Call For Papers

2014 Association for Asian American Studies Conference
April 16-20, 2014, San Francisco, California
Submissions due by: October 12, 2013


The 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Francisco provides a timely venue to reflect upon the historical origins and growth of Asian American Studies, and to envision how we can meet the contemporary challenges and opportunities faced by our communities, disciplines, and professions. 2014 commemorates the 35th anniversary of the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS), which was founded in 1979, first, to forge the highest professional standard of excellence in teaching and research in the field of Asian American Studies, and second, to build bridges between various Asian American communities and between Asian American activists, scholars, and artists. 2014 also celebrates the 35th anniversary of President Jimmy Carter's designation of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week during the week beginning May 4, 1979, to acknowledge the significant role that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have played in helping shape a diverse and dynamic nation through our contributions to American history, society, and culture. Finally, San Francisco showcases our communities' major contributions to US society as the port of entry for generations of Asian migrants coming through Angel Island, the battleground for landmark cases such as Yick Wo v. Hopkins and Lau v. Nichols, the site of demonstrations such as the TWLF strikes and I-Hotel occupations, and the home of institutions such as the Asian American Theater Company and Kearny Street Workshop.

Given the historical location and milestones marked by our 2014 Meeting, we invite submissions that critically ask and examine: Where and how has Asian American Studies succeeded or struggled in the past 35 years? What threats have we encountered, and how can we rise to meet our new challenges? What promise does Asian American Studies hold for the twenty-first century, and what bridges can we build in service to forging new movements in Asian American Studies?

We also recognize the increasingly collaborative, multidisciplinary, and multiethnic work that has been the bedrock of Asian American Studies. To that end, we encourage and will give priority to panel submissions that include a diversity of perspectives that cross disciplinary boundaries, professions, rank, and regions (e.g., panels that present literary scholars with creative writers, community activists with public policy scholars, social scientists with cultural studies critics, and panels that incorporate graduate students along with full, associate, and assistant professors from across the nation and from a variety of institutions). 

We invite submissions for panels, individual papers, posters, workshops, roundtables, and creative work that explore and consider "bridges" between and across:

  • Disciplines
  • Generations
  • Regions
  • Nations
  • Ethnic and racial communities
  • Movements
  • Theory, pedagogy and practice
  • Students and activists / academics / communities / policy makers
  • Communities and the academy
  • Arts and the academy
  • K-12 and the academy
  • Activism and the academy
  • Policy and the academy
  • Asian American Studies' past, present, and/or future
We encourage submissions from individuals and groups engaged in political and intellectual work outside the academy (e.g., politicians, artists, healthcare practitioners, community activists, etc.), as well as from the range of disciplines within Asian American Studies.
We look forward to bringing together individuals and groups from a range of locations and sensibilities for a lively opportunity to discuss, debate, and deliberate the past and current state of Asian American Studies, and our possibilities for the future.
See you in San Francisco in 2014!
Committee Co-Chairs,
Cathy Ceniza Choy and Evelyn I. Rodriguez