26th Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia

February 24th to 25th, 2017


Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the 26th Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia. This two-day conference provides students from institutions around the world with the chance to meet and share research with their peers. In addition, participants will gain valuable experience presenting their work through discussion with fellow graduate students as well as Columbia faculty.

We welcome applications from students engaged in research on all fields in East Asian Studies. We especially encourage work that crosses national, temporal, and disciplinary boundaries to critically rethink the categories that both bind and sub-divide area studies.

Presenters deliver a talk no longer than 20 minutes that summarizes research in progress.

Presentations may take three possible forms: a standard academic research paper, a Powerpoint presentation accompanied by a talk, or a work of documentary filmmaking. A documentary work should be 20 minutes or less, but if a student wishes to showcase a longer film, an entire panel slot will be devoted to it.

Finally, this year’s committee also encourages applications from pre-arranged panels of three to four presenters organized around a specific research topic, such as a region, discipline or theme. If you are applying as a pre-formed panel, please make sure to include a topic or tentative title for your panel on the application form. Preference will be given to such applications; we encourage panels to include participants from multiple institutions.

Applications (due November 1st, 2016):

Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance in mid-November 2016.
Final Papers are due January 16th, 2017.


Housing will be available on a very limited basis. We encourage everyone to arrange their own accommodations in advance. The conference runs from Friday afternoon to late Saturday evening. Travel and lodging information will be available soon, on the conference website.


Conference Organizers:
Harlan Chambers
Yedong Chen
Aaron Glasserman
Alexander Kaplan-Reyes
Thomas Michael Ryan
Nataly Shahaf
Dongming Wu

Contact Information:
Graduate Student Conference on East Asia
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
407 Kent Hall, Mail Code 3907
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
FAX: 212-678-8629