CALL FOR PAPERS - Marriage in Asia: Trends, Determinants and Implications

Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Location: Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

Event Date/Time: Nov 15, 2012 End Date/Time: Nov 16, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: May 21, 2012
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Call for Papers (Deadline: 21 May 2012)

This conference is jointly organised by the Changing Family in Asia Cluster, Asia Research Institute, the Family, Children and Youth Cluster, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, & Scientific Group on “Marriage Transition in Asia”, Asian Population Association.

Asian countries have witnessed significant social, political, economic and technological changes over recent decades, albeit from widely differing starting points and at vastly different rates. While similar forces continue to shape changes in Asian societies, including the institution of marriage, sharp differences in marriage patterns and systems persist throughout the region. This conference aims to explore why these differences in marriage endure in light of similar forms of social change across the region. In doing so, the conference aims to foster a more in-depth analysis of marriage. Marriage here is understood to refer more broadly to union formation which can also include both cohabitation and unions which take place without formal marriage ceremonies.

This conference aims to enhance our understanding of the processes at work in marriage and their determinants. It also seeks to investigate changing trends in marriage and the implications they are having upon the societies in which they occur. We invite submissions of papers that consider changes in marriage patterns throughout the Asian region. It is anticipated that these studies will consider issues such as age at and timing of marriage; the arrangement of marriage (considering the spectrum of self-choice to fully arranged); barriers to marriage (including caste, educational homogamy, distorted sex ratios); the influence of technology upon spouse selection; labour market, kinship and other cultural factors that influence marriage. Studies which consider the often-neglected male perspective will be particularly welcome.

Participants are also encouraged to consider one or more of the following question in their paper presentations:

• What are the key forces leading to changing trends in marriage in Asia?
• What forces act to stabilise union formation and arrangement of marriage (including but not limited to kinship systems and cultural norms)?
• What role does cross border marriage play in both responding to and altering marriage patterns and gender relations in Asia?
• What are the implications of rising age at marriage?
• What underpins the persistence of very young age at marriage in some countries despite legal restrictions on minimum age at marriage?

We invite submission from both young and established academics across a range of disciplines, including demography, anthropology, sociology, geography, history and economics. We encourage submissions to consider empirical case studies as well as theorization of marriage trends in the Asian region.


Paper proposals should include a title, abstract (400 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words using the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Please send your form to Sharon at by 21 May 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by 8 June and will be required to submit a draft paper (approximately 6,000-8,000 words) by 15 October.


Conference Convenors:

Professor Gavin JONES
Asia Research Institute and Global Asia Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr LEE Hyunok
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr Maria PLATT
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr HO Jeong-Hwa
Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore


Miss Sharon ONG
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
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