Call for Papers (Extension) – KCL World History Student Conference

The KCL World History Student Conference has extended their application deadline to the 1st of March, 2017. Applicants wishing to apply for this call for papers should remember that this call for papers is open to students of all academic disciplines and university levels (undergraduate to doctoral) interested in World History. Depending on the topics of their submissions, authors of selected papers will be one of three panelists leading a debate on a particular field of World History. Suggested topics for proposals are listed below, but these are not exclusive.
Theory and Methodologies of World/Global History

History of Right-Wing Politics

Transnational Social Movements

International Governing Institutions


History of Science and Medicine

Transnational Religion

Commodity History

History of Emotions

Gender Studies

Economic History

Proposals should include a 500 word abstract of the author’s research and a short CV. In the abstract, you should summarise: 1) the topic; 2) arguments and/or a thesis; 3) the relevance to World History (i.e. its transnational value). Please note that we welcome papers from all historical periods. It is not necessary for the paper to be completed for a proposal to be accepted. Accepted proposals will be notified via e-mail by mid-March. The submitted abstracts will then be published on the conference website. After the conference, authors of accepted proposals will have the opportunity to have their final papers published.

The proposal can also be written in Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish to facilitate non-fluent English students and should be submitted as a PDF attachment to However, at the conference, papers must be presented in English.

Additional information about the conference location and previous conferences can be found on the official conference website

Call for Papers – Queer Asia Conference 2017: Desire, Decolonisation and Decriminalisation

Deadline for abstract submission: 26th Feb 2017

Dates: 16th June 2017 (Conference) – 17th June 2017 (Screenings and Workshops)

Venue: SOAS, University of London

Official hashtags: #queerasia2017 #qu33rky

In celebrating the drive towards decolonisation at SOAS and the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain, ‘Queer’ Asia is interested in diverse and new ways of representing, negotiating and mediating queer desires. With a focus on desire and its intersections with decolonisation and decriminalisation in postcolonial global societies the conference aims to examine what desire implies for queer Asians.

What do queers want? How do queers mediate their desires in the face of social opposition, legal persecution, colonial and neo-colonial impositions as well as accelerating globalisation? How is queer desire negotiated and represented both within Asia and in Asian diasporas? Does decriminalisation necessarily emancipate desire? Under what conditions can decolonisation imagine desire?

We would like to invite all those working on facets of queerness in/on Asia to submit an abstract on any of these or related areas. Papers could address, but are not limited to, the following sub-themes:

  • Erasure of marginalised gender expressions and some sexualities within notions of desire.
  • Inter-ethnic relations/intercultural/cross-cultural practices.
  • HIV/AIDS awareness – the globalisation of these movements in Asian contexts.
  • Queering power relations between groups (class, race, ethnicity, religion, age, caste).
  • Homonormativity and its economic, social and political ramifications.
  • Colonial legacies and local histories/ voices.
  • The performance(s) of desire(s).
  • The categorisations and (de)stigmatisation of queer desire.
  • The relevance and limitations of queer theory in Asian contexts.
  • Migrations and diasporas/ refugees/ asylum seekers and queerness.
  • Civil rights/ human rights.
  • Literary and visual representations.
  • Use of technology/ social media and new media.
  • How does queer activism in Asia or for Asian communities address desire?

Proposal Guidelines

Papers proposals should include a title, 300 word abstract, institutional affiliation and contact information. Please submit proposals via email at