CFP: Trans-Asia Human Mobilities and Encounters

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Date(s) - 23/01/2017 - 24/01/2017
All Day

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Trans-Asia Human Mobilities and Encounters: Exchange, Commodification and Sustainability

 23 – 24 January 2017

Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

 Organized by 

Monash Asia Institute, Monash University & Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University



Koichi Iwabuchi (MAI, Monash) & Nualnoi Treerat (IAS, Chulalongkorn)

The rise of the middle class in many parts of Asia has been intensifying people’s cross-border mobility within the region. While regional labor migration and human trafficking have been significant issues that much attract the academic concern, this conference aims to critically examine other kinds of growing human mobility and encounter within and across Asia such as tourism, educational exchange and retiree temporary migration. As tourism in Asia has developed to include much wider ranges of activities other than sight-seeing, shopping and eating, we are observing the various kinds of activities being incorporated into trans-Asia touristic mobility and experience – heritage tourism, ecotourism, dark tourism, volunteer tourism, activism tourism, LGBT tourism, art tourism, medical tourism, night life tourism, sport tourism, pop-culture tourism, and so on. Also much expanding is the mobility of Asian students who study abroad and join international exchange and internship programs including working holidays, in which young people stay for few weeks to one year in other Asian countries. Many elder people in Asia also spend shorter and longer periods abroad to participate in educational courses such as language and cooking, or temporally migrate to other Asian countries after retirement. These developments of intra-regional human mobility within and across Asia have newly highlighted the issues regarding the opportunities for cross-cultural exchange, dialogue and antagonism, the commodification of mobility experiences and socio-economic and environmental sustainability.


Trans-Asia Human Mobilities and Encounters aims to critically examine these issues and facilitate cross-regional and interdisciplinary exchange among researchers working on them in the disciplines and fields of cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, intercultural communication, critical tourism studies, and so on.


Suggested topics 

Key topics to be discussed include:

*How trans-Asia human mobilities facilitates encounter and exchange between people of diverse socio-cultural backgrounds and whether and how it engenders cross-cultural dialogue, everyday cosmopolitanism and/or cultural othering and oriental Orientalism (e.g., with the rise of Chinese tourists)

*How it generates the commodification of experiences of mobility and encounters of other Asian people, culture and place by the development of mobility industries of tourism, education and retirement

*How it newly promotes the commercialized branding of the nation, place, event and heritage, engendering modes of competitive renationalization

*How it brings about new problems to local communities in terms of environmental and socio-economic issues

*How social media uses blur the physical and virtual experiences of human mobility and complicate the entangled relationship between “here” and “there”

*How these new trans-Asian mobilities have an impact on cultural diversity and multiculturalism in countries of destination, for example in terms of the recognition and lives of diasporic communities, the re-development of ethnic towns and the employment of foreign national migrants and students

*How it has also advanced Asian diaspora and migrants’ visit and transnational connection to “home” and how it has an impact on diasporic identification


The above list is not exclusive and we will consider the proposals that critically examine other relevant issues related to trans-Asian human mobilities and encounters.


Submitting a Proposal by 31 May 2016

Create a detailed title page for your submission. The title page must include title of the submission, topic areas of the submission, and paper author(s). For EACH author, list the following:

  • Full Name
  • Department/Division
  • University/Organisation
  • Email Address (all acceptance/rejection letters are sent via email.)

Email your proposal of 200-300 words, along with the above described title page, to: Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged within 72 hours.

The conference format will be discussion-oriented and all presenters will give a concise talk of the main points for 15 minutes. Presenters are expected to submit draft papers in advance to pre-circulate them among presenters.

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline

31 May 2016

Notification of Acceptance

30 June 2016

Registration Deadline

30 December 2016

Paper Submission Deadline

10 January 2017

Conference Date

23-24 January 2017


CFP Chula 2017