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International Conference on 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. We welcome submissions from specialists in this field, including by former and current practitioners in the region’s NHRIs.

Abstract deadline: Feb. 28, 2017


International Conference on Socio-Political Entrepreneurship (Feb. 14, 2017)

The Universitas Brawijaya in Jawa Timur, Indonesia, invites submissions for papers on research on socio-political entrepreneurship specializing on Policy and Practices toward Asian Centrality.

Abstract deadline: Jan. 23, 2017


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.” 

Abstract deadline: Feb. 13, 2017


Asia Centre Conference: National Human Rights Institutions in Southeast Asia: Challenges of Protection

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. 

Abstract deadline: Feb. 28, 2017


Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore: 12th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies

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.

Abstract deadline: March 3, 2017





Upcoming Conferences




Chiang Mai University: 4th Hmong Studies Consortium International Conference (Jan. 4–5, 2017)

The objective of the Hmong Studies Consortium is to promote Hmong scholarship in a range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, and to build professional connections between researchers of the Hmong. The Consortium is interested in research related to all Hmong groups dispersed around the globe, including those in China, Southeast Asia, and the diaspora outside of Asia (United States, Canada, France, Germany, French Guiana, Australia, etc.), as well as transnational Hmong connections. Originally established in 2009 as a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, more recently the Hmong Studies Consortium has expanded its membership to include Chiang Mai University in Thailand, and various other institutions in Wisconsin, Minnesota and elsewhere in the United States. The theme for this conference will be “Memories, Networks and Identities of Transnational Hmong”. 


National Imaginations in Southeast Asian Art (Jan. 20, 2017)

This workshop critically evaluate the ways in which Southeast Asian nations are imagined by artists and other cultural agents such as art critics, gallerists, collectors, independent curators or museums, and the state. This one-day workshop comes at a time when ‘national art’ is being redefined while more public and private institutions in the region are erected to re-imagine the narratives of nationhood. Whether through modern or contemporary art which interrogates the consequences of global capitalism, scholars are invited to explore how art is deployed either as a coalescing force for the imagination of the nation or a critical expression of its flaws and strains.The workshop welcomes papers that explore, though not limited to, the following questions:

  1. How did ‘national art’ take socially shape in Southeast Asia?
  2. How was art used to build “national consciousness” by political programmes?
  3. How have iconic works of art captured national aspirations and the interests of the political elite?
  4. How do national art collections contribute to forge or undermine imaginations of the nation?


On Borders and Borderlands: Negotiating the ‘Margins’ under Globalization (Feb. 7–8, 2017)

Papers are invited for a multi-disciplinary National conference On Borders and Borderlands: Negotiating the ‘Margins’ under Globalization to be held on February 7 and 8, 2017 in the Salt Lake Campus of the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK). Papers with strong empirical or theoretical core focused on the emerging issues of borders and borderlands as social and communitarian spaces are invited. 


3rd International Indonesian Forum for Asian Studies Conference (Feb. 8-9, 2017)

The conference will be held this year in the attractive cultural city of Yogyakarta. The co-hosted 2017 conference entitled Borderless Communities and Nations with Borders: Challenges of Globalisation is in partnership with the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies Gadjah Mada University (UGM) and the International Relations Department at the Islamic University of Indonesia (UII).The theme of this conference is inspired by the strong networking among people and nations. In particular, ASEAN and the AEC development as well as other multi-and bi-lateral engagements in Asia, the Gulf, the Pacific, Europe, the Americas and other places.


International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia-Pacific Region (Feb. 16–18, 2017)

The East-West Center invites graduate students from around the world to submit abstracts for the 16th International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia Pacific region, taking place February 16-18, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The Conference provides an opportunity to share interdisciplinary perspectivse through presenting and attending panel presentations in a warm and supportive environment.


Vietnam and Korea as ‘Longue Duree’ Subjects: Negotiating Tributary and Colonial Positions (March 3–4, 2017)

The conference is conceived as an exploratory exercise to identify points of connections in which scholars of Vietnam and Korea could confront their work and engage their paradigms. As an ongoing project historically grounded with contemporary perspective situated within the larger Asia-global spectrum as well as for practical sake, the first part of the conference entitled Vietnam and Korea as "Longue Durée" Subject of Comparison: From the Pre-modern to the Early Modern Periods will focus on two conventionally agreed historiographies of the countries’: their ‘pre-modern’ and ‘colonial’ periods. An underlying question this conference aims to address will be: How the Korean and Vietnamese states and their civil societies, concepts that shaped during the tributary system, became formulated during the modernization period?


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.


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:


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.

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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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