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6th International Conference on Lao Studies

The main objective of the conference is to promote Lao studies, broadly defined, by providing an international forum for scholars to present and discuss various aspects of Lao Studies. The Sixth International Conference on Lao Studies has no specific theme. As in past ICLS conferences, this conference intends to accommodate all academic scholarship in the social sciences and humanities related to Laos, and peoples linked either to identifying as Lao or to the country of Laos more generally, including people from all ethnic groups in Laos, and diaspora communities all over the world.

Late registration costs $100 for students. The conference will be held at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 13-15 June 2019.


NYCAS: New York Conference on Asian Studies

The 2019 NYCAS conference is centered on the theme of “Movement,” exploring how movement happens across many types of terrain: physical, social, temporal, ideological. As changes to the world’s economic, political, and ecological systems occur at an ever faster clip, movement reshapes both our physical and intellectual landscapes. For instance, internal and transnational migration, economic remittances, and desertification exist in the same landscape as the rise of populist nationalism, the growth of new religions, and the sharing of music and art on social media. Movement perennially forces us to rethink our relationship to the world. What role has Asia played in moving the world to where it is now, and how will it foster new ways of thinking and being in the future?

The deadline for proposals is 15 May 2019. The early-bird fee for students is $90. The conference will be held at SUNY New Paltz, NY, 4-5 October 2019.


Council on Thai Studies (COTS)

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 having to do with Thailand, Thai diaspora, or Tai studies, broadly conceived. They encourage a variety of submissions, including individual paper presentations, panels of papers, roundtable discussions, film screenings, or other formats as suggested by participants.

The deadline for abstracts is 1 August 2019. The conference will be held at University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, 18-20 October 2019.


Critical Hmong Studies: Change, Continuity, Progress

The themes of the conference—change, continuity, and progress—highlight our own reflections about the Hmong four decades after they were dispersed from Southeast Asia across the globe. We wish to contemplate the implications of such historical displacement in the midst of various “homelands” as new generations of Hmong negotiate varying identities in new locales, each asking what should be kept, what must be discarded, and how should the old and the new be reconstituted to redefine a much more inclusive Hmong identity. For this reason, we invite papers that critically examine changes, continuities, and progress in all contexts of the various Hmong societies around the globe and in the homelands of Asia. We invite papers that focus on issues pertaining to gender and sexuality, identity, citizenship and belonging, development and modernity, social justice issues, and history and politics. In addition to the conference paper presentations, there will be a special summit on Hmong language and language teaching in state institutions in the U.S.

The deadline for abstracts is 1 August 2019. The registration fee is $75. The conference will be held at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, 24-26 October 2019.


Emerging Voices in Filipino and Philippine Studies

According to Filipino author and Martial Law opponent Renato Constantino, the inevitable consequence of the Philippines’s experience with colonialism and its subsequent emergence as a nominally independent republic under the larger global conflict of the Cold War in East and Southeast Asia, which is the dispossession of Filipinos from the rights and privileges that derive from the principle of national sovereignty, would lead to two separate developments: that of “the Filipinos” as an exile populationeven within the boundaries of their native land; and that of the Philippines as an object of scientific investigationresource extraction, and global security In the USthese developments manifested themselves in the intertwined but separate elaboration of Filipino American Studies and Philippine area studiesThis conference analyzes and evaluates the key lines of academic research in Philippine studies, which converge or intersect with the emergence of a transnational Filipino American cultural studies that grapples not only with Asia but also with Pacific worlds.

The cost of attendance is $100, but that is reduced for students and early birds. The conference will be held at University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Honolulu, 6 November 2019.


