Esterline Prize


ESTERLINE PRIZE for Graduate Students : Through the John and Mae Esterline Prize ASPAC recognizes extraordinary graduate student scholarship. It is open to open to all students pursuing graduate studies in any discipline, at any American university and in any area of research pertaining to Asian Studies. Awards are given at the conference banquet. Currently there are two awards: First Place for $300.00 and Second Place for $150.00. You do not have to be attending a university in the ASPAC area to be eligible but you must attend the AsPac meeting and present your paper to receive the award. The winning papers must be acceptable for publication by E-AsPac.

ALL graduate student proposals MUST include a cover letter from the supervising professor commending the paper to AsPac. Graduate students wishing to apply for the scholarship should additionally E-mail their complete paper to Dr. Kathleen Tomlonovic , Papers are only accepted as a Microsoft Word document and should be between 15-20 pages in regular academic format. Powerpoint, slide, and other formats are not accepted.

Application deadline: June 1, 09, 2009


Find out more about the Esterline Prize.
Esterline History: Past Esterline Prize Winners.



Call for Papers Announcement


The Dynamics of Culture and Environment in Asia


Abstracts are being invited for the ASPAC Conference, June 19-21, 2009


The conference on Dynamics of Culture and Environment in Asia seeks to examine how cultures and societies have positioned themselves in relation to the environment at various historical junctures. It seeks to understand the complex relationships among culture, nature, and humans and to re-conceptualize and reconstruct the boundaries of the Asia-Pacific in an era of globalization. It seeks to investigate cultural and historical influences on economic change, social movements, public policy, arts, and ecological upheavals among other facets of society.


A focus on the interaction between environment and culture around major rivers in Asia, such as the Yangtze, Yellow, Mekong, Indus, Irrawaddy and others is particularly welcome. The conference specially invites papers with a consideration of the River Sarasvati, Ganges, Narmada and others from a multidimensional perspective that explores the geographical dimensions of the Ganges in relation to the movement of people, its banks as a confluence of cultures, political empires, pilgrimages, visual culture, mythology, literature and its waters as a site of historical and cultural transformations.


A consideration of the intersections of various disciplines such as the interactions between civilizations and the natural environment, between biology and poetry as they meet in bio-poetics, is also welcome.


Other possible themes include a consideration of culture and environment; environment and economy; environment and society; nature and culture; nation and urban space; displacement and belonging; environmental philosophy; environmental literature; environmental ecology; and arts and built environment.


We encourage presenters to consider issues related to this topic within their area of specialization related to different parts of Asia and juxtaposing disciplinary approaches. However, in the tradition of ASPAC and AAS conferences, we will consider proposals on the full range of Asian studies and welcome papers that venture outside conventions of space and methodology.


Prersentations may include individual papers, multiple paper sessions and roundtables from all disciplines and historical periods:


1. Individual Papers (with abstract of max 500 words)


2. Panel Proposals with multiple paper sessions (max of 500 words)


3. Roundtable Panels


4. Poster Sessions for Graduate Students


Deadline for Abstract and Panel submission is May 1, 2009


Please submit abstracts online to


Paper Deadline - June 1, 2009


Applicants can expect a response within 10 days after the deadline whether their abstract/panel has been accepted.