8th International Conference

On the Move: People, Protests and Progress
Asia Association for Global Studies (AAGS) 2013 Conference 
Sat. March 23 to Sun. March 24, 2013
 First Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

The Asia Association for Global Studies (AAGS), a Japan-based professional organization for international scholars and educators interested in interdiscipinary perspectives on issues of global significance, is pleased to announce the date, place and theme of its 2013 international conference. For the first time the conference will be held at the First Hotel on Petchaburi Road in Bangkok, Thailand on March 23-24, 2013. Since the 20th century crucial changes have taken place in the world that have profoundly affected society and the progress of humanity. As such, it is appropriate that this year's theme is On the Move: People, Protests and Progress. At this conference of international scholars, activists, policymakers, and humanitarian workers, the focus will be on how people have responded to the opportunities available to them to protest and attempt to make progress in the contemporary world. The organizing committee invites paper proposals within the following streams, though others will also be considered: Protest Movements, Evolution of Protest Strategies, State Reactions to Protests, Human Migration, Capitalism, Social Movements, Historical Perspectives, and Philosophical Issues.

Proposals (an abstract of the paper) should be between 150 to 200 words and include the paper's title and the author's name, affiliation, and contact information. A bio of 100 to 125 words describing the author's background, accomplishments and research interests should also accompany the proposal. Both proposals and bios should be written using the templates provided at: http://asia-globalstudies.org/templates  Applications should then be submitted as email attachments to conferenceproposals@asia-globalstudies.org Documents not using the templates or following the specified format will not be accepted. Please note that we can offer no travel support or funding to participants. Thus, please only submit a proposal if you are certain you will have your own financial means to attend the conference.

Important deadlines:
Submission of proposal: December 21, 2012 [Extended from original deadline of November 30, 2012] 
Notification of proposal result: January 1, 2013 [Those who applied before November 30 will be notified by December 17, 2012] 
Deadline for earlybird registration: February 1, 2013
Deadline for presenters' registration*: February 1, 2013
Deadline for refunds**: February 22, 2013
Conference event: March 23-24, 2013

* All presenters must submit their conference fees in advance, by Feb. 1, before they can be registered. (On site fees will only be accepted for non-presenters.) 
** No refunds after 22 February, 2012. Refunds requested before this time will be returned two weeks following the conference.

Papers meeting sufficient scholarly standards and adhering to AAGS and APA guidelines (see the following URL) will be published online in the conference proceedings section of the AAGS website. Papers from the proceedings will in turn be assessed by referees for possible publication in AAGS' official journal, the Asia Journal of Global Studies. 

Conference fees: 18,000 yen for earlybird fees and 20,000 yen after the deadline. 

Accommodations: AAGS members who stay at First Hotel during the conference will qualify for a reduced room rate of 1,200 and 1,300 baht for single and twin rooms respectively. Full details can be obtained when contacting the hotel for your reservation so remember to mention you are an AAGS member and conference attendee when you book. The hotel website is here and the hotel itself is close to major business and shopping areas with easy access to other places of interest. 


Information

1. Call for Papers (See Column on Left)

2. Keynote Speakers: 
Peter Arnett, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and former CNN reporter

Abstract: "As an academic in China for the past six years I have watched the growth of a protest movement, centered in villages and amongst ethnic minorities, that is challenging the rule of the Chinese communist party. I evaluate this political phenomenon on the basis of my earlier 45 year career as an international journalist covering incidents both violent and peaceful as protesters struggled to achieve their goals around the world --- from my photographing a Buddhist monk self-immolating on the streets of Saigon on 1963, to interviewing Taliban car bombers in Afghanistan in the 2000s." 

Bio: Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent Peter Arnett spent a lifetime covering wars and international crises for major American news organizations, most recently 2003's Gulf War II and the long bloody aftermath. He joined China's Shantou University's Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communications as a professor in 2007 and remains in that post.
 
Arnett is best known for his live television reporting from Baghdad during the first Gulf War in 1991. His coverage is credited with making CNN a household name. Millions of viewers tuned in around the world to watch his dramatic accounts of the intense bombing campaign -- and his interview with President Saddam Hussein. Arnett won a television Emmy for that assignment.
 
Later in 1997, he was the first western TV journalist to interview the arch-terrorist Osama Bin Laden in a cave in the terrorist stronghold of Tora Bora in Afghanistan. 



5. Registration Information: 
Conference Fees cover AAGS annual membership, two lunches, the welcome dinner, snacks/refreshments, two days attendance.

Early bird rates:
18,000 yen [By Feb. 1]

Regular/ on site rates:

20,000 yen [after Feb.1]

Conference fees submission: Click here for further information. 

6. Accommodations: First Hotel Bangkok (Attendees who stay at First Hotel during the conference will qualify for a reduced room rate of 1,200 and 1,300 baht for single and twin rooms respectively. Be sure to mention you are an AAGS member and conference attendee when you book for  the discount. The hotel is close to major business and shopping areas with easy access to other places of interest.) 

7. Directions: Location of Conference Site (First Hotel Bangkok)

8. Weather information: Bangkok Weather 

9. Things to see and do: Bangkok Tourist / Tourism Thailand 

10. Currency conversion: Universal Currency Converter 

11. Conference Paper Submission/Publication Opportunity: Papers should be submitted by March 18, 2013 to aagsconference@yahoo.com after which they will be posted online to allow attendees to read them prior to the conference. Please consult the following guidelines for the required format. Although we will not be publishing print proceedings, papers presented at the conference can be submitted for possible publication in our online 2013 proceedings. They may also be submitted for possible publication in the Asia Journal of Global Studies (AJGS), AAGS' official journal. Note that papers not using the specified guidlelines will not be considered for publication in the proceedings or journal. The deadline for paper submissions to be considered for either or both publications is May 12, 2013. Please send final copies of papers to aagsconference@yahoo.com.

* All presenters must submit their conference fees in advance, by Feb. 1, before they can be registered. (On site fees will only be accepted for non-presenters.) 
** No refunds after 25 February, 2013. Refunds requested before this time will be returned two weeks following the conference.