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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

Workshop: Association for Asian Studies: How to Submit a Successful Panel Proposal


Dr. Lisa Indraccolo (University of Zurich)

Time and Location

Friday, November 23, 2018, 9 am - 5 pm

University of Zurich, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Room RAA E 29, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich


The AAS Annual Conference has grown exponentially over the years, reaching the remarkable number of over 3’500 presenters in Washington D.C. (2018). From a global perspective, the event is becoming ever more important also for scholars working at European institutions, especially in the early stages of their careers. The job market is increasingly attentive to “new faces” of promising young scholars that present their work at AAS, and many North American institutions even prefer to hold job interviews directly “on site”, during the days of the conference. The more or less regular attendance of this event, if supported by the successful organization of one’s own panel, does not only offer an invaluable occasion for networking. Being accepted at AAS is a threshold, almost a rite de passage for Asian studies graduate students in the U.S. It is a step that is highly considered by the American scholarly community and represents an added value to a curriculum that, to a certain extent, might make a difference in a potential selection process for a job.

Then why aren’t more scholars from Europe attending AAS? The truth is that the AAS Annual Conference requires an approach and planning fundamentally different from the standard European conference, which leads many excellent proposals to be rejected despite their undeniable high-quality scientific content.

This one-day intensive seminar offers a hands-on introduction to the necessary steps involved in putting together a powerful panel line-up and how to submit a successful proposal, guiding the participants through the different stages of the submission process. Also, it provides a pragmatic “survival kit” for the conference. The seminar is mostly oriented to Ph.D. students and postdocs, but it is open to anyone interested.


Available places: 25.

Please register via email with Lisa Indraccolo.


Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies – Doctoral Program Asia and Europe

Program coordinator Milena Guthörl