Following the successful inaugural conference held in Dubai in February 2008, the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the University of Hong Kong, the National University of Singapore, and the Social Science Research Council have announced plans for the second Conference on Inter-Asian Connections. There is an open call for proposals from faculty members of accredited colleges and universities from around the globe, to direct one of six thematic workshops, including one on religion and law, at a three-day international conference to be held in Singapore on December 8-10, 2010:

The conference aims to showcase innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines on themes of particular relevance to Asia, re-conceptualized as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, to East Asia.

Each workshop may have one or two directors, and selected workshop directors will be expected to help recruit and select 8 international workshop participants (senior and junior scholars, graduate students, other researchers) from across relevant disciplines in the social sciences and related fields. Proposals are invited from faculty interested in organizing and directing a workshop on one of the following 6 themes:

1) Transnational Knowledge Economies

2) Translocal Trust Networks, Religion and Law

3) Urban Ecologies in Asia’s Cities

4) Security and Insecurity

5) Migration: Mobilities and Displacements

6) Old Histories, New Geographies

The full text of the call for proposals, along with information on the application process, is available here.