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New York Conference on Asian Studies, NYCAS 2018

The NYCAS 2018 program committee invites scholars to submit proposals for a panel or an individual paper. The theme of this year's conference is “Innovation and Invention.” Panels and individual papers can be broadly construed. Although it is the broad theme for this year’s conference, papers from any time period and on any theme are certainly accepted and encouraged.

The deadline for paper and panel proposals is 15 June 2018. The conference will be held at Rochester Institute of Technology, 21-22 September 2018.


Framing the Global Conference 2018

Framing the Global, an initiative of the Indiana University Center for the Study of Global Change and Indiana University Press, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its second international conference in September 2018. Through the research of our fifteen fellows and our ongoing book series, Framing the Global continues to carve out a vital intellectual space for critical and grounded global studies. The Framing the Global conference will explore new analytical frameworks for global studies as well as innovative pedagogy for the field. We are excited to announce our keynote speaker, Peggy Levitt, Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College and co-director of the Transnational Studies Initiative at Harvard University. Levitt’s ability to transcend disciplinary boundaries, integrate cultural specificity with global political systems, and consider subject matter through multiple scales and forms of representation well reflect the vision of Framing the Global. Several of our fellows and other scholars will also present.

The deadline for paper proposals is 1 May 2018. The conference will be held at Indiana University, 27-30 September 2018.


ASPAC 2018 Conference: Envisioning Global Asia

The Asia Program at WSU invites university faculty, schoolteachers, independent scholars and graduate and undergraduate students interested in Asian or Asian diaspora studies to submit proposals for panels, roundtable discussions, papers or posters on historical or contemporary topics in the humanities, arts, social sciences, education, health, law, business, environmental sciences or other disciplines related to East, South, or Southeast Asia and their diasporas. Especially welcomed are proposals that connect theory, method, or practice to contemporary or historical questions of urbanization, migration, exchange and sustainability within, across, or alongside Asia. They look forward to wide-ranging discussions of diverse subjects such as administrative, economic, and cultural clustering; sprawl, green space, gentrification, and deurbanization; borders and borderlands, glass ceilings, and other conduits and barriers to social, economic, or geographic mobility; group identity, assimilation and multiculturalism; diverse forms—technological, political, economic, cultural, educational—of communication, exchange, and cross-fertilization; and diverse responses—political, social, literary, artistic—to demographic, environmental, political, and technological change.

The deadline for proposals is 15 May 2018. The conference will be held at Washington State University, 8-10 June 2018.


Peace in Asia: Past, Present, and Possible

Elizabethtown College and the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association of Asian Studies announce the call for papers for the 47th annual regional conference. The conference theme “Peace in Asia: Past, Present, and Possible” lends itself to interesting scholarly approaches including energy, environment, public health, territorial issues, migration, popular culture, gender, sexuality, religious practices, and more. We encourage proposals from any discipline. We welcome participation from faculty, students, independent scholars, and professionals, and especially encourage panels with innovative combinations of individuals and fields.

The deadline for proposals is 1 June 2018. The conference will be held at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA, 3-4 November 2018.


Weaponizing People: Militarization and Armed Conflict in Asia

Militarization – the heightened role of organized aggression in society – has affected all walks of life in contemporary and historical societies across different regions in Asia. This militarization has been Asian-centric in some contexts but has also involved significant external intervention, most saliently from European colonialism, the geopolitics of the Cold War, and American imperialism. While militarization has resulted in warfare and armed conflict across regions, between countries, or within borders, some manifestations are rendered invisible by relations of power, normalized as the status quo. This conference will be a multi-layered examination of cultures of violence, and the structures in which they are embedded within the context of the Asian continent. With a keynote lecture delivered by AIJAZ AHMAD, this interdisciplinary conference will explore the of militarization effects, armed conflict, and structural violence across the breadth of Asia from critical perspectives that highlight multiple narratives as well as the intersection of local, national, and global trajectories of these.

The deadline for proposals is 1 June 2018. The conference will be held at Binghamton University, 9-10 November 2018.


Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies 2018

The 56th annual meeting of the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS) will be held at Soka University of America, on 19-20 October 2018. Organized by the Pacific Basin Research Center, the meeting will bring together established and emerging voices from Asian Studies in Western North America, and beyond! The 2018 conference theme is “Asia in the World”. Given the realities of globalization and Asian investment in Africa, Latin America, and more, area studies must confront the realities of global interactions. The 2018 WCAAS meeting will highlight thematic panels on Asian economic, political, and cultural influences in other world regions.

The deadline for proposals is 30 June 2018. The conference will be held at Soka University of America, 19-20 October 2018.


Annual Meeting of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies

Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS) was established in 1972 in order to a) to form a nonpolitical, nonprofit professional association of persons interested in Asian Studies; b) to promote interest in and scholarly study of Asia; c) to promote cooperative activities and exchange of information in the field of Asian Studies within the southwestern United States.

