The call for papers for Dragon Tails 2019 - an Australasian conference on Chinese diaspora history and heritage (20-23 November 2019) is now open.

Deadline extension - Proposals are due by Friday 31 May 2019

Theme: Translation and Transformation
Location: Hunter Building, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Date: Wed 20 – Sat 23 November 2019
  Wednesday will be pre-conference tours and events
Convenors: Grace Gassin, Karen Schamberger

Following on from the success of the Dragon Tails conferences at Ballarat (2009), Melbourne (2011), Wollongong (2013), Cairns (2015) and Bendigo (2017) we will be holding, in Wellington, the sixth Dragon Tails, an Australasian conference on Chinese diaspora history and heritage.

This conference will be hosted by Wai-Te-Ata Press at the Victoria University of Wellington.


This year’s conference theme highlights the processes of translation and transformation that have been central to the histories of Chinese diaspora around the world. By transformation we mean the shifts in ideas, meanings and practice over time and the ways they have impacted Chinese diasporic communities. By translation we mean the ways people and organisations have interpreted, in a historical sense, significant events, meanings and ideas related to the Chinese diaspora for other audiences.

The Dragon Tails conferences promote 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.

Dragon Tails conferences encourage an approach to history which combines the skills and interests of academic, community, local, family, professional, independent and amateur historians, archaeologists and heritage workers, as well as other professionals, academics and writers with an express interest in this field of research.

Dragon Tails conferences are auspiced by the Dragon Tails Association Inc.

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