Imagining Futures in the Asia Pacific Region

This is a pivotal moment in the history of the Asia Pacific region, with a global realignment of power dynamics that are playing themselves out in both large and small scales across the region. Larger-scale movements such as ASEAN's imagined form of post-nationalist "regionalism" and China's "Belt and Road Initiative" are countered by a global rise in populism, which generally seeks to return sovereignty to local communities. At the foundation of all of these important developments are particular imaginations of the future that underpin them. These imagined futures affect policy planning and implementation, social responses to these policies, identity movements, development work, conflict and conflict resolution, cultural revitalization movements, and on and on. And of course these imagined futures are deeply connected to the imagined histories with which they make up larger scales of temporal imagination.

The conference is free, though the hotel is ~$40. Optional week-long post-conference tour around Yunnan Province is ~$600. The conference will be held at Yunnan University, Kunming City, China, 20-24 May 2019.


Transformation of youth identities in East and Southeast Asia: Public spaces and intimacy

East and Southeast Asian societies have been undergoing profound demographic, political, economic, and technological transformations in recent decades. As the so-called “Millennials” or “Generation Y” grow up with values, cultures, and means of communications that are in many ways distinct from previous generations, they have also begun to play a significant role in shaping the political, socio-economic and cultural developments of these societies and thereby redefining their own individual and social identities. This conference aims to bring together scholars from various disciplines to explore the construction, transformation, and negotiation of youth identities through the prism of “public space” and “intimacy.” The discussion will approach the idea of public space in both physical and virtual senses, examining the ways in which the young people’s appropriation of public space—online and offline—or withdrawal from it influences their negotiation of social, cultural, and political identities.

The conference will be held at Université libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium, 27-28 May 2019.


11th Annual ADI Conference: Asian Mobilities

The 11th ADI conference continues the tradition of investigating Asian intra-regional and transregional connectivities. Our point of departure is that the multi-directional movement of people, ideas, things and technologies across space and time produces ever-changing configurations of human relationships, knowledge systems, and power relations. Through a focus on multiple connectivities and their impact on human perceptions, actions, knowledge paradigms and the material world, the conference will further expand understanding of the historical and contemporary significance of Asia in global contexts. Our very own Prof. Tagliacozzo (History) will be a keynote speaker.

The conference will be held in the University of Copenhagen, 17-19 June 2019.


3rd SEAMEO-SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology

This conference is part of SEAMEO-SPAFA's flagship program of Advancing Southeast Asian Archaeology, and is intended to provide an avenue for scholars to share and disseminate research about the archaeology of Southeast Asia. There are 23 proposed sessions on a variety of topics for which proposals can be submitted. The 22nd session, "From Field to Display: Embracing or Limiting Digital Technologies in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Conservation," has specifically sent out an email to SEAP asking for submissions.

The registration fee is ฿7000/$210. The conference will be held in Bangkok, 17-21 June 2019.


Asia as Action: Scaling Ethnography of the Everyday - A Graduate Student Conference

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing is inviting graduate students and emerging scholars to participate in a graduate student conference to consider the meaning and politics of “Asia” in everyday contexts. We seek to estrange and embrace the notion of “Asia” as a call to scholarly action. We ask, how can methodologies in the social sciences and humanities re-center around “Asia” while being informed by the everyday practices, habits, affects and thoughts of ordinary actors? Recognizing the challenge of using ethnography to represent the complexities of regional constructs like “Asia,” we encourage innovative ways of scaling the local and the everyday to speak to inter-Asian histories, politics and cultures.

The conference will (presumably) be held at The University of Chicago Center in Beijing, China, 21-22 June 2019.


SEALG Annual Meeting 2019

This year’s annual meeting of SEALG (Southeast Asia Library Group) will take place in collaboration with the Asian Library LeidenAs in previous years, we aim to have the presentation of selected papers on library and archive related issues on Friday, followed by the Annual General Meeting on Saturday. We invite proposals for papers on themes relating to collections, archives and the library work as well as recent developments in the field of South East Asian Studies. We encourage submissions from library and archive staff as well as from scholars and graduate students. Publication of a paper will be possible in the SEALG Newsletter which is online. Everyone will be most welcome and participation is not restricted to library or archive staff.

The deadline for abstracts is 31 May 2019. The meeting will be held at Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands, 28-29 June 2019.


