Meetings, On and Off Line

This just came across the H-Japan list:

From: Kristin Lehner

The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University is happy to announce that our website Women in World History ( will host the fourth in its series of four month-long online forums in March 2006.

These forums give world history teachers the chance to talk about ways to teach issues surrounding women and gender in world history, and how to access classroom resources, including online primary sources. An educator with high school classroom experience and a historian moderates each forum. Each forum is an accessible email listserv that allows all participants to post comments and see all responses.

Our third forum begins March 1: Women in Asia, moderated by Dorothy Ko (Barnard College) and Kurt Waters (Virginia Public Schools).

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Obviously, I’m a bit of a sucker for CHNM projects, being an HNN editor and Cliopatria alum. This really is neat stuff that they’re doing.

Another project of mine is the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast conference. The call for papers deadline is approaching:

ASPAC’s next meeting will be held June 16-18, 2006 on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.

Washington State University, the WSU College of Liberal Arts, the WSU Department of History, and the WSU Asia Program all warmly welcome you to Pullman and the 2006 ASPAC annual meeting. We welcome participants from universities along the Pacific Rim, including Canada and Asia, members of the Association for Asian Studies and all others with an interest in Asia.


Topics: Proposals for panels, individual papers and roundtables are welcome in all geographical regions and academic fields of Asian Studies. All research topics are welcome. The ASPAC 2006 Steering Committee particularly encourages panel and paper proposals dealing with: 1) Peace and Security in Asia; 2) Crossing “Borders:” Disciplinary, Geographic, and Temporal; and 3) Teaching Asia-Pedagogical Approaches.

Proposals: Each proposed paper should include an abstract not to exceed one page.

Panels and Roundtables: Complete panels should include three to four paper presenters, a chairperson and a discussant (if desired). Each participant and paper title must be listed on the panel proposal. Roundtable proposals should also list all participants.

Graduate Student Award: The John and Mae Esterline Prize for outstanding student papers will be awarded at the ASPAC 2006 conference (Application deadline: April 15, 2006).

Submission of Proposals: Please print and fill out the ASPAC Proposal Form and return it by either mail, fax, or email (as an attachment) to the address below.

Noriko Kawamura, ASPAC 2006 Co-Chair
Department of History
Washington State University
Box 644030
Pullman, WA 99164 USA
Tel: (509) 335-5428
Fax: (509) 335-4171

I’m still wavering on my proposal, to be honest. My dream panel actually would be a roundtable on Chang/Halliday’s Mao: The Untold Story as a teaching text. It’s a very interesting book: terribly ambitious, and clearly overreaching, but, barring some scandalous revelation on the part of the authors, it’s likely to set the research agenda on 20th century Chinese political history for a decade. So even if you don’t assign it, its claims will need to be addressed at some level… I’d like to spend some time thinking more about that (before I have to teach 20c China again), and about the way in which bad books can be incredibly important to us as teachers.

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