Call For Proposals


Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the Program Committee for the Association for Asian Studies, I am pleased to issue the Call for Proposals for the AAS Annual Conference to be held March 19-22, 2020 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel and the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

We are pleased to invite colleagues in Asian studies to submit proposals for Organized Panels, Roundtables, Workshops, and Individual Paper proposals. Additionally, new for 2020, the AAS is also now accepting roundtable, workshop and Lightning Session Presentation proposals in Digital Technology. The program committee seeks sessions that will advance knowledge about Asian regions and, by extension, will enrich teaching about Asia at all levels. AAS Membership is not a requirement for the submission of a proposal or participation.

Please see the three-step guide below to start your submission process. The deadline for submission of all proposals and AAS International Exchange Travel Grants requests (formerly LDC) is Tuesday, August 6 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the AAS electronic submission application. We will not accept proposals submitted via email. This proposal submission application will be available beginning Tuesday, June 18 through Tuesday, August 6, 2019. After the submission deadline, all proposals will be forwarded to the appropriate program committee members for review. You will find detailed instructions in the right-hand column of this screen.

If you have any questions regarding proposal submissions that are not answered in this Call for Proposals or the FAQ’s, please contact the AAS Conference Manager at

We look forward to an exciting and intellectually stimulating conference in the historic city of Boston.


Joan Judge, York University
AAS 2020 Program Committee Chair


How to Submit a Proposal in Three Steps.


a) Review this Call for Proposals and the information regarding the five (5) proposal submission types – Organized Panel, RoundtablesWorkshops, Lightning Presentations or Individual Paper submission.  

b) Review the requirements of each proposal type, including the minimum/maximum number of participants, abstract word counts, etc.

c) Review the AAS diversity and inclusion submission guidelines to ensure your preparations and final submitted proposal meet the AAS conference requirements.


a) Develop individual paper/presentation abstracts based on the submission requirements.  If submitting an organized panel proposal, the organizer is responsible for collecting and submitting ALL data and information from session proposal participants including paper titles/abstracts, names and contact information for each participant on the session.

b) If applying for the AAS International Exchange Travel Grant on behalf of a participant, review the information to ensure the participant qualifies for this travel grant.

c) Have questions? Find answers at our CFP Frequently Asked Questions section.


a) PLEASE do not wait until August 6 to begin the submission process. Partially completed application may be saved; organizers and submitters may log in at any time to complete a partially completed application. Once you save your work, edits can be made any time before August 6 @ 5pm.

b) Click the red “Submit a Proposal’ button on this page in the right column.

c) Questions? Confused? Contact the AASConference Manager

d) Sit back and relax while the program committee carefully reviews and evaluates the submission received.

The Program Committee will make final decisions during their fall meeting in September. All organizers/submitters will receive a decision via email the week of September 16-20.  Please keep in mind the AAS receives approximately 1,000 submissions and can only accommodate a portion of the submissions received.