The Middle Ground Journal is pleased to announce a cooperative agreement with the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs's (MCAA) 2011 Conference. As a part of our ongoing efforts to seek the middle ground between different areas of historical and global studies, the journal has reached an agreement with Professor Arjun Guneratne, Chair of the of the 2011 MCAA Program Committee, wherein the MCAA's conference committee will review and recommend panels of papers representing the latest in Asian studies, and the journal will review and publish this cutting edge scholarship. We encourage you to participate in the conference, their call has been posted below. We also encourage you to read the MCAA's online journal, Studies on Asia, and Himalaya, the journal Professor Guneratne edits (See below).I will continue to engage other conferences and organizations to reach similar mutually beneficial agreements. These agreements will be announced as they come to fruition.
Hong-Ming Liang, Chief Editor, The Middle Ground Journal
Call for Papers
60th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs
Saint Paul, MN
The 60th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs will take place at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota from October 28 to 30, 2011. The MCAA, one of the regional conferences of the Association for Asian Studies, seeks to promote the study of Asia in colleges and universities in the mid-western region and to promote scholarly exchange. The MCAA invites proposals for individual papers, panels and roundtables from all fields of study dealing with South Asia, South-east Asia, and China, Inner Asia, Korea and Japan as well as the Asian diaspora. For more information, to register and to submit proposals, please visit the conference website at http://www.macalester.edu/mcaa/. The conference will be held in conjunction with the First Himalayan Studies Conference organized by the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, and a joint program will be produced for both conferences. The MCAA invites a variety of formats for paper presentations, including those listed below, and encourage panels that are inter-disciplinary and allow for audience participation and discussion. Each session will be two hours in length.
1. Traditional panel presentations for four paper presenters including a discussant.
2. Workshops devoted to intensive discussions of papers presented. Papers (restricted to three) will be posted online (accessible with a password to registered conference participants). Commentators will critique the paper, and the authors will respond briefly, after which discussion will be widened to include the audience.
3. Roundtable discussions on a topic of broad interest, with four participants and a moderator.
4. Panels focused on discussing a recent significant publication or film from a range of disciplinary perspectives.
5. Individual paper proposals are also welcome
We invite your ideas for additional formats. Please write to Arjun Guneratne at guneratne(a)macalester.edu with your ideas.
The deadline for submissions is June 1st, 2011.
Panelists are invited to submit papers to the MCAA’s online journal, Studies on Asia (http://studiesonasia.illinoisstate.edu/) and to The Middle Ground Journal, published by the Midwest World History Association (http://www2.css.edu/app/depts/HIS/historyjournal/index.cfm). Papers dealing with Himalayan themes presented at the conference may be submitted to Himalaya, the journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (http://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/himalaya/); the journal is particularly interested in themed issues which may be based on the topic of a single panel or sequence of panels.
A special conference rate of $115 per night has been arranged at the Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel in Saint Paul, which will also provide a shuttle service to the Macalester College campus. Accommodation is also available at other area hotels and details are posted on the conference web site.
We look forward to your participation to make this a successful conference.
Professor of Anthropology
Program Chair, 2011 MCAA