The deadline for proposals is 30 June 2018. The conference will be held at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 19-20 October 2018.


67th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) Annual Meeting

The MCAA seeks to promote Asian Studies both at the university and the secondary and primary levels and particularly to encourage scholarly interchange between Asianists in the Midwest as well as with those from other parts of the country and the world. Scholars and students from all regions are invited to participate.

The deadline for papers is extendeed until further notice. The conference will be held at Metropolitan State University, 19-20 October 2018.


Council on Thai Studies 2018

The annual COTS meeting is designed to provide scholars, students, and practitioners with opportunities to present both preliminary and more developed research analysis and reflections, primarily in the social sciences and humanities, related to Thai Studies. The organizers welcome proposals for individual paper presentations, panels of papers, roundtable discussions, film screenings and other formats as suggested by participants.

The deadline for proposals is 1 August 2018. The conference will be held at University of Wisconsin-Madison, 12-14 October 2018.


Asian American Studies Annual Conference 2019

The Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference is the largest Asian Studies conference held in North America. The 2018 Conference featured 447 sessions, a book exhibition, 3,800 plus attendees and much more. The AAS Annual Conference is the must-attend event for anyone interested in the study of Asia.

The call for proposals will be announced on their website. The conference will be held at Sheratown Denver Downtown Hotel, 21-24 March 2019.




East-West Center’s 2018 International Media Conference: What Is News Now?

Recognized for their exceptional keynote speakers and in-depth panels of journalists and experts, conferences hosted by East-West Center offer media training workshops and unique opportunities to network with international journalists and other professionals. Previous conferences have drawn about 400 participants from as many as 40 countries. Attendees can also propose and participate in panels and presentations. “What Is News Now?” The intersection of media, technology and social change has profoundly disrupted the business of news and storytelling. Join hundreds of media professionals to look at new-era trends and transformations in media and the news itself. Speakers will focus on forces that are re-shaping today’s world and the way we report it, such as artificial intelligence, digitalization, social media, “fake news,” attacks on the free press, big data, smart-city testbeds and China’s rise.

The conference will be held at Singapore Management University School of Law, Singapore, 24-27 June 2018.


Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference 2018

The conference theme, Area Studies and Beyond, builds upon traditional interdisciplinary fields of research within Asian Studies and seeks to move beyond them, to celebrate the full breadth and depth of scholarly interest in Asia.

The deadline for proposals has passed but registration for non-speakers is still open. The conference will be held at the University of Sydney Business School, Australia, 3-5 July 2018.


International Burmese Conference 2018

The title of the conference is "Distant Past(s), Latest News: Scholarly Insights on Burma/Myanmar." Taking an inclusive and multidisciplinary approach, the conference will examine all scholarly aspects of Burma/Myanmar studies in the aim of presenting a multi-faceted approach of the country at this turning point in its history.  Recent political and economic events -including ongoing conflicts in Rakhine and Kachin State- will be given due, as well as development in the arts and the sciences. Therefore, research papers in fields such as anthropology, history, archaeology, art history, heritage studies, international relations, political sciences, economy, religious studies, environment and development studies, public health, linguistics and literature, music are all welcome.

The deadline for paper and panel proposals is 30 April 2018. The conference will be held in Bangkok, 3-5 August 2018.


Decolonising Southeast Asia’s Past: Archaeology, History of Art, and National Boundaries

The construction of Southeast Asia’s past developed significantly from the nineteenth century, as a result of a search for the roots of the modern nation-state and Western colonial attempts to explain the history of colonized countries. History, Archaeology, and History of Art as disciplines therefore played an important role in this period. Today, these colonial productions are still being reproduced, although some earlier perspectives have been challenged by scholars for being based on a Western point of view. This 2018 international conference aims to explore and reconsider Southeast Asia’s past from different perspectives, paradigms, and methodologies.

The deadline for proposals is 15 May 2018. The conference will be heald at Thammasat University, in Bangkok, Thailand, 13-14 September 2018.


ARC International Roundtable 2018

The Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication (ARC) is preparing its 10th Annual International Roundtable to be held at St. John’s University in Bangkok with the theme “Religious Communication in Multicultural Asia: Realities, Experiences, Challenges.” They invite scholars to propose and present papers and studies taking up this concern in not only describing communication situations of religions but also evaluating them in view of population, cultural traits, history as well as in view of means, geographical and technical situations and personal experiences and challenges in a digital shrinking world.

The deadline for paper abstracts is 22 May 2018. The conference will be held at St. John’s University in Bangkok, 8-10 October 2018.


From Possibilities to Vision and Action: Preparing Viet Nam for Its Next Phase of Growth

The conference, organized by UC Davis and Da Nang University, brings together academics, industry experts, government officials, leading cultural producers, and youth to discuss Viet Nam’s development question. Viet Nam’s meteoric economic rise since 1986 has enabled the country and its people to increase living standards, reduce poverty, and achieve lower middle income status. Looking ahead, there will be new challenges, and great opportunities facing Viet Nam with questions such as: what cultural, economic, educational, scientific, and technological direction(s) will Viet Nam take to garner realistic sustainable growth? The two-day conference will feature speakers from diverse industries and institutions, breakout sessions for continued debates, and working groups with action plans – all to facilitate deep dialogue and to accelerate achieving a prosperous Viet Nam driven by sustainable and inclusive economic advancement.

