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Student Research Conference on Asia and the Environment

Student Research Conference on Asia and the Environment  

April 26-27, Friday-Saturday, 2019 Vassar College, Poughkeepsie NY

Click Here – Preliminary Program for the Conference

Vassar College is pleased to announce our first Student Research Conferences in Asia and the Environment.  Our neighbor Bard College has organized several highly successful annual conferences in the past, and we hope to continue their success by keeping the conference in the beautiful Hudson Valley.

Undergraduate and graduate students engaged in research related to Asia and the environment are invited to submit posters and papers for presentation at this conference. Please see the CFP below for details.

Call for Papers

Asia is home to over 60% of the world population and is facing many profound environmental challenges. Scholars and students inside and outside Asia have done research to understand these environmental problems and their implications to the local communities and for the world.  Environmental dynamics may emerge in the physical environment, but are embedded and mediated by the economic, social, political, and cultural institution, both specific to the region and connected with the larger world. Through interdisciplinary and cross-cultural conversations, we will learn about the holistic nature of environmental problems and stimulate possible solutions both in Asia and beyond.

With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, specifically Luce Initiative on Asia and the Environment, Vassar College is sponsoring the student research conference, by providing a venue for students to present undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. level research at the intersection of these critical issues.  We are open to studies on environmental related issues across Asia, including but not limit to East, Southeast, and South Asia, in the natural sciences, social science, and humanity.  Works that address transnational, transregional and cross-border concerns are encouraged. In addition to analytic papers, we will also consider artist and curator presentations, reports from involved parties, and discussions of pedagogical strategies for teaching on Asia and the Environment.

One of the conference keynote speakers is Shi Lihong(史立红), a prominent environmentalist, journalist, and filmmaker as one of the keynote speakers (the director of Waking the Green Tiger and Searching for Sacred Mountain, and others).  She will speak in the evening of April 26.  The second keynote speaker is professor Prakash Kashwan, professor of Political Science at University of Connecticut. Professor Kashwan’s research and teaching focus on climate justice, global climate and environmental governance, and the political economy of development.  We are looking forward to a vibrant discussion from the conference participants.

In conjunction with the conference, Vassar also has the privilege to display the wildlife photography by China’s most prominent wildlife photographer and environmental activist-Xi Zhinong (奚志农).  Mr. Xi has won many international awards for his beautiful photography of wildlife, and lifelong commitment for conservation in China.

Attendance Information

The conference will be held on the campus of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, on April 26-27 2019.  Vassar College is easily accessible by train from New York City. Registration is $60 which cover all meal expenses for participants (detail will follow). Participants are also invited to tour Vassar Ecological Preserve and Poughkeepsie Farm Project (a thriving local Community Supported Agriculture community) on Friday, April 26 afternoon.

Lodging is available in the various establishments in the local area. A number of standard and King-bed Rooms have been reserved at a deep discount $89/night rate at DaysInn at a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact the hotel directly and mention Vassar Earthscience and Geography Group to receive the rate before March 26 2019.

Fieldtripto Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve is available for the participants at 2:30pm on April 26.  We will tour the historical ecological preserve and Vassar Farm Project—a highly successful community supported agriculture project.

To learn more about the conference, please contact Professor Yu Zhou, professor of Geography and Asian Studies Please also sign up for our mailing list here.

To register and submit an abstract for a panel, or an idea for a poster presentation, please register and send an 200 max abstract in the registration form. Undergraduate students must also include a letter of support from a professor and send it to

Registration: Click Here

Note: Proposals will be accepted through Mar. 1, 2019 (Friday).

Student Conferences on Asia and Environment

Bi-annual Conference on Asia and the Environment

Research Conference on Asia and Environment on a biannual basis.   Bard College has been hosting this conference between 2014 and 2017. Vassar will host the conference in 2019 and 2021.   The conference is oriented to present and discuss undergraduate or graduate student research on Asia.  We encourage paper, and poster sessions, individual and team presentations.  The detail conference guideline and call-for-paper will be issued in the fall of 2018 and 2020.   The conference will provide a paper prize for exceptional student research papers presented at the conference.

Environmental Exchange conference with Ochanomizu University

Vassar will hold an environmental exchange conference at Vassar with Ochanomizu University of Tokyo in 2019.

Vassar’s Japanese Program has maintained an established academic partnership with Ochanomizu and Ritsumeikan Universities since 2006. Each year since 2012, the first anniversary of the disastrous North Japan Earthquake, Ochanomizu University invites two students from Vassar to participate in a student peace-building forum in March. In March 2014, Vassar hosted the visit of fourteen Ochanomizu students and two faculty members at Vassar and held a student forum called “Overcoming 3.11.” (Their costs of travel and lodging were covered by the Japanese government.) Presentations by students were conducted in both Japanese and English, but the highlight of the week-long event was the 3.11 memorial ceremony in which the Ochanomizu students talked about their experience of the tsunami. This event attracted many students, including those who had never taken Asian language or Asian Studies courses.