International Institute for Asian Studies


Call for papers


Paris, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, February 12, 2020
Le Havre, Université Le Havre Normandie, February 13-14, 2020

The conference is open to individual and group paper presentations. Those willing to present their papers are invited to submit their abstracts before August 31, 2019. The selected abstracts will be communicated to their authors in October 2019.


Cultural expression, especially art and literature is an essential vehicle to deepen further understanding of societal (social, cultural, economic, political and religious) evolution of any country. But literature has also side roles as a mode of reflection, documentation, therapy, conception, prophecy, utopia, propaganda, struggle, criticism…

The literature on the transition to “post-World War II” stresses the visible process shifts that have occurred before and after the key event: WWII. This must be evident, especially in Asian countries having experiences of colonial occupation (not only by Western one, but also Eastern one, mainly Japanese) and independence, followed by the Cold War dividing Asian countries into those aligned to the West (like Japan, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, South Vietnam, Thailand…), to the East (China, North Vietnam, North Korea…) and to the Non-Alignment (Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Sri Lanka…). The fall of Soviet Union, the globalisation and the digital revolution led Asian countries to multiple metamorphoses.

This session is open to proposals of presentation on cultural expression, art and literature in post-World War II Asia. How cultural expression, art and literature in Asia have been developing since the end of WWII, how Asian people was affected by wars, revolutions, violence, bloodshed, genocide, but also by economic and technological progress, improvement of education and health, gender consciousness, tension of antagonism between individual and community, secularism and religion, innovation and tradition, minority and majority, unity and diversity? What do they reveal, what lesson may be learned, what common concern and dream they say, if any? What roles culture, art and literature play in the changing world of Asia? What side roles they play apart artistic and esthetical expression: reflection, therapy, conception, utopia, propaganda, criticism… or all of them? Is there any echo of Rabindranath Tagore, Yukio Mishima, Lu Xun, Jose Rizal, Pramoedya Ananta Toer... in the 21st century Asian literature? Is the ideological tension between socialist realism and universal humanism still marked the 21st century Asian art and literature? Is there any influence of Western school of thoughts such as post-modernism and structuralism in Asian contemporary art and literature? Those are among the question to be discussed in the session. Proposals on other fields of cultural expression such as dance, music, movies, radio and television serials... are also welcome.

Rie Koike, Tokoha University, Shizuoka-shi, Japan
Tri Pramesti, Universitas 17 Agustus, Surabaya, Indonesia

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