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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.


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.


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.


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 1 May 2018. The conference will be held at Rochester Institute of Technology, 21-22 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.


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.


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.


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.