The deadline for proposals is 28 May 2018. The conference will be held at Da Nang University, in Da Nang, Vietnam, 9-10 August 2018.


Conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Studies (ASEAS): Southeast Asia Meets Global Challenges

The 30th Conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the UK (ASEAS) will be hosted by the University of Leeds. Around 250 participants at one of Britain’s best-located campuses for a lively and welcoming international gathering are expected to attend this conference. Papers on all areas of Southeast Asian studies are welcome, including:

  • Politics and Good Governance
  • Sustainable and Equitable Development
  • Cultural Heritage and Cultural Production

The deadline for papers is 31 may 2018. The conference will be held at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 5-7 September 2018. 


Sustainable Transboundary Governance of the Environmental Commons in Southeast Asia

Economic integration and resource interdependencies in a rapidly urbanising and increasingly middle class Southeast Asia are bringing to the political fore questions about how to sustainably govern common pool resources. As the development interests of Southeast Asian countries and their transnational partners, together with the political cultures that characterize ASEAN, come into growing tension with environmental agendas, the problem of transboundary environmental governance is being heightened by climatic instability and ever more frequent and costly disasters that cannot be neatly contained within nation-states, such as atmospheric pollution (regionally known as “haze”), wildfires, droughts and floods. These trends highlight both the shortcomings of existing transboundary environmental governance regimes and the “ASEAN way”, bringing attention to the need to forge more comprehensive and inclusive pathways to planning, managing and implementing policies for sustainable development within and beyond Southeast Asia.

The deadline for paper proposals is 15 June 2018. The conference will be held at the Asia Research Institute, Singapore, 1-2 November 2018. 


The New Silk Road and Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia: Investments, New Immigrants, Transnational Connections and Dynamics of Cultural Identities

The conference plans to investigate:

  1. Traditional Maritime Silk Road: Activities, organizationpolitical status, religious practices and leadership of Chinese sojourners in Southeast Asia;
  2. China’s Investments in Southeast Asia: Opportunities, challenges, participation of local -born Chinese economy;
  3. New Chinese Immigrants in Southeast Asia: Behavioral differences, economic cooperation and conflicts of interest with local-born Chinese;
  4. Overseas Chinese Communities in Southeast Asia: Assimilation, nationalism and self-identity in the New Era;
  5. Chinese Cultural Spread in Southeast Asia: Contents, methods and influence.

It is hoped that this conference will bring a new insight and understanding on the international relations between China and Southeast Asia, especially on overseas Chinese in the region.

The deadline for paper proposal is 30 June 2018. The deadline to register for this conference is 30 May 2018. The conference will be held at Mahidol University, Thailand, 20-21 October 2018. 


Engaging with Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Conference 2018

2018 marks a milestone for Engaging With Vietnam - its 10th anniversary. We would like to invite you to the 10th Engaging With Vietnam Conference to experience another stimulating and enriching gathering that will take place all the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Khanh Hoa, a coastal province in Central Vietnam. To continue its interdisciplinary engagement, this 10th conference focuses in particular on dichotomies, the dichotomization of knowledge, and the discursive constructions of dichotomies in Vietnam-related knowledge production and scholarship. Dichotomies and dichotomization often come in the form of ‘Self and Other’ and/or in pairs of contrasts, such as ‘global - local’, ‘traditional - modern’, ‘Western values - Asian values’, ‘Vietnamese women – foreign women’, ‘nationalism – cosmopolitanism’, ‘developed - underdeveloped/developing’, ‘urban - rural’, ‘privileged – disadvantaged’, ‘active – passive’, ‘critical thinking – passive and rote learning’, ‘Global North – Global South’, and ‘Vietnam – ASEAN’, etc.

The deadline for proposals is 31 August 2018. The conference will be held in Ho Chi Minh and Khanh Hoa, 15-21 December 2018.


International Convention of Asia Scholars 2019

The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is the most inclusive international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. ICAS attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. The special focus of ICAS 11 is Asia and Europe. Asia in Europe, but proposals for ICAS 11 may involve topics from all Asian Studies disciplines in the broadest possible sense. Topics could range from (but are not limited to) Eurasia; Citizen participation; Political economy; Heritage and Identity;  Connectivity; New Pedagogies; Foreign Workers; Mediascapes; Social Capital; Rethinking Education; Religious Transformation; Postcolonial; Democracy; Neoliberalism; Intellectual History; and Big Data.

The deadline for proposals is 10 October 2018. The conference will be held at Leiden University in Leiden, the Netherlands, 16-19 July 2019.