Call for papers

The call for papers for Dragon Tails 2015 - an Australasian conference on overseas Chinese history and heritage (2-5 July 2015) - is now open.

Proposals are due by Saturday, 29 March 2015.

Visit the conference website www.dragontails2015.org.au

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The call for papers for Dragon Tails 2013 - an Australasian conference on overseas Chinese history and heritage - has now closed.

Theme: Tradition and modernity amongst overseas Chinese
Location: University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Date: Saturday 6 July to Monday 8 July 2013
Organizers: Julia Martínez, Jason Lim and Paul Macgregor

Following on from the success of the Dragon Tails conferences at Ballarat in 2009 and the Chinese Museum in Melbourne in 2011, we held the third Dragon Tails conference on overseas Chinese history and heritage at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales. Dragon Tails 2013 was timed to coincide with the Australian Historical Association conference also being held at Wollongong, from 8 to 12 July 2013.

Dragon Tails 2013 explored the twin forces of tradition and modernity, examining the histories of cultural maintenance and evolution amongst overseas Chinese. Diverse aspects of tradition and modernity were considered through papers on religion, family values, community organisation, business and trade activities, gender roles, labour relations, political action, the arts and architecture. We encouraged papers which take an Australian or local focus, as well as papers on the global Chinese diaspora. We welcomed the attendance and participation of family historians.

Professor Henry Yu from University of British Columbia, Canada, was the keynote speaker.