Bodies and Borders:
Inclusion, Exclusion, and Excision in East Asia

April 21-22, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)
Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall (April 21)

G16, Irvine Auditorium (April 22)

The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania presents its second annual graduate student conference: Bodies and Borders: Inclusion, Exclusion, and Excision in East Asia. This two-day conference provides a forum for graduate students from regional institutions to examine how the physical, legal, scientific, religious, and sociopolitical bodies and boundaries of East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia) have been defined in the past and explore how they are being reimagined in the present.


We welcome applications from currently enrolled graduate students in all disciplines related to the study of East Asia and especially encourage those that address the following conference themes, but are open to submissions covering other topics:


  • The construction and influence of differing conceptions of the body and the self
  • The translation of and spread of texts across borders and proliferation of ideas
  • The construction and performance of gender, race, and other group identities
  • The formations and changes of linguistic lexicons and semiotic boundaries
  • The mobilization of art and visual culture to challenge political authority
  • The development of cultural, national, social, and religious identity groups

Submission Requirements:

Please submit for review an abstract of no longer than 250 words and a short biography of 100 words or less by February 1st, 2018. Application materials may be sent to: ealcgradcon@gmail.com.



Limited funding is available for conference participants. Please indicate your need at the time of application and include both the location from which you will be traveling and whether you require lodging.


Event Sponsors:

Center for the Study of Contemporary China

Community Impact Fund

Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Department of History

James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies

Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management & International Studies

Saunders Council on Buddhism

Further sponsors TBD


Organizing Committee:

Mark Bookman

John G. Grisafi

Kristina Horn

Dotno D. Pount

Yiwen Qiao

Fangzhou Yuan


Contact Info:

Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

University of Pennsylvania

255 S. 36th Street, 847 Williams Hall

Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

(215) 898-7466