CFP: Deception: the 12th annual East Asian Studies graduate student conference, University of Toronto

The 12th Annual East Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Toronto
10 March 2012


We are currently seeking original academic papers on the theme of “deception.” Establishing as our starting point the distinction between truth and falsehood, we are interested in the question of how and to what purposes that distinction might be intentionally blurred. We welcome contributions that discuss the human, and also non-human, faculty to deceive, as well as the human potential to be deceived. Deception can take the form of propaganda or a glance, an image or an utterance, a presence or an absence, a ploy or a pledge, an action or a silence. The question of deception invites a multitude of discussions: political, linguistic, artistic, cultural, historical, anthropological, philosophical, psychological, and many more besides. Thus we welcome papers from any and all disciplines willing and able to engage academically in the issues, intricacies, and illuminations of the topic of deception in an East Asian context, from the ways deception is defined and figured in East Asian societies and cultures, to the very workings of deception in the figuring and definition of East Asia.

For those interested, we request that you provide an abstract (300 words maximum) as well as your personal and contact information by January 20, 2011. Submissions from both individuals and panels of three (panelists should send individual abstracts and a panel abstract) are encouraged.

Submitted papers are also eligible for consideration for the East Asia Forum, a journal edited and published by graduate students in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. Please indicate whether you wish to have your completed paper considered for publication.

Selected participants will be asked to submit completed papers by February 15, 2012. Those who wish their papers to be considered for publication should submit a publication-ready copy (about 4000 words) by March 31, 2012. During the conference, participants will be given 20 minutes to present their work; actual presentation papers should be about 1500-2500 words long.

Please e-mail submissions and queries to Further information as it becomes available will be posted on the conference website at