BACS Annual Conference

Joint East Asian Studies Conference

4-6 September 2019

University of Edinburgh

The Joint East Asian Studies Conference (JEASC) will be held at the University of Edinburgh from 4 to 6 September 2019.  The triennial JEASC brings BACS colleagues into conversation with scholars affiliated to the British Association for Japanese Studies and the British Association for Korean Studies, in place of our September annual conference.  Members and non-members from all countries and backgrounds are welcome.

BACS members are eligible for a reduced conference registration fee. Please visit here for information on how to become a BACS member, or to renew your membership.


We invite panel and individual paper proposals from across the full range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences that address topics related to Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, other parts of the East Asia region, or the region as a whole. Preference will be given to panels with a focus on cross-regional and intra-regional issues. Panels are expected to reflect the diversity of our profession including, but not limited to, gender, ethnicity and career status. This will be taken into consideration during the selection process.


Panel proposals should include: names, affiliations and contact details (email addresses) of all proposed presenters and proposed panel chair and/or discussant, where applicable; titles of individual papers; and an abstract for each paper (max. 250 words per paper).

Proposals for individual papers should include: name, affiliation and contact details (email address), title of paper, and abstract of max 250 words. Individual papers will be assigned to panels by the organising committee.

Abstracts for panels and individual papers should be submitted by 1 February 2019 to

Panels and papers will be selected by the organising committee, and notification of acceptance will be made by 15 March 2019.