AAS-in-Asia 2019: Asia on the Rise?

The AAS-in-Asia conferences are intended to be smaller size conferences than the typical AAS Annual Conferences. This conference gives our members and others interested in Asian Studies, who are unable to attend the Annual Conferences held in North America, the opportunity to participate in panel sessions and network with colleagues in a more intimate setting. Although smaller in size, these conferences include the same exciting features as the Annual Conference including sessions, keynote speakers, book exhibits and receptions.

The early-bird student registration is $100 and ends 30 June 2019. The conference will be held at Thammasat University, Bangkok, 1-4 July 2019.


ISA Asia-Pacific Singapore 2019: Asia-Pacific and World Order: Security, Economics, Identity and Beyond

The rise of populism and authoritarianism worldwide has caused friction to established orders and tested institutional strengths. In the Asia-Pacific the increasingly potent competition between major powers poses significant challenges to the stability and security of states and societies. The region has also witnessed the realignment and restructuring of middle powers’ alliances and foreign policies. The rising politicization of diaspora has affected domestic politics across the region. State capacities and human development have grown more significantly in the Asia-Pacific than elsewhere.  Often gone unheard are the voices of states and societies in the Asia-Pacific and their understandings and conceptualizations of world affairs and the prospects and challenges for peaceful sustainable development in the region. This ISA Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2019 seeks to explore and debate world affairs engaging scholars and practitioners active in the Asia-Pacific but encouraged to think about the broader implications of their research and scholarship.

The conference will be held at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 4-6 July 2019.


Mindanao: Cartographies of History Identity and Representation

The Annual Philippine Studies Conference SOAS focuses its 2019 edition on Mindanao. It seeks to gather academics, policymakers, cultural workers and artists to map the contours of Mindanao’s struggle for peace after centuries of violent strife. The island — volatile home to Muslim, settler, and autochthonous societies variously staking out claims for resources, territory, and opportunity— is complex and, as an object of study, extremely dense. Its dimensions are simultaneously global, national, and local — and these layers are often collapsed into each other. The 2-day conference takes up the challenge of addressing this complexity and density with an emphasis on cultural analysis. In taking up mapping as metaphor for approaching Mindanao, the conference draws attention to its various histories, ethnolinguistic polities and cultural traditions.

There is no registration fee. The conference will be held at SOAS University of London, 5-6 July 2019. More information here.


Fake News and Elections in Asia

A range of governments in Asia have introduced or have announced their intention to enact legislation to cover fake news. Traditionally “fake news” or one-sided propaganda have been generated by authoritarian governments who control local media and later introduce a variety of legislation to mitigate the flow of alternative information from websites and social media. The introduction of fake news bills targeting individual actors and alternative news portals is an evolution in the slew of legislation authoritarian regimes have been passing over the years against alternative content generated by online communications. This conference will examine the phenomenon of fake news and its use and abuse by governments, private entities and social media, the role of the citizen in the consumption of such ‘news,’ the responsibility of media outlets and the emerging legislation around it and its impact on human rights.

The attendance cost is $300. The conference will be held at the Asia Centre, Bangkok, 10-12 July 2019.


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 early-bird student registration fee is €200/$224 and ends 15 June 2019. The conference will be held at Leiden University in Leiden, the Netherlands, 16-19 July 2019.


The Use and Abuse of Diversity: Anthropological Responses to the Threats of Disintegration

The year of 2019 will be an important time as it coincides with the political year, when Indonesia organizes general elections and the local and national parliament (DPR/DPRD) members. A year before the election, the socio-political atmosphere in Indonesia is marked with conversations on national ideology, a heated discussion of development and its outcomes, socioeconomic inequalities, and other political debates that are feared to bring Indonesia to a disintegration. Coming from an imagined community with different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, unity becomes an important concept for this nation. This symposium will be specifically a proposal, discussion, and debate about the contribution of anthropology in analyzing and offering solutions to the problem of disintegration of the nation. Anthropologists, or other experts with ethnographic approaches and interests, will meet and discuss the use and abuse of diversity in the academic, social institution, media, and advocacy fields.

