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Orientalism, Neo-orientalism and Post-Orientalism in African, Middle East, Latin American, Asian/Chinese Studies

Area Studies within Western academia has a long and multifaceted history, and was essentially established in the mind of Orientalists in the late 19th century. After the 1950s, Area Studies was dominated by hardcore policy-oriented circles and funded by governmental organizations. This was a direct result of the Cold War between the USSR and the United States. During the Cold War era, the United States and European countries funded Area Studies scholars and “volunteers” who then poured into Africa, Latin America and Central America, Asia, and the Middle East to study history, society and politics; however, this was a classical representation of Orientalism motivated by political objectives. However, in recent years, especially after the 1980s neoliberal era, we began to see other academics interested in studying Modern Asia, Africa, Central and Latin America, and Middle East politics from diverse fields of scholarship, for instance, political scientists, anthropologists, linguists, sociologists and so on. On the other hand, there was a transformation taking place within Western academia, based on grant-seeking and scholarship opportunities, which were and continue to be embedded in the neoliberal education system. Unlike classical Orientalists, newer forms of scholarship are more political than its predecessors and funded by state agencies within Western academia. We call this process of knowledge production neo Orientalism. Many of today’s scholars have studied neoliberal terms and concepts such as human rights, democracy, ethnic and religious minorities, etc. According to William Robinson, this is the promotion of polyarchy, rather than the pursuit of pure academic knowledge. However, in the last few years, we have witnessed critical perspective toward Area Studies emerging from “native” scholars. This is just the beginning stage of re-mapping Area Studies in the 21st century. We call this new era post-Orientalism.

This is the first conference on this topic, and we would like to examine this transformation in Area Studies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
– Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism, and Post-Orientalism in African, Latin and Central American, Asian and Middle East Studies
– Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism, and Post-Orientalism in Research on Democracy, Human Rights, Press Freedom, Academic Freedom, Women’s Rights, and so on
– Imperialism and New-Imperialism (Neil Smith and David Harvey)
– Sociology of Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism, and Post-Orientalism Global/International Studies and Orientalism/Neo-Orientalism/Post Orientalism
– Political Science/International Relations and Orientalism/Neo- Orientalism/Post-Orientalism
– Think Tanks, International Organizations, and NGOs and Orientalism/Neo-Orientalism/Post-Orientalism
– Liberal and New Left Discourse and Orientalism/Neo-Orientalism/Post-Orientalism
– Development Studies and Orientalism/Neo-Orientalism/Post-Orientalism
– Post-Colonial Studies and Orientalism/Neo-Orientalism/Post-Orientalism

Abstract Submission for the Conference: February 29, 2018
Official Acceptance Letter: March 5, 2018
Official Invitation Letter for VISA: March 19, 2018
Confirmation of Your Participation: April 16, 2018
Conference Draft Paper Submission: May 7, 2018
The Conference Dates: May 17 and 18, 2018
Selected Papers for Publication: June 25, 2018

Before you submit your proposal, please see the following articles and books related to our conference themes:
China and Orientalism: Western Knowledge Production and the P.R.C. Daniel F. Vukovich. Routledge, 2012.
Sociology of Africa: A Non-Orientalist Approach to African, Africana, and Black Studies. Tugrul Keskin. Critical Sociology, July 2012, 40(2), 187–202.
Why Do We Need “Myth-Busting” in the Study of Sino–African Relations? Miwa Hirono and Shogo Suzuki. Journal of Contemporary China, 2014, 23(87), 443–461,
End Human Rights Imperialism Now. Stephen Kinzer. The Guardian, December 31, 2010.
Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War. Jean Bricmont. Monthly Review Press, November 2006.
Orientalism and Identity in Latin America: Fashioning Self and Other from the (Post)Colonial Margin. Erik Camayd-Freixas (Ed.). University of Arizona Press, 2013.
Promoting Polyarchy Globalization, US Intervention, and Hegemony. William I. Robinson. Cambridge University Press, 1996.
American Empire: Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization. Neil Smith. University of California Press, 2004.
Imperialist Feminism Redux. Saadia Toor. Dialectical Anthropology, December 2012, 36(3–4), 147–160.
Language Education and Imperialism: The Case of Title VI and Arabic, 1958-1991. Jeffrey Bale. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 2011, 9(1), 375–409.
Decolonizing Dialectics. George Ciccariello-Maher. Duke University Press, 2017.
Critical Impairments to Globalizing the Western Human Rights Discourse. Nikitah O. Imani. Societies Without Borders, 2008, 3(2), Article 4.
Feminism, Imperialism and Orientalism: The Challenge of the “Indian Woman.” Joanna Liddle and Shirin Rai. Women’s History Review, 1998, 7(4), 1998.
The Peace Corps: An Altruistic or Imperialistic Enterprise. Justin P. Phalichanh. Master’s Thesis-Brandeis University, May 2010.
Orientalism and African development studies: the ‘reductive repetition’ motif in theories of African underdevelopment. Stefan Andreasson. Third World Quarterly (2005).
Who Will Watch the Watchmen? Amnesty International and the Human Rights Industry. Daniel Kovalick. Counter Punch, November 08, 2012.

