Contested Spaces

The University of Toronto 13th Annual East Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference
March 2, 2013


This event is free and open to the public. Please register upon arrival.

Keynote Speaker

The East Asian Studies Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Lisa Kim Davis as the keynote speaker for the 2013 Graduate Conference.
A brief biography of Dr. Davis can be found here.

Call for Papers

"There is a politics of space because space is political."
  -Henri Lefebvre

Mass protests, environmental crisis, and energy policy are just a few openly visible examples of how our spaces are increasingly contested. How do we consider space in terms of conflict and resistance? How can we make possible a critique of how space is produced and reproduced? From the private and public, rural and urban to the nation and region, how ought we make sense of contested spaces in premodern and modern contexts? This conference aims to examine how society produces-- and reproduces--space, and how scholars are meant to use or question these delineations.

Using East Asia as a point of departure, Contested Spaces challenges speakers to interrogate our understanding of space and society in all disciplines including history, geography, sociology, literature, and anthropology. We welcome submissions for papers that critically engage with these concerns. This conference will take place on 2 March, 2012 at the University of Toronto.

Possible topics for papers include:

  • Imperialism, colonization, and decolonization
  • Urbanisation, gentrification, and uneven development
  • Spaces of production and reproduction
  • Virtual spaces and Real spaces
  • Gendered spaces
  • Nationalism and/or social movements
  • East Asia as discursive space
We invite all those interested in presenting papers to submit an abstract (300 words maximum) along with some brief biographical information (name, affiliation, and research interests) by December 7, 2012. Presentations should be 20 minutes in length (1500-2000 word papers). Selected participants will be asked to submit completed papers by 15 February 2013 so that panel discussants may read papers in advance. Submissions may be for individual or for panel. Panel submissions must include one abstract per participant, up to 3 persons.

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