visual materials; work with sister city and/or citizen to citizen activities aimed at intercultural exchanges; working for student or faculty exchanges with Asian Universities; arranging Asian film series, community lectures, book clubs, children's story hours, museum exhibitions, and public discussions. In short, this award for lifetime achievement honors those who have devoted time and treasure to public service outside the academy.

Submission requirements: Both nominees and nominators must be regular members of MCAA at the time of nomination. The nomination must be made in writing and should include a summary of the exemplary activities that make the nominee worthy of the award. To apply please visit our Jackson and Caroline Bailey Public Service Award Submission Portal.

Past Conferences

Conference 2019

The 68th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) Annual Meeting was hosted by Michigan State from October 4-6, 2019. The MCAA seeks to promote Asian studies both at the university and the secondary and primary levels, and particularly to encourage scholarly interchange between Asianists located in the Midwest, though scholars from all regions are invited to participate.

The Keynote lectures were given by:

  • Prof. Wendy Larson (Professor of Modern Chinese Literature and Film, University of Oregon)
  • Prof. Anne Feldhaus (Past AAS President, Arizona State University)

The Presidential Panel were given by:

  • Prof. Laura Miller (Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Missouri)
  • Prof. Mary Gallagher (Director of the Asian Studies Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan)
  • Prof. Siddharth Chandra (Director of the Asian Studies Center, Michigan State University)
  • Prof. Ann Sherif (Professor of Japanese, Oberlin College) 

Conference 2018

The 67th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) Annual Meeting was hosted by Metropolitan State University from October 19 - 20, 2018. The MCAA seeks to promote Asian studies both at the university and the secondary and primary levels, and particularly to encourage scholarly interchange between Asianists located in the Midwest, though scholars from all regions are invited to participate.

The Keynote lectures were given by:

  • Prof. Prasenjit Duara (Vice President for the Association for Asian Studies)
  • Dr. Irene Khin Khin Jensen (Professor Emeriti, Augsburg University)
  • Prof. Robert Hegel (Washington University in St. Louis; President, Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs)

For more information about the conference visit the 2018 Conference website.

Conference 2017

The Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies hosted the 66th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, September 15–16, 2017. The MCAA seeks to promote Asian studies both at the university and the secondary and primary levels, and particularly to encourage scholarly interchange between Asianists located in the Midwest, though scholars from all regions are invited to participate.

The Keynote lectures were given by:

  • Prof. Katherine Bowie (Southeast Asian Studies & Anthropology, University of Wisconsin)
  • Prof. Rochona Majumdar (South Asian Studies & Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago)
  • Prof. Guobin Yang (East Asian Studies & Sociology and Communication, University of Pennsylvania)

Conference 2016

The Center of East Asian and Pacific Studies hosted the 65th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) from October 14-16, 2016 at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The conference featured 46 panels and involved 145 speakers and panel chairs. Faculty members, graduate, and undergraduate students presented new research and pedagogical tools across the disciplines of Asian studies.

We welcomed more than 214 registered participants to the conference from the Midwest and beyond, including attendees from China, Japan, Korea, and Europe. We were delighted to have Dr. Laura Kendall (AAS President and Chair, Division of Anthropology, Curator, Asian Ethnographic Collection, American Museum of Natural History) present the keynote speech What Global Asia Means to Anthropology. C. 1900 on October 15 at the conference banquet. We also held the Midwest Japan Seminar workshop during the first two sessions of October 15. In addition to panels and speeches, we featured a film series organized by AMES. We were particularly happy to host the premiere of David Plath’s documentary “So Long Asleep: Waking the Ghosts of a War,” at the Spurlock Museum’s Knight Auditorium October 14 at 7:30 PM. The Presidential Round Table on “Asian Studies, Area Studies and the Future” was held over lunch on October 15. Last but not least, we featured a Music of Asia event in the Music Building Auditorium on the evening of October 15.