Please submit the following information for abstract submission:
Author full name;
Email address: university email address should be provided;
Abstract in Word format;
Title of your paper;
A short bio, 100 words (not CV or resume).


If your paper is accepted by the conference committee, first you will receive an official acceptance letter. Then, you need to email us a pdf or jpeg copy of the first page of your passport for you to receive official invitation letter from Shanghai University for VISA application.

In case your abstract is accepted, a draft paper of around 4000–5000 words is due May 7, 2018. We intend to compile an edited volume with the best papers for publication in an international peer-reviewed reference publisher.
All submissions will be reviewed and judged on originality, theoretical strength, in-depth knowledge, relevance to the conference themes, significance, quality of presentation, and relevance to the special issue topics of interest. Submitted papers may not have appeared in or be under consideration for another workshop, conference, or journal, nor may they be under review or submitted to another forum during the review process.

For any questions on the submission process, please email

There is no fee for this conference.

Please note that we will cover your accommodations and food during your stay in Shanghai; therefore, you need to confirm your participation to the conference.

New Lehu Hotel is located within the campus of Shanghai University in Baoshan district, Shanghai, China. The address is No.716 Jinqiu Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai, 2000444. The telephone is 0086-21-66133688.

Please note that this is an academic conference only; no non-academic presenters will be accepted.

Organizing Committee:
Dr. Guo Changgang, Professor – Shanghai University, China.
Dr. Nikitah Imani, University of Nebraska, USA.
Dr. Betul Karagoz Yerdelen, Giresun University, Turkey.
Dr. Mojtaba Mahdavi, Associate Professor – University of Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Tugrul Keskin, Associate Professor – Shanghai University, China.
Dr. Yang Chen, Post-Doctoral Fellow – Shanghai University, China.
Dr. Omer Turan, Middle East Technical University, Turkey.
Dr. Rajiv Ranjan, Shanghai University, China.
Dr. David Fasenfest, Wayne State University, USA.
Dr. Alaeddin Yalcinkaya, Marmara University, Turkey.
Dr. Hasan Ali Karasar, Kapadokya University, Turkey.
Dr. Juan Cole, Professor – University of Michigan, USA.
Dr. Mohammedmoin Sadeq, Professor – Qatar University, Qatar.
Dr. Daniel F. Vukovich, University of Hong Kong, China.
Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi – James Madison University.
Dr. Stefan Andreasson, Queen’s University, Ireland.
Dr. Sari Hanafi, Professor – American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Shanghai University is a comprehensive research university and was founded in 1922; originally a revolutionary school, the university contributed a group of useful people to the cause of Chinese liberation and development. Shanghai University was founded on Qingyun Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai in 1922 and was the outcome of the cooperation between the Kuomintang (Nationalist Party) and the Communist Party. By consolidating four universities, it became a research-intensive comprehensive university and also the biggest higher learning institution run by Shanghai Municipality in 1994. Our university has more than 40,000 students. The university enrolls more than 27,000 undergraduate and 14,000 postgraduate students, including 3,896 international students. We have 28 schools and 2 independent departments, with 71 undergraduate programs, 221 master programs, 17 engineering master programs, 117 Ph.D. programs, 17 post-doctoral programs, and 2 MBA programs. Also, it is essential to mention our important and historical alumni, such as Yang Shangkun, 4th President of People’s Republic of China, enrolled in Department of Sociology of Shanghai University in 1926, and Bo Gu, who was a senior leader of the Chinese Communist Party and a member of the 28 Bolsheviks, who enrolled in the Department of Sociology of Shanghai University in 1925.


THURSDAY, May 17, 2018
9:00 – 9:30 AM Opening Ceremony
9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome Speech by
9:15 – 9:30 AM Keynote Speech
10:00 – 11:30 AM Panel
1. Panel:
11:30-13:00 PM Lunch
13:00-14:30 PM Panels
2. Panel:
14:30-15:00 PM Coffee Break
15:00-16:30 PM Panel
3. Panel:

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018
10:00-11:30 AM
4. Panel:
11:30-13:00 PM Lunch
13:00-14:30 PM Panels
5. Panel:
14:30-15:00 PM Coffee Break
15:00-16:30 PM Panel
6. Panel:
18:00-20:00 PM DINNER
Closing Remarks


Dr. Tugrul Keskin
Associate Professor
Shanghai University


Source “China, Islam and the Middle East” group

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