54th Annual Meeting
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
January 16-18, 2015

July 14, 2014


Dear Colleagues and Members of the SEC/AAS:

I am delighted to announce that the 54th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference for Asian Studies will take place January 16–18, 2015, at University of Virginia. Information about the conference can be found online at http://www.uky.edu/Centers/Asia/SECAAS/.


Our meeting’s success comes from vibrant presentations that reflect the diversity of our research and teaching on Asia. I invite you to participate by submitting a proposal for an individual presentation or a full panel of papers. Proposals must be submitted no later than October 31, 2014. Please use the submission form available on the conference website (“Call for Papers”) and email, fax, or post the form to our 2015 Program Chair, Dr. Xiaoyuan Liu. Direct any questions about conference logistics to Dr. Charles A. Laughlin, our local arrangements chair. Refer to the website for information on the conference registration fee, hotels, transportation, and program.


Xiaoyuan Liu, Program Chair, Corcoran Dept. of History, University of Virginia, Nau Hall-South Lawn, Charlottesville, VA 22904. Phone: (434) 924-6968. Email: xyliu.virginia@gmail.com


Charles A. Laughlin, Local Arrangement Chair, Dept. of East Asian Languages, Literature, & Cultures, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904. Phone: (434) 924-8950. Email: cal5m@eservices.virginia.edu


SEC/AAS dues are $20 ($10 for students). Conference participants must be dues-paying members. Please find the membership form on our website (“Membership Information”). Send SEC/AAS dues to: Charlotte Beahan, Dept. of History, 6b Faculty Hall, Murray State University, Murray, KY 42071-3341. All SEC/AAS members will receive a copy of the SEC/AAS’s peer-reviewed journal the Southeast Review of Asian Studies (SERAS).


Three grants in the amount of $200 are available for graduate students presenting papers. Those wishing to be considered for these grants should note this on their paper proposals. Preference will be given to students in the Southeast regions who must travel more than two hundred miles to attend.


Professor Michel Hockx, the director of the China Institute at SOAS and a professor of Chinese literature, will deliver a keynote speech on “The Internet and Contemporary Chinese Culture” on the evening of Saturday, January 17.


Best wishes,




Professor Li-ling Hsiao

University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill

President, SEC/AAS