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Rising Dragon CFP 2015 : Inaugural Call for Papers: The Rising Dragon, a journal of Pacific Rim culture and media studies


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Call For Papers

The Rising Dragon

Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the first CFP for a new publication, The Rising Dragon, a journal of Pacific Rim culture and media studies. We also accept video submissions. The theme for our first edition is “Pacific Rim as Frontier and Heartland.” During his presidential nomination acceptance speech in 1960, President John F. Kennedy first posited the idea of the Pacific Rim as a definite community that was both frontier and heartland, combining the two central ideas of the American mythos. For him, it was a contiguous, ever more integrated community of interest, experience, and humanness. It revolves as a single unit in that sense, transcending the merely Trans-Pacific by being Circum-Pacific, including all the cultures on the edges and within it. This is what informs our idea of the Pacific Rim and thus provides the impetus for our first theme, “Pacific Rim as Frontier and Heartland.”

Topics for consideration may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Anthropology and Sociology
Art and Music, Traditional to Today
Cultural Fusion, Adaptation, and Experimentation
Fandom Groups and Popular Culture
Human Interaction with the Natural World
Immigration, Emigration, Acculturation, and Returning Home
Imperialism, Colonialism, Independence, and Indigeneity
Interactive and New Media
Literature (Including Graphic Literature) and Language
Politics, Economics, and International Relations
Race Relations
Religious Practices, Festivals, and Rites
Sexual and Gender Normativities
Television, Cinema, and Video Games
Theatre and Performance
Youth Culture and Expression
All fields are to be broadly construed and we will consider submissions outside these areas on their individual merits
We also accept book, film, and game review proposals
Please contact us if you have a proposal for a future themed edition

The Rising Dragon is principally an English-language journal and all initial submissions, including abstracts, are to be in that language. Authors may use American or British English as the author prefers, provided they are consistent. Author-provided translations of all materials in other Pacific Rim languages (e.g. Cebuano, Chinese, French, Hawai’ian, Japanese, Javanese, Korean, Laotian, Malay, Maori, Pama-Nyungan, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese) will be published alongside the official English versions. Submissions may also be multimedia, including standard print formats and accompanying video or audio recordings. Please see our CFV for details on how to submit a recording.

Questions, inquiries, and abstracts of 250-500 words and CV/résumé should be submitted to in Word format by 1 December 2015 for inclusion in the first edition, projected for a 15 March 2016 publication date. We also accept applications to be outside readers for blind peer review purposes. Academics at all stages of their careers, industry professionals, government and religious officials, and other interested parties are all eligible to submit abstracts to The Rising Dragon for consideration. Papers submitted to The Rising Dragon must not have been published or posted elsewhere before submission to the journal. Please see our Style Sheet before submitting an abstract or completed manuscript.

Our journal is an open access publication, as are our video presentations, and will never charge fees to authors or readers. The Rising Dragon is a publication of the International College of Liberal Arts at Yamanashi Gakuin University.

Editorial Board:

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Darren Jon Ashmore, Professor of Anthropology and Head of Japan Studies, Yamanashi Gakuin University, Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan

Assistant Editor: J. Holder Bennett, Associate Professor of History, Collin College, McKinney, Texas, USA

Associate Editors:

Dr. Eunju Bährisch, Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Coordinator, Institute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Dr. Elizabeth Birmingham, Associate Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Professor of English, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Dr. Darryl E. Brock, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Dr. Rick Hudson, Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England, UK

Dr. Frank Jacob, Assistant Professor of World History, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York, Bayside, New York, USA

Dr. Bruno Starrs, Senior Lecturer in Cinematology, Institut Teknologi Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan, Negara Brunei Darussalam

Dr. Christopher B. Patterson, Assistant Professor of English, New York Institute of Technology, Nanjing, Nanjing, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China

Daniel Fandino, Member, H-Net Executive Council, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Peter Schuelke, Visiting Fellow, Polinsky Language Science Lab, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Video Curator: William R. Clark, Jr.

ISSN: 2379-2930

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