Call for Papers
Italy and Asia: Past and Present
A Symposium
Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia (RILCA)
Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand
28-29 June 2018
The journal Modern Italy, in collaboration with Mahidol University’s Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia (RILCA), will sponsor a symposium on the theme ‘Italy and Asia: Past and Present’, in Salaya (Bangkok), Thailand, on 28-29 June 2018. The aim is to provide an initial forum for sharing research on connections between Italy and Asia, and to stimulate further inquiry.
The organisers invite proposals for concise (20 minute) conference-style papers that, in line with the journal’s scope, shed light on any aspect of the historical, political, social, economic and cultural relationship between Italy and Asia since 1861 (inauguration of the modern Italian state).
We envisage a symposium comprising up to 14 papers. These will be chosen on the basis of interest and potential to contribute to a stimulating meeting. Up to seven papers will then be selected, based on quality and balance, for publication in a special issue of Modern Italy.
Papers will be required a month in advance of the meeting so they can be assigned to another participant, who will lead the discussion.
Proposals consisting of a title, 250-word abstract, 100-word author biography, plus affiliation and contact details, should be sent to using the subject line ITALY-ASIA, by 27 November 2017. Initial enquiries may also be sent to this e-mail address.
Successful applicants will be notified by 8 December 2017.
Thanks to RILCA’s financial support, the symposium will be free of charge to invited participants. The sponsors will provide refreshments and lunch on the days of the workshop.
Mahidol University is easily reached from Bangkok airport. The campus offers a modestly priced hotel and there are inexpensive options nearby too. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.
Host: Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University.
Penelope Morris and Mark Seymour (co-editors, Modern Italy)
Maurizio Marinelli (University of Sussex) and Wessie Ling (Northumbria University).