We would like to thank all our student volunteers, fellow East Asian faculty, the MCAA officers, the College of Arts & Science, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Illinois International Programs for their generous support of Asian scholarship in the Midwest.

Conference 2015

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures hosted the 64th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) from October 16 - 18, 2015 at Washington University in St. Louis.


Many thanks to all who attended MCAA! Your presence and contribution helped make this 64th MCAA meeting a great success! With over 300 attending, this was the largest MCAA yet. We welcomed participants from the Midwest and beyond, including attendees from Canada, China, Japan, Korea, and Germany. We were delighted to have Dr. Timothy Brook (AAS President and Professor of History, University of British Columbia) present the keynote speech at the conference banquet. EALC would like to thank all our student volunteers and musicians, our fellow East Asian faculty, the MCAA officers, and Arts & Sciences for their support of Asian scholarship in the Midwest.

For more information visit the Washington University in St. Louis' East Asian language and Culture Website

Conference 2014

The Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS) and the 63rd Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) hosted a special joint meeting on October 3 - 5, 2014 on the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.

2014 SWCAS & MCAA Conference website.

We invited scholars and graduate students from all disciplines to submit proposals for panels and individual papers on their research on any topic related to Asian studies.

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

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

Proposals were sent to ceas(at)ku.edu

Deadline: June 1, 2014

Megan Greene, Program Chair
University of Kansas
mgreene(at)ku.edu

 

Conference 2013

The Asian Studies Center of Michigan State University was pleased to host the 62nd Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) from October 25 - 27, 2013 at MSU's Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing, Michigan.

With nearly 300 participants, this was the largest MCAA ever held. Participants came from across the United States as well as from Canada, England, China, Korea, and Japan. We enjoyed speakers from the Presidential Panel on Friday as well as during the Saturday evening banquet. As a highlight of the conference, AAS President Thongchai Winichakul offered the keynote address and the recipients of the Sidney DeVere Brown and Mikiso Hane prizes for undergraduate papers and the Percy Buchanan prizes for graduate students were recognized. The MCAA thus continued its long tradition of contributing to the professional development of the next generation of scholars and teachers. We received numerous pieces of positive feedback from the professionalism of conference staff to the innovative panels. We would like to thank our sponsors, the program committee, the conference chair, the MCAA officers, the conference staff, our volunteers and most certainly the all of the presenters for their work in planning and carrying out a tremendous endeavor.

2013 MCAA Official Program


Call for Papers (Now Closed)

 

Michigan State University is proud to host the 2013 Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs. Proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers from all academic disciplines, on any topic involving Asia, are now being accepted. Panels and individual papers that cross boundaries (national, regional, temporal, linguistic, disciplinary, etc.) are also particularly welcome, as are proposals that suggest new and innovative formats. Graduate students, independent scholars, and K-12 educators and administrators are strongly encouraged to apply. Key points to note are as follows:

  • Proposal Deadline: the Call for Papers closed on June 25, 2013. We thank the many scholars and students who have submitted paper, panel, roundtable, and diamond proposals. All submitted proposals will be reviewed by a committee during July of 2013. Final decisions will be made by August 1, 2013, and presenters will be notified immediately following this date.
  • Please note that MCAA does not provide funds for travel. Visit the Grants and Fellowships page on the AAS website for assistance options.

External Sponsors

Association of Asian Affairs (AAS)
Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA)
MCAA Presidential Panel
with
funding support from the National Resource Center and
grant support from the International Foreign Language (IFLE) Office of the U.S. Department of Education.

MSU Sponsors

Asian Studies Center
Center for Gender in Global Context
College of Arts and Letters
College of Social Science
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Department of History
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
International Studies and Programs

Contacts

For more information about MCAA, contact:

Greg Guelcher
Executive Secretary
guelcher(at)morningside.edu
712-274-5309

For more information about the Association of Asian Studies, visit the AAS website.

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