The early-bird registration is $175 and ends 30 May 2019. The conference will be held at Universitas Gajah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 23-26 July 2019.


EuroSEAS Conference 2019

As an international and multi-disciplinary organisation, the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies invites scholars and PhD students from all academic disciplines with an interest in Southeast Asia to submit panels that explore relevant research topics from an interdisciplinary perspective as well as discuss theoretical and methodological aspects of research generated in the field of Southeast Asian Studies. Proposals are also invited for a limited number of roundtable discussions about recent developments in Southeast Asia and for laboratories that would develop cross-disciplinary collaboration.

The deadline for proposals is 15 May 2019. The conference will be held at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 10-13 September 2019.


Chinese Indonesians: Identities and Histories

Some key questions guiding this conference are: Have recent developments in identity politics and populism in Indonesia (and globally) affected common understandings of race and ethnicity in place since the colonial period? Two decades after the fall of the New Order, has there been a shift in dynamics of racial politics among the diverse networks or communities of Chinese Indonesians, and between members of such communities with the broader mix of people? What are some of the new features or trends in the studies of Chinese Indonesians, and how do they compare to recent studies of ethnic minorities elsewhere? What have been the new discoveries in the field in the past 30 years or so? The conference is open to individual and group paper presentations across many fields, including Anthropology, Architecture, Diaspora, Economics, Gender, History, Human Rights, Language & Literature, Media, Performing Arts, Politics, Regional Comparison, Religion, and Visual Arts. While panel proposals will be prioritised, individual proposals are welcomed. Submissions are also welcome for roundtable discussions and art exhibitions.

The deadline for proposals is 15 May 2019. The early-bird student registration fee is $130 AUS/$92 USD and ends 30 June 2019. The Conference will be held at Monash University (Clayton Campus), Clayton, VIC, Australia, 1-3 October 2019.


Power in Southeast Asia

Questions of power permeate virtually all social relations and social facts. Southeast Asia is an especially fertile area in which to examine the question of power. The notion of power itself invites critical inquiries from many disciplinary and ontological perspectives. Whether one is interested in transnational flows, religious movements, symbols and discourse, or gender relations, power is an important element that suffuses social and political life in Southeast Asia and beyond. The 2019 Conference of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, to be held in Montreal, invites papers and panels on the theme of power in all its manifestations. We especially encourage proposals that address the question of power from inter‐disciplinary and comparative perspectives.

The conference will be held at McGill University and the University of Sherbrooke (Longueil), Montréal, 24-26 October 2019. More information here.


SEASIA Biennial Conference 2019, Change and Resistance: Future Directions of Southeast Asia

Sub-themes are: Historical Continuities and Changes; Dynamics of International Relations and Regionalism; Debating Inclusive Growth in Rural and Urban Settings; Environmental Justice, Land and Maritimes Sustainability and Climate Change; Arts, Cultures, Photography and Literatures; Innovation, Technology, Media and Cybercultures; Mobility and Migration; Democratization, Populism and Civil Society; Dynamics of Religions and Spiritualties; Ethnicity and Gender; Challenges to Economic Vitality.

The conference will be held at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, 5-7 December 2019.


Relocating Governance in Asia: state and society in South- and Southeast Asia, c. 1800-2000

The conference welcomes empirical investigations on the fluctuations of colonial and postcolonial governance, policy making and practice in its daily realities. Of interest are for instance: the hybridity and ambiguity of colonial law in theory and practice, the roles of intermediaries, colonial bureaucracies and the connections between old and new forms of statecraft, or ritual and bureaucratic procedure. Comparative studies between South- and/or Southeast Asia and other parts of the world are also welcome.

Abstract submissions are due by August 15, 2019; please email abstracts here. The conference will be held at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, January 22-24, 2020.