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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 pre-registration student member cost is $75 ($65 if environmentally-friendly) and ends 21 February 2019. The conference will be held at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 21-24 March 2019.


18th East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference

The East-West Center invites graduate students from around the world in a call for abstracts relevant to the Asia Pacific region and its peoples in the following categories: environmental issues, cultural studies, urban planning, social issues, education, economics, political issues, health & population, second language studies, performing arts, engineering, visual arts, philosophy, linguistics, mathematics, and poetry & literature.

The cost of registration is $70 and ends 4 January 2019. The conference will be held at Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, Honolulu, 14-16 February 2019.


49th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association, Special Track on Urban Issues in Asia and the Pacific Rim

Today, Asia and the Pacific Rim are the focal points of world urbanization with increasing population concentration and economic activities in small, medium, large, and mega-cities. Rapid and massive demographic shifts, economic restructuring, social change, and environmental deterioration are accompanying the urbanization process in this region and are creating unique opportunities and challenges. Urban scholars, planners, and policy practitioners are well positioned to contribute to the understanding of these diverse and complex urban dynamics and to examine the emerging outcomes of various policy innovations.

The non-member student fee is $296 or $395 (meals/receptions included with the latter) but will increase after 15 January 2019. The conference will be held at University of California Los Angeles, 24-27 April 2019.


Ho'ala - to waken: Asia Pacific Dance Festival Conference

Dance brings the past to the present and shines its light on the bridges we use to travel these metaphorical and realistic distances as we move into the future. We welcome the submission of proposals that demonstrate how dance can awaken our senses, bring us to awareness, and enlighten our perspectives on a variety of political, social and intellectual pursuits—ho‘alaWe seek scholars, dancers, performing artists, choreographers, performance-based activists, critics, writers and arts administrators and organizers to address a variety of issues and topics including, but not limited to: how dance has served as a vehicle to bring the past into the present, demonstrations of how dance can enlighten our perspectives on life and how we interact with society, unique choreography that draws on a variety of cultural perspectives to showcase both commonalities and differences, cultural appropriation and how it affects our approach to dance studies and the ways we present and promote dance, and understanding analyses and approaches to dance studies and how they affect the ways we teach, present and view dance.

The early registration for students costs $140 and ends on 1 January 2019. The conference will be held at University of Hawai`i at Manoa, 2-4 August 2019.


The Empowerment of Women in [Contemporary] Indonesia

UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies invites submissions from academics, teachers, researchers, and graduate students who are involved in or have conducted research about the empowerment of women in contemporary Indonesia. Our conference aims to highlight research and work that analyze the various socioeconomic, religious, or legislative changes that have advanced or hindered the empowerment of women in Indonesia in recent decades. The goal of this conference is to address not only the progress made through policy, education, and activism in elevating the position of women in Indonesian society but also the challenges that remain. Paper/presentation topics may fall under but are not limited to the following themes: Women in Education, Women in Politics, Women in Economy, Women in Literature, Women in Religion, and Women in Science, Media, & Technology.

The deadline for proposals is 5 December 2018. The conference will be held at University of California Los Angeles, 8-9 February 2019.


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.

Early registration costs $75 for students and ends 15 February 2019. The deadline for proposals is 30 December 2018. The conference will be held at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 13-15 June 2019.


1969: Vietnamization and the Year of Transition in the Vietnam War

The Vietnam Center and Archive (VNCA) and the Institute for Peace & Conflict (IPAC) at Texas Tech University are pleased to announce a conference focused on the year 1969. We expect this conference to approach a wide range of historical events and topics examining diplomatic, military, international, regional, and domestic aspects of the Vietnam War. We also seek presentations that reflect the recent and emerging scholarship on the transition of leadership from Johnson to Nixon and from Westmoreland to Abrams in challenging and complicating existing interpretations of them and their policies. We are also particularly interested in papers that address the concepts of “Vietnamization” and the shift toward “pacification.” We seek presentations that reflect all participants and perspectives, including those of the US, RVN, DRV, NLF, and other nations involved. Additional areas of interest include the strategic and tactical decision-making to expand the war into Cambodia with Operation Menu. We also encourage presentations that examine the social and religious aspects of the war, the antiwar and peace movements at home and abroad, the effect of journalism and reporting on the war, and the efforts to end the conflict through international diplomacy and military and diplomatic means in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

The deadline for proposals is 1 February 2019. The conference will be held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, 25-27 April 2019.


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 cost for regular registration is $120 and ends 14 December 2018. The conference will be held in Ho Chi Minh and Khanh Hoa, 15-21 December 2018.


Linguistic Issues in Vietnam and Southeast Asia

The themes of the conference cover all the traditional and modern research issues of linguistics and its sub-disciplines in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. In particular, the conference encourages research on modern issues in Vietnamese and Southeast Asian linguistics from comparative and applied approaches. Key strands of the conference are as follows: Structural linguistics of languages of Vietnam and SEA, comparison of languages in SEA, applied linguistics and the application of linguistic research results into social life in Vietnam and in SEA, history of languages and historical linguistic issues, the roles of mass media communication, information technology, and the internet in language evolution and language shift in Vietnam and SEA, dialectal and societal variation in Vietnamese and SEA languages, language usage of ethnic minority languages in Vietnam and SEA, issues of language status planning and language policy in Vietnam and SEA, and the ethnic process characterized by the linguistic behaviors of SEA citizens.

The deadline for proposals is 30 September 2018. The conference will be held at Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam, 21-22 December 2018.


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.


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.


Heritage Protection: The Asian Experience

The conference will explore how thinking about culture, cultural heritage, and cultural heritage protection in Asian nations differ from the West, aiming to stimulate discussion on a range of issues related to these topics in an entirely Asian context. The conference will bring together Asian thinkers, professionals, and practitioners in the field of cultural heritage protection who will examine the meaning of “culture,” “cultural heritage,” and “cultural heritage protection” in Asian nations. A well-developed corpus of conventions, guidelines, and internationally-accepted best practices for cultural heritage protection already exists, which largely arose out of successful European experiences in heritage protection in the 19th and 20th centuries; hence, it is only natural that heritage protection theories reflect such European experiences. This conference invites Asian speakers to describe cultural heritage from an Asian perspective, recognizing the diversity of cultures and cultural heritage protection experiences across the Asian continent.

Early-bird tickets (฿1000/$30) end 30 November 2018, regular tickets (฿1500/$45) end 19 January 2019. The conference will be held at the Siam Society Under Royal Patronage, Bangkok, 25-26 January 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 1 December 2018. The conference will be held at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 10-13 September 2019.


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 deadline for proposals is 31 December 2018. The conference will be held at the Asia Centre, Bangkok, 10-12 July 2019.