dragon tailsThe call for papers for Dragon Tails 2017 – the 5th Australasian conference on Chinese diaspora history and heritage (23-27 November 2017) – is now open.

Proposals are due by Monday 29 May 2017

Conference theme: Hopes, Dreams and Realities
Location: Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Convenors: Grace Gassin, Nadia Rhook, Leigh McKinnon

Conference dates: Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 November 2017
Thursday will be pre-conference tours and events.

Website: www.dragontails.org.au

Conference outline
Hopes and dreams have profoundly shaped the histories of Chinese people and their descendants, in Australasia and abroad. This year’s conference theme highlights not only the role of imagination in shaping actions of Chinese-Australasians, but also the realities and challenges that Chinese-Australasians have encountered in pursuing their hopes and dreams.

Papers might explore the impact of dreams and hopes on Chinese terrestrial and oceanic mobility in Australasia. They might consider how dreams – and their frustrations and collision with realities – have shaped various political, economic or social agendas initiated by Chinese-Australasian individuals and communities. How have the hopes and dreams of Chinese individuals and communities been expressed and/or challenged? How have these been shaped by policy, and the priorities of the state? And when have dreams met realities, with unexpected consequences for Chinese-Australasians and their families?

The bi-annual Dragon Tails conference series promotes research into the histories and heritage of Chinese people, their descendants and their associates, in Australasia (Australia and New Zealand). The conferences also encourage awareness of the connections of Chinese in Australasia with the histories of Chinese people, their descendants and their associates in other countries.

We encourage participation from academic, community, local, family, professional, independent and amateur historians, archaeologists, heritage workers and professionals from related disciplines/sectors with an express interest in this field of historical research.

While we look forward to receiving abstracts based on the conference theme, we also welcome paper suggestions on any other topics that discuss the histories and heritage of Chinese people, their descendants and their associates, in Australasia and other parts of the world.

Bursaries will be offered to speakers who are currently enrolled postgraduate students. This will allow free registration and a small travel subsidy for those from outside Victoria. Enquire for details.

  • Presentations
    Papers – Standard session presentations should be 20 mins long (with 10 mins allowed for question time).
  • Panels – We’d welcome panel submissions. Our suggested formats for the panels is 3 x 20 min papers with a coherent theme.

How to submit a proposal
Proposals should be submitted by sending an email to dragontailsconferences@gmail.com

Please provide a paper title & abstract (200-300 words), your name, institution (if applicable), contact details & brief bio (100 words max). For panels, please provide a panel title as well as title/abstract/bio for each speaker. We will let you know by email if your proposal has been successful.

We look forward to seeing you in Bendigo!


Grace Gassin, Nadia Rhook, Leigh McKinnon
Conference Convenors

Email: dragontailsconferences@gmail.com
Web: http://www.dragontails.org.au
Twitter: @dragontailsconf