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Upcoming Conferences


Upcoming Conferences


University of Washington Southeast Asia Center Graduate Student Conference 2017 (March 24-25, 2017)

To commemorate the contribution of Professor Benedict R. O’G. Anderson (1936-2015) to the field of Southeast Asian studies and facilitate constructive engagement with his intellectual legacies, the theme of this conference will be “The Palimpsestic Past and Present of Southeast Asia: Rewriting Lives Beyond Boundaries.” 


Malaysia and The World Conference: Cross-Regional Perspectives on Race, Religion, and Ethnic Identity (March 24-26, 2017) 

Held at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio campus, the conference aims to highlight Malaysia’s profile and role on the world stage by bringing together leading scholars from Malaysia, Europe, and North America. The intellectual academic exchange will provide a venue for competing comparative perspectives on Malaysia and other countries. It is the broader intention that this academic activism will benefit and enrich Malaysian studies.


Third Annual Critical Asian Humanities Workshop  (March 30-April 1, 2017)

Duke University will host a select graduate student conference in conjunction with its third annual Critical Asian Humanities workshop, which will run from March 30 to April 1, 2017. Integrating approaches and methodologies from cultural studies, critical theory, and area studies, we identify Critical Asian Humanities as an interdisciplinary field that emphasizes humanistic inquiry while critically interrogating many of the assumptions on which the humanities have traditionally relied.


Sustainability in Asia Conference (April 6-7, 2017)

Cornell University is hosting an event on April 6-7 in Hong Kong about advances in sustainability research, community engagement, and opportunities for collaboration in Asia. 

For more information: Heike Michelsen,


Critical Perspectives on US-Southeast Asia Relations (April 21-22, 2017)

Host: Weatherhead East Asia Institute, Columbia University

This two-day workshop will bring together scholars doing critical studies of bilateral relations between the United States, its western and regional allies, and a range of countries in Southeast Asia, both during the late Cold War era and since. We also welcome academics whose primary focus is on the domestic politics of individual Southeast Asian countries, but whose work has been illuminated by an attention to international factors. We aim to produce an edited volume or special journal issue from the workshop. 


PH.D. Graduate Workshop for Southeast Asian Studies, Montreal, Canada (April 27-28, 2017)

Host: McGill University and Université de Montréal

SEAGASE – Southeast Asia Group / Groupe Asie du Sud-Est – a consortium of research groups from universities in the Montreal area, invites applications from Ph.D. students for a workshop on Southeast Asian Studies to be held at McGill University and the Université de Montréal on 27-28 April 2017.

The workshop will provide Ph.D. students an opportunity to present their research and to receive critical feedback. The structure of the workshop will be focused on maximizing discussion and critique. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Participants will be selected based on the strengths of their research project, as well as the need for institutional and disciplinary diversity.

The keynote speaker at the workshop will be Professor Eric Tagliacozzo of Cornell University.

To apply, please send a 1-page abstract of your dissertation and your C.V. to: with the subject heading: “Ph.D. Graduate Workshop”.

Limited funding is available for the workshop. This funding comes in the form of two grants of CAD $800 each designated for Ph.D. students from a university in Southeast Asia. If these funds are not allocated to students from Southeast Asia, they will be allocated to other students on the basis of need.

For more information:

Professor Dominique Caouette, Université de Montréal:                      

Professor Erik Martinez Kuhonta, McGill University:


Asia Centre Conference: National Human Rights Institutions in Southeast Asia: Challenges of Protection(July 13-14, 2017)

Asia Centre invites the submission of abstracts on the role of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) in Southeast Asia in protecting human rights. Welcoming submissions from specialists in this field, including by former and current practitioners in the region’s NHRIs.


13th International Conference on Thai Studies in Chiang Mai, Thailand (July 15–18, 2017)

The 13th International Conference on Thai Studies aims to bring up to 600 Thai, regional, and international scholars together to present their research work and works‐in-progress. Two types of submissions are now being accepted for the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies: 1) individual abstracts and 2) panel proposals. The submission of individual abstract and panel proposal can be made online on the conference website (link will be added when available). Individual abstracts should not exceed 250 words.

For more information:


International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) 10 (July 20–23, 2017)

The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is the largest 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. Since 1997, ICAS has brought more than 20,000 academics together at nine conventions. ICAS 10 will be held at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC) from 20-23 July 2017. It will be organized by the Regional Center for Social Change and Sustainable Development (RSCD), with support from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Chiang Mai University (CMU), one of the best universities in Southeast Asia. 1250-2000 Asia specialists and representatives of civil society are expected to attend.

For more information:


Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore: 12th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies (July 24-28, 2017)

This five-day forum, the twelve of an annual series of forums for graduate students who work on Southeast Asia, will be organised thematically. Themes broadly reflect (though not limited to) the core research strengths of the Asia Research Institute, including the Asian dynamics of religion, politics, economy, gender, culture, language, migration, urbanism, science and technology, population and social change.


New York Conference on Asian Studies, NYCAS 2017 (September 22-23, 2017)

The NYCAS 2017 program committee invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers on all aspects of Asian and Asian-American history, culture, and contemporary life, representing disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools. Interdisciplinary proposals are also welcome. Graduate students are especially encouraged to apply. The theme of the conference is “Consuming Asia.” Sessions that address this theme are especially welcome, but proposal on any topic relating to Asia will be considered.


2017 Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Conference at York University (Oct. 26-27, 2017)

The conference theme, ‘People In and Out of Place’ represents a long standing and yet often forgotten dynamic of a region known as the crossroads of different peoples, histories, cultures and politics. It will bring together scholars, intellectuals, artists, activists and students from a range of disciplines and various sites of practice to examine the meanings of this condition by exploring the conflicting formation and transformation of institutions, knowledges, ideologies, identities, places and practices in the rural, urban, and peri-urban spaces of the region, and in diasporic Southeast Asian communities.

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