Monday, 21 April 2014

Juxtapose 2014 is coming!

Following the success of last year's gathering, this year our annual Juxtapose conference on comparative and collaborative research on India and China is expanding to two days.

The conference will be held on the 24th and 25th of September at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Please mark your diaries.

Full call for papers to follow. See a summary of this year's aims below.


Team Juxtapose.

At Juxtapose 2013, through presented research projects and informative discussion, we made headway on new comparative paradigms. A book of abstracts and film of the conference is available through our website. 

Juxtapose 2014 Aims:
This year we are expanding academic, creative and industry pathways to further this discussion. We are growing to include two days of academic presentations, creative projects and industry contributions clustered around two themes that encourage comparative and collaborative work.

We retain the requirement that each participant should include in their presentation a portion on their methodology in performing comparative or collaborative work, especially with regard to tackling any challenges that arose in dealing with both Indian and Chinese sources, and how they were overcome. Juxtapose 2013 introduced new paradigms on the general nature of comparison, why and how it should be accomplished, and with what aims, a discussion spurred by Prof. Harriss-White’s opening remarks. We also were able to exchange ideas about how to overcome data discrepancies, and develop different tools for measuring disparate data from the two sources. This discussion enables all attendees and participants to have enriched understanding of this expanding field.

We are proud to present this year’s 2-day conference in cooperation with the Centre for East Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India’s leading centre for the study of East Asia, in one of the country’s leading Universities. We expect fresh perspectives and collaborations, a stimulating experience, and a platform for future cooperation between JNU, Chinese Universities, and the University of Oxford.   

What is Juxtapose?
The Juxtapose Conference Series is devised simultaneously as a platform for scholarly gathering, with invited guest speakers and global contributions, an outlet for creative cooperation, an opportunity for in-person discussion and problem-solving, and an online space at where contributions can be made by academics, policy-makers and other interested parties. It is intended to be truly inter- and multidisciplinary.

In an effort to dislodge the unevenness of access to conferences and events, Juxtapose places importance on the use of technology as a tool to bring thinkers together, despite geographical distances and economic constraints. Our ambition is to bring these two realms, the online and the physical, together as seamlessly as possible, and as interactively as possible. We invite international participants (or any who wish to) to give their papers through online conferencing like Skype and Google +, or filmed remarks, and we encourage the submission of presentations, essays or thoughts from a broad range of academics, practitioners and policy makers, as well as traditional academic papers. We aim to bring papers and works from 2013 and 2014 together in a printed or e- volume.

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