9th International Conference



9th International Conference of the Asia Association for Global Studies (AAGS)

March 22-23, 2014

Academic Conference Center (ACC)

Shantou University

Shantou, China

As transnational and cross-cultural exchanges become increasingly commonplace in our rapidly shrinking world, conflicts over values and beliefs are bound to arise, despite efforts to the contrary. Issues and crises in individual nations meanwhile can have implications that traverse borders and even span the entire globe. Labor exploitation by multinational corporations, human trafficking, wars, famines, environmental degradation, racial discrimination, and other pressing concerns subsequently require not only local but also global responses. In such a global context, what ethical values should inform regulatory frameworks, decision-making processes, political/economic/humanitarian interventions, and general interactions? What responsibilities and rights can we speak of in our globalizing world, if any? Is a global ethic possible or needed in a world of diversity? These and other questions will be explored at the 9th international conference of the Asia Association for Global Studies (AAGS) on March 22-23, 2014 at Shantou University.

AAGS invites scholars from all relevant fields to discuss the role of ethics in the globalizing world of today. Participants are encouraged to submit proposals on such themes as those below (though others will be considered):

Cultural and religious perspectives 

NGOs and IGOs

Rights and responsibilities  

Philosophical debates

Environmental issues  

Historical perspectives

Economy and business  


Proposals 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 abstract: Extended to 14 December 2013 Notification of proposal result: 23 December, 2013 Deadline for early bird registration: 1 February, 2014 Deadline for presenters' registration*: 1 February, 2014 Deadline for visa application processing**: 1 January, 2014 Submission of full paper: 17 March, 2014 Deadline for refunds**: 1 March, 2014 Conference event: 22-23 March, 2014

* All presenters must submit their conference fees before they can be registered. No payments can be accepted upon arrival. (On site fees will only be accepted for local non-presenters.)  ** Those who require visas to enter China should have them processed by this date. If a visa is required but is not obtained by the deadline, the applicant's name will be taken off the list of presenters and attendees. This deadline is for the form submitted to Shantou University. You will then be issued a formal invitation letter which you will take to your nearest Chinese consulate to get your visa. *** No refunds after 1 March, 2014. 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 (earlybird rate) / 20,000 yen (after 1 February, 2013). Fees include conference dinner on opening evening, refreshments and snacks during breaks, entry to all sessions on both days, and annual AAGS membership.



1. Call for Papers: (see column on left)

2. Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Colin Sparks, Chair Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Journalism, Hong Kong Baptist University

Title of presentation: "'To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.' Does Soft Power Open Up a New Perspective on International Relations?"

3. AAGS 2014 schedule: PDF here.

4. Abstracts: PDF here.

5. Registration information: (updated January 13)

Conference fees cover AAGS annual membership, complimentary airport shuttle service for arrival/departure, two box lunches, the welcome dinner on Friday (drinks not included), Saturday reception dinner (drinks not included), and post-conference Sunday farewell dinner (drinks not included) (off  campus -- complimentary transportation for dinner), coffee break tea/coffee and snacks on days of conference, two days attendance, conference materials.

Early bird rates:

18,000 yen [By Feb. 1]

Regular/ on site rates:

20,000 yen [after Feb.1]

Conference/workshop fees submission: Sorry - Payment deadline has now passed.

6. Accomodations: 

Two options are possible: 

1) University accommodations (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED). 

(You must let us know in advance by February 10, 2014 if you choose this option. Please let us know the exact dates of your stay.) The rate is 440 RMB per night for a double / twin room. It is possible for attendees to share the room for 440 RMB in total (breakfast not included), but this should be mentioned in advance as well;

2) Local hotels. 

This option is also possible, but far less convenient. Taxis from town require Mandarin language skills and the taxi drops off passengers at the gate only, which is a 20 minute walk to the conference venue. Due to construction in and around the town the trip to the campus can take up to one hour. (That is before the 20 minute walk from the gate.) Possible accomodations are: Shantou Junhua Haiyi Hotel (formerly: Meritus Shantou China), Jinguan Hotel City Center, Vienna Hotel (Shantou Exhibition Center), Jinjin Inn (Shantou Hengshan Road).

7. Directions: The venue for the event is the Academic Conference Center (ACC). For complete directions see: Getting to and around Shantou University

8. Weather information: Shantou Weather 

9. Things to see and do: Shantou Travel Guide / Shantou government tourism website

10. Currency conversion: Universal Currency Converter 

11. Paper Submission/Publication Opportunity:   Papers should be submitted by March 15, 2014 to conferencechair@aags.org 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 can be submitted for possible publication in our online 2014 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 11, 2014. Please send final copies of papers to conferencechair